It has been two-and-a-half years since famed New Republic writer Gregg Easterbook and his "Tuesday Morning Quarterback" column were fired from ESPN for supposedly anti-Semitic sentiments in a piece he wrote for TNR. (Yeah, remember, he didn't actually write it for ESPN.) Though we always thought that while Easterbrook's comment was questionable at best, it hardly warranted the knee-jerk reaction, particularly from ESPN, which was still reeling from the Rush Limbaugh-Donovan McNabb fiasco. Besides, Easterbrook's mountain of excellent work, one would think, would more than speak for itself, and for his character. But not only did ESPN can Easterbrook, it actually erased him from its Web site entirely. He eventually took his column to NFL.com, where it never really fit in.
Well guess what, folks? According to sources, Easterbook's column will return to Page 2 tomorrow with his annual NFL Draft preview. The column is always one of our favorites of his, even if he never fails to dump on the Buzzsaw That Is The Arizona Cardinals.
We think this might have something to do with a new regime over there at ESPN.com, or maybe 2 1/2 years was the initial sentence from Bristol. A bunch has changed since Easterbrook last haunted the pixels of Page 2; we're curious to see how he fits in now. But we welcome him back: We're tired of being the only site with cheerleader photos.