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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When Otherwise Good Guys Say Stupid Things

It was in 1973 that I moved to Los Angeles with my then wife, two children and a Maltese named Annabelle.

I "took with me" my New York ability to, from time to time, say the stupidest things. For a bonus, I have always had the maturity of a cranky twelve year old, even when I was eight.

At 77, I read the following from the perspective of that cranky 12 year old as I had when the brilliant managers of NBC news fired Don Imus for a silly racist remark.

I am not exactly sure that there is a significant connection to the following issue, but what the hell!

During ESPN's Minnesota-Ohio State game several weeks ago, a graphic popped up listing top drivers in NASCAR's point's race, and analyst Chris Spielman asked where Montoya was. Griese replied he was "out having a taco."

Bob Griese was suspended one week after making what ESPN called "an inappropriate comment" about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who is Colombian.

Griese did apologize on air twice.

What would ESPN have done if Griese had said that Montoya was out getting a beer?

What would ESPN have done if Griese had said that Montoya was out getting a pastrami sandwich?

It is debatable to me that Griese had said something "questionable."

But good grief, what did ESPN accomplish when they suspended Griese.

He apologized for what he said and ESPN, ABC, and The Walt Disney Company over reacted as far as I am concerned.

Had I been running ESPN I would have protected Griese and told his critics (had there been any) to complain about something significant like our two wars and understand the context of the Griese remark.

Good grief!

I need to stop now and go out and eat some "Jew food" like lox on a toasted bagel with cream cheese and onion along with a Dr. Brown's Diet Cream Soda.