We mentioned yesterday in our links that Tony Kornheiser is serving two week suspension from PTI for his comments about Hannah Storm’s outfit. I personally agree with Tony Kornheiser that Hannah Storm’s outfit was quite ugly, but she can wear them as well as any 47 year old.
We in the Bulldog Nation are quite familiar with notable personalities making gaffes about female clothing options on the radio.
There is such hypocrisy here. For one, if women want to be treated equally, then they should not be protected from comments such as these. If Storm is going to work in an environment that is geared towards men, and is going to dress that tacky, then she needs to be prepared for the negative backlash as if she were a dude. I am not saying that Storm is incapable at her job or that she deserves to be sexually harassed/stalked (Erin Andrews). But if she wants to work in a man’s world, she needs to be treated like a man. If a man said something outrageous about another man, there would be no fuss over it (Hannah Storm has to be given credit here also; she, at what I read last, had no comment. Good for her to stay out of it).
For example, I have seen Tony Kornheiser wear some dog ugly stuff on his show. Last week, he wore a hideous red Polo sweater-the kind with the HUGE pony. If Cowherd or Scott Van Pelt said something mean about how tacky Kornheiser’s outfits look, and a 61 year old man needs to know better than to dress like a teenager, then I seriously doubt either one of them would have been disciplined.
ESPN is just so full of crap. They let some things slide, while dropping the hammer on other things.
Here are some of the most egregious examples off the top of my head of ESPN’s lack of common sense:
- Not letting Herbstreit make his just for entertainment picks Saturday morning on the games he is going to call. He is, however, more than able to do color on games that involve Ohio State. Herbstreit played quarterback at Ohio State. Herbstreit lives in Columbus. He also has a talk radio show in Columbus. Don’t you think there would be a bigger conflict of interest in calling games that YOUR team is involved in than making stupid picks that involve your team?
- However, during the Mike Leach controversy, ESPN had no problem letting friends/people close to the situation call the Alamo Bowl. The ESPN ombudsman even said this was a faux pas.
- When Dan Patrick was working at ESPN, he hosted the Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio. He also was the anchor for Sportscenter. In the afternoon, he gave his opinions, while in the evenings he reported the news. Wasn’t there a potential conflict of interest there?
- The network hired Bobby Knight to be a color analyst. Now, I like Coach Knight. I liked him as a coach and I like his work on TV. But come on! He is an abusive SOB.
Charles Barkley has said many more inappropriate things than what Tony Kornheiser said, yet TNT doesn’t get their proverbial panties in the proverbial wad. Why does ESPN hold some things to such a high standard but obviously doesn’t hold other things against the same measuring stick?