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Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Normally I enjoy reading Tuesday Morning Quarterback. He used to be featured on ESPN as part of Page 2, but last year they dropped him. Now he's a featured column on NFL.com. When he talks about football, he's pretty funny and generally hits a lot of good points, and is overall a great read (especially his weekly cheerleader profile). That's why his column is so popular. Gregg Easterbrook's problem (which plagued him on ESPN.com and could have lead to his demise there) is that he can't just talk about football. The man just can't resist throwing in his political two cents, even when it has absolutely no connection whatsoever to football. For some reason this is something that popular people love to do. What's the thinking there? If I like your football commentary then I'll love your opinions on the U.N., as if they're somehow related?
It's not like he doesn't have other outlets for his political thinking. He's also a contributor to The New Republic and The Atlantic Monthly. Why not contain your political thought to those publications, where your readership not only expects, but desires those opinions?
So let's take a look at the latest political diatribe that Gregg thought was appropriate for TMQ:
Well... he is talking about Titans... but not the football team. Hell, he doesn't even throw us a bone and make some sort of off hand connection between the rocket and the team for God's sake. But fine, it is a nice piece of nostalgic trivia, and fairly harmless.
Gotcha. Nuclear weapons are bad, and now the most destructive of them are finally on the scrap heap. Good news. Hey Gregg... do you realize that in a column that's supposed to be about football, you haven't even mentioned the sport so far after 3 rather long paragraphs? Just thought I'd point that out.
Alright. So after his rockets and red nuclear glare monologue, he finally got to what we wanted. Excellent. Oh... but there was more as we found out later. This was actually pretty classic. Gregg first goes on about a U.N. summit on poor nations, and how we need to donate more money:
Then in the very next paragraph he points out that:
Somehow, he never seems to be able to draw the obvious conclusion here. Why should we donate more to these countries if those governments will abuse that money, and waste it? Seriously Gregg. You were so close to drawing that conclusion which was just staring you in the face, but you dropped the pass. If you can touch it, you can catch it as I like to say. They waste the money, and it will never actually get to the poor people, but we should still give more? Gotcha.
You can read the rest of this week's TMQ for the whole thing, including him patting himself on the back for predicting Gillette's five blade razor. I understand his excitement over the accuracy of his crystal ball... but honestly, do you have to spend four paragraphs on it? Do you have an editor?
I'm not saying that he's not entitled to his opinions. Of course he is. I just find it rather inappropriate, and downright annoying that he decides to take up so much space on a football column with them, especially when he has other more appropriate outlets. Here's a helpful hint Gregg. When you write for NFL.com, its best if you actually mostly cover... you know... the NFL.
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