Bryant Gumbel is an uninformed gasbag, take 2
We got on Bryant Gumbel's case six months ago for idiotic comments he made about how the Winter Olympics shouldn't be watched because it has so few black people that it looks like "a GOP convention." His creative alliteration aside, the man was letting race cloud a non-issue (the only thing black in Wisconsin or Alaska is the ice, Bryant).
Now he's at it again, and this time he has the NFL in his dainty crosshairs. You can take all the shots you want at ice dancers and curlers, but when you take on the nation's most popular league (who, by the way, also happens to be his new employer), you get steamrolled. This is what he said, via NYTimes:
“First of all,” Gumbel advised Goodell, “before he cleans out his office, have Paul Tagliabue show you where he keeps Gene Upshaw’s leash.” He said that by making Upshaw his “personal pet,” Tagliabue kept labor peace “without giving players the kind of guarantees other pros take for granted.”Boy, would that be searing. If he was accurate. As the article points out, he is wrong again.
“Try to make sure no one competent ever replaces Upshaw on your watch,” Gumbel said.
There are a series of hypocrises about Gumbel already (never says a word about boxing, for one) but we are not going down that road again. We will let former NFL-er Robert Smith take Bryant apart since, quite frankly, none of us are black and Robby took it a place all of us wanted to go but could not in good taste:
"Bryant Gumbel has fallen in recent times,'' Smith (who knows something about far, precipitous falls from grace) told SI.com on Tuesday. "He's desperate to have a respected, national voice again, but the problem is a lot of people aren't listening anymore. So you've got to say something like that to get attention for yourself. But he's misinformed."
Then it gets good...
"He's someone who has been around for a while and has some credibility, but who wants to believe a certain perception. I believe part of it with Gumbel is that Gene is a much more powerful black man than he is. And he's jealous of Gene's power and position. I think Gumbel's even jealous of where his former co-host Katie Couric is, and how she's moved on to a more powerful position and he still hasn't.''
Ho, SNAP! First he called him a failure as a black man, and then he broke out the 'cant-even-keep-up-with-his-little-white-girl-former-co-host'!
Either way, this second gaffe by Gumbel provides us the opportunity to repeat the world's best Gumbel burn, courtest of Family Guy:
Peter: I want to have the kind of father and son relationship that the Gumbels have.
Lois: Peter, the Gumbels are brothers.
Peter: Oh nice Lois, just because they're black we can't learn anything from them?