During a press conference today, Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley took a spin towards crazytown, comparing his team's miscommunication woes to the Nazis' prior to the Allies' landing at Normandy. This won't be hilariously recontextualized by a rival at all.
It takes a real man of a football coach to admit his team wasn't playing its best; it takes a strange man to do so with Nazi comparisons. Things didn't go that well against Alabama, huh Coach?
"Right now we're like the Germans in World War II. Here comes the boats, they're coming. You have the binoculars, and it's like, 'Oh, my God, the invasion is coming.' That's what they did, they were in the bunkers. It's coming, they call Rommel — they can't find Rommel. (Pretending to speak into a radio.) 'What do we do? I'm not doing anything until I get orders.' (Pretends to look through binoculars.) 'Have you gotten Rommel yet?'
The imagery of pretending to speak into a radio and pretending to look through binoculars is just fantastic. Please go on, Coach.
"I don't want the German people to get upset at me. I'm not attacking them, but that's what happened. You had one group, they weren't worried about what the plan was and orders and all that. When the war hits, things change. You've got to go. You had the other group, and they go, 'Wait a minute. They told us the invasion was way further north' where we had the empty tanks and we were hidding Patton out. 'We weren't ready for this, now what do we do?' 'We better wait until Rommel tells us what to do.'
So there you go: The coach of the Tennessee football team just likened himself to a Nazi field marshal. It makes one wonder: Who is Hitler in this metaphor? Pat Summitt?
DOOLEY QUOTED: Vols playing German role in WWII [Go Vols Xtra}
UPDATE: Here's the video of Dooley's press conference. The German mumbo jumbo begins around the 10:50 mark.