Guess who has weighed in on the Tuberville & Seven Fingers debate. Trusty Tuberville spin man Phillip Marshall. Marshall goes so far as to tell everyone what they should think with the title of his blog post: The trip and the soldiers, not seven fingers, should be the story.
It would be the story if Tuberville would not steal the spotlight. I donâ€™t really care (I’ve tried to ignore the story despite talk radio and AP stories), but Marshall seems very interested. So that gets me interested! After all, Marshall doesn’t write anything without permission.
Hereâ€™s more of Marshallâ€™s post:
Is this really an issue? Is Tuberville holding up seven fingers in an obviously light-hearted situation at the end of a flag football game 8,000 miles from home really an affront to anyone? Really?
The flag football game between teams of American servicemen was all about competing and having a good time in a place where good times are hard to come by. Think about it. Did soldiers carry Tuberville and Mark Richt to midfield on their shoulders because they were swept up in the emotion of the moment or as just another bit of fun on a fun day? I think we all know the answer to that.
If Tuberville were smart, heâ€™d have kept his hands in his pocket, and let the focus be on the troops.
Instead, he has to send out his media puppy to tell everyone what to think.
And was it lighthearted? From what Notre Dame coach Charlie Weiss said on WJOX today, it sounded anything but fun teasing. According to Weiss, Tuberville was flashing six fingers throughout the trip.
Paul Finebaum on his radio show has suggested the trip and White House visit would help Tuberville in recruiting.
How many recruits actually care Tuberville went to the White House? How many recruits and their families would vote for this president? How many recruits and their families would support the war?
Politics and sports just don’t mix. This could be riskier than pundits believe.
One more piece of Marshall wisdom:
In this case, five coaches went through a grueling week to spend time with American troops who their lives on the line every day. That’s what matters, or at least what should matter.
Thanks for giving the Auburn nation its marching orders. Iâ€™m sure they all appreciate it Mr. Marshall.