Buggin Out: Stephen A. Done at the Philadelphia Inquirer. OJ Who, What? Imus is Back, so are Dusty and Tom Osborne. What about Minnesota 1998? Etan get well soon. Jaws just shut up!
I just spoke with the publicist of Etan Thomas and he relayed to me that during a routine physical doctors discovered what led to his recent surgery in Minneapolis. Etan is currently resting well. Obviously, no statements will be made regarding his playing status for the upcoming season. I’ll keep everyone posted if anything changes. Etan, get well bruh! You are too important.
Stephen A. Smith is officially done at the Philadelphia Inquirer and has retained Florida based high powered litigator Willie E. Gary. It seems Smith is mulling filing suit against the paper who recently insulted Smith and demoted him to reporter. The excuse given was that the paper was choosing to put a premium on local reporting.
I wonder how big time journalists like Mitch Albom and Mike Lupica get away with traveling the country working outside their responsibilities with their current employers?
Even Whitlock couldn’t get away with as much.
Where is the scrutiny?
Regardless of how you feel about Stephen A’s approach, he undoubtedly works hard and truly is one of the most influential sports analysts in the entire country.
Simply put, he deserves the proper respect for his numerous accomplishments.
This whole O.J. Simpson story is ridiculous on so many levels. Would this be a story if O.J. wasn’t acquitted? The fact remains that he was found not guilty in the criminal trial because of some very shoddy police work. Regardless of how anyone feels about his guilt or innocence, the very noticeable attempt at a society driven makeup call is sickening.
It’s funny how all of the sudden this society is down with “friends” turning state’s evidence on “friends”.
Who the hell cares? I know I don’t and neither should you. The media at large should be focusing on real stories and surely not O.J. Simpson.
Don Imus is back and poised for a December 3rd return to the radio show he was fired from early this year. Imus caught mad wreck for making racist and sexist comments about the Rutger’s basketball team after the team lost in the National Final to Tennessee the night before. This is what the current cult of personality has spawned. Until Whites come out and call a spade a spade this country will continue to flounder regarding race relations. Have some balls people please!
We are in dangerous times and I truly feel that Black folk aren’t given any reverence for our thoughts, wants and needs. There’s always some kind of excuse given for what hurts some of us emotionally. Blacks for the most part could care less about the guilt or innocence of the accused.
We are not condoning any wrong anyone commits. If someone Black is out there committing crimes that affect us all, we want that person punished as well. Don’t get it twisted.
Are we clear on that?
It’s the past that pains us and that pain must not be swept under some guilt ridden defense mechanism stained rug.
People just don’t give a damn and it’s becoming more and more supremely evident.
Is it 2007 or 1967?
It’s such a shame that the Imus story was buried because of the Michael Vick dog fighting case. Dude is gonna skate and most likely will gather an even stronger readership among those who considered him a martyr. Is it ironic that Imus In the Morning will run on what is widely considered to be the most powerful station in America in New York’s WABC?
You be the judge.
Dusty Baker just signed a three year deal with the Cincinnati Reds. What? Marge Schott can be heard screaming from the grave.
Seriously, Dusty’s detractors must note that he led the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants to the playoffs after 90 loss seasons. He wears down young pitchers, but the man is simply a winner.
Ron Jaworski was an overachieving quarterback for Dick Vermeil’s Eagles in the late seventies up to the mid-eighties and suffered an embarrassing loss to the Raiders in Super Bowl XV.
Hey Jaws, Rod Martin still loves you for throwing him three picks.
He had Harold Carmichael and also Mike Quick running crisp routes while under center in Philly. There’s absolutely no reason why with those weapons that he shouldn’t have won a Super Bowl. Wilbert Montgomery also did his thing carrying the rock and is one of the best running backs the Eagles franchise has ever had. Jaws you failed as a quarterback and now you want to give it to the brothas everytime you get a chance?
Could it be that Randall Cunningham effectively ended your career doing just what you rail against now as an announcer?
Speaking of Randall, why isn’t he and the 1998 Minnesota Vikings getting their just due? You hear commentators comparing the Patriots to the Rams and other prolific offenses, but not the 15-1 Vikings of ’98? What’s up with that? The 550 odd points the Vikings scored that year are still a record. The common theme?
Yes, Tom Brady is simply one of the best, but make sure the praise is properly doled out to include Moss.
Jaws if you aren’t going to be objective, take your ball and go the hell home!
What the hell was up with Tony Kornheiser, Mike Tirico and the aforementioned Jaws talking about Michael Vick when the Falcons were getting smashed?
Dispense blame where blame is due–pointedly in the direction of Bobby Petrino and Joey Harrington.
They get no pass!
What was up with all these commentators giving Joey Harrington and Carson Palmer actual credit for sticking in the pocket and stinking up the joint week in and week out. Stats mean nothing. Do your job as the leader. The one you expect Black quarterbacks to represent with a lot less talent. Jaws goes out of his way to criticize Black quarterbacks even when they win? That’s foul.
It’s getting ridiculous.
Anyone remember Michelle Tafoya congratulating Harrington after a preseason win?
Joey Harrington is not a first string qb. Atlanta has one in Byron Leftwich. Leftwich was actually the third qb last night and none of ESPN “experts” saw anything wrong with that?
For the record, Chris Redman, the second string qb, hasn’t thrown a regular season pass since 2003.
Byron Lefwich is the most talented qb currently signed by the Atlanta Falcons. Petrino it’s broke, so you better fix it.
Ron Jaworski says that Leftwich’s skills aren’t conducive to guiding Bobby Petrino’s offense. Wow! Really Jaws. You were the sack master’s mistress. How many times did your offensive linemen have to peel your ass off the Veteran Stadium carpet? Dude you seem like you are the spokesboy for the White Quarterback Job Security Fund. It’s so blatantly obvious that you refuse to lay deserved criticism on Joey Harrington even though he has done nothing this year. Your excuses for his foul play are his offensive line and the fact that his receivers are dropping the ball.
Yes they have dropped passes and will continue to do so no matter who is throwing the ball.
Hmmm sounds familiar doesn’t it? Hey Jaws! Mike went through the same damn thing and was able to become the first opposing quarterback to win a playoff game in Lambeau Field and won many other games alone. These aforementioned excuses were never used to slay the scrutiny shoved in Michael Vick’s face game in and game out. Dude was by himself and hand to fun for his life or he was going to get hurt. No wonder he was the first quarterback to run for over 1000.
How could you say on a nationally respected program that Michael Vick would not be successful commanding the Falcons? Isn’t it all hypothetical?
I find it interesting that Mike is taking the blame for something he has had no hand in.
Meanwhile, Shockey trips D’Angelo Hal and nothing is said. Not a peep. Let me make something else straight. I understand that football is a grossly violent game and grown men are trying to knock each other’s heads off. Tempers are going to flare and sometimes things outside of the rules are going to happen, just make sure the scrutiny and punishment is equal on all fronts.
You cannot blame some of the Falcons for their frustration this year. I would be too and I attribute Hall and Crumpler’s recent very public meltdowns to not having competent leadership.
Buggin Out was right! Until we get some Brothas On the Wall, things will remain the same.
Unfortunately, so was Donovan McNabb.Its the reason why I called for a unified front last week. Public Enemy moved me. I’ll never apologize for that. Chuck helped me, so I must pass the baton when necessary. It is my duty.
Remember this? Move as a team, never move alone….
*Update: University of Nebraska football coaching icon Tom Osborne has become the interim athletic director at the school replacing the fired Steve Pederson.
It’s a shame that such a tradition rich program has fallen off the map since Osborne’s foray into politics. We can all be sure this once mighty program will regain its lofty status with Osborne at the helm very soon.