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Monday, November 10, 2003

Dumb Things People Say, Weekend Sports Edition

The Kellen Winslow situation got a lot of attention this weekend, following Miami's 10-6 home loss to Tennessee. The 'Canes tight end criticized the SEC officials and likened himself to a soldier, among much else. To Winslow's credit, he apologized very quickly for his outburst, and in hindsight he should've not made any remarks until he had his emotions under control.

Since Saturday, however, I've been somewhat perplexed by media reaction that focused on the war analogy, and how this is for some reason disrespectful to the "real heroes" or some such nonsense. Come on, people. He was never claiming literally to be a soldier, that's stupid. What was truly reprehensible about the remarks was that he admitted intentionally trying to injure the Tennessee defenders (one left the game after a vicious Winslow block). Isn't that a tad bit more important and worthy of censure? (For an example, here's the entirety of Mark Blaudschun's comment on the incident from his college football column in today's Boston Globe: "Will someone have a sitdown with Miami tight end Kellen Winslow? As talented as he may be, his mouth is getting him in trouble. Equating Saturday's loss to Tennessee to war and calling himself a soldier is ridiculous. Winslow apologized yesterday, but maybe he needs to be told again what war really means.")

Moving on, the US baseball team won't be playing in the Olympics next summer after losing in qualifying on Friday. What a perfect occasion for a little jingoism, courtesy of Tommy Lasorda! "I can't believe it! It's a shock and a disgrace that the Americans won't be represented in the Olympics. Baseball is America's game. It doesn't belong to the Japanese or the Cubans or the Koreans or the Italians. This is sad, very sad." Let's start up that eugenics program for breeding the best whitebread American ballplayers we can! Jeez. (article)

And finally, it's not always what you say but what you wear. Antonio Tarver had a good shot at knocking off Roy Jones on Saturday night. My theory is that what held him back was his purple sequins shorts. Yikes.