What They're Saying: Lou Holtz

“I don’t want to become you. I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team!”

-- Lou Holtz, the retired Notre Dame football team, speaking about an immigrant "invasion" and bashing soccer at a luncheon the Republican National Coalition for Life organized during the Republican National Committee. (Daily Beast)
14 comments about "What They're Saying: Lou Holtz".
  1. Brian Cameron, July 19, 2016 at 10:33 p.m.

    Another narrow-minded moron.

  2. Bob Ashpole replied, July 20, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

    It might be narrow-minded, but the failure of immigrants to assimilate is a problem for those immigrants and our society generally even though we tolerate it.

  3. David Mont, July 19, 2016 at 10:38 p.m.

    How is that bashing soccer? It's bashing those who come to this country yet continue to support the national teams of countries they fled (for whatever reason). If anything, Holtz actually showed some knowledge of the local soccer scene.

  4. Scott Johnson replied, July 20, 2016 at 6:28 p.m.

    This isn't bashing soccer (though it wouldn't surprise me if Holtz, as a longstanding fixture in American football, holds association football in low regard). It's a post bashing Mexicans, a common theme of the campaign of the current GOP nominee. As such, it might not be relevant in this forum, but it's an unfortunate remark nonetheless, by yet another moron who confuses "political correctness" with "not being an a$$hole".

  5. David Mont, July 20, 2016 at 7:01 a.m.

    Spare me your preaching. I came to the US with my family as an adult because, well, let's put it this way, the country where I grew up didn't treat us very nicely. There is no way in hell I would root for that country now in any sport. Italian Americans root for Italy, but as you yourself mentioned, they also root for the US. So do the German and Irish Americans. But go to the next US-Mexico game anywhere in this country and see for yourself how much respect Mexican fans have for the US players, fans, the flag. And then come back here and tell me who you think the racists are.

  6. John Mcdermott, July 20, 2016 at 7:53 a.m.

    another idiot.

  7. Glenn Manning, July 20, 2016 at 10:17 a.m.

    Who the F is Lou Holts?

  8. Scott Johnson replied, July 20, 2016 at 6:21 p.m.

    Former American football coach at Notre Dame. Until recently, someone who has kept his nose out of politics; and given recent remarks, his prior silence was wise.

  9. Andrew Brown, July 20, 2016 at 3:43 p.m.

    The slant on the editorial to the comment is intellectually dishonest. I agree with Lou Holtz regarding which soccer team to cheer for. I certainly don't want to cheer for Mexico's soccer team or get ads celebrating Mexico's team, nor do I wish to be assaulted for cheering on my country at a game hosted in my country.

  10. Richard Brown, July 20, 2016 at 6:42 p.m.

    He could not do the job with the Jets. So he took the college job to get life long security at a million a year.

    Sports and politics never mix.

    I spoke about that immigrants should learn the language of their adopted country. Easier for them to make money here without getting beat. Can't speak the language your going to be beat out of money by those who can.

    Plus I am not interested in anyone's politics
    unless it put more money in my pocket.

  11. Ginger Peeler, July 21, 2016 at 8:38 p.m.

    I'm sorry to be so late to the party. Lou Holtz is a highly successful college football coach (now retired) and now serves as a college football analyst on ESPN. He used to be a funny, witty man. He was a strict taskmaster, but his players loved him. He's now approaching 80, and has become more of a cantankerous old man. He has always been active in politics and was fired by the University of Arkansas for making political statements that the university felt were inappropriate for their head coach. Keep in mind, he is from the south...he has made racist-type comments before. He harks back to the times when African Americans were called a derogatory name and Mexicans were all "wetbacks". I've told you before...in the mid 1990s, in Arkansas, our local sports editor refused to cover our high school soccer games because soccer was "a communist sport". And in the South, football is still THE college sport. Soccer, even now, is still seen there as an upstart by many sports departments in high schools and colleges. Very few of the Southwest Conference colleges are fielding men's soccer teams. I think they all have women's teams. However, there are lots of fans for the sport. The schools, etc, will eventually catch up to the fans.

  12. Richard Brown, July 22, 2016 at 9:14 a.m.

    I am 75 yrs old most people would call me a street guy when I was not coaching. Holtz could not deal with me if I met him in real life. But I always treated people fairly with out prejudice. I don't know how anyone can coach and be prejudiced especially if you love winning. I doubt if he is really that way if he was he would not win.

    Every person is different to reach them you have to know people.

  13. Bill Morrison, July 23, 2016 at 8:03 a.m.

    Considering the source, I would want to know the context and the full remarks by Holtz. Picking a few sentences from a speech gives you no context whatsoever and just allows the quoter or source to bend or fit the quote to whatever political or social view they're peddling. The Daily Beast is a very left-slanted source, so I would take anything they say with a grain of salt.

  14. Richard Brown, July 23, 2016 at 9:23 a.m.

    Most news papers lean to the left. That is why there all going out of business.

    But the economy is doing just great they say :)

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