Randy Moss, ESPN facing backlash for ‘MNF’ pregame ‘C’mon Man’ segment
One of the more popular segments of ESPN’s weekly pregame coverage ahead of “Monday Night Football” is without question the “C’mon Man” routine led by panelist Randy Moss.
The bit typically highlights head-scratching plays, mind-numbing gaffes and hilarious football bloopers. However, the network and Moss are presently under fire because this week’s edition of “Monday Night Countdown” ahead of the Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears showdown included a “C’mon Man” bit that rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.
The segment on Monday night’s pregame show included footage from a high school football playoff game in which a team based in Fayetteville, Ark., ended up losing in horrible fashion after the quarterback attempted to close out the game by taking a knee on fourth down.
The problem was the clock had yet to hit 0:00, which allowed the opponent to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired.
The decision to mock and ridicule a high school athlete in such a fashion led to condemnation by New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand.
Terrible job by ESPN and Randy Moss in pregame blowing up some random high school kid on “C’Mon Man!” segment for taking a knee on on fourth down in a random high school playoff game.— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) November 17, 2020
Fayetteville High School head football coach Casey Dick criticized the “C’Mon Man” segment and also took the blame for how his team ended up losing the game in such brutal fashion.
It’s disheartening to see @espn run a segment like this on a kid. I as HIS HEAD COACH take full responsibility. Any criticism needs to be directed towards me. @BladenFike is a tremendous young man with a bright future! Proud to be his coach! #FamilY— CaseyDick (@CdickC) November 17, 2020
The young quarterback who was subjected to embarrassment on national television also surfaced on Twitter. The prep athlete, Bladen Fike, fired back at Moss and ESPN over their criticism while also attempting to rise above it.
I took my eye off the clock. However, criticizing me off of one play does not define me as a Quarterback. I am much better than that! I love my team and my coaches! Thanks for having my back. #familY #PurpleReign @CdickC @RandyMoss https://t.co/Nfvl7wXYaE— BladenFike (@BladenFike) November 17, 2020
The case can certainly be made that ESPN and Moss erred by putting the spotlight on a high school athlete over what likely was his lowest on-field moment. That being said, it probably wasn’t Moss’ intent to humiliate the young athlete, but that’s unfortunately how things played out.
What’s more, the fact that the head coach came to his player’s defense and the player himself shrugged off the shaming at least signifies the embarrassment is not going to keep the young man down for long.