Stephen A. Smith's Flu Game: Skip Bayless Fails to Keep Host Awake on First Take

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 27, 2013

Really, Stephen A. Smith falling asleep on First Take would be the least ridiculous thing to ever happen on the show. 

The Big Lead spotted this video that proves there is never a bad time to just doze off while Skip Bayless is talking. 

The moment comes when Bayless and Smith discuss the upcoming battle between the Jets and Titans. OK, we probably lost half of you at the mere mention of this game. 

While the Jets are playing far better than expected to open the season, this is hardly the scintillating matchup that moves masses to the television.

If you don't believe me, take a gander at Smith at the 22-second mark as he conks out early for his afternoon siesta. By our count, his eyes are closed for about 10 seconds, which hardly deters Bayless from rambling on about something. (We tune out the second he speaks.)

Smith pulls off his own impersonation of Mike Francesa, and it's adorable. 

Now remember, this is the same show that once pondered whether Tim Tebow could have led the 49ers to a Super Bowl victory. Heck, Complex has a full breakdown of the most ridiculous moments from the show. 

So one of the hosts passing out would really have to fight to find its place among the pure inanity that usually plays out on the show. 

To be fair, Smith seems to have informed his Twitter followers about what was going on during the segment:

Thank you all of hanging with me today on TV and Radio. Sorry I don't have my usual energy. This Flu is kicking my butt, but I'm hanging!

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) September 27, 2013

Just as we expected, a sportscaster's "flu game" is far less entertaining than watching an athlete battle a bad bug. 

We give the host a tough time, but we certainly hope he gets better shortly. Take some time, rest up and get healthy, Stephen A. 

Too bad it wasn't Bayless falling asleep, because our ears could really use the vacation. 

 

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