Friday, November 24, 2006

Are you ready for more football?

Former football great and current football analyst Michael Irvin is about to join the ranks of the unemployed after comments he made on ESPN radio earlier this week.

His comments may be on the back burner during this, the week of Michael Richards comments, but they are just as offensive.

ESPN host Dan Patrick was asking him about the play of current Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo. Keep in mind, as you read these quotes, Romo is white. Irvin believes that Romo's stellar play has nothing to do with hard work or talent but that he may have some black heritage in him. Said Irvin about Romo, he may have "some brother down in that line somewhere."

When Patrick pressed him on the topic of black heritage and talent for sports, Irvin said, "That's not the only way, but it's certainly one way. If great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandma pulled one of them studs up out of the barn ... `Come on in here for a second,' you know ... "

As the Toronto Star's Chris Zelkovich said, "Joke or not, by my count, that's offensive to blacks, whites, grandmothers and humanity in general."

ESPN has said nothing on the topic but will probably be addressed during Sunday's NFL pregame show. I would be shocked if Irvin was still part of the broadcast team...wasn't Rush Limbaugh fired by ESPN in 2003 for much less of an offensive statement?

This isn't the first time Irvin has been in trouble. In 2001 he was arrested for felony cocaine possession charges. And then in 2005, he was arrested for having drug paraphanalia in his car. Those charges were dropped after Irvin said that the stuff was actually his brothers. He had forgotten to throw it out. A mistake I am sure most of us have been prone to make. Despite this, ESPN did suspend him for two days.

Speaking of mug shots, you can find ones for famous people on The Smoking Gun. Here are my top 5 ones, I have added hyperlinks directly to their picture.

1. Nick Nolte
2. Glen Campbell
3. Michael Jackson
4. James Brown
5. Lief Garrett



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