Michael Wilbon Appears To Think The Economy Is Both Fine And Miserable

I apologize for the posting drought. Between work, my Baseball Prospectus Idol submission, and baseball season itself, I’ve been somewhat neglecting the blog. That ends tonight, with a very brief but very curious inconsistency from Pardon The Interruption‘s Michael Wilbon. 

Wilbon and co-host Tony Kornheiser were debating the merits of a London-based Super Bowl sometime in the forthcoming years. Kornheiser staunchly opposed the idea, citing its status as a great American event as a factor that would limit its international appeal. This is fine. Then, this exchange happened (closely paraphrased):

KORNHEISER: Also, no one is going to London to see the Super Bowl. It’s the great American event, and people aren’t going to spend the money to go over there and…

WILBON (interrupting): No, no, no, come on Tony, people can afford to go.

The segment continued until the commercial break, after which our argumentative hosts began discussing the Detroit Pistons’ offering cheap tickets to Cleveland Cavaliers fans in an effort to maximize revenue. Wilbon offered his opinion on this unusual development, which included this nugget:

Tony, I don’t blame Pistons fans one bit for not spending money on these tickets in this economic climate. Not one bit.

I suppose these situations are not exactly comparable. The Super Bowl is a bigger event than an NBA Playoff game, which might make people more likely to splurge on a trans-Atlantic trip. But I do think there is something fundamentally inconsistent about Wilbon’s comments. It makes little sense for him to defiantly state that NFL fans can afford an expensive trip to London, and then say that Pistons fans are prudent to forego luxury goods in a time of economic turmoil. I’m not hugely riled up about this, but I do hope that Wilbon thought about what he said at some point after the cameras stopped rolling. 

The NFL Draft is tomorrow, which means we are mere days away from Mel Kiper, Jr. telling us that everyone had an okay draft. Good luck to your team, unless that team is the Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins, Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks, Rams, Bears, Packers, Vikings, Falcons, Panthers, Saints, Buccaneers, Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Texans, Colts, Jaguars or Titans. All three omissions were intentional.


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