Yesterday a potential frontrunner for Media Feud of the Year began in earnest with Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason of WFAN in New York trading blows with ESPN's Keith Olbermann. The action included Carton & Esiason calling Olbermann a bully as well as pulling Chris Berman into the mix. For his part, KO used his nationally televised ESPN2 show to demolish Boomer & Carton as well as fire some delightful arrows in the direction of Mike Francesa.
With the personalities and egos involved, you knew it wasn't going to stop there. After some mild skirmishing on Twitter, Carton and Olbermann came head to head last night for a mini-Twitter War...
@KeithOlbermann well you got me there, calling me "goober" too good or is it to good or is it that your writers are not in yet— Craig Carton (@cc660) November 7, 2013
@KeithOlbermann did u tell ur incredibly shrinking audience that you never asked for the audio ? nah dont want them to really know the truth— Craig Carton (@cc660) November 7, 2013
@KeithOlbermann unlike u i dont need a teleprompter to do a show but keep on reading bub or goober or let me think of some other witty name— Craig Carton (@cc660) November 7, 2013
@KeithOlbermann incorrect the ban is actually the opposite and silly and petty like staking claim to breaking stories they dont break— Craig Carton (@cc660) November 7, 2013
@KeithOlbermann nice long hashtag btw actually impressive— Craig Carton (@cc660) November 7, 2013
While that was pretty good theater for a short conflcit, I'm very disappointed in Olbermann's tactics. His refusal to reply directly to Carton and cut off his tweets instead of directly replying makes it much more difficult for fight fans to follow along. It's a bold strategy, yes. There's an air of self-confidence and arrogance to anyone who always puts their Twitter replies out there for all the world to see on their timeline. But like any beat writer that uses Sulia and needs those extra characters to tell us about a third down incompletion, using links on Twitter disrupts the flow.
Besides, neither Olbermann or Carton really landed a defining blow. This response to another tweeter from Olby bringing $$$ into the equation may have been the most powerful salvo...
@Lou_Guida You mean I only have to work an hour to make the money Carton will never see? Oh. Ok.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 7, 2013
It continued again on ESPNEWS with Olbermann taking time out of his Worst Persons segment to once again call out the WFAN morning hosts, this time using brutal sarcasm and humor for the takedown.
Wonderful. That snipe is enough to give this round to Olbermann and square it up at one round a piece. Keep in mind though that the WFAN side still has the sports pope resting his eyes in their corner. Once Francesa is awakened this feud will get kicked up even a few more notches.
Francesa is too good and too above Olbermann to sink to his level. Franseca knows not to respond because Olberman's show will be gone in a few months and we won't hear from this douche again
I'm fan of Boomer and Carton but it's obvious Carton is hamming this up to continue make Keith look bad. They call him a bully, he has a right to defend himself but right after makes fun of someone's hair.
I mean Keith calls them fill-ins, reads a quote out of context, lied about not asking for audio. The guy should quit while he's behind
It will be nice if you were on a little bit early instead of later,you are not on the Monday night foot ball.it's a shame beacuse we do love you dearly. We will like to see you on Monday night football,again ,I beg you please come back on.
How in the world does Olbermann win this?! He calls the #1 morning radio show in New York "fill ins". Meanwhile he is drawing no audience on ESPN 2. Than has the arrogance to talk about the money he makes? FYI, Boomer has made a lot more money in his life than Keith "ESPN 2" Olbermann has.
Growing a 'stache can often make one grumpy, esp. for women -- but esp. so when it takes so long to come in.
@Jerseysmelltours I heard that Olbermann' s bends where most people's ends