Womaned Down

Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Big Lead has a story today of yet another talking head at ESPN screwing up, but this one seems worse than both the Lyons and Kinchen comments. Your culprit.....Mike Greenberg.

Greenberg was discussing the suspension yesterday of Guillermo Mota, the hard-throwing former Mets’ reliever, for violating MLB’s steroid policy. Mota is automatically subject to a fifty game suspension and issued a statement taking full responsibility for what he had done. Greenberg expressed shock that a modern athlete would simply accept responsibility for what he had done, and not try to make excuses for having failed a drug test. By contrast, Shawne Merriman and Rafael Palmeiro, for example, insisted that if they ingested banned substances, they did so unwittingly.

I heard this while driving my daughter to school, so I don’t have the full quote, but Greenberg did positively say that Mota “manned up” by coming clean, as opposed to all of these other athletes who “womaned down.”
The quote comes from the fabulous Sports Media Review. We at AA were watching the M&M show this morning, but weren't lucky enough to catch the chauvinistic Greenberg in action. We instead got to hear Mark Schlereth talk about how he peed his pants in every game. Seriously, he said that.

So Mike Greenberg....What exactly does Womaned Down Mean? (The Big Lead)
Should Mike Greenberg be Fired? (Sports Media Review)
Mark Schlereth's Wikipedia Page (Wikipedia)

P.S.- The fact that this morning's comments are already up at Wikipedia is kind of scary.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:56 PM


I'm thinking I should go back to listening to Mike & Mike for some new material.

Great site, by the way.

Nov 2, 2006, 2:28:00 PM  

Wow...Is that all he said?

Nov 3, 2006, 7:21:00 AM  

I really don't see the big deal. He just used opposites to the phrase "man up" -- woman down. I mean, do women's basketball teams go out there saying they have to "woman up" their opponent on D? There are plenty of reasons to bash ESPN and their stable of sportstainment nonsense, but this doesn't seem to be one of them. It seems like the blogosphere is just piling on with all the hyperventilating on this one.

Beatuofa said...
Nov 3, 2006, 11:15:00 AM  

What, exactly, is the big deal? After suffering Mike Greenberg on tv and the radio for the last few years, I'm fairly certain that he actually IS a woman. And as one, I can assure you that we screw up and say things we don't mean all the time! Just today I told my boyfriend to do what he wanted and then yelled at him when he actually did... shame on me but he'll get over it.

Much like myself, Greenie didn't think her comments through. Don't crucify the her for it... life is hard enough :)

Flash said...
Nov 5, 2006, 1:19:00 AM  

I guess if a woman/women aren't offended then it wasn't a big deal. It's all in the way you take the comments.

Nov 6, 2006, 10:07:00 AM  

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