From 26-30 August ZoNotes will be taking a brief hiatus to conduct some personal business. Pride of the Fall will get rolling a little faster, with some postings about last night's UVA-Colorado State season opener and the case of Colorado Buffs underclassman/world championship skier Jeremy Bloom.
Ernesto Cortes heads down to Kingsville, TX tomorrow to attend Texas A&M-Kingsville for the 2002 Fall semester. Good luck to Ernesto in the valley!
Usually this would only get play on Pride of the Fall, but I want to address this issue directly, given the stupidity of local DC sports media types. Yesterday on John Thompson's radio show, one of the weenie hangers-on went on a 5-minute whinefest about the Dallas Cowboys' HBO special, "Hard Knocks." This broadcaster argued that calling the Cowboys a "family" was like calling the Mansons a "family." Now, look, I've heard all sorts of insults and inanities uttered by the catty sports types in Washington, but this was ridiculous. Comparing a 5-time world champion to a coven of bloodthirsty murderers is beyond the pale, even for a deliberately provocative weasel. Then the sports broadcaster then went to dump on retired all-pro cornerback Deion Sanders for coming to Cowboys' training camp to help our young stable of defensive backs. Why is he doing that if he's drawing a Redskins' paycheck, courtesy of the deal he signed in 2000, the sports weenie asked. Well, first off, Deion didn't win a Super Bowl ring with the Redskins. Secondly, the reason why Sanders is drawing a paycheck a full 2 years after his retirement is because Redskins owner Emperor Daniel Snyder forked over a loaded contract on Sanders when he clearly was passing his prime as a player. The money that Sanders took from Snyder is the result of the greatest confidence trick in the history of professional sports. The sports broadcaster mocked Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' other title as general manager. Well ring the bell here because even if Snyder doesn't call himself anything besides owner, judging by his 4-coaches-in-three-years managerial style, who's the bigger joke at the moment?
The FCC Won't Let Me Be...
Notoriety follows opportunity. The decision by New York's WNEW to cancel the Opie and Anthony Show for the ill-advised sex stunt at St. Patrick's Cathedral in the Big Apple, for better or worse, catapults the pair from run-of-the-mill shock jocks to First Amendment test case. WNEW, facing the wrath of the FCC and looking at the very real prospect of losing its license for the stunt, had to pull the trigger on the O&A Show for financial and public relations reasons. That said, the process opens a door for a slippery slope. If the FCC can brandish license rights like a crowbar to provoke cancellations of tasteless radio shows, what other types of programming could it target? Conservative talk-radio? Rap music stations? Look, the defense here isn't primarily for O&A themselves. And, naturally, I would discourage copulation in major centers of theological worship. However, my beef here is with the FCC. WNEW was free to do what it felt that it needed to do given a) the sex stunt itself, b) the public outrage over the incident, and c) the potential corrosion of advertising support. That the FCC is going to step in exacerbates the enforcement side of this controversy. O&A will likely find another home, when and where have yet to be determined.