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Tuesday, September 07, 2010


-- television -- oh, danimal....

I really have no words. Just follow the bouncing controversy, shall we? Let's shall.

Dan Hampton: Vikings should hit New Orleans "like Katrina"
Posted by Michael David Smith on September 5, 2010 2:14 PM ET

There are TV analysts who choose their words poorly, there are people who really stick their feet in their mouths, and then there's Dan Hampton.

Hampton, the Hall of Fame Chicago Bears defensive lineman, made what will (I hope) go down as the most offensive comment of the 2010 football season when he was previewing Thursday's game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints for the Pro Football Weekly television show.

Said Hampton, "The Vikings need to go down there and hit that town like Katrina."

Hub Arkush on Dan Hampton's Katrina comment: "We won't be ignoring it"
Posted by Mike Florio on September 6, 2010 2:58 PM ET

...The remark came on the Pro Football Weekly television show, and so we contacted PFW publisher Hub Arkush, who said that the decision-making process regarding the situation is ongoing but, "We won't be ignoring it."

No, no, wait, it gets better:

A note on Dan Hampton
By Eric Edholm

Posted Sept. 06, 2010 @ 12:39 p.m.
I wanted to address the minor controversy regarding Pro Football Weekly TV host Dan Hampton's comments on this week's TV show....

Updated Sept. 06, 2010 @ 2:47 p.m.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: It seems that my use of the word "minor" in the way of describing this controversy has a few readers upset. I removed it because I think it was taken out of context; I was not describing Hurricane Katrina as "minor" but rather people's reaction to a story that likely will go away with time. And as for the signs at the NFC title game, I simply did not see them. I was not questioning their validity. I think in the same way that we can say that a few classless individuals at the Bears-Saints game years ago do not represent the entire city of Chicago, one comment does not represent Dan Hampton. He has done the show for several years now, and as far as I know, he has not said anything that has been received this poorly before....

NOTE: the word "minor" was actually removed from the original posting; I used the strikethrough to preserve the original context.

Actually, I'm pretty sure Dan Hampton has said things that were very badly received -- he's very ... forthright -- but never mind. Wait, it gets even better (for certain values of "better" defined as "Dan Hampton loves the taste of his own foot"):

Dan Hampton's statement and apology for Katrina comments
Posted Sept. 06, 2010 @ 7:54 p.m. ET

I would like to offer my most sincere apologies to everyone who was offended in any way by my reference to Hurricane Katrina in our most recent "Pro Football Weekly" TV show....

It's very short, only four sentences. Really, it reads as a very sincere apology.

But it turns out that his foot was, as it were, pre-chewed, because either the day before or earlier in the the show than the Katrina remark (it's not exactly clear), there was this gem:

Hall of Famer says Cowboys more 'Brokeback' than 'Eastwood'
Posted at 7:07 PM on Sun., Sep. 5, 2010

Dan Hampton, the Hall of Fame defensive tackle, said the Dallas Cowboys are more 'Brokeback' than 'Eastwood' on Pro Football Weekly's television show.

In his discussion about the NFC East, Hampton said: "The Cowboys think they are Clint Eastwood; they're more of the Brokeback variety if you know what I'm talking about."

Eastwood is known for being a gritty, tough actor in numerous Western films. "Brokeback Mountain" was a 2005 film about the romantic and sexual relationship between two male Cowboys....

It's actually a toss-up as to who is more profoundly offended by Hampton's comment: Cowboys fans or gays (and gay Cowboys fans get the two-fer, of course).According to, they've talked to the editor of ProFootballWeekly, and PFW plans to issue another apology ... as soon as they figure out how to do one that doesn't offend even more people, the way their apology -- as opposed to Hampton's apology -- managed to offend people regarding his Katrina remark.

And it's only Tuesday! Just imagine how many more ways Hampton can get both himself and PFW into trouble by the end of the week! Just imagine how many more badly phrased apologies for the apologies that they just apologized for PFW can issue!

Dan Hampton and ProFootballWeekly are having a very bad week indeed.

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Posted by iain at 07:01 PM in category television