It only took a week, but there's finally a pundit in the sports media world willing to offer a hot take on Jason Kelce's impassioned speech during the Eagles' Super Bowl parade.
Kelce said he was worried about criticism over the profanity in his speech given during the parade, but I don't think he cared how his words would hit Mike Francesa, the longtime afternoon host on WFAN in New York City who retired back in December (and was replaced by a three-person crew that includes former WIP host Chris Carlin).
Appearing on WOR 710 AM Tuesday night, Francesa, known as the "Sports Pope" in media circles, ripped Kelce and his speech to host Sal Licata, calling it "profanity-laced stupidity," and said the Eagles lineman sounded like "a total moron."
Francesa also compared Kelce to LeBron James, but he didn't mean it as a compliment. Back in 2016, Francesa went into full "get off my lawn mode" and called James classless for cursing in front of "women and kids" during his own speech at a parade in Cleveland celebrating the Cavaliers' 2016 NBA Championship.
"You got kids who take off from school, you got people who this is a life experience for them to be at a parade for a Super Bowl for a city, and you go up there and go into a 15-minute, profanity-laced tirade? It's ridiculous," Francesa said of Kelce's speech, apparently unaware it only ran for just over five minutes. "If I were the owner of the team, I'd cut him."
Here's the full transcript:
His inability to pronounce "tirade" aside, Francesa might have a point if there were serious complaints about Kelce's speech, but even the FCC told Philly.com that not too many people complained about the profanity. In fact, the only real issue is the speech was so memorable, it has dominated all the coverage of the Eagles' parade.