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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Rick Reilly: Corniest Columnist of All Time?

We've never been a fan of EPSN's (previously SI's) Rick Reilly.

His columns are routinely formulaic. His wit is bread knife sharp. His observations are apparent.

He's average. But was shoved down our throats on the back page of SI. And now ESPN spent big dollars to lure him away and provide an alternative to the frat boy drivel and stale beer stench wafting from The Sports Guy.

All this, while Whitlock is allowed to walk and Scoop and Jemele get barely a shove, let alone a push.

He's bored us with human interest stories about his father, sailors, soldiers and other stuff, that, if written by a passionate author, might have been of interest. Pontificated on a few righteous topics. And chapped his lips on a behind here and there.

Not once has he tackled a controversy. He pointed out that it was wrong of a high school pitching battery to conspire to bean an umpire and he demonstrated the greed of some athletes. Certainly, limbs that could bear any weight.

And, most disappointingly, rather than using his high profile spot on the WWL to fill the walrus shaped void left by Whitlock; he has not taken the opportunity to point out the compelling racial injustice embedded in the Nation's sporting industries.

His only foray near this area was to encourage his readers to root against Negroish golfer Tiger Woods.

His most recent piece was a jock-sniffing effort portraying the job stealing Kerry Collins as a stand up guy who does nothing but 'tell it like it is' and own up to his shortcomings.

Hidden within the cliche filled ramble, jam packed with enough corn to feed 100 head of livestock, was a carefully measured dig at the abandoned Vince Young. The Vince Young who spent the off season providing the cohesion heavy leadership needed to bring together this history seeking Titans team. The Vince Young who had his legs cut out from under him just as the season began. The Vince Young who lost his starting job to an injury. The Vince Young used and betrayed by management. That Vince Young.

Reilly chronologies some of the more difficult moments in Collins career (you know, the moments where he didn't come in and QB a team that an up and coming Negro QB had worked so hard to bring together to make a run at an undefeated season). He points out that Collins admits that early on, the pressure got to him. That he didn't know how to handle it.

Here's the irony: Collins is the Titans' starter—and an unlikely MVP candidate, at 35—because the kid he replaced doesn't know how to handle it yet. Vince Young melted down in the second week of the season. There was talk of guns, confusion and suicide. Even his mother said her boy was "hurting inside and out." And yet sitting at the next locker was a man who once made Britney Spears look Amish. Still, Young has never asked Collins to help him.

Never does Reilly mention that the talk of guns, confusion and suicide was not so much talk as it was media propaganda perpetuated by his coach and management.

Reilly makes it seem as if this is Young's fault. As if Young should be sitting at Collin's feet begging for advice.

Perhaps Reilly forgets that Young was a highly drafted Negro QB, who was projected to be the franchise player who would lead the Titans to the Super Bowl.

Perhaps Reilly forgets that Collins was a washed up back-up, lucky to even have a roster spot.

Wouldn't it make more sense for the washed-up clip board carrier to be the one to ask the highly paid, highly drafted Negro QB if he might like some advice? Or, have we really gotten to the point that it is a fair expectation of a young, highly drafted and paid QB to be the one to take action?

Clearly, Reilly believes that since Young is a Negro, it is up to Young to beg for Collins mentorship.

If you look at Collins' face this week, you'll see a big cut on his nose. He was deer hunting, saw a six-pointer loping by, didn't have time to get a good rifle rest on his shoulder, fired anyway and the recoil nailed him. But he got the deer.

Figures. He never did like to pass the buck.

Unless there was a Negro QB involved.

43 comments:

Two Dogs said...

I think that we can all agree that pro-athletes are not the smartest folks around, but to talk up Kerry Collins is the epitome of sandpoundingly stupid. Reilly is talking about Kerry Collins like he is not a moron.

Reilly is insane.

blackink said...

And who can forget the time Collins used a racial epithet against teammate Mushin Muhammad?

This, from a NY Times story in August 1997: "They do not believe Collins is a racist, just that he made a stupid mistake and that the racial bluntness needs to end."

That's not a ringing endorsement.

Malcom Hex said...

it's amazing how Reilly puts Young down for supposedly not asking Collins for adviced...and amazing how quickly Reilly dismisses the racial insults that Collins has used in the past with teamates.

NOIS, is there any chance that Young has tried to look to Collins for help, but has been rebuffed because Collins might be a racist (the history is there)?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"NOIS, is there any chance that Young has tried to look to Collins for help, but has been rebuffed because Collins might be a racist (the history is there)?"

Sir, that is an insightful and fair question.

Chances are, we will never know the truth.

The media, and obviously Reilly, are more than satified that Collins past racially charged language and derogatory engagement with teamates was just off-color (no pun intended) locker room banter.

So, this is an angle that certainly will never be investigated.

We believe, that chances are, Collins hates Negroes and therefore hates Young and has played an active role in this concerted effort to brutalize Youngs confidence and destroy his psyche.

But, for some reason, the straight shooting, never passin the buck Collins is reluctant to admit it.

Two Dogs said...

And not only that, to actually ask Collins a question would require you to talk to him. This by itself would be like running a block plane up your shinbone.

Some Guy said...

i hate rick reilly. is sucks balls. thank god he left SI...i don't have to rip out the last page anymore.

tellitlikeitis said...

"We believe, that chances are, Collins hates Negroes and therefore hates Young and has played an active role in this concerted effort to brutalize Youngs confidence and destroy his psyche."

Can you blame him?

jigs are nothing but whiney ass complaint monkeys.

i heard the receptionists here at work (two jig ladies...imagine that...putting their lack education to use in a do nothing no effort job...makes you wonder where the stereotype of the lazy jigaboo comes from...)

talking about, 'girl, you see what dey doin to obama?'

'naw, girl,what dey doin?'

'bush 'n 'em aint wanna make a decision of giving dem auto plant people money. Dey gonna wait til Obama take office and make him decide what to do.'

Can you jigaboos see why white people hate you and think you are just apes that can talk without sign language?????

You get the guy you wanted for president...and now that he is in a position to actually make a decision...YOU BITCH that the white man is forcing HIM to do something...

Holy shit...no wonder Kerry Collins called the jibs niggers in the locker room....you are one step above llamas on the IQ pyramid.

Two Dogs said...

Awesome commentary there from tellitlikeitis. He must be from the old school Democrat Party.

Cornell West's Hair Pick said...

"He must be from the old school Democrat Party."

The 'old school Democrat Party', as you put it, certainly would find no insight or justification for the abhorent language and predjucial inferences made by Mr. tellitlikeitis.

Old or New, the Democratic Party has always fostered a tradition of inclusiveness and concern for the common folk. Receptionists included.

Understand, Mr. tellit, these woman were voicing a heartfelt concern that most Black Americans wonder about. They aren't whining that Obama is going to be asked to make decisions.

They are concerned he is being set up for failure.

Just like Vince Young.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"They are concerned he is being set up for failure.

Just like Vince Young."

Sir, agreed.

And, when the team (or country) is all set to go great guns...the controls will be conveniently handed back to mighty whitey.

Dave the Wave said...

"you are one step above llamas on the IQ pyramid."

llamas actually have the common sense to keep their mouths shut and not pretend to know anything about politics.

so, lets go ahead and put the llamas ahead one step on that pyramid.

Two Dogs said...

NOIS, agreeing with something as disgusting as a pick affiliated with Cornel West must hurt. By the way, only one "l" in Cornel, there you go, Pick.

And before you start blathering about crazy stuff, the Klan is a completely owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party. In case history is not your strong suit, maybe you want to check into that. You could Google "Woodrow Wilson" or "Franklin Delano Roosevelt" or "John F. Kennedy" and learn a thing or two about the institutionalized racism in the party of the Obamessiah. Whitey is owned and operated by the Democrats, so sayeth Michael King, better know as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cornel West's Hair Pick said...

"By the way, only one "l" in Cornel, there you go, Pick."

Yea, motherfucker, don't spell my name wrong!

mbros612 said...

Perhaps instead of having a chip on his shoulder and (at least apparantly) acting all unstable and pouty... Mr. Young SHOULD be trying to pick up a few things from a longtime vet like Collins.

Collins is no Hall of Famer but he has unquestionably had an accomplished NFL career. He's had his ups and downs (just like Vince's growing pains right now), but he's been to a Super Bowl, put up some terrific stats at times earlier in his career... not to mention he is quarterbacking a very successful Titans team at the advanced age of 36.

That being said, if I'm Vince Young, I'm making the best of the situation by at least picking the old man's brain here and there. Sure he's on the bench right now, but he should at least be learning not pouting.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"That being said, if I'm Vince Young, I'm making the best of the situation by at least picking the old man's brain here and there. Sure he's on the bench right now, but he should at least be learning not pouting."

Sir,

So, when you talked to Vince about this...he told you he hadn't been talking with Collins? And he sounded pouty?

Oh.

Two Dogs said...

Just thinking about someone picking Kerry Collins' brain gives me the shivers. Is it actually possible to pick a vacuum?

Foxxy Brown said...

"he never liked to pass the buck."

wow. that's comcast commercial quality writing!

"do nothing no effort job"

which obviously you also have since you had the time to stand around and monitor their stupid conversation.

tellitlikeitis said...

"which obviously you also have since you had the time to stand around and monitor their stupid conversation."

Actually, there foxxy, my office (you know, the place i work) is right across from the reception desk. So, unfortunately, I am subjected to pieces of the never ending chatter they engage in all day long. While I work.

Nice try, tho.

Your 'sistahs' are worthless drones and a drain on not just our company, but society. I actually welcome the day that the economy further fails and companies are forced to get rid of the fatback that is holding us down. Like paying two non-stop-jabbering black yentas a good salary to sit around all day and do nothing...and then act indignant when the phone rings or a visitor arrives to interupt their 'work'.

In case you haven't noticed...as more 'minorities'have infiltrated the 'work force', the economy has declined at a reciprical rate.

You can't escape these facts.

Black people don't work well.

Sure, some do. But as a standard rule. You, they...whatever...are LAZY.

Every year, all of our black employees use every single one of their sick days. And then complain at the end of the year when they have no time to take off the day after Christmas.

'God damn! It the day aftah Christmas and dey makin us come in! Dis is bullshit'

Never mentioning that if they hadn't used every single personal, vacation and sick day during the first quarter...they could have had the day off.

Don't get mad at me.

You know i am just telling it like it is.

Lazy.

That is the word of the day, boys and girls.

Economic downturn.

That relates to all the lazies.

Two Dogs said...

I have always wondered why the janitor's closet always seems to be right across from the receptionist's desk. What's up with that?

Foxxy Brown said...

if i had to work across the hall or reception area from an ignorant racist ass like you, i'd have to use all of my sick and vacation days too. their use of leave has probably saved your worthless life on many occasions.

and if you sit right across from reception, you obviously aren't a power player/big thinker at your office - just like the receptionists. i have a corner office with 2 walls of floor to near-the-baseboards windows with both a bay and city skyline view. you?

/off to, well, anywhere, to capture some quotes from ignorant white folks. because of course if one white person says something stupid that means all of them are stupid, right?

Foxxy Brown said...

great minds think alike, "Two Dogs" :-)

tellitlikeitis said...

"and if you sit right across from reception, you obviously aren't a power player/big thinker at your office - just like the receptionists. i have a corner office with 2 walls of floor to near-the-baseboards windows with both a bay and city skyline view. you? "

Foxxy, in your attempts to belittle me because of the location of my office...you fail to address the fact that your 'sistahs' are worthless. I will take your lack of defense of their job skills and inability to even so much as perpetrate a defense of their work ethic as an admission that, like most do nothing jigs, they are lazy.

Your knowledge of what I do and who I work for clearly allows you to summize that, because my office is near the front, that I am a peon.

And, your attempt to promote yourself as important because you are in a big room is akin to a ghetto rat buying 2000 rims for there 500 dollar car. 'Look at me...I bees impohtant!!!'

All you have done is solidfy my arguments.

1) it's acceptable in the black community to be lazy. That work is simply a distraction and you are 'owed' a pay check just for taking the trouble to show up.

2) that low class, intelligence and ability can be overcome by material possession (in your case, sitting in a big room doing nothing all day)

It's amazing that you use my views to justify our receptionists being lazy do nothings. Since you label me as a 'racist', that justifies there dead weight?

This country is in a free fall.

Thanks to people like YOU.

Just telling it like it is, sistah souljah!

Dave the Wave said...

" i have a corner office"

oh foxxy!

that is delicious.

knowing you have slept your way to the top gets me all tingly.

let's do this, baby!

Two Dogs said...

Tell It, did the black receptionist turn you down or something? Dang, buddy, just log on to a porn site and get you some of that ghetto shit that you need and chill dude.

Quit being such a damn dick for the first time in your life and maybe you can get some of that. But, change outta the janitor's uniform first, it probably smells like that red sawdust that you spread on vomit.

tellitlikeitis said...

"Quit being such a damn dick for the first time in your life and maybe you can get some of that. But, change outta the janitor's uniform first, it probably smells like that red sawdust that you spread on vomit."

I'll tell you what.

I'd respect a janitor who does his job more than a jiggette who sits on her ass all day complaining about the man, when she should be working.

I assume you must be a jig. As such, everything revolves around sex and getting some. I don't go to work hoping to fall into pussy. Unlike you black dudes...I go to work to...work.

Two Dogs said...

Look, dickless, I am not black, as if that fucking matters.

You can see from my link, that it actually goes to a profile, unlike yours. And there is also a blog listed on that profile, asshole. And that blog has been in operation since February 2005, so I am pretty sure that you can figure out my race, Fucktard.

So, maybe you should quit making assumptions that rattle around in that moronically vapid fucking melon of yours, you fucking dumbass janitor.

Go get me a latte.

Foxxy Brown said...

it never ceases to amaze me how consistently non-responsive the ignorantia are. direct questions and assertions always go unanswered, subtle details are always overlooked. fold in profound reading comprehension deficiencies and irrational, unfounded assumptions, sprinkle on a few gratuitous sexual "insults" and we're done.

sigh. this is why i usually just throw off a joke and move on.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Sir, and to your righteous readers.

tellitlikeitis said...

"it never ceases to amaze me how consistently non-responsive the ignorantia are. "

LOL.

You mention questions that go unanswered.

What were your relevant questions that went unanswered?

There weren't any.

See, you are the most dangerous type of black.

You have an education. And while that makes you educated, it doesn't make up for the innate laziness that holds you down. Your education doesn't make up for the fact that it is ingrained through generations that any shortcomings or problems you have are not your fault. They are whitey's. Everything is whitey's fault.

Have you noticed that your 'black' president is very quickly moving away from his campaign promises. And very quickly moving more towards the center?

Did you really think having a guy with a tan in the white house was going to get you forty acres and mule? that change is really coming?

LOL....you may as well of voted for Hillary in the primaries, cause all you clowns we're those 'My President Is Black' t-shirts are simply getting the 3rd Installment of the Clinton Administration anyway.

Bought.

Lock, stock and barrel.

LOL.

Suckers.

ultrasound tech said...

"LOL....you may as well of voted for Hillary in the primaries, cause all you clowns we're those 'My President Is Black' t-shirts are simply getting the 3rd Installment of the Clinton Administration anyway."

you do make sort of a valid point.

Barack is first and foremost a politician. And politicians will say whatever they believe the constituency wants to hear in order to give them their vote.

No real surprise that, now that he is getting the daily presidential briefs and is probably privy to information he previously wasn't that he realizes that a lot of his pie in the sky calls for change are just not feasible.

No big shock.

It's a America.

We are in the status quo era of our development. The era that comes right before the true decline.

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Big Man said...

I never heard the term "jigette" before.

Thanks, I appreciated that new information racist dude.

An argument that black people hate hard work and white people love it, is just funny.

Also, the idea that the economy went down as soon as black people entered the workforce shows a disturbing lack of understanding about the world.

Racist dude, I forget your name, but do honestly believe that black people were just hanging out in this country not working? You really think you and your hooded brethren would have allowed that?

Nah, black people have been the backbone of this country's economy for centuries. The problems really began once we started letting stupid white boys, ahem Bush and Reagan, gain power and the rest of you dolts thought you deserved to be in control as well. That was the backbreaker. At least when the racists were intelligent they knew where to draw the line.

tellitlikeitis said...

"Nah, black people have been the backbone of this country's economy for centuries. "

backbone?

LOL

sure, blacks were slaves. but backbone?

LOL

you realize that at this point in time, blacks make up about 12% of the population. which is an ALL TIME high.

during slave times and industrialization era...they made up 10% or less.

backbone?

LOL

big black guy, dude, thank you for THAT racist information. the notion that 10% of the population...of which 40-50% did NOT work...which would then make your backbone (LOL) statement to mean that 5-6% of the population of the US was the 'backbone' of the US economy????

HAHAHA

you make a ridiculous statement like that, and then call ME racist??? LOL...TOO funny.

look, blacks were slaves. they did provide a cheap labor force for agriculture in the south.

that agriculture provided the raw materials for the industrialization in the North.

those factories weren't manned by slaves. they were mostly manned by European immigrants.

the other main contributor to industrialization was coal as fuel.

those mines weren't manned by slaves. they were manned mostly by European immigrants and rural whites.

Please, stop.

You are too funny.

tellitlikeitis said...

"Also, the idea that the economy went down as soon as black people entered the workforce shows a disturbing lack of understanding about the world."

Actually, I said the economy turned south as more blacks moved UP in the workforce.

Things were fine when Tyrone cleaned the bathroom.

Things started to turn south when someone decided it would be a good idea to give Tyrone a management job and to let him make decisions other than when to change the mop head.

Two Dogs said...

okay, I missed something. Tellit's name is Tyrone? Dang, no wonder he hates black folks, his parents gave him a 1970's black name. I would be mad at black people, too.

Bet his nickname is "Pooky."

tellitlikeitis said...

"okay, I missed something"

Yes. Agreed.

Big Man said...

Tellit

So, you think the need for agricultural workers ended when slavery ended?

You think the fact that black people worked for free for nearly a century and then worked for incredibly depressed wages as sharecroppers had nothing to do with the leaps this country's economy made during the early part of America's history?

You think it was just manifest destiny and roses?

And I'm stupid?

So, the mines and factories manned by immigrants produced manufactured goods without raw products? And you're arguing that producing those manufactured goods in a factory actually entailed more work at less pay then what sharecroppers and slaves did?

What history books did you study?

I get it. Black folks didn't work in factories. They didn't serve as porters, or domestics or day laborers.

The whole Northern Migration never happened, neither did the Western Migration. Black folks just sat on their asses and got taken care of by benevolent white people in the South before FDR and then Lyndon Johnson came through with that good welfare.

Yep, thank God for those benevolent white folks. Thank God.

Big Man said...

Tell it

You do realize that white men still make up more than 90 percent of the decision makers in corporate America, right?

So, let me get this straight. Black people, at 10-12 percent of the population couldn't have a postive impact on the economy despite doing labor intensive jobs for low pay, but they could have a negative impact once they were given positions of importance within companies?

Got it.

So, answer me this, if black folks are so doomed to failure, why did white people expend so much effort to keep them down? Seems like if somebody was going to fail you just get out of the way and let them fail.

You don't lynch them when they succeed, you don't burn down their towns, or steal their land. You just let them die off in their failure.

Only, we both know that's not what happened, don't we?

Dave the Wave said...

"The whole Northern Migration never happened, neither did the Western Migration."

can't you read, homeboy?

Blacks made up less than 10% of the damned workforce. and you want to credit them with industrialization?

YOU are the racist, homeboy!!!!

Dave the Wave said...

"Seems like if somebody was going to fail you just get out of the way and let them fail."

you did notice that we just elected a jig president, right?

so, clearly, we are following your advice.

Dave the Wave said...

"You don't lynch them when they succeed"

so, you admit, that as a black man, your definition of success is raping a white girl.

Big Man said...

Dave

You are a funny dude.

Jig seems to be a word a lot cats are bringing back these days.

But, you glossed over my question about how do you have an industrial revolution without raw products?

It's easy to saw black people didn't contribute to building of this country if you ignore the need for raw products for any industrial revolution. Or ignore the simple truth that being able to avoid having to import raw material is huge boon. See, that way you can ignore what role sharecroppers and slaves played in expanding the American economy. Just by ignoring facts you can make a semi-coherent argument while slinging around slurs and insults...

And you're line about lynching was hilarious.

Like a black man ever had to take some pussy from a white woman. You know damn well your women were opening those legs and dropping it like it's hot since platantion days. That rape shit was just to protect white boy's egos.

ritter said...

double standards run wild in the black community. you claim to have a 'black ' president yet he is half white and was raised by his white family. wake up nim-rods. if there is ever a revolution, you're fu**ed. you're outnumbered by the whites and the Latinos. the latinos are your biggest fear. you're outnumbered!

MichaelWalker said...

oh I have a friend who is a price per head agent and he says that, that Rick Reilly is the corniest columnist of all time and since my friend is a writer, he must know about it, mus he not??