Dan Patrick recently questioned Rick Reilly's ridiculous article and came to the defense of Jimmer Fredette. On his radio show, Patrick said...
"I don't like everyone piling on Jimmer Fredette."
"Some people just seeing their first college game of the year, apparently. And writing columns or what they're gonna say on their radio shows or TV shows."
"Don't blame Jimmer Fredette for being over-covered. Blame yourself, blame your network, blame your magazine, blame your newspaper."
"Did Jimmer Fredette say, 'Hey, notice me?' No... he's the face of college basketball. He didn't ask for it."
"Jimmer Fredette had a bad game... and they took Florida into overtime... What if they had won? Would somebody have written an article that he's overrated?
"If you say he's playing with guys who should be pizza delivery boys, and you take Florida into overtime. Just look at that one statement that Rick Reilly wrote. Rick, just read it, and then tell me. You're making an argument against what you're writing. He's got four pizza delivery guys with him, and he took Florida into overtime. Exactly."
"But now as everybody wants to be contrarion... I'm gonna rip Jimmer Fredette. Then you'll read my column or you'll notice who I am, what I'm saying."
"Get Reilly on the show! Oh, that's right, he can't come on the show."
"See if Reills will come one. I'm gonna ask him 'is that the first time he saw Jimmer Fredette play?"
"It bothers me. These are the voices that we have in sports."
"Reills to write that. I would hope that he would talk to some of these other coaches who have had other stops, who have been around basketball, like Steve Alford or Steve Fisher. Guys who coached against him, Billy Donovan."