Posted at 3:08 PM on October 11, 2007
by Bob Collins
Suzy Waldman is defending her blubbering (Listen) during a local interview when the reporter was asked about the possibility of Joe Torre being booted as Yankee manager.
In Newsday, Waldman says, "This one's getting me angry, because I don't play this card a lot, but this is as sexist as it gets. What's the big damn deal? That I cried for four seconds of a 10-minute postgame?"
I guess I agree. Sort of.
It was interesting to hear two local radio announcers ("P.A. and Dubay") on KFAN this week suggest that she shouldn't have the job if she can't be more objective (Listen). Of course, this is one guy -- Paul Allen -- who while holding his job as Vikings play-by-play announcer shouted , "Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo" when an Arizona touchdown a few years ago knocked the Vikings out the playoff hunt. (Frankly, that doesn't bother me much; as long as it's not accompanied by a lecture on objectivity).
And his sidekick is the guy who, while performing his job with Fox Sports North and its coverage of college hockey, got into a shouting match with the referees over some of the calls that were going against his beloved Gophers.
So Waldman is right, to a degree. There's a certain amount of piling on going on here.
It's not really about a lack of objectivity. But to me it's about losing perspective on sports to the point where you're given to breaking down crying.... or shouting at refs.... or screaming bloody murder because of a touchdown.
And, Suzi, if Joe Torre loses his job, trust me, you'll not have to look for him sleeping in a cardboard box near the LIE.