Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco isn’t exactly known as one of the NFL’s most controversial personalities. He’s a relatively quiet player with a big arm and questionable “eliteness” (don’t worry — we aren’t about to open up that stupid debate again). Heck, his own dad just called him dull:
“Joe is dull,” Steve Flacco told the New York Times. “As dull as he is portrayed in the media, he’s that dull. He is dull.”
Previously, the most controversial thing about Flacco was probably his eyebrows. Some consider them a unibrow, some say they’re borderline and a few others think they’re just fine (that last group is insane, but it’s their right to hold such an insane opinion).
Flacco’s status as the NFL’s dullest player, however, might be about to change. Under the intense media scrutiny of Super Bowl week, Flacco just said something he’s likely to regret for a while. Asked if a cold-weather Super Bowl is a good idea — keep in mind that the NFL has already decided to play next year’s Super Bowl outdoors in New Jersey — Flacco had this to say:
“Yeah, I think it’s retarded. I probably shouldn’t say that. I think it’s stupid. If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium. Then you can get one.”
You’re right, Joe. You
probably definitely shouldn’t say that. It’s pretty damn offensive.
In a normal week during the NFL season, a slip-up in language like that would quickly be forgiven and forgotten. But today is media day at the Super Bowl. There are literally hundreds of reporters in New Orleans, all searching for a story and faced with the prospect of a Super Bowl team with a “dull” quarterback. Flacco’s choice of words is going to get a lot of play.