I like Colin Cowherd’s show on ESPN radio, even though I don’t get to listen to it (or any afternoon radio) all that often. Have to say I’ll probably be listening to Cowherd a lot less after reading this story.

Seems that Cowherd read, on the air, a copy of this (very funny) post about former Texas quarterback Vince Young’s problems with the NFL’s “Wonderlic” IQ test. The post originated on the consistently entertaining M-Zone Michigan fan blog (I’ve linked to it before), but Cowherd didn’t credit the source on the air. The M-Zone guys emailed him about it, and got the following response:


Cowherd made things worse by going out of his way to insult other listeners who complained by email. Uncool, to say the least. Even if Cowherd didn’t know the joke originated on a blog when he first read it (which would be understandable), he didn’t do himself any favors by acting like a jerk when the facts were pointed out to him.

As I observed a while back, MSM arrogance certainly isn’t confined to the news or editorial sections. Cowherd ought to get over himself, and apologize.

UPDATE: According to Gelf, somebody at ESPN got Cowherd’s attention; he’s expected to credit M-Zone for the bit on Monday:

Cowherd will credit M Zone on his next show, airing Monday, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told Gelf on Friday afternoon. “Reading listeners’ emails on the air is a regular part of the show,” Krulewitz said. “The entertaining material discussed came from a listener email without any reference to a website. We’ve since been made aware of where it came from and plan to give Michiganzone the credit the next time Colin’s on the air, on Monday.”

Gelf asked Krulewitz if emails attributed to Cowherd and published on M Zone were real, and if so, if ESPN was OK with Cowherd calling his critics “whiners.” Krulewitz said of the emails, “We think they were inappropriate, and we spoke to Colin about them, and he admits that he overreacted.”

Gelf sent this post to Yost and the other folks at M Zone. They replied by email, “Wow. I’m stunned. That’s all we ever wanted. If that indeed happens, I consider this matter resolved.”

UPDATE UPDATE: Cowherd made a very handsome apology on Monday. Click here for an MP3 of his comments.

17 Responses to “Uncool”

  1. rbj Says:

    I can’t stand Cowherd. He’s a self-important little prick. A horrible radio-host, as he constantly repeats what he just said, as though he has to hammer home each little point as though It Is The Most Important Thought In The History Of Mankind.
    Plus, he tends to get his facts wrong. One time he was going on about racism and the Red Sox and their fans. The problem was, he used the example of the RS trading Pedro — he left via free agent, RS fans also had a testy relationship with Ted Williams, and Roger Clemens wasn’t offered a contract as he was “in the twilight of his career.” I have only listened to snippets on the way home for lunch, as Glen Beck usually has ads on then.
    It’s a total waste of ESPN’s time for him to be on the air.

  2. habu of the west Says:

    Cowherd had an ATTITUDE on the air when he was in Portland, and it appears that going national has only increased his view of himself.

    Was so glad when he got off of my favorite local sports radio and onto the national scene. But the idiot they replaced him with is trying to hard to be Colin in hopes of getting the same deal. ARGH!!!

  3. DanUp Says:

    Also, he knows absolutely nothing about baseball but–in true talk radio fashion–fancies himself an expert? Babe Ruth? He wasn’t very good, because he was fat! Astute observation, Colin buddy! Now try to explain away that ridiculous OPS and his success as a pitcher!

  4. Kinlaw Says:

    Cowherd is an odd duck. After a few listens I thought he was intelligent and entertaining. Maybe that’s because the bar is set so low in sports talk radio. Then I noticed the repetition, he would try to carry a ten minute segment with two minutes of material. RBJ, I don’t know whether or not that is due to his self-importance or self-indulgence, but it is annoying as all h**l. And once he makes a statement (really more like a pronouncment)he is never wrong, even if a caller or e-mailer makes a good point regarding what he said. He’s either full of himself, or putting on that persona for the ratings. Either way I can’t listen to him anymore.

  5. Scott Says:

    I have noticed the same thing, he repeats himself over and over. I have said aloud in the car “Okay I get it, move on”. I would much rather listen to the Dan Patrick show than the Herd.

  6. Jay Says:

    A sports radio personality who’s a rude, arrogant @$$hole? Stop the presses.

    Why doesn’t it surprise me that Cowherd uses all caps and frequent nonsensical ellipses in his e-mails?

  7. jinnmabe Says:


  8. Boss429 Says:

    great buisness model…the customer is WRONG

  9. Brian Says:

    The jackass that is Colin Cowherd has probably done more for sales of XM radio subscriptions and people tuning in MLB 175 on XM during that timeslot than any other individual. I know he helped drive me off all ESPN radio and solely onto XM 175.

    Thanks for this, I haven’t thought of Colin in over a year now (since I got my XM), and once I get out of the bathroom, I won’t think of him anymore.

  10. Yost Says:


    Just want to say thanks for the support. We sincerely appreciate it.

    Yost and the M Zone Gang

  11. richard mcenroe Says:

    Well, he’s no Petros Papadakis…

  12. NukemHill Says:

    According to Gelf, an acknowledgement is forthcoming from Cowherd on Monday. Instapundit references the story.

  13. nukemHill Says:

    What? No hat-tip???

    I’m suing!! 😉

  14. John Says:

    I gave Cowherd a try after he replaced Tony Kornheiser on ESPN radio, but he comes across as “Jim Rome light” — not as relentlessly overbearing as the original, but still overly self-confident, even when presented with evidence to the contrary.

    Anyway, I’m back to listening to Kornheiser either on XM Radio or on the WTEM feed on the Internet — Whiny, balding old guy beats self-important know-it-all every time.

  15. ss Says:

    Another recent Cowherd incident involves his classless glad-he’s-dead treatment on the occasion of Kirby Puckett’s death.

  16. Chris of Dangerous Logic Says:

    Cowherd credited M Zone on his show yesterday ( http://michiganzone.blogspot.com/2006/03/cowherd-gives-m-zone-credit-issue.html ).

  17. Natalie Says:

    Been there. Done that.

    We got no-credited by Rush Limbaugh hizzoneself…..and he even used our graphic.

    At least he didn’t hotlink it.

    (I say “he”….his web guy, no doubt.)

    The Link: http://www.jessicaswell.com/MT/archives/001436.html

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