Amid yesterday’s unmentionable unfortunateness was vindication for FOX SPORTS’ Jay Glazer. When he’s not being Michael Strahan’s little bobo and riding around on his back, Glazer’s making a name for himself as the best reporter in the NFL, consistently sonning ESPN’s cadre of mic-holding talking heads.
That dynamic came to a head earlier this weekend when ESPN was showing preseason games and the announcers began trying to mock and marginalize Glazer for his reports that Minnesota was still going to sign Sports Voldemort. Obviously, that blew up in their faces, but the sentiment wasn’t lost on Glazer. His totally reasonable response? “Why don’t you say it with your fists!”
Okay, those weren’t his exact words, but that’s only due to a modicum of tact, not a difference in message. Per his appearance on the “Jorge Sedano Show” in Miami:
“I like Schefter, I like Mort, I like those guys a lot. They’re cool. I like an awful lot of guys over at that network, you know, Mike Wilbon, they’re cool. But when you get petty, and you like mock me, or you’re gonna make fun of me, don’t do that with me.
“If you’re going to say something, just say something you’d be willing to say to me. Don’t be petty. The way I go about life, if you’re not willing to say it behind a 7-11 with someone, don’t say it. I wouldn’t mind punching one of these guys. (laughs)
“Here’s the bottom line - it’s just sports. And they like take it so seriously. It;s just sports. All we are is escape; that’s it. We’re not saving lives, we’re not over there fighting for the country, we’re not treating patients, we’re escapism. That is it. To get so charged up, and, like, to want to, like, try and attack someone or something, that’s just the dumbest damned thing I’ve ever heard. But whatever.
Well, that’s great. One on hand, Glazer’s not the one instigating any inter-network squabbling; he’s usually too busy breaking stories
over Mortenson’s skull to engage in that.
But at the same time, he can’t have it both ways. If he wants to say that sports is just an escape and nothing to take seriously, he can’t turn around and turn this into something that merits a (hypothetical) fistfight in order to defend someone’s honor. It’s either inconsequential or it isn’t.
The surest sign, though, that Glazer’s just feeding into the play-squabble and doesn’t actually mean anything he says on the subject? Right after Sedano’s show, he was a guest on Colin Cowherd’s show. Y’know, the one on ESPN Radio. Nice work, Glazer. You almost had us fooled.
(Audio of Glazer’s appearance on Sedano can be heard here.)