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Black and Gold Clad Men: The Editorial


A lone figure walks to his office, passing co-workers that cannot help but stare at his absolute audacity.


Old_phone_medium Sir, Mr. Barta, Mr. Fry, Mr. Davis and Mr. Campbell to see you.

Kirk_draper_icon_medium Send them -

The door flies open and the four men file in.

Gary_sterling_icon_medium (Slamming newspaper on the desk) What the hell is this?

Kirk_draper_icon_medium Something I've been waiting to say for a long time.

Erik_campbell_icon_medium (Picks up newspaper and reads) "Why I'm Quitting On Running the Ball - recently my football team ended a long relationship with the running back position, and I'm relieved. For over 100 years, Iowa football has devoted itself to using a position for which good work is irrelevant because teams can't stop themselves from using it. A position that never improves, constantly gets injured and makes people unhappy. But there was money in it. A lot of money. In fact, our entire university depended on it. We knew it wasn't good for us, but we couldn't stop. So, as of today, the Iowa football program will no longer recruit running backs. We know it's going to be hard. If you're interested in running backs, here's a list of schools that do it well: Wisconsin, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Texas A&M. As for us, we welcome all other skill positions because we're certain that our best work is still ahead of us. Sincerely, Kirk Ferentz, Iowa football.

Erik_campbell_icon_medium This is suicide. I mean I coach wide receivers and I'm all about throwing the ball, but this is a death wish. We need running backs. You're going to get our receivers and this program killed. Is that what you were thinking?

Lane_davis_medium (Speaking in British accent) I've done my darndest to save this company and here you go and pull the plug. And in spring ball!

Gary_sterling_icon_medium Why is he talking like that?

Lane_davis_medium Oh for Godsakes you should know by now. I'm from that foreign land known as Texas.

Gary_sterling_icon_medium Sorry, your highness.

Erik_campbell_icon_medium Do you realize what this means for our other positions? Now how are they going to be sure that you are not going drop them at a moment's notice and put another ad that blasts them. You're crazy.

Kirk_draper_icon_medium Gentlemen, this is not a death wish. This isn't suicide. It's an ad. We make them all the time. And I didn't even have to be wined and dined.

Haydencooper_icon_medium Keep joking. You're cynical and craven. Running backs put a roof over your head and fed your children.

Kirk_draper_icon_medium And then, it killed our program.

Haydencooper_icon_medium I cannot believe I'm hearing this. Running backs have been the cornerstone of the team. Ronnie Harmon, Nick Bell, Sedrick Shaw. These were all crown jewels on successful teams. I cannot be a part of a program that does not share that vision. Gentlemen, I bid you adieu.

Mr. Fry leaves in a huff

Lane_davis_medium You've put me in a lose-lose position here, Kirk. Everything I've done here has been in the full understanding that we would have a running back. It'll be tough to sustain the program without one.

Kirk_draper_icon_medium I just don't know what the big deal is. We should be used to not having a running back by now. Everything is going to be fi---

Old_phone_medium Sir, I hate to interrupt but you have a call.

Kirk_draper_icon_medium We're kind of in the middle of something.

Old_phone_medium It's Mike Leach.

Ferentz reaches for the phone

Kirk_draper_icon_medium Hello, this is Kirk Ferentz.

Mike_leach_icon_medium ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH! Kirk, this Mike Leach head coach of Washington State.

Kirk_draper_icon_medium Yes sir.

Mike_leach_icon_medium I read what you had to say and I was impressed, it's that kind of open minded approach that'll do wonders in our country.

Kirk_draper_icon_medium Thank you, sir.

Mike_leach_icon_medium Kirk, Washington State will always be behind you. It almost makes me feeling like singing: Fifteen men on a dead man's chest. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Drink and the devil sent to the shed for a rest. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Kirk_draper_icon_medium Who is this?

Iconbielema_medium It's your old buddy Beliema. Thanks for the plug in today's newspaper. I'm used to poaching quarterbacks, but an extra running back or two will not be a problem behind our behemoth line. Thanks again Kirk. Have a good fall.

Kirk hangs up.

Kirk_draper_icon_medium I think this meeting is over. We've got work to do.

Gary_sterling_icon_medium Well, I gotta go learn a bunch of people's names before I fire them.

Meanwhile in the break room

Peggy_icon_medium What do you think they're talking about in their meeting.

James_mm_icon_medium Probably how many of us they are going to release. And just as television was about to take off.

Peggy_icon_medium What are you talking about? Television has been around for almost 70 years.

James_mm_icon_medium Not 3D television. And now all of it is down the drain.

Peggy_icon_medium I don't think you should worry. You have an in with the boss, plus didn't they just hire your brother.

James_mm_icon_medium Yeah, but the ones hired first are always the first to go.

Peggy_icon_medium What about you Vandenberg? We never heard your thoughts on what you think of Kirk's letter.

James_v_icon_medium Well everybody thinks that it's the death knell of the program, but I think it's the exact opposite. I think it will open some new opportunities. And who doesn't like an exciting passing offense. I think the rumors of our demise are a little exaggerated.

Mr. Fry walks by holding some of his belongings in a box.

Haydencooper_icon_medium I just wanted to say that it was a pleasure to work with all of you. An absolute pleasure.

The three young workers all stare, mouth agape

James_mm_icon_medium I'm going to start looting the fridge.

James_v_icon_medium I call office supplies.