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Doesn’t Bobby Bowden remind you of, um, Donald Rumsfeld?

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BBobby Bowden and Donald Rumsfeld…on the surface, they appear to have little in common, other than both are icons in their mid-seventies. And that’s where the similarities end, right? Bobby is down-to-Earth and Rummy is a Princeton snob. Bobby plays games for a living, while Rummy’s every day was filled with life-or-death decisions. See, they are very different people.

Except that, more and more, Bobby Bowden is starting to sound just like Donald Rumsfeld. Their accents may be different, but their stubborness is eerily alike. Rumsfeld used to talk about how great things were going in Iraq, then the news would cut to a picture of six Marines dying in a Humvee. That kind of dichotmy is what I hear when I listen to Bobby Bowden. He talks about “making progress,” of getting things “established” and then FSU loses 33-0 AT HOME to Wake Forest.

Like I said, the former Secretary of Defense and a football coach have little in common, but they are both in a state of denial. We see where that led Rumsfeld. Should Bobby suffer the same fate?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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