Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE
Hear me out on this one. After the game, Bo Pelini was being interviewed by ABC’s Jeanine Edwards about his thoughts. At the end of the interview, Martinez walked up behind Pelini, drawing his attention. The ABC crew cut to the studio, but then back to an Edwards interview with Martinez, which was clearly unplanned but welcomed by ABC.
Martinez was great in the interview, saying his performance was “OK” and praising his receivers and offensive line. You know, the kind of cliché stuff we expect athletes to say.
Remember, this was the guy who wouldn’t talk to the media as a freshman and whose interactions with the media last year could be awkward and uncomfortable. This year, it looked like he sought it out and was very comfortable.
Now, who knows? Maybe Pelini told him he had to do a post-game interview. Maybe someone has given Martinez the speech Crash Davis gave Nuke LaLoosh in Bull Durham:
Crash Davis: You're gonna have to learn your clichés. You're gonna have to study them, you're gonna have to know them. They're your friends. Write this down: "We gotta play it one day at a time."
Nuke LaLoosh: Got to play... it's pretty boring.
Crash Davis: 'Course it's boring, that's the point. Write it down.
But the important thing is that in 2010 or 2011, you never would have seen Martinez do something like that. The fact is that Martinez is much better than he used to be about handling himself like a quarterback, including how a quarterback is expected to behave. That is good news for the Children of the Corn hoping Martinez can lead them back to the promised land.
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