Stephen A. Smith, NFL and ESPN Worldwide Disgraces


cocp-proc_crop_northWEST NEW YORK, NJ – Did we really need another reason to despise the “Worldwide Leader in Sports?”  I don’t think we did but nevertheless, another week and another reason has emerged for folks to hate on ESPN.  Baseball’s All-Star game festivities in Minneapolis just two weeks ago cemented ESPN’s status as the go to channel for disgust and disdain. The Home Run Derby “emceed” by Earth’s most annoying comb-over, Chris Berman, annually inspires us to hope his next vacation will occur somewhere on the Gaza Strip.  You want to talk about Occupation? This guy’s “occupied” the most loathed Sportscaster slot in America since Mark Spitz won Olympic Gold.

In happier times

In happier times

The most recent ESPN fiasco though, has everything to do with the diarrhea-mouthed Stephen A. Smith. By now, you know what the “A” stands for.  Usually seated opposite the equally detestable Skip Bayless on the network’s “First Take” program, Smith has carved out a niche and a reputation in the cluttered, hate-filled blathersphere of Sports Talk. Unfortunately, that reputation is one of little integrity and even less intelligence. This is difficult to do sitting alongside Bayless, who himself is an unmitigated d’ bag, who’s done great things such as fabricating an athletic pedigree for himself and shamefully trying to drag Derek Jeter’s pristine name into the insidious Steroids conversation in 2012.  So we know what we’re dealing with and we shouldn’t be shocked with whatever puerile nonsense into which these amateurs wander. ESPN meanwhile is totally fine with this.  In fact they encourage these guys to drift into areas (reality) that they are woefully unqualified for.

Enforcer my Ass! Coward actually

“Enforcer” my A$$! “Coward” is more like it.

The NFL and its toe-headed fake tough guy Roger Goodell set the stage for miscreants like Stephen A. Smith by delivering a 2-game suspension of Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens’ running back for the punishing and brutal beat down of his fiancee (now wife) in an Atlantic City casino a couple of months back. There was actual footage of Rice’s physical brutality of the woman, including apparently punching her and dragging her seemingly lifeless body by her hair. Charming stuff, and yet one more black eye for Rutgers’ disgraceful athletic department.  2 games. 2 games. 2 games! Trying to get my head around this, but I can’t. The guy beats the snot out of a woman and the NFL hands down a 2 game suspension?! The message delivered by the NFL by virtue of this ruling:  Women don’t matter? (unless they’re buying NFL Officially licensed Merchandise) Beating the crap out of your “loved one” is OK with Goodell and his blue-blood upbringing. There is no other conclusion to be drawn.  Ray Rice and Roger Goodell are everything that is wrong with the NFL. Disgusting.

Stephen A. Smith had some words of advice and caution for victims of abuse. He said with a straight face, that in some cases, the abused woman kind of “brings it on herself.”  Women, Smith explains, can antagonize and aggravate the abuser, and so it stands to reason that she must be vigilant in remembering not to “incite her man.”  (Tex Antoine, anyone?) They should know that in certain situations, they need to “back off.” Nothing like blaming the victim, Stephen A.  You sound more like Dottie Sandusky than even a pretend journalist. Stephen A-you’ve been a loud-mouthed ill-informed and poorly prepared “reporter” for many years.  You’ve earned that reputation. And now you’ve brought it on yourself. You, and Roger Goodell are disgraceful, utterly out of touch with societal mores and plain decency. Your time has now passed. Good riddance. Hopefully, one day soon we’ll be able to say the same for the cesspool that is the morally bereft “Worldwide Leader in Sports.

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Big Al Sternberg/Fake Sandy Alderson is from a not-so-nice part of Queens. But through grit and elbow-grease finds himself living on Long Island with his bride and twin 12-year-old sons. He is a sports encyclopedia… and a loose cannon. In fact, Michael Baron of blocked him on Twitter. You can find The Blocked One’s Tweets here: @AldersonFake

  • Big Fat Guy

    Rice’s woman has real hair? Did he have a hand full of extensions?

    • Scarlet Knight

      If she used hair extensions, then she would have done more to make sure the situation didn’t happen. Rice wouldn’t have been able to drag her lifeless body out of the elevator.

      • We categorically and unequivocally deny any affiliation with anything and everything above.

  • ESPN just called. Our potential deal is off the table.

  • AngryWard

    Excellent, excellent, excellent piece, FSA. I was in a Radio Shack recently (which is hilarious in itself) and the kid behind the counter was listening to Smith and Bayless on the radio. I commented, “Wow, it must be tough to have to listen to these two clowns all morning.” He replied, “No I really like them. I met them. They are nice guys.” I deadpan replied, “Just ring up my watch battery so I can get out of here.”

    As for the two-game Rice suspension, clearly Goodell and company think smoking pot is far worse than cold-cocking a woman. It reminded me of this Deacon Jones quote…

    • FakeSandyAlderson

      That’s hilarious, AW. Do they still ask for your address when you buy batteries at Radio Shack?

      • AngryWard

        He did ask me for my address! I wasn’t prepared for that and mindlessly handed it over. It’s been a long time. So ridiculous.

  • bosoxbruins04

    Lester and Gomes just got traded for Cespedes? Just saw your tweet. Is it true?

    • Lili von Shtupp

      It’s twoo it’s twoo

      • TRS99

        Boston traded Lackey to the Cards to. Kelly and Craig.

  • Different Matt

    Goodell should be fired. The NFL is a f*cking joke with that suspension.

  • FakeSandyAlderson

    Just so you all know. Had I not given a combined $27M last Winter to Fartolo and Chris Young, I still would not have tried to acquire any of these badly needed Outfielders who were traded today. Cespedes, Byrd, Fuld, Craig,Parra. Now excuse me-I have a mah jong tournament to win at my assisted living facility. Winner gets 2 servings of rice pudding! There’s an Officer on Deck!

  • Junoir Blaber

    Hate to be that guy but I just saw a video on FB were the girl was asking for it. A woman would jump at the sight of a 2 oz. mouse but at a 200+ man, they get all super animated and in the guys face daring them and pushing the boundary because they and the world tell them they have carte blanche to disrespect him and he is not to have any feelings and be a robot.

    Not saying there are guys that aren’t over the line and abusers but it is not 100%, the guy is the villain. Also Goddell has to deal with owners and players. This is an off the field incident and no criminal charges where filed so exactly what was he going to do. The CBA and the Players Union don’t want to go down a slippery slope of letting the commish do as he feels. The Owners don’t want to lose players they have put in a huge amount of financial investment in for a lengthy time and miss games that they could win and lead to greater proceeds.

    • jgclancy

      Goodell is scum. He cut and ran when Favre sent pictures to a woman a la Weiner but with actual pictures of his weiner. Didn’t do a thing about it. He’s on my list of people I don’t wan’t at my BBQ and will make the world a better place when he dies right along with that bastard former commissioner Stern of the NBA.That is all!

      • Junoir Blaber

        It is a business and as such morals and ethics are come secondary to profit. Do not be surprised by any action by Goddell takes as he is hired to put the league first.

    • AngryWard

      Junoir, you sound a bit like Stephen A. Smith. I don’t give a crap if Rice’s future wife was throwing haymakers at him. If he’s big enough to knock her out, he’s certainly big enough to defend himself or walk away without busting her one in the chops. The NFL absolutely blew it with this one. Big time. Goodell should have said, “I don’t give a crap what went down, I can’t have players in this league beating up on women or killing people or whatever, so you are gonna take a hefty suspension and keep your mouth shut… except to apologize.” Should Goodell let Aaron Hernandez continue to play while he awaits trial?

      • GrindingAxWalter

        Stephan A will break your heart!

      • Junoir Blaber

        The money involved makes it impossible to go out be the hammer. Try firing a guy from a union job. That is what Goddell is up against.

        I am not defending Rice but saying this cart Blanche that is given to the woman to instigate a situation as well as amnesty for any blame in creating the situation is somewhat unfair.

  • vinny from brooklyn

    mets did nothing. sandy has to go.

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