Cowherd Justifies Ripping Off Ryen Russillo Because The Patriots Steal Stuff, Too
There's a pragmatism to Colin Cowherd that you have to respect. If you assume most people have "feelings" and don't view life as a dog-eat-dog race to the top of millionaire mountain, Cowherd's unapologetic free market utilitarianism has got to be a difficult shtick to pull off. In another life he was a hedge fund manager who raised the prices of life saving medications. In this life, he talks about sports on television in hyper realistic terms. Sometimes he does that on segments that are suspiciously similar to those found on other shows.
Sometimes those shows feature his former co-workers...
Could name it "I didn't come up with this, but someone else did." pic.twitter.com/qmGVkfUwtC
— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) September 20, 2015
— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) September 20, 2015
This is how he responds when people call him out for lifting bits...
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) September 20, 2015
Ahh, the Shaggy defense. It wuzznme! Classic.
Not only does Cowherd refuse to acknowledge that the Fox NFL pregame segment was clearly stolen, he refuses to apologize that THE NAME WAS ALMOST IDENTICAL TO RUSSILLO'S IDENTICAL SEGMENT WITH DANNY KANELL. As if that wasn't obnoxious enough, Cowherd took to the airwaves on Thursday to clarify that, even if the bit was lifted from "Russillo & Kannel" -- which it was -- it doesn't matter because people steal stuff all the time. It's not called stealing; it's called "adaptation."
Ya, and I'm just "borrowing" this car I'm breaking into.
The example he used to illustrate his point is that the New England Patriots get accused of cheating, but they're also really good at football, which means...it's...not...cheating? Wait, what? Are you saying that it's ok to be a dick so long as it helps you be successful? Colin, how...how could you!
josh huff, philadelphia eagle player, came out and said, hey, when he lined up near the dallas sideline, there were times when he heard cowboy players calling out the eagles pre-snap. he was insinuating like people who play the patriots do, oh, must have had the plays. no, that's called preparation. that's called having really good coaches. whenever i hear people bang on the patriots, it's almost like they know the plays. yeah, that's because really good football teams and really bad football teams both have tendencies...
people confuse things all the time. stealing, you're stealing my blank, you're stealing. you do realize there was once one nfl pregame show. now all the networks have them. is that stealing? there was once one soap opera, then there were 60. was that stealing? no. it was adaptation. there was once a crime drama. now every network has six. there was once one reality show, real world, mtv. now there's a hundred. is that stealing? it's called adaptation. if you work in my business, the culinary business, tech, government, media, movies, you better get used to introducing things and then being duplicated across the street. it's adaptation. it happens everywhere.
People steal, ok Scott Van Pelt? Get used to it.
@eggsfile1 he'd know.
— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) September 24, 2015
Watch the entire clip below (and feel free to take whatever you like).
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