Digger Phelps Enjoys A Good Funeral Joke

Monday, January 26, 2009

There are a lot of unfunny things that are said during broadcasts, but Digger Phelps might have just taken the cake this past weekend. During the College Basketball version of Gameday on Saturday, Rece Davis commented on a green carnation that Phelps was wearing in honor of the show being at Notre Dame University. Of course Digger couldn't just say that he was wearing it because he used to Coach in South Bend. No, he decided to make a joke that he robbed a corpse at a funeral earlier in the day....

"This has been thirty five years old, this....yeah. I stole it from a grave yesterday, it was a funeral, I went and got it."- Digger Phelps

Not funny. There are certainly worse things that can and have been said, but that comment just made me sick to my stomach. Good job by everyone else on the set moving on, and not coming up with any tacky "Grave Digger" followup attempts at humor.

Now if you want funny, you need go not go any further than ESPN.com's unintentional headline in regards to the same game....

Mmmmmmm.....Steak. Now that's funny!

(Thanks to DH for the screenshot)


I think that Digger's comment was definitely unnecessary, especially with the passing of Kay Yow earlier in the day.

Frank said...
Jan 26, 2009, 12:13:00 PM  

Steak in Jeopardy?

I'm on it.

Anonymous said...
Jan 26, 2009, 12:14:00 PM  

Well, he is the son of an undertaker. Where do you think the "Digger" nickname came from?

Dave S. said...
Jan 26, 2009, 12:25:00 PM  

@ Dave: Taking a name after your father's profession and making a joke about robbing a grave are 2 totally separate things.

And do realize to this was just mere hours after the passing of Kay Yow. It was a joke that was unnecessary, random, and uncalled for. At least we can be thankful that he stopped there and did not go on to mention Kay Yow (or that any other of the Gameday crew followed it up with a Kay Yow reference/joke).

JFein said...
Jan 26, 2009, 12:47:00 PM  

Larry David made the "taking flowers from a memorial" joke funny. Or at least that's what Peter King wrote this morning.

GMoney said...
Jan 26, 2009, 1:38:00 PM  

I don't see anything wrong with what Digger said. Quite frankly, I would have welcomed a "Grave Digger" followup joke.

Jay said...
Jan 26, 2009, 2:32:00 PM  

Agreed with JFein. Completely unacceptable especially because of Kay Yow's passing earlier that day. How has nobody else caught that yet?

Max Wass said...
Jan 26, 2009, 4:21:00 PM  

wah wah wah if your sickened by that take some pepto before you work each day..it was a funny joke.. people die every day get used to it

Jan 26, 2009, 6:15:00 PM  

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