This week we salute former University of Miami wide receiver Lamar Thomas.
Since graduating in 1993, Mr. Thomas has continued to show devotion for his alma mater by doing color commentary for Hurricane games on Comcast Sports Southeast. While most commentators, especially ex-athletes, try to remain completely neutral and unbiased in their commentary, Mr. Thomas' love and devotion for his beloved Miami Hurricanes is far too strong for 'social norms' and 'journalistic integrity.'
The event in question is a, now infamous, brawl between the University of Miami Hurricanes and the Panthers of Florida International University. As players from both teams rushed the field, some even using their own helmets as weapons, most announcers called the incident an ugly debacle.
Thomas, a devoted Hurricaine fan first, and an announcer second, used his lofty stage to proclaim to anybody that would listen, "You come into our house, you should get your behind kicked."
Frankly, I thought he showed constraint by not using the word 'asses' because children may have been listening. He continued.
"You don't come into the Orange Bowl playing that stuff. You're across the ocean over there. You're across the city over there. You can't come over to our place talking noise like that. You'll get your butt kicked. I was about to go down the elevator and get into that thing."
That's right, as these college athletes kicked and punched their way to a record 31 suspensions, Lamar Thomas took the microphone and declared, "You don't come into the Orange Bowl, baby we've had a down couple of years but you don't come in here talking trash You come in here talking smack, it's time to get it on." I'd like to see a hack like Vin Scully or Keith Jackson talk with such conviction.
Those cowards at Comcast Sports Southeast fired Lamar Thomas two days after his remarks. I guess "telling it like it is" isn't in Mr. Thomas' job description. Well if being a pussy is grounds for a termination, then this is no job for Lamar Thomas after all.