Gentlemen (and ladies) of RCR, our Diamond Rebs journey to Charlottesville this weekend for the program's eighth straight NCAA Regional appearance. As you may or may not know, The Hoos' recent surge onto the national scene is largely due to the generosity of one John Grisham.
It's no secret Grisham is an arrogant asshole. After some reflection spurred by yesterday's announcement of our regional draw, I've come to realize he's an even bigger asshole than I first thought and, so, requires a little hatin' to be thrown his way from any and all "good Rebels".
Asshole, Mediocre Writer
So, what has Grisham done other than engage in assholery and live the life of the rich and famous while far more talented writers eek out pedestrian existences with no true national appreciation for their greatness until after they're dead?
After making a career and fortune off stories shedding Mississippi in the worst possible light, the man moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, where, a few short years later, felt the need to donate a shit load of money to a school with more money than it knows what to do with, all-the-while his alma maters (State and Ole Miss) deal with the continued financial (and other) burdens of being state schools in one of the poorest states in the union. Nice job, John. What a tribute to your home state.
How typical for it to all come full circle as it did just a year ago when UVA - who had previously never even won a fucking regional - waltzed onto Swayze Field, toyed with our emotions and then proceded to dogpile as we agonized over yet another "so close yet so far away" opportunity to break through to Omaha.
I hereby propose this week to be "John Grisham Hate Week".
P.S. Don't bring any of this ".....well, he did donate $X to Ole Miss/State/Rust in 19XX....". We're trying to hate here and pointing out that sort of thing would be counterproductive. So, save it.