ESPN.com's Scott Engel, long the weak link in their fantasy coverage (and frankly, that's being generous to Engel--I've constructed winning fantasy teams in the past out of no more strategy than doing the exact opposite of what he advised), took his jackassery to unheard of heights in his column Friday (Insider required: http://insider.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=engelsangles3).
Engel was discussing his picks for his suicide pool, and in explaining his pick of New England over Buffalo, actually used the following phrase:
"...but the Patriots are such a sure thing, the Bills should just forfeit."
Look, I'm realistic about our chances in this game, but to suggest that the game shouldn't even be played? How the hell did this guy ever get a job? The one phrase everybody repeats about the NFL is that, "On any given Sunday, any team can beat any other team". It's part of what makes the league exciting, and frankly, it's why they play the games instead of just computer simulating everything.
If it was someone else, I might think it was just a poor attempt at humor, but Engel's never tried to be the least bit funny in the past (and who the hell knows why I keep reading him if I think he's such a moron).
I'm not calling for his firing or anything--if ESPN isn't going to fire him for gross incompetence, they're not going to fire him for one incredibly stupid statement. I just read that and wanted to vent.