Everybody whose anybody was involved with topics ranging from radio, ESPN, print media and of course the proliferation of blogs.
It's an entertaining watch (upcoming schedule here), if only for seeing Buzz Bissinger come off like Abraham Simpson after just crapping his pants.
Bissinger was part of the panel on blogs with Will Leitch of Deadspin.com and um, Braylon Edwards, who you will almost feel sorry for after watching the segment.
Leitch, of course, pushed the blog party line that the internet and, in particular, blogs are the pure embodiment of democracy (Ken Tremendous of FireJoeMorgan actually broached the subject and Leitch expounded on it) and that he doesn't, nay, shouldn't be in a press box because it ultimately clouds his judgment and access spoils objectivity.
In other words, it's Mike Murphy-style bullshit, purporting to represent some mythical Joe average sports fan like this is Argentine politics circa 1932. It's part posture like anything else.
But the real gold is Buzz Bissinger's spitting vitriol toward Leitch and, as Leitch put himself in a post-show recap, really personified a raging against the dying of the light for print writers. Really. At more than one point, you think a lesser man would have jacked him right in the jaw. Want to see an aging man's reaction to being called obsolete? Check it out.
I read Deadspin daily. Along with TheBigLead, Awful Announcing, KSK, With Leather and FireJoeMorgan. I don't know if I ever actually learn anything that adds to some grand overall sports perspective from trolling these sites (with the exception of FJM - I Love It!), but they're entertaining enough, mostly just enough and pretty much only entertaining.
And I take it as just that. Bissinger is supposing that people not only don't but can't.
Saying blogs are the future smacks of the tired/obvious. And as a group, it will only get better.
And there's also that tiny part of me that knows what Bissinger is trying to say and 100% agrees with him but it's entirely destroyed by the posture and method in which it's delivered. With blogs, I expect a future where it rivals the quality and depth of print. It's just not there yet.
But I can't help thinking the combative nature of both sides (blogs and print) makes for a sports world even more silly than it already was.
Here's the segment intro:
And here's the man himself. Ladies and Gentlemen...Buzz Bissinger.