A letter to Quint Kessenich: Stop the Hypocrisy

A letter to Quint Kessenich: Stop the Hypocrisy

The other day, over at Inside Lacrosse, Quint Kessenich wrote a letter to Major League Lacrosse where he criticized unsportsmanlike behavior in the league and implored the MLL to clean up the game.

Normally, when we hear Quint’s voice it is like listening to the teacher on Charlie Brown – we just hear “wah wah, wah wah wah wah.” But this time we heard something else – hypocrisy.

MLL refs may let a lot go, but so do its broadcasters. Where is Quint’s criticism during the game? Let’s clean up the hypocrisy in the booth. Proof? Let’s just take the first quarter of the Bayhawks-Machine game that aired on May 5.

At the 2:34 mark in the first quarter of that game, Chazz Woodson scores diving goal, at which point he is put into a headlock on the ground by Chesapeake’s Brian Spallina. Quint’s reaction?

“…Watch Spallina. Land on him. Headlock. There’s a takedown. But no back points. Spallina’s up two-nothing except he’s gotta spend some time in the penalty box….”

“…He’s gotta get his hips, he’s gotta pull the arm more get the hips into it and turn him.”

So, instead of criticizing the behavior he bemoans in this column, he jokingly gives Spallina some advice on how to get a pin.

Don’t get us wrong, we are happy to see that Quint stopped his incessant criticism of the college game to complain about something else for five minutes, but it’s tough to take the criticism seriously when you joke about unsportsmanlike behavior yourself.

Want to watch the clip? Head over to ESPN3. The clip starts at the 27:50 mark.
Link: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/player/_/source/espn3/id/457110/
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Not a fan of Quint’s commentary or opinion on the game, but you got to come up with a better example then his halfhearted joke about Chazz and 
Spallina in a wrestling match.  Commentators are inherently taught to try and give the audience an overall positive mood about the game they are watching.  Being over critical of a player/league/ref or situation during a game is typically a turnoff for most audiences which really defeats the overall purpose of televising the game.  I mean look at Van Gundy during the NBA Finals, how many times do you think the little man in his ear is telling him to shut up and keep it light. 
That being said I reiterate that I do not like Quint’s opinion on the game, and really I believe lacrosse is a hard sport with a lot of physical play, and as long as the refs get better at calling fouls and there is no MLL version of the Saints Bounty system, then stop complaining and leave it alone.

Chris Bossert

Chris, I think you are right about commentators that are overly critical are a turnoff. But that’s part of my problem with quint. You sit and watch a college game and he trashes college lax all the time, but is a huge cheerleader for the MLL. Meanwhile, the college game is 100 times better than the MLL.

Quint will rip into college players for unsportsmanlike conduct, but never does the same for MLL during games.

Granted, he’s a douche for a million other reasons, too.

Mark M.

So sick of Quint. We need new blood!


So sick of Quint. We need new blood!


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