Mar 18, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT
So you see, kids, when you’re feuding with a man who has 2,458,559 Twitter followers, this is how you settle it. You apologize. Quickly. Lance Armstrong wins this one, as foot-in-mouth specialist Tony Kornheiser steps back from his comments on Washington D.C. bicyclists, and how he would advocate drivers “bumping” them off the road with their cars. Kornheiser’s March 11 rant on his ESPN radio show drew snickers of agreement from those in the studio during, but not from Armstrong, who was one of the first athletes to grasp the significance of Twitter and wields it like Inigo Montoya wields a sword. Remember when Armstrong’s bike was stolen, and within minutes he had several thousand people looking for it? Pretty much the same thing happened here, as his followers besieged ESPN with emails and tweets, with Kornheiser’s sloppy mea culpa soon to follow. But not before ESPN took down the archive of the original comment, apparently.
Fortunately, as of this writing, it was still on YouTube.
Kornheiser gets something out of this as well; Armstrong will appear on his show today. What’s interesting to me is how Tony is going to explain the following quote to a cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France winner:
“You see them (cyclists) with their little water bottles and shiny shorts, the same disgusting poseurs who in the middle of a snowstorm are out on the street cross country skiing.”
Bet it doesn’t come up.
Oh Kornheiser, you’ve done it again, you big dope [Out of Bounds]
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