Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Clueless Sports Pundits

Maybe it’s time for us all to finally admit…

We really don’t know what the heck we’re talking about!

Tampa Bay and Florida are in first place while the Mets and Yankees are pitiful, but then there are these two items; the first Phil Mushnick wrote in the May 25 edition of the New York Post:
Speaking of which, Mike Francesa delivered on the "Three Minute Rule," Monday - within three minutes of tuning in he'll deliver erroneous information and in a pompous, all-knowing manner - when he told how Augie Busch, in 1968, successfully encouraged Roger Maris to return to the Cardinals for a final season by offering him a lucrative Budweiser distribution franchise in Florida. "The Maris Family," Francesa concluded, "still owns it."

Wrong, very wrong. The Maris's haven't owned it in years. In fact, when Anheuser-Busch, claiming sloppy business practices, pulled the franchise from the Maris Family, it precipitated a $1 billion lawsuit, one that shook - and still shakes - the beer industry. A settlement was reached.

Mushnick then wrote two days later:

In Pittsburgh, last week, 1250 ESPN Radio host/put-down artist Mark Madden said: "I'm very disappointed to hear that Sen. Ted Kennedy is near death because of a brain tumor. I always hoped Sen. Kennedy would live long enough to be assassinated."
Fired? He wasn't even suspended. What for? Doing his job?

He was hired to provide "guy talk" and "attitude." Why should it any longer matter whether he works for Disney or any other corporation, or whether sports-talk hosts talk sports? Madden's show makes good ratings. He'll have to do worse than that.

Yes, Francesa is a blowhard, but Phil you are just as bad. Mark Madden WAS suspended, a little effort on your part would have showed you as much.

Please no one start with Madden’s freedom of speech, not so close to Memorial Day. I am no fan of Kennedy’s politics, but have we lost all sense of compassion in this world?

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