Thursday, May 3, 2007

CBS Sportsline columnist gets it all wrong **UPDATED

Mike Freeman at CBS got about every factual aspect of his column wrong, and additionally spouted some of the weakest trash I've ever had to slog though.

Mixed martial arts will never be as good as boxing on its worst day. Many of the ultimates are nothing but thugs and ruffians. All that league has done is take a few former nightclub bouncers, knuckle crackers and parolees, put on some fancy TV graphics and told them, "Kick the other guy in the nuts."

Apparently he's never heard of Olympic wrestling, one of many groups that supply Mixed Martial Arts fighters, or Jiu-jitsu, or uh BOXING, muay thai, and too many others to list. Apparently, he thinks in boxing no one's ever been kicked, elbowed or punched in the gents. Apparently, he hasn't seen an MMA competition since, I don't know, an underground show in OK in 1994?
The article seems to me basically an attempt to stir the turd, to get people barking, which it has. I saw it over at (of course), and while dishing out weak smack like a gramama Freeman mentions something about another columnist, who states in comments that he's going to "kick your ass tomorrow". So this might be an elaborate send-up. I couldn't find a post with the guy's name in it, but I'm keeping my eyes open.

Yep. Here's the riposte from Doyel.

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