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 ESPN.com. 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.