Kool-Aid VS Gatorade idioms


Glenn Reeves of PAW has an article about Foothill starting the gridiron season 6-0. I commented that College of San Mateo is also undefeated, and ranked #1 in the state — I had been tracking Darrell Page the former St. Francis standout.

The Foothill coach cautions the world not to expect so much so early in the season. They had a similar start prevously, but ran out of gas.

He said “don’t expect us to drink the Kool-aid so early”.

I wrote back: Hey, Coach, don’t drink the Kool-aid at all!”

Drink the Kool-aid is a tacky and pejorative reference to the murder of several hundred Guyanese in 1976 by Jim Jones. (I.e. Jonestown Massacre). It has become a weird busness jargon.

I think Coach Owls was referencing “Gatorade showers” which started wtih New York Giants Jim Burt in 1984 and persist. That is, the players prank their coach after a winning climax to season by pouring the Gatorade on him. As in, normally if you fuck with your coach he makes you do pushups or something. Its sort of like asking don Corleon a favor on his wedding day.

I hope your child is a masculine child, Foothill coach.
Me, too, says the CSM coach.

Hans Delannoy, the former Cubberley player, gunn and cub coach and San Ramon High hall of famer and I will take in CSM DVC in a few weeks. But CSM City College wil be a hoot.

Also, I’m fixing to take in St Ignatius game to see Touchdown Teddye sic Buchanan. Also, I still want to see Gunn’s high octane offense and Eitan Smolyan, Israeli American fastback.
Also, Dartmouth’s in town again, so to speak as the backs go tearing by, which is a reference to a football song written by a coach.

Speaking of which, keep your bananas peeled for a concert on March 20, 2020, with zydeco legendy cJ chenier and the Dartmouth Coast jazz band – -there is no coast in Hanover, NH just a river bank. and a ski jump. and 20,000 acres of hiking. and a small hill. and a tower. or two towers. and a football painted in bright 1970s stripes by the father of a classmate I never spoke to named I think Stephanie Anuskiwicz. Her dad Richard Anuskiwicz painted a ball in honor of maybe 1970 football and it was on display in alumni gyn for a while. Dartmouth was Barbary Coast Jazz Band before they got shaved, politically. (Referencing The Barbery Coast is not as tacky as Jonestown — I did once book a band Brian Jonestown Massacre, tacky enough, and evil. They were packaged with Geraldine Fibbers, pre-Nels Cline. Not to be confused with Butcher Hollers, which I thought was a gay thing but is actually flat out country. I’m here all week, try to salmon mouuse.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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