Tell Him To F–k Right Off

Generally, there are way too many opinion shows on sports TV when they’re discussing Tiger Woods dropping some expletives in a golf tournament with the boom mic on him on 1st and 10 (and obviously, First Take earlier).  Skip Bayless mouthed off about Woods being one “of the most vulgar golfers on the Tour,” and said he should keep his language in check, to be an example to the children who watch and idolize him.

As politely as I can: fuck off, sir.

Quite possibly, one of the most enjoyable parts of watching athletic competitions on TV is hearing these slip-ups, these bouts of profane invective in the heat of competition — it reinforces that these are people doing a job, that they are real, not some abstraction viewed on the screen or from a high spot in the arena. The best example I have is in the NBA Finals back in 2002, when Rasheed Wallace got called for a really ticky-tack foul while Kobe Bryant was driving, and he let out the most audible “BULLSHIT, REF!” I’d heard in some time.

It also provides more reality from the crowd. How many times have you heard a packed arena chant “BULLSHIT!” after a foul call, or chant? It’s not incumbent upon the athletes; if the networks want to avoid this, they can put a delay on it or just deal with the consequences.

3 Responses

  1. I commented over at Awful Announcing that I don’t understand why people get so up in arms when an athlete/personality is “caught” swearing on the air. Big damn deal; these people are not androids, they’re human beings. And please, please, can’t someone just go all Jim Everett on Skip Bayless and put him out of America’s misery?

  2. Dude,
    Greg Maddux.
    The End

  3. I guess Tiger’s not perfect after all, and that makes quite a few people feel quite superior.

    All is well with the universe folks. The media says that Tiger’s a great golfer and global icon, but he swears like Mike Krzyzewski, so shame on Tiger. But let’s go watch Coach K’s litany of commercials and learn how to act.

    ;-)

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