Time for the Blount Blitz Awards, which span both ends of the spectrum this week.
The winner of the Sports Walk of Shame Award this week goes to NBC Alpine skiing commentator Bode Miller.
NBC announcer Dan Hicks noted that Austria’s Anna Veith (the 2014 gold-medalist in Super G) has not been the same since her injuries.
That’s when Miller chimed in with this nugget: “The knee is certainly an issue. I want to point out she also got married. And it’s historically very challenging to race on the World Cup with a family or after being married. Not to blame the spouses, but I just want to toss that out there, that it could be her husband’s fault.”
Miller later apologized or that comment, but continued an unimpressive performance Wednesday night during the women’s giant slalom event. Miller was either asleep or color commentating for a chess match.
After Mikaela Shiffrin made a thrilling late run to win the gold for the USA, Miller sounded as excited as an eighth grader doing a book report. His monotone responses leaves viewers feeling he has a complete lack of interest in what’s happening on the slopes.
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And now to end on a positive note with this week’s Sports Hall of Honor. It goes to Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr for his comments Wednesday night after the tragic school shooting in Florida.
“Nothing has been done,’’ Kerr said. “It doesn't seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools. It doesn’t matter that people are being shot at a concert, in a movie theater. It’s not enough, apparently, to move our leadership, our government, people that are running this country, to actually do anything. That’s demoralizing.
“But we can do something about it. We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect people’s lives and not just bow down to the NRA because they've financed their campaign for them.
“So, hopefully, we’ll find enough people, first of all, to vote good people with courage to help our citizens remain safe and focus on the real safety issues. Not building some stupid wall for billions of dollars that has nothing to do with our safety, but actually protecting us from what truly is dangerous, which is maniacs with semi-automatic weapons just slaughtering our children. It's disgusting.”
Kerr doesn't have to say anything on such a controversial subject, but he's willing to take a stand for what he's feels is right. I applaud him for it. And don’t tell me people in sports should stick to sports. They have the right to speak out just like everyone else, but someone of Kerr’s public position can help make a difference.