#BLOCKED

Ken Hoffman calls out disgraced celebrity who blocked him on Twitter

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This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

You're serious? Bill Cosby went on Twitter to wish dads a happy Father's Day? How's that possible — he's in prison?

That was my reaction when I heard about Cosby taking to social media to issue a Father's Day message. Naturally, I went on Twitter, clicked on @BillCosby, to see for myself. Here's what I saw:

"You are blocked from following @BillCosby and viewing @BillCosby's tweets."

Whoa. Cosby is sitting in prison, convicted last year of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, with 60 more women on record accusing him of raping them over the past 50 years … and he's blocking me on Twitter?

Was it something I said? Clicking back, I may have called him "disgusting" and a "lowlife" in a column in 2014. He's still holding a grudge over that? To show you how long ago that was, at the time, only 20 women had come forward to accuse him of raping them.

I borrowed someone else's iPhone to see what Cosby posted on Twitter:

"Hey, Hey, Hey, it's America's Dad … I know it's late, but to all of the Dads … it's an honor to be called a Father, so let's make today a renewed oath to fulfill our purpose – strengthening our families and communities. #AmericasFavoriteDad"

Oh, the irony

Never has anybody been so out of touch with reality and tone deaf than Bill Cosby behind bars on Father's Day in 2019 — and his social media team. (Wait, perhaps O.J. Simpson going on Twitter last week and announcing "I got some getting even to do" is equally nuts. Simpson is free after spending nearly a decade in prison for robbery and kidnapping, or as Saturday Night Live put it, "really for murder." Less than a week after joining Twitter, Simpson has 772,000 followers.)

Obviously, Cosby does not have access to social media in prison but asked his spokesman to post his message on Cosby's Twitter account, which has 3.5 million followers.

"America's Favorite Dad?" That's crazy talk. I'm a dad, and many times I'm not even the favorite dad in my own house. I remember having a rare serious conversation about the Cosby case with my son when he was about 16 years old. I gave him advice about girls. I told him, the first step to get a girl to like you is easy … just be nice to her.

After that, I can't help you. I got nothing.

Cosby took a different route: knocking them unconscious with Quaaludes and raping them. He still calls himself "America's Favorite Dad?" No! That's how you end up disgraced, scorned, and in prison.

The (many) Twitter battles

I do not block anybody...

Continue reading on CultureMap to learn about Ken's testy exchange with ESPN sportscaster Scott Van Pelt.

40 years later the amazing moment in sports history still holds its place

Do you (Still) believe in miracles?

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It's hard to believe, but this week marks the 40th anniversary of "The Miracle On Ice" A result and event where "if scripted", Hollywood would immediately reject on general premise, due to it's improbability. For a younger generation who is unfamiliar with the story (or the odds), visualize a bunch of nobodies and college kids two weeks ago trying to defeat Patrick Mahomes and the KC Chiefs in the Super Bowl. Then, magnify that by about 50 times, and you'll have the general scope and idea. You see, this is exactly what TEAM USA was comprised of, a bunch of college kids, and nobodies going up against the mighty Soviets.

The average age on the American team was 21. They lacked speed, fire power and the tenure of their opponents. The Soviets hadn't lost an Olympic Hockey game since 1968. They had won 4 straight Gold Medals with their core players intact for entire stretches of their Olympic and Global dominance. By contrast, the only American returning from the 76' games was Buzz Schneider. Schneider would actually score the first goal vs. the Soviets. If you ask most American's today, they probably think Buzz was one of the astronauts. The Soviets were so dominating in this era, they had even defeated the NHL All-Stars 6-0 in 1979 to easily win The Challenge Cup.

Lake Placid, New York served as the backdrop for the 1980 Winter Olympics. Lake Placid is a small village in Essex County, NY with a population today of around 2,500 people. If you visit, it's amazing because everyone in that town claims that "they" were in attendance or had their elders in the tiny 8500 seat arena with their families. What makes the story even more remarkable, is that the matchup wasn't even supposed to happen. The U.S. were heavy underdogs even their opening contests with Sweden & Czechoslovakia. Not to mention, that no one really anticipated a contest vs the Soviets as a mere two weeks prior, the Soviets had easily defeated Team USA in an exhibition game at Madison Square Garden by a score of 10-3. Adding insult to injury in that loss, was defenseman Jack O'Callahan pulling ligaments in his knee. Jack remained on the Olympic roster, but played sparingly throughout the tournament.

The Soviets steamrolled through their tier of countries, defeating Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Finland & Canada by a combined margin of 51-10. The American's railed for a 2-2 draw in their opening game vs. Sweden, then stunned the Czechs, and then handled, Norway, Romania & West Germany. Thus the stage was set. There are edited versions of the historic matchup available for viewing on YouTube. Unlike the late Jim Mckay who refused to reveal the result on ABC's coverage (the game had been played several hours earlier) would never have had the impact in today's age of social media, and technology. Most American's had no idea the result prior to the game's airing on that tape delay. As a 9 year old kid at the time, this was certainly the case for me! This improbable upset didn't actually secure the Gold Medal. Team USA had to play Finland (trailed 2-1) before rallying 4-2 for the victory.

The "Miracle On Ice" launched some amazing sports moments in the decade to come. The Flutie Hail Mary, Lorenzo Charles stunning the Cougars, Nova shocking the Mighty Hoyas, but nothing could ever match American Pride on February 22nd, 1980 after the Soviets went down 4-3.

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