Bryant Gumbel Goes Kind of Kanye About the Olympics

A Deadspin reader points us to and bristles about a story posted on liberal media watchdog site Newsbusters.org which picks apart a quote from Bryant Gumbel's most recent Real Sports closing remarks. The quote appears to be just throw-away Gumbel soap-boxing, but the post implies that it may be borderline inflammatory. Of course they do. However...:

Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don t care about them and won t watch them. In fact, I figure that when Thomas Paine said that these are the times that try men s souls, he must ve been talking about the start of another Winter Olympics. Because they re so trying, maybe over the next three weeks we should all try too. Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the winter games look like a GOP convention. Try not to point out that something s not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what s called a kiss-and-cry area, while some panel of subjective judges decides who won. And try to blot out all logic when announcers and sportswriters pretend to care about the luge, the skeleton, the biathlon and all those other events they don t understand and totally ignore for all but three weeks every four years. Face it these Olympics are little more than a marketing plan to fill space and sell time during the dreary days of February. So if only to hasten the arrival of the day they re done, when we can move on to March Madness for God s sake, let the games begin.

Erm. Mmm. Tough call. Should I side with the angry conservative liberal media watchdogs or the cuddly black sportscaster who is just admitting that he hates the Olympics and (possibly) the GOP? Too. Much. Pressure. Where the hell is my salami football?


HBO's Gumbel: Lack of Blacks Make Olympics Look Like a GOP Convention [NewsBusters]
Seth Freihlich's Clip Show(for full monologue transcript) [Pajiba]