for those long-term readers of this blog it should be obvious that mags and i have two distinctly opposed personalities. i am a wear-my-heart-on-my-sleeve type and mags is reserved and infinitely more levelheaded. that does not mean he is consistently right and i have to consistently pick up pieces every morning after my emotional explosions. indeed, as reflective of a fella mags may be, he still fails add the "g" to darlington.
as he left it yesterday, it is now my job to explain some of the boilerplate absurdities made by gavin on tuesday. no, gavin did not claim to be a vampire, nor did he strip off the training gear and sing about the sweet transvestite from transsexual transylvania. but vampires never claim to be vampires before they go in for the carotid artery, and they sure do not sing broadway tunes. as evidence of this season suggests, he has sucked the life force from the timbers. i will leave the assessment of the ginger nosferatu's general managerial skills for all of you to make on your own, but i am certain you have gathered he is a pr nightmare and a nitpicky blogger's dream.
putting hbo supernatural porn in the review mirror, the frustrating thing about gavin is his continued willingness to eschew responsibility for the poor decisions he has made. in particular, he chose to dodge the silver bullet of seattle by running off for the week following that massacre. or is that a cross he avoided? obviously, my concern for the zombie apocalypse has supplanted my preparations for defending against vampires--i blame truly awful television that is true blood.
but that is how vampire mind judo goes. confronted with the option of closing the door or inviting the fangs in for a drink, the fangs always win out. and now our sensibilities are overwhelmed with the confusion of succumbing to our destruction. so, it really is no shocker that many of you railed when gavin made his first appearance in front of a microphone since the debacle in seattle. instead of taking responsibility for the tactical decisions such as starting the rodwall and facepalmer over the prefered options, it was as if gavin felt he had been tricked into making those choices. or one better, caleb made him do it.
in a conversation i had on tuesday it was mentioned that gavin was already beginning to set up caleb porter for the fall. this very well could be the case. in his discussion of the decisions made for the seattle match he states rather clearly that caleb has been involved in the set-up. in fact they have continued conversations, and those conversations have led to the personnel and on-pitch decisions. while plausible, i find it rather difficult to swallow that a man who is completely dedicated to his work can find time to pull himself away from the zips current efforts for another national championship in order to manage a team from 2000 miles away. call me suspicious, but that reeks of someone preparing for what should be a public hanging based on the results of his tenure as the interim ginger.
after describing the process of continued contact needed in order to make player decisions, gavin then admitted the rodwall decsion could be questioned. now, we all know how i feel about the rodwall--and if you do not, you will soon be acquainted with the emotional response. in the face of my desire to see the rodwall shipped off to some forgotten side in the coffins of the hungarian 3rd division, i wanted to give the rodwall a hug when i read that gavin suggested the rodwall decision could be questioned, that smith will play against vancouver, and that the best eleven will be on the pitch for the next match. at the risk of being obtuse, i would suggest the rodwall knows he is not the prefered left back. but saying that he is not part of the best eleven only undermines the young player's confidence--something the rodwall suffers a severe deficiency. while he did not say it outright, his comments were tantamount to suggesting the rodwall was the primary cause for the loss in seattle. while drunken bastards like sir alex may get away public rebukes in order to motivate, gavin is no sir alex and his use of the media is anything but constructive--they are often employed to insulate himself from his poor decisions.
which brings me to the next issue and it bothered me more than his public treatment of the rodwall. while i hope it was typical inartful language from the ginger, the proof is in the blood pudding as they say. when looking to prospective recruits for the side i would think necessity followed closely by talent would be the determining factors for acquisition. but little did i know that the most important thing to consider is whether the player likes portland. i get it: they should be escorted through a number of the dodgy food carts before chowing down on some poutine or some big ass sandwiches or pine state biscuits, and then they should be introduced to darcelle's before a round at ron tom. perhaps even showing them the orange and purple rooms at powell's before a trip to mississippi records would assist the evaluation process.
in all seriousness, gavin may very well be a public relations trainwreck, but as terrible as he is at soundbite material, we supporters have also allowed our impressions and opinions of him to dictate our responses to even the slightest flub. listen, i think he is an idiot who is over his head and incapable of turning things around, but after second and third blush, while there were some poorly made comments, i agree with magadh that they were not shocking in the least. however i was not shocked because i have come to expect gavin to be an inarticulate numpty who would rather sell out his best friend if it meant his survival. at some point he must admit that the buck stops with him and that he made many of the poor decisions that affected the seattle match (it is not like he had caleb on speed dial to discuss the substitution eb5 for futty, or playing fucito for 45 minutes), that affected the season, and that affected the future of the timbers. that is why i was so irritable when first reading his comments--he could not do it, he could not take responsibility.
but, as they say, looking in the mirror is difficult for vampires.