"They All Poison"

  • Great quote from Texas Southern’s head coach about scouting KU in the post game. 😂

  • @BShark I like the cutting down the nets in April part

  • Just speaking English is too much to ask for even a coach, I guess.

  • The question was something like “Against a team like Kansas you kindof have to pick your poison…” and he jumped in and said “They all poison.”

  • @HighEliteMajor Does it bother you when singers like Elvis or Shania Twain sing phrases like “you ain’t” or “that don’t” ?

  • Hitting 19 threes had a lot to with why we looked so good, I highly doubt we’ll do that again this season and I bet just about every team that hits that many 3s wins.

  • I really like how far Dok has come with his moves inside. He is money down there.

  • @HawkChamp post game interview he said the dunk over the big guy was one of his top 5.

  • @kjayhawks true, but this team is full of good shooters, so another game with 15 threes is not out of the question.

  • @HawkChamp how many did isu have in AFH?

  • 18 or 19 iirc. We shot better today than they did when they beat us.

  • @HawkChamp that game sucked!

  • @Crimsonorblue22 maddening for sure

  • @mayjay Yes. But I get more interested when a coach role modeling for kids that will need to speak English to get a job, speaks like an idiot.

  • @mayjay To be fair. It bothers me when Shania Twain sings at all… 😋

  • @HawkChamp Forsure, this team is averaging 13 made 3s a game so far this year. I would bet they finish the year in the 12-14 range with how many we shoot and playing 4 shooters most of the time.

  • Hey in fairness @mayjay, it might have been Mutt Lange and not Shania that wrote whatever offending lyric…

    “They All Poison”, that’s a Mike Davis original.

    Shania Twain is a Canadian pretending to have southern heritage who has carefully crafted a brand that includes occasional deliberately poor grammar in order to make millions of dollars.

    Mike Davis is speaking off the top of his head with poor grammar, because it’s presumably a comfortable way for him to speak.

    Between the two, I’ll take Mike Davis’ poor grammar.

  • @approxinfinity @HighEliteMajor The poor grammar in music thing has interested me for years. Hundreds of singers do it. I had to get used to it.

    As for Davis, it doesn’t bother me under the circumstances. Colloquial speech style that probably reflects the backgrounds of many of his players and his potential recruits. An affront to my Shawnee Mission education, but he isn’t recruiting those places, I’d guess. And sometimes short, pithy, wrong grammar makes the point far better.

    Who ever heard, “That dog doesn’t hunt”? Try it in a bar here in SC, you might not get out unscathed.

  • Funny! The Topeka paper edited his comment, but still left in a contraction:

    “All of ’em are poison,” Davis said with a laugh.

  • @mayjay lol. that’s ridiculous

  • All this conversation ain’t satisfactioning me.

  • @mayjay when you refer to backgrounds, do you mean inner city blacks? Or something else?

  • @cragarhawk Me too! I prefer when she just stands there and looks purdy.

  • @HighEliteMajor All of his players are African-American, half are Southern, most are urban. It is not a unique observation to note that the youth in this demographic often speaks in that style, as do many white kids. Rappers of all races use it, too.

    Unlike my grandparents, from rural Iowa whose use reflected lack of education beyond 8th grade and lifelong immersion in groups with similar backgrounds, the current usage appears voluntary and seems designed to reflect a “cool” aura. Like the 4.6 gpa HS senior linebacker next door who talks to us in the best damned English I ever heard, but who talks with his friends precisely as Davis did in that quote.

  • Obviously, I can’t get no satisfaction.

  • You all re-dikew-lus

  • @mayjay Your music examples are silly and irrelevant. That’s art.

    I’m talking about business, which is where a coach, a role model, is talking like an idiot. My sole point is always this – if you talk like an idiot, regardless of whether your African American, Eskimo American, Australian American, or just you prefer to just be known as American, you have a reason for an employer NOT to hire you. You can talk all you want about culture, or whatever, but I’m not hiring anyone who talks like that. Some might like to normalize it, and that speaks to the continued deterioration of our society, but if you want a job and want to improve your lot in life, try speaking properly.

  • @HighEliteMajor Are you talking about a sports coach or an English professor? I don’t want my English prof. teaching football or my football coach teaching English. (In the 7th grade they were one and the same for me and I didn’t learn Shakespearean words on the field, but the vocab was definitely different than in the hallways).

    It’s amazing to me that so many African Americans have to have an interview voice/change their speech pattern. They simply can’t be themselves and expect to get a job In corporate America. It’s terrible as slang/accent is more of a reflection of your environment than your intelligence. Otherwise every southern man I’ve ever met is a moron, but we all know that’s far from the truth.

  • @cragarhawk You listen to the singing? I simply leer…

  • @approxinfinity Shania is a hottie. She can mispronounce words all day as long as she bats her eyes at me…

  • KUSTEVE said:

    @approxinfinity Shania is a hottie. She can mispronounce words all day as long as she bats her eyes at me…

    You know - -I use to be a big Shania Twain fan many moons ago lol, you right she can bat away lol

    She actually got her start when here daddy would take her to the honky tonk bars after they closed and she would sing for the customers when she was a little girl - - NO I said SING when she was A LITLE GIRL so you stop with those thoughts lol, she didn’t go there when she got older lol. - -well MAYBE she did. - -Ended up marrying her stage manager. - - ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

  • @HighEliteMajor I think he already has a job, but I agree that a minority had better adhere to majority expectations when interviewing because of the established prejudice against minority culture and language. Thanks for making that point.

  • Davis sounds like he is a coach in the 3rd Ward in Houston. Ed Orgeron sounds like a coach in Baton Rouge. Are accents and colloquialisms now considered bad? I guess Bum Phillips could be included in that too. Heck, I might be in trouble, too.

  • @KUSTEVE you are not, remember, character counts!🦃🦃🦃 have a great turkey day!

  • Mike Davis grew up in a small Alabama town. He currently coaches at an HBCU in Houston which is very much southern. I stuck out a lot at KU because I have a much different accent than most at KU because there aren’t a lot of kids who grew up in Houston at KU.

    Bill Self absolutely has a big small town Oklahoma/Midwest accent that would stick out like a sore thumb if he coached on either coast.

  • I think Davis was trying to make a very simple point. Here’s a coach that knew going into the game that his team was going to be overmatched by KU. He was asked a classic coachspeak question about picking your poison, and he replied in a simple way that conveyed both his respect for KU’s talent, and his frustration at not having an answer - “they all poison”.

    Could he have used proper grammar and said “All of the players at the University of Kansas are talented enough offensively to be considered poisonous to the opponent.”

    Sure, but that seems silly.

    Remember Jim Mora’s “Playoffs? Don’t talk about—playoffs?! You kidding me? Playoffs?!” rant. That’s not perfect English, but it conveys the point perfectly.

    Let’s remember, language is about conveying ideas. Sometimes, those ideas are best conveyed through the use of the grammatical rules because the discussion is in a formal setting. At other times, the formality can be discarded to convey an idea through colloquialism, knowing that the audience will understand the point. This is often done to be humorous or sarcastic. That’s all Davis was doing here.

  • @justanotherfan Perhaps we could have Barbara Billingsley come in and translate whenever it is too offensive to some ears. As I recall, she very memorably “speaks jive.”

    In a more direct reply to you, it reminds me of refined wordsmith William F. Buckley’s defense of his having used the word “crap” in an essay. He was pilloried for being crude and for setting a bad example. (“But what about the children?”) As he pointed out, sometimes the less refined way of talking gets the point across more eloquently than refined speech ever could.

  • @KUSTEVE U2. I have prepared myself to consume mass quantities.

  • @Texas-Hawk-10 Exactly.

  • HighEliteMajor said:

    @mayjay Yes. But I get more interested when a coach role modeling for kids that will need to speak English to get a job, speaks like an idiot.

    Gotta get on Bill Self’s case too when he talks about not playing good.

  • @mayjay Doing your usual foolish dance again. No one said it’s offensive. You can make up whatever you want. It’s just dishonest. The sole point – sole point – is that being a role model to young men, all of whom will need jobs, is better accomplished by using the type of grammar that will be more likely to gain one a professional job.

    Of course, the offended masses can mock the point. But using proper English is not an outrageous suggestion, if you are really a role model for young men and really interested in their success.

    One major advantage in the business world, like it or not, is to be able to speak intelligently.

    @justanotherfan Fyi, and I appreciate your discussion, everything you’ve said is known and understood.

  • @HighEliteMajor

    You are absolutely correct in your comments but it seems that those who think this way are in the minority anymore. Unfortunately we live in a society that no longer strives for improvement towards excellence but caters to the lowest common denominator.

    For example, you can see just about all the younger kids repeating the words to rap lyrics without even realizing what they are saying. A few weeks ago when my grandson and girlfriend (both Johnson County teens) stopped by and kept repeating rap lyrics playing on his cell phone, I pulled the lyrics on the laptop and had him read them slowly. He was absolutely embarrassed not as much by the atrocious English but most of all for their misogynistic words; I don’t believe either had really thought about what they were parroting. I guess it is politically incorrect to point out the damage this type of rap music causes to our society and particularly black culture; easier to blame the cops than rap stars.

    PS. This is NOT a political statement by my personal view on the status of our society.

  • @HighEliteMajor “Usual foolish dance.” Coming from you, a compliment.

    As to being offended, gosh, that first post sounded an awful lot like it. My ability to read must be diminishing.

  • @chriz Bill is not in the particular target group.

  • @chriz

    Gotta get on @chriz for saying “gotta” and I suppose me too…just kidding. 😃

  • One thing I find highly ironic is how often people who make strong comments on the internet about a person using improper grammar so often use “your” instead of “you’re,” and do not seem to adhere to established rules of punctuation. Then they would defend that by saying that the meaning was clear and no one expects perfection on the internet. Just in post-game interviews, where speech must meet formal business rules.

  • @mayjay

    I had saved this link before and maybe this is the right time?

  • @JayHawkFanToo My teachers, and yours, too (probably), always said a preposition was an improper thing to end a sentence with. Usually, you could see about half the class wondering why the other half was laughing.

  • This discussion is the epitome of white privilege. Because I work with quite a few African Americans, male and female, this was a topic that I was always curious about so I have had some conversations here and there on the topic to try and gain a better understanding of what the phrase really means and entails.

    This is a prime example of white privilege. Why is there even a need to bring this topic up? How many times have we heard Bill Self use improper grammar in a halftime interview or a post game press conference? Why has his bad grammar never been mentioned before when it happens?

    Why is it that when an African American coach uses poor grammar in a press conference, it’s something worth pointing out?

    White privilege is not the blatantly obvious things, it’s subtle things like this that you don’t think about until other people mention it.

  • It’s embarrassing to me that grown-ass people, presumably intelligent grown-ass people, are whining and crying about grammar and punctuation. This is a KU site, folks - not UK.

    Seagulls - STOP IT NOW.

    PS - Sorry about the grammar and punctuation mishaps.

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