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Skip Bayless: Controversy Rather than Analysis

Ok so I failed. Another sports post. This time it wasn’t my fault.


I’m sitting here on Facebook when I see yet ANOTHER outrageous proclamation by Skip Bayless updated via ESPN’s First take segment. I don’t think I’ve ever hated (or even cared enough for that matter) an analyst as much as Skip Bayless. The reason I hate him so much is because in a field where you are reporting on sports amongst other analysts Bayless CONSISTENTLY remains biased. He ALWAYS and let make make that clear once again, ALWAYS chooses the side that is unfavorable to cause controversy. He will always continue to do so because he is getting paid to do that. There is no question in my mind that he is way too knowledgeable to say some of the truly idiotic things he says. HE knows better, this is just a way to draw attention to his show and to become a trending topic. To me its upsetting because even though it garners the attention he is seeking it is not different from straight up lying. Of course there are goign to be the few people who agree with him on certain topics and say everyone is entitled to an opinion but that is not how I see it. Although people can have their opinions, sports is backed up by a lot of logic and facts. Bayless continues to disregard those sports facts and chooses the minority position.


It also pains me to see him act as if he is so passionate about his stance when in reality during the television breaks he is probably laughing at the idiotic things he is feeding the public. My advice to people would be to simply stop watching first take. It sucks since the concept of the show is so good and that it’s the first thing we wake up to, but until the show returns to unbiased debate I will refrain from watching. Is isn’t the worst thing in the world for people to agree on something, buy Bayless seems to act as if the worlds volcanoes will erupt if he doesn’t say something that will make a headline. Patehtic.

Here are some of the recent things he has said Via ESPN’s First Take facebook page as well as Bayless’s twitter account.


“These penalties against the Saints are an outrage! These players shouldn’t be suspended at all!” -Skip Bayless

This is the statement that was the last straw for me and helped push me to write this post.It is unbelievable anyone would see it this way.These players are the one who targeted body parts and carried out orders. It is these same players who could have said no. It is these same players who cost players like Brett Farve their chance at a Superbowl. It is these same players who took money out of the pockets of who knows how many athletes. The system can’t be the only thing to blame, they are dependent on each other. The system does not work without the players involvement.

“Here we go again: “King” James using Roman numerals on mouthpiece to remind self (and us) XVI games to his 1st title. Just go do it, LeBron.”

Another reason I probably hate Skip Bayless so much is due to his idiotic statements about Lebron James. I have never heard so much useless criticism of a soon to be 3 time mvp, top 3 NBA player, all defensive team, pass first mentality superstar in my life. Lebron does so much good it should almost be impossible for anyone to truly have anything bad to say about him other than his SLIGHT inability to close out games, but Bayless always has something to say. For him to seriously bring up Lebron’s mouthpiece is a JOKE. What players do to motivate themselves is their busines,s not any of ours. IT IS A MOUTHPIECE. Why is there a story on a mouthpiece. Get real Bayless. No get content.


“Beginning at 3:30E today, Prince James, soon-to-be 3-time MVP, will feel more pressure than he ever has in his life.”

I love that this condescending tone of a tweet from Bayless was choked on after Lebrons amazing 32 point performance that DESTROYED the knicks by 33. Hows that for dealing with pressure?


“I’m so tired of these Griffin dunks! It drives me berserk!” – Skip Bayless

Of course, pick on the superstar who does everything right. Never says anything wrong in interviews, doesn’t boast or taunt even though his dunks would normally call for it. Blake is probably one of the hardest workers in the NBA, don’t believe me, check out his workout tapes. All Blake does is get better and better and evidence can be found in his post moves and his ball handling skills for a big man. I find it outrageous for Bayless to say ANYTHING about Blake’s dunks when he already has developed better post moves than DWIGHT HOWARD , who should be the most dominating center in the NBA because of his size and skill. Dwight has been in the league longer and is a true center compared to Blake being a Power Forward. Now before complaining about him, say something about Dwight. It’s ridiculous to knock Blake for his dunks, they’re still points and just because they are flashy for us fans doesn’t make them any less of a field goal.


There are many more examples but I am going to give it a rest here before I get myself any angrier. Reading these are building the frustration level up for me. Case in point, Bayless, shut up and say what you really think. This attention seeking will die out and others will call your bluffs as I have.




9 comments on “Skip Bayless: Controversy Rather than Analysis

  1. Chris Murray
    May 3, 2012

    My only disagreement is for awhile I felt the same way you did about Skip Bayless, but over time I feel he gives some perspective from the typical sports fan. I take what he says with a grain of salt but in reality, everyone is outraged by the Saints suspension of the players as it was a bit ridiculous, however Goodell has proven on more than one occasion he is willing to discipline. What I think however is these players were never warned per Darren Sharper so its difficult to drop the hammer for feeding into the Coaches bounty fund when they were never warned prior to Goodell’s hammer drop. Along with Lebron James, the hated of James comes from his attitude, nobody can take away his skills but his arrogant attitude of never winning a championship is so overwhelming that makes him a douchebag.

    • psych0omantis
      May 3, 2012

      I agree on some of your points. I don’t think the suspension is outrageous seeing as how sean payton got a year, That to me is more shocking than vilma. And like you said Goodell isknown for dropping the hammer hard. What I will disagree with you about is Lebron James. He’s had flashes of arrogance here and there but so does everyone else in the league. People just choose to magnify everything when it comes to him. I’d argue no one of his superstar stature has done as much as hes done and taken anywhere close to as much shit as he has. The number one thing people want to bring up is his “decision” televised event and yet no one looked at where nearly 90% of the proceeds went. Many would be surprised at that huge act of chairty and the fact is that was a good cause. The second thing people bring up is him leaving Cleveland, a free agent is a free agent and thats the end of the discussion. He didn’t bitch out like Carmello Anothony or Dwight Howard demanding trades and calling out coaches. He played out his contract and decided to move on with his life.

      Adding to that, coming to the Miami Heat, he took less money than he could have made in Cleveland. The one complaint many people have is about how greedy superstar athletes have become. Why is it that no one wants to commend Lebron on taking less money for the sake of team success?

      Even some of the biggest Lebron haters I know have admitted their only reason for hating is because it has become a fad. That bothers me.

      • Chris Murray
        May 4, 2012

        I disagree about Payton getting a year, he has a long shelf life, Vilma doesn’t it should have been taken into consideration in my opinion.

        However I do not bash on the decision, the proceeds were for a good cause, its easy for him to take less money because Miami doesn’t tax therefore he makes what he would have made in Cleveland.

        Trust me by any means I do not hate for Lebron for the media, and Nike molding him into a GOD amongst men, you cannot take away his athletic ability.

        I hate the jerk that he is, the disrespect that he has for the game and the ones before him, he is arrogant and has everything handed to him on a silver platter,

        Like I said its the way he carries himself, its the false guarantee’s its everything he does, he has branched himself away from other athletes because of his own actions.

        Like I said you can’t take away from his ability he is hands down the best in the game but his attitude, disrspect, pompous jerk like attitude prevents from people handing out respect.

      • psych0omantis
        May 4, 2012

        Lol, Idk man, I still don’t see it, maybe if you give me examples of how he’s a jerk and “the disrespect he has for the game and the ones before him”

        thats a bold statement and I don’t think hes ever said or did anything to merit a comment like that, he never says hes better or acts as if he is than players of the past

        KOBE on the other hand is EXTREMELY disrespectful in that regard, Kobe admittedly has said he doesn’t care but he also has 5 rings which makes people not notice the arrogance he has proven to have

        but yeah, im curious, hit me with some examples.

      • Chris Murray
        May 5, 2012 – Miami Heat star LeBron James told reporters at this past weekend’s NBA All-Star festivities that he would likely participate in the Slam Dunk Contest if there was $1 million purse involved

        Yahoo – We realize that this is a bit of a cheap shot, lobbed from afar, but as continued hints and passed-along reports of LeBron James’ terrible tipping habits keep getting shipped to us, we feel it our duty to pass along Peter Pattakos’ interview with a Cleveland-area steakhouse server.

        “(S)he also told us that LeBron liked to drink apple martinis, which comes as no surprise because apple martinis are delicious, and if you had a job where you could take a four-hour nap every day to sleep off the sugar hangover, you would drink them, too. Relatedly, LeBron would ask his servers to have his steak (well done) already cut up for him, which corroborates a report by a (former?) server at Johnny’s who once told [fellow reporter Vince] Grzegorek that LeBron would order his spaghetti cut up as well, and also of course enhances the credibility of our source.”

        Fox – Perhaps if you’re an NBA superstar and it’s your birthday, you can have your cake and eat another one too. That is, of course, if you believe Boca Raton baker Alethea Hickman and her tale of woe about making a cake for Miami Heat forward LeBron James, who celebrated his 27th birthday last weekend at a swanky Miami hotel. According to the Miami Herald, Hickman was asked by officials at the Shelborne South Beach to make a five-tier $3,000 cake for James’ party in return for some invaluable promotion for her Passion for Pastry business. Unfortunately for Hickman, her Heat-red cake with edible gold dust and an edible crown on top was met with a thumping reject in favor of an ivory-colored rum cake with gold lions’ heads from another Miami bakery. “I don’t even know where my cake went,” Hickman told the Herald. “I was mortified. They had me do it in the middle of the holiday crush, and I hired additional people. Someone needs to pay.” Explaining what had happened, the hotel’s managing principal Jared Galbut said James’ people had simply decided Hickman’s effort wasn’t fit for “The King.” “It just wasn’t what was expected. When LeBron’s people saw it, they just didn’t want to use it and decided to bring their own cake. I can’t tell LeBron James what birthday cake to eat.

        All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal. But they have to get back to the real world at some point.”

        AJC – Basketball star LeBron James is taking his talents to one local club, which has left a competing bar feeling stiffed. Atlanta’s Opera nightclub is suing the Miami Heat player and the Gold Room over an appearance James is scheduled to make later this month. A hearing on the request for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction is set for Thursday in Fulton Superior Court. In a complaint filed Monday, Opera accuses James of reneging on a promise to appear for one hour on March 17, for which he was to be paid $25,000, or $417 a minute. “We want to make sure LeBron doesn’t show up any place else,” Yasha Heidari, the attorney for the Opera, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday. The conflict arose when James’ agent said a competing club, the Gold Room, was also pursuing him for a special appearance. The suit claims James’ agent and his company Awesomelife, took a $12,500 deposit on Jan.11 and then returned a copy of the agreement to the Opera Nightclub. Then on Feb. 19, the agent told the Opera Nightclub James “did not want to make the appearance” but no reason was given. Three days later, the agent told the Opera Nightclub the Gold Room was trying to get James to renege on his agreement with the Opera Nightclub and he needed $6,000 to ensure that didn’t happen. The agent accepted $3,000 more and a second agreement was written. On March 4, the agent told the Opera James was not coming and would be at the Gold Room instead. “Opera fully expects its talent and agents to honor their commitments,” Heidari said.

        LOS ANGELES – LeBron James was firm in his tweet Tuesday night that seemed targeted at his former owner and teammates. But when asked to explain his thoughts Wednesday, James turned evasive. In the tweet James wrote: “Crazy. Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It’s not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!” It seemed that James was speaking about the Cavs, who have lost 11 in a row, and their struggles while taking a shot at team owner Dan Gilbert. Last July, in a letter to fans, Gilbert had predicted bad karma for James. But James declined to fully explain his thoughts and then attempted to imply they weren’t even his. “It’s just how I was feeling at the time,” James said. “It wasn’t even a comment from me, it was someone who sent it to me and I sent it out. It wasn’t toward that team. It definitely wasn’t a good showing by that team last night, I know they wish they would’ve played better.” The entry on James’ Twitter account did not indicate it was a re-tweet from another user. James also did not fully explain the meaning behind the statement, though he did say that karma is a word and concept “I’ve kinda always used my whole life.” ”I don’t think there was intent at all,” James said. “I think everyone looks into everything I say. Everybody looks too far into it. No hit toward that organization. I’ve moved on and hopefully that organization is continuing to move on. But I’m happy where I am as a Miami Heat player.” When asked to clarify his confusing comments, James and the questions were cut off by a member of the Heat public relations staff.

        I am sure there are more, there are plenty of youtube videos to go to to watch him douche it up. He just lacks so much respect for people in general and thinks so little of the common population. Like I said I think he is a good athlete.

      • psych0omantis
        May 6, 2012

        dunk contest, this is not an example whatsoever, the purse is GUARANTEED to have been used towards charity, every single thing that he has done the earnings have not been pocketed, the money incentive for a charity will also have made the lack luster dunk contest be something people would work harder for to win, thus improving the dying contest

        2) he cant ask for his steak cut up? I have friends who ask to do this,lol as for tipping, it was from a cleveland waiter? id like to know the date, i’d guess its post leaving the cavs. PR attack, a bad one at that.

        the birthday cakes entire article refers to james “people” and assistants as the ones handling the situation, it reflect sporrly on him and his staff but you can;t assume its him being that way.

        as for the rest im skimming and see the same, all these are are articles of two parties involved and this being the side of the one who got the short end of the stick, you honestly can;t expect a favorable story , I don;t know, these aren’t the examples that are going to make me see james as arrogant or a bad person. ESPECIALLY if you compare it to all his charitable activities, they do NOT stack up, and even if some of these examples were bad or had merit, every one has some flaws, theyre nothing again compared to the good hes done in my opinion

      • Chris Murray
        May 8, 2012

        Tell me about all of the good he has done, tell me why he has continually and widely remarked as an arrogant jerk who has several times retracted statements he has made so he doesnt look bad.

        Also to all of the things I posted, I posted actual proof have you ever seen a Public Relations firm ? Do you honestly think they would not PR Lebron to try to make him not look the bad guy ?

        Do you really think and honestly feel that Lebron does not approve all that the entourage does ? Do you not think Lebron acts that much of a diva ?

        He thinks he is better than everyone, feels he has different rules in life, and treats people like scum. Like I said, I can’t argue his talent, does he suck when it matters ? Certainly does, Did he in my opinion close out some big games in the playoffs last year ? Yes he did. Is he better than wade ? No question he is the Heat, if the Heat had wade and bosh they would win 12-15 less games in my opinion.

        He acts like a dick on the court, off the court, and just blatantly has no respect, I have no respect for his character .

      • psych0omantis
        May 8, 2012

        I’m just going to agree to disagree, everyone has PR teams, every move Lebron makes will always be magnified, like Jordan, Iverson and others before him, many people have done things not everyone likes, he’s is own person and is entitled to do as he pleases in that regard

        one last thing though to put it into perspective, can you honestly answer that you would be able to be a saint and not act like a jerk after single handedly taking the MOST ( literally most in NBA history) flack from media, analysts, fans, just anyone. There is almost no question that it has become a fad in recent years to hate on Lebron James, its in black and white. He’s the butt of jokes and much unfair criticism when it comes to on the court play which honestly should be what 90% of what is ever said about him SHOULD be about when in actuality its only 5%.

        Can you honestly tell me that a person lwho takes and undergoes all of that doesn’t have a right to be somewhat of a douche bag at times? No one can take all that and not give it out a bit as being the most talented basketball player in the world. Let him be.

  2. Chris Murray
    May 10, 2012

    I totally know what you mean but its stuff where he retracts his statements all the fucking time. If he would just accept being the villain, I can accept him being him

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