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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
 
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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Comments

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:44 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...



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

Ban Bayless!This game shouldn't have come down to a field goal anyway.




Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

I agree Skip Bayless is Clueless, and I am a Pats fan!  You could honestly make such an idiotic comment about removing Field Goals and/or kickers being banished from football.  I think those kickers earn their money and definitely are needed in the game.  How many times has a field goal decided a game.  But what I really don't understand how in one segement he talks about certain kickers being put in the Hall of Fame and in another for kickers to be banished from the game.  Something else I am wondering is how did this blog go from the Ravens losing the game because of some stupid excuse about the Patriots score board clock being wrong, even though they say they are not using that as an excuse, they evidently are, just by making that stupid comment, to talking about how cluelss and stupid Skp Bayless is, why even give him the blog space all that does is egg him on and give him what he wants, more attention.  He needs to just be ignored, everyone knows how stupid he is so don't give him the attention he is looking for.  Also why bring up that Lewis belongs in jail? 


From Selynn Schnell - #1 Pats fan living in Colorado   



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:48 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

Remember: Death is not an option: Who is the bigger D Bag? Bayless or Stephen A Smith
Bayless is the bigger D Bag. Stepen A. is pretty bad, but Bayless still takes the cake. Then we have Mike Greenburg, Jim Rome, Woody Paige, Berman, Vitale who all get honorable mention as D-Bags.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:30 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

If I met a genie and was granted 3 wishes, as Wish 1 I would ask that that all the Ship Bayless media types (including everyone from ESPN) be locked in a room with Suggs, Lewis, Patrick Willis, the Harboughs and James Harrison and the players and coaches be given complete freedom to do whatever they wished to the invited media. I'd pay big money to see that pay per view event.



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:52 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

I have one thing to say Skip Clueless!



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:48 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

I have one thing to say Skip Clueless




Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:12 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

Al, Ray Lewis should be in jail. I agree. He is a criminal.



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:11 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

bronson,  I couldn't agree more. Bayless is a MORON!!



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:08 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

Skip Bayless is a TOTAL IDIOT! Whenever I see his face I change the channel. He likes to talk loud and sputter utter nonsense. I have NOT watched him in years. He must be related to someone at espn in order to be on everyday. He is as useless as possible. A MORON with capital letters!!! I would rather listen to a woman anylyze pro football than listen to Skip mindless, Bayless.


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