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Subject: Re: If you were there when he said it, I believe you


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Date Posted: 14:52:28 06/12/18 Tue
In reply to: Go Green 's message, "If you were there when he said it, I believe you" on 14:26:16 06/12/18 Tue

Garrett maintains that he was misquoted by The New York Times (fake news!). In the very nice tribute which Jake Novak posted on February 12 upon Garrett's passing, Jake says that the actual statement was "they played like drug-addicted losers."

http://culions.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2018-03-09T07:03:00-08:00&max-results=5&start=5&by-date=false

I have read elsewhere that Garrett's actual quote was even more benign, that he said his players were "addicted to losing." To me, that is a harsh but accurate way of describing a program which has lost for so long that it has no sense of how to close out a victory, even when leading 17-0 at halftime, as Columbia was against Harvard.

I'm inclined to given Garrett the benefit of the doubt for the simple reason that it makes sense for a frustrated coach to say that his players are addicted to losing more so than they played like drug-addicted losers.

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Date Posted: 16:17:39 06/12/18 Tue


I believe that the "addicted to losing" quote is from people attempting to explain what Garrett meant, rather than what he actually said.

If Garrett claims he actually said that the team was "like drug-addicted losers," and that the "like" part was dropped in translation by the Times (and others), I am willing to believe him.

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