August 09, 2002


BOWDEN AND BOWDEN: I swear I was about to post this, but Keith Olbermann beat me to it: there seems to be an epidemic of sports figures with the last name Bowden making insensitive remarks related to September 11. First Cincinnati Reds general manager Jim Bowden (who, to be fair, has always been a highly respected baseball man) said in a press conference that the players union should start their strike on the anniversary of September 11, and that players' union boss Donald Fehr should "guide the plane right into the building, if that's what they want to do." Bowden was later fined, although Olbermann feels that the comments are just as bad as those of Al Campanis in 1987, and that Bowden should resign/be fired. Keep in mind, too, that Bowden was originally hired by disgraced former Reds owner Marge Schott.
Meanwhile, Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden has decided to make "Let's Roll" his team's official slogan for the season- ostensibly not because of heroism of Todd Beamer and the other Flight 93 passengers, but rather because it just sounds cool. Here's Coach Bowden:
"That guy, on that plane, knowing they were fixin' to die and they were going to try to keep it, save the, save the White House or whatever they were gonna hit and I heard that guy, they said he said, 'Let's Roll,' I could really relate to that, and you know that's exactly the motto we're trying to get to our players, is, hey, the season has started, we got bad year last year, let's roll. And then, of course, in honor of those people who died on that plane."
So far, "Black Hawk Down" author Mark Bowden has managed to keep his mouth shut on the matter, as have Bobby's coaching sons Tommy and Terry Bowden.

Posted by Stephen Silver at August 9, 2002 12:43 AM
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