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Sarkisian is real about negative fans


Steve Sarkisian and Texas Longhorns Football players after first game
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After Texas’ loss to Iowa State on Saturday, supposed fans and non fans were unhinged as the metaverse exploded in a flurry of venomous arrows that contained disrespectful caricatures and comparisons directed at coach Sarkisian, the team, and some individual players.  

Just after the first quarter, comments started to flow and as the time ran out in the game, a fire hose opened up from a bunch of fans and non-fans acting Karen like. Even a Super Bowl championship player and now NFL coach could not resist making a comment about the Longhorns as former Longhorns QB Colt McCoy was leading the Cardinals to a win on Sunday night. 

We asked Sarkisian how he coaches the team to tune out the blather from the metaverse but take notice of fans who are respectful and support Texas Longhorns, such as the one who are attending the Kansas game on Saturday.

Coach Sarkisian referenced the powerful quote from Theodore Roosevelt speech named the "The Man in the Arena"

Here is Coach Sarkisian’s response.

https://youtu.be/_3dtCizDMRE?t=1226

Here is the quote from The Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Internationally renown Brene Brown, a Texas alumni, gets specific about The Man in the Arena quote several years ago. Listen to what Brene Brown said:

You can also see the entire press conference here:

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