Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Though most of us will never find ourselves in the midst of a very bitter, very public feud, it's important to know exactly how to handle one's nemesis when they take a verbal shot at you while the cameras are rolling. Most people are naturally inclined to take the high road by ignoring the comment ("I won't dignify that with a response"), while others let anger get the best of them and go way over the top ("Fuck you, Prick!"). The former projects weakness, while the latter smacks of brute aggression. Either way, you're going to lose the debate in the public square.

There is, however, another option: the zinger. Perfectly timed one-liners are the staple of every smartass's repertoire. A great one-liner defines the moment, neutralizes your opponent, draws a huge laugh, and makes you look witty and fiesty without being "the asshole".

Chad Hedrick had the perfect opportunity to deliver a one-liner knockout blow to his skating teammate Shani Davis last night. With their percolating feud bubbling over at last night's press conference following the 1500m speed skating event, Shani took this potshot at Hedrick, who was sitting in front of a mic just a few feet away:

"It would have been nice if after the 1,000 meters, he could have been a good teammate and shook my hand, just like I shook his hand – or hugged him – after he won the 5,000 meters."

At this point, Hedrick had just a few seconds to size up his opponent, assess the tone of the attack, and formulate a cutting zinger to play for the cameras. Chad's inner smart-aleck could have replied:

"Could somebody get Shani a tissue?"

Six little words, cleverly delivered, and the feud would be as good as over. Instead, Hedrick did his best deer-in-the-headlights routine and rambled on about feeling betrayed, blah, blah, blah. The result: Advantage Shani.

3 Comments:

At 2/22/2006 11:12 AM, Blogger azgopbabeval said...

Its easy to see both points of view, and Hedrick is a self centered SOB, however, Davis should have been a bit more into the "team spirit", after all it is the OLYMPICS...all about representing your country.
I think they both need to grow up.
I wish they would have at least thrown a few punches. It was so anti-climactic!
Too bad Jeremy Piven wasn't there, He could have prompted them to "Hug it out, Bitches"

 
At 2/22/2006 5:35 PM, Blogger azgopbabeval said...

PS-Have you heard that Davis is now suing the city of Chicago for Racial Profiling?!?!?!
ah jeez!

 
At 2/23/2006 8:08 AM, Blogger Ace said...

Why am I not surprised?

 

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