OK, let me get this straight....
in 2007, Jiminez, then with the BC Lions, ends the career of a promising young CFL player with a dirty hit during a game against Calgary.
The league tries to suspend him, but Wally Buono and the BC Lions defend Jiminez to the hilt, no matter the blanket condemnation from others. Jiminez is not suspended, and Buono refuses to bench him. Lions fans on this forum (with a few exceptions, but not many) rush to the defense of their embattled lineman.
In effect, Buono teaches Jiminez TWO lessons from this...
- That this is how we expect you to play in this league, and
- That if the league doesn't like it, there is nothing they can do about it.
Fast-forward to this last week, when Jiminez, having learned his lessons as a younger player, again throws a dirty hit, and it is only luck that prevents another career ending injury at his hands.
Only this time, it is one of Wally Buono's BC Lions who is on the receiving end of the dirty play. Lions players and fans scream for a suspension, but none is forthcoming, likely because of the precedent set with the help of the Lions and Buono himself back in 2007.
JM02, since you are an english teacher, can you help me out here? Is this the textbook definition of irony? Or is it Poetic Justice?
BINGO - that's it in a nut shell.
Maybe it's the cut throat don't give a rip stance of today but I miss a time when a player feared their coach more then the League if they did crap like that.