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Lions Fans Have Bigger Concerns Than A Bad Joke

Posted on: December 22, 2008 4:46 pm
 

First, let me get this out of the way. Rob Parker is a good friend. We've known each other for 20 years. He is one of the nicest and classiest guys in the business and always has been.

Did his last remark to Rod Marinelli in that Sunday press conference cross the line? It did and Rob knows it did which is why he's apologized.

But the joke was typical Rob. He went too far but anyone who knows Rob well knows he's usually very funny and is always cracking jokes. That's him. That's Rob. It's why I've always liked him. He never became one of these pompous ass columnists who looked down on his readership and other journalists in the business.

Should Rob have gone there with Marinelli? No. Should he be punished for what he said? Hell no.

It was a joke that went wrong but it wasn't nearly as offensive as people -- including Marinelli -- have tried to make it out to be.

My biggest problem is with the anonymous cowards who altered his Wiki page. My problem is with Terry Bradshaw, who took quite the hypocritical stand on Fox. Because Bradshaw has never, ever shot his mouth off before.

My problem is with Lions fans who have an 0-15 team and are more outraged at Rob than the putrid, embarrassing status of their putrid and embarrassing franchise.

Lions fans: Your team is about to set one of the all-time marks for sports futility. You have bigger fish to fry people.

Again, let's make this clear. Rob went too far but all the venom aimed in his direction is just as wrong as the attempted piece of humor.


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miamivice82
Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2008 11:28 am
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Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2008 10:30 pm
 

Lions Fans Have Bigger Concerns Than A Bad Joke

Freeman you are 100% correct. The Lions are 0-15  who cares about a joke that went a little to far. He just couldn't wait to get his son in Law in as D-Co-oridinator. The Lions are the biggest mess in the NFL. Worse than the Raiders. They are a joke of a pitiful franchise. The guy hired his son-in-law as his coach when no one else was beating the guys door down. Yes the joke went a bit to far but not too much. When your 0-15 your free game. Rob Parker is getting way way too much criticism. I didn't hear one bit of racism or race playing in your article Freeman and the sickening posts about you defending parker because of his race just makes us Whites look dumb. Good article. Who gives a Rats Ass about a coach who is about to get fired who stinks!!!! Joke away Mr. Parker. Good thing that Franchise had Matt Millen running it's helm for 7 seasons or else they would really be a laughing stock....LOLOLOL. Poor Lions.  I am a White Male age 38 by the way.




Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2008 6:48 pm
 

Lions Fans Have Bigger Concerns Than A Bad Joke

Joke or not at least Rob invoked a little passion in Marinelli's milquetoast press conferences.  That repeated going back to the grindstone working out the problem crap is redundant...

Frankly the whole coaching staff should have their heads sawed off & post the video to the internet!  Stick that in your politically correct peace pipe & smoke it!



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Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 1:42 pm
 

Lions Fans Have Bigger Concerns Than A Bad Joke

At this point in the season anything that comes out is a bad joke.  The Lions are the laughing stock of the NFL and bad jokes are part of being 0-15.  Time to put the brown bags on for the final game... They will be going 0-16 next week....

The only cure is winning!

Side note: did anyone see their uniforms on Thanksgiving day?  They didn't have a logo on their helmets, and their jerseys looked like they used duct tape for the numbers.  They shouldn't get a logo until they win a game...



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2008 1:36 pm
 

Lions Fans Have Bigger Concerns Than A Bad Joke

Has anyone noticed Freeman looks like beetlejuice from Howard stern?



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2008 1:36 pm
 

Lions Fans Have Bigger Concerns Than A Bad Joke

Has anyone noticed Freeman looks like beetlejuice from Howard stern?



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 12:20 pm
 

Lions Fans Have Bigger Concerns Than A Bad Joke

I agree, but Parker's quesiton was a low-blow.  He could have phrased it more tactfully...something to the effect of: are you considering a defensive coaching change, etc. Race aside, people care about the personal lives of NFL players--and to a lesser extent, of coaches, personnel. For an extreme example, refer to Andy Reid. If it's fair game to ask why Tony Romo is vacationing with Jessica Simpson before the playoffs, why can't we ask about the nepitistic relationship between a head coach and his defensive coordinator? Of course Marinelli isn't going to like it...particularly because his daughter was brought into it.  Hats off to him for keeping his composure. But if he was 15-0 (or somewhere closer to it), no one would ask why he placed his son-in-law as an assistant.

Maybe journalists shouldn't like the question either. After all, coaching isn't the only venue for nepitism. Still, does it really suprise anyone that journalists would be on either side?  Just because Freeman defends Parker doesn't necessarily denote (solely) a racial preference.  On the other hand, Terry Bradshaw's quick condemnation of Parker's question doesn't make him a saint either.  Rarely does a sports writer/broadcaster get to (or chose to?) flex his/her journalistic wings...give me something hard hitting. Ask a real question--one that won't easily solicit a stock, preprogrammed PR answer. It doesn't have to be a scandal (i.e. banned substances) or ill natured jab (i.e. this case).  Maybe Parker should have asked why the Lions don't use a certain defensive scheme more...or why a player isn't being used to his ability...or maybe he should have asked a player why he isn't playing to his full ability.  By failing to ask difficult questions, mainstream media leaves the door open to those controversy-seeking amateurs who have little stake in maintaining an ongoing relationship with players or personnel.


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