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Did Griese just jump into hot water?

So, I’m sitting here watching the Ohio State-Minnesota game, with the Buckeyes leading the Gophers 7-0 in the second quarter.

As ESPN comes back from one of their myriad commercial breaks, they did a promo for tomorrow’s NASCAR race by showing the top five drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  What ensues is… well… I don’t know.

You be the judge:

“Where’s Juan Pablo Montoya?” asks Chris Spielman incredulously about the Colombian-born driver who is just out of the top five in the standings.

“He’s out having a taco,” Bob Griese answered.


Based on the current climate of our politically correct society, I’m assuming — right or wrong — this isn’t the last we’ve heard of this.

UPDATE: at the end of the game, Griese attempted to put the toothpaste back in the tube apologized for his comment.  So, there ya go.

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21 Responses to “Did Griese just jump into hot water?”
  1. CHILDPLEASE says: Oct 24, 2009 1:45 PM

    Griese is such a douchebag that he probably has no idea who JPM is. He probably thought that it was a made up name for his taco joke. They could replace him at halftime I wouldn’t miss him just like his son.

  2. hrmlss says: Oct 24, 2009 1:50 PM

    Unfortunately for Griese, Juan Pablo is not sponsored by Taco Bell, Taco Johns, or any other Mexican restaurants, so he can’t use that excuse.

  3. Sean Martin says: Oct 24, 2009 1:58 PM

    Unless JPM and Griese have a long going battle that we haven’t heard of yet…

  4. Canes1 says: Oct 24, 2009 2:08 PM

    Funny. People are wat too uptight and PC…laugh it off folks.

  5. candyblue6 says: Oct 24, 2009 2:13 PM

    WOW, being the butt of a taco joke, how Brutal to a man’s pride. People need to get a life.

  6. Deb says: Oct 24, 2009 2:24 PM

    Hi, John (trying not to be a stranger :-)
    I know almost nothing about NASCAR but gasped aloud reading Griese’s remark. So yeah, it will probably draw some negative attention. Other than Bama and a couple of SEC games, I almost exclusively watch the pros and rarely hear Griese. So I’m genuinely surprised by his tastelessness. If it’s typical, well, maybe I should stop complaining about CBS’s Gary Danielson. He’s annoying, but not to that degree.
    Of course, ESPN could cut down on these off-the-cuff moments by cutting down on the ridiculous number of commercial breaks. No break, no NASCAR ad, one less opportunity for Griese to open mouth and insert foot.

  7. John Taylor says: Oct 24, 2009 2:45 PM

    Howdy Deb.
    I believe Griese would’ve like a mulligan for that one. It wasn’t malicious or characteristic for him, but there will be people who will jump all over it. I would think, at least.

  8. cbridgeford says: Oct 24, 2009 2:54 PM

    Stupid comment. I’m sure JPM will all of 3 seconds of sleep over it.
    But Mr Griese, just so you know JPM is Columbian not Mexican, so it probably should have been a coke reference. JPM is one the very best racecar drivers in the world, having won 7 F1 races including Monaco, the Indy 500 and Indy car championship. He has shown excellent patience and dedication while developing his NASCAR driving abilities and is now a serious threat to win the championship there as well.
    Laugh it off? No. Simple apology and forget it. Sure

  9. Deb says: Oct 24, 2009 3:09 PM

    Glad to hear it was just a thoughtless moment and not characteristic. Let’s hope it blows over with a simple apology.
    @cbridgeford …
    Now I’m intrigued … is it typical for F1 champions to switch to NASCAR? Will he continue to drive F1 as well? I know NASCAR is wildly popular in the U.S. but assume F1 is more popular worldwide. Which is more lucrative for the drivers?

  10. leatherneck says: Oct 24, 2009 3:09 PM

    No one must ever tell a joke about someone because that could offend them.
    Any dissenters will be shot!

  11. dandyman says: Oct 24, 2009 3:19 PM

    Well, John Taylor, nothing like a little gotcha’ journalism, eh? I see nothing wrong with Griese’s ‘taco’ remark. Hispanics, et al, eat tacos. Where’s the pejorative, race, ethinic stereotyping or whatever in that.
    I’m Irish and I eat potatos, drink whisky and sing lullaby’s now and then. I’m not offended when someone associates me with these things or anything elses associated with my Irish ancestry.
    John, go find something more constructive to write about or give up your blog and let someone else with more sense have the space.

  12. Big Blue says: Oct 24, 2009 3:38 PM

    The remark has already made to Montoya’s and Griese’s wikipedia entries.

  13. Obeah says: Oct 24, 2009 3:50 PM

    I thought he was out having a chorizo dog!!
    Dumb assed me.

  14. NelsonLRodriguez says: Oct 24, 2009 4:05 PM

    When asked for comment, Montoya responded…. “I NOTTA Mexican!!”

  15. osuone says: Oct 24, 2009 5:05 PM

    OMG!!!! I cannot beilive this mess. All this because a TV announcer made a comment that a Hispanic NASCAR driver was having a taco. Has the American psyche become so fragile that a remark such as that brings this much attention. This announcer is in our homes every week (during football season) is his character considered to be so insensitive that this remark should be considered offensive to Hispaics and taken personally? Has this country really become a collection of psychological and mental underdeveloped (selfish) children? People GROW UP!!!

  16. nolliabed says: Oct 24, 2009 5:05 PM

    Oh my god………he said what!!!!!!! Oh wait, he only said he was eating a Taco. WTF. Everyone, just chill the F@ck out. Has this nation become so thin skinned and pussified that you can’t say ANYTHING anymore. Now if he would have said “Is he out doing coke and raping women” well then yea, lets take notice. But eating a F#cking taco. If he is offended and if anyone here is offended then please jump on the next ship leaving the U.S. and never come back. What happened to free speech………what happens if I get offended that he got offended???? Should Nascar kick him off the circuit because I am offended that he got offended??? Where does it end? Just for the record……..I’m VERY offended at some of the comments here today. So should everyone who left those comments loose their jobs and are made to live in a cave????? Chill out and get a life. If that offends you, then go live in another country…………..then I won’t be offended anymore. Now is that better?

  17. KingJoe! says: Oct 24, 2009 6:58 PM

    Oh please. Redneck jokes are very commons when it comes to people commenting on NASCAR, yet one little taco joke forces an apology? When is this going to stop? The lack of personnel expression is becoming a thing of the past. We laugh it off when we see movies about the future where everyone is dressed the same, and follow like automatons a leader/or collective thought. However this is really the world we are creating and are dangerously close to having.

  18. Codename says: Oct 25, 2009 1:56 AM

    There is a supreme difference between freedom of speech and work related freedom of speech. I myself, don’t find it offensive, I’m white, if someone made a joke about dancing or jumping I’d laugh.
    That said, you can’t do it in a work place. And this was his place of work. If you walked into a bank and the teller looked at you and said “what, you gotta deposit that check before you spend it on liquor?” would you go back?
    I dare you to get a job, any job, and make a racist, or even a semi racist remark. It’s all about business, not racism. If it helped business to be racist all day long, I guarantee they would have a black guy with a 40 and a bucket of chicken during every pregame.

  19. Matt says: Oct 25, 2009 10:49 AM

    I’m kind of surprised at how shocked people are over this. If Conan O’Brien (not saying anything negative about the guy – his is the only show I’ll watch), Jay Leno, or whoever else said something comparable, people would not be crying about it. The only difference would be that Griese’s remark wasn’t scripted, and O’Brien’s (or whoever else) would be.
    That said, it doesn’t mean the comment was funny; howerver, it’s not worth getting worked up about, either. If anything, I would laugh at the embarrassment that Griese must have felt after saying it.

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