Good: Being the internet’s most-read sports blogger:
Bad: Being cursed by Buzz Bissinger on national TV.
Worse: Being maimed by Cris Carter.
Will Leitch, in THE SPORTING NEWS, takes us backstage at the HBO-sponsored Bissinger debacle with a lovely pre-show exchange he had with Cris Carter - which makes his confrontation with Bissinger seem like a visit to the left side of Dairy Queen’s menu.
“Hello, I’m Will.”
Cris frowned, and even sneaked in a scowl. “Are you the blog guy?”
I smiled. The best way, I’ve learned, to deal with the hostility is just to smile. They’re not expecting that. I suspect they all think we look like the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons or, more sinister, like a member of the thrash metal group GWAR. “Yes, sir, I do write a blog.”
Cris’ scowl was no longer sneaky. “You know, I got a problem with you,” the Ohio State grad said, through gritted teeth. “Some Michigan blog said I was an a–hole. Better nobody say that to my face.”
Smiling, trying to look calm, I said, “Well, sir, you know, I didn’t write that.”
Cris took a step closer to me. “You damn well better not of, ’cause if you had, I’d take you out right here.”
As sports bloggers struggle to break into the mainstream, I shudder to think of the publicity that would’ve been generated by a well-placed stiffarm from Carter into Leitch’s solar plexus.
Mind you, I’m not worried about Will, he’s already proven he can handle himself against ex-NFL wide receivers. I’m guessing he’d have Carter neck-tied, with an assist from Daulerio, in about three Mississippis.
Instead, I’d be more worried about cro-magnon Carter’s soon-to-be-cratered career (ok, maybe not).