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    ESPN's Michael Smith's Tweets regarding TDF crash

    Have you seen what he Tweeted?

    "For real, am I wrong for laughing at that Tour de France crash? Can't get over the driver speeding off as if he didn't know he hit someone!"

    then

    "I'm sorry that crash is hilarious. Every. Time."

    then

    "It had far been too long since I'd angered an entire community. Today I've managed offend cyclists everywhere. Guess what? It's still funny."

    and

    "i'd like to apologize to cyclists, people who ride bikes, people who know people who ride bikes, and even paperboys. Happy? I miss anybody?"

    I can't believe he is getting away with this...


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...pxAI_blog.html


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    ESPN specializes in hiring utter friggin morons to commentate on sports for them. Remember that idiot Joe Morgan on the baseball broadcasts? That other mega-putz guy on the football team who was a giga-jerk?

    ESPN. Please. It's amazing anybody watches that stupid network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    ESPN specializes in hiring utter friggin morons to commentate on sports for them. Remember that idiot Joe Morgan on the baseball broadcasts? That other mega-putz guy on the football team who was a giga-jerk?

    ESPN. Please. It's amazing anybody watches that stupid network.
    Sportscenter is absolutely unwatchable. If I do watch ESPN it is for a live sporting event (such as the women's WC on right now). If I want to see scores and whatnot, I will just go online and find what I need instead of watching Sportscenter where they think their first duty is to attempt to be a comedian.

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    I don't see how anyone could think that crash was funny. I cringe every time I see it.

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    I've shown that crash to some non cyclist and every one of them cringed.
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    Mean people are like slinkys. They're really not worth much but still are rather entertaining to watch tumble down the stairs.

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    The sad thing is that there's a large number of people who probably agree with him.

    I sent ESPN an email letting them know they lost me as a viewer unless they acted on this.

    Smith tweeted a lame forced apology last night.

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    http://espn.go.com/espn/contact

    You can let ESPN know how you feel...

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    You know I live in an area where road biking is pretty rare. I have the friends that give you the normal why do I have to share the road kind of stuff and why do they wear XX etc...

    But none of them found it funny at all, not in the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
    I've shown that crash to some non cyclist and every one of them cringed.
    The one good thing about that crash is it has shown my non-cycling co-workers and friends just how vulnerable we are and how a simple squeeze can have serious consequences...
    "On the other hand riding down a hill at 55 MPH wearing (essentially) women's underwear and a Styrofoam cup on your head is the epitome of rational life-extending decisions." - RacerEx

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    I sent a nice little comment in.
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    Mean people are like slinkys. They're really not worth much but still are rather entertaining to watch tumble down the stairs.

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    I wonder how funny he'd find the situation if he got side swiped by a car and he was flung out of his passenger window cause his seatbelt wasn't on during a particular car ride. Idiot.
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    Let ESPN know how you feel! I'm tired of clowns like this guy getting away with this stuff. He can say what he wants but if enough of us let ESPN know we don't think it's funny maybe they'll act...

    http://espn.go.com/espn/contact

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    Quote Originally Posted by androidtt View Post
    I wonder how funny he'd find the situation if he got side swiped by a car and he was flung out of his passenger window cause his seatbelt wasn't on during a particular car ride. Idiot.

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    I don't have a twitter account, but if enough people get Lance on this he could probably make this guy eat his words like LA did with Tony Kornheiser - http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcs...s_on_tony.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
    I sent a nice little comment in.
    Me too.

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    **** Micheal Smith. There was another one with a motorcyclist involved. TV crews and team cars need to KEEP AWAY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DPN View Post
    Let ESPN know how you feel! I'm tired of clowns like this guy getting away with this stuff. He can say what he wants but if enough of us let ESPN know we don't think it's funny maybe they'll act...

    http://espn.go.com/espn/contact

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    He issued an apology last night. Whether it's sincere is another issue. Topic is dead, don't feed this troll anymore.

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    Nah, this isn't getting swept under the rug. I say the topic is not dead.

    His APOLOGY came a bit late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdgrannygear View Post
    He issued an apology last night. Whether it's sincere is another issue. Topic is dead, don't feed this troll anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdgrannygear View Post
    He issued an apology last night. Whether it's sincere is another issue. Topic is dead, don't feed this troll anymore.
    Oh he said, "My bad" ? Ok so it's all better now
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    Michael Smith is a freakin' tool bag.
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    Today near the end of a 50 mile ride, at 9AM in the morning, I'm riding @ about 20 mph down a major local road here, plenty of shoulder. A bunch of college or teen age boy morons passes me and one of them sticks his hand out the window as if he was trying to push me or grab my ass. Had they made contact with me they could have seriously injured me. I'm sure they thought this was hilarious. Had they waited for me I would have put my Cervelo through their effing windshield. Happily, they motored on to whatever meth-happy OC bumfark destination they were headed to and I was spared a violent confrontation.

    The friggin idiots are out there weenies. Just hope one of them doesn't effing KILL you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdgrannygear View Post
    He issued an apology last night. Whether it's sincere is another issue. Topic is dead, don't feed this troll anymore.
    He should bite me, you, and everyone else on the planet.

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    I'm not in the effing mood today. What a doosh.

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    i too sent a complaint to espn via their web form

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    Smacks of covert racism to me. Probably wouldn't be so funny to him if it wasn't a predominantly Caucasian sporting event. Just food for thought.
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