The Office, awkward humor at it’s finest
There aren’t many things funnier than awkwardness. Maybe John Kerry’s attempt at political resurrection, but that’s about it. Yet, as funny as it is to witness such an episode, it’s equally as hellish to experience one. So I shudder at the thought of being South Carolina’s DB coach Ron Cooper during the post-game news conference last weekend. Cooper, who’s known throughout these parts as the one coach out X’d and out O’d by Bill Curry while head man at the ‘Ville, was basically bent over and red-cheeked by Steve Spurrier for all the media to see. As the Charlotte Observer retells it, Spurrier asked the team Spokesman to retrieve Cooper out of the locker room because, as Spurrier so a-hole-ishly said, “I want to know what happened too.”
The rest of the article replays the awkward, undoubtedly painful to witness, confrontation between The Ol’ Ball Coach and a soon to be old ball coach. While you read it just paint yourself the picture of Spurrier and his degrading sarcasm, and the forehead of Cooper glistening in cold sweat as he methodically finds a way to say “I suck.”
The two-dozen or so reporters had little to ask. It was Spurrier who acted as a one-man firing squad.
“Coach Cooper, they want to know what coverage we were in on that 62-yarder,” Spurrier said. “Three deep?”
Cooper responded: “Three deep. Had the bust by the left corner and the left nickel.”
Spurrier: “And the middle guy wasn’t real deep, either, was he?”
Cooper: “Had a bust. Yes, sir. They played good except for that one play. And that one play gave us a bad day.”
Spurrier: “How about the 22-second play? What, we just didn’t prevent, right?”
Cooper: “Just didn’t prevent.”
Cooper paused for a moment and loosened the tie.
“Yep,” he said finally. “We were in three deep.”
Yikes. Just brutal. And that’s why it’s funny.