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Michael Kun

Co-author of The Football Uncyclopedia. He is also the author of six other books and is a practicing attorney.

Who cares what Riggo thinks?

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I have a few comments to make about John Riggins' "Inside the NFL" interview, and only a few.

1) Before we all get too worked up about this, since when does anyone care what John Riggins has to say about anything? And I mean ANYTHING. Oh, that's right, it was when he made drunken and disrespectful comments to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. I believe his exact quote was, "Loosen up, Sandy, baby."

2) Quick, name the last time John Riggins said something meaningful or insightful about anything. And I mean ANYTHING. Go ahead, I can wait. And, "Loosen up, Sandy, baby" doesn't count as meaningful or insightful.

3) The fact that someone racked up a large number of rushing yards (largely because of the otherworldly offensive line in front of him) doesn't mean that we should listen to what he says or that we should trust him. Exhibit A: Simpson, O.J. Exhibit B: Henry, Travis. Exhibit C: Riggins, John.

4) Regarding Riggins' comments that Skins owner Dan Snyder is a "bad guy" and has a "dark heart," one has to wonder whether Riggins has the unique and magical ability to look into someone's soul. If so, does that power only extend to NFL owners, or does it reach beyond that? If it only extends to NFL owners, or only those owners in the DC area, that's a strangely limited power. But if it extends beyond that, perhaps John could be very valuable in helping us elect Presidents or select mates. Now incidentally, if God were going to give someone that great power to look into others' souls, would he really select John Riggins? Note: if you answer that affirmatively, you may be calling God an idiot.

5) It's one thing to say that an owner has made bad business decisions. It's another to say he's a "bad" person and has a "dark heart." The former is a professional assessment; the latter, a personal insult. Even the most unsavory of politicians understand that difference. And Redskins fans know the difference. While they've blasted Snyder for the way he's run the team, they've generally limited the criticism to professional matters.

6) By making a personal attack, Riggins has just made Snyder sympathetic in a situation where he had received little sympathy to date. Snyder should send him some flowers to thank him. Seriously.

7) Irony alert: Doesn't making a personal attack on a national TV show arguably make you a "bad guy"? I mean, would a "good guy" do that?

8) Doesn't Snyder's refusal to respond in kind by calling Riggins a "[expletive]" demonstrate to some extent that Snyder is actually a "good guy" -- good guy who's made some questionable decisions perhaps, but a good guy nonetheless? (Unlike me, who just suggested that a Hall of Fame running back might be a "[expletive]." but at least I have evidence to back it up. Exhibit A: The "Inside the NFL" interview. Exhibit B: "Loosen up, Sandy, baby." Exhibits C-Z: Do a Google search.

9) Rinse.

10) Repeat.

Let's just file this whole thing under "Teapot, Tempest in a." Hopefully, we'll all forget about it as swiftly as we forgot about the brouhaha when Artie Lange was on "The Joe Buck Show."

And hopefully everyone will think twice about asking John Riggins to comment on anything.

And I mean ANYTHING.

By Michael Kun  |  November 6, 2009; 12:40 AM ET  | Category:  Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Dude, you're just a 'practicing attorney' from LA?
Who cares what you have to say?
The Hall of Fame janitor is more relevant than you!

Posted by: cleanfront | November 6, 2009 10:55 AM

Why don't you let the Danny speak for himself? Let him go on his radio station--that should be a fair venue and debate Riggo. Lets see how he does? We do not need another butt boy speaking for the Danny. He already has dozens. Let him stand up like a man and debate Riggo. The Diesel v. the Danny. No lawyers, no butt boys, no sycophants. Does the Danny have the balls to do it? I think not.

Posted by: HelloNewman1 | November 6, 2009 11:11 AM

1) I will combine 1 & 2 since you seem to be unable to do so....calling Snyder a "bad guy" is obviously meaningful enough for you to list 8 reasons why it's not. It's certainly meaningful to the fans who are being mistreated, getting sued, tossed out of games, etc.
3) Performance speaks, and it garnishes respect among the fans whom Riggo treated wih respect. See Dan Snyder (exhibit A) as to how that can work in the opposite fashion.
4) It's called an opinion, and like yours....well, everyone knows what they say about opinions.
5) "Redskins fans know the difference. While they've blasted Snyder, they've generally limited the criticism to professional matters"
Uh, NO we haven't...where have you been?
6) Fans...please raise your hand if you feel sympathy for Dan Snyder?
Kun, you and Mike Wise can stand out on that limb as long as you want to.
7) That's the beauty of it.....Riggo doesn't care. I know we don't.
8) No, it only further proves Snyder is just as happy to sit in his ivory tower while his misguided PR man and the Fed Ex yellow jackets handle the minions. Exhibits A-Z, see fan testimonials from the last game....I'm sure that would cover it.
9 & 10) Run out of thoughts or just filling space?

Stick to authoring "Uncyclepedias" when you aren't practicing law.....Want a comment? see Bobby Mitchell, Lavar, or JKC Jr.

Posted by: yampaco | November 6, 2009 11:20 AM

Who is this clown and why do we care what he thinks? Good Lord, buddy, take a hike.

Posted by: brad40 | November 6, 2009 12:02 PM

Kun you're a loser. Get lost

Posted by: JDB1 | November 6, 2009 12:47 PM

Who cares what Riggo thinks? Where are you from, Dallas?

Posted by: paulstanton123 | November 6, 2009 12:54 PM

I borrowed this guy's book, "The Baseball Unencyclopedia," from the library a few years ago and it was so riddled with errors obvious to anyone with passing knowledge of baseball history that I wrote to the publisher, who thanked me and sent me a free copy of a revised edition of the book. They had to reprint the book, it was so full of mistakes! This guy has no credibility with me.

Posted by: markf40 | November 6, 2009 12:55 PM

Who cares what Riggins say?
MORONS! That is who.

Posted by: hock1 | November 6, 2009 1:02 PM

How much did $nyder pay you to post this, you ambulance-chasing piece of excrement?

Posted by: thediesel | November 6, 2009 1:46 PM

Riggins is an act at this point. The old rusty raspy bearded one has been looking for press since losing his radio job. I think the man is just bitter.

Snyder isn't the problem. Cerrato is the problem. But, because we are so ignorant in this town we blame on of the most committed owners in pro sports. The goal guys is to find an owner who is willing to win at ANY cost. We have that person. Now if we could only find a GM to give him good advice. You guys love beating up on Snyder but let Vinny off the hook. What's up with that? Jealous of his youth and billions? His blond wife? Hate short people? Are we talking antisemitism here?

I support Snyder because he's a fan and is willing to spend ALL he has for a winner. Vinny...he wants a t.v. show. Vinny? He's the only GM with a radio show. Vinny? Is still riding the old forty niner legacy. Vinny? Sucks!! We must have a lot of Italians in this town. Vinny gets a pass. If we had The Ravens Ozzie Newsome we would be in the Super Bowl every year with Dan's money. Get rid of Vinny we will win.

Posted by: kentonsmith | November 6, 2009 2:14 PM

Nice shark skin suit you're wearing, Kun.

Oh, you're not wearing anything?

So that's what a dorsal fin looks like.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | November 6, 2009 2:23 PM

Answer to question 1 and 2... Wed night on Inside the NFL.

John Riggins said things that so many fans wanted to say. He spoke for us, finally letting everyone in the NFL know what the fans think, since Synder won't allow us to exercise the freedom of speech as he banned signs in the stadium.

I think I'll keep listening to Riggo and stop reading your articles.

Posted by: indycho | November 6, 2009 3:14 PM

Loosen up, Brad40, baby!

Posted by: MichaelKun | November 6, 2009 5:23 PM

Seriously, boys, it's just a game. This isn't the Skins year. Big deal. Nothing to lose sleep over, and nothing to get hot and bothered about. We all have more important things in our lives, right?

Posted by: MichaelKun | November 6, 2009 5:51 PM

And Markf40, I wish you knew how upset we were when we saw all of the errors when we received our shipments of "The Baseball Uncyclopedia." I'm afraid the version without all of our corrections was sent to the printer. I'm also afraid that my reaction to seeing the final version, with the errors, wasn't exactly my finest moment. I try not to curse as much as I did that day. (If you question this, please feel free to email me and I will gladly send you the pages with the corrections that were supposed to have been made.)

Posted by: MichaelKun | November 6, 2009 6:02 PM

I need to wipe Michael Kun off the bottom of my shoe he stinks!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 6, 2009 9:14 PM

Who is Michael Kun ? And why should we care anymore of what he has to say ?

"made drunken and disrespectful comments to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor"

-He must be Sandy's still-angry nephew.

Posted by: dspinx | November 6, 2009 11:54 PM

I care what Mr. John Riggins thinks!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | November 7, 2009 9:07 AM

How bout a better question: Who cares what you think? I have never heard of you and guarantee that Riggo knows a helluva lot more about football than you do!

Posted by: aviscardo | November 7, 2009 9:27 AM

Sorry Snyder, but neither of your ghost writers (the attorney and football maven Michael Kun nor the Psychiatrist Mike Wise) have enough deodorizing spray to help you out of this.

However, here is one possible solution.

Rename the team something more fitting like the Snyderettes and move it to Fantasy Land, you know someplace closer to Hollywood like LA.

Posted by: bhalseyp | November 7, 2009 10:28 AM

This has got to be the biggest collection of morons I've ever seen. Does the Washington Post really let a bunch of single, pimple-faced idiots post whatever they want from their parents' basements? Do any of these commenters have a life (or a girlfriend)?

The bottom line is that Kun is exactly right on every single point (and pretty funny about the way he has made his point).

Riggins is not relevant and has nothing to say. And,yes, he completely crossed a line with his ridiculous comments.

And the fact that you idiots dream about giving Riggins a back massage doesn't change that. Get a life.

Posted by: scottm7 | November 7, 2009 1:22 PM

So now Snyder is hiring lawyers to blog for him-more money well spent!

Riggins didn't say he was an evil man, he essentially said that Snyder is an ego-driven, insecure megalomaniac who is driving the organization into the ground.

Typical lawyer tactics-attack credibility and divert attention from questions of guilt or innocence.

Posted by: troyyeske1 | November 8, 2009 8:39 AM

Kun is dead on and all you folks making personal cracks about him are just proving the point. If you want to let a fall down drunk who's basically a pariah among his teammates speak for you then fine, but he doesn't speak for this Redskins fan and should quit trying. He's an irrelevant fool, a clown the media loves to dial up because he's good for a soundbite the same way fools like T.O. are and Lavar was.

Oh and Newsflash: Lavar was one of the most overrated, biggest busts in Redskins history and John Kent Cooke couldn't even muster the cash to buy this team let alone support it. He also did an arguably worse job than Snyder when he was in charge of things before daddy died.

Pretty weak examples.

Plus we're talking Riggo here; a guy who was a royal pain in Gibbs' butt, sat out a season he had so much "respect for the Redskins", refused to show to the 70th reunion because he wasn't getting payed and the list goes on and on. Riggo is about the LAST person to ever make comments about someone elses respect for the game or fans or any of that nonsense. He's a grumpy, selfish, narcissistic drunk.

In addition, Riggins DID say the guy was a bad/evil man. It was crystal clear what he meant when he said Snyder had a "dark heart". That had nothing to do with his business practices and everything to do with taking a personal shot. It also comes from a bitter failure at radio who is mad at Snyder because he got canned from his radio show after months and months of horrible ratings. BTW, this radio show included several segments of Riggo talking about his drunken escapades the night before and some of his all night binge benders when his wife was out of town. So this guy is STILL a drunk and what he knows of football has nothing to do with his PERSONAL comments about Snyder.

KUN was dead on the money and all you guys talking about his occupation and location might as well just post "uncle"...you've got nothing when you question that and do zero to refute his actual point. When you can't attack the message attack the messenger...weak, really weak.

Finally who died and made you the Redskins fanbase Gods? What makes your takes any more relevant than Kun's? So he's a lawyer, does that make the whiny lawyers I know who disagree with Kun irrelevant too? Do you jokers actually think all people who are Redskins fans stay and reside only in the D.C. area?

Is there a bigger bunch of whiny, childish crybabies than spoiled, entitled Redskins fans? Green Bay fans went 2 full decades without a sniff of the playoffs and they NEVER whined like this. Cleveland and Bengals fans, zero trophies, don't see whining like this in Ohio. Rewriting the fight song, making publishing and distributing mock funeral ceremony programs?

Grow up!

Kun's right it's a freaking game. Stop living vicariously through your team...seek a life.

Posted by: tgordon7226 | November 8, 2009 9:50 AM

You need to add a letter "t" to the end of your name. Its pip squeak, pencil necks like you that are "pussifyng" this country.

Posted by: cap9 | November 9, 2009 12:45 AM

Michael,

I apologize for incorrectly identifying the errors I found in your book as yours rather than the publisher's. Thanks for the explanation. I did enjoy reading the book aside from being driven to distraction by the errors.

Posted by: markf40 | November 10, 2009 1:33 PM

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