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Is BJ Penn Going All Sarah Palin On Us, Now?

(Props: Cage Writer. Skip to the 2:15 mark to find out why is killing when it comes to breaking BJ Penn-related news.)

The highlight of today’s UFC 101 conference call, aside from a joke question about whether B.J. Penn has ever done gay porn, was Penn’s tirade against the MMA media, particularly MMA Weekly.  He said he was unhappy about how he was portrayed following the Georges St. Pierre fight, blaming MMA Weekly specifically for, at least in his mind, making his appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission seem extremely whiny rather than just annoyingly whiny.  What’s worse, Penn added, he did a lot to help the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund after the death of the MMA Weekly founder, and this should apparently guarantee positive coverage from them years later.

It’s worth remembering that this is the same B.J. Penn who got pissed off at the producers of the “UFC Primetime” series for their portrayal of him, and all those guys did was point at a camera at him while he talked and went on vacation. 

Not that we can’t understand why he might not have liked what many in the MMA media were saying about him during his GSP Is A Greasy Cheater Tour of 2009.  But that probably has less to do with an anti-Penn agenda in the media than it does with how he actually conducted himself during that time.  He brought his mom in to testify for some bizarre reason, he asked for GSP to be showered before fights, and he swore off the state of Nevada altogether. 

Whether he ever actually believed that there was a magic grease pill is a relatively minor issue, since a) it was in his complaint, whether he put it there or not, and b) it’s not as if the coverage of his appeal centered around that.  No one’s out to smear Penn, but they are out to tell the story as they see it, which might not be always be favorable to him.  If he’s still upset that MMA media outlets portrayed him as a whiner, that’s somewhat understandable.  But chances are that whining about it now isn’t going to help.

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Geriatric Peon- July 29, 2009 at 7:23 am
Degan you really chant SA RAH? wow most people would say Sar-Rah so they don't sound stupid, but I guess you are just a free thinker like that.
UFC fan- July 29, 2009 at 6:47 am
Tom Degan take your political view and long bullshit post roll em all up and shove em your ass sideways. Get the fuck off the board you cocksucker.
LoneWolf- July 29, 2009 at 6:22 am
BJ needs to forget this bs....grow up and start training harder, beat Kenflo, and shut everyone up the only way he can.....

AKA Shut your freaking mouth BJ and KICK HIS ASS!
Tom Degan- July 29, 2009 at 5:59 am
Perfect! A tip of the hat is in order for poor old Dan Quayle. Prior to Governor Palin's nomination as vice-presidential candidate ten months ago, he was generally regarded as the very worst choice of a running mate in living memory. All that has changed. Compared to Sarah, Danny boy is starting to look like Albert Einstein.

E=M.C. Hammer.

I guess the time has come for all of us breathe a collective sigh of relief. But for the mysterious workings of fate, President McCain would at this minute be snoozing away in the White House and this idiotic woman would be a seventy-three-year-old heartbeat away from the Oval Office. Regardless of one's political viewpoint or party affiliation, it must be admitted that we really dodged a bullet with the defeat of the McCain/Unable ticket last November. Had these two been inaugurated on January 20, the law of averages virtually guaranteed that at some point between the years 2009 and 2013 this country would have been stuck with President Gidget von Braun.

In his column a few days ago in the Washington Post, Richard Cohen suggested that John McCain's judgement should be put into question for making such an abysmal choice when he chose Governor Palin. Much as I admire Cohen as a writer, his assessment isn't quite fair. McCain's first two choices were former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge or that doofus Joe Lieberman. It was the Right Wing extremists who control the Republican party that forced Sarah Palin down his throat.

Instead of focusing a glare of condemnation toward John McCain, the real target of our collective wrath should be aimed at the "grand old party" itself. Think about that for a minute: So far down the ideological deep end has that party fallen, the prospect of a probable Sarah Palin presidency seemed to most of them a perfectly fine and dandy idea. A new Gallup poll has just been released: Seventy-one percent of registered Republicans would be "likely" to vote for her if she runs in 2012. Medications, please.

What, you may well ask, is her motivation for committing political suicide by abandoning the office that the people of Alaska entrusted to her care two years ago? When NBC's Andrea Mitchell suggested to her that after ten months in the national limelight, the comparative drudgery of her duties as governor might have started to seem boring, Sarah Palin responded in words that should be etched in granite at the base of Mount Rushmore:

"The nitty-gritty, like, you mean the fish slime and the dirt under the fingernails and stuff that's me?"

Brilliant. Someone hand me my chisel.

Why did she resign? She says that as a lame duck governor she won't be as effective as she would like to be. The fact that she expects the voters of Alaska to swallow this nonsense without a chaser shows the utter contempt she must feel toward the people she was sworn to serve.

Does she really believe that she has a shot at the nomination three years from now? The answer (unbelievably) is yes. Tom DeFrank of the New York Daily News put it well: The woman has "delusions of adequacy". The pundits (most of them anyway) are starting to compare her rambling press conference on July 3 to Dick Nixon's infamous tirade when he lost the California governor's race in 1962 ("You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore"). Some are even daring to suggest that, like Tricky Dick, she will ultimately be victorious. The only problem with that scenario is the fact that there are slightly over one-hundred things that separate Sarah Palin from Richard Milhaus Nixon: I.Q. points.

What else were her motivations for quitting? Money. She knows damned well that there is a nice chunk of change to be made in the lower forty-eight and that getting from there to here is an expensive and time-consuming process that infringes upon her gubernatorial responsibilities. Were you aware that the distance between Fairbanks and Washington is almost as great as the distance between Washington and London? What to do? To hell with her constituents and head off to the land of the golden goose.

When asked what her future plans were, she said that she will continue to work overtime for the people of Alaska. I'm willing to bet anyone that in the next twelve months, most - if not all of her time - will be spent in New York and Washington. Any takers?

The next three years will find her cashing in on her status as a....uhh....well, whatever her status just might be. Count on her making a national speaking tour for at least one-hundred thousand dollars a pop. A radio talk show? Probably. A gig on FOX Noise? That's almost inevitable. There is a fortune to be made here and she's not about to let something as trivial as her oath of office prevent her from making it.

Does she really have a shot at the nomination in three years? I sure hope so. That would be too good to be true.


You go, girl!

Tom Degan
UFC fan- July 29, 2009 at 1:56 am
BJ is just cutting ties with everyone so when Kenny destroys him, he can fade away and retire. Hopefully soon we wont have to see that stupid whinny bitch anymore.
AussieJosh- July 29, 2009 at 12:39 am
kempo666 Says:
Wed, 07/29/2009 - 13:17
B.J "Sand in his V.J" Penn!!!!!!!!!!!

I fucking rock.


ROF FUCKLING LAMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jay Smith- July 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm
@ kempo666
You smoke rock.

All BJ is doing is returning the favor. Those mutha fuckas talked shit about that man publicly, and not everything was factual. Why doesn't he get the same opportunity to diss them assholes back. I bet they didn't report about BJ and his familys' generosity in their "news". I'm pullin for Kenny in the fight, but I got respect for BJ as a fighter.
I'm also not a fan of "grease-gate", but BJ did tell them to watch for it before the fight, and GSP just happened to end up with vaseline on his shoulders, chest, and back. Isn't that illegal? He would have got his ass whooped without it, but IMO he gets to bitch about it cause it happened that way........ESPECIALLY since he told them to watch out for it BEFORE the fight!!!
kempo666- July 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm
B.J "Sand in his V.J" Penn!!!!!!!!!!!

I fucking rock.

Sho Nuff- July 28, 2009 at 7:29 pm
BJ just needs a new nickname to reflect his whiny quit. We got Failin' Palin, maybe Bawlin' BJ? Any suggestions?
Cookie Monster- July 28, 2009 at 5:38 pm
so is he saying that he gave to the bennet foundation so that MMAweekly would talk nice about him forever in the future or does he assume that because his rich ass family gave some money to a charity that he is allowed to act a fool and not be made fun of? either way BJ you're bein a dick and you sure are missing the point of a charity fund. I love BJ the fighter too, but BJ the person is a child. time for that brain to catch up with the body
Dante- July 28, 2009 at 4:23 pm
BJ Penn would wreck everyone that just talked shit on him.

Doesn't that suck?
portland mma- July 28, 2009 at 4:05 pm
I have long been a big fan of BJ Penn the fighter, i love the warrior spirit, but outside of the octagon he's that little whiny rich kid from Hawaii and he's making it nearly impossible to be a fan of that. So what you didn't get the coverage you wanted from mmaweekly, you don't bring up how good you were to the Ryan Bennet foundation, to me that is way lower then all his greasegate bullshit.
CJvsCP- July 28, 2009 at 4:03 pm
B.J. "Mother Hen" Penn is a fatty cry-baby! Man shut your stupid mouth and fight without making excuses. I wonder what excuse he's going to use next when Kenny smashes his face in?
Titos Head- July 28, 2009 at 4:01 pm
at least hes a good fighter, cause hes a shit person
iron fist- July 28, 2009 at 3:53 pm
BJ needs to hire a manager who is not afraid to tell him to shut the hell up. I guess all that really matters in this sport is what goes down in the ring...but damn, BJ sounds like a like one dumb ass spoiled rich bitch.
clutchy hopkins- July 28, 2009 at 3:53 pm
ahahah oh beej
Swedish- July 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm
Sarah Palin is a HOT POTATO!!! WOOOooo Hooo
Anhonestmoose- July 28, 2009 at 3:37 pm
I honestly doubt that anyone cares that BJ is still being whiny about things that are long over. He should just not talk about anything but his next fight in the future.
BEAM- July 28, 2009 at 3:22 pm
It seems to me Palin's gripe is more legit than Penn's.