On that rare occasion that the Treehouse Fort sports radio show takes a Sunday off, I refuse to let a week's worth of idiocracy in the sports world go without comment. Thus, enjoy another stellar list of nominees for my "What Were They Thinking" segment and poll. This week's list is mostly football-based but covers other areas, including a once popular game show.
1. Steve Williams, Tiger Woods’ caddie, who said he of the world's third-highest ranking golfer Phil Mickelson at an event in New Zealand last weekend: "I wouldn't call Mickelson a great player, 'cause I hate the [expletive]." He later regretted this and other disparaging comments to the Associated Press, saying that he meant no harm but was "just having some fun." Yes, publicly insulting and having a personal grudge against a top-rated athlete is always fun times, indeed.
2. Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron, for his idiotic decision to let young QB J.P. Losman throw instead of having RB Marshawn Lynch run out the clock vs. the Jets in the last couple of minutes of what turned out to be a 31-27 loss to the division rival on December 14. This brain fart, of course led to a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East coming into yesterday between the Jets, Dolphins and Patriots.
3. Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, for saying a 49-yard FG was out of kicker Rob Bironas's range late in the 4th quarter of what became a 13-12 loss to the suddenly pretty decent Houston Texans. Bironas had successfully hit a 51-YD FG in the 3rd quarter! On top of that, the kicker has hit four 49-yard FGs this year, along with one 48-yarder and 47-yarder to boot. "It was not a good coaching decision," Fisher said after the game. That's an understatement.
4. Vancouver sports writer Mark Hasiuk, for saying the NBA is full of “ghetto garbage.” This type of irresponsible race-based NBA commentary isn't going to win this columnist over many fans, that's for sure.
5. The Politico newspaper reporter Mike Allen, for not disclosing that former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer is a longtime Miami Dolphins fan and now NFL media trainer in his "Playbook" article, where Fleischer lays out how the Dolphins could make the playoffs this year. This is more lazy than dumb reporting, but one would think that a professional political reporter like Allen could have taken a couple of seconds to do a Google search for "Fleischer" and "Miami Dolphins" to seek out any biases he may have. It's not hard to figure out.
6. Price Is Right host Drew Carey, for his nonchalant congrats to a male contestant who got the "Showcase Showdown" prize price exactly right on the dollar for the first time in over 35 years. Who knows what Carey was thinking, but this was certainly a rare feat for a game show contestant and not just another day at the job for the host. He could have at least acted like he was surprised, or that he enjoys the job he inherited from Bob Barker in general.