An aquaintance who never has warmed up to those living south of the border once claimed that if a Canadian did something that ranked as maybe the stupidest thing this country has ever seen, it would only be one-tenth as stupid as the dumbest thing ever done in America.
That may be an exaggeration (maybe 8 times, but 10 is a tad harsh) but here's a case he can cite to back his theory: The Roger Millions gaffe, which now does appear to be more a technical error, though those who make their living with a microphone should know better than to ever utter such words whether it's live or not, truly was dumb.
But the Millions' fiasco pales in comparison to the work of the mental giants behind the microphones at radio station Rock 104 in Mississippi. Those logging on to a live-streamed Southern Miss Golden Eagles game Saturday found not football but a conversation that included tasteless sexual references, belching and at least one racist remark.
Turns out these geniuses didn't realize the microphone was on.
``The employees were not aware that their conversation was accidentally being picked up by a live microphone and could be heard by Southern Miss fans who were trying to listen to the web cast of the game," an apology from Blakeney Communications, the company responsible for the webcast, stated. T``he conversation was NOT broadcast on the radio.
``The employees deeply regret any offensive remarks which may have been made and wish to apologize to Southern Miss fans. They have been severely reprimanded by Blakeney Communications. The comments made do not represent the views or opinions of Rock 104 or Blakeney Communications, Inc."
That last statement sure is a comfort.