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TV Analyst Says Vikings Will Beat Saints By Hitting Them “Like Katrina” (Video) – UPDATE


It’s been five years since Hurricane Katrina. That’s inspiring some to take a look back at the disaster, examine New Orleans’ progress, ponder once again what might have made the original event less of a nightmare, and take time to remember all that was lost.

Others, meanwhile, use it to make ill-conceived football analogies.

UPDATE: Hampton has issued an apology for his comments (H/T: Richard Deitsch). Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio shared a few issues with Hampton’s apology in the linked article – issues we echo, especially the fact that Hampton’s statement said it “never occurred to [him]” that people would find the remark so insensitive. Really?

The rest of the original post is below.

The scene, alerted to us by eagle-eyed tipster D.J.: Chicago-based NFL show ProFootballWeekly. The task: predicting the outcome of the New Orleans Saints‘ game vs. the Minnesota Vikings, the marquee matchup of the NFL’s first week.

According to the video’s uploader, Bears Hall of Famer Dan Hampton, working as a studio analyst, made the remark in question. He thinks the Vikings will win. He has a regrettable reason why.

We’ve already said too much, so watch video of Hampton’s still-too-soon comment below (he starts talking at :20). And if you think that’s the only potentially-offensive comparison he’s made, think again. Guess no one ever tamed the Danimal.


  • LoyalNCFan

    Newsflash for Hampton; Katrina didn’t hit New Orleans, Army Corps of Engineers did with their poor workmanship!

  • university

    What an idiot! It is very clear that he doesn’t think before he speaks.

  • johnnymac

    Just wanted you folks to know how very thoughtful those of us on the Gulf Coast thought Dan Hampton’s Katrina analogy was.
    What a national treasure he is. I’m curious, how long did it take him to think of it…it’s just so …darn witty?
    By the way, if any of you there are ever lucky enough to have everything you’ve ever owned destroyed, your neighborhood left a ghost town and your city crippled with1800 of it’s citizens dead, I hope there’s a Dan Hampton there to make it all better for you like he did for me.
    Somewhat sincerely,
    John McCusker
    Katrina survivor
    New Orleans, LA.

  • NOGirl

    When Bears fans made Katrina comments five years ago, you could chalk it up to a few classless fools with too much alcohol in their system who did not yet appreciate the enormity of the disaster. For Dan Hampton to use this analogy, especially just after the 5 year anniversary of the death of over 1,800 of his fellow Americans, is beneath even the alcohol-fueled idiots. If an apology is NOT forthcoming from Mr. Hampton or the show’s producers, then we can assume that ProFootballWeekly condones this type of hate-filled mean-spirited behavior.

  • johnnymac

    The producer sent a personal form letter apaology to me and several other New Orleanians. Don’t think Hampton has issued a public apology.


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