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Stop for a second on this glorious Monday morning in March and think about how happy Pat Karen Forde was this weekend when Illinois, West Virginia and Texas Tech lost their NCAA Tournament games. The silver fox wasn’t giddy (that we know of) because it helped his bracket. The Sports Illustrated writer was giddy because it meant that COVID mask archenemies (in Karen’s eyes) Brad Underwood (Illinois), Bob Huggins (West Virginia) and Chris Beard (Texas Tech) had been eliminated from the Tournament.
Here we were as a nation, on the edge of our seats, looking to see which teams would advance to the Sweet 16, and Forde was running through his mental notes on which college basketball coaches “seemed the least interested in wearing their masks this season.” Pat Karen sat there in Indianapolis mentally fist-pumping that his COVID enemies had lost.
Covid has turned many sportswriters insane. https://t.co/6JwUaFpzQN
What makes Forde’s giddiness even more interesting is that it was Jim Boeheim who had mask issues all year, not necessarily Bob Huggins. Was Karen Forde prepared to put Boeheim into his mask police tweet if Syracuse had lost? Let’s go with yes.
Surely Pat didn’t miss the February 9 Letter to the Editor section from Syracuse.com when Ellyn Roloff of Baldwinsville, NY went off on the ‘Cuse head coach:
To the Editor:
Can you please do another story about the way Jim Boeheim “wears” his mask at Syracuse University basketball games? He should be ashamed of himself and he should be fined or censured for his lack of consideration and sense of responsibility. During a recent game, he had it around his chin while he was shouting at a player and a ref. I don’t care how much money he makes for the university; he needs to be intent on keeping others safe!
It’s entirely possible Pat’s going to keep celebrating when coaches who don’t follow his mask rules lose in the Tournament. Maybe he has a Boeheim tweet locked and loaded like Karen Rovell has 200 random tweets ready to snap off during events like the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, etc.
Pat has now spent the last year of his life fake fighting a war that was all based on earning street cred amongst fellow blue checkmarks and media elites. Originally, it was a war based on owning Trump. Pat, Christine Brennan, Dan Wolken, Peter King, etc. can’t do that anymore so they have to find new targets. This weekend Pat used Underwood, Huggins and Beard as Trump fill-ins.
Now let’s see if Pat turns on the Christian schools left in the tournament. Will he turn on Sister Jean for some Catholic priests sexually abusing boys? Will Pat cheer his heart out for Arkansas against Oral Roberts because ORU supported Trump? Will Pat cheer for UCLA because Trump appointed two Abilene Christian grads to federal judge assignments?
And then we have Pat in a real predicament when Baylor faces Villanova. The Baptists vs. the Roman Catholics. Pat’s going to give Google a workout trying to figure out which school deserves to lose this one for religious scandals, mask issues, how they handled COVID lockdowns, etc.
In other words, we definitely haven’t heard the last of Karen Forde as he roots for his enemies to be eliminated from the NCAA Tournament for reasons not related to basketball. Buckle up, Pat’s just getting started. He has an ideology war to win, not a bracket challenge.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) January 12, 2021