When John Wall was introduced at Verizon Center for the first time, he decided to Dougie down. While the hometown masses got a glimpse at the type of fun-loving kid that Wall could be, ESPN personality Colin Cowherd didn't seem to agree. His rants on Wall's character have been well-documented and now Cowherd has been honored by Sports Illustrated for "Worst Rant Of The Year."
SI's Richard Deitsch recently released his "Media Awards for 2010" and Cowherd was a runaway winner for the "Worst Rant Of The Year" Award.
His take was reckless, without research and met with silence by ESPN executives and most on-air people in Bristol with the exception of ESPN Radio host Doug Gottlieb, who prefaced his objection with man-love for Cowherd before illuminating why his colleague was so wrong. Thankfully, some media members, led by the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg and Sporting News's Mike DeCourcy, took the radio host to the woodshed. Remember, Cowherd's asinine take came after Wall's third career game.
Not only did Cowherd win the award, but he also came in second. His second rant about Wall, where he called Wall's leadership capabilities into question because of his family background, earned runner-up distinctions, albeit dubious ones. Cowherd can read about it himself once he gets the egg off of his face.