It’s a sad time to be a human being. First, the octuplet lady does her thing. Then the monkey does his thing. And then, a few days ago, ESPN does its thingâ€”and dumps Emmitt Smith.
This was disappointing, because nowâ€”without Emmitt or George W. Bushâ€”who’s going to entertain us with linguistic tonadoes? Rush Limbaugh? Too annoying? Barack Obama? Too intelligent? Chris Berman? Too … well, who cares about Chris Berman?
Here’s the thing that confuses me about Emmitt Smith’s dismissal: What did ESPN really expect? Anyone who has dealt with Emmitt knows that while he’s a pretty decent guy, he’s not the brightest bulb. Keyshawn and Steve Young? Neither man is great at the job, but both are intelligent. Emmitt, however, was merely a very good dancer who thrived on milking his own brand. He could run the ball, moonwalk, smile for the cameras, etc. But explaining football in English? Not his strength.