The 2010 NFL season begins tonight with a game between the Minnesota
Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. Can the injury-ravaged Vikings go on
the road and steal a win from the defending Super Bowl champions? Yes,
says NFL Hall-of-Famer turned Pro Football Weekly talking-head Dan
Hampton. Per Hampton, all that Minnesota needs to do is "go down there and
hit that town like Katrina." Not surprisingly, some people took
issue with that particular analogy:
What on Earth? Pro
Football Talk's Michael
David Smith admits he is clueless as to why Hampton would trot out a
Hurricane Katrina quip for a game featuring the Saints. "But," writes Smith, "I feel confident saying that Hampton will open next week's
show with an apology. If he's on next week at all."
Too Soon At the Huffington Post, Shaneika
Dabney wonders what the joke was supposed to be. "Let me spell it
out plainly," she says. "Hurricane Katrina is still an open wound. We're
still not 'over it.'"
Revealing Hampton would have been better
served by sticking to the "usual cliches" of in-studio analysts,
observes the editorial board of the New
Orleans Times-Picayune. Of all the post-Katrina jabs taken at the
city, Hampton's comments "could win a prize for cluelessness."
Takeaway The remarks showed the variety of ways Americans are marking
the five-year anniversary of the storm, writes Sports Grid's Glenn
Davis. For some, the past few weeks represented a chance to "take a
look back at the disaster, examine New Orleans’ progress, ponder once
again what might have made the original event less of a nightmare, and
take time to remember all that was lost. For Dan Hampton, it was a
chance to make "ill-conceived football analogies."
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