Stephen A. Smith Rips Media For Focusing on Tiger Woods, Proceeds To Talk For Four Minutes About Tiger Woods
First of all, ripping Tiger Woods at this point is kind of a pointless exercise, not challenging at all, like bumper bowling or playing the 76ers. But since shooting fish in a barrel is Stephen A. Smith's specialty, it's no wonder that he used a huge chunk of time on First Take this morning doing just that.
The question was, will the media stop talking about Tiger Woods due to the emergence of young guns such as Jordan Spieth and Jason Day? Stephen A., who recognizes irony as well as Rain Man recognizes spontaneity, then ripped the media for dwelling on Woods ... during a four-minute diatribe on Woods. Smith:
"This is America, and people want to see a truck accident. They want to see a crash, and that is what Tiger Woods is giving them in droves. What makes matters worse is that he joked about it. It's funny now to Tiger Woods. ... He doesn't even belong in the same tournament as his competition. Now he's joking about losing. To me the only thing left is for him to go away.
"What the media will not do is stop taking about this brother. Because when his name is mentioned, eyebrows get raised. ... Oh it's over. Come on now just stay away. If Tiger Woods is about the headlines then stay, because everybody wants to see the truck accident."
As you can see, after Stephen A. was finished, Skip Bayless then went on for another minute on Woods. They gave Tiger more airtime than in the entire two-day broadcast of the final two rounds of the PGA Championship.
That Stephen A. makes his living on controversy and "truck accidents" and outrage for outrage's sake is evident to everyone except himself, apparently. If not for Tiger, and other athletes like him, SAS would be absent a job. A more honest approach to the question would have been: "I hope not. Tiger pays my mortgage."
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