Posts Tagged ‘Skip Bayless’

2010 -- Skip BaylessDuring the Washington Redskins playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Redskins QB, Robert Griffin III, suffered a knee injury.  Going into the game there was much speculation as the weather RG3 was healthy enough to play. Specifically, team doctor James Andrews stated that he thought RG3 was brought back too quickly.

Immediately after the injury the Internet exploded with accusations from Skins fans that head coach Mike Shanahan left RG3 in the game too long and he was to blame for the injury. It was another example of a coach (and by extension, the NFL) not caring about the health and safety of a player.

And it’s a valid argument. Most rational people would make that connection.

But what if you are a complete idiot with no real grasp on reality and you just want to create some controversy? Then that do you do? Professional instigator and part time Internet troll, Skip Bayless, decided to weigh in with one of the most idiotic sports takes ever. He came to the asinine conclusion that Dr. Andrews was to blame for the injury when he unleashed this spectacularly moronic tweet.

“@RealSkipBayless: Hope Dr. Andrews is pleased w/ self, publicly going after Shanahan, creating doubt in RG3’s mind by saying still nervous about RG3’s knee.”

There is a lot of insanity packed into those 140 characters.  First off, he makes it seem like Dr. Andrews has concocted some kind of diabolical plan to wreck Mike Shanahan’s career.  Bayless is so used to coming up with idiotic sports takes just to piss people off and get some publicity for himself, he thinks that’s the way everybody operates.  Unfortunately for him that’s not the way normal people (e.g. Non-egomaniacs) operate.

And to say the Doc put doubt in RG3’s head is ridiculous. Pro athletes are some of the mentally tough people on the planet (with the exception of Tony Romo). RG3 knows his body better than anyone else. He knows what limitations, if any, he has on any given day.

But Skip got what he wanted; he used a player’s injury to bring attention to himself. Never mind that in order to get that attention he has to come up with an opinion that is so devoid of logic that even members of the Tea Party think he is insane. It’s all about getting the spotlight on himself. At that, he’s brilliant. He just sucks at everything else.

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I never thought I would be writing these words but, you guys need to stop picking on LeBron James!

I have stated many times that I am not a LeBron Hater and now I have to state that I am in no way a LeBron Apologist.  But the way the media is getting on him for every little thing this season is maddening.

The latest is the debate going on about LBJ waving his arms to quiet down the fans in Miami during a Dwayne Wade freethrow last night. People are trying to say LeBron was trying to steal the spotlight from Wade. That has got to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Not surprisingly, the main culprit in this “scandal” is Skip Bayless. It’s no secret that Bayless really hates LeBron. His blind hatred of LeBron is rivals only by his blind love for Tim Tebow. In Skip’s eyes Tebow can do no wrong and James can do no right.

If you want to hate LeBron for the way he left Cleveland, go ahead. Dislike him for the self serving “The Decision” debacle. Ridicule him for not showing up for the fourth quarter of every game of last year’s NBA Finals. Be mad at him for his “you little people have to go back to your pathetic lives” press conference after said Finals. But stop picking apart every little thing he does.

No matter what you, or I, say, the guy is still a once-in-a-lifetime talent. We need to at least appreciate that.

I am in no way becoming a LeBron Apologist by writing this; there are enough of them out there. What I am, deep down, is a fan of the great game of basketball. And I also know when someone is getting a raw deal.

Let LeBron play. If he falters on the court, get on him for that. Other than that, leave the guy alone.

Kobe Bryant is getting flack for a new commercial for Call of Duty: Black Ops in which he makes a cameo. I’m sure you have seen it by now.  It takes place in a bombed out urban war setting with businessmen, scientists, construction  works, what looks like a Best Buy worker, Kobe and Jimmy Kimmel all carrying automatic weapons and shooting at some invisible foe. Or maybe they’re shooting out each other. I’m not sure.  The tagline is “There’s a Soldier in All of Us.”

That’s supposed to mean that people of all walks of life will be playing this game. I get it; if you want to move some product you put famous people in the commercial. Whether they have any connection to the product or not. Does Kobe even play video games? He strikes me as the kind of dude who doesn’t play them at all.

So of course, all the usual characters come out against this ad.  All the anti-gun, anti-violence, anti-video game groups and anyone else with a cause they are trying to sell to the public.

You would expect those people.

The group I didn’t expect to have a problem with this was ESPN. They did a story on their website and aired a segment on “1st and 10”. In that segment, Skip Bayless called Kobe’s participation in the commercial “the all-time What Were You Thinking?”

 He went on to say, “He was smiling while holding an assault rifle in combat while we have troops overseas at this moment doing the same thing for real in combat. It’s completely out of bounds for Kobe Bryant, who I thought had completely rehabilitated his image after Eagle, Colo., but even the great Kobe Bryant is not that, so to speak, bulletproof.”

For Bayless to invoke the troops in this argument is completely transparent and also hypocritical.  He’s saying Kobe should have thought about the troops before he made the decision to be in this commercial. My question is; When has Skip Bayless ever thought about the troops? What has he ever done? Google “Skip Bayless” and “US troops” and see what comes up. Nothing, because Skip Bayless has never done anything for the troops. Except use them as a prop to justify his mock outrage.

And what would ESPN be saying if it was LeBron James in that commercial? I imagine they would be saying that he is “just having fun” and “repairing his image” and probably “showing that he’s a true warrior” or whatever nonsense they gush when they have a LeBoner.  And ESPN should take a look at the moral decisions some of their on-air personalities have made in the recent past. (The name Jay Mariotti comes to mind.)

I think everyone needs to take a step back and realize that it’s just a commercial about a video game. To be sure, there is real violence in the world that needs to be addressed.  But this violence did not start with video games and certainly not with Kobe Bryant.