Last night my friend Will Leitch appeared on Costas Now, a panel discussion on HBO. He was on with Braylon Edwards and Buzz Bissinger (author of Friday Night Lights). I didn’t watch it because I had just finally finished my Cyberlaw paper (which, incidentally, is about online sports coverage. Section III of the paper is about bloggers and whether they are journalists who enjoy Freedom of the Press protection, which the COURTS HAVE HELD THAT THEY DO!) Ahem.
I then emailed the paper and went out with my friends Dan, Zach and Mike to the Madison Oyster Bar to celebrate having one thing done on the long list of things to do in order to graduate. We imbibed a little and then we went to back their house to imbibe a little more and then I came home and went to bed. And slept until 1 pm because I haven’t been sleeping much lately.
Today I am slowly piecing together what exactly happened. I hope the video is available soon because I’d like to see Bissinger’s complete and utter meltdown for myself. It’s funny how as soon as I got wind of it, I ran over to Deadspin and read Will’s take and AJ’s take. I then had to see what KSK had to say about it. Both good. I then checked in with Holly, whose blog I enjoy immensely, which led me to EDSBS, also a great post.
I was absolutely floored by the response, but then I stopped to think about it and wasn’t actually that surprised. These bloggers, most of whom I’ve met in “real life,” are articulate, educated, smart, and talented people. I think very highly of all the people I’ve met through the blogosphere. And Will’s response didn’t surprise me at all. I find his writing to be amazing and I find him as a person to be sweet and funny and kind.
For the 10 people who read this, here is what I do. My name is Andrea. That’s not a secret, my name’s all over the blogs I write for. I can be reached at email@example.com. I put random musings here (mostly recaps of reality tv shows) and basically just use it as a creative outlet because law school has tried to suck out my soul and I refuse to let it. I think the “mainstream” “media” opinion of bloggers is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. I haven’t lived with my parents since high school and I am about to graduate with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. I (hopefully) will have a job soon working in intercollegiate athletics, though if I could get paid to blog I think that would be about the best thing ever because it would be earning a living based off my creativity and something I truly enjoy. How many people can say that about their jobs?
I feel kind of sad for this author of such great books. I don’t think his tirade had nearly the effect he hoped it would, as is demonstrated by the posts I’ve linked to today. It’s a little frightening that Will said it appeared that the other “mainstream media” people were like, “RIGHT ON, BUZZ!” and chest-bumping him. I don’t quite understand all the vitriol and seething hatred. But I think this incident will probably have the exact opposite effect that Buzz wanted it to have. And I also have this to say to Buzz, in the immortal words of John McClane:
I’m not the one who just got butt-fucked on national TV, *Dwayne.*