I have truly loved writing for Bruins Nation, but I don't think I can continue to contribute. Once I say I'm Jewish, I suppose what follows is obvious, but I'll say it anyway. (And, yes, I know many writers on BN are Jewish and may not feel as I do, but I have only my conscience to guide me, and I have to at least try to be comfortable with it.) So here it is:
There NO WAY a joke about Steve Alford using images from Inglorious Basterds is funny. I'm aware the film has often been used to voice parody, but that's unconvincing to me. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE; THERE IS NO SHADE OF GRAY HERE. And while there are few absolutes in the crazy, convoluted world we live in, I can offer at least this one: HITLER WAS THE WORST HUMAN BEING IN HISTORY.
The use of Inglorious Basterds to voice criticism of Steve Alford's hiring is indefensible and is in NO WAY an "inevitable parody." Anyone who has read my contributions to BN knows I'm not a fan of Dan Guerrero or the way the athletic department is run. But this is too much; way, way too much.
Frankly, I thought the criticism of Steve Alford was in many respects unfair — his reputation for building relationships with players and his potential to recruit new talent in the Los Angeles area had me feeling hope for the first time in quite awhile — but I had no intention of disagreeing publicly with the main point of view on BN because I am deeply sympathetic to the ongoing criticism of our athletic department. But this is a game-changer for me.
So let me say this clearly: Steve Alford deserves a chance, despite whatever mistakes in judgment he made at Iowa. (Yes, I know BN welcomed him to Westwood.) We may have reasons to be angry at what some, myself included, see as callus, thoughtless actions by the athletic department, but we have no reasons to let it influence our judgment so that we include material on BN that, at least in my view, violates the standards of decency.