Arkansas and Bobby Petrino Call Hogs On Radio Reporter Renee Gork
If you're from a provincial SEC town, you already know how this story ends. Gork was fired after her "disloyalty" prompted online searches that uncovered -- wait for it -- she really is a Florida Gators fan. Oh my God! If radio employees are fans of other sports teams in Arkansas you know what comes next, right? Gay marriage (and maybe not back-to-back Liberty Bowls).
After all, Gork could be a secret agent planted by the duplicitous Urban Meyer. It's the perfect disguise! Who would ever think that a person wearing a Florida hat would actually be a Florida fan? Bobby Petrino, the multi-millionaire head coach who set the Internet rabble aflame by commenting after answering Gork's question on Saturday, "And that will be the last question I answer with that hat on," should be ashamed. For that matter, so should Arkansas fans who called the Hogs when Petrino walked out on his NFL team to slum it in Fayetteville with the SEC's eighth-best football program. A sojourn in the Ozarks that will last until, you guessed it, he gets a better job offer and bolts town faster than the Wal-Mart heirs built mansions on the coasts.
All you Hog fans who spent your free time researching a reporter's favorite team because she wore a Gator hat? You're all hypocrites of the first order. If she showed up tomorrow in a Razorbacks hat and pledged her undying devotion to the university, your athletic department would probably give her a multii-million dollar contract and you'd call the Hogs for her. Hell, wouldn't be the first time. See: Petrino, Bobby.
And for what? After two years of selling the Razorback fan soul for Petrino, what has it gotten the Arkansas faithful? A 5-11 SEC mark. After three years of selling its soul to Petrino, Arkansas is going to be, at best, 10-14 in the SEC. The ultimate irony about that record? Your dirtbag coach hasn't even been good enough to become somebody else's dirtbag coach.
On Monday, the day of her firing, Gork posted this on Twitter: "Was hoping to publicly apologize to Coach Petrino and UA fans on the show today ... but I won't get that chance, I've been fired."
Publicly apologize? For her hat choice at a public university's press conference? Are you kidding me? Is Arkansas North Korea? (That last question could be seen as rhetorical by those living in other states).