I’ll keep it brief

Sunday, April 22, 2018

You might not get the feeling when you look at the anchor story in today’s sports section, but the snow is finally going back to the hell from whence it came.

It’s true, I swear. I even wore shorts to the office today.

In that spirit, I’ll keep this brief since I’d much rather get back outside and remember what sunshine feels like rather than chill out in this cubicle for a super long time.

A quick trip to ESPN.com in search of a column idea today treated me with one of those headlines you just have to click.

You don’t want to because you know it’s going to be stupid, but … you just gotta!

“Ex-kicker Feely apologizes for gun picture”

Alright, so I know right off the bat Jay Feely got himself in trouble. I’ve never been a Jay Feely fan because, like, who is a fan of a kicker?

However, I can’t not click that to find out what kind of gun picture requires a public apology from a kicker/sideline reporter that talks about kickers.

Following the click, I laugh immediately. His picture is a dandy.

Standing with his left arm around his daughter, right hand pointed straight down with gun in hand and her prom date standing just off Feely’s right shoulder with a “Man, I hope I don’t mess this up” face.

Feely’s face, I should add, is exceptionally no-nonsense which is inherently funny since kickers undoubtedly engage in ample amounts of nonsense. They are kickers.

The caption for the photo, sent out via Twitter, reads, “Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys.”

Apparently making a classic joke about protecting your daughter from those one-thing-on-their-mind teenage boys is now exceptionally politically incorrect.

Feely took less than 24 hours to issue an “apology” to some likely rabid psychopaths on the internet that think he’s actually going to shoot a teenager (and brag about it beforehand on social media).

“The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year, and they knew I was joking. I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in), and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue.”

Listen, gun safety is obviously important, but there’s no doubt in my mind these people went bananas simply from the sight of a gun. I dare say they got triggered.

Sadly a bunch of people complaining on Twitter these days actually has large ramifications for people like Feely who I sure hope doesn’t have any problems maintaining his employment due to a clear joke.

I understand why he apologized, but it only goes to show how stupid the public at large has gotten.