Football coaches will always take crap from both their opponents and their own fans. Smack talk and heated conversation is part of the game. But sometimes when it goes beyond the football-related issues, it goes too far. And many fans have gone over the line with Charlie Weis, taking the low road with cheap personal attacks about his weight or his looks. Some have even gone to the disturbingly sick level of insulting Weis' disabled daughter.
I'm a proud and devoted Trojan. But I'm embarrassed by and angry as hell at the USC fan who sent Weis a USC hat back in 2005 accompanied by remarks that disparaged Weis' daughter Hannah. Hannah Weis is mentally and physically disabled. I am the father of an autistic child. To this day, the a** whole that sent that note and hat to Weis has never apologized. I wish I could meet him and simply pound the s*** out of him. This anonymous coward does not deserve to be a part of the Trojan Nation. I hope he reads my FanPost and looks in the mirror.
Coach Weis is an amazingly good person and devoted parent. Weis and his wife have established this foundation: Hannah & Friends, a charity that provides desperately needed help to disabled children and their families. The immense effort, the massive financial commitments, the painful emotional stress involved in raising a disabled child cannot be understood unless you have been there. Not only does Coach Weis show his true colors as a great person by the devotion he gives to Hannah, he is making a huge contribution to the welfare of mentally and physically disabled children everywhere.
Mentally and physically disabled children are amazing. The happy, accepting, generally positive attitude they have towards life in the face of these huge obstacles is unbelieveable. The innocent and loving feelings they give towards the people in their world are a gift to everyone who meets them. Do yourself a favor and meet one of these children some day. Then go home and think about yourself, your friends, your life. Imagine what it might be like to be mentally and physically disabled yourself. Imagine what it might be like to be the parent of a mentally and physically disabled child. Then look in the mirror and make sure you like what you see.
We generally can't stand Notre Dame, they generally can't stand USC. Charlie Weis hasn't done a great job of coaching ND for all the reasons we've discussed. Go ahead and slam his coaching or slam the Notre Dame football team all you want. As long as you're slamming the football-related issues. Taking the low road and hitting Weis because of his weight is cheap and does not represent Troy in a good light. Insulting comments about Weis' daughter Hannah are simply inexcusable.
Anyone - anyone - who makes detrimental remarks about disabled children is the scum of the earth and not deserving of the honor of being a Trojan. Anyone - anyone - who goes about disparaging Charlie Weis on a personal level has no idea what the hell he is talking about and should just shut the hell up. We parents of mentally and physically disabled children know what our world is like and we know the gifts from God that our children really are. Charlie Weis is a great person. His daughter Hannah is an angel and a gift.
As a proud USC Trojan, I ask all Trojans to please keep your insults and comments related to football. When you start getting personal, you just don't get what it means to be a Trojan. When you insult mentally and physically disabled children, you are a sick and evil freak.
Learn about disabled children. Think about donating to one of the charities like Coach Weis'. And Represent Troy proudly and with dignity.