I was not offended in the least. I realize that Dave was extra emotional and that his TD meant much more than the average TD would because he dedicated that game to Jake and promised him a TD. I can't fault him for what he said. It has to be extremely difficult to maintain composure in the face of what he is witnessing right now. I was right there with Dave.
I don't fault Dave Stala one bit.
If a camera crew sticks or aims a mic right in front of a player who has just scored a TD.....what the heck do you expect!
It's an emotional moment for the player and the last thing he is thinking is whether his words will be broadcast across the country.
So if TSN ( or any other network covering any other sport) wants to add "realism" to their coverage, they have to expect the occasional unsavoury comment once in a while. If the TV folks don't want that.....don't use mics on players without their permission.
Before the league drops the sideline comments completely (and I hope they never do), maybe they could try a few second delay on them to allow for editing? Who says the comments need to be perfectly synchronized with the rest of the broadcast? I doubt anyone would even notice the few second delay, or care.
Hit the nail on the head! Almost made me laugh as hard as when Stala said it! Its time we get over this word. It’s not racist, sexist, or generally bigot in any way. I look at it like an exclamation point in a word rather than a symbol. So really he used it in the correct grammatical sense. When you are in a huge play off game that just won’t give and you score a touchdown I can’t think of a better sentence! If parents don’t like it teach your kids not to say it. The whole worlds not gonna change to suit everyone’s perspective.