Steve Lyons was just on the Score’s Drive This and he may’ve stepped in another pile of shit. While discussing the social habits of his former teammate Ozzie Guillen, Lyons began telling a story about how he and Guillen fleeced a couple of Texans when they were teammates in Chicago. After seeing some big Texans tossing past a bar’s Speed Gun, Lyons approached them and claimed to be able to find a patron who could top their speed. He chose Ozzie Guillen. Being that, this is not a word-for-word transcript of Lyon’s tale, “He looked like he should be in the back washing dishes”, the Texans happily agreed. Ozzie threw 10 Miles faster and Lyons collected $100.
Considering Lyons’ past, today’s storytelling could cause a shitstorm without context. While delivering the dishwashing line, it was clear Lyons was not referring to Guillen’s nationality but his physical stature, being that the Ozzie of old’s stature screamed dishwasher, not professional ballplayer. I didn’t even notice the potential insensitivity of the line until it was pointed out by my buddy. Who knows.
UPDATE: Transcript from the Score Website
Richard Garner: A character for sure…
Steve Lyons: The craziest thing that we ever did was we were in a bar in Texas one time and there were these big cowboys that came in with their little girlfriends and they had one of those speed pitch machines in this bar, ya know, throw it as hard as you can. And I meandered over there while the big guys were throwing the ball and I said, you know what, I bet I could pick out any kid in this bar and they could throw the ball harder than any of you guys are. They said, “Ya, go ahead”. I said, I’ll take that little scrawny kid over there that looks like he should be washing dishes in the back…and it was Ozzie. And he came over and flipped the ball like he was turning a double play and he threw it 10 miles faster than any of those guys could. And I bet them a hundred bucks and walked away with their money.
Last nite Kimbo Slice took advantage of some “generous” officiating to defeat James Thompson in a 3rd Round TKO. According to those able to view the event (for some unknown reason, my cable provider cut the CBS feed last nite), Slice appeared to tap out in the 2nd round, but was allowed to continue due to some indifferent officials. Or greased.
Unfortunately it appears as if the illegitmate victory will keep the Slice criticism rolling, which is pretty shitty. After watching a Score promo a couple days ago, I realized the absolute shittiness of their journalistic standards. You’re going to look for objective opinions from guys whose livelihood would be affected by Slice’s success? Hmmm, I wonder what they’re going to say.
Well, first of all, leading off your anti-Slice segment with commentary from a man recently suspended for steroid use is puzzling to say the least. Watching Sherk complain about Slice’s “quick rise” and questioning whether “he has earned the exposure” was laughable. Didn’t you just get suspended for taking the easy route, Sherk? Who are you to question a dude’s work ethic?
Second in the Score’s horrible piece was one Randy Couture. While Randy certainly seems like a decent guy, his objectivity regarding the Slice is non-existent. On one hand the man questions the legitmacy of the EliteXC brand and Kimbo while on the other trains with Slice’s opponent, James Thompson. So Kimbo and EliteXC are garbage but James Thompson is not? How does this make sense.
Couture also made a point of criticizing the opponents EliteXC puts in front of Kimbo. Haven’t easy opponents been in front of rising UFC stars for the past 5 years? Come on, imitation is the greatest form of flattery big man.
And finally, the third member of the anti-Slice crew, Mr. Dana White. It’s pretty obvious that White would suffer from the rise of Slice and EliteXC, so asking him to objectively critique Slice’s abilities would seem pretty fucking retarded.
What pisses me off most about these assholes’ lazy, selfish critiques of Slice is their constant bemoaning of his street fighter background and its negative effect on MMA. Isn’t your biggest star a former street fighter (Rampage)? When was the last time you heard Goldman and Rogan say “Oh no, it appears as if this fight has regressed into a sloppy brawl” Fucking Never!!! Whenever two UFC fighters stand up for the majority of the fight, the guys sound so excited you’d think the UFC ring girls were sucking them off. This petty bullshit concerning Slice’s lack of skill is pathetic. The only thing that differentiates Lidell from Slice is the Iceman’s “takedown defence”, something that would hardly qualify Chuck as an all-around fighter. All this UFC whining is petty selfishness. Theres more than enough dough to go around and fucking brand competitiveness will just makes things more interesting. Fucking embrace the Slice.