We all know hunger will make you say some crazy things, especially when you use really odd food analogies to help characterize the most hyped fight of the century.
After the long awaited bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, there was no shortage of opinions. So, for the sake of having a hot take, ESPN anchor Stephen A. Smith and boxing trainer and expert Teddy Atlas, used some choice food analogies to characterize the match in a live post-fight analysis segment.
It started when long-time boxing expert Teddy Atlas credited Mayweather for his ability to change his fighting style during the fight. However, instead of simply stating that as such, Atlas instead started talking about cooking.
“He [McGregor] forced a gourmet chef to be a fast-order cook,” Atlas said. “That’s what he did!”
Smith, known for his bombastic personality, was ready to take it further immediately.
“But, doesn’t that make it fast food, instead of à la carte steak?” Smith shouted.
It’s unclear if both men were hungry or if they were just trolling, but as the segment goes on, both anchors continue shouting over each other. At one point, they’re both yelling in agreement.
“Yes, it does,” Atlas screamed back at Smith. “He made him go in there, and he made him flip cheeseburgers. He made him do something that he doesn’t normally do, but his [Mayweather] character allowed him to still walk the guy down and knock the guy out!!”
It’s confusing and bizarre.
At this point, Atlas was literally standing over Smith while yelling on top of his face.
Smith was still charged up and had more curious culinary analogies to clap back with.
“Wait a minute Teddy, if you go to a restaurant to get some steak, to get some filet mignon, but instead you get a burger — ain’t it a burger,” Smith questioned. “I mean, it’s just a burger. That’s what we saw tonight, that’s all I’m saying!'”
This pointless argument went on for more than a minute during a live segment on ESPN, and Atlas emphasized that if it was just a burger, there would only be one person eating it.
“Who’s eating it? Floyd is eating it — the other guy’s not!” Atlas declared.
We’ve compared sports athletes to food in the past, but this was much more bizarre and entertaining.