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To be honest to my readers, I met Deadspin's founder Will Leitch a few months ago on his book tour. He was insightful, funny, and overall, a very cool guy. We shared some beers and heaters. I read Deadspin but not faithfully everyday.
I just finished watching this HBO Bob Costas show on Sports Media where Leitch was on a panel with Browns WR Braylon Edwards and writer Buzz Bissinger, who penned the literary sports classic novel, "Friday Night Lights."
Costas starts off with a question to Leitch about the negative tone of sports blogs. Leitch refutes that there is nothing different on sports blogs that humans do not spout through spoken word in their normal daily lives.
Buzz begins the panel discourse with the following pompous comment toward Leitch that says all you need to know about Bissinger and his true intentions for appearing on this show.
"I want to interject that I think you are full of shit."
How do you have a reasonable discussion when a man starts the conversation with this low barb?
Bissinger continued to use profanity towards Will on several occasions and spewed the same old tired characterizations of all sports bloggers, which that they are idiots who can not write.
Leitch rose above Bissinger's bait of petty personal attacks and articulated his points quite well. Leitch is pretty in tuned to the role of sports blogs and fans. Deadspin's popularity and success is example enough.
Plus, Will correctly mentions that running a blog is hard Fn work and some bloggers (ME) do it as a hobby.
Costas and Bissinger seemed bizarrely confused as to the difference between the words of commenters and an author of a blog post.
Later, Costas raved about the need for the sports journalism profession and listed Woodward and Bernstein as an example. This analogy is just laughable in written word as it was on first Television consumption.
Bissinger closed the show by calling Leitch, "Jimmy Olson on percocet," and blamed his blog for the future dumbing down of America.
Yeah, it was a jaw dropping segment. Bissinger looked like a cranky old man with a serious axe to grind.
I could get all worked up at Bissinger and respond to his classless attacks on sports bloggers, however, why bother?
If people do not like Mac G's World, they can stop reading or click on somewhere else. It is that simple. "Blowhardinger" seems to miss this crucial point and is too busy having a corollary ("40 YEARS in this Business!") over lame dick jokes by commenters while hypocritically cussing up a storm himself on live TV.
I thought Andy Rooney was the face of the out of date, crusty media white man in media but Buzz Dickinger now has that notorious smug crown.
Gotta jam as it is time to take the NBC show "Friday Night Light's" off my NetFlix que.
Once I can locate some video, I will post it.
Blowhardinger fallout is slowing coming in and predictably, bloggers see the same senile old man.
MJD at Fanhouse
Fire Joe Morgan
Brainwashed Drone of the Imperial Great Satan
We Are The Postmen
Here is a snippet of Costas describing Deadspin commenters talking about Sean Salisburyfuture job prospects. Bob might have lost it if he found out what they probably said about "Lil Sean."
thanks to Fanhouse for the picture
UPDATE:Will Leitch Posts on the Show
UPDATE: II Awful Announcing has video of the sports blog piece and Buzz Dickinger's sophomoric meltdown.
The Sports Blog Video
The Panel "Discussion," staring Krusty the Bissinger. AA loves him some NOFX and the ending is cut off on this video. Krusty got in one final cheap blast.
UpdateIII: Awesome New Bissinger Video
UPDATE IV:Will Leitch's final thoughts about all things Bissinger on Deadspin and here is video of Will's appearance on Best Damn Sports show.
Mac Gs World