Sight Of Matt Millen On TV Simply Too Much For Nation’s Unemployed To Handle
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Sight Of Matt Millen On TV Simply Too Much For Nation’s Unemployed To Handle
There are apparently only 250 leather-bound copies of Touched by Jerry Sandusky (and Kip Richeal) in existence, and this one's autographed by Sandusky, Matt Millen, Greg Buttle, Kyle Brady, Lance Mehl, Ed O'Neil and Jack Ham.
Millen is a member of Second Mile's honorary board, a fact he has disclosed "several times" on air, according to an ESPN spokesman. An honorary board position is usually a titular role for people who are willing to lend their names to an organization but don't want much involvement. Tax records, however, identify Millen as a member of the charity's state board of directors. It's an unpaid but significant role.
According to The Second Mile's bylaws, which were revised in November 2009, directors on the state board "create and approve policies," "adopt an annual fundraising plan," and "establish and enforce an appropriate set of bylaws governing the organization," among other things.
Woodwards Friend wrote:It pretty much tells you all you need to know about Millen's character.
On a day like today, you can find any number of fine journalistic outlets that are covering the Freeh report in painstaking, intelligent detail. You can follow Sara Ganim, who has already won a Pulitzer Prize for her diligence on the Sandusky scandal. Or you can follow Yahoo's Dan Wetzel, who is pulling out the topline items from the Report as quickly as he can. And then... then, there is ESPN, which has covered the Sandusky scandal with all that grace and subtlety of an armless man trying to wipe himself. On one of the more important days of the scandal, some fuckhead at ESPN decided that the best thing to do was trot out a barely conscious Matt Millen, who clearly didn't read any of the Freeh report or seemingly any quotes from it, to bumblefuck his way through an analysis of the situation. The video you see above deserves to win some kind of award for non-insight. It's barely in fucking English.
The whole problem begins with anchor Lindsay Czarniak asking Millen, "What are your emotions right now?" First of all, WHO GIVES A FLYING FUCK ABOUT MATT MILLEN'S EMOTIONS? I can't think of anyone whose emotions I need to hear about less. Scores of kids were brutally raped and an entire institution went out of its way to perpetuate it. Oh, I know! Let's see how this makes Matt Millen FEEL. I know many of those children have been destroyed forever. But what about YOU, Matty? Are you okay?
"First, there's so much, it's hard to process all that."
No. No, it's not hard at all to process. In fact, the Freeh report has already processed it for you clearly and succinctly: "The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized." There you go. BOOM! Processed. Very easy to do if you have an IQ above room temperature.
"We knew there was something amiss."
No, we knew kids were being molested. There's no need for soft-pedaling there. Are we certain that Millen wasn't supposed to be doing this analysis for Nick Jr.? Because I'm sure that he would have done a great job of whitewashing the OJ Trial for children as well. "Well, we knew that there was something of a rift that night on Bundy Drive."
"This just kinda puts the finger on the point of blame."
I know that this is live television, and not everything people say on live television will be 100 percent articulate 100 percent of the time. But this is SHIT. This is nothing. This is less than nothing. You may as well show footage of a pig eating a watermelon, because it's as valuable as what Millen has just said. In fact, screw that. Gimme Watermelon Pig any day.
"I think back to stuff that Coach Paterno himself would tell us... talk to us about, and that's be responsible, be accountable to what your actions are, what you did or failed to do."
You know, when I think back on Joe Paterno's glaring negligence, I think we should all heed the advice of JOE PATERNO, who followed none of his own canned bullshit advice.
"They're pointing the finger right now, so take responsibility, be accountable. Right now it's the blame game."
No. Not a blame game. Here's a blame game for you:
ADULT: Who broke this?
CHILD: Well, Rudy started it!
RUDY: No, I didn't! Dadddddddd! She's lying!
There's a Blame Game. This, on the other hand, is officially sanctioned blame. No one is disputing who's to blame here. There's a 267-page report (which you didn't even skim) that states clearly, BLAME THESE ASSHOLES. So hard to process, gang!
"The top of that thing, the top of every organization, it stops at the top."
Yes, and thank you for that, you fucking butt steak. So who do we blame for ESPN allowing this man to throw up his own tongue on national TV? We all know something is amiss. How could ethical television executives allow this to go on FOR SO LONG? Who keeps covering up for all of Matt Millen's previous malapropisms? Where do we put the finger on the point of blame? If you ask me, I think back to what Matt Millen himself taught us... It stops at the top.
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Former Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen appeared on ESPN's "SportsCenter" this morning to analyze the Freeh report that condemned Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation case.
It didn't go well, judging by the slew of negative Twitter reaction. Millen was ripped for partially absolving Paterno, for whom he played at Penn State.
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Linebacker Patrick Willis apologized at his locker for radio comments he made Monday in response to Matt Millen’s criticism toward Willis and NaVorro Bowman.
“Yesterday kind of got to me. A lot of times I don’t have a lot to say on what other people say. It was my emotion coming out the day after a game.
“I said things I shouldn’t have said. I apologize for those things. I have all the respect in the world for the guys who played this game and played at a high level.”
Millen, who won one of his four Super Bowl rings while starting for the 1989 49ers, has been a big fan of the Willis-Bowman tandem. On Monday, Millen told 95.7-FM The Game that the 49ers’ dynamic duo played their worst game together, as the Giants ran for 149 yards in a 26-3 rout.
Willis, in a separate radio interview, responded: “Whoever this Matt Millen guy is, I’d like to ask him if he could do what we do every day and do what we do for 16 games a year and see if he can hold up every game. I doubt he would. I doubt he would be able to consistently play at a high level as Bowman and I do.”
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Matt Millen did not want to draft Mike Williams with the 10th pick of the 2005 NFL draft, but the former Detroit Lions general manager was talked into taking a third straight receiver in the first round while he was on the clock, his son said in a documentary set to debut Tuesday on the NFL Network.
Matthew Millen, Matt’s oldest son, said in “A Football Life: Matt Millen” that he was in the Lions’ war rooms in 2002-08 and heard the exchange that swayed Millen’s mind.
“The Mike Williams draft, I got really mad at him because we had talked all up to that point about, ‘DeMarcus Ware is a stud. He’s going to be a great pass rusher, he would fit our scheme, and he’d be the guy that I’d take,’” Matthew Millen said. “It gets to pick 10, and there’s DeMarcus Ware, so I’m thinking, ‘All right, we got our guy.’ And then all of a sudden, there’s chatter from some other people in the room that, ‘You know what, if we got this wide receiver and paired him with Roy Williams and some of the other weapons we have, we’d be a really potent offense.’ And I can see his mind starting to change.”
When the Lions picked Williams, a receiver out of USC who flamed out in Detroit after two unproductive seasons, Matthew Millen said he thought to himself, “Are you kidding me?”
The Dallas Cowboys took Ware, a seven-time Pro Bowler, at pick No. 11.
“I’m like, ‘Great, the buffoon just picked another wide receiver,’” Matthew Millen said. “That’s what everyone’s going to think.”
Millen drafted three straight receivers in the first round in 2003-05: Charles Rogers, Roy Williams and Mike Williams. Errant personnel decisions marred his seven-plus seasons as GM, as the Lions went 31-84 under his watch.
Millen did not specifically address the Williams pick in the film, but he said his biggest failing as GM was that “I acquiesced too often.”
“If I had to go back and say, ‘what would you change,’ I would probably go back and follow John Madden’s and Bill Parcells’ advice to me, and that was make your own mistakes, don’t make someone else’s,” Millen said in the film. “John would say to me all the time, ‘Your name’s on the top of the list. You make a decision, make sure it’s your decision.’”
Millen talks candidly about his failed tenure with the Lions and his successful playing career at Penn State and in the NFL during the 45-minute film that was shot over about a six-month period earlier this year.
Chris Barlow, the film’s producer, said the highs and lows of Millen’s career — he won four Super Bowls with three different teams over 12 seasons and was considered a rising star as a broadcaster before joining the Lions — made him an obvious subject for the “Football Life” series, though some in Detroit have reacted strongly against his inclusion.
“That’s what we’re all about in this series is telling great football stories, people who have lived football lives, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who’s lived more of a football life than Matt,” Barlow said. “Just because it doesn’t have a happy ending right now or because there was failure associated with it, I don’t think we should shy away from telling great stories where there’s lessons to be learned, and that’s certainly the case with Matt.
“I know that’s not going to satisfy a lot of people in Detroit, and I get that. But his story is one that should be told, and we were fortunate to do it.”
Among the stories that didn’t make the final cut, Barlow said Millen once had to play peacemaker between Joe Paterno and a Michigan assistant coach when both showed up at his house on recruiting visits the same night, and that Millen purposely started fights with teammates out of superstition before his final three Super Bowl appearances, after an Oakland Raiders coach asked him to start one as a tension breaker before his first.
“I know he roots for the Lions every weekend,” Barlow said. “Not that that brings any comfort to Detroit fans, I know. I get their frustration, and so does Matt, I think.”
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