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Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:05 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 10:13 pm
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Suggs and Kluwe have no time for silliness. (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

ESPN First Take co-host Skip Bayless is known for many things: unconditional faith in Tebowmania, contrarian viewpoints, and TALKING IN A VERY LOUD VOICE when making his case. 

Shortly after Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff honked what would've been the game-tying field goal in the AFC Championship game against the Patriots, Bayless tweeted this:

RealSkipBayless
Honestly, I felt sorry for Suggs/Ray/EReed. Fought guts out, lost b/c a nonplayer missed easy kick. WHY I HATE FG KICKING. Ban it!
1/22/12 6:31 PM

Doing away with kickers is a predictably tired argument that pops up every time a game is lost on a botched field-goal attempt. 

On Monday, Cundiff's teammate, linebacker Terrell Suggs, called into First Take to talk about what transpired in Foxboro the night before. Bayless asked Suggs if the confusion leading up to Cundiff's missed kick was because the Patriots were beneficiaries of "home cooking" from the officials.

Suggs was having none of it. In much the same way a grizzled parent dismisses their unruly kid begging for attention, an unemotional Suggs kindly asked Bayless to join him back on Earth.

“Stop that. I know what you’re doing,” Suggs said, chastising Bayless. “Once again, stop it. Be an analyst. Don’t be a d-----bag. You know what I meant.”

(You can watch Suggs calmly put Bayless in his place here.)

A great moment in unintentional comedy, for sure. But it gets better.

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe weighed in on Bayless' "I hate FG kicking...ban it" tweet. (If you're not familiar with Kluwe's work, he's not your typically mild-manndered punter. He has opinions on matters outside football, is smart, and wickedly funny. In short: he's somebody you want to keep on your good side. Just ask former NFL wide receiver Nate Jackson.)

After Suggs scolded Bayless for his over-the-top schtick, Kluwe piled on via Twitter:

ChrisWarcraft
Couldn't have said it better myself. T. Suggs to Bayless on First Take: "Skip, be an analyst. Don't be a d-----bag." #wordsofwisdom
1/23/12 1:21 PM

And this, a few hours later...

ChrisWarcraft
I'm confused @RealSkipBayless. After Super Bowl XXXVI, you wrote that Vinatieri should be in the HoF. But now kickers are non-players?
1/23/12 6:09 PM

ChrisWarcraft
How is Adam going to make it to the Hall of Fame if you abolish his position @RealSkipBayless?! YOUR WORDS MAKE MY BRAIN ASPLODE #factssuck
1/23/12 6:10 PM

So, yes, don't make Kluwe angry. You won't like him when he's angry. The NFL can confirm this (Kluwe has taken great pleasure in mocking the league for, among other things, using season-ending injuries to promote fantasy football and their wishy-washy rules on injuries, fake or otherwise.)

Bayless has yet to respond to Kluwe.

Meanwhile, SportsIllustrated.com's Richard Deitsch, who follows the media closely as part of his day job, offered this frank assessment Monday afternoon:

richarddeitsch
ESPN execs have no idea how badly Bayless's flotsam reflects on its network & those at ESPN trying to do good work.
1/23/12 1:56 PM

via Shutdown Corner 


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Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:10 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

richarddeitsch
ESPN execs have no idea how badly Bayless's flotsam reflects on its network & those at ESPN trying to do good work.
Exactly what good work is ESPN doing, or even trying to do?  I like Mike and Mike, and whatever games they show, but that is about it.  When they get involved in their PC efforts, they totally lose my interest.  Skip, like many of their mouthpieces, is totally full of himself and I have had no interest in watching that show in quite some time. 



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:33 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

I read the Chris Kluwe rant, it was wonderful.

Second, T-Sizzle could not have been more even-keeled when calling someone a douchebag. And the recipient was never more deserving.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:48 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

Bay Less = Class Less



Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:50 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

ha ha skip!!!!!!



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:48 pm
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

Even in Australia we think Skip Bayliss is a WANKER. Skip is a industrial rubbish bin here in Oz.



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:58 pm
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

Millions of sports fans have been saying for years in reference to Skip Bayless: be an analyst and not a DB. Suggs saying it could be a breakthrough in sports journalism



Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:59 pm
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

I'm a Pats fan an for once thought Suggs was polite an insightful.....Bayless is a Tool



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:40 pm
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

More kickers have won games than Bayless ever has. Instead of all the analysts floating around everywhere, we need to get back to accurate reporting. Most analysts in the world have never competed or worked in the field they're taking shots at. That goes for all reporters in this country.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:01 pm
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

Home cooking for the Patriots? That could never be look how many penalties were called on them Sunday...

As opposed to the big donut hole the Ravens had the previous week?, let's ask the Texans fans if there was home cooking going on there.




Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:33 pm
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

The difference between the Panama Canal and Bayless is that one is a bizzy ditch.

Wink


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