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Friday, November 8, 2013

Damon Bruce Takes Sports Radio to New Lows -- And That's Saying Something

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Genius at work...
  • Genius at work...

If not for talk radio, local news radio, insipid morning DJs and -- well -- radio writ large, sports talk radio would be the dumbest and most reactionary crap on the radio.

Yesterday, however, it grabbed its rightful place in the stupid sun. And, praised be, a local idiot led the way.

KNBR's Damon Bruce excreted a lengthy, jaw-dropping, misogynistic, knuckle-dragging rant inspired by the bizarre Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin scandal in Miami and then tacking into very odd waters indeed.

For those not following the disturbing situation swirling around the Dolphins, veteran guard Richie Incognito -- generously described by former teammates as "an immature, unrealistic scumbag" who "just wanted to fight everybody all the time" -- has been suspended for sending purportedly racist and threatening text messages to teammate Jonathan Martin.

There are many stories to tell in the wake of this situation. Here's what Bruce chose:

    A lot of sports has lost its way, and I'm gonna tell you, part of the reason is because we've got women giving us directions. For some of you, this is going to come across as very misogynistic. I don't care, because I'm very right.
    There is a serious group of you fellas out there that have just been so feminized by the sensitive types out there who continue to now interject their ultra-feminine sensitive opinions into the world of sports.
    I enjoy many of the women's contributions to the sports--well that's a lie [laughing]. I can't even pretend that's true. There are very few--a small handful--of women who are any good at this at all. That's the truth. The amount of women talking in sports to the amount of women who have something to say is one of the most disproportionate ratios I've ever seen in my life. But here's a message for all of them...All of this, all of this world of sports, especially the sport of football, has a setting. It's set to men.

 For those keeping score, this is the worst faux-pas committed by a local announcer since KNBR's Larry Krueger lamented the Giants' "brain-dead Caribbean hitters hacking at slop nightly" in 2005.

Krueger was fired* and is purportedly, currently residing next to Jimmy Hoffa.

Apparently, there's always room for more.

*Krueger was, in fact, subsequently rehired by KNBR. There are, it seems, fewer Caribbeans than women.   

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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