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Hub Arkush on Dan Hampton's Katrina comment: "We won't be ignoring it"

Hall of Fame Bears defensive lineman Dan Hampton recently created an uproar by saying that, on Thursday, “The Vikings need to go down [to New Orleans] and hit that town like Katrina.”

The story generated 247 approved comments and counting at PFT, presumably many more unapproved comments, and a general sense that Hampton didn’t simply cross the line but that he knowingly jumped over it.

The remark came on the Pro Football Weekly television show, and so we contacted PFW publisher Hub Arkush, who said that the decision-making process regarding the situation is ongoing but, “We won’t be ignoring it.” 

Meanwhile, several of you have complained about an arguably half-hearted (hoof-hearted) apology from Eric Edholm of PFW, who offers up the kind of excuses that Hampton should be offering up for himself.

“I can tell you this for certain: Hampton meant no harm when he said
the Vikings ‘need to go down there and hit that town like Katrina,’” Edholm writes.  “I have worked with Hampton a few times on the show, filling in for my
boss, Hub Arkush.  Hampton speaks from the heart and believes what he
says, but what he does not do is script his lines and certainly not with
a malicious intent. . . .  That portion of the show, where the guys go game by game and make their picks, has a loose, unscripted feel.”

Eric, please.  The fact that it was extemporaneous doesn’t make it OK.  Rarely if ever do sports analysts on radio or television read from a prompter.  Part of the job requires folks to be able to pick the right words on the fly — and to avoid the wrong ones.  The burden falls solely on the speaker to speak in a way that doesn’t offend, and whether it’s Hampton or Howard Cosell or Rush Limbaugh or Michael Irvin or anyone else, it’s a high wire without a net. 

Frankly, it’s not all that hard to avoid saying something generally regarded as offensive, if a person truly doesn’t have malicious intent.  Indeed, some may think that the folks with malicious intent are the ones most likely to let something malicious slip when they otherwise should realize that everything they say is being recorded and repeated.

When trying to be edgy or funny the challenge comes from being sure that the audience receives the message the way the speaker intends the message to be sent.  When that doesn’t happen, the responsibility lands on the shoulders of the person who said the offensive thing to make it right.  At a minimum, then, Hampton should be the one who’s apologizing, not Edholm.  (In the same show, Hampton made a remark when discussing the Cowboys that some have viewed as being homphobic.  Though reasonable minds may differ, we think the Katrina comment was far, far worse.) 

As to what should happen next, we’re going to let Hampton and PFW figure that one out before sharing our views.  Feel free to share your own in the comments.

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99 Responses to “Hub Arkush on Dan Hampton's Katrina comment: "We won't be ignoring it"”
  1. myspaceyourface says: Sep 6, 2010 3:04 PM

    FREE SPEECH
    Let’s get back to it.

  2. JasonW says: Sep 6, 2010 3:04 PM

    Dan Hampton is awesome.

  3. BigBear123 says: Sep 6, 2010 3:06 PM

    Idiot shouldn’t be rooting for the ViQueens to begin with. Hope he gets fired over his comments, not for the comments, but for rooting for a division rival.
    Saints hitting the Vikes like Katrina doesn’t sound as good. Just adds to the fact he chose to root for the Vikes just to say something controversial, clearly premeditated.

  4. Darbfiend says: Sep 6, 2010 3:07 PM

    Was a little extreme. But screw the cheater Saints!!! Destiny my ass!!! Refs ignored the many penalties they commited over the playoffs!!

  5. football genius says: Sep 6, 2010 3:07 PM

    Grow a pair.

  6. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 6, 2010 3:11 PM

    Who cares what some meathead thinks? We should just move on…and this is coming from a Saints fan.

  7. Qoojo says: Sep 6, 2010 3:11 PM

    My approved comment about it was that you are being the typical whiny media snot making something out of nothing to get some attention.

  8. comment_submission_error says: Sep 6, 2010 3:14 PM

    Hampton should probably get some sensitivity training, since we live in such a sensitive society these days.

  9. dibby says: Sep 6, 2010 3:14 PM

    For obvious reasons it was a poor choice of words, but to castrate the guy for it……Give me a break!!! He meant no harm and any normal minded sports individual that watches these type of shows will understand that. The media will exploit it like they are doing right now and the non sports minded people will be the ones upset. Get over it and move one!

  10. Pervy *Harvin says: Sep 6, 2010 3:15 PM

    Florio,could you please start approving more of my comments?? I currently sit at a 8 % approval rate,not really fair doucher….

  11. keithcash says: Sep 6, 2010 3:15 PM

    Mike aren’t you harping on this a little heavy?
    I know you’re a watchdog for the league but now you’re using your influence to basically single handedly get this guy fired.

  12. NinerNation says: Sep 6, 2010 3:17 PM

    It’s no worse than hearing players and coaches talking about “going to war together”….it’s a game…comparing the two is an insult to all veterans.

  13. BigBear123 says: Sep 6, 2010 3:17 PM

    NBC is televising this game, no mention of live chat segment yet?
    Cant wait to see some comments on game day related to the game and after the game.

  14. Raider3:16 says: Sep 6, 2010 3:18 PM

    Bring deal!! Grow some freakin’ skin!

  15. trsean says: Sep 6, 2010 3:18 PM

    This is dumb.
    Next thing you know, the Scorpions immortal single, “Rock You like a Hurricane” will be banned from New Orleans radio stations?

  16. Nagasakee says: Sep 6, 2010 3:18 PM

    It seems the Viking-haters are already out of the woodwork, when Hampton’s main NFL association is with the Chicago Bears.
    Neither team should be blamed of course, this is solely upon Hampton…but you watch, they’ll be more stupid comments directed against the Vikings in this thread.
    Count on it.

  17. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 6, 2010 3:20 PM

    Is what he said wrong? Yes and no, depending on who you are. Should he of said it, no he shouldn’t have, but do you know what?
    You all have said something you shouldn’t have, including you Mr. Florio..

  18. evilmajortom says: Sep 6, 2010 3:22 PM

    New Orleans has billion$ of reason’s not to care about what this guy says. Hell, when the Vikes do burn that city to the ground, they’ll get billion$ more!

  19. Reggies jukemove says: Sep 6, 2010 3:22 PM

    Who cares?? I’ve heard those remarks from other teams fans before. It just shows they’re not clever enough to come up with something original. Katrina is long gone and people down here have moved on. We wish the media would let it go too. Enough is enough.

  20. dmw says: Sep 6, 2010 3:23 PM

    Hamptson’s comments regarding both the Saints and Cowboys are both highly inappropriate. I do believe that the comments re: the Saints was by and far way out of line, even moreso than the Cowboys comment. Having lived in the Gulf Coast area prior to Katrina, and seeing the destruction wrecked on friends of mine, my opinion is that Hampton should NEVER be welcomed on that program again.

  21. Bradenton Buc says: Sep 6, 2010 3:24 PM

    Just another knucklehead comment from a knucklehead ex jock. What do you expect. People are just too damn sensitive. Just get over it and beat the snot out of the Vikings!

  22. Igottz5onit says: Sep 6, 2010 3:24 PM

    Honestly, it was a stupid comment and a joke in poor taste, but waahh, get over it. I am sure the people of New Orleans have more important things to worry about than what some idiot commentator said trying to be clever. This country has become so sensitive it is revolting. We all love to be self-righteously indignant, when did that become the popular trend. I remember growing up and kicking ass or taking your lumps was the way to go. Now it’s all lady gaga and hurt feelings. Who here hasn’t ever said something that they immediately regretted or had something said to you that made for an awkward moment at least? Did you get over it?

  23. mr_snrub says: Sep 6, 2010 3:24 PM

    Were Hampton’s comments insensitive? Yes. Are people being far more oversensitive in their reactions than Hampton was insensitive? Definitely.
    Far worse is said on the field every game.
    Hopefully, Hampton maintains consistency and says the the Vikes need to hit the Giants like Flight 11 into Tower 1 the next time Minny travels to play NJ-A.

  24. mr_snrub says: Sep 6, 2010 3:26 PM

    Were Hampton’s comments insensitive? Yes. Are people being far more oversensitive in their reactions than Hampton was insensitive? Definitely.
    Far worse is said on the field every game.
    Hopefully, Hampton maintains consistency and says the the Vikes need to hit the Giants like Flight 11 into Tower 1 the next time Minny travels to play NJ-A.

  25. MrHumble says: Sep 6, 2010 3:26 PM

    Anyone who was offended by Hampton’s remark needs to grow a pair. I think the majority of us are sick and tired of hearing about katrina. It has been 5 years, hell a death in the family doesn’t require as long of a mourning period. It was a freakin’ figure of speech, kinda like “gonna meet your waterloo”, ” blitzkrieg”, ” this is gonna be your pearl harbor” etc. etc. In addition, the NFL, the State of Louisiana and the Saints themselves have “used” katrina as a motivational, marketing tool. hell it was the saints mantra for the entire year last year so let’s not get our freakin undies in a bunch cuz someone used it in a figure of speech. No one has the guts to admit it but everyone of us makes more insensitive remarks every freakin’ day regarding an event, a race, religion etc. so let’s not get so damn high and mighty here.

  26. Meldog says: Sep 6, 2010 3:26 PM

    I actually laughed at the comment……but then I sighed and muttered to myself “what a dumb@ss”……..it was definately in bad taste, but it will give the saints something to play hard for.

  27. Hail 2 Dan Snyder says: Sep 6, 2010 3:27 PM

    His comment was a hoax

  28. FireJerryJones says: Sep 6, 2010 3:28 PM

    Barbie.

  29. GBfanForever says: Sep 6, 2010 3:29 PM

    “FREE SPEECH
    Let’s get back to it.”
    I wish people would start getting educated about the constitution. Private companies reserve the right to fire or discipline employees for comments that embarrass the company or show that the employee does not have values they want associated with them.
    Now, lets go look at amendment #1. It clearly states that congress is not allowed to pass a law restricting what someone can say or how or where someone may practice their religion. None of the 1st amendment covers people getting fired for being an idiot. For example, look at Dr Laura. Hate filled person fired for making racist comments has zilch to with free speech. Now if someone were to arrest her for what she said, then you have a 1st amendment issue.

  30. Sacram3ntal says: Sep 6, 2010 3:30 PM

    hey, just a quick reminder: Hampton’s right to free speech doesn’t mean we won’t lose his job/ friends/ social life etc for speaking like a moron-
    it just means he can’t be prosecuted by authorities for it.
    Don’t know why so many people can’t figure this out. If I decide to call my CEO a “d-bag” to his face, I’m getting fired. As I should.
    Doesn’t mean my right to free speech was violated.

  31. johnthehillboy says: Sep 6, 2010 3:31 PM

    Football is surrounded by an aggressive culture.
    Stop being a “Namby Pamby”.
    Judge Brown:
    Do you know what my mother would call you?
    A namby-pamby.
    Weak and spineless, bellyaching about some…

  32. LarryFitzgerald4MVP says: Sep 6, 2010 3:32 PM

    What’s so wrong about it? Yes it’s a horrible event, but if New Orleans can use the Katrina card for 5 years after it happened, then it’s ok for Hampton to make a comment about it.
    N.O. related teams have been milking this for too long, it happened 5 years ago and it should’ve been cleaned up faster than it has but people have been slow to do so, leading to it getting milked by their sports teams.

  33. Yard Dog says: Sep 6, 2010 3:33 PM

    Oh my God!
    A white man just hurt somebody’s poor ole feelings.
    Call Jesse Jackson!!!

  34. saintsfan says: Sep 6, 2010 3:35 PM

    So the Saints only cheated during the playoffs? What a bunch of whiny fans you are. The Saints earned the Superbowl title. They were never accused of cheating the entire year until the Vikes game. If they were cheating, then the refs should have called more penalties. So just suck it up losers. Who Dat?

  35. NormanPaperman says: Sep 6, 2010 3:36 PM

    When did Florio morph into deputy dog for morality Sheriff Joe Buck?

  36. robert ethen says: Sep 6, 2010 3:37 PM

    “homophobic comment about the Cowboys”? We already know cowboys are gay. Haven’t you watched Brokeback Mountain? Or seen the singers from Nashville? What about Roy Rogers and his bangles? Lone Ranger with his tight jumpsuit and mask? Or Zorro! My God.

  37. clintcooper says: Sep 6, 2010 3:38 PM

    Hey profootballtalk.com, why haven’t you reported yet about the Saints picking up LB Clark from the Texans. Yahoo reported on this two hours ago….
    Tick tock tick tock tick tock…….

  38. Xenu_D_Alien says: Sep 6, 2010 3:40 PM

    I don’t think a former football player saying something insensitive is that big a deal. He should get a stern talking-to, or at worst be suspended for a week.

  39. In1Ear&OutYourMother says: Sep 6, 2010 3:41 PM

    What the hell is a Katrina?

  40. blackngold51 says: Sep 6, 2010 3:42 PM

    Of course he didn’t mean any harm. Its that way, harm wasn’t meant. Jimmy The Greek didn’t mean any harm either. It just shows how little people who weren’t directly affected by anything can think. I mean the tsunami in 04 don’t mean much but Katrina happened on U.S. soil. You would think at the brink of the 5 year anniversary at the most it would be given respect. We compared the worst American natural disaster to a FOOTBALL GAME! How can any person with any moral fiber think thats ok?

  41. MrHumble says: Sep 6, 2010 3:42 PM

    Players do things that are 10x worse and hardly get their hands slapped….politicians claim they were misquoted…..and were takin’ out of context…etc., if anything, we need more people like Hampton who aren’t so freakin sensitive and touchy feelie like the people making an issue out of this. Chit like this is what has made us into such a wimpy society.

  42. Hailskinzz says: Sep 6, 2010 3:43 PM

    Why this day and age everything you say somebody judges it, whatever happened to free speace and free country?

  43. TryTheVeal says: Sep 6, 2010 3:44 PM

    Give it a rest Florio, the fact that the previous post generated 247 hits, is the only reason you give a rats ass, and the only reason for this and any future posts on this non-story. Don’t act as if PFT is a moral compass for society. Like most anything else here, you’re motives are so tranparent, a blind person could see them…

  44. HumbleNarrator says: Sep 6, 2010 3:45 PM

    Florio, did you ever listen to any of Hamp’s musings on the short-lived mid-morning show he had on WSCR The Score?
    This is a guy who can barely put together a coherent sentence, hasn’t met an idiom he couldn’t destroy and frequently loses his way through the straightest lines of reasoning.
    I’d be surprised if he had much more forethought for this abortion of an utterance than he did when he said “…last year the Arizona Cardinals were the de facto, cream of the class…. if you will.”
    Should he be paid to be on the air talking about anything? Probably not. His 10am spot was my appointment to turn off my radio for four hours when he was on The Score.
    However, continuing to blast away on him is about as challenging as shooting de facto bulls in a candy shop… if you will.

  45. In & Out Burger says: Sep 6, 2010 3:45 PM

    @myspaceyourface
    Stupidest person ever.
    Do you know what the first amendment says? I’m honestly asking. It says Congress shall make no law hindering free speech. No one is calling for the arrest of Dan Hampton. He is a free man. The government is, in no way, impacting his right to free speech. Your ignorant comment is the only one trying to squash free speech. You want people to not be offended by a comment, but that in itself, is saying they don’t have their own right to express how they feel. Your so stupid, I don’t expect you to understand this reply, let alone bash your head on they key board enough to get a response, but I do hope even one tiny iota of what I am trying to explain gets through to you, or someone like you.

  46. mr_snrub says: Sep 6, 2010 3:46 PM

    Were Hampton’s comments insensitive? Yes. Are people being far more oversensitive in their reactions than Hampton was insensitive? Definitely.
    Far worse is said on the field every game.
    Hopefully, Hampton maintains consistency and says the the Vikes need to hit the Giants like Flight 11 into Tower 1 the next time Minny travels to play NJ-A.

  47. Kegowhiskey says: Sep 6, 2010 3:47 PM

    Geesh, this politicaly correct society we’re in has gone way around the bend. Katrina was a terrible disaster, but in this case it was just used as a noun to denote a bashing. Should be easy enough to figure out, right? Let’s hope this doesn’t start another unrelenting and unforgiving tirade on Hampton like you did on Mike Wise, just let it go….

  48. Louis says: Sep 6, 2010 3:48 PM

    To all you buttholes that never went through a Katrina, you and your family needs to go through one,then lets hear what you have to say.The first thing out your mouths if you survive will be Please Help Us.

  49. Indyeagle says: Sep 6, 2010 3:48 PM

    Our country is full of overly sensitive people. Grow up! The man said something that was in bad taste but had no ill intent. Let him apologize and let’s move on.
    I’m so sick of everyone walking on eggshells around this media “watchdog” we have in this country.

  50. Nosredna says: Sep 6, 2010 3:50 PM

    So all you are doing Florio is fanning the flames by reposting this drivel!
    No, he shouldn’t have said it, but come on already…..get the collective Vikings dick out of your mouth, put away your kneepads and report some decent football information!

  51. Abe Froeman says: Sep 6, 2010 3:58 PM

    @myspaceyourface
    Learn what the first amendment actually means.
    No, seriously, go open a book or go on google scholar and find out. Right wing opinion, left wing opinion, doesn’t matter, you find a respected legal scholar’s opinion on freedom of speech (and read the peer-reviewed journal article, will ya, not some internet broo-haha) and you’ll see how far from reality your comments really.
    Hell, go read Roberk Bork on subject.
    On another note, I find it hilarious how sensitive the people are who claim that society is being too sensitive. Do they not see the irony?

  52. Da Vikes says: Sep 6, 2010 4:02 PM

    BigBear123,
    Your a loser lol, I surprised you can count to 123 to be truthful…
    Enjoy your upcoming season with Cutler.

  53. Little Tommy says: Sep 6, 2010 4:08 PM

    Rush L is an offensive pig and he says stuff that offends half the population everyday and yet he’s allowed to continue. Get off Hampton and get a life!

  54. Byrd Is The Word says: Sep 6, 2010 4:09 PM

    I’m sorry, are we talking about football or figure skating?

  55. Jeff Harper says: Sep 6, 2010 4:11 PM

    I’m a lifelong Saints fan living in Gulfport, Ms. I’m one of the real victims of Katrina. Dan Hampton is entitled to say whatever he wishes but I would like to remind him, and everyone else here, of one immutable fact. New Orleans did not suffer the brunt of Hurricane Katrina….but the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where I live, did. I lost everything I own, my sense of well being and my sense of identity. I’m lucky to be alive and I hope that if we are ever hit with anything like Katrina that I’m dead and buried. I see all the comment made by the fans regarding the NFC Championship and the rude comments about the victims of Katrina. Let’s leave this forum to sports and your opinions about the NFL. I pray that none of you ever has to go through what I went through during Katrina. Having to rebuild your life due to Mother Nature is not something I recommend having to endure at middle age. My 80 year old mother lost her home of 40 years and many other people lost their lives. That’s not something I wish on anyone no matter which sports team they pull for. I, for one, believe that the people of New Orleans were victims of a man-made disaster years in the making while we on the Gulf Coast were forgotten in the aftermath. If you want to make rude remarks about Katrina feel free to do so. But before you post them put yourself in my shoes: a hard-working, tax-paying citizen of the United States who doesn’t like anyone taking a dump on them.

  56. Louis says: Sep 6, 2010 4:16 PM

    We might be sensitive to comments about Katrina,but when you loose everything you own including family members like a lot of us did,damn right we are very sensitive.

  57. jrhsd says: Sep 6, 2010 4:20 PM

    if you truly believe what you’re saying florio, you will stop with seinfeld references and your poor attempts at humor.
    I think the difference comes from you assuming your readers are smart and the watchers of the FSN show are “sheeple”.
    I’m not saying you’ve said anything offensive, just that you’ve said nothing funny ever. Know your boundaries.
    Isn’t that what you are telling Dan?
    I thought it was not offensive. I’m sure the viewers of the show did too.
    Why shouldn’t the jewish watchers be offended because talks of NO “blitz” made them relive the Blitzkrieg and Holocaust?
    If you want to be offended you are offended. Learn not to be offended by the language of others and stop demanding apologies. Nobody likes the jerks who do that.
    You are being the Joe Buck to Randy Moss’s moon.

  58. Urethra Franklin says: Sep 6, 2010 4:21 PM

    Would you all like some cheese with that whine?

  59. ejtowne says: Sep 6, 2010 4:22 PM

    What he said definitely was a poor choice of words but, come on we are supposed to live by the freedom of speech. If that is his way to express how he thinks the Vikings should roll, then so be it, call him an as-hole and then lets get on with our lives.

  60. jonesy1124 says: Sep 6, 2010 4:24 PM

    myspaceyourface:
    That has nothing to do with free speech dude. It was a stupid,jackass comment, no ifs and or buts. Free speech is good and all P.C. all the time makes no sense. But what Hampton said is flat out uncalled for and ignorant

  61. Jeff Harper says: Sep 6, 2010 4:27 PM

    Mr. Humble,
    In response to your saying “grow a pair”, I stayed in my home during Katrina, in the upper right quadrant of the storm, so I believe I have the right to tell you that I have a pair. You’re tired of hearing about Katrina? Try living with the bitch five years after the fact. Everywhere I look I’m reminded about it. All those federal dollars? I didn’t get a damn dime of it nor am I asking for any of it. I’m a better person for pulling myself up by my bootstraps and getting back to work as best as I could. The hardships I’ve endured since Katrina have made a much stronger person than I was before but I wish you the best and hope that you never have to endure a disaster of any magnitude. But “grow a pair’? Sir I have more balls than you can ever hope to own or see. Keep your comments about something you obviously know nothing about in your own mouth.

  62. bodhisattva says: Sep 6, 2010 4:29 PM

    Is it prudent and responsible to encourage a sense of outrage?
    The comment was ill-considered, at worst. Any further discussion or persecution of Hampton is superfluous.

  63. East Bay Ray says: Sep 6, 2010 4:29 PM

    In & Out Burger says:
    September 6, 2010 3:45 PM
    @myspaceyourface
    “Stupidest person ever.
    Do you know what the first amendment says? I’m honestly asking. It says Congress shall make no law hindering free speech. No one is calling for the arrest of Dan Hampton. He is a free man. The government is, in no way, impacting his right to free speech. Your ignorant comment is the only one trying to squash free speech. You want people to not be offended by a comment, but that in itself, is saying they don’t have their own right to express how they feel. Your so stupid, I don’t expect you to understand this reply, let alone bash your head on they key board enough to get a response, but I do hope even one tiny iota of what I am trying to explain gets through to you, or someone like you.”
    —————————–
    Your comment meets with my complete approval just as much as a double-double combo does.

  64. DeluxeReverb says: Sep 6, 2010 4:34 PM

    People expect Hampton to be sensitive? One of the biggest badasses of his era. He’d smack the crap out of today’s players.

  65. Mark Baer says: Sep 6, 2010 4:41 PM

    I hardly think this 80′s band could beat the saints.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWHYh5YRniE

  66. Kevin C says: Sep 6, 2010 4:42 PM

    Does Kanye West know about this? Hahaha! I can’t believe people are upset over this. Hampton was talking about football. Are people really taking this literally? The media is a bunch of whiny bitches.

  67. Pervy *Harvin says: Sep 6, 2010 4:46 PM

    whodaywhodat says: That is because everyone is sick of your BS.
    ————————————————–
    You have seen nothing yet swamp rat….wait until the Vikes wipe out your Aints . My posts will hit you all like a hurricane,oops, I mean ….yah,hurricane

  68. AtTheMurph says: Sep 6, 2010 4:57 PM

    “Hit the town like Katrina” is not nearly as bad as “like Sherman through Atlanta” which is neither bad not good but disciptive. What the hell is wrong with people who get upset over a comment like Hampton made? He’s talking about a freaking football game.

  69. DailyNorseman says: Sep 6, 2010 4:59 PM

    They “won’t be ignoring it.”
    But they should.

  70. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Sep 6, 2010 5:03 PM

    Well, the Katrina comment is MUCH better than one that Hampton was originally considering.
    ————————————————–
    ([Inside the mind of Hampton-
    Hmmm ...Maybe I'll go with "The Vikings need to go down to New Orleans with a tactical nuclear weapon, destroy the levees, rape, pillage and sack the city, burn it to the ground, then put all the survivors on cattle cars and ships to Auschwitz!
    Oh! And beat the Saints!])
    He just decided “on the fly” to tone it down!

  71. BENCHTJACK says: Sep 6, 2010 5:13 PM

    You Saints keep acting like you man handled us in that game? Not! We kicked your ass, Vikings beat themselfs and you can ignore the help from the refs too. The Saints only win against the Vikings in years will always be known as a tainted win.

  72. JimmySmith says: Sep 6, 2010 5:15 PM

    What is dumber, his comments or Chilly sending 12 men into the huddle?
    I’m sure once the Saints win this week, all will be forgotten.

  73. JSpicoli says: Sep 6, 2010 5:33 PM

    I’m really sorry to hear that someone got their feelings hurt. You can’t say anything these days without pissing off some some kind of 3rd worlder or homo. Oops, there I go again.

  74. manohman says: Sep 6, 2010 5:35 PM

    I think the saints should hit the NY Giants/Jets like 911
    how dat be?

  75. SKINSFANTOM says: Sep 6, 2010 5:39 PM

    Yes that’s what we need to do,pick out more things that we can’t say/discuss. How someone receives my message is not my problem. Maybe they have a defect, how the hell do I know. I can only try and send my message as clear as I can.Hampton offended someone, so what? People have the right to be stupid, not everyone is going to see eyetoeye,big deal, grow a pair. It’s what people fought/died for, for this country, it’s called FREEDOM, TRY IT SOMETIME,HAIL!!!

  76. Louis says: Sep 6, 2010 5:42 PM

    Outlaw Jersey Whales([Inside the mind of Hampton-
    Hampton is just like you Jersey Whales both of you all have crap for brains.

  77. mvlonergan says: Sep 6, 2010 5:49 PM

    In 1953 an F4 tornado hit Worcester, MA, killing 94 people. Fifty-two years later the city had an independent minor league baseball team named the Worcester Tornadoes.
    So Hampton jumped the gun by about fortysomething years. I think it’s an insensitive comment regardless, but I’m in the minority there. In ten years people will care less, and in twenty years they’ll care even less than that.

  78. I *heart* Florio says: Sep 6, 2010 5:51 PM

    THIS IS NOT NEWS!!!!!!!
    BOOOO FLORIO!!!!

  79. saintsfan says: Sep 6, 2010 5:58 PM

    I think we did hit the NY Giants/Jets like 9/11 last year.

  80. Raidersmojo says: Sep 6, 2010 6:02 PM

    @ everyone saying “I went through katrina”
    no one cares, seriously. If you were dumb enough to stay in your home and “wait out the storm” even though you were told to get out, you deserve everything you got. The people who lost family members and what not are the same people who were way to stubborn to get out of new orleans before the storm hit. “this is my home” well don’t be an idiot, pick up, and move. If I was in new orleans and they said there is a huge hurricane coming that could do a massive amount of damage to the city, I don’t care how long I lived there, my ass would be the first one packed and out of town. To sit there lacks all common sense and intelligence, not to mention ignorant.
    this country is way to sensitive. we have to apologize for anything that “offends” people nowadays. Most of the people who get offended are liberals anyway (and watch all the liberals cry here in about two posts)
    Who needs a tissue?

  81. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Sep 6, 2010 6:08 PM

    Grandma Knee-jerk Liberal Mike Florio has yet another lil’ soap box to climb up on, because of the meany Dan Hampton.
    Mike, did you vote for Sen. Robert Byrd. D-KKK?

  82. CYGNUS X-1 says: Sep 6, 2010 6:09 PM

    enough of this pc madness! the guy just used the word as a metaphor to descibe how the vikings should play. they use terms like going to war,going into battle with along with players describing themselves as soldiers all the time.yet I don’t see actual soldiers and veterns groups up in arms over the use of those words but were going to get upset anc crucify a guy for saying katrina?oops I said it so sue me. speaking of katrina it’s been 5 years what happened to all the money raised by telethons,private donations not to mention the untold millions in federal aid yet people are still homeless?that ghetto that is the 7th ward has not been rebuilt yet you are worried about a sportscaster using the word katrina?get your priorities straight people!

  83. Backinthesaddle says: Sep 6, 2010 6:12 PM

    Shove your political correctness crap square up your backside Florio. This world has become paralyzed by people afraid of speaking the truth about all matter of things because there will always be SOMEBODY that’s going to be “offended”. The truth is the truth and the facts are the facts and when it can’t be spoken because of political correctness and the worry that SOMEBODY might be offended we as a society are doing ourselves a disservice. It also allows silliness to go unchecked for fear of being labeled as “mean-spirited” or “racist” or “homophobic” of any number of other derogatory labels designed to stifle the acknowledgement of the obvious and the freedom of speech to say anything about it.

  84. whodaywhodat says: Sep 6, 2010 6:19 PM

    # Pervy *Harvin says: September 6, 2010 4:46 PM
    whodaywhodat says: That is because everyone is sick of your BS.
    ——————– ——————– ———-
    You have seen nothing yet swamp rat….wait until the Vikes wipe out your Aints . My posts will hit you all like a hurricane,oops, I mean ….yah,hurricane
    ====================================
    (Yawn) You said the same thing last year.

  85. Jeff Harper says: Sep 6, 2010 6:29 PM

    For those of you who don’t like my comments about Katrina and who’ve never had a natural disaster affect your lives I wish four more years of Obama upon you. Oh, and a plague upon you. And now, enough about Katrina…..let’s play some football!

  86. intrepidbullitt says: Sep 6, 2010 6:52 PM

    The politically correct should concern themselves with doing something constructive, grow some skin covering their quivering bones, or just leave the planet and go to their utopia.

  87. SomeFans says: Sep 6, 2010 7:07 PM

    Boo Hoo… cry me a river…oops.

  88. Hauschild says: Sep 6, 2010 7:23 PM

    I’d suggest the some of us get our priorities straight.

  89. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 6, 2010 7:33 PM

    Raidersmojo says:
    September 6, 2010 6:02 PM
    @ everyone saying “I went through katrina”
    no one cares, seriously. If you were dumb enough to stay in your home and “wait out the storm” even though you were told to get out, you deserve everything you got
    ————————————————-
    Are you retarded? When someone says “I went through Katrina,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that they stayed in New Orleans during the storm. It also means they were affected by Katrina…as in losing everything.

  90. Raidersmojo says: Sep 6, 2010 8:00 PM

    @ purpledickeater (oops dick beater…errr…whatever your name is)
    Funny how you get sensitive about my comment and then use the word “retarded.” Maybe you should offer an apology to the mentally handicapped? what an insensitive remark that is politically incorrect ;)
    Anyway, back to your original crying. That is the risk you take by living next to the ocean and the coastline. you want to live on the coast? you’re going to have to deal with the weather associated. Is it a tragedy? sure is. Does that mean we all need to become sensitive to the town? no, natural disasters happen.
    If people choose to stay, that’s their own fault. “I rode out the storm” well, good for you idiot, you’re obviously not the brightest bulb. “Oh, I lost everything.” once again, the risk associated with choosing where you live.
    I found the joke to be extremely funny, probably because my head isn’t shoved up my own ass though.
    give me your address, I’ll send you a box of kleenex.

  91. Oakley Freak says: Sep 6, 2010 8:09 PM

    Big Bear 123 is an idiot, and we are now even dumber for listening to him. And don’t put Michael Irving’s name in there because he can say what ever he wants and get away with it…..

  92. IStateYourName says: Sep 6, 2010 8:45 PM

    The big oaf didn’t mean anything by it.
    Let me try…
    The Cowboys should hit the Nation’s capital like a foreign born muslim straight out of a Reverend Wright sermon!
    Easy.

  93. IStateYourName says: Sep 6, 2010 8:46 PM

    The big oaf didn’t mean anything by it.
    Let me try…
    The Cowboys should hit the Nation’s capital like a foreign born muslim straight out of a Reverend Wright sermon!
    Easy.

  94. Indyeagle says: Sep 6, 2010 8:56 PM

    Don’t confuse my comment about people being overly sensitive in our society with me not understanding the magnitude or horrific nature of Katrina. I feel awful for all the victims of this natural disaster.
    However, I don’t need anyone to tell me when I should and when I shouldn’t be offended. If I lived in New Orleans during that time, I wouldn’t like the comment. Since I didn’t, I chalk it up to tasteless and move on.

  95. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 6, 2010 9:39 PM

    People still buy into the media hype that New Orleans residents/natives and the Saints are using Katrina as a crutch. That’s simply not true.

  96. Ytsejamer1 says: Sep 6, 2010 9:49 PM

    # CYGNUS X-1 says: September 6, 2010 6:09 PM
    enough of this pc madness! the guy just used the word as a metaphor to descibe how the vikings should play. they use terms like going to war,going into battle with along with players describing themselves as soldiers all the time.yet I don’t see actual soldiers and veterns groups up in arms over the use of those words but were going to get upset anc crucify a guy for saying katrina?oops I said it so sue me. speaking of katrina it’s been 5 years what happened to all the money raised by telethons,private donations not to mention the untold millions in federal aid yet people are still homeless?that ghetto that is the 7th ward has not been rebuilt yet you are worried about a sportscaster using the word katrina?get your priorities straight people!
    —————————
    +1…kudos!
    Now I’m going to really get nasty… 9/11, Katrina, Pearl Harbor…..ooooooooh boy…I said it, get the tissues out.
    People are too mamby pamby…they need to grow a shell. Was it in good taste? No…probably not. But whatever, this guy shouldn’t get crucified because he said they’re going to go all Earl on their ass. Oooooh…i said another hurricane name. WAAAAHHHHHHHHH. I’m sure I offended someone…
    By the way…liberal or conservative has nothing to do with it. I’m fairly liberal but don’t get my panties in a bunch when someone uses a term or phrase in poor taste. Usually I laugh, but that’s just my sense of humor… if it truly is in poor taste, I move on… but I’m not going to crucify someone over using said term or phrase. It’s like the people who hated Howard Stern back in the day…they ended up listening the most and complaining. If they didn’t like it, they should have simply stopped listening and STFU.

  97. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 6, 2010 10:30 PM

    So according to the RETARDED Raiders fan (which is redundant I know) New Orleans is next to the ocean.
    LMAO…thanks for the geography lesson.

  98. PackFaninPackLand says: Sep 7, 2010 12:02 AM

    Florio: “Frankly, it’s not all that hard to avoid saying something generally regarded as offensive”.
    This coming from a liberal (Florio) who loves Keith Uber-Moron (lunatic liberal) and the offensive nonsense BS he spews each and every night on his little cable show that, literally, NO ONE watches ! Seriously, only 0.3 % of the population can stand to watch his drivel. Statistically that zero. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    But boy, that’s rich Florio, YOU being all in an outrage over something someone else said.
    Pot meet kettle !

  99. GG says: Sep 7, 2010 8:05 AM

    Are you kidding me? THIS IS NEWS???? Really? I thought it was going to be something SERIOUSLY BAD! What has America come to getting so ridiculously upset over something so innocent. I’m more upset that you would even bring attention to something so STUPID!
    He didn’t say like “those people” in New Orleans, or kill “those people” or they should die like those people …. OR anything close …he only said the Vikings should hit that town like Katrina did” I would think it meant “with force” Seriously?? Comedians use it ALL THE TIME! …. toooo sensitive people; way tooo sensitive in todays world … News must be dull these days …still is …some people need to start a hobby or find some friends because this complaint is stupid.

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