There's a lot going on today and if you haven't heard yet, here's what everyone is talking about around water coolers everywhere.
- Don Imus is at it again, defending his questionable comments about Pacman Jones. Honestly, I thought Imus shouldn't have gotten a second chance at being on the radio. That's not solely because of the Rutgers women's basketball comments, but also because he's an old, washed up personality that only appeals to ultra-conservative WASPs.
- It's been the week for racially/ethnically insensitive comments by media types, and ESPN's Jemele Hill has apologized for the Hitler reference she dropped, comparing him to people from Detroit who root for the Celtics. Why even use these silly comparisons? I'm all for spicing up your writing by adding colorful metaphors, but why tread on such thin ice? That goes for Imus and Hill. Just leave it all alone.
- Chris Russo addressed rumors of he and Mike Francesa's split on yesterday's "Mike & the Mad Dog" program. Personally, I think WFAN execs will do whatever they can to keep these guys together. They ARE sports talk radio. Without them, there would be no Mike & Mike, no PTI or Around the Horn, none of it. Russo did, though, confirm that he and Francesa have been feuding but that they are still under contract.
- Shaquille O'Neal "dissed" Kobe Bryant in a freestyle rap Sunday night, when he got on stage at an NYC club. Shaq's comment about the situation was, "that's what MC's do." He also said he meant no ill will towards Kobe. To call Shaq an MC is just stupid. I think the only good song he ever had was 1996's "You Can't Stop the Reign," which was only tolerable because it also featured Notorious BIG.
Now if you'll excuse me, Kazaam is coming on.