The source of said outrage is the same as one of the main sources of outrage last time - Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog, who once again couldn't resist fighting back against Cowherd, even if it meant doing exactly what Cowherd wants people to do with his rants.
While most would say Cowherd's Wall criticism the first time around was wholly unjustified, he at least backed it up by citing Wall's number of turnovers (eight in that game). This time, though, Wall had 13 assists against just one turnover (not to mention six steals), so Cowherd had to resort to new, weirder critiques.
These included strange, ambiguous references to "family" and "dad" that might refer to a point guard's place on the team, but also might refer to an individual's family background. Steinberg pointed out that if Cowherd meant the latter, it would be a rather uncouth move, as Wall's father is long since deceased. Then, there was a comparison to Michael Vick that Cowherd seemingly made, well, just because.
Of course, once again, Cowherd is getting the results he wants. Steinberg noted that Cowhers himself boasted of the enormous response he got in the wake of Wall's brilliant game Wednesday ("Wednesday night, irrelevant NBA game, people in D.C. rushed to their computers"), and lo and behold, he gets more response from Steinberg, and now from here.
And I'm again left to wonder if Cowherd really, truly believes what he's saying about John Wall. The criticism seemed so over-the-top the first time that I more or less assumed he was milking it to provoke a reaction, and now the criticism this time seems just so odd that he must just desperately be trying to defend his original point, even after Wall put together a performance that refuted so much of his argument.
Either way, he's once again getting what he wants, and as long as he does, he'll keep unfairly critiquing Wall's play. The best way to potentially get him to stop, other than Wall playing so well he just can't do it anymore, is still just brushing it off.
Cowherd's a master troll (the infamous Big Lead episode was textbook stuff), and again, we hope the Wall stuff is a case of that. Because if Cowherd means it, he has dug himself a hole of absurdly hasty wrongness from which he may never emerge.