Jim Moore And Sisyphus, Madness CapturedSeptember 3rd, 2012 by terrybenish
Sisyphus is not a disease that infects your toenails, nor is it some psychological description about people’s orientation. None of that at all.
He is the hero or sad doofus that Greek gods, doomed to forever push a rock up a hill only to see it return to the bottom of the hill when he gets close to the peak of the climb. As a figure of some 7,000 years ago, the myth asserts he was a King of what is called in modern times Corinth which is southwest of Athens for you geographers.
Pullman in 5,000 BC would be recognizable to folks in modern times, as a wide spot very close to the middle of nowhere. Corinth was a happening place, travelers and traders and commerce. Pullman was not and is not.
Well old Sisyphus was a mean and sneaky king, he killed and robbed travelers and fooled around with his niece, a true low down scumbag.
So Zeus, who was the head of the Greek gods, took it upon himself to punish Sisyphus for his perfidy and backstabbing skulduggery by having him push this heavy rock up a hill forever, no matter what he does it never gets to the top. At some point some frustration has probably set in. But he can’t stop.
The Cougars bring in an expensive but tarnished head coach who was fired for abusing his players, who’s talked to virtually every reporter in the State in the last seven or eight months in one of the biggest rock tour ever seen here. Jim Moore, well Jim has drank of the Koolaid early and often and is ever hopeful that the rock will stay at the top of the hill. Jim Moore is the Sisyphus of journalism, forever doomed to write about and root for WSU football.
Alas, just when he thought he was over the top, BYU throttled the Cougars by the neck and the rock rolled over the top of poor Jim and now he sits at the bottom of the hill cursing and spitting at the Huskies. Not at the head coach that took the money from the ten wheat farmers that ponied up his salary.
There was a sequence during the BYU game in the third quarter where it looked like Leach was winding up to slug Jeff Tuel the hapless Cougar quarterback, but instead he pointed at him in an aggressive fashion.
I don’t think Leach can help himself. Sooner or later he’ll do something like that and hit someone or put them in a headlock and start giving them the upper cuts…
Instead of writing about how the Cougars and their retread athletic director have messed the football team up yet again, Jim writes about the Huskies. He’s on the radio at 710ESPN, he’s got his own website, he’s in the Kitsap Sun, he’s in what is left of the PI, Facebook and Twitter forever doomed to spit out 1,000 words on hating the Huskies.
Deep down, in a dark moment as he starts to push the rock back up the hill, don’t you know he’s starting to harbor worry and sparking a fire about Leach.