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April 01, 2007



The ESPN higher ups love Mike Patrick (I'm on the fence..)

but, ESPN restored my faith in humanity when they announced the Joe Theisman was leaving MNF (sorry, off topic).

Mike P

Thanks for the reply and you do make an important distinction between TO and Mayo; we have two semi-questionable dumb acts from Mayo (the ejection and the ref bump) on which to judge him and it was probably a bit of a stretch for me to equate him to TO.

So, OJ isn't TO. But to me, there's a related issue(s) about maturity/media manipulation that seem to be going on here. Certainly, most of us did dumb things in high school (most of us do dumb things far past that point as well), but the thing is, Mayo SEEMS move savvy than your normal high school kid (his "recruitment" to USC would indicate that to me). I hate to be a cynic, but I wonder if Mayo, while maybe not a bad guy in the sense that we seem to be talking about it, is really just a guy who knows that a little controversy can boost his profile? That's not really a bad thing (or, at least, it doesn't have to be) but watching the Mayo era play out will be pretty interesting.

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