Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Public feuds

It's been a busy few days for public feuds which, in some cases, have caused backtracking by those involved:

- University of Kentucky basketball phenom John Wall stated he wasn't "having any fun" after UK's big win over Vanderbilt this past weekend. He also stated he "tried not to listen" to head coach John Calipari. Wall has since recanted his statements, saying he was misquoted and that he "loves" his head coach.

- Scott McCarron said that he thinks it's cheating for Phil Mickelson, or any other PGA Tour golfer, to use Ping Eye 2 wedges (with square grooves) at tour events. McCarron now says that he stands by his statement but that he didn't say that "Mickelson cheats." Splitting hairs or not, Mickelson says he was "publicly slandered" and suggests that he may pursue legal action, if the PGA Tour does not respond to McCarron's charges.

- Andrew Young, former aide to John Edwards, has been a ubiquitous presence on ABC news programs over the past few days, promoting his book and throwing Edwards under the news media bus in the process.

- Taylor Swift performed on one too many awards shows. Critics are now--finally--calling her out after her performance with Stevie Nicks on the Sunday night telecast of The Grammy Awards. Kansas City Star critic, Timothy Finn, wrote, "her (Swift's) performance...was worse than bad karaoke."

- Conan versus Jay versus Dave. I won't even begin to recount the litany of jokes, jibes and overall snarky behavior which has been pervasive in late night television over the past few weeks.

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