It’s always strange to be on the other side of the table.
By that I mean being the guy who is the subject of an interview. Many times I’ve been interviewed by news outlets, but seldom was I a small part of the story.
This time, the phone interview was conducted by Stephen Tsai, a respected sports writer for the Honolulu Star Advertiser. He had seen a column I had written for last Sunday’s paper about coach Norm Chow’s 0-8 record at Hawaii.
In the story Chow wryly noted, “I’m way too old for this.”
Tsai, doing his due diligence, called to ask if I had taken Chow’s comments comment seriously. Apparently that quote became a big deal in Hawaii. I told him no, Norm had said it in good humor and wasn’t complaining. I’ve heard Chow say the same thing when he was an assistant at Utah. It’s just a self-deprecating expression when things aren’t going well.
I didn’t realize until later on Tuesday that a radio station in Hawaii had tried to reach me via Twitter to address Chow’s comments. The whole thing sort of caught me off guard. I took Chow’s comments lightly, but apparently some Warrior fans didn’t think it was appropriate.
All I can say is that it’s easy to see why coaches seldom offer more than bland, guarded quotes. They’re afraid if they show any sense of humor, someone will take it the wrong way.
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