Keith Olbermann Doesn't Know Why Evan Spencer Apologized

By DJ Byrnes on November 13, 2013 at 11:47a

At about 2:42 in the video, after taking Rob Gronkowski to task for being a buffoon, Keith Olbermann weighs in on the Evan Spencer "controversy." Thinking you're going to wipe the floor with your opponent is the essence of competitive sport, and Olbermann doesn't know why Evan Spencer felt the need to apologize.

“Evan Spencer apologizes. His coach says he won't speak to the media for a long, long time and Rob Gronkowski doesn't even get a question? Isn't the premise of competitive sports that you say you would wipe the field with your opponent? Maybe you believe it, maybe you don't. Maybe you say it with a laugh as Spencer did. Maybe you disarm reporters by saying ‘Maybe I'm a little biased.’ But exactly what did he apologize for? How is saying the essence of competition – ‘I believe I'll defeat you’ – and saying it politely, how is that a story? Let alone a reason for apology? Let alone reason for an apology in the context of football players throwing around fried rice references and stuff from the lexicon of Richie Incognito?”


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acBuckeye's picture

Keith "KO'ed" that topic.

jeremytwoface's picture

Meyer's comments about disrespecting other teams makes me think that Spencer apologized because Meyer told him to. Or, at the very least, Meyer gave him the idea that he wanted him to.
Still don't think he should have, but when UFM tells you or even hints at you to do something, you do it.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

cronimi's picture

Absolutely. I have no doubt that his apology was less than voluntary ... and likely ghostwritten by the SID office.

UFest57's picture

exactly. case closed.

geoffrsc's picture

Spencer rules.
Olbermann is still a putz.

IGotAWoody's picture

Disagree, I think Olbermann also rules. You may not like his politics, which is fine, but in the context of sports, he's usually right on the money. This is a prime example.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Olbermann is the only guy on ESPN who I am actually interested to hear what he has to say, because, though I might disagree with him, he says things in a manner which can be analyzed, not just amplified. Plus, he seems happy to be back, which beats him when he's miserable.


It's a PR move. Urbz knows the media are just itching for any excuse to keep OSU out of the NCG. Him apologizing makes the Buckeyes seem humble and hence likable. Will it work? Probably not. They're going to hate us no matter what we do. So we might as well have a good time...

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Posterchild's picture

I thought Urban's response was fine. I also thought Spencer's comment was harmless when put into context. I think this is solely about not giving any team bulletin board material. Olbermann may be a tool, but he did nail this one. 

TheBadOwl's picture

I actually really like Olbermann. I feel like a lot of people here may disagree with his political opinions, but he's absolutely brilliant when it comes to sports. 

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

IGotAWoody's picture

I shoulda kept scrolling, I basically echoed your comment. Well said, BadOwl!

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Maestro's picture

Very much agree.  I hate that Emig felt the need to post that Spencer regretted what he said.  Really a sad statement in my feeling.

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rkylet83's picture

OLBERMANN!!!  You rock!

misterbulbous's picture

ESPN is still trying to make a big deal out of this.  The morning Sportscenter had it's own "Buckeye Trash Talk" headline on it's story list.  Of course, ESPN and other sports media need this to increase the drama for an OSU - Alabama championship game, because it will become clear that an Alabama-Florida State game just isn't that exciting from a fan base and viewer standpoint.

cinserious's picture

I feel Spencer's comments play right into our hands as far as putting the Buckeyes in the spotlight and making people start to wonder if Alabama/OSU IS the MNC game we all want to watch.
Publicly, Urban Meyer admonishes it and Spencer apologizes for it but given the timing and position the Bucks are in right now, its just what the doctor ordered. More moves are sure to come in the coming weeks both public and private until we get where we need to be come January!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

buckeyedude's picture

I agree completely, CINSERIOUS. Last weekend there was discussion of Alabama, FSU, Stanford and Baylor were mentioned. But no mention of how OSU would stack up against them. Jesse Palmer and his sidekick intentionally didn't mention OSU, IMO.
I think Evan just helped his team more than the everybody may know. Now they are going to have to start talking about Ohio State again.



RedStorm45's picture

Cool, but I've tried watching his's awful.

Hovenaut's picture

I can't believe Evan Spencer's comments have gotten this much attention.

But still no respect for Ohio State's football program.

I guess now words speak louder than actions.

Jeeves's picture

Words have spoke louder than actions in contemporary culture for quite some time.

Hovenaut's picture

I still refuse to Twitter. 

northwest_buckeye's picture

For the most part, his show is awful and he comes off as a dreadful excuse for a human.

But he nailed that segment. Good on him for using a major television outlet to discuss this "controversy," and especially for highlighting NCAA stupidity. I feel like it's 1996 again and part of me wants to like him.

I've never said I 'hate' anyone because that would imply I had any emotion for them whatsoever.

charles's picture

At the very least, Olbermann was always good for one of my favorites, "That's a double play if you're scoring at home....or if you're alone."
I really don't mind what Spencer said, or the apology.  I think we can all agree that, dating back to Jan '07, the Buckeyes have way more bulletin board material than Alabama or FSU could ever drum up.
And that, ladies and gents, was my very first 11W post.  Hopefully like all things in a young man's life, the second time will be better and I won't make a mess of myself.

45has2's picture

Make a mess of yourself? Don't end up like this guy.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

OH_IO's picture

This is a good point not only for Evan Spencer's situation, but a lot of things in the media.
We ask people to give their honest opinions and then criticize them for that opinion.  It's pretty gross, IMO.

Oh yeah... Is it reasonable?

danbrown7665's picture

why would people hate olberman? he doesnt piss of anybody

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TMac's picture

He is a political, as well as sports, commentator. Or maybe you knew that and I just didn't see the sarcasm font......

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gumtape's picture

In his relationships with producers, colleagues, etc, he has a history of being a Jerk. He made Suzy Kolber cry when he was at ESPN for example.
At MSNBC, he had the highest rated show by far, yet didn't show up for work, took days off when there were big stories (election primaries), and they got rid of him even though they don't really have anything else to show other than reruns of to catch a predator.
When he went to current TV pretty much the same thing happened.
He is a time bomb, eventually he will piss off enough people and have to find another job. I grew up watching Keith and Dan on sportcenter in the 90s. I thought he was great back then. When he left and Craig Kilborn came along, I didn't miss him anymore.
And Dick Trickle finished 33rd in the NASCAR race.

High and tight boo boo

Northbrook's picture

The whole thing has been blown out of proportion by people who need to fill time or space. Meyer overreacted too. Olbermann nailed it.

Jeeves's picture

Well done Keith Olbermann. And that is probably the last time I ever type that.

spqr2008's picture

He has solid sports insights, his problem became that he could not separate promoting his political shows from the sports analysis ( I admit this might not have been his choice).

Buckeye_Ryan's picture

Am i the only one who thinks that this whole thing was somewhat intentional? Evan Spencer says something to rile up the media and get people talking about Ohio State? Last weekend we weren't even mentioned in the top tier conversations, everything was Bama and FSU - now the media has been questioning "Does OSU deserve more consideration?" Paul Finebaum weighed in on it. Keith Olberman talking about it... Every radio show in the nation at this point has probably discussed it. Seems like a well played move - and then Urban disciplines him to try and clean up the mess - but the "damage" was done - and by damage I mean the media talking about The Buckeyes again! Seems like this could be a good thing to some degree. While I don't like the idea of giving the other team bulletin board material, in this case we're not "in" the game yet - so if it comes to where we're one of two teams then maybe this will have all been worth it.

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cinserious's picture

I didn't scroll down far enought o read your post before I wrote mine but I'm 100% in agreement with you Buckeye_Ryan. If not intentional, it can still have some positive results! Remember, bad publicity is still good publicity.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Buckeye_Ryan's picture

Exactly! Double upvote for you Cinserious!

Born a Buckeye, raised a Buckeye, will die a Buckeye.

Rjpfish2's picture

Just proves how bias against tOSU the media is. Totally taken out of context. One player on an 85-man team expressed his opinion about something totally relevant to college football, and did so in jest- STOP THE PRESSES! It's similar to UFM getting bashed on boards for voting the Bucks #2 in his coaches poll. What should the coach of a team that has won +20 straight do differently? Voting them #1 would have been, albeit completely legal and rational, a little more "controversial" so to speak.

AlphaMaleBettor's picture

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DefendOhio's picture

No need to bring politics to this SPORTS story. There are message boards for that you know. Let's keep 11w that way.

billy04's picture

PFFFFFT! Me alpha male. Me say doosh. PFFFFT!
KO is awesome except for his love of the Yankees. 
Spencer is a good kid and he was just a bit too candid. There is no need to give either potential opponent bulletin board material.

Scott's picture

This is why we can't have nice things.

Class of 2008

40 Degrees North's picture

I see Olbermann's his point here. It is funny that the Spencer comment has received so much play. That was the first I heard of the Gronkowski comment, but the stories involving the NCAA sanctions should be blasted out there because they are so ridiculous.
Regarding Olbermann, I think it was Johnny Carson who said he would not succeed if his show was on at 7:00 A.M. He was a late night guy. Not a morning guy. For many of us, Olbermann was the funny guy on Sportscenter. He was funny. He was a sports guy. When he moved to MSNBC, he was a politics guy. He was not funny. He was not the jovial guy we remembered. Another recent example is Katie Couric. She was always the happy woman on the TV in the morning. She bombed when she went to 6:30 evening news and tried to be the serious reporter journalist. That Katie at 6:30 was not the Katie people knew. Just as the MSNBC Keith was not the guy people knew. 

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Anyone who has ever read any of the literature on ESPN, like Those Guys Have All The Fun, has read the consensus that Olbermann was almost as big of a genius as he was a douchebag. He basically created the SportsCenter format in terms of writing, pace, etc. I'm pretty liberal and I fucking hated him on MSNBC, but I'm happy to see him back where his intelligence and (late-blooming) restraint stand out.

teddyballgame's picture

Pretty soon everyone will start answering questions like a politician.  It's just a sad reflection on journalism that this thing even grew legs...

40 Degrees North's picture
Here is a column from Matt McCoy of WTVN radio that is basically saying the same thing.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I love the confidence, and at the same time I'd rather him not say things like that in public, but he absolutely should not apologize for thinking that they could beat Bama/FSU.  He should think that.  And some obviously don't mind him saying that anyway. 

Class of 2010.

buckuar's picture

My apologies if this opinion has been voiced and I missed it, BUT...
I think UFM is high-fiving Spencer behind the proverbial "curtain."  
Nobody gets to to see the REAL man who pulls the levers of the great and powerful OS...
The man may not wear the vest, but he's the epitome of a modern-day Politician.

ChazBuckeye's picture

I agree with Olbs.  I think he makes a great point in comparison.  Not to mention, Spencer's comments are being blown up, while others that are worse, aren't.   Great point!
Now my point.  Giving teams like Bama, FSU, Stanford, and Baylor fuel was a profound mistake  IMO (even though he was just having fun in his words).  I feel he gives OSU, who already has a large target on their backs, an even bigger one.  I said that I agree with Jason on the original thread, and I agree with him even more today.  It's getting WAY too much publicity, as we can see with the above video clip (not to mention I heard it on Mike and Mike this morning too).  You can bet it will be bulletin board material if OSU does get in the NC game.  

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Breakawayspeed's picture

This tidbit...combined with the Winston sexual assault story at FSU, might be designed to just  change the FSU/Alabama MNC narrative.  Stayed tuned.