The Best (Worst) of Skip Bayless- 2004

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

So our friend Skipper is no longer going to be writing for ESPN 2. That doesn't mean we can't tear him apart year by year does it? We will be counting down his worst articles, which are ultimately the best (most entertaining), for each year he was writing for Page Deuce (he's amazingly been there since December 10th, 2004!!!) And while we're at it let's throw his best chat in each year....you know the one where he called you an Idiot. So let's get into the De Lorean and head back to 2004.....(insert Waynes World dream sequence)

Ah the year of our Lord....Two Thousand Four. You may not remember what was going on back then, but that's what we're here for. 2004 brought the Avian Flu to Canada (unfortunately not lasting too long), Yasser Arafat passed away, Rovers were on Mars taking pictures, the Tsunami devastated Southern Asia, and President Bush was "welcomed" back into office.

In Sports, LSU Football, The Detroit Pistons, The New England Patriots, UConn Basketball, Tampa Bay Lightning, Seattle Storm, Boston Red Sox, DC United, and Phil Mickelson (Masters), were ALL crowned Champions.

Steroids reared their ugly heads, Pat Tillman bravely gave his life, The Lakers "Dynasty" Fell apart, Michael Phelps tore up the Olympic Swimming Pools, and Smarty Jones tore up the Race Track.

All of this AND our friend Skip gave us 4 spectacular stories in his ESPN debut!!!!!

4) Bayless: Prove it to me. It may seem pretty obvious that Barry Bonds is taking steroids -- but you know what? Where's the proof? (December 10, 2004)
Ahh, Barry Bonds article 1 of 238. A few highlights/quotes:

  • "Bonds said he was so run-down following the death of his father during the 2003 season that Anderson recommended a "rubbing balm." Bonds said Anderson compared it to "flaxseed oil." Bonds said it did nothing for him and that he soon stopped using it. Again, a plausible story."

  • "But Barry Bonds, baseball player, is as wise as a serpent. He's the first hitter who has ever had the advantage over most pitchers because he knows them better than they know themselves. Because of a long-ago injury, he's still allowed to wear a hard-plastic protector on the arm exposed to the pitcher. But would he resort to, say, using a corked bat? No way. Too proud. Too good. To using steroids? I can't be sure. (Good Comparison???)

  • "And for the rest of my days, I might wonder if, just maybe, Barry Bonds was wrongly convicted in the court of public opinion."
3) Bayless: Beane Ball. To all of you questioning the latest trades by the Oakland A's -- believe in Billy Beane. (December 23, 2004)
Good article considering Moneyball came out in June........2003!!!
  • "And allow me to disqualify myself: I consider Billy Beane not just the smartest general manager and most fascinating front-office figure in baseball, but in all of sports. I find Beane vs. Conventional Wisdom even more compelling than Shaq vs. Kobe. I once was a short-sighted prisoner of baseball's stuck-in-the-past thinking. But Beane has taught me to think outside the tobacco pouch." (What does that mean?)
  • "Now, no one can say Mr. Moneyball is just an overrated product of his Three Aces." (I dunno Skip....ask Joseph Morgan that question and see what happens.)
  • "Zito is only 26. He'll be No. 2 in next year's rotation." (So who was first Skip? Let me guess... Joe Blanton? No! Wow, okay Danny Haren? Really? Man I dunno....was iiiiiiit Justin Duchscherer? Come on..you're kidding me! Okay Okay I got it....can't believe I skipped this one. It was Kirk Saarloos....he was the #1. Glad we cleared that up.
  • "So go ahead, laugh off this team as too young and powerless. Beane vows it will be his best yet -- if not next season, the next. I for one will not bet against him. You're still playing checkers. He's playing chess." Ladies and Gentleman your 2005 Oakland A's: 2005 88-74 .543 2nd in AL West (missed the playoffs)
2. Bayless: Lance's Limits. Lance Armstrong is an amazing athlete -- but the world's greatest? You've got to be kidding. (December 30, 2004)
Ichiro, VO2 Max, and Endurance...OH MY!
  • "This time, I'm prepared for the hail of e-mail. Bring it on, Lance worshipers. Come after me like the rats in "Willard." Yay 2004! Willard was a hit back then!!! Oh, it wasn't??? Hmm, good joke Skipper.
  • "Tell me once more that you TOLD ME SO! Tell me this proves yet again I WAS WRONG! Tell me I should finally pull my head out of my, uh, ego and PUBLICLY APOLOGIZE TO LANCE FOR SAYING HE ISN'T THE WORLD'S GREATEST ATHLETE! Not only will I not apologize, but I will repeat with even greater conviction, in a perfectly reasonable tone, that Lance Armstrong is NOT! the world's greatest athlete." Welcome fans to the Skip we know and love today....only took him 3 columns to berate you!
  • "Seriously, in their primes, Armstrong was a better all-around athlete than Jordan? Right, and Bill Murray is a better actor than Anthony Hopkins. No one can play that funny-sad Bill Murray character as brilliantly as Murray routinely does. But Hopkins has astonishing range." From the time that Sir AnTONY Hopkins was in Silence of the Lambs until this column in 2004 he was in some of the great movies of all time: Alexander, Hearts in Atlantis, MI: 2, Freejack, The Mask of Zorro, and my favorite.....How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Bill Murray in that same time frame was in: What about Bob?, Groundhog Day, Ed Wood, Kingpin, Wild Things, Rushmore, Charlie's Angels, and The Royal Tenenbaums........that my friends is "range".
  • "Frankly, I could name dozens and dozens of "ball" sport stars who were, or are, greater athletes than Armstrong. But for each one, I would receive another 100 e-rants." Skip, if you are reading (and I'm sure you are) I'd like to see this list. P.S.- Here's the definition in case you didn't know: –noun, a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill.
1) Bayless: Kobe vs MJ. Kobe Bryant may be more talented than Michael Jordan. But he's not nearly as bright as MJ. (December 17, 2004)
Oh man is this a good article. You'll think this especially true when we get to 2006 where he says Lebron is closer to MJ. But it's always good to tell us something we already know (and you will continue to tell us this in 67 articles over 3 years: Lebron v. MJ, Kobe v. Lebron, Kobe v. MJ 2-64. In fact I'm not even going to comment on these quotes.....I'll let you have at them in the comments section.
  • Kobe Bryant is a little more gifted athletically than Michael Jordan was.
  • You can argue that Kobe is a little better looking
  • Kobe would have made a great coach-firing rock star of a tennis player. Unfortunately, the game he chose requires four teammates.
So that was Skip 2004. And just how the USC Trojans pretended they won the National Championship......Skip pretended he was a writer (kinda like me).

Next up: Today (Tonight)- Best of Skip's Sportsnation Chats 2004, Tomorrow- 2005!

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:41 PM

9 Comments:

The Miami Herald, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald, Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News and now ESPN.com.

What do they all have in common?

They've all paid Skip Bayless money to write for their publication.

It's amazing, but Skip goes through newspapers like Ray Lewis goes threw women.

Otter said...
Aug 30, 2006, 3:42:00 PM  

Yes it is amazing. As a Dallasite, my suffering has been especially prolonged. And seeing that Skip has a knack for failling upward, I fully expect him to start his own primetime show on MSNBC any day now.

Irene Done said...
Aug 30, 2006, 7:40:00 PM  

Skip has always had a man-crush on Billy Beane. Billy, who of course is SO smart, that he doesn't have to lower himself to the level of others whose teams choose to "win" world championships.

Aug 30, 2006, 9:50:00 PM  

The Barry Bonds one (the first of 1000) is pretty awesome. Was he defending him or was it ironic?

The worst part are his T.O. columns when he gives him creative nicknames like Terrible Owens.

Aug 31, 2006, 3:41:00 PM  

Wait a second, all these columns and not one mention of his greatest writing hook, the athlete's full name? Obviously I can't understand what he's talking about until he says, "Terrell Eldorado Owens." If I cared what an athlete's middle name is, I would have looked it up long ago, thanks.

Jason said...
Sep 1, 2006, 10:45:00 AM  

Bayless is a total idiot. I have e-mail correspondence where he defends Charlie Ward for saying the Jews killed Jesus because the proof is in the Bible. I forwarded it to the ADL and a month later he was gone from the Tribune. Doubt this had anything to do with it but I hope it contributed.

FredSox49 said...
Nov 22, 2006, 11:36:00 AM  

I just finished writing espn as to how much i cant stand skip bayless. Its nice to hear about all the other people that share these same feelings. I think its funny that all the people that are host/analyst with him seem to dislike him and make fun of him. At least thats the vibe I get when I have seen any shows that he has been on. I wouldnt be surprised if in the near future it is discovered that skip is involved in a love triangle with Barry Bonds and Billy Beane.

Anonymous said...
Jan 30, 2007, 11:35:00 AM  

Skip is probably one of the greatest sports writers of our generation. He has the integrity to speak to truth even when it is not the most popular stance. for those of you uncomfortable hearing the truth about sports within his columns and coments, i suggest you get your sports news from Sports Illustrated for kids.

Sam said...
May 11, 2007, 10:58:00 AM  

Skip Bayless is the worst thing to happen to ESPN in the last ten years. I have not once seen him take a stance that is pro-player, its always about coming down as harsh as possible. This guys a joke and should be fired.

Anonymous said...
Sep 13, 2007, 12:16:00 PM  

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