Keith Olbermann calls Bryce Harper the worst person in sports

September 4, 2013

Keith Olbermann does a bit at the end of his show where he hands out “worst” awards to sports personalities. It’s meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but it allows bloggers like me to write headlines like the one you see above.

Olbermann starts his rant by taking a few shots at the Nats.

“You may have heard that only the other day did manager Davey Johnson find out Harper has been playing for a long time with hip pain,” the ESPN host said. “Had the Nats already been planning on not bringing Johnson back to run their fundamentals-free, swing-at-anything, defense-optional ball club, that probably would have sealed Johnson’s fate. But Harper added a nail into his own coffin, too. He was asked about how he responds to media criticism of him and his star-crossed season.”

Olbermann then read this Harper quote, via Comcast SportsNet:

I could care less what people think. Screw what people think. Everybody talks about us all year long saying we’re not going to make this or do that. I could care less what they think. It’s all what we think. I could really care less what the media thinks or anybody else. It’s nice to get that W tonight and like I said, I could care less what people think.

It wasn’t Harper’s attitude that bothered Olbermann. It was this:

“It’s this quote he repeated four times,” Olbermann said, before offering Harper a grammar lesson. “‘Like I said, I could care less what people think.’ It’s ‘I couldn’t care less.’ Bryce, ‘I could care less,’ means you care somewhat right now, and you could care, you know, less. I know, I know. Which grammar king died and left me as Judge Judy and executioner? Bryce Harper, his grammar will soon be problem of the next manager of your Washington Nationals, F.P. Santangelo. Bryce Harper, today’s worst person in the sports world.”

Wow. A Harper knock, Santangelo dig and a Simpsons reference all wrapped up in one snarky package.

Listen, you can go into any number of press conferences, interviews or Bog posts and find things that would insult one’s grammar sensibilities. But, you know, headlines.

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Dan Steinberg · September 4, 2013

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