Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Brandon Phillips...the worst? Seriously

The photobomb (left)  that made BP the "World's Worst Person in Sports."
Brandon, please keep on smiling and having fun.
     Keith Olbermann called Brandon Phillips the "World's Worst Person in Sports" on his ESPN2 program that airs nightly at 11:00 (prime slot in the ESPN line up).  This is the same Keith Olbermann who was pretty successful on ESPN several years ago but decided the go the political rant route and jump to MSNBC where his "Countdown" show ended abruptly with a cancellation notice tucked away in his mailbox. His role was also eliminated on NBC's Sunday Night Football. Now he's calling out Brandon Phillips for missing a game due to an injury.  Here's Olbermann's rant - not heard by many since his show doesn't receive the highest of ratings.  http://www.cincinnati.com/story/redsblog/2014/04/20/olbermann-calls-brandon-phillips-worlds-worst/7936571/
     Of course he is smart to pick on Phillips.  Phillips has a huge following on twitter and anyone who knows anything about the new social media marketplace - the way to pick up viewers and followers is to piggy back on someone who has a huge following.  Insert Brandon Phillips here - rant about DatDude and then pick up some viewers for your fledgling television show. Of course Olbermann didn't take a closer look at Brandon Phillips who has been an iron man on the Reds roster since he took over at second base in 2006.  Phillips played in a 151 games last year and even gutted out the end of the season when he was visibly injured. In fact the fewest games BP has played in since joining the Reds is 141 in 2008. Check out BP's career stats here http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=408252#gameType='R'&sectionType=career&statType=1&season=2014&level='ALL'
     I don't always like some of Phillips' antics but he is a gamer. And I didn't like his comments in Cincinnati Magazine last  year. But he doesn't take days off because a tough pitcher is on the mound.  He plays injured.  He makings dazzling plays in the infield.  He practically finishes every game he plays in with a dirt stained uniform. He will bat anywhere in the lineup. He battles his way through slumps and still acts like he enjoys playing this kids' game.  While some players appear to look like zombies out there because it make hurt their "professional" personae DatDude still plays the game with flare and joy.  If that makes BP the "World's Worst Person in Sports," then so be it - I bet BP got a good laugh out of it.

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