Monday, June 23, 2008

Everyman the Pool Cleaner


NBC's lead golf analyst, Johnny Miller, had to apologize June 20 for some stupid comments he made on-air about golfer Rocco Mediate (photo above).

Hard on the heels of Tiger Woods during the United States Open, Miller said Mediate "looks like the guy who cleans Tiger’s swimming pool." Later in the broadcast, when it looked like Mediate might win the round, Miller asked: "Guys with the name of Rocco don’t get on the trophy, do they?"

Miller later apologized in a statement. But only after he was called on his comments by two Italian-American organizations. In his statement, Miller said:

“I chose my words poorly and in the future will be more careful." He added that his intention was to “convey my affection and admiration for Rocco’s everyman qualities and had absolutely nothing to do with his heritage.”
Right. He conveys his admiration and affection by calling the guy a pool cleaner. Since when is pool cleaning dominated by Italian-Americans anyway? And calling somebody "everyman" is just as bad. It is basically saying Mediate is boring and unexceptional and has no qualities that make him stand out.

Well, one of the biggest qualities that makes him definitely not an "everyman" is that he's Italian-American. How many Italian-Americans are professional golfers competing at the US Open level? Not very many.

At least he didn't make a Godfather joke.