During Media Day on Tuesday, Rick Reilly made a seemingly innocuous comment about Crowd Goes Wild host Regis Philbin, calling him "the little guy in the makeup." He also mistook Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas for congresswoman Gabby Giffords in one of the more hysterical moments of the day, but that's besides the point. Although Reilly was trying to be funny, it sure did seem like the first meaningful, direct shot fired in a long time between ESPN and Fox Sports 1.
Enter Katie Nolan.
Nolan, the "girl who's blowing up the Internet" on CGW, laid into Reilly on Tuesday's show after the comment. Here are some of the highlights of her rant.
-"Knowing Rick, he probably borrowed that line from a column he wrote ten years ago"
-"Speaking of not knowing who people are, this was right after he mistook two-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas for inspirational congresswoman Gabby Giffords"
-"Your greatest hits include misquoting your own father-in-law, demanding that Stuart Scott credit you for a tweet, being so lazy that you repeatedly rip off yourself, having a website that looks like it was created in 1996, and posing for this picture"
Katie Nolan didn't bring a gun to a knife fight, she brought a bazooka. Game, set, and match.
Ha! Katie Nolan....best known for her rack, and let's be honest, the mute button makers hotter....taking shots at Rick Reilly, who has forgotten more sports than she will ever experience, is what will in essence, make her memorable. Stick to youtube videos Katie, and while you're at it, walk on over to Access Hollywood...they might be looking for "younger" talent.
Rick Reilly once called Dan Patrick leaving BSPN one of the five worst moves in sports entertainment history. Good call, Rick.
Oh, so it looks like the RSS feed is back. Well then - at least it reposted this one, which is definitely worth a view if you didn't see it earlier this week.
For those wondering, during an ESPeNis segment he said he saw "Waldo, Gabby Gifford the gymnast, and Regis Philbin who's even shorter than her."
@andy_mays Meh… I don’t really get into other people battles. Don’t know either party
I've often thought Rick Reilly should be referred to more often by the other diminutive of Richard, the one starting with "D"
Reilly OWNED by Nolan. No point in replying, because nothing Rick can say after the '96 website jab followed by that photo uppercut. He's down for the count.
@zikakis22 i did indeed thanks
@PeteAbe As a younger reader who caught Reilly at the tail end of his SI run, he has always been this much of a douche?
@PeteAbe again, so sad what he's become. could not wait to read him in SI growing up. confusing Douglas with Giffords? gthoh.
@shalisemyoung Can’t blame the guy for taking the $. But you’re right.
I love that you pay attention to this site, I think it's pretty awesome. On the topic at hand, no question the guy is a hack. So sick of his shit, which is sad considering I used to read his columns all the time.
@PeteAbe games, of course.. Articles?? Less and less each year. You can't tell me their quality hasn't fallen a ton
@sox_fan9 Really? You never watch any games on ESPN? Or read their site? Of course you do.