Apparently, they stopped to chat with Dooley, who happened to be there, about the quality of the movie's soundtrack:
And for an oldie, anything from the soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 which we saw Sunday. I ran into the McElwains after the movie and Jim and I were both most impressed with the music.
I'm not sure how I feel about this.
I mean, I get that these guys need their down time, too, but is it really the best look for the head coach at the University of Florida to be taking his wife to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at a public theater? Would Nick Saban take Terry to see that and just be sidling out of the theater; discussing the soundtrack?
These guys get paid the big bucks to project a certain image for the program. There's nothing wrong with a little mind candy, per se, but why not build a home theater and watch that stuff in private? They've got the money.
It just seems like a bad look. Especially given everything that's transpired with the shark photo/internet memes. There's going to be an impression that the UF coach is a bit zany.
I know some are going to say, "Well, Lawrence, what do you want him to do? Just sit captive inside his home and never go out?" As a rough guide, I'd suggest the following:
- Sporting events are okay. You work in the industry, you have sponsorships with industry brands, etc. However, you should be sitting in a premium area. It would be weird for the UF head coach to be seen with his wife in upper deck seats at a Magic playoff game, for example, just taking in the action.
- Movies, as I said, should generally be private viewing. These guys live in mansions and can afford a home theater. The Obamas used to have Hollywood producers send over advanced copies for private screenings in the White House, for example.
- Haircuts should be done privately. At that level, barbers come to you. It would be embarrassing for the head coach at UF to be sitting in a chair, waiting his turn, with other regular Joe's in some shop. Find a barber you like and pay him a premium to serve you after hours, come to your house, etc. Even the players get their line-ups done privately. It's just a bad look to be exposed in a public barber shop in this position.
- Restaurants are okay, but, again, should offer a private dining area or at least be of a level that average people generally wouldn't mob you there anyway. This can be difficult in a one horse town like Gainesville, but places will accommodate for the right price. Nothing wrong with calling the manager and saying, "Hey so-and-so, it's Jim. I wanted to bring Karen down tonight. Would you mind staying for an extra hour after you close the doors? I'll make it worth you and your staff's while." Also, having meals catered/delivered to your home is perhaps an even better option. Especially the way this guy eats - he's opening himself up to all kinds of memes/negative social media reaction if he's ever seen stuffing his face in the normal dining sections. Fulmer probably thanks God social media wasn't a thing in his heyday.
- Golf and tennis should be played at private, more exclusive clubs. Again, just don't need the bad imagery and mobs.
- Shopping should be done after-hours or have a private shopper/assistant pick up something for you. Obviously today it's easier to avoid sticky situations because you can do so much shopping online.
- Doctors/dentist visits....private appointments, after-hours. Perhaps never so paramount when dealing with something as intimate as one's health. We don't need FSU fans taking images of him at the proctologist and creating memes saying they're going to shove it up our -ss like that again in November, etc. Even before social media, it was horrible when Bowden was seen getting treatment at Shands and T-Shirts were made with cartoons showing him exiting the hospital with a gator tail attached to his rear. There's just no need. Keep it private.
- Car issues...let assistants or the UAA handle it, since I'm pretty sure a car is provided for by the university under the terms of his contract. Similar to the barber shop issue, it's just dumb to have your head coach seen waiting for an oil change or something. Find a detailer you like and trust who will come wash it on your premises.
So, that's kind of a rough outline for how one should conduct himself in this position. Again, it's a stressful job and these guys need some down time, but it should be done thoughtfully and in a way that won't embarrass the program.