Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Colt Brennan is An Inspiration to Us All

Some of you more college-football savvy readers may have heard of Colt Brennan by now. He is the quarterback for the University of Hawaii and just set the single-season touchdown pass record while leading the formerly Rainbow Warriors to one of their best seasons in recent memory. Until about a week ago, I had no idea that Colt was the guy at Hawaii everyone was talking about as being arguably the best quarterback in the nation. Like, I knew Hawaii had a stud QB, and I knew Colt was on the team, but I had no idea they were one and the same. You see, I knew Colt Brennan a long time ago, but back then things for him were a little different.

Colt was good friends with my next door neighbor/coke dealer Tay-Tay (who was White) when I lived in Newport Beach. So needless to say he was on our block of 50th and River on the Balboa Peninsula quite often, usually accompanied by a few girls who he more or less ignored. And who more or less ignored me. I had no idea who he was as at the time, just that he used to play at Colorado and was now quarterback for the esteemed Saddleback Community College. But every time I saw Colt, it was the same rant over and over again.

Colt was Matt Leinart's backup in High School and then got a walk-on gig at the University of Colorado after graduation. As luck would have it, Colt arrived at CU right after a massive rape scandal involving a female kicker and several female students, leaving the program under the national microscope for any sort of player wrongdoing. Kind of like being at Miami except instead of 25 years Colorado only had to deal with it for one.

And so it was that Colt was at a party his freshmen year and some young girl invited him back up to her room, presumably to discuss the finer points of turn-of-the-century Russian literature and the growing crisis in Uganda. Among other things. Somehow during this meeting of the intellectual minds, Colt’s pants came off and as they did said girls' roommate walked in. Not wanting to be labeled a "slut" or "whore" and fully realizing that any accusation of sexual wrongdoing by a football player would result in immediate guilt given the current situation of the program, the girl freaked out and insisted Colt had broken into her room drunk and demanded sex, fondling her somewhere along the way. He eventually pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and trespassing, but a guilty verdict for unlawful sexual contact was thrown out by the court for lack of evidence. When I met him, he was awaiting sentencing in Colorado, and if you've seen Colt, he's the kind of guy who does very well on College Campuses, probably not so good in prison.

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had a loophole that allowed someone to leave the state during the time between conviction and sentencing, and so he was in Southern California, playing football just to play and hopefully attract the eyes of some college scouts before being sent off to the big house. Having been in a similar situation once, I could relate to Colt (though my punishment was social not penal), and spent many an evening listening to his rants and raising a Bud Light to an “Amen, brother.” There had been an article written on him in the OC Register that I sent to some friends saying that this guy is someone we all could relate to; who got screwed over by some lying tramp and now his career was ruined. Or so we thought.

I was watching TV the other night when my friend sent me a text saying "Your boy Colt is on ESPN." I switched over, thinking maybe the stud starter had been hurt and Colt got to get some PT on national Television. But as I turned on ESPN, I hear the commentators giving him a verbal blowjob usually reserved for the likes of Dwyane Wade or Tom Brady. Colt? Really? A Heisman favorite for next year and an assured first round pick? Wow, sometimes Karma really does work in your favor.

Of course, now that he is famous, Colt has had to tone down his indignation that spurned a line of "Free Colt" t-shirts on the CU campus. During the profile done on him at halftime, he said something to the effect of "My actions that night were stupid and there was a lot of alcohol involved and I'm not proud of it." No doubt something he has to do as a condition of his probation and perhaps for future endorsement deals. He also got a rousing endorsement from Matt Leinart, who I hadn't believed he was really friends with until I saw this piece on TV. I'm sure Colt doesn't remember me, and were it not for the opportunity he's gotten at Hawaii I probably wouldn't remember him. But Colt Brennan should be an inspiration to anyone who may take a major setback as the end to their dream: As long as you keep doing what you love, and you are good at it, someone, somewhere will take notice. And eventually, you will get what you deserve.

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24 Comments:

At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice piece. I really enjoyed it. I do watch A LOT of college football but, admittedly, didn't start following Colt until the media started buzzing about him. He's definately fun to watch and I hope his playing in Hawaii doesn't hurt his chances of being a top NFL prospect.

 
At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you know the girl was a 'lying tramp' how? And you relate to this guy, how? Of course, you heard the story from the guys' point of view.

And where is his friend the drug dealer now?

 
At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Johnson said...

Brennan is a good college QB, it'll be interesting to see how his numbers translate into the NFL. Hawaii's offense is REALLY gimmicky and they play like 2 real defenses a year.

 
At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You didn't make the connection until now? That sounds like the story of my buddy FD and Gillian Anderson...

So does Colt know who the hell is White Dade?

 
At 6:31 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Oh, the ubiquitous anonymous female crusader, who would rather take the side of some girl who she heard about third hand on this blog than the side of the football player. the same player who apparently had lengthy conversations with WD about his ordeal.

believe it or not, when most guys get falsely accused of rape, it's not something we can just shrug off and be like "sheeit trifling biznitch." friends of mine who have been falsely accused are deeply effected by it, and not because of their "ego" or "reputation," but because they've been marked as someone who would commit something that is so horrible to them.

i saw it happen no less than 3 times during my time in the usmc -- some girl shows up to the battalion and is surrounded by cock. it's party time. she wants to be "one of the guys" and ends up getting more dick than a urinal at the superbowl. some dude becomes her boyfriend. you know, the guy who always dates huge whores because he thinks he can rescue her or something, and while he's taking her out to nice restaurants and holding the door open for her and pulling out her seat, she's airtight everytime he's not around. he finds out. she calls rape. blammo, career ender. oh, later she admits she was lying? doesn't matter.

what most girls don't understand is that socially, being accused of rape and actually committing the act are (again, socially) pretty much the same thing. what if you were dating someone and he said, "oh, I was accused of rape but absolved." would you tell your friends? your mom? hell, you'd probably never see him again, saying something like "WELL WHERE THERE'S SMOKE THERE'S FIRE LOLZ".

rape is a horrible thing, yes, but the gravity of throwing around rape accusations is lost on most 18-21 year old girls, and the recourse available to someone accused of rape is horribly insufficient (fortunately that's changing). when girls throw around rape accusations to save their soiled reputations, in the end the ones who lose out the most are (ironically) the victims of actual rape -- who whole cry wolf thing again -- especially when it involves sports figures.

 
At 6:34 PM, Blogger Paul said...

whoops

"who whole cry wolf" -> "the whole cry wolf"

 
At 9:38 PM, Blogger Virgle Kent said...

"As long as you keep doing what you love, and you are good at it, someone, somewhere will take notice. And eventually, you will get what you deserve."

Howd you know I got herpes?

 
At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are three sides to every story. I am sure he was not totally innocent.

I am confident that he will come back for one more year but I don't see him as an NFL starter.

 
At 8:58 AM, Blogger Paul said...

keep in mind too that while extreme, a lot of girls believe this horseshit..

 
At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^^ Paul, that blog contains some of the biggest bullshit on the Internet. Can people really be that stupid?

 
At 10:09 AM, Anonymous DF said...

The biting beaver blog is man hating on an epic scale. At that point its founder and readers are better off moving to an all female reservation, each with 100 cats and a dildo because clearly they can't function in a normal society.

 
At 1:04 PM, Anonymous marywho said...

Hi Girl here, not man hater-- I swear. I think that the accusation of rape is a risk- just like vd or a popping condom - that a guy takes if he chooses to have sex. Just like women take the risk of rape when they go out with a man. What can you do? Use good judgement with who you have sex with. Choose women who are proud of who they are and don't give a damn what people think.

 
At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of male/female intimacies... Im surprised no one has commented on the mysterious disappearance of the "Girlfriend Reading Blog" post. Have you sobered up WD? No longer walking the fine line? Or did you get busted? haha

 
At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

""Oh, the ubiquitous anonymous female crusader, who would rather take the side of some girl ..."""

UM, If you get your reading comprehension skills in order...I didn't take her side. So please read it again.

I said that it was bizarre that he automatically assumed she was a lying tramp.

Any poor girl who gets "surrounded by cock," as someone says in a followup post, or anything else, is probably also being surrounded by jerks. Guys have to use common sense and not take advantage of such a situation.

I feel bad for guys who are falsely accused. I do NOT feel bad for assholes.

 
At 6:08 PM, Blogger Paul said...

If WD knows the guy, knows as many people as I do who have been falsely accused, and after looking at recent events involving sports figures (duke? kobe?) who have been falsely accused, is he really that out of line thinking she was a lying tramp?

I feel bad for guys who are falsely accused. I do NOT feel bad for assholes.

Wow, what if I said, "I feel bad for rape victims. I do NOT feel bad for sluts." See the implications? Or should I get my reading comprehension skills in order?

 
At 2:28 AM, Blogger Johnny said...

A couple comments WD. First, if Colt Brennan is such an upstanding guy, why was his best friend a coke dealer? And I bet probably the only area where being accused of rape can't kill your career is sports. Football and basketball players can commit crime after crime and still be allowed to play. Even Marcus Vick, who pointed a gun at teenagers in a fast food parking lot was picked up by the Dolphins. And no one seems to care about Kobe's situation now because he's one of the best players around.

 
At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul is on a roll. Keep preaching my brother.

 
At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point Johnny. Dont forget the Cincinnattica Bengals. They have about 7 dudes that have committed crimes and are getting off. My all-time favorite has to be Damon Stoudamire though. Got busted going thru an airport metal detector with a bunch of weed that was wrapped up in tin foil. Hahahaha

 
At 11:06 AM, Blogger Virgle Kent said...

PAUL

Just murdered it on the comment section.... JESUS... comment of the year

 
At 2:36 PM, Blogger White Dade said...

TD - If you watch his games, all anyone talks about is what a great pro prospect he is.

Anon - I haven't talked to Tay-Tay in a while. I'm not sure. I believe Colt becasue I know him and the situation is all to famiaiar to a lot of guys.

Johnson - I'm waiting to see...

Mini - I seriosuly doubt he has any idea.

Paul - Anty girl hangign around a batiallion of Marines should pretty much know the deal.

VK - you know that shit causes Alzheimers, right?

Anon1 - Time will tell. But I'll be rooting for him.

Marywho - Very good point.

BM - Oh, you just wait on that one, pal.

Johnny - He was not a coke dealer. He had a real job. He just did that as a service to the good people of the Balboa peninsule. As for athletes getting away with a lot, yeah, it happens. The only way to stop it is to stop watching them paly, which nobody is going to do anytime soon.

 
At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul writes: 'what if I said, "I feel bad for rape victims. I do NOT feel bad for sluts."

Nope, I don't see the comparison. Assoles/rapists are responsible for perpetrating actions and hurting people. Neither rape victims nor sluts do anything hurtful to people.

Again, I never assumed Colt was wrong. I only said Dade shouldn't assume the girl is a "lying tramp."

Your comrehension skills, well, still defy comprehension.

 
At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Johnson said...

"Nope, I don't see the comparison. Assoles/rapists are responsible for perpetrating actions and hurting people. Neither rape victims nor sluts do anything hurtful to people."

I think you're missing the point of Paul's comparison. You don't doesn't neccessarily have to do anything particularly harmful to anyone to be an asshole. I could give a random person walking down the street the middle finger or curse loudly at a football game while surrounded by people and while that might make me an asshole, it's not harming anyone.

 
At 3:48 AM, Anonymous Li'l Bill said...

Marywho makes a very good point. If I choose to tag some girl that I just met because she's willing to open her legs, then whatever happens as a result (pregnancy, AIDS, broken penis, finding out she's really a man, stalking, rape accusations, etc.) is MY OWN fault.

Just like anything else in life, don't put yourself in a potentially bad situation and you'll have less to worry about. Colt CHOSE to hit it and he suffered the consequences.

 
At 1:20 PM, Anonymous eponymous said...

"TD - If you watch his games, all anyone talks about is what a great pro prospect he is."

Did you see the Sugar Bowl?

UGA dismantled him. Doubt you'll be hearing "great pro prospect" much more in the future. Are you sure they weren't saying "rape suspect"? Kinda close in the syllables..

 

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