War Games

Once Sullivan concluded the brutal pruning of his roaster and outfitted the survivors in the famed skull and crossbones leather helmets, and successfully installed his other worldly offensive attack. He then switched into game mode, the difficult to imagine, this somehow involved a heightened amount of practice intensity, mixed with an added ingredient of paranoia. By the time Sullivan made it to the stadium, he saw total domination of the entire venue. This included psychological control over everyone present, including the opposing team and coaches, as well as game officials and even spectators.

 

Tommy Davis 

We were practicing preparing to play Pearl River. And a plane came over, single engine, Piper Cove,

 

Tommy Davis 

 it looked like start surfing.

 

Tommy Davis 

In a minute, he says, I wonder who that is.

 

Interviewee 

Bull said “they’re scouting us” start fighting.

 

Tommy Davis 

And so we ran the next plane we started hitting each other on the shoulder pad and boxing ran. He led out on oath and said I said fight. You

 

Ernest Moore 

grabbed the closest fellas to you and I’m not talking about play fight. I’m talking about you start slugging it out just like you fist fight. When I got up and turned around and somebody put my lights out, they really hit me, hit me and face them but blood going everywhere. And I’m not the only one, it’s just everybody.

 

Tommy Davis 

And I went down seeing stars and all

 

Ernest Moore 

playing mace cup more loops.

 

Interviewee 

Give them a shot. Give them a shot gun. Yeah.

 

Interviewee 

Somebody went down and got a shot gun came back.

 

Interviewee 

He raced in his pocket, they put that chill and there go currently Boom, boom, boom and look around.

 

Interviewee 

And lo and behold, he took that pump shotgun. I looked up at that airplane and shot. not once but twice. In that plane. You could tell then just kind of my little circle it took off.

 

Interviewee 

Boom, blows his roof. Let’s get back to practice.

 

Charlie Box 

But he was always talking about killing people and young guys like us. We didn’t know whether he, whether he meant it or whether he was kidding.

 

Carles McComb 

If he said it once he said at a jillion times I’ve killed enough men to cover this field. One more will make no difference.

 

Don Edwards 

And he would often say we’re just going to go over and kill all of the sob easiest week. You know, we load the bus up, go over and kill him. You know,

 

Ernest Moore 

on Thursday, call us all up. We’re getting ready to go. He calls up on Thursday we’re out on practice field. He said take a knee, and I took a knee you better play the best ball game you’ve ever played in your life. Or you’ll never leave this field and list Over my dead body. He stopped. We were all looking he looked at one of them in our lock and he said and that it takes one mean son of a bitch clubhouse. We beat them three touchdowns. Because we believed we really, we believed that we didn’t play a basketball game we ever played, you know. We would have to kill it first to give walk after (2:29)

 

Louie Spinks 

I coached in high school football and takes it in front of 20,000 people. And I’ve played in stadiums all over the United States. When I was in college. I even played in the Rose Bowl Stadium. But there is nothing. I’m telling you nothing more exciting and going on that field. There. in Scuba and playing for Coach Sullivan.

 

Colbert Jones 

pregame when we went out for pregame with running one big line. And we will all silent we never said a word. And then would form two lines that would face each other then we’d start doing head on tackling.

 

Robert Morgan 

They beg him to get back down and it was 10 or 20 yard. He was just round.

 

Jimmy Kibe 

And all the team I noticed. Instead they quit their warm ups and they start and turn and start looking at us.

 

Jimmy Gray 

Lot of us got hit on the sidelines. haven’t hit on tackling before the game really got started.

 

Bill Buckner 

One of our players, Bobby Morgan, before one of the ball games, he got knocked out, didn’t even know. We was before the ballgame, never played it down. And that was our starting center. So it was no show. It was for real.

 

Johnny Baker 

When I was in high school. It was in watching ballgames down there. I saw him do it and I said what in the world is going on?

 

Robert Morgan 

And people he had finally got to know how they all got fired up. Stanley got fired up

 

Colbert Jones 

Then I’m sure their minds were saying what are these guys doing? And of course, like, they knew that we didn’t wear a helmet or face mask and a helmet.

 

Interviewee 

And he says this demoralizes the other team

 

Interviewee 

while the game’s going up,

 

Colbert Jones 

Coach Sullivan was using psychological warfare you might say at that point in time,

 

Bill Buckner 

but all of it was to distract. And, and I think that gave us an age because he was always thinking about winning.

 

Johnny Baker 

Coach Sullivan was just an in an entertainment attraction to bring people to scuba because of all the things that were going on. The football team half was just scoring touchdowns and he was doing things on the sidelines and

 

Bob “Bubba” Sullivan 

but it was his antics on the sideline that I can’t still believe is what brought people in

 

Ernest Moore 

a lot of times I’d catch myself just watching Coach Sullivan during the course of the game,

 

Bulldog Coggins 

a lot of people came just to see what was going to do. during the ball game,

 

Bubba Davis 

abused, the tantrums, he abused us and you know we were his own players and they might even say something to you if you’re a player on the other team,

 

Charlie Box 

He’lld start with a cowboy hat, nice cowboy hat and a sport coat I mean he looked he was really dapper looking you know and game would start and not the first couple of series of something goes wrong he jerks that sport coat off and he would throw it to the ground

 

Bob “Bubba” Sullivan 

and he had a he had a system that helped him to start the game off first. And he would stomp that and then the coat ended whatever object was around. Sometimes it was people whatever you

 

Ernest Moore 

he just gave referees on short inhale. Oh referee. Oh God, he was hard on ’em

 

Johnny Baker 

And they were just as intimidated by him and

 

Ernest Moore 

man he was cursing them, he had to talk I’m gonna kill you. He’ll kill you too if you messed up.

 

Jimmy Gray 

And you go back doing the same thing I did with him. 15 mow yards 50 mow yards and end up with four to five yards. Yes. Now we’ve not even sent out the ball yet.

 

Carles McComb 

Juicy Scales was the official. He was the referee and juicy was stepping off the fourth 15 yard count. Head is back to Coach Sullivan and he was stepping off the pedal in, Coach Sullivan. He left the sideline and he goes, he’s headed toward coach, juicy scale

 

Ernest Moore 

and the referee set the ball down and he just, boom, he kicked the ball.

 

Carles McComb 

He almost kicked the field though because at this time, then the balls down Up battlenet Goldman

 

Ernest Moore 

that is when the Association got together and said you know, you got to sit in a chair and they put him in a chair on the sideline.

 

Terry Brown 

I mean there’s not a referee out. I knew that was referee and back in those day that wasn’t just totally intimidated by Bull

 

Bubba Davis 

at halftime. You know normally, all the years I’ve coached kids, we go to the dressing room at halftime. with him. You went to ham on Sideline. We didn’t know if we was going to the dressing room or not. We might do three man marine roll right there on the sideline. Or you might say let’s go to the endzone and tackle. I think

 

Louie Spinks 

he was as good as anybody I’ve ever heard before game at hallftime. he knew how to push buttons at the right time the right button at the right time.

 

Tommy Davis 

Coach Sullivan had to have witnessed his for my own eyes fore-armed hit a truck with a form arm after a winch truck parked on the parking lot on the way to the half. Until you get in the part of the hood caved in with a form. (8: 07) He went inside a dressing room

 

Carles McComb 

Had a metal door. He kicked it all the way across route.

 

Interviewee 

He picked up a chair and he hit that stovepipe.

 

Interviewee 

He broke the chair over a table

 

Interviewee 

(8:36) for metal scuba rock,

 

Robert Morgan 

trash can or beige anything, It went up against the wall across the room.

 

Interviewee 

And he cracked that door from top to pass the middle, elbowed that chalkboard and broke it half into

 

Robert Morgan 

I mean, he would destroy some chairs and benches in the dressing room.

 

Interviewee 

And we’d crawl up in a locker so we could kind of get away from him get

 

Doug Sprout 

some distance, you know, but he walked around and he was fore-arming the pipe  columns in the Fieldhouse and said that this gave him five minutes out there on the field with the entire Northwest team that wouldn’t be enough to get on the bus to go back.

 

Carles McComb 

Finally he gets up and he tells us if you don’t score 50 points as high. Don’t get dressed, come in and sit down. And when everybody’s gone, we’re going screaming to the sun comes up.

 

Jimmy Kibe 

He had a diary, what happened over there in a month places like this. And he brought that diary and he started reading about some of the things and the point he was trying to make was if you want to win and be a success, you got to do the way these guys did. They gave it out. They gave it up

 

Don Edwards 

and the more he walked across, the closer he gets, he’s all around, and his hat flew off. And you got to shaking your flowers on an island. And I came back to get out there.

 

Charlie Box 

But that night we were all in the dressing room and sitting there and nobody he didn’t come in. In fact, we were all sitting there and it was quiet and we were waiting we know what was going on. And all of a sudden the door opened and in come Coach Sullivan and he had a big overcoat, a good top down he had it pulled up over his head like that. And he was crawling on the floor and he crawled around the whole dressing room he’d crawl up in front of you need look up in your eyes like an old dog, just big and playing, not saying a word but you got the message, he crawled all the way around that dressing room looked at every player crawled out the door, never said a word. We jumped up and up broke the door down trying to get out of the dressing room because we knew what he wanted.

 

Ernest Moore 

If we got up ahead, no 30 points ahead, head start pulling, I thought it’s crazy to the stuff you know, but he wouldn’t. he’lld start putting formations,we may put three wideouts on one side or the backs half backs he had split them out

 

Bubba Davis 

on defence, who they wanted to teach us how to count in Japanese

 

Tommy Davis 

like we’re on double quarterbacks one time quarterback on each side of the summer.

 

Ernest Moore 

We didn’t really think about what he was doing, you know, but I heard him tell one of the other you know other players or coach somebody said they will have to spend time on what on this and then take away time that you know, really what we’re going to do.

 

Jimmy Kibe 

He was brilliant. He was a brilliant man and everything he did had a purpose, all of those things that he annex he did on the sideline was to motivate his team or to put fear in the other team but it was all, he was a great psychologist and he knew how to motivate people and

 

Carles McComb 

after the game was over, Normally he go and shake hands with the other team. He didn’t want us to do that. He wanted, he told everybody to start doing the three man row. It was crazy. It was just that was his coat. So, he wanted to show the other team that we still had energy to burn and we’re out here working right after the game was up.

 

Tommy Davis 

I don’t know if he even shook hands with the coach or not, he might not have, he was not real sociable when being with other coaches and they, I think most of them were probably afraid of him anyway.