Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid walks off the field after losing to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Today in weird and inappropriate things said live on ESPN, we have NFL reporter Ed Werder making a tasteless joke about the weight of soon-to-be Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
During a report about Reid's negotiations with the Chiefs, Werder offered a reason Reid wasn't on a flight to Kansas City with the team's search committee. (Emphasis added.)
"Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and his delegation that includes GM Scott Pioli has actually left Philadelphia and return to Kansas City without Andy Reid in tow. Now I don't know if that's because Andy Reid might put the plane over its weight limit, but there's no apparent breakdown in the deal. The expectation still is that Andy Reid is going to be the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs."
Ooh, burn! With comic chops like that, I can't believe he didn't throw in a zinger about the quality of the food on the airplane. Or that Scott Pioli's arms were really tired after flying from Philadelphia.
What a strange thing for Werder to say, especially for a reporter who's used to covering guys who weigh a ton. I mean, it's not like Andy Reid is a fish (or, as Werder might put it, a whale) out of water. He's not working with gymnasts or the Moscow Ballet. He's a big man in a game filled with them. Making a fat joke about someone involved in football is like ripping on a politician's narcissism. Fish. Barrel.
You can tell it flustered even Werder. He stumbles over his words after making the "joke," almost as if he didn't realize what he was saying until after he said it.
The most reasonable explanation for the gaffe: Werder was taking out his mustache envy on the portly Reid. Say what you will about the man's girth, but he has one glorious 'stache.
Thanks for the link, Awful Announcing.
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