When we think of Fresno’s favorite annual fall events, most people probably think of The Big Fresno Fair. But that’s No. 2 on my list.
What I look forward to most each year is when Fresnans take a dizzying ride on the “Fire Pat Hill” carousel.
I’ll be honest: I had planned to post a poll this week asking at what point in the season the Fresno State football fans would turn their pre-season excitement into mid-season Pat Hill ire. It happens at some point every year. It’s fun to try to predict when. Angry Red Wavers beat me to it, though, after what many are deeming an embarrassing loss last weekend against Cal.
The game wasn’t even over by the time the “Fire Pat Hill” tweets starting flying. The consequent debate on 1430 ESPN was about who should and shouldn’t be allowed to criticize the football program. It’s like our own little local version of the Brett Favre will-he-play, won’t-he-play saga. Just wait. It’s coming. Every year.
I’m not a Fresno State football fan, just an observer of all things Fresno. So I don’t care if Hill keeps the job. I just like to watch the skirmish. The annual Pat Hill witch hunt is incredible fodder — like a reality TV train wreck you can’t flip away from.
I marvel at how it goes down each year. Everybody starts out excited about the new season, then there’s one disappointing loss (it’s usually not Week 1) and the anti-Pat Hill side starts calling for a coup while the other sticks up for Coach Fu Manchu. If the Bulldogs can pull of a big upset, the fuming fans die down a bit, but once the ‘Dogs don’t win the conference, the whole ordeal starts again in the off-season. It sorta reminds me of a movie.
Right now though, it doesn’t looks like the “Fire Pat Hill” carousel is stopping anytime soon. It’s a long season with a tough schedule ahead, so hold on tight, guys and gals. I look forward to seeing how dizzying it gets after Fresno State gets thumped in Nebraska this weekend.