On depriving the world of Mike Leach's and Lane Kiffin's impudence

So Mike Leach is still at it and has moved from unmitigated truth to sarcasm in criticizing Texas A&M, probably thinking that the continued mockery will this time escape detection:

I’ve always said that it is truly exciting to play Texas A&M - the quality of coaches they have, the great team and great tradition and, above all, the quality of players they have. I’ve always known A&M had great players. The fact that they have the luxury to put a third- or fourth-round draft pick on the bench, to me, identifies what a truly great team they are.

It’s an honor for us at Texas Tech to have the opportunity to play them. There are numerous players on our team that will never get a look or play a down in the NFL, so you can imagine how exciting it is for me and them to go play a team the magnitude of Texas A&M and look over there on the bench and see third- and fourth-round draft picks.

I'm loving that. My friend Kyle at Dawg Sports, though, continues to get contrary, this time taking the opposing view on Mike Leach:

If Mike Leach wins a Big 12 championship, he can mouth off to every coach in the country. Once he can claim honestly to have captured as many conference crowns as Mack Brown, he can rip into his colleagues with willful abandon and the blogosphere will think he’s colorful. Until he improves upon his 2-7 records against both Oklahoma and Texas, however, Mike Leach’s sophomoric tantrums just mean he’s all mouth.

This is essentially the same argument Vol fans are seeing about Lane Kiffin running his mouth before coaching a single game for the Vols. Assuming that one is offended by this kind of behavior, I frankly don't know why it's any better to shoot off your mouth like that when you're winning. For me, outside the context of rivalry sports, it's as despicable to gloat over success as it is unwise to rib those with a demonstrated ability to destroy you.

But, and this is the key, this is sports, an arena in which normally well-adjusted folks can safely engage in otherwise imprudent behavior. College football would be much less interesting if Mike Leach had to wait until he usurps Texas before he unleashes such entertaining quotes. What do y'all think?

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