Skip Bayless broke some ankles Thursday night.
The First Take personality and bearer of the Tim Tebow thurible is not what you'd call "shifty," but his reversal in opinion on Blake Bortles left the sports world on skates.
Liking a lot I'm seeing from Jags, Bortles. They should just go ahead and start him. He'll be fine and they'll be better.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 15, 2014
Some of you may recognize this as a distinct departure from canon for Bayless, who publicly tagged Bortles as one of the worst picks of the 2014 NFL draft in May.
Worst pick so far: Blake Bortles 3 to Jacksonville. That's why they're the Jags.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 9, 2014
What happened here?
Bayless—a man who sinks into his opinions with the determination of an unpruned pit bull—completely retrenched his position after watching Bortles play two preseason games.
He's far from the only one feeling bullish on Bortles, however. Almost everyone developed Bortle Fever after watching the former UCF star go 11-of-17 for 160 yards against the Bears.
Blake Bortles looked good for second game in a row. Only matter of time before he starts.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 15, 2014
Chris Clemons says watching Blake Bortles reminds him of watching Russell Wilson. 👀— /r/Alfie (@AlfieBCC) August 15, 2014
"He's gotta play. It doesn't make any sense. You want to get better? Play the guy!" - Mike Ditka on Blake Bortles. Henne starts tonight.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 14, 2014
I'm trying hard not to get a preseason man crush on Blake Bortles. Not sure I have the strength not to overreact.— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) August 15, 2014
I mean, it got real Bortle-y. Some would say Bortle-line obsessive.
Maybe Bayless is onto something. It's not every day you see one of the most intractable men in sports pull a 180 and begin pulling for a forecasted bust.
It's a new, Bortle-y day for Skipper, who now looks forward to being sauteed in his own hypocrisy on Friday's First Take.
You can’t shift positions that quickly without catching a burn.
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