Yesterday, we called out the Chicago Sun-Times for their silence on the Joe Cowley sexist tweet mess. Their silence over two days was mystifying considering one of their high profile sports columnists had used his Twitter feed to denounce women in multiple walks of life. Thankfully, that silence didn't last much longer as Editor In-Chief Jim Kirk finally released this statement yesterday:
“The Chicago Sun-Times is an institution with important social responsibilities, and we expect those who represent our paper to act with the respect and sensitivity that our readers deserve. Mr. Cowley's remarks were offensive and he has been reprimanded appropriately.”
Ah yes, the mysterious "reprimanded appropriately." What exactly does that mean though? Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that Cowley is now on "final notice" with the paper, which basically means his next screw up will be his last. Given Cowley's track record, he'll eventually change for the better or finally meet his end. Also, it is interesting to note that the Sun-Times and not Cowley dictated that his Twitter page be shut down:
"Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Joe Cowley has been placed on "final notice" — one step away from firing — for posting a series of sexist and offensive messages on his Twitter account, according to insiders at the newspaper.
Although Cowley had been known to cross the line before, the tweets he posted Sunday morning while waiting for a delayed flight to take off became a viral sensation and a source of embarrassment for the paper after they were picked up by the sports news website Deadspin.com, which accused Cowley of “raging sexism” and abuse toward females.
As soon as he landed, Cowley killed his Twitter account under orders from sports editor Chris DeLuca, who had called the columnist’s cell phone demanding the deletion. But by then, his offending tweets had been copied and archived on more than one website.
Cowley’s reporting continued uninterrupted as his editors ultimately decided to issue a final warning through the guild process. “If he does anything again, it’s pretty much a fireable offense,” a source said."
So Cowley has not been fired, nor has he been suspended. In fact, Cowley filed another column yesterday on the Bulls, again with no reference to the scandal of his own making. It's a little disappointing that Cowley's only discipline is double secret probation, but the self-inflicted damage upon whatever credibility he possessed may go beyond anything the Sun-Times could hand down.
(via Time Out Chicago)
i dont any of thse guys doing well. as experience dictates. it is usually the role player that ends up being the best analysts. very few superstars do well. the reason being their entire lives they have beenthe centers of attention. as analyst, it is now their job to talk about someone else.
knowing espn, they'll hire the first and most accomplished ex-player before he can even take off his uniform or any media training.
@jd4000 Doesn't that bode well for Saturday, then?
1: I still see Manning going into coaching (he's practically been the coach of the Colts already when he was on the field), but as Brian Billick and (assuming you can get past the "this guy"s) Jon Gruden prove, that sort of football IQ would make him very good for the booth.
3: With his energy, I think Sunday NFL Countdown or Fox NFL Sunday might be more likely. On the other hand, with his specific <i>type</i> of energy, maybe he would be a good fit on FNIA. Ray Lewis =/= Michael Strahan. NFL Gameday Morning, perhaps?
5: We've found the replacement for JRIB! It's easy to make fun of ESPN, but I think he's more likely to go to a different network, maybe NFL Network or whatever network gets the other half of the Thursday Night package. Or maybe "Hasselbeck 2 Hasselbeck" will be Sunday NFL Countdown or NFL 32's answer to Gameday Morning's "M&M".
8: Terrell Owens may break the mold for where Chad Johnson ends up. We haven't seen guys with quite this sort of outsized personality before, personalities too big even for Fox NFL Sunday. Might one of them end up at NFL Network, inspired by Michael Irvin?
9: I've seen Jerry Rice on NFL Live - ESPN seems to like playing on having a QB-WR combo on staff during one of the Niners' better recent seasons in Steve Young and Rice.
10: <a href=http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/02/tony-gonzalez-says-2012-season-probably-his-last/>"A few", you say?</a> Here's a thought: could Jeff Saturday join the Fox roster?
Finally: I could definitely see Brees going the Jim Bunning-Steve Largent route and running for Senate or at least Congress when his playing days are over, especially considering his godlike status in Louisiana. Lord knows he's gotta be more successful than Craig James.
I loathe the prospect of any of these players becoming analysts. They're either boring (Manning), obnoxious (Lewis and Ochocinco), or totally unknown quantities (everybody else). Manning is Aikman with a southern accent. I love Lewis's passion as a player, but can he say anything intelligible? And Ocho is going to be Deon 2.0, a total diva.
@hamlinfan93 Have you seen Manning's SNL appearances or commercials?
Of course I've seen his commercials. I think he's set a record in that department. When I hear his voice, I think of Aikman. The concept of the commercials (Manning disguised as a fan of his advertising a phone for example) disguises the fact that his voice is rather bland. The success of such ads has more to do with the ad agency's writers than anything. As for SNL, it's one of those programs that I watch if there's absolutely nothing else on, like AFV.
I don't think he's apprehensive, just bland sounding. Honestly, if Manning does go into broadcasting, I sincerely hope I'm wrong, especially if I have to listen to him work a Pats game with Nantz (assuming Nantz is still around and the Pats are still worthy of CBS's #1 team by that time).
@hamlinfan93 All new announcers sound apprehensive when they start. Once they find their footing your hear authority and confidence in the telecast. John Madden was very timid when he first started, but his preparation for games was revolutionary and legendary. Once he found 'his voice' , well, the rest is history. Also, see Cris ollinsworth once he found the courage of his conviction to really go after bad play or players and Phil Simms, before he got senile before I eyes.
I think once he gets his voice, Manning will be the color man of the next generation. On the other hand, Peyton Manning, NFL coach, shouldn't be dismissed either.
IMHO: I can see Manning going to CBS and sit in with Marv Albert as the four team for a season or two before he ascends up to the top spot with Jim Nantz. Simms has been increasingly off and its gradually becoming worse per yer. But not bad enough to drop down further than #2.
I really like the tandem of Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts (The Bird and the Beard), but I think Eagle is the only one of the two that is going to elevated, so I can see him and Simms being paired at #2. Gumbel will drop to 3 but its anyone's guess if he and Deirdorf drop together or if Gumbel is teamed with Fouts.
Jeff Saturday is not Peyton Manning (though having Saturday as your last name is pretty cool) and I think his climb up the booth ranks may take longer. I can't see #2 any time soon as long as Simms is still with CBS. I can also see him getting a ESPN College Analyst gig.
Ray Lewis = Shannon Sharpe, could absolutely care less. Ditto Chad whatever name he decides to use.
Donovan McNabb just looks and sounds too vanilla. Same for Gonzalez
I can see Hasselback, Tomlinson and Taylor doing well as ESPN/NFL Network revolving talking head. Hines Ward had dancing with the stars, but I never watched so I don't know if his persona there would reflect on an NFL Telecast.
On a side note: I really believe the CBS moves are plausible, which is why on broadcast they are miles ahead of FOX who either keep the status quo or prefer style over substance.
@Sa9273 I think the Beard is more likely to be elevated than the Bird - I can't take seriously someone who mispronounces "Ian". He just doesn't give off an aura of being a big-time play-by-play guy, no matter his substantial virtues (though I do still wonder whether anyone thinks he can upset Kevin Harlan as Gus's replacement on the Sweet 16/Elite 8), but then again, Fox's #2 team is the Kenny, Moose and Goose three-ring circus (rather than the far more logical Brennaman/Billick). The Simms/Dierdorf/potentially Manning logjam is significant, but has enough substantial flaws that Fouts could crack it.
I have to disagree in several things here but everyone is entitled to their opinion. Despite the name (which I don't find anything wrong with), Ian Eagle is among the best second tier broadcaster in sports. NFL, NCAA, Boxing, tennis and Studio desk he shows versatility, style and chemistry with any partner. And he's really moving up in CBS (its between him and Harlan, but I think Harlan versatility with networks is going to prevent him from moving up unless he's a full time CBS talent). I hope your right about Fouts, but if they do bring in a new star caliber talent, I could definitely see him being shafted again (ABC did it to him twice on NFL and Coll Football).
Also, Brennaman/Billick are awful. There was rumor that FOX were really going to evaluate elevating them ahead of AMG this year based on assignments in the season. But by seeing towards the end of the season that AMG were getting the majority of the B games, it was more than apparent that FOX knew which was the better team. Billick is clown and Brennaman's Tebow-gasm, missed calls and over reactions are terrible. And it was on display at its worse this season when they did the Vikings-Broncos game late in the season.
If Eagle is one of the best, than Albert is definitely THE best second tier broadcaster (MLB, NFL for FOX, NHL for NBC Net and MSG, NBA for MSG) and Moose has shown much better insight in games without as many glaring errors or arrogance than Simms and Aikman. Fat Bastard really brings the team down though, but a lot of casual fans like him so there ya go.