Mommy, please make that man stop saying dumb things.

Is there a reality TV show I’m missing these days? Something where a bunch of sports pundits compete to produce the stupidest column, maybe?

Because that’s the only reason I can come up with to explain this steaming pile of refuse that the WaPo’s John Feinstein came up with yesterday. I’m amazed that someone can write something objecting to the now infamous Nick Saban comments about Alabama’s loss to Louisiana-Monroe that I object to.

I found Saban’s remarks obnoxious, mainly because I have a hard time categorizing any football loss as a catastrophe. Major embarrassment, sure… but nobody’s house burned down, nobody lost their life’s savings and nobody’s kid got arrested for murder. For Saban to elevate the loss so is pompous and played to the ego of the ‘Bama fan base. He deserves to be slapped for that.

But even so, we ain’t close to being in the ballpark where Feinstein sits his ass.

… A couple of months ago the right wing media become apoplectic when a liberal organization took out an ad criticizing the leader of the American forces in Iraq. How, they screamed, can you be critical of the man who represents the men and women who are putting themselves in danger every day in Iraq?

Where are those people right now? Why aren’t they screaming about a football coach comparing lost football games to thousands of lost LIVES? Where is the perspective?

An excellent question, John… ohhhh, you meant “those people”, not yourself. Never mind, then.

Here’s his perspective:

… Okay, let’s just say this: NO ONE should be allowed to mention catastrophes in which thousands of people died when talking about football — or any sport. Not ever. And certainly not someone who is working at what is supposed to be an institution of higher learning. What kind of message is he sending to his players? If he makes a comment like this in public, what in the world is he saying to his players behind closed doors?

Feinstein believes that Saban’s words justify, if not actually being fired, at least a serious discussion from the Alabama President’s office about him being fired. This is one man’s PC sensibilities run amok. Jeez, if we’re going to start firing people for making incredibly dumb statements in public, we’ll double the unemployment rate overnight. Even pundits might suffer!

I can’t believe that I just typed several paragraphs defending Nick Saban. Sort of, anyway. Eew.

The best part of Feinstein’s article comes near the end, where he’s moved on to attack the current bowl system – particularly the minor bowls, which by the way, the hosts, the visitors and ESPN are generally pretty happy with. But not our boy John, of course.

What’s rich, though, is after bashing the wingnuts for not losing their minds over Saban’s stupid war analogy, Feinstein goes on to make the same kind of comparison. Check this out:

Doing all this would, unfortunately take some leadership. There’s none in the NCAA where Myles Brand hides under his desk every time talk of a playoff comes up. There’s certainly none among the college presidents. So, this lousy unfair system will continue — sort of like the war in Iraq — with no end in sight.

What’s most frustrating is that everyone always has excuses; everyone has reasons why change won’t work. Nothing is perfect in the world but just because you can’t achieve perfection doesn’t mean you don’t try to get better. The other day during a discussion of the war someone said, “Well, if you started today, it would take a year to get our troops safely home,” as if that was a reason the war can’t end, instead of saying, “let’s start today.”

I ask you all – where’s the outrage?

My head hurts.

(h/t Third Saturday in Blogtober)


Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles

10 responses to “Mommy, please make that man stop saying dumb things.

  1. The Iraq war thing – wow.


  2. This Feinstein guy has me confused — as a raging pinko liberal, am I supposed to be mad at Saban? Or outraged at my fellow liberals for not being more mad at Saban? Or outraged at conservatives for exploiting 9/11, and not being more mad at Saban? Or outraged at the Alabama for not firing Saban? Or outraged at Myles Brand and the NCAA for sending thousands of troops to die in Iraq?


  3. kckd

    Damn Senator, you are sounding a lot like Finebaum.


  4. Really? What did he say about Feinstein?


  5. Will

    I’m outraged. Outraged, I say, outraged!

    Ow. I think I pulled something.


  6. If we don’t get playoffs, the terrorists win.


  7. KG

    It’s nice that not only do we have to watch the terms we use in what we say but now also how we think and the analogies or comparisons we make while talking. Ain’t political correctness grand!


  8. kckd

    You can listen to what he said on his site, he actually interviewed him. But he basically said similar things to what you said. That while what Saban said was not very smart it’s not like he said “we should all see there was some good in the Nazi party or that Al Queda are not terrorists but freedom fighters” or something to that effect.


  9. The thing about his comments is that Saban had time to compose them for a presser. It’s not like he was being tackled by a CBS sideline reporter on the way to the locker room at halftime.

    I just think they show his ego and his mindset. He’s unmatched in that regard. Could you imagine Richt referring to a Georgia loss as a “catastrophe”? Not very likely.

    I presume Finebaum isn’t too happy with Saban right now – not because of the comments, but because PF sipped on the “8-0” elixir the Tide folks were swallowing after the Arky win and looks a little dumb for it in the aftermath of a 6-6 season.


  10. extrapreneur

    good point, they are posting pretty uselss stuff in newspapers aren’t they. i think it’s the fame getting to their head.