Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Oh Jemele. What are you doing?

When the Mitchell report came out and Andy Pettitte came forward with his admission of using HGH, ESPN's Jemele Hill called Pettitte insincere and said his apology was a joke. In her most recent column regarding Pettitte's explanations to Congress, she calls him "brutally honest" and wise and compares him favorably to Clemens "fraudulent act".

I find it hard to believe that an educated woman like Hill has less of an issue with Pettitte's words now than before. While I don't believe a word Roger Clemens has said, his story hasn't changed from the beginning. Pettitte's has changed each time it's been told.

According to Pettitte, he didn't know what HGH was, that is was bad, and what he was getting into. If that's so, why didn't he discuss it with his trainer? His coaches? The team doctor? Pettitte knew what he was taking and that it was wrong. Should he apologize? Of course. But he's no more sincere or honest than he was two months ago. If anything, he's going backwards.

As media members such as Hill continue to string words together to defend, attack, or exalt players over this steroids issue, they need to maintain the message they are promoting, especially when you have access to such a wide audience as ESPN readers.

Are you allowed to change your mind? Of course. We all are. But writers like Hill need to make it clear that their position has changed. Otherwise, you look like you're writing random opinions for the sake of being heard.

If Hill wants to be a contrarian, fine. But she needs to stick to her guns. It's fairly easy to gain credibility when you work for ESPN. But it's even easier to lose it. Just ask Stephen A.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Them high schoolers are smart

In my "Holy Shit, the Giants won the Super Bowl" bubble, somehow I missed this. But it definitely warrants mentioning.

So it's signing day, the day when high school football players all over the country sign their college careers over to whichever college promises them the hottest co-eds.

But if you're Kevin Hart, you're not going anywhere. Hart held a big press conference announcing his commitment to California instead of Oregon.

Hart held a news conference Friday at Fernley, saying he had chosen the Golden Bears over Oregon. He said he'd talked with Cal coach Jeff Tedford "a lot, and the fact that the head coach did most of the recruiting of me kind of gave me that real personal experience."

No one was more surprised at this news than the people at Cal.

"We have not been recruiting him," said California associate media relations director John Sudsbury, who cited NCAA rules that prevent him from commenting further about recruits. "That's all we can say."

What's even more confusing, Oregon hasn't contacted Hart either.

An official from Oregon denied having contact with Hart. "We're kind of perplexed. We've not ever heard of the young man," said David Williford, assistant AD for media services.

Was Hart the victim of a prank? Or did he go all Britney and have a few "moments" of confusion?

If it was a prank it was well played. Totally mean. But well played.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Happy Super Bowl, You Have The Right To Remain Silent

In one of the douchiest moves ever, the Fargo, North Dakota police department used the Super Bowl to sweep the town and serve outstanding warrants.

Authorities used Super Bowl Sunday for Operation Touchdown, arresting more than 40 people on outstanding warrants.

From 2:20 p.m. to about 9:45 p.m., Fargo police, Cass County deputies, U.S. marshals, and parole and probation officers fanned out around Fargo to serve about 300 outstanding warrants.

Shame on the Fargo Police for defiling the most sacred of holy days. What's next? Drug busts on Easter? Prostitution stings on Yom Kippur?


Unbelievable. Absolutely amazing. There are few things in life that are better than watching your team win the Super Bowl. And this was one satisfying win.

And while today will be filled with praise for the players and coaches (and rightfully so), I just wanted to call attention to how well the officiating crew did their jobs.


Friday, February 1, 2008

Sex and the Super Bowl

I was given the lovely assignment of investigating the sexual practices surrounding the Super Bowl, both of the players and the fans.

After interviewing sports experts and hookers (take a guess at which ones gave more interesting interviews) I have the results:

Hookers Score at the Super Bowl

No Sex Rule a Bunch of Shit