Sports Center Fights Are Always Fun

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Forget the Brewers tussling in the dugout last night, this was much more entertaining. One of my favorite things to watch on Sports Center is when an anchor or analyst starts to get frustrated. Most shy away and let the topic pass, but Brian Kenny refuses to ever back down.

Here is Kenny arguing with Steve Phillips during last night's Sports Center about Joba Chamberlain being comparable to the current Cy Young candidates....

I love the lean forward and the stop bullsh**ting me look. It was the same one he used on Chad Johnson and it's about time someone gave it to Steve Phillips. Good times and bravo might be wrong, but it's still funny.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 8:38 AM


this is exactly why I don't watch Sportscenter any more.

oh, and I have to agree with Phillips here.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 9:05:00 AM  

Phillips is right on.

If Chamberlain wasn't a Yankee, this wouldn't be a conversation.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 9:11:00 AM  

Brian Kenny is a moron.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 9:14:00 AM  

With comments like that from BK it wouldn't suprise me if he was a fan of the minnisota vikings.

What an idiot!

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 9:28:00 AM  

Thanks Brian Kenny, you are a jinx.

Steve Phillips is right....I can't believe I said that.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 9:31:00 AM  

What exactly does Steve Phillips know about what sportswriters look at when they vote for a Cy Young candidate?

And is it just me, or does Steve Phillips look just a little bit more like Colonel Sanders each and every day? He ought to just get it over with and put on the white suit and black string tie.

Rick Rottman said...
Aug 5, 2008, 9:36:00 AM  

Phillips was right about the stat part of the argument, but not a damn person looks at average innings pitched.

Even when he's right he sounds like an idiot.

Aug 5, 2008, 9:42:00 AM  

Isn't there a roster limit on man-crushes at the WWL? Now that Favre snatched his spot back, doesn't Joba have to be optioned back to the man-crush minor leagues?

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 10:05:00 AM  

Whip: 0.96
ERA: 2.33
K/BB: 2.52

Whip: 1.02
ERA: 2.77
K/BB: 5.14

Whip: 1.19
ERA: 2.24
K/BB: 2.91

Whip: 1.08
Era: 2.58
K/BB: 5.77

This is Duchescherer, Lee, Joba, Halladay. If you dont punish him for his innings pitched because he pitched 20 games in the bullpen and just look at his peripheral numbers he deserves to be considered and probably deserves a top 5 vote pending the rest of the season of course

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 10:09:00 AM  

Teddy Atlas needs to always be included as an expert analyst in these baseball discussions on the WWL, IMO.

Maybe BK had been working with Atlas too much. Everything is a fight waiting to happen with that guy.

E Buzz said...
Aug 5, 2008, 10:12:00 AM  

Whenever Steve Phillips, he is wrong. If he says that Joba shouldn't be the Cy Young, then he definitely should be. Steve Phillips makes Emmitt Smiff look like Freud.

GMoney said...
Aug 5, 2008, 10:46:00 AM  

"Brian Kenny is a moron."

He's also an unabashed Yankees fan, which automatically means he's a moron.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 10:55:00 AM  

One rumor for seven minutes of discussion. Isn't 24-hour sports wonderful?

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 11:15:00 AM  

I love the last thing Kenny said, 'I'm just saying he should be in the conversation. You could help me out a little bit'.

Yeah, you continue to insist on something that's blatantly stupid and Philips' job to lend it credibility.


Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 11:32:00 AM  

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't BK a huge Yankee fan??

I kept thinking this during the whole interview. He's completely biased!!

halos17 said...
Aug 5, 2008, 11:50:00 AM  

BK was an idiot here. Just to prove how dumb this ERA argument is, Joba pitched 4.2 innings last night, gave up 5 runs and his ERA went up by .4 points. Small sample size, ya moron. When he quoted Joba's ERA out to two decimal places, it was clear that BK had made this argument before to non-Yankees believers. To make Steve Phillips look intelligent and well-reasoned is a rare talent. Bravo, Brian Kenny.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 12:08:00 PM  

Steve Phillips lost all credibility when he said this years Tigers offense was the best in baseball history. He hates the Yankees from being the GM with the Mets and having to compete with them all the time. He also cheated on his wife.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 12:27:00 PM  

And anyone wonder why Phillips is an analyst and not a working GM? His reasoning and loss of touch with reality are just part of the reason.
And Met fans, you still ahven't recovered, my condolences.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 12:35:00 PM  

For all you SABR-matricians out there that agree with BK you should hear his radio partner Max Kellerman on 1050 espnradio in NY. Max and Steve argue everytime Steve dares to come on. Its quite the banter on radio. I suggest listenig to it if you aren't a fan of Steve-O. BTW. Joba wont get the cy young this year the same way Clemens didn't get it the year Carpenter won. Wins and Losses are the least effective way to prove how valuable a pitcher is.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 12:40:00 PM  

BK is the biggest Yankee homer on the WWL. This isn't the first time he's been fired up when someone doesn't completely jock the Yanks. I turned this segment off about a minute in.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 12:54:00 PM  

BK loves the Yankees
Phillips hates the Yankees
That's all there is to it

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 1:04:00 PM  

How does Joba rate in this kind of discussion in the first place? Absurd. Cliff Lee should win the AL Cy Young hands down. A 15-2 record on a bad Tribe ballclub. That's remarkable.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 1:16:00 PM  

it seemed like kenny was already pissed before the interview got started...

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 1:20:00 PM  

I agree w/ anon @ 1:16

Although K-Rod is tearing it up w/ the saves, Lee plays for a horrible team with no offense. To have an ERA like his and the win-loss record he has especially after the year he had last year warrants a Cy Young as long as he keeps a decent pace.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 1:45:00 PM  

A contrived NY argument from a hackneyed NY Yankees honk. Brian, why don't you argue for Mike Mussina for the Cy Young Award*? It would greatly bolster the Moose's chances of getting into the Hall of Fame*...

*Does not believe Mike Mussina deserves either the Cy Young or to be in the HOF.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 2:18:00 PM  

@ Anon 10:09

Let's add innings pitched


BIG difference. He's the 3rd best pitcher on his own team this year, you really think he should even be in the discussion? And Kenny's an idiot.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 8:00:00 PM  

@ enrique

I'll give you the IP argument. But his numbers are very similar. All I'm saying is IF he didnt spend the first two months in the bullpen you would have to consider him.

Also Mussina has been great this year but there is no way he's been more valuable than Joba who has been their best starter since joining the rotation and was their best reliever not named Mariano before that.

Anonymous said...
Aug 5, 2008, 9:27:00 PM  
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Aug 5, 2008, 10:19:00 PM  

Going to see Dr. James Andrews won't help Joba's WHIP, strikeout-to-walk ratio or his Cy Young chances.

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Aug 5, 2008, 10:20:00 PM  

Look up the word douchebag in the dictionary, a picture of Steve Phillips appears along with Jay Mariotti!

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Aug 5, 2008, 10:42:00 PM  


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