Jan 31, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT
Phil Mushnick has been at the New York Post since 1973, and has been in the role of columnist since 1982. He is well-respected by his peers and is widely-known as an insightful, knowledgeable journalist. But what are his esteemed colleagues going to think when they discover that Mushnick went into full “blogger mode” (now with Kung-Fu grip!) in a column detailing the ineptness of ESPN blowhard Mark Schlereth?
In his cleverly-titled column published this morning, “ESPN’s Schlereth has keen grasp of the obvious,” Mushnick pulls no punches when criticizing the inane commentary that frequently spews out of Schlereth’s gaping maw.
And there to tell us was ex-NFL offensive lineman Mark Schlereth, ubiquitous football analyst for everything ESPN.
Schlereth was firm and clear. The Colts defense “must stop the run on first down. They have got to tackle well and they have got to create second-down-and-long and third-down-and-long situations.”
In other words, and presumably after hours to prepare his answer, Schlereth said the Colts have to make the Saints punt.
But in order to dazzle the folks at ESPN, the folks at home and perhaps even himself, Schlereth, as do so many in the media when addressing football, took a simple thing, mixed in some kitty litter, a tablespoon of Vicks VapoRub and the contents from two Pixie Stix, then spoke it backwards, upside down and in reverse.
While I find it hard to disagree with any of Mushnick’s analysis of Schlereth’s routinely asinine and consistently pointless commentary, isn’t ripping on an ESPN personality like shooting fish in a barrel? Don’t get me wrong, I often find Schlereth’s commentary pointless and borderline intolerable. Nevertheless, Mushnick’s column leaves me with one question:
Couldn’t a column detailing the sarcastic observation that Mark Schlereth has a keen grasp on the obvious essentially be critiqued by observing that by hammering on an easy target like Schlereth indicates that Mushnick has a keen grasp of the obvious himself? Further, doesn’t a post on a blog detailing how a newspaper journalist has a keen grasp of the obvious regarding how an ESPN personality has a keen grasp of the obvious indicate that I have a keen grasp of the obvious as well?
Whoa, man. That’s pretty heavy, dude. And it made my head hurt a little bit. You know, coming up with that one probably cost me quite a few brain cells. But hey, I’m a blogger, so there wasn’t much up there to begin with, so it’s cool.
By the way, Phil, there’s plenty of room here on the Blogside, and my guess is, given your recent column, you would fit right in. Feel free to join us any time.
ESPN’s Schlereth has keen grasp of the obvious [New York Post]
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