After Calling Jets QB Mark Sánchez a “Chihuahua,” Boomer Esiason Apologizes on ESPN

Jan 5, 2012
2:40 pm

So, yes, football fans: the New York Jets had an awful season, missing out on a playoff and filling the back pages of New York's relentless tabloid culture with tales of their demise. This week, former Jets quarterback and current sports talk radio host Boomer Esiason criticized the team's lowly performance, making it a point to compare current Jets QB Mark Sánchez, a Mexican American, to a chihuahua.

As reported on, Esiason said the following comments on his weekly appearance at Boston's 850 AM WEEI sports station:

 "If you watched Mark Sanchez the last month of the season, he was like a chihuahua standing on Madison Avenue and 36th Street entering the Midtown Tunnel, eyes bigger than you-know-what, and just so shaky."

Later on ESPN, Esiason said that he wasn't making a reference to Sánchez's heritage:

"I chose a small dog that always looks shaken and has big eyes, and doesn't like big things — a chihuahua. It's a skittish dog and he's been a skittish player."

What is up with chihuahua hate, Boomer? Really?