Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Best Rick Reilly Column I've Ever Read*

You guys know me, and I know some of you, so it isn't like you didn't already figure this out a while back -- I cannot stand Rick Reilly. Like, at all. And it isn't the same way most bloggers hate him (the guy gets paid $8 million a word, or so I've been told), it's a little different story.

When I was in college, I got his office number from a contact at Fox Sports. He was my writing guy, like a lot of aspiring writers that would stand around the mailbox on Thursday awaiting the Sports Illustrated, and I wanted to one day be able to do the stuff he did (which I now realize, is mail in 80 percent of your columns, which take you exactly 40 minutes to produce).

I called his office, only to have him tell me, kindly, to f--k off. Verbatim. Yep, nice dude. A real winner.

Anyway, since that moment I haven't read any of his stuff, except the occasionally accidental click that I make on He isn't the same guy. His writing is tired and his shtick is even worse. I see him the same way I see Jim Carrey as an actor -- good until you realize how bad he really is.

His latest piece about cheating to get a hole-in-one is typical Reilly ... take something everyone enjoys and somehow make it less fun. The absolutely fantastic folks at the Sportress of Blog dissected it FJM-style (Language NSFW, if you cared), and I have to admit, it's as good a dissecting of douchery as I've seen in a while. Enjoy the read.


Matt said...

I agree. Reilly Sucks!

Vince Spence said...

What about TV Rick? AND, SportsCenter Rick? He's got a face for radio and a voice for the print media...

I agree. His stuff used to be special. Now, he does mail it in.

Patricia Hannigan said...

I know, and isn't it all too common in golf reporting; the inability to let anything be fun. Reilly's so jaded it's palpable in every word.

Evidently he's mean too. >:-\

Christian said...

Seriously, fire that guy, ESPN.

J.D. Moore said...

Your just pissed off because he wasn't the world's nicest guy. He's still 10X the writer you'll ever be which is probably why he's writing for and you're writing for an obscure blog.

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