Thursday, April 05, 2007

That Wasn't A Very Nice Thing To Do

Update: The Big Lead is back online and has issued a preliminary response - Do it Again and the Kitten Dies.

Update: Many more blogs have chimed in with shows of support for The Big Lead (still down as of 1:12 AM on April 7); the additions have been added to the list below. Also of note is an email I received from one observer of the situation, who emailed ESPN's ombudsman, Le Anne Schreiber, regarding the situation. Schreiber replied, "Rest assured, I will have something to sayabout the shutdown of in my column next week. Thanks." Should be interesting to see what she has to say.

Colin Cowherd is not a very nice person.

Earlier today, he used his vast ESPN Radio audience to stage an unwarranted attack on The Big Lead, shutting the site down for most of the day. I’m hesitant to attempt an explanation of the entire story, so if you’re curious to know exactly what happened, head over to Deadspin – they’ll fill you in.

After reading about the incident this afternoon, I tried to wrap my mind around why Cowherd would bother with something like this. An attempt to put bloggers “in their place”, perhaps? A not-so-subtle message to the “underground”, primarily Deadspin, that ESPN is still the biggest fish in the pond, capable of crushing virtually any outlet that dares step out of line? Something to do on a Thursday morning? Damned if I can figure it out, although a combination of those three points would not surprise me in the least.

Regardless of the reasoning, however, Cowherd has a couple of potential problems on his hands. One, it has been suggested that his exhortation to the masses to shut down The Big Lead might have been a teensy weensy bit illegal, and two, he appears to have awakened Deadspin. The blogosphere isn’t perfect, but one thing I like about it is that it’s like a family. If a bully comes along and does something to hurt the little brother, then big brother reserves the right to kick the shit out of the bully. I don’t know what would happen if circumstances actually pitted Deadspin against ESPN, but I’d like to think that Will and HIS audience can come up with something.

Until that point, however, Colin Cowherd will have to contend with the relatively minor onslaught of the proverbial cousins such as the blogs listed below. We might not have the influence of Deadspin or The FanHouse, but we reserve the right to voice our displeasure with this bothersome act. Besides, most of us have been linked on The Big Lead at some time or another, so it seems only right to lend support when they need it.

(Be forewarned, however: Cowherd said something about making this a regular feature; I think he went back and forth between once a week and once a day. So if you look tomorrow and have 1,000,000 hits and your site is groaning like it just ate some bad Chinese, congratulations – you’re one of the chosen ones).

(One last thing I’d like to note: while looking around, I saw mentions of a few things that could probably be considered illegal in most states. In my mind, it’s okay to talk about Cowherd as a radio host, but leave his family, friends, and household pets out of it. It only makes us, the bloggers, look like bad guys.)

The following blogs are among those who have contributed support to The Big Lead thus far:

This Hurts Us More Than It Hurts You, Colin (Deadspin)
Cowherd: Nous Accusons! (Every Day Should Be Saturday)
Colin Cowherd Has Listeners? (AOL FanHouse)
Colin Cowherd Can Eat A Fat D—K (Kissing Suzy Kolber)
What To Do With Sports Radio Douches? (With Leather)
Colin Cowherd Is A Jackass (Our Book of Scrap)
Colin Cowherd is an angry man (The Buried Lead)
Not only is this wrong, it’s likely illegal (The Postmen)
Colin Cowherd: Proof positive that the worldwide leader is the root of all evil (The Wayne Fontes Experience)
Colin Cowherd Has No Soul (Sportable)
The Words of a Madman (The Feed)
Cowherd The Bot-Herder (Super Dee Duper)
ESPN Willfully Destroys Sports Blogger/Competition (Her Loyal Sons)
Spring football news will have to wait (The House Of Heat)
Cowherd crosses a line (Sports Media Watch)
Colin Cowherd public enemy #1 (Savante’s String)
Colin Cowherd is a Sad Little Boy (Yelling Louder)
On open discourse: Colin Cowherd (Pacifist Viking)

Blogs added after the original post was written may be found below:

Colin Cowherd Can Eat A D*** (Awful Announcing)
Hey Jesus, Take That Cross Off Your Back and Jam it Through Colin Cowherd’s Face (Check Out My HEMI)
April Archives (Stupid Sideline Reporters)
Douchebag of the Year (Thunder Matt’s Saloon) (Randball)
Win One for the Little Guys; Boycott ESPN (Hire Jim Essian!)
Colin Cowherd: Douchebaggery, The Sequel (The M-Zone)
Colin Cowherd: An Act of Self-Defense (Nation Of Islam Sportsblog)
I Never Liked This Guy (This Suit Is Not Black)
Fuck Colin Cowherd (Flyers Fieldhouse)
“I’m a reacher, not a teacher.” (Ladies…)
Cincinnati Hates Colin Cowherd, Too (Mondesi’s House)
Colin Cowherd is a Douchebag (Sports Show On Mute)
Colin Cowherd Likes Unicorns (Seal Clubbers)
Who’s got 2 thumbs and is now known as Shrutebag? This Guy! (Awful Officiating)
Colin Cowherd should jump in front of a fucking truck (The Big Picture)
The Big Lead: Still Down. Thanks, Schrutebag (Deadspin)
Colin Cowherd: Dead To Me (Just Call Me Juice)
Somehow, We Let All The Morons On Radio And TV (Signal to Noise)
Top 10 reasons Colin Cowherd is FANtastic (The Sports Hernia)
Supporting my fellow bloggers against Colin Cowturd (Stiles Points)
Criminal Cowherd? (
Cowherd takes on the Blogosphere (Cola For The Soul)
If I Ran…: ESPN (If I Ran)
Evolution of The Herd (College Game Balls)
Cow-herd the Cow-ard (55)
Colin Cowherd? More Like Colin Coward! (East Coast Bias)
Colin Cowherd, Schrutebag (Foul Balls)
Sports! Sort Of. Well, Schrutebag, Hot Cubs Fans, and a Fat Drunken Guy (Different Day, Same Trainwreck)
Time to join the Underground Train plowing into Colin Cowshit (Sports Bastards)
What A Cow(h)ard (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)
For The Idiot File: Colin Cowherd (Oriole Post)


Mini Me said...

Wow that is a lot of links...and wow I am pissed at Colin as well. What a douche. That is all I want to say about it. What a damn douche.

Signal to Noise said...

Fuck him right in the ear.

The list is growing, as Marco chimed in at JCMJ and so have I.

Sanchez said...

WOW - The sports blogging community is really biting deep. Gotta love that.

And yeah, what Signal said about him sounds good to me.

Sam said...

yeah i chimed in too over at ifiran

big lead is back up-can't wait for espn's reponse to this
my guess is a half assed apology written by an intern

East Coast Biased said...

The ombudsman's column is up now.

Bruce said...

He finally the last five seconds(literally) of his show on Monday, and sounded about as sincere as a runaway freight train.

Kyle King said...

For what it's worth, here is my take on the matter at Dawg Sports.