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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: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:28 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

Skip Bayless is not a sports journalist by any means. His sole purpose is to attack those with ability and power. Those that get ahead in life through ability will find themselves targets of Skip Bayless. 



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:40 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

ESPN apparenly doesn't know any of this, if they did he would be dismissed, I'm just here to say that when I click the channel and that show is on, I change it right away. I have invested the time to watch the show and have found him to be annoying and his take on things does not add conflict or comment-he is just plain moronic and I CHANGE the channel. As soon as I see his face, I CHANGE the channel.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:56 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

If you hate Bayless...Howard Cosell would have driven you over the edge.....
What do you mean if you hate Bayless, as if there are people somewhere that actually like him? I can't think of a more universally hated sports peronality. Doyel and Freeman would definitely challenge him for the distinction of most hated sports commentator if they had the air time but Bayless is really the Emperor of D-bags. The only reason he still works at ESPN is because he goes out of his way to piss off everybody at every turn. It was very funny seeing how off-guard he was caught when someone actually told him how everybody feels about him.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:53 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

Too bad there are Pats fans like this guy.....grow up asshole.



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:46 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

sorry , Skip Bayless is a hack , just like Doyel for Cbs every network has them , But I will never feel sorry for those Ravens with the Convicted felon Ray Lewis and the loudmouth punk Suggs. Lol.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:47 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

" The fact that Bayless has even remained employed for this long is absurd - let alone getting daily air time. ESPN needs to end that situation immediately. "  --Munich11

I half suspect that whoever makes the call on that must really like those last-minute primo seats at Skip's brother's restaurants. It's the way that the world works, isn't it?



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:40 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

" 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 .) "  --from the article

OMG, Terrell Suggs, you are my new hero! Straight up righteous face for every victim of ESPN's resident court jester. Now, I'm not saying that they should fire the fellow, because he sometimes has entertainment value, but they should at least make him wear the motley. As one would any other clown.



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:41 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

The fact that Bayless has even remained employed for this long is absurd - let alone getting daily air time. ESPN needs to end that situation immediately.


For Ravens98 (and for the many other Ravens fans out there who I have spoken with after the game) - stay classy. Seriously. I can't say that Pats fans as a whole would be accepting this defeat as graciously as you have were it Gostowski who went left. Well played and I hope the Ravens faithful are changing their tune about Flacco - he was on fire.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:12 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

I couldn't agree more ravens98fever! I'm a huge Pats fan and that was a great game. I feel bad for all the Ravens players and fans, too bad someone had to loose that game. That is a suck way to loose. Two teams smashing eachothers faces in. Flacco played great. Bayless is an ATOMIC D-BAG!!


Go PATS!



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:52 am
 

Suggs, Kluwe defend Cundiff, take aim at Bayless

If you hate Bayless...Howard Cosell would have driven you over the edge.....


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