Nick and I start the show (well, after a quick rant about having a kid who is almost three years old acting like a three-year old) talking about the Olympics. For those who didn’t see it, I filled in for Shanoff at the Wake Up Call on The Sporting Blog today. In that, I pose the question of if we have to root for Americans in the Olympics just because we’re expected to be Patriotic.
What if the person is unlikeable? What if there is more to it than that? It’s not a loaded question at all, I really don’t know the answer about our national responsibilities. Please click over there to read more, and listen to the two of us discuss. Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Inside the Press Box:
Nick and I talk about the post Daulerio put up on Deadspin that included Dick Ebersol’s email address and a suggestion to email him directly with complaints about the Olympics. While we see it as a thinly-veiled attempt at looking like the ‘anti-establishment’ website Deadspin was created as, in this case, neither of us have any issue with DS posting the information. At all.
If Ebersol is going to be in charge of NBC Sports, and viewers have issues with NBC Sports, who better to complain to. Now, there’s little chance he’s actually checking that email account himself, and if he does, he isn’t anymore. Either way, a guy like Ebersol is totally fair game.
College athletes, however, are not. DeMarcus Cousins of Kentucky had his cell phone number sent out and was getting hundreds of crank calls and thousands of texts from Mississippi State fans this week. That’s not right. Honestly, it’s the kid’s personal cell number — it’s not like you called the team hotel on a road trip and played a few pranks. Let the kid have some privacy. Oh, and MSU fans, when is it EVER okay to throw something on a basketball court? You are college kids, you’re not a bunch of animals. And even if you are a bunch of dumb hicks who think it’s okay to throw stuff on the floor during a game, do your school — and your team — the favor of staying home.
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Conlin looks at Florida eateries for fans going to Spring Training. Oh, and Inqy scribe John Gonzalez is on Twitter. The internet is not safe. These Prince videos are great. There’s a Dirt Frank reference, Nick rants about parking tickets in the snow and I bitch about my mailman. A regular hump day.
Thanks for listening.