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UPDATE: NBC Sports Cancels The NRA’s ‘Under Wild Skies’ Hunting Show


About a week ago, I railed against Deadspin’s release of the Bo Pelini rant, calling them out for hypocritically defining themselves as a Sports Illustrated caliber news source, yet behaving like TMZ Sports when it best suits them. My point was that the site has a ton of talented writers and chooses interesting stories to cover — and they do it with intelligence, humor, and humility — so by releasing a behind-the-scenes recording of a frustrated coach screaming “fuck” two years ago, they were being neither humane, funny, nor intelligent. It was just tabloid fodder. It was unfair. It was “look look Kim Kardashian looks fat!”

Well, they’ve swung back into my good graces with this series of articles calling out NBC Sports for an episode of “Wild Skies,” where NRA lobbyist Tony Makris sneaks up on an unsuspecting, old, male bull elephant, and shoots it in the face “in his own bedroom.” (A hunting joke, I guess, for going to an animal’s home and shooting it in the face.)

Now, he’s “shot back” with the obligatory “And they said ‘but they’re so big and special and they’re smarter.’ And I went, ‘you know, Hitler would have said the same thing.’”

Thank you Deadspin for at least bringing this to the public’s attention. We now know this guy is insane, and NBC Sports will probably amend their programming as a result.

[For clarification purposes, let me state that I'm not so much an opponent of killing animals, as I am an opponent of NBC Sports decision to air what ostensibly seemed like a murder of an animal minding it's own business. Once again, I understand that a "face shot" is the best way to put down a 15,000 lb, 40-year-old creature. My problem is with the network's decision to air this rather heart wrenching segment. It just seemed so, I dunno, 1895.]

UPDATE: NBC Sports has cancelled “Under Wild Skies.” Deadspin’s John Kolbin reports that an NBC Sports spokesman gave him this statement:

“Under Wild Skies will no longer air on NBC Sports Sports Network due to the program’s close association with its host, whose recent comments comparing his critics to Hitler are outrageous and unacceptable. NBCSN will continue to air all of our other quality outdoor programming.”


  • Ted Tidwell

    Its legal and encouraged as a part of wildlife conservation in many African countries. As well, it generates much needed money for a part of the world that subsists on less than a $1 per day. Turn the channel.

    http://www.americanhunter.org/articles/hunting-saving-african-wildlife/

  • Gregg Chadwick

    Hunting elephants in Botswana is legal only until January 1, 2014. Overwhelmingly, countries in Africa are turning away from hunting to eco-tourism. Why? Because eco-tourism is more lucrative for the residents and the lodge operators. More jobs. Better working conditions. Fools like Makris are finding their “sporting” days to be numbered. NBC Sports needs to understand this and cancel their programming of “Under Wild Skies” which actually pays the network, like an infomercial would, to be aired.

  • Jake O’Donnell

    Sterilization of overpopulated animal groups has been proven to be more effective in lowering numbers. And you don’t have kill or even hurt the animal.

    http://www.elephantpmp.org/what-we-do/programs-initiatives.html

  • matthew

    So, let me get this straight, SG. You are not against hunting, but you are against putting it on tv? You are not against hunting, but you decided to call it murder? Yeah, why don’t you grow a pair and say what you really think instead of riding the fence.

  • Super Amanda

    A chicken or a deer is not a Tiger an Elephant. wake up PETA boy .

  • Super Amanda

    How about turning a gun on yourself you **** **** ****** **** **** *****?

  • Ted Tidwell

    Yeah, is it only murder because its an elephant? Or is it because the guy works for the NRA? What are the right animals to hunt? Please tell me. I am confused, with what specifically is the problem.

  • Super Amanda

    These animals are all getting wiped out by Asia and by Trophy hunting. Hunting to eat or farming is part of human tradition, killing apex mammals like elephants and top predators like Tigers and Leopards is part of Great white Hunter Tiny P**** culture. And has done NOTHING for conservation. There are no Black owned Trophy hunting safari ranches. The myth that this ” aids in conservation and helps and feeds poor Black Africans” should have gone out with slavery. Hopefully eco warriors will start striking back and many of these Trophy hunters and canned hunters will be die painfully and in great misery and suffering. PETA has made it hard on us by acting as if a chicken or a soybean is as vital to the planet as a Tiger. WE are NOT part of PETA.

  • Super Amanda

    Deer, etc anything people can eat. Ethical farming and hunting to eat is as old as sex. Trophy hunting is a sickness.

  • Ted Tidwell

    Trophy hunters keep the trophy, the operator distributes any meat to the local communities. Get a clue.

  • Ted Tidwell

    That’s a vile and disgusting comment. You’ve been flagged.

  • Ted Tidwell

    what do you have against chickens?

  • Super Amanda

    Where are the photos? None exist. Those “communities “barely get anything but a bunch of white and Asian killer poachers coming to destroy rarer animals. Get a clue, people like you will be wiped out in the future when those who stand up for the last of these animals take vengeance.

  • Ted Tidwell

    Bring it on, ALF nut.

  • Super Amanda

    Wow! Flagged! You would take precious life of a rare creature away from this planet why are you worth anything to me? You are obviously full of self hatred or you would not be enjoying the suffering of an elephant minding its own business. You should DO US ALL A FAVOUR and check out.

  • Super Amanda

    In the mean time where are all the photos of these feasts that the poor natives have? Let’s see the meat being distributed. with all the photos of all the dead animals then no one should be going hungry and their should be as many photos of Africans being fed bush meat as there are dead exotics. THEY DO NOT EXIST. You are a tool.

  • Ted Tidwell

    I’ll eat my next wild game kill in your honor.

  • Super Amanda

    Nothing but people in PETA seem to think they are as vital to the ecosystem and the balance of life as Lion or Puma; they aren’t. they are a farm animal who can be raised humanely for food or to produce eggs. You start taking Pumas down to low numbers and there are too many deer. PETA wants to end all deer hunting. They are nuts. Trophy hunting is not ethical nor has it helped conservation.

  • Super Amanda

    Hunting Boar, deer, feral chickens even geese if they are plentiful and you have a licences? that’s great. I’m honoured. Do you eat PUMA? No, because apex carnivores are inedible. if you are starving then you have to kill even the last of something but please, to be a person with access to food and then kill an exotic and rare animal who’s numbers are plummeting like Rhino or a Lion is foul.

  • Ted Tidwell

    So these hunts your are against…they aren’t licensed or sanctioned by any of the African Governments that allow these outfitters to operate? Or do you just accuse everyone that kills animals that you have a particular fondness for as poachers?

  • Ted Tidwell

    PS my State wildlife office licenses hunts for extant predators…mountain lions, coyotes, badgers, bears…why do yo think that is?

  • matthew

    PETA boy? Why don’t you go back and read my comment. Holy s… Did I say I was against hunting?

  • matthew

    What the f is wrong with you idiots? Can you not comprehend my comment? At what point did I say it was wrong to shoot the elephant? THE WRITER OF THE ARTICLE said it. F.

  • Anonymous

    So if SLAVERY is legal and encouraged in other parts of the world and generate much needed money….would that make SLAVERY OK too??
    How about Prostitution??… Child labor…??

  • Anonymous

    Probably not as vile and disgusting as shooting an old bull elephant in the face for kicks.

    At least the Guests comment won’t leave you a bloody carcass rotting in the sun.

  • Anonymous

    If hunters really want the thrill of hunting sport…why not take a camera, see how close you can sneak up to a bull elephant…and take his picture.
    Now that would be a REAL SPORT
    Shooting an old elephant with a powerful gun from a distance…isn’t what I would consider a challenging sport.
    More like what drive-by gang bangers with semi automatics do in the inner city..

  • Anonymous

    Why do we in the west need to eat meat in the first place. We’ve got plenty of crops to sustain us. So much so that we’ve had to resort to using edible crops like soybeans and corn for fuel and non edible purposes.

  • Weihan Xingqi

    Makris is yet another sociopath on the loose and he needs to be locked up! This man should never be allowed to see the light of day again but should have to spend the rest of his miserable pathetic days behind bars deep underground. And NBC should be made to feel the wrath of all people who treasure elephants.

    Please sign the petition at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/519/765/555/tell-nbc-sports-to-cancel-under-wild-skies/?z00m=20636994

  • Super Amanda

    Who uses fuel? I’ve never owned car and do not drive. Stop driving take public transit or car pool. Soybeans are very high in oestrogens and can activate breast cancer receptors in women. If people simply ate meat, chicken or fish once a week or a few times a month then the West would be much better off. Tiny children and babies fed vegan breast milk and can’t be vegan or they DIE. There vegan “parents” who kill their children are murderers and have been jailed. At any rate saving and preserving the habitat of larger apex mammals and endangered species takes FULL precedence.

  • Super Amanda

    Low intelligence. BLM sickness and deregulation. Eco tourism is better than some sickos killing radio collared animals on national park borders. If an animals is out of control or sick then fine but bees kill more people in a year than Pumas have in 200. Leave them the hell alone.

  • Super Amanda

    The back door dealings with the African governments and no China moving in are about as “regulated “as illegal prostitution. Regulation is almost nil. SA PM Zuma is a prime example of the useful idiot in this case.

  • Super Amanda

    Still waiting for all the photos of villages being saved from famine by bush meat…

  • prometheus

    The right animals to hunt are the ones that are not endangered, fuckwell.

  • Andrew Fung Yip

    Lol, Ted is a fucktard.

  • papplep

    matthew. I’ll just come out and say it. You’re stupid.

  • papplep

    nope. Still stupid.

  • p.a.pweep

    yea. um i don’t know where you got this information, but this is just not true. i’m not saying you made it up but I AM saying it’s fucking fiction.

  • papplep

    deep breaths, matthew. you must know by now that it only get harder to squeeze those little thoughts out when you’re all flustered

  • Lauren M

    Do your homework folks. Wild African Elephants are endangered due to poaching and just because some poor countries allow it, it does not mean it is the right thing to do. Beside did you listen to this guy…what an idiot. People who think what he did was wrong were compared to Hitler, they must live in Colorado and are apparently high on Marijuana. Gee no stereotyping there.

  • 1redwrangler

    Studies show that the $$ from that doesn’t go where it says and that endangered species go extinct FASTEST in countries where they allow hunting. It is NOT conservation that is SUCH PROPAGANDA. Botswana, Unganda, Zambia, Kenya and Costa Rica have all banned ALL trophy hunting. You’re quoting a hunting magazine, that’s pure propaganda not facts. Killing animals after you keep them in cages, pet them in cages then shoot them in the face while they are all shocked how the trusted human could do that? Are you kidding? You are NOT a conservationist, that’s political bs, it started years ago by rich American business people. The UN passed Charters to protect the environment, only country in abstension? The US. Over 75% of voters in hunting states against this. Laws go through by special interest groups with money.

    http://www.ifaw.org/sites/default/files/Ecolarge-2013-200m-question.pdf

    http://blog.sunsafaris.com/2013/06/21/this-is-why-trophy-hunting-will-not-save-our-lions/

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1034842

    http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/37/a37r007.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Charter_for_Nature

  • 1redwrangler

    Poaching IS ASSOCIATED with hunting also, the dirt gets real dirty with every thing going on, and big money means dirty. The shots cover the sounds, they are n cahoots a lot, there are a lot of news articles about that. I am still not over the comment that Trophy hunting is “encouraged!”, political jargon is so revolting. Wealthy business people encourage it, Africans are OUTRAGED at what is happening to their sacred animals! There are organizations who have tolerated it to see if it will bring back wildlife after cattle and other industries decimated them, but now we know that hunters are part of the problem and it’s being banned (duh).

  • 1redwrangler

    Thank you.

  • eddievas

    you are vile and disgusting. And you are a human not a comment.

  • eddievas

    And you are the perfect hunter who uses assault rifles to get your kill. I liken people like you to the Russian Czars who had people tie lame game to trees to ensure a kill.

  • eddievas

    IT’s a little penis issue for Ted. You really should all stop bullying him.

  • Anonymous

    It isn’t just elephants, Makris has laid out bait to shoot leopards and lions and apparently has shot rhinos as well, one of THE most endangered animals on the planet. This psycho needs to be in jail, now!

  • Anonymous

    There is also a pic on the net of Tony with his trophy Giraffe. Who the hell would brag about shooting a peaceful giraffe? Just sickening!

  • Alex Brown

    Trophy hunters are the lowest of the low. And they have the gall to call their blood thirsty activity (ain’t sport, that’s for sure) as conservation. CONservation, more like.

  • countD

    Beginning in 2014, trophy hunting of elephants will be illegal in Africa. Probably why cases of micropenis like Tony Makris are rushing to get the jump on the ban now. Elephants are endangered, likely they will be extinct within 10 or 20 years due to the demand for ivory and little legal consequence when poachers are caught.

  • countD

    We’re going to have keep on waiting. Right now he’s got a flashlight & magnifying glass, hoping that last case of Extenze wasn’t a waste of money.

  • countD

    Let’s not upset Ted by mentioning chickens. He’d be completely out of luck if weren’t for choking that proverbial chicken. He just needs a flashlight & tweezers to locate it first. Maybe that’s his idea of foreplay.

  • Anonymous

    You apparently haven’t been reading the news lately and know nothing about the plight of the African elephant. It will be extinct within 1o years if current poaching levels do not stop.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t even read your comment because I can’t get past the fact that you don’t know the difference between you’re and your.

  • Anonymous

    Additionally, where do you think those Al shabaab crazied got their money? Before they shot up Kenyans last saturday, they were poaching elephants and selling the ivory to the greedy Chinese.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know the figures but I guess that a 5 lb chicken probably eats about 10 times his weight in soybeans, wheat and corn before HE’s ready to eat.
    It would be more efficient for people to just eat the soybeans, wheat and corn.

  • Eli H.



    … I think I’m gonna go outside this afternoon and enjoy the nice weather. There’s too much hatred online these days for me. Especially with this section.

  • tonymakrisisanasswipe

    Why is Tony Makris a d bagger? inquiring minds do want to konw

  • Tracy Sherwood

    Is it Tony Makris season yet? He is old and injured and some culling would help the herd.

  • Norman Dostal

    good-we dont need garbage like this on TV-glorifying the murder of an innocent, endangered animal – big tough small penis men who shoot animals in the face from twenty feet away-that is sport? what a loser

  • Norman Dostal

    but youre a vile and disgusting person-you were flagged at birth

  • Norman Dostal

    come on-you cant use your food stamps on bullets-thats ridiculous

  • Norman Dostal

    our canines indicate we are supposed to eat meat-and it is delicious!

  • TheDeadElephant

    I agree, let’s shoot Ted Tidwell in the face and see if he feels the same way after the fact~

  • TheDeadElephant

    Right on! I don’t eat meat, and you don’t need meat for high protien intake. It does nothing but harm your body long term, no way does it help it. Especially with hormone injections, and diseases associated with eating meat. Some nuts have more protien than any stake dinner you can cook up.

  • Ted Tidwell

    Go EAD.

  • Ted Tidwell

    You are a clueless dip $hit.

  • Ted Tidwell

    Yeah because you have been on so many trophy hunts.

  • Ted Tidwell

    Get a job.

  • Ted Tidwell

    not what your mom said.

  • Ted Tidwell

    You an authority based on all the ones you have measured with your mouth?

  • Ted Tidwell

    So you are comparing elephants to slaves and children

  • Ted Tidwell

    Why don’t you just go sit on that tire iron?

  • Ted Tidwell

    Yeah, I am totally like a Russian Czar, how did you know? Jacka$$?

  • Ted Tidwell

    I’ll send you an elephant steak for that comment.

  • Anonymous

    Well, we’ve got just two canine teeth in our entire set of upper and lower mandibles. Just two. If nature wanted us to eat meat like tigers , wolves and dogs…he sure didn’t do a good job giving us the tools for ripping and tearing.
    In my book it must mean that nature decided humans should eat more grains, nuts, vegetables and other foods that need to be “ground” up by flat teeth.

  • edddievas

    BEcause of your clear communist tendencies. I am think more Marxist but you could be a leninist. It’s ok. I won’t tell your fellow Roof Rack rifle holders of your dirty play with the commie side. You are basically a commie on the DL. How cute.

  • edddievas

    Amina,

    And he is the smartest they have. How sad.

  • edddievas

    This is when he intelligence really shines through. After he has exhausted his few comebacks.

  • In peace with the nature

    Oh Ted Ted, you’ll face God sooner (we hope) or later. You will be not that confident that time. I hope He is a big great Bull Elephant estimator! …… I’m already laughing ah ah ah!!!


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