Buzz Bissinger seems to think so.
On the April 29th edition of HBO’s ‘Costas Now’ program, we touched basis on how our old reliable ways of getting information on sports (newspapers and television) are now being overshadowed by talk radio and yes, online blogs. The talk radio segment wasn’t so bad, ‘Dog’ from ‘Mike and The Mad Dog’ (New York) got lucky and wasn’t paired up with a complete psycho, but Will Leitch, Deadspin.com editor, wasn’t as fortunate. While Leitch was still able to hold his own, he was being drastically attacked by Mr. Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights, Bob Costas, and Braylon Edwards. It was three against one. Costas and Mr. Edwards weren’t so aggressive, but Bissinger went ballistic. He mentioned that bloggers are unprofessional, that their material is objective and distasteful. He even went as far as to accuse Leitch of being bias because he is a St. Louis Cardinals fan. (How ridiculous.) While many blogs can be derogatory and not “up to par” it is unfair to throw every blog owner into one big pot. That’s like saying that all black people steal and all whites are inbreds.
Blogging is something completely new, and while many may not understand it, they should always try to remember that change is a good thing. Blogs are meant for the younger generation, a new breed of sports fans, if you will. As a blogger, I am not trying to pretend that I represent CBS news. My posts are not built up of crude fabrications, they are, however, made up of opinions and personal experiences. For example, my encounter with Barry Bonds. While this post may have raised a few eyebrows, I do not regret sharing my personal experience with Bonds in any way, nor do I think my expressing my disdain for him “lowered his image”. He did that very well on his own. Also, my post on Burke Badenhop. Perhaps there was a behind the scene reason as to why he is not pitching very well. Do I care? Not really, no. My opinion is simply that he sucks. I by no means tarnish these people’s images nor do I encourage anyone to hate or harm these people in any way. It’s just an opinion. Thankfully, we live in a country where we can freely express ourselves, be it through print, television, the radio, or the internet.
It’s not even the fact that this grumpy old man expresses his angst towards freedom of speech for the common blogger. It’s the incredible display of hypocrisy. He comes onto the set, all high and mighty; and filled with arrogance. He comes armed with, obviously, one of his favorite articles from Deadspin.com and this man was completely ready for war. He explains how bloggers are uneducated, lacking in credentials, are derogatory, are the future “dumbing down of America”. Every other word out of this man’s mouth is, “My a$$” this, “F@%k” that. Mr. Bissinger became all that he loathed.
Poor Leitch was expecting civil discussion, instead what he received was a complete psycho of a man that cannot accept change. I’m sorry, Mr. Bissinger, if you cannot take in this new concept, but the world will keep turning as you sit in your chair holding your little Pulitzer Prize in your hand and try to fathom how things could have possibly turned into what they are today. That’s just how the cookie crumbles, my friend.