If you think political talk radio is a brutal place, you should try sports talk radio. In the world of news talk, you have a biased hosed with a political agenda attempting to spin current events to make you see them his way. In the world of sports talk, you largely have a field of minds so jammed with statistics and dates that they are unable to form a point of view on anything other than a simple Vegas line, let alone manage to try to find a way to spin the event for the mindless masses who tune it. This can make listening to channels like Mad Dog Radio on Sirius and XM Radio an exercise in frustration. Yet it is an exercise that I perform almost daily, and occasionally I call in to try to straighten some of these guys out. My latest beef? The New York Knicks.
ESPN reporter Jose Mendez, was fired for an article he recently submitted to his editor following an interview he had with Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Brett Favre. The article was titled "Favre retirement a sure thing". Our source, which wishes to remain anonymous, said that the editor flew into a fit of rage. "He kept pounding the desk yelling 'What kind of idiot believes anything Brett Favre says'. I thought he was going to punch (Mendez) in the mouth".
Editor Tom Harkin did respond to our inquiry with the following response. "Brett Favre throwing back across his body to a receiver in double coverage in a tie playoff game, that is a rookie mistake. But for a journalist, taking Brett Favre seriously is positively unacceptable. That's not inexperience, it's just plain stupid."
Mendez did post the following quote that he attributed to Favre on his blog. "It's a tough decision to retire, but it has to be made and this will definitely be my last year. I hate to talk about it during the season, but I wanted to get it out of the way early this year so I can focus on getting ready to play next year."
We here at The Axis of Stevil Show wish Brett the best both in his retirement, and in his comeback next year.