Pat Forde Appreciates the Big Redhead's Honesty

Jim Rogash

Obviously much has been made recently about the comments Bruin legend Bill Walton made about soon-to-be-ex-coach Howland. Our frontpage has appreciated his candor in support of the greatest program in college basketball. Also joining the Bill Walton fanclub, Yahoo Sports columnist Pat Forde in his Forde Minutes section subtitled "Throwing it down, on a coach's head":

...Walton is worth the weirdness that comes along with him. Mostly because he is notably honest, often quite humorous, and not the least bit interested in chumming up to the coaches working the games he is calling...

...It got to the point against Washington that play-by-play man Dave Pasch basically called Walton on it, and Big Red responded without flinching. In so many words, he said UCLA would have a different coach if he were calling the shots.

Which is when a lot of people started losing their minds. (The best part was when some folks started whining that Walton was disrespecting a guy who has been to three Final Fours. Um, Walton went to three Final Fours, too, in three seasons of college eligibility. And won two of them. And shot 21 of 22 from the floor in one of the title games. Don't get into a college basketball resume contest with Walton and expect to win, unless your name is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.)

The Minutes loved it. An analyst with a critical opinion of a coach, and he's willing to air it? That is ground-breaking television.

Emphasis mine.

I especially like the point he made about the three Final Fours, as that has been the same stupid rallying cry for Howlers everywhere, smacked down in one fell swoop by Big Red, who, as Forde points out, not only knows what it's like to go to Final Fours, but actually win them.

Click through for some bonus thoughts on LDII and Shabazz in Forde's column.

Ground breaking television indeed. Good for Forde, and good for Bill Walton.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bruins Nation

You must be a member of Bruins Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bruins Nation. You should read them.

Join Bruins Nation

You must be a member of Bruins Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bruins Nation. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.