Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Two Part Episode? One Part Post

Readership of The Coach Blog seems to have increased dramatically in the past two weeks. My sincere thanks to all of you for your supportive comments and fuzzy recollections.

So there was this episode of Coach that was aired in two parts, I'm pretty sure. The main events of the episode centered around Minnesota State going to a bowl game in some tropical place like Hawaii or Florida or something. The game was a big deal because I think it was their first bowl appearance in some time, but also there was hell of personal pride on the line because Coach and the other team's coach had some sort of rocky history. I don't remember what the history was; maybe the guy was Coach's former college coach and they didn't get along, or maybe they coached against each other in some big game and there was a trick play or some questionable call and Coach was totally humiliated or whatever. In any case, I'm pretty sure the other coach had a name that had something to do with snakes, so people called him "The Snake" or "Jimmy Snake" or something. I also distinctly recall the Snake-Guy and Coach having some conversation in Coach's office where they talked about "the day the snake outwitted the fox," as though that was what the media had dubbed whatever the hell happened between them in that other football game. In this scene also I think it was established that the Snake-Guy was a total asshole. This added further to the understated implications of Coach's previous humiliation, as well as the audience's desire for Coach to beat him in football.

Anyway, so eventually the team went to wherever it was they were supposed to go and I'm sure all sorts of crazy hijinx ensued like maybe Luther had a hilariously difficult time going through airport security or whatever, but the only other thing I remember about the first part of the episode was that there was some sort of limbo competition taking place and Minnesota State's star player (the quarterback maybe?) injured his back. I don't have any idea why there would be a limbo competition taking place, or why Coach would let his players participate in such an event immediately before an important game, but for whatever reason it happened and all hope was lost for Coach, or so it seemed. This is when I think it said: "to be continued..." in an attempt to leave the audience totally in suspense.

I don't really remember what happened in the second part of the episode, except that like, on the last play of the game, the injured guy totally took off his neck-brace and stood up out of his wheelchair and went in to the game. It turns out it he wasn't injured at all. I guess Coach's big plan was to lure the Snake-Guy into some sense of false security, but it kind of seems like maybe the most terrible football strategy I've ever heard of. What could you possibly gain by benching your best player for the entire game, only to have him come in at the end? What the hell was Coach thinking? In any case, I'm pretty sure it worked for some reason and Minnesota State won the game. I think they dumped the Gatorade cooler on Coach like right as they were fading out of the scene and probably some music was playing and I think the audience applauded as if they actually cared what was happening.

The episode ended, I think, with a scene in Coach's office where the Snake-Guy comes in and says something to the effect of "blah blah blah the day the fox outwitted the snake." And then they had some sort of pointless reconciliation and then that character never appeared again on the show.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Coach and the snake had bad blood because they played against each other when they were in college. Maybe opposing quarterbacks or something? No, I'll bet they had just coached against each other before like maybe you heard on the radio in coach's car something like, "Minnesota State hasn't been in a major bowl game since 1982 when the team faced Powerhouse State U and lost a humiliating defeat to Coach Jimmy McCoachelson the infamous night when the snake ate the fox on a trick play in the games final seconds" or whatever it was and maybe Dauber was in the car riding shotgun and had to be all silent because it was a sensitive issue or maybe Dauber was all like "YEAH! WELL WE'LL SHOW EM WON'T WE COACH!!". There might have even been a press conference scene with a reporter asking coach a question like "Coach, how do you plan to face a legendary coach like Coach Jimmy "Snake" McCoachelson considering how handily his Powerhouse State U team defeated you last time the two teams faced each other?" And then Coach probably said that he had something up his sleeve, or payback in mind or something to answer the question but then the reporter might have followed up with something like "But aren't you worried he'll humiliate you again?" or something and then Coach gets all fumed and stuff and the audience goes "oooooooooo!" or something. I wonder if they had some famous real life coach in a cameo play the nemesis coach or if it was a real actor they were hoping to make a recurring character but then didn't for some reason like maybe he wasn't a hateable enough villain or maybe even he was too hateable or something else.
John Rote
Memphis, TN

2/13/2007 2:17 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Rote - I'm not certian, but I remember sophmore year when we had a rugby match against archrival Cal-Berkeley, and our Rugby coach at the time Frank had a rocky history with the head coach of Cal. Then you got drunk the night before the game and pulled a muscle - I'm not sure which muscle; probably your hamstring or your groin or something essential like that - while trying to ride a mechanical bull in a vain attempt to prove to everyone that you were some hardcore cowboy-type from Memphis?
That reminds me a little bit of the two part Coach episode except that you really were injured in come stupid college-related happenstance (mechanical bull riding = dumber than a limbo contest?) and were not substituted in the waning moments of the game which we ended up losing by an embarassingly large margin. I'm pretty sure something like that happened.

3/20/2007 12:20 PM  
Blogger OneHungMan said...

How can you have a Coach blog and not have been a fan?

My favorite episode is the one where Coach has a poker night at his house and Judy ends up taking all his cash and some of his possessions until the very end when Christine and the others finally convince Hayden that he needs to quit.

When he's cleaning up the mess from the night, he finds out he would have taken the last hand and he shakes his head and says, "Well thank you Christine."

A classic.

3/23/2007 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember the one where Luther is alone with his dog and talks about the 'two kinds of people' as he prepares his french fries?
One kind put the ketchup on the side...One kind puts it all over the place. This was somehow touching.

3/25/2007 11:48 AM  
Blogger Glaziersgirl said...

Actually I stumbled on this thinking it was about Coach purses, but I did love Coach the sitcom too...Have a great day.

4/03/2007 6:10 PM  
Anonymous la roux said...

i have a good coach story but i don't want to say it "out loud" on a comment because i'd like to give you the chance to remember it yourself. so.........you should find a way to get in touch with me and i can share with you my one faint memory.

4/04/2007 3:51 AM  
Anonymous Bryan El Paso, TX said...

There was an episode of Coach where the theme of the episode was that Coach was in a magical season and nothing could go wrong. I think that the episode ends with a game against Alabama, and Coach goes for 2 at the end of the game and wins. As everybody goes crazy, Coach just embraces that it's a magical seasons and just enjoys the moment since he can't explain it. Does anybody know which episode or season that is?


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