This is wild: do a search at Google for Tuesday Morning Quarterback and my post from last year is in the top 10 results. Furthermore, as a result of the controversy swirling over Easterbrook’s firing from ESPN, there’s now an active thread in the comments about what happened. (Check out the haiku homage!)
My views (for what it’s worth): I disagree with Ed Cone — I loved Easterbrook’s informed football commentary peppered with self-deprecating humor. Easterbrook’s comments last week were particularly unfortunate, and regardless of whether you’re willing to cut him some slack, he said what he said. (For a good write-up on the basics, see Ernie’s post earlier today.)
Disney has every right to fire him — this isn’t a First Amendment issue, it’s an employment issue. Disney owns ABC, which owns ESPN. And if the higher-ups at Disney are unhappy wiht what he said, they can certainly let it be known that they don’t want their name on his paycheck.
Is that right? I don’t know that the question much matters. It isn’t how I’d handle it — but I’m not Michael Eisner. (Thank God for small favors.) Easterbrook will land on his feet, and hopefully he’ll have learned only that you should read what you write before you hit “post”.
May we return quickly to cheesecake, links-that-shall-not-be-linked, diatribes against the blitz, and obscure college scores of the week.