Showing posts with label ESPN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ESPN. Show all posts

Monday, May 15, 2017

Beth Mowins Gets to Call an NFL Game This Year

This is long overdue:

ESPN broadcaster Beth Mowins will be given the play by play assignment for the Sept. 11 game between Chargers and Broncos in Denver, the late game of the Monday Night Football opening week doubleheader. Former Bills and Jets head coach Rex Ryan is likely to be her game analyst. Ryan was hired by ESPN in April and the Monday Night Football assignment would be his debut as an NFL color commentator. Mowins and Ryan called the Florida State spring game together last April.

I have watched a lot of NCAA softball, and Mowins is a great broadcaster. She handles every broadcast with a great deal of skill and is always informed, always knowledgable about what's happening in front of her. If you don't know who she is, go and Google some of the things she has called and I'll bet the whole gender thing disappears quickly. 

The women's NCAA softball tournament is a grueling event, not only for the players but the broadcasters as well. These are not easy games to announce, and Mowins is always good. She has paid her dues to get where she's at and no one should assume that this is some sort of desperation move on the part of ESPN. Far from it--she's one of the best out there.

Her qualifications to call an NFL game are self-evident: she knows the game, she knows how to handle having two people in the booth with her (some simply cannot juggle such a thing), and she is more than capable of handling the job. I have always thought that she was good enough to move up in the sports announcing world to assignments that don't have to be gender specific, and calling an NFL game is exactly where she should be. I think she should regularly call baseball games as well. In fact, I would have guessed that she would have been given a chance to call more ballgames this summer, but the NFL is a nice price, too.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The NFL Draft is Complete and Utter Bullshit

If I really wanted to go further into this subject, I would tell you two things.

One, ESPN laid off a bunch of people today because no one likes their product. People are cutting the cord, they're abandoning televised sports, and they're not interested in whatever ESPN is selling. If you have a product, and demand for that product drops, it probably means that people just don't like your shit.

Two, ESPN is desperately trying to make fetch a thing. No, sorry, that's wrong. ESPN is desperately trying to make the NFL Draft a thing. It is not a thing. The NFL draft is an attempt, by the National Football League, to find a handful of college players who can survive playing professional football. Every year, teams fail to find good football players. Instead, they make minor celebrities out of players who go to pieces mentally, fall apart physically, or fail to take advantage of an opportunity to play professional football. This all unfolds at these things called training camps, which aren't a thing, either. This is the behind the scenes developmental stuff that most people don't care about. 

Do you know who cares about this stuff? Zealous superfans, degenerate gamblers, and the family members who think they're going to get paid. That's more sad than happy, I'm afraid.

Here's a question for the NFL. Do you have a football game to play in September? Then go play it. Here's one for ESPN. Do you not get that people are losing interest? It's called voting with your remote crontrol. There are fewer and fewer people who are interested football, and televised sports as a whole. Are you going to front load your programming here in the off season with bullshit for months and months and make something out of nothing? I gotta tell you, I'm even less interested now.

ESPN, you suck. The NFL Draft is not a thing. Go back to what you're good at, which is putting on things people want to watch. Big hint for you--everything you're doing right now is NOT working.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Keith Olbermann is Still Unemployable

How many times have I written this post, only to be proven wrong--and then proven right?

Contract talks between ESPN and Keith Olbermann have almost completely broken down, a source familiar with the negotiations tells us, and the controversial host seems nearly a lock to leave the network after his two-year deal expires in August.

According to the source, ESPN seemed intent on re-upping Olbermann when they approached him two months ago about a new deal. Those preliminary talks were promising, we’re told, but Olbermann was urged to reconsider his on-air commentaries—really, the only entertaining part of his show.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter today, ESPN executives were uncomfortable with Olbermann’s critical commentaries—especially, a source says, those ripping NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and former MLB commissioner Bud Selig. At a second round of contract talks, ESPN again pushed Olbermann to drop the commentaries from his show. We’re told Olbermann refused.

Twenty times, at least. Oh well. I love Keith, I love what he does, but he can't hold a job. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

No Highlight Footage For the Worldwide Leader?

Viewers who tuned in to watch this ESPN segment on the website were treated to Kurt Rambis, and nothing but Kurt Rambis, because the Worldwide Leader isn't being given any highlight footage to show.

Is that correct? Or am I missing something?

I'm in Germany, and there are numerous restrictions as to what I can watch here, and I would have thought that we would have seen some of those uncontested three pointers in this segment. What gives?

If this is the future of sports--locking people out, shutting down international viewers, and denying others the highlights--then screw it.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rick Reilly Embarrasses Himself Again

There are some who are speculating that Rick Reilly will not get another big payday at ESPN and that he will fade into obscurity, writing for whoever will pay him to show up and annoy people who play professional sports. My hunch is that MSNBC is the perfect place for him to land. Their sports coverage is ridiculous, their opinions are middle-of-the-road, and you can't get any worse than Jelisa Castrodale.

Reilly's column for the 18th of May is abysmally unfunny and full of lines like:

Situation: You suspect your opponent of cheating.
Old: The pencil is the best wood in your bag.New: Nice round, Mr. Trump.

Situation: Your buddy hits a drive that starts down the middle but then hooks into the trees.
Old: You can talk to a slice but a hook won't listen!New: That's a Kathleen Turner. It was pretty for a while.

Situation: Your line to the green is blocked by trees.
Old: Wish I had a saw in the bag.New: Where's an Alabama fan when you need one?

Situation: Guy takes three to get out of the bunker.
Old: Nice job, Saddam.New: That's OK. They'll fill that bunker up with sand again tomorrow.

Painfully unfunny and making $3 million a year? Yeah, that's Rick Reilly.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Worldwide Leader Needs a New Headline Writer

Here's what I think of all of this.

First, the inherent racism in the National Basketball Association is evident simply because a player who is not an African-American is now doing exceptionally well and is helping his team win, which is not what anyone really does during this part of the NBA season.

Second, I really do think that whoever wrote that headline had no idea what they were doing when they used the phrase "chink in the armor." I think that ESPN hires some exceptionally stupid people who do not understand history, culture, or society.

Third, Sports Illustrated is always the go-to place for a story about something ESPN did wrong.
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Thursday, February 2, 2012

ESPN Needs Another Commentator

I never much cared for Stephen A. Smith (he's your poor man's Michael Wilbon), but this should just about end his career at ESPN.

For the record, that's flipping the bird. And the way he does it while going after Skip Bayless is in the proper context. He held it up while insulting Bayless. End of story.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Just a Lot of Hype

You can feel the bitchiness rising from this post by Chris Chase.

Why bother getting so worked up? So what if Terrell Suggs said something about Tim Tebow and God? Everyone has been talking about it all season long. This is something that is in the every day conversation of football and the popular culture. Suggs didn't even really go all out in his comments. He made a game strategy and performance reference. He didn't call the man a name or anything like that. As far as being bulletin board material, it's weak.

Terrell Suggs isn't stupid enough to cross that line. But he got close enough to it to make poor Chase think that someone had gone too far and needed some remedial smacking around.

Suddenly, Chris Chase is now in charge of making sure no one can talk about Tebow and God?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The NHL Has Been Realigned

The National Hockey League has voted to realign itself into four conferences. These conferences have not been named yet, but going back to the original names that were used before the last realignment and awarding special cups, bowls, trophies, or doodads to the four conference winners would be a welcome change to what we have now. Oh, and put the games on ESPN as often as possible. I'm not aware of how often nationally televised games happen right now, but isn't it time for the NHL and ESPN to start putting as many games as possible on? That would help considerably.

Now that we no longer have hockey in Atlanta, and now that Winnipeg is back, you can see the regional curiosities that pop up. Teams in Florida now play in a conference that is split in two; the concentration of professional hockey in the Mid-Atlantic doesn't make any realignment any easier. I don't think anyone would have suggested splitting the Rangers and the Flyers up into separate conferences, and adding Pittsburgh to that group makes it interesting. Boston has a conference consisting of Buffalo and the three Eastern Canadian hockey franchises--making the two Florida clubs that play with them travel, but that's fine. That's no worse than having Phoenix play Edmonton I suppose.

There's nothing to scream about here. Rivalries were a factor in this, as was the whole issue with time zones. All in all, what's not to like?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Advertisers Bail on the Penn State Brand

I think that this will help start the discussion as to whether or not the "death penalty" should be given to the Penn State football team. I firmly believe that the NCAA needs to take Penn State off of the football field and help clean house in Happy Valley. No amount of bleach and industrial cleaning solvent can really ever remove these horrible stains. No amount of money will ever clean up this mess. Might as well start pinching off Penn State's supply of filthy lucre.

This also hurts the schools that have to play Penn State. That's a damned good reason to end Penn State football for a while, if not permanently. They can use that stadium for urban blight experiments or track meets for all I care.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

You Don't Know Bud

So much for what Drew Silva knows about Bud Selig.

Baseball is not the number one consideration for Selig. Money is more important than baseball, and the Dodgers are losers. If terminating the Dodgers gets rid of Frank McCourt and opens up a one-time, come one, come all bidding war to be the "new" Dodgers of the National League, then that's what will happen. You could condemn Dodger Stadium tomorrow and the resulting wave of real estate moves in that part of the greater Los Angeles area would begin as if nothing had happened. You could open up the bidding for another franchise and the billions would flow. Another franchise could move to Los Angeles and set up shop or, and this is where it gets tricky, Selig could strike a deal with Arte Moreno and the Angels could be the sole franchise for that market. Moreno has gone after the Dodgers fans; why not hand them to him on a silver platter?

Selig does not make idle threats. And kicking the Dodgers out of baseball means, what, exactly? That a perennial loser goes and that a franchise more to Selig's liking (say, the Milwaukee Brewers?) moves into that slot? Stranger things have happened.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Poor Analysis from Ron Jaworski

It doesn't really matter whether or not they suspend or fire or humiliate Jaworski for saying 'shit' on the air. At least there weren't boobies involved.

Analysts tend to nitpick over things that professional football players do. If Henne had held onto the ball long enough to get sacked, fine. If he had gone to throw the ball, then tucked it away, missing an opportunity to advance the ball, fine. But a split second, even in a fast game like football, looks like a thirty second drill up in the booth and I blame this on the mistaken belief that slow-motion is a fair way to assess what players do. It's not.

Did Henne have poor timing throughout the game? Okay, then. But one pass, one "split second" mistake is what coaches work to try to eliminate. Jaworski needs to remember that Henne, and players like him, can't sit in the booth and obsess over slow-motion replays in order to look knowledgeable. The speed of the game that they play is radically different from the one that looks like a graceful ballet in the booth. At full speed, did Henne's hesitation really look that bad? My guess is that it probably wasn't.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Here's Where I Lose My Mind

I should start off by saying that, yes, the idea of taking a team out of the National League and putting it in the American League makes perfect sense.

There are 16 National League teams and 14 American League teams because the Milwaukee Brewers were taken out of the American League and put in the National League in the late 1990s. This has led to a tepid kind of "whatever" unless you are a radical baseball purist who sees that the teams in the National League's Central Division are handicapped as far as reaching the postseason (and can also see that the American League West is where you want to be in order to get a shot at post-season play without having to really earn it like their contemporaries in the American League Central and Eastern divisions).

Anyway, here's where the geniuses see things going:
Two club executives suggested to Olney that the Astros, currently at the bottom of the NL Central, would likely be moved to the AL West to create a potential rivalry in Texas with the Arlington-based Rangers.

There’s also been a discussion of getting rid of divisions altogether, and simply awarding playoff spots to the top five records in each league. The NHL has a well-received setup that is fairly similar.

It all makes a world of sense, and it certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Major League Baseball tweaked its divisional alignment. Now let’s hope that it doesn’t take too long, as instant replay has, to be properly implemented. Change is a good thing, especially when it rights a clear wrong.
I'll right the wrong for you.

Put the Brewers back in the American League. Make them part of the American League Central Division. Put the Kansas City Royals in the American League Western Division. Fire Bud Selig. Get a real commissioner of baseball. And institute a lifetime ban for any player who tests positive for any kind of performance-enhancing drug. Then invalidate all of the statistics of those players who have been caught using them.

Case closed.

Oh, but I went too far. None of those things will happen because Bud Selig isn't going anywhere. His beloved Brewers caused this problem, and he'll make certain that baseball remains a flawed, but wonderful game in spite of his awful tenure.

And don't think for a moment that I've forgotten that the real player in all of this is ESPN. If they don't approve of a move, it won't happen, either. Their product is too valuable right now and they are too powerful of a stakeholder to allow for common sense to enter into this.
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Friday, June 10, 2011

The Fallacy of Power Rankings

When the baseball "power rankings" are this poorly thought-out, they have no value:
The New York Yankees have won six of their last seven games and moved back into the top spot in Week 10 of the MLB Power Rankings.

The Philadelphia Phillies dropped one spot to No. 2, while the Cleveland Indians fell one spot to No. 3. The Texas Rangers, riding a five-game winning streak, rose seven spots to No. 4, while the St. Louis Cardinals dropped one spot to No. 5.
The Rangers, who have won eight of their last nine games, are this week's U.S. Army Team of the Week.
This week's voters were Jason Grey from the ESPN fantasy team, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine, David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot Blog Network and and Jayson Stark of Nearly all team comments come courtesy of the fan bloggers on the SweetSpot Blog Network. Meanwhile, you can rank the teams yourself.
So ESPN, which has a vested interest in making sure that their network gets maximum viewership for Major League Baseball games, has a feature on their website which touts the New York Yankees as the "best" team in baseball right now. And nothing says ratings more than a Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, right?

Look, anyone with any kind of analytical skills can look at the actual league rankings of the teams and figure out what's going on here.

The standings in baseball, as of June 5th, 2011 (I'll go one day before this was put out on June 6th) were:

Philadelphia3524.593-19-1016-14239205+34Won 1
St. Louis3625.590-18-1218-13301256+45Won 3
Cleveland3324.579119-1014-14268244+24Lost 4
NY Yankees3324.579117-1316-11293222+71Won 2
Texas3426.5671.519-1115-15283232+51Won 5
Milwaukee3326.559221-712-19254236+18Won 3

New York has the highest differential ranking, but does that really mean that they are the best team in baseball?

Let's look at St. Louis. On the 5th of June, they had just spent a week getting pummeled in San Francisco. Philadelphia had just been beaten up by the lowly Nationals. Cleveland had just had problems winning games as well, getting swept by Texas. Texas, of course, had just swept Cleveland and Milwaukee had a better week than any other National League team, handling their games against Florida and Cincinnati.

So, if you look at the week that the Yankees had, they had just swept the last-place Oakland A's and were going into a series against the Los Angeles Angels with a loss. They had split a series with Seattle. Compare that to the killer week that Texas had, sweeping a team with a better winning percentage, the Cleveland Indians.

How can you make a power rankings statement that says that the Yankees are number one, given where Texas was that week? It's ludicrous.

All of these teams are very evenly matched right now. No one is dominating baseball. But, clearly, Texas is doing something right by sweeping a very good Cleveland team, and that's far more significant than going out to Oakland to feast on their misfortune. I think there is something to be said for the fact that putting the Texas Rangers on television isn't going to make ESPN as much money as it would to put on the Yankees. And this is where the fallacy of the superiority of the New York Yankees comes into play. It simply doesn't stand up to any kind of analysis, week in and week out.

ESPN knows that it has to cross-promote its product. The magazine, the web site, the localized entities that are out there now, and everything they own has to drive viewers back to their television channels (ESPN and, of course, the Deuce, to name just a few). Since they're shelling out huge dollars for baseball, it stands to reason that the corporate bottom line has to dictate that any and all entities within ESPN have to point right back around to this really hard to defend notion that Major League Baseball begins and ends with what is not that great of a Yankees team this year.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tiki Barber Makes a Fool Out of Himself

Tiki Barber and his girlfriend
No one who knows how to speak to the media goes with the Holocaust analogies:

Tiki Barber hasn't taken the football field yet in his comeback, but he's already taking hits for making an analogy to Holocaust victim Anne Frank.
The former New York Giants running back has been criticized in local media for making the analogy during an interview in this week's Sports Illustrated. At one point in the article, Barber describes going into hiding with his girlfriend after his well-publicized breakup with his then-pregnant wife. Barber and his girlfriend ended up in the attic of the home of the player's agent, Mark Lepselter.
"Lep's Jewish," Barber told Sports Illustrated. "And it was like a reverse Anne Frank thing."
Lepselter came to his client's defense Thursday.
"In a world where nothing surprises me, where things get completely blown out of proportion, this only adds to the list," Lepselter told "All Tiki was saying to Jon was he was shedding light on going back to that time when he was literally trapped, so to speak, in my attic for a week. Nothing more, nothing less.
"Let me remind all those who want to make this more than it is: Tiki was a guest of [president] Shimon Peres in Israel five years ago."
Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, described Barber's comment as "outrageous and perverse."
It should go without saying--and rarely does it ever when people have no grasp of world history--that you never, ever, bring up the Nazis, the Holocaust, or the persecution of the Jews when talking about yourself in any context whatsoever unless--unless--you want to make an assclown out of yourself.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Vindication For Maurice Clarett?

Maurice Clarett
I think Ohio State has a lot to answer for:
Former Ohio State linebacker Thaddeus Gibson didn't understand why his purchase of a used Chrysler 300C was listed at $0 in documents disclosed in a media report, since he was still making payments on the vehicle.
Now, newly uncovered documents appear to back up Gibson -- to the tune of $13,700.
In an initial report on Ohio State's investigation of car sales to athletes and their families, The Columbus Dispatch cited documents showing a purchase price of $0 for Gibson's car.
But on Wednesday, the newspaper reported it obtained a previous title on the vehicle listing the purchase price as $13,700 for a sale dated June 27, 2007 and financed through Huntington National Bank.
The title listing the purchase price as $0 was dated March 6, 2008 and listed the same bank as the lender, according to the report.
Ohio State's compliance department is reviewing the sales of more than 50 cars to student-athletes and their families to make sure the sales meet NCAA rules.
The Dispatch reported that a car salesman who received game passes from Ohio State athletes handled many of the deals at two different dealerships. Ohio State has since taken the salesman, Aaron Kniffin, off the pass list.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Clarett lived 15 minutes from campus, so he also needed a car. He says he took that request right to the head coach. “My transmission blew in my car, a Cadillac. So I’m like, ‘Coach Tressel, I can’t get back and forth to campus.’ This is probably after practice, 6 o’clock, 5 o’clock one night. He gets on the phone and says, this is where I get my car from. He called the man from McDaniel Automotive. He’s like, ‘I got a player here, Maurice Clarett. He needs a car. Do you have a car out there he can use?’
“So the man gets on the phone with me and says, ‘What kind of cars do you like?’ I say, ‘Got any trucks?’ He says, ‘Yeah, I got two trucks. I got an Expedition and I got a Tahoe here right now.’ He’s like, ‘I’ll be there tomorrow morning.’ They drove down to give me the car.”
Clarett says he kept the Tahoe for 11 days, then switched to the Expedition. NCAA Rule states that an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletic interests is not allowed to provide a student athlete with the use of an automobile. According to Clarett, that is exactly what his head coach did. “This is what Jim Tressel arranged,” Clarett says.
He says as long as he was running the football well, Tressel was attentive, asking, “You cool? How’s your living situation?” He says they talked three or four times a week, always behind closed doors. “We never talked in front of anybody else,” Clarett says. “It was always, ‘Come to my office.’”
As the season wore on, he says the car swapping escalated, and the dealerships had no qualms about accommodating him. “When you’re hot in Columbus, you just go,” Clarett says. “Somebody’s going to recognize your face. You say, ‘I need to use a car.’ ‘Okay, here you go.’”
He says he’d keep the cars “for weeks, until I got tired of ‘em.” His favorite was the Lexus SC 430 sports car, but he tried to borrow anything that was new at the time. “Put it like this,” he says. “There’s a dealership on Morse Road, The Car Store. They’ve got a used car lot. You just go to the dealership, and go and go and keep on going. That’s the car dealership Coach Tressel introduced me to, that and McDaniel Automotive. Both places set me up. I wouldn’t have known these places if it wasn’t for Ohio State.”
Clarett's legal problems at the time undermined his credibility. Still, the NCAA should have done something in 2004 about these issues. For some reason, the names of the car dealerships have been "left out" of the most recent ESPN article and I'm curious as to whether or not McDaniel Automotive or The Car Store are caught up in the most recent scandal. And we're not even going to talk about the whole tattoo parlor scandal.

Clarett ought to feel vindicated right now. And, yes. That's a recent photo of Clarett, playing professional football in Omaha for the Nighthawks, which is a United Football League team. I wouldn't be surprised if the last thing Clarett ever wants to talk about is what happened to him when he was under the tutelage of Coach Tressel. 

Ohio State has a massive ethics problem, one that has been simmering for seven years, and I don't see how Coach Tressel survives.
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Working For ESPN is Bad For Your Family Life

This is a generic image of ESPN related activity. As far as I know, none of these guys have been arrested as of today.
I guess that, when you work for ESPN, you can expect to be fired or arrested at any moment:
ESPN hockey analyst and former NHL player Matthew Barnaby has pleaded not guilty to charges in what police are calling a "domestic incident" at an upstate New York home.
Amherst police say the 38-year-old was arrested Friday and spent the night in jail.
He pleaded not guilty Saturday to five charges, including criminal mischief, criminal trespass and harassment, and was released on his own recognizance. Police refused to give further details.
I mean, all you have to do is read this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this. Having gainful employment with ESPN is hard on families, apparently.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

This is Why I Don't Watch Tennis

[They removed the video -

I had a swell piece of video, and because the Worldwide Leader is a cheap punk in a cheap suit, the video has been yanked. Everyone is so afraid of ESPN that all they have to do is whine to YouTube and the embarrassing video gets yanked. Well, talk about stepping on customer interest in the content you provide as a virtual monopoly.

If that's NOT what happened here, my bad. But, as a blogger, I am sick and goddamned tired of this whole "video has been removed because of a terms of service blah blah blah" thing. Cowboy the hell up, YouTube. Make them sue you. Make them prove that what you've done is wrong. You are not stealing their content. You are letting us show just what a ridiculous jackass they have hired in Pam Shriver. ]

The end is getting sad and ugly for James Blake, but this was just ridiculous.

Blake has lost his confidence, his fire, his want-to. He was crushed Tuesday by Robin Haase, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round of Wimbledon, and then talked about the possibility of retiring soon.

But his frustration came out, as Blake got into an argument with ESPN analyst Pam Shriver, a former player. Shriver and Blake were bickering, and he even ended up calling her an ass. On court. During the match.

People will be looking for an apology from Blake now, another embarrassment for an aging former star whose career is going, going ...

And I'll say this: He should apologize for the way he is playing.

But as for the other stuff? Shriver and ESPN should apologize to Blake.

This was Shriver's fault, and she should have been kicked out.

Leaving aside the ridiculousness of yelling at someone in a broadcast booth who can be overheard calling you a putz, where on Earth does any sport allow this to happen?

If this happened on a golf course, they'd wear out the turnstiles throwing people out.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

No, Don't Fire Mr. Tony

Hannah Storm is on the far left...

This would be a calamity:

One of Hannah Storm's outfitsThe network has suspended the co-host of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" for making fun of Storm's on-air outfit during his radio show, saying it resembled a "sausage casing," according to the Sporting News Web site.

Kornheiser apologized to Storm, a former anchor at CBS' Early Show, the day after making the comments.

An ESPN spokesman tells the Sporting News he will be suspended "for some time."

Kornheiser said Storm was wearing "a horrifying, horrifying outfit."

"She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body," he added. "I know she's very good, and I'm not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won't ... but Hannah Storm ... come on now! Stop! What are you doing? ... She's what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point."

The next day, Kornheiser offered an on-air mea culpa.

"I apologize, unequivocally ... I'm a sarcastic, subversive guy ... I'm a troll, look at me. I have no right to insult what anybody looks like or what anybody wears. That, I think, should go without saying," he said.

Mr. Tony has been watching too much American Idol. He's channeling Simon at this point; he's too good to fire.

He's not too good to suspend, however, and I hope he gets some time off. Some broadcasters deserve a break--and I would disagree with Mr. Dan Levy here--Mr. Tony deserves a second chance. I agree with Mr. Tony when he says that, in effect, if you put a live microphone in front of people enough times, they certainly will say something stupid. I'm a blogger. I say something stupid every fourth or fifth post. I wouldn't survive on network television, even though I am rather handsome and charismatic.

Hannah Storm is ravishingly beautiful; she won't have to worry about taking a shot from Mr. Tony. She is beyond his reach, in terms of fashion critiques. She should have made fun of his Sears catalog wardrobe and the whole thing could have been left at that.