ESPN’s Jonathan Coachman Joins Bruce & the Kennel Club to Explain ‘Not Much To Do in Lafayette’ Comments [Audio]
It's exciting times for Lafayette, Louisiana these days. The economy is great. Summer is here. Life is indeed good.
And to top it all off the Ragin' Cajuns are kicking butt in pretty much every sport. The zenith may have been reached this past weekend when the softball team advanced to the Women's College World Series.
All was great, until a small "live-on-the-air" comment by an ESPN television anchor got Ragin' Cajun nation up in arms.
ESPN's Jonathan Coachman was back at the Bristol, Connecticut studios when he made the now infamous comments about Lafayette, Louisiana after the Ragin' Cajuns clinched a spot in the Women's College World Series.
In this town, and I've been there...there's not very much there.
Well, as you can imagine, the Ragin' Cajun fans did not take too kindly to these words. Several hundred social media comments later, the Coach realized that Lafayette, Louisiana is a place to be reckoned with!
Bruce and I thought it would be the right thing to do to reach out to Jonathan and let him explain his comments. He graciously agreed and did an eloquent job of explaining what he meant.
"All I was insinuating was they have a lot of support here because there are not a lot sports (pro sports) in Lafayette. That's all I was saying," said Coachman. "It certainly wasn't a dig. It was a compliment to how many people were at the game, how loud it was, all of that."
"Certainly there was no ill-will intended what-so-ever."
That was definitely good to hear as we suspected he didn't really think we were anything but fine folks who love their college teams.
When we asked him about how the Cajuns would be covered by ESPN in the future, Coachman said that the folks up at ESPN have taken notice.
"There's no doubt about that. My colleagues at ESPN understand the situation and you guys will get plenty of love."
And love back is what we want to show to our new friend Jonathan Coachman. It was very classy of him to take a few minutes to set the record straight. We bet now he is an even bigger fan of Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns.