I’ll never forget the time B.B. King came over for the barbecue. When we got to the backyard, I looked around and said, “Baby, the grill’s gone!”
He said, “Say it again.” I said, “The grill’s gone.” He grabbed Lucille, her guitar, and the rest is R&B history.
My point? You never know what inspires genius and what inspires ignorance. Take Bob Huggins, a Machiavellian career college basketball slug who got in a lot of hot water this week. The same TV people who pretended for years that he was just a big, cranky teddy bear whose teams win a lot had to pretend they didn’t know anything.
Informed viewers knew better, but, as always, were on their own.
As the longtime coach of Cincinnati, then West Virginia, Joe September joined several other college basketball coaches who were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for any good deeds other than winning poorly. Huggins was completely indulged by the highest officials. , , starting with college presidents.
While at Cincy, Huggins was known nationally for recruiting players who had no valid reason to be enrolled in any college. Even by darkly humorous NCAA standards, Huggins’ Sincy teams with 14 NCAA tournament appearances were an eye-popping academic joke. And with tacit approval of the school, more graduates were arrested, walk-ons excluded.
In Cincinnati, Huggins starred in a video, one of them being arrested for DUI.
But don’t worry. After Sincy fired, West Virginia, his alma mater, waited. And Huggins’ Ways and Means continued. Until this week, when on a Cincinnati radio show, he “playfully” referred to the student body at Xavier — a Jesuit university in Cincinnati — as “all those f—s, those Catholic f—s.”
Well none of this would happen in West Virginia, so it swung into action and did as much as it could.
It suspended Huggins for the first three games of the season – pay-to-slay home games against Missouri State, Monmouth and Jacksonville State – and hit him with a $1 million pay cut to $3.2 million, still a boy. School-high salary for . Which made it nearly impossible to rent myself this week.
Furthermore, this week, as seemed to be a sign of the times, the media was more outraged that Huggins beat up homosexuals than he was for beating up Catholics. Is one hardcore bashing more acceptable than the other?
But for more than 25 years, TV people knew Huggins as a snobbish, self-entitled stinker dependent on loopholes. Yet almost every week she was introduced as the sweetheart on TV. How many men and women who call college sports telecasts tell non-terrible truths? How many people have promoted and furthered the fraud that allows colleges to serve as mob-like fronts for sports?
This week, ESPN “SportsCenter” host Jon Anderson apologized for a childish rant about Golden Knights defenseman Zach Whitecloud. Unaware of the obvious – Whitecloud is a Native North American – Anderson said that his name sounded like a brand of toilet paper.
Anderson seemed sincere in his apology and Whitecloud was gracious in accepting it.
Yet Anderson’s employment by ESPN is based on his appearance as an intelligent individual, thus ESPN was at least as responsible as Anderson, who simply remained in his ESPN character.
In the past 10 days, Alabama’s baseball coach was fired and at least 40 student-athletes in Iowa and Iowa State are under investigation for gambling “irregularities” and suspicions. Scandal, inevitable due to the saturated commercial environment of sports gambling – no one loses, get rich quick, hoaxes targeting the young and vulnerable – has arrived.
But how do all these TV and radio shills and sportscasters, from Michael Kay, to Charles Barkley, to Evan Roberts, to Colin Cowherd, handle those stories, as well as the sports gambling busts of pro athletes involved?
Do they “shame-shame” the accused or approve? Do they ignore growing stories? Or do they rationalize their involvement by supporting violators as mere children of society responding to commercial signals?
Why didn’t these broadcasters and their owners see any of this? How did they not escape such personalized entanglements? Why did they allow their employees to add their names to sucker ads? The inevitable is here, but the grill is gone.
Quickly ignoring shows disrespect to the audience
SO ESPN, which ruins everything it touches, messed up the NHL draft lottery on Monday when, leading up to commercials, co-host Kevin Weeks revealed an early inside tip that Columbus would pick third. , Leaving Chicago or Anaheim for first and last.Can’t miss, Connor Beddard.
Prematurely leaked information killed the expectations of the audience.
Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to 1984. … Working at the US Olympic Boxing Trials, “Tell It Like It Is” Howard Cosell called a close bout between Pernell Whitaker and Joe Bellink.
Cosell was given the result in secret by ring announcer Chuck Hull before it was revealed on TV. Cosell then applied his “genius” to “guess” at the results he already knew.
But then he blew it. After “predicting” Whittaker in a close decision, the winner was declared. “Here it is,” Cosell said, “a three-to-two decision for Whittaker.” But the scores of the matches were never announced!
Later, Cosell didn’t return my calls – and I told ABC what I was preparing to write – I wrote it. Cosell then released a statement claiming that he was “the victim of a documented, long-term vendetta against me by some New York Post writers.”
But he did not deny that he was caught cheating.
ESPN, which did not acknowledge on its telecast on Monday what had just happened, was too foolish to trust its viewers.
Boone keeps attacking the bullpen until it flops
Yankees manager Aaron Boone was prosecuted and convicted of a misdemeanor offense after an 8-7 loss to the Rays on Sunday.
Did Boone let Gerrit Cole in for too long as a 6-0 lead became 6-6 after five innings? only in retrospect. Cole has shown the kind of self-corrective, in-game successes that have helped him achieve ace status.
But what happened after that was irreparable. By now, you know the Aaron Boone baseball bullpen drill:
In the first, Boone retired Clay Holmes after going one-two-three with two strikeouts. Then, Vandy Peralta three up, three down, followed by two Ks. Then Michael King struck out after one inning, one hit, and three strikeouts. As always, Boone went in search of better!
Boone’s search for Albert Abreu was over. In the 10th, with Rob Manfred runner on second, Abreu allowed the game-ending hit.
Joe Kapp, the hard-working Vikings quarterback in the late 1960s and a favorite of those who appreciated “winning ugly,” died Monday at age 85. Kapp’s three seasons in Minnesota were fun to watch. He threw 37 TD passes for the Vikings, some of them spirals.
At the start of Game 4 of the Heat-Knicks, after Miami hit a short jumper, Ian Eagle, calling the game on TBS, uttered some newfangled nonsense: “Miami has a high execution level,” to explain himself. Except for myself, “they get the shots they want. Oh.
Hey hey hey! Rangers-Mariners, ran only 2:16 on Monday. But it was fast bad baseball. The seven pitchers threw out a combined 26 – 48 percent.