MEDIA WATCH DOG: World’s Worst Person in Sports


His commentary and opinion have always been well-researched and informative, but it’s Keith Olbermann’s presentation that has always turned me away from his shows.

No matter the network or topic, Olbermann has always conveyed to me that talking down to his viewers and belittling those that disagree with his viewpoints is just as important as the quality of his product. When you watch Olbermann you know right away that you’re seeing an Ivy League educated broadcaster — he makes sure you do through his high-level vocabulary and constant condescending tone.

Olbermann has burned more bridges in his career than most in his industry will ever even cross. Somehow, he always manages to find his way back to our television screens spewing his views on a variety of controversial topics. His feud with ESPN in the late 90s is well documented in the tell all book, “Those Guys Have All the Fun”. I highly recommend reading that if you want an inside look at the ‘world-wide leader.’

Excerpt: Have Keith Theodore Olbermann spend a few seasons working at your television network and see how you feel. Sort of like Kansas after a twister. If Olbermann hadn’t been so brilliant and talented, few would have put up with him. But Olbermann has a talent that can’t be taught. He can relate to people on the other side of the camera and, indeed, relate to the camera itself in a way that comes across as second nature. And yet he once told an interviewer that on some level, he’s always making fun of television: “Like, ‘Look how ridiculous this is, me sitting here and you sitting on the other end, watching me—what are you doing that for?’ I think that’s always been my attitude.”

On Wednesday, Olbermann’s smarminess reached a new low when he duked it out on Twitter with a 13-year-old girl. Here’s what happened.

Vancouver Canucks wing Tom Sestito played just one second before trying to fight an unwilling Jordan Nolan of the Los Angeles Kings. For his actions, Sestito received 27 penalty minutes, which kept him off the ice for the remainder of the game. Naturally, Olbermann highlighted Sestito in his “World’s Worst Person In Sports” segment.

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“Sestito earned two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting, ten minutes for misconduct and ten more minutes for essentially being a six foot, five inch, 228 pound boxing hobo on skates,” Olbermann scoffed. “I know, I know, it’s his job. Like the way the guy that roughs up tardy, illegal loan recipients has a ‘job’”.

Sestito laughed off the negative national attention and took to Twitter to thank Olbermann for the recognition:


However, his 13-year-old sister, Victoria, came to his defense:


There’s something ironic about a broadcaster who has a segment highlighting the “World’s Worst Person In Sports” who then belittles a teenage girl about his hefty salary and her use of grammar. Also, kudos to Victoria for that zinger about Olbermann’s next firing. That was a good dig from the kid.

I wish I could say that Olbermann’s comments are surprising, but they follow the long trend of his career on television. His gigantic ego has made him obsessed with jamming his opinions down other people’s throats.

The funny thing is, I usually agree with most of what he says — even on Sestito.

But it’s his presentation that makes me change the channel when he comes on my TV.

13 Raves on “MEDIA WATCH DOG: World’s Worst Person in Sports

  1. DK on said:

    Were there more tweets than this? Because “Nope, it isn’t” and “Never try to hit me with your wallet” are really nothing compared to the tweets he received from Victoria… He might be a blowhard, but this is streeetching it as an example.

  2. Mandrake on said:

    Olbermann attended Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Suffice it to say that is not the same as the extremely-hard-to-get-into Ivy League Cornell (despite Olbermann’s insinuations to the contrary). In fact, there are no SAT requirements or personal interviews required for admission to Cornell – CALS.

    In short, Olbermann is a phony; an insecure, arrogant, faux intellectual, who is good for amusement at best.

  3. brad on said:

    If you “usually agree with most of what he says”, than your a left wing big govt. loving elitist lib yourself and you shouldn’t be bringing politics up on a Ravens forum, you ASS.

  4. NC Raven on said:

    Ridiculous hatchet job of an article, by a nobody trying to take a swipe at a big dog. There is no indication she is 13 till after the exchange. I don’t see anything wrong with Olbermann’s replies here.

    Her comments are pointlessly nasty, and out of the blue, and have nothing at all to do with what Olbermann was criticizing the guy for. The player himself wasn’t even all that bent out of shape about it.

    I think the girl’s parents need to teach her some manners and take the twitter machine away for a while.

    Just last night I gave my own daughters the “wash your mouth out with soap” lecture. Funny that this girl – who apparently fancies herself some kind of “anti liberal” looks to be the product of some seriously modern-day, lackadaisical parenting.

    • Reading Comments By Goofies on said:

      This is to just get the scatter brain righties worked up. I have never been a fan of Olbermann, but any righty whining about him is rich.

  5. Reading Comments By Goofies on said:

    Can’t stand him. But isn’t that the point. News isn’t news anymore. It’s news mixed with opinion. You either love these characters, or hate them, and that’s what the so called news media that uses these clowns wants.
    I can’t stand gas bags, and all you have to do is look no further the enormous right wing gas bag out there. It’s bigger then the gas giant Jupiter. Except Jupiter is not full of ***T! Like John above.

  6. scotk on said:

    I used to work at ESPN SportsCenter back in the mid 90′s when KO was there. To be blunt, he was a class A jerk and ultra condescending to most of his co-workers. Granted he his a very smart guy, but he drinks his own cool-aid way too much.

  7. Jon Fazzone on said:

    Keith’s Favorite Person in The World is Himself…Tuned Him Out Years Ago…Was A Talent Until His Agenda Got The Best of Him…Now He is Unwatchable…

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