Christians Set To Protest ESPN

Friday, January 25, 2008

Look I'm all for free speech, but I'm all for calling it ridiculous when it gets out of control. The Christian Defense Coalition plans to set up a boycott/vigil outside of ESPN's Bristol Headquarters today at Noon and there's already an itinerary floating around out there.

Event Details---

When: Friday, January 25, 12:00 noon

Where: On the public sidewalk in front of ESPN on West Street, across from McDonalds, in front of the sign that reads "Welcome to Bristol, Home of ESPN," in Bristol, Connecticut

An ESPN executive confirmed to Rev. Patrick Mahoney the existence of a tape of Dana Jacobson's comments. The Christian Defense Coalition will lead a protest asking ESPN to release the tape and fire Jacobson.

ESPN executives have agreed to meet with Christian Defense Coalition members on Friday, following the demonstration. The Coalition says hate speech, bigotry, and religious intolerance should have no place in the public square and the only proper response for ESPN is to release Ms. Jacobson.

Via Press of AC: "Maybe she didn't use the exact words 'F Jesus' ... and ESPN could end this entire controversy in 5 minutes by releasing the tape, and they won't," the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, head of the Christian Defense Coalition, said in a telephone interview.
Right. I don't really have anything to say to this, but if you can get to Bristol or are actually IN Bristol....I need pictures.

ESPN's Dana Jacobson learns the Internet is always listening (Press of Atlantic City)
Update on Location of ESPN Protest Set for Friday (Christian Newswire)

Update: And there's this via TBL...

Wow...good form.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:45 AM


TBL has the photos of her pounding a bottle...classic stuff.

Anonymous said...
Jan 25, 2008, 11:06:00 AM  

You know, I think this has gone too far, and people are trying to get publicity out of it. But they do have a point about the tape. ESPN's secrecy and double standards are notorious. Most people know about it, so I won't rehash it. Maybe some of these Catholic protesters are actually avid sports fans who saw this as the last straw.

Anonymous said...
Jan 25, 2008, 11:10:00 AM  

I agree....if she didn't say the F-Jesus they should bring the video out right now. The F-Notre Dame thing was a drunken joke at a roast and people wouldn't be nearly upset.

That's the reason why I think she actually said it.

Jan 25, 2008, 11:12:00 AM  

I would guess that her tenure at U of M was nothing but vomiting and trips to Planned Parenthood.

GMoney said...
Jan 25, 2008, 11:13:00 AM  

I'm sure she was a fun girl over at the UofM at Ann Arbor, where Mike Tirico lives.

Wonder if she ever did the naked mile...

Look at Wingo...he's like "oh man, you're so in trouble."

hollywood wags said...
Jan 25, 2008, 11:18:00 AM  

Maybe if ESPN expanded its hiring pool beyond Michigan, Syracuse, Notre Dame and USC, they'd be able to find more than a bunch of drunks and sexual harrassers (who don't get fired like Harold Reynolds did)

Anonymous said...
Jan 25, 2008, 11:25:00 AM  

I'll do some drinking with her.

Anonymous said...
Jan 25, 2008, 11:31:00 AM  

Wish I wasnt working so I could hit those protesters with a trucker bomb, and then celebrate with some Wings Over Bristol. If ever in CT get yourself some Wings Over

makeitstick said...
Jan 25, 2008, 11:33:00 AM  

I wish I could get there today but I have another appointment.

I love Trey Wingo in the background he's thinking "i'm gonna hit that so hard tonight she'll be walking funny."

Steve said...
Jan 25, 2008, 11:40:00 AM  

The picture itself is hilarious. Trey Wingo just takes it to a whole new level.

Anonymous said...
Jan 25, 2008, 11:46:00 AM  

I told you it wasn't enough just apologizing to the Catholic League.
There's more Christians than just Catholics.
The Catholic League is probably some made-up organization which ESPN thought it could control by tossing a couple bucks their way.

Anonymous said...
Jan 25, 2008, 12:06:00 PM  

Nice picture

Anonymous said...
Jan 25, 2008, 12:07:00 PM  

Do these jesus loving freaks have anything better to do with their lives? It is odd people are protesting a comment made about a figure that has never been proven to be real. F Bigfoot!

TheLeftCoast said...
Jan 25, 2008, 12:31:00 PM  

As a Christian I find this embarrassing. Why should we as Christians care what a drunken sportscaster at a roast has to say?

I don't like what she said--I think it's blasphemy--but this is America. At least it used to be.

At the most come out and decry what she said in some statement. Then leave it at that.

I'm pretty sure as Christians we have other issues that need our attention and energy. Like when they march past some homeless people on their way to get a sportscaster fired.


The Zoner said...
Jan 25, 2008, 12:36:00 PM  

Actually the Catholic League has been around for a long time. Their president, Bill Donohue, is a rather visible guy who is pretty media savy. As a Catholic, I can't say I agree with everything the Catholic League does; however, they are no different than any other identity organization in the United States today (ADL, NAACP, etc.)

I am perplexed at her comments, what was she thinking? WTF? Should she be fired? People have been fired for less and it isn't like she is paid to give political or religious opinions. Sure she didn't say this on the air but it wasn't like this was a private telephone conversation, it was at an ESPN sponsored public event. Remember, this is ESPN where they have gone after athletes who have said shit as stupid as this.

I wonder what would happen if she did some Islam bashing?

Anonymous said...
Jan 25, 2008, 12:38:00 PM  

Let's address the larger underlying issue with this protest.

While AA may have just typed "vigil" in Google Image Search, if these people are protesting with candles at noon, that isn't bright (pun intended).

Anonymous said...
Jan 25, 2008, 12:38:00 PM  

Yeah I thought about that Anon, but I didn't know how else to illustrate a visual without the candles.

Jan 25, 2008, 12:46:00 PM  

These are the same people who rush to defend Don Imus or anyone else who spews racist crap and always complain about Al Sharpton making things worse. Bunch of fucking hypocrites. Not that I don't enjoy seeing ESPN squirm a little here, but WE ALL KNOW what's gonna happen. ESPN is going to cave in and fire the chick. You watch.

Jay said...
Jan 25, 2008, 1:01:00 PM  

Probably be about 10 old farts there just because they were told to like the sheep they are. I'm Catholic (barely practicing) and it's laughable to me. I've never even heard of Jacobson until this broke. It's not like she opened SportsCenter with "Good Evening - and F Jesus" or something.
Check out an 'Evening with Kevin Smith' when he talks about joining in the protest of his own movie (Dogma) with these yahoos.

Anonymous said...
Jan 25, 2008, 1:04:00 PM  

These nut jobs really need to get a life. I'd suggest they get a job, but they'd probably be so offended by the recepionist wearing a short skirt that they wouldn't be able to work.

John said...
Jan 25, 2008, 1:11:00 PM  
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Jeff Vitkun said...
Jan 25, 2008, 1:21:00 PM  
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Jeff Vitkun said...
Jan 25, 2008, 1:28:00 PM  

Did everyone who is defending Herman's right to say this also defend Limbaugh?

I'm sure they did...he was right, not one of those suckholes wanted to rip the crap out of Vince Young, they bent over backwards to protect the little man.

What she said is sort of like a guy , or a girl with big shoulders, at a computer magazine getting hammered at a roast then stepping up to the mic and screaming FUCK BILL GATES.

Think they would get shit canned? She said FUCK NOTRE DAME. that's just stupid.

That's not very bright.

Ever catch those infomercials with the old Dean Martin roasts? They were kinda nasty, but not a vulgar and stupid as this shit.

Eh, society is headed down the tubes, invite those Muslims over here and let's get it over with.

hollywood wags said...
Jan 25, 2008, 1:38:00 PM  

"What she said is sort of like a guy , or a girl with big shoulders, at a computer magazine getting hammered at a roast then stepping up to the mic and screaming FUCK BILL GATES."

No, not really. Among serious computer enthusiasts, that would get a standing ovation.

I had a feeling this was going to end up happening ... but I thought it would just be the Westboro freak show (you know, the guys that were picketing military funerals).

SpartanDan said...
Jan 25, 2008, 1:52:00 PM  

"Also, Doesn't Jacobson look a little pregnant?"

Thank you, jeff vitkun. I thought I was the only one who thought that. I forget which comedian it was who said that you don't ask a woman if she is pregnant unless she is having the baby at that moment.

Anonymous said...
Jan 25, 2008, 2:00:00 PM  

"No, not really. Among serious computer enthusiasts, that would get a standing ovation."

No, not really, would someone who worked at a magazine that covered Microsoft and the software industry have a job after they got hammered and got up drunkenly and screamed FUCK SCOTT MCNEALY or FUCK BALLMER or FUCK SUN AND APPLE ALL OF THEM?

Ya think they would be employed?

If she said it in private, no prob, but she was hammered and yelling it in public.

Not especially smart for a sports type to do that.

hollywood wags said...
Jan 25, 2008, 2:09:00 PM  

I love Trey Wingo's face in the background. :)

Mike said...
Jan 25, 2008, 3:25:00 PM  

The hell with this shit. The real news out of Bristol is that Shrutebag just re-upped for four more years. We're doomed... doomed, I tell you!

Bruce said...
Jan 25, 2008, 3:47:00 PM  

Contrary to every black athlete and Jon Kitna ever interviewed, sports and religion don't mix. Let's talk about something else please. We're beating a dead Barbaro/Dana Jacobsen here.

See what I did there...

GMoney said...
Jan 25, 2008, 3:58:00 PM  

hollywood: they might not be employed afterwards (at least not in any of the rags that still think Microsoft actually makes good software), but that doesn't change the fact that a significant majority of computer enthusiasts have about as much respect for Bill Gates as they do for flesh-eating bacteria. (Veering dangerously off topic here, so I'll leave it at that.)

SpartanDan said...
Jan 25, 2008, 4:30:00 PM  

It's groups like this one that really know a lot about hate speech, bigotry and racial intolerance, they are the foremost practioners of it, bunch of hypocrites.

Anonymous said...
Jan 25, 2008, 7:45:00 PM  

Jeff Vitkun, I hear a DNA test is being performed on Breeders Cup champ Curlin as we speak.

Anonymous said...
Jan 25, 2008, 9:07:00 PM  

Some people just need to quit the protests now...THAT IS, until ESPN reveals exactly what is on that tape, or the person who owns the tape, if not an ESPN employee, gives it to Le Anne Schreiber...and then a decision rendered.

Anonymous said...
Jan 28, 2008, 9:20:00 AM  

Also, F--- Touchdown Jesus should be entirely different from F--- Jesus.

Now, if it turns out Dana wasn't nearly as drunk as imagined, that may hurt her case...because she would have known what she was saying...if it was actually worse than Touchdown Jesus.

And Dana should have known an easier target---Golic's college coach (Gerry Faust---NUFF SAID!)

Anonymous said...
Jan 28, 2008, 9:23:00 AM  

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