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Steinbrenner breaks down “The Bronx is Burning,” but mainly Platt’s hair

George Steinbrenner, shockingly via publicist Howard Rubenstein, spoke today on Oliver Platt’s performance as Mr. Spacely, er the owner of the Yankees in ESPN’s "The Bronx is Burning".

"They always show me angry; they never
found a softer, kinder, gentler George."  Well here’s a softer side we haven’t seen.  The horror is at the 00:11 second mark.  Watch at your own risk, you have been warned.

"He doesn’t want to knock the guy’s acting; he wants to knock
his clothing and hairdo."  This was his chance to praise Larry David.  And speaking of acting, THIS is acting.  Clearly big Stein had first dibs on Mr. Belvedere and simply passed on the role Bob Uecker eventually took because Uecker’s Miller Lite commercials couldn’t touch this one.  And as far as clothing, I think we could all take a lesson from Billy Martin here.  ESPN should be doing an "Outside the Lines" on that jacket.

"George’s hair is more neatly trimmed.  He
doesn’t wear a wig; people think that because he’s perfectly
barbered. He doesn’t have a hair out of place."  Fair point, his dome wig is perfectly barbered as evidenced in the following video.  Platt’s looks  like a bloated, feathered version of Pete Rose’s helmet wig.  Also, look for a special appearance from bizarro Tony Danza in this commercial.