I’m glad he’s gone. His commentaries on violence and entertainment read like the rantings of the PTC or CAP Alert, and besides, what were they doing on ESPN.com in the first place? I also find it very hypocritical that he would rant and rave about violence and its alleged “harmful” effects (even though it has never been proven that there is a causal relationship between fictional and real violence), yet every week he has pictures of NFL cheerleaders in the column.
As for the football nuts and bolts of his writing, I have two complaints, one minor, one major.
First, the small one: his team nicknames. My god, is this guy on the 24 boards at TWoP? Fine, you want to be all clever and PC and write about the “Potomac Drainage Basin Indiginous Persons”. But does every damn team need a nickname that is many times a big stretch?
Now, the big one. Not long ago, he wrote a big rant about how NFL officials were not making goal-line calls correctly because the knee has to be in the end zone, not the ball. Well this naturally went against everything I knew about football, and a quick google search found the relevant NFL rule–the ball is to be spotted WHERE THE BALL IS when a player’s knee touches the ground, he steps out of bounds, or his forward progress is stopped.
Now, I emailed him the link and an explanation. So what does he do in the next column? He ignores the rule, and continues to insist that he’s right. Tommy Maddox was called for a safety in the Titans game, because “the ball came down out of the end zone but his knees were still in it”. Wrong, wrong, wrong. The ruling, which was articulated by the official on the field because the play was challenged, was that when Maddox’s knee came down, the ball was in the end zone, and he didn’t bring it out until after his knee touched.
Injecting a moral crusade into an inapropriate forum and ignoring contradictory facts? Put this guy on talk radio!