Saturday, January 17, 2015

Keith Olbermann Doesn't Know When To Quit

Keith Olbermann


Jimmie Johnson

And the winner is!      Jimmie!

Well, hell - I've always been rather a fan of Keith Olbermann. He's a political liberal, as I am. And he often employs a cuttingly sarcastic tone, which I generally like in a person. But he has now taken it a step too far when got into a Twitter feud with NASCAR fans, particularly, Jimmie Johnson.

At his current position as a sports reporter for ESPN2, it all started when he decided to troll NASCAR about the bitter court battle in which Kurt Busch is embroiled with his former girlfriend. True, it's not one of NASCAR's finest hours but Keith was so hot to take a shot at NASCAR that he couldn't even get his facts straight and used Kyle Busch's name instead of Kurt's. That's an amateur mistake on the part of someone who fancies himself a big-time sports reporter.

But, hey, it happens. If he'd just taken the hit and shut up, he probably would have been all right. But he couldn't let it go, so he responded to NASCAR fans taking him to task by saying:

"Ok NASCARniacs. It was a typo. Settle the eff down and be happy something interesting happened in your simplest of sports."

And when someone tweeted wondering how he kept his job, he answered with:

"Largely by ignoring NASCAR boredom".

He then named Jeff Gordon the week's Second Worst Person in Sports for engaging in a tricycle race at an NBA game as part of a Daytona 500 promotion. Olbermann said it was "like having Hank Aaron blowing bubbles to promote the baseball all star game." (I'll grant you that NASCAR drivers are induced to do some pretty stupid things for the sake of p.r. from time to time).

Olbermann then went on to say about the earlier Busch story - "why would I make that up? No, I don't like NASCAR and some of its brainier fans are freaking out on the Twitter because we did the Kurt Busch paid assassin story yesterday, but why would I make it up?"

At this point, Jimmie Johnson enters the scene. Having heard quite enough trash talk about NASCAR and its fans, Jimmie tweets -

"We get it @KeithOlbermann, you're not a fan. That's your prerogative. For the benefit of all, spare us, go away. Thank you. ."

Typical Jimmie, huh? Polite, to the point. If you don't like us, just go away.

And then the coup de grace from Olbermann.

"And you are who, sir? @Jimmie Johnson."

I'm assuming that tweet was Keith Olbermann trying to be a smart ass because no sportscaster with even a modicum of self-respect would admit they didn't know who Jimmie Johnson was even if they aren't a supporter of NASCAR, would they? You know - six-time champion, Athlete of the Year, etc, etc.

But Olbermann trudged on - "You know how you get rid of #NASCAR fans trying to annoy you on social media? Just turn right."

Ha! Ha! I practically split my sides laughing at that bit of deadly wit.

And finally, still determined to have the last word -

"I'd like to thank fans for proving every cliche about themselves. And creating new ones. "

I hardly ever comment about football or baseball or basketball or hockey because I wouldn't know what I was talking about. I don't understand the finer points of the game. I do know that lots of fans love all those sports and that's what they are about, entertaining huge numbers of people.

There are no "good" sports and "bad" sports. We all get to choose which to watch and which to ignore, which one thrill us and which ones bore us. Keith Olbermann doesn't get to decide for us.

If Keith Olbermann doesn't like NASCAR, as Jimmie said, that his prerogative. But if he is going to report a NASCAR story, then he should care enough about his viewers to at least take the time to get the names right....and if he doesn't, he should simply apologize.

Instead, he chose to carry on a Twitter war with NASCAR fans and to become progressively more insulting as he went along.

So, I'm sorry but we're not friends anymore. I'm sure you probably don't care. Neither do I.