Showing posts with label Smack Talking Gone Wrong. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Smack Talking Gone Wrong. Show all posts

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.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tiger angers Jesper Parnevik

Put this in the category of, "tell us how you really feel:"
In the most critical comment from a player, Jesper Parnevik said he owed Elin Nordegren an apology for introducing her to Tiger Woods. She once worked as a nanny for the Parnevik family.

“We probably thought he was a better guy than he is,” Parnevik told The Golf Channel from West Palm Beach, Fla., where he is in the final stage of PGA Tour qualifying.

Police said Woods’ wife told them she smashed out the back window of his Cadillac Escalade SUV with a golf club to help get him out after he struck a fire hydrant and tree early last Friday.

“I would probably need to apologize to her and hope she uses a driver next time instead of a 3-iron,” Parnevik said, adding that he has not spoken to Woods since the accident.

“It’s a private thing, of course,” the Swede said. “But when you are the guy he is — the world’s best athlete — you should think more before you do stuff ... and maybe not ‘Just do it,’ like Nike says.”

Notice how Parnevik goes directly at Tiger's money with that "Just do it" remark? That's some serious smack talking. Do you think that went too far? I don't. I think Parnevik has gotten some heat from his own people for putting the former Mrs. Nordegren in a world where she can now walk away with quite a bit of Tiger's money--what a terrible thing to do to a woman.

As for the mental aspect, and the intimidation aspect, as it relates to golf, do you think Tiger is now finished as far as being able to break other players down? Do you think Tiger isn't going to go out there next year and run like a scared titty baby from Parnevik? What backs up your skills as a golfer is certitude, and I don't know how much of that Tiger has left. I really don't.

I have to believe that Parnevik lives in Tiger's head now.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Boasting Never Gets the Job Done in the NFL

The NFL is really not a league where you want to go around boasting about how good you are, especially when you don't have any kind of track record of being anywhere near better than average:
For a guy who still has not yet coached a regular-season NFL game, new Jets boss Rex Ryan has done more squawking than many pro football coaches do in their entire careers.

And as Ryan prepares to take his new team against his old one, Ryan is squawking again, calling Monday night's preseason contest against the Ravens (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) a "special preseason game."

"Let's see if we match up with the elite teams in the league," he said Sunday, per Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News. "You're playing against a great football team, and they're playing against one that's going to be great in the New York Jets. I think that's going to be a great matchup."

Um, Rex? It's a preseason game. Which means it's not a game at all. It's glorified, televised practice with full-price tickets.

Many think that Ryan's bluster -- which should only get more interesting once the real games start -- is harmless. Others, however, view it as a potential problem.

"You're gonna tell me it's not detrimental to the league?" one source observed. "We don't want thugs, but we'll let a coach act like an idiot?"

Not every coach can be Jimmy Johnson, and have a reasonable mix of bluster and the wins to back it up, just as not every coach can be as reserved and staid as old Bud Grant was with the Minnesota Vikings. The overall health and history of the franchise matters--if you're a Cowboy, you can spread it on thick, even though your best days are long behind you.

This is more of a media thing, than anything, but it does go a long ways towards getting players to buy into your system. If the coach makes out like a fool, that damages his credibility in future discussions. You want a mix of emotion when a team actually wins, a mix of some passion from the sidelines, and some measure of humility when starting the season. Some of the best examples of this are Jeff Fisher and Tom Coughlin--two coaches who could probably give coach Ryan some pointers on the finer points of how to carry themselves.

You actually want to be a winner before you start telling everyone how great you are.