It was one thing when Mel Kiper had to deal with the indignity of having his daggum top 10 messed up. It was another when Stephen A. Smith smugly pointed out to Tim Legler that all those papers were holding him back. It was another when Trey Wingo invaded our home through direct mail.

But — and we recognize that we are often perceived as Peter Gammons apologists and therefore were more depressed by this than some others might have been — to see Gammons shamelessly hawking the ESPN Mobile phone through bad acting ("Can this guy ever throw a STRIKE?") and the same stupid catchphrasery we've always thought he was above ... well, it just made us sad. We probably shouldn't have been so surprised, we know.