Tough week for the sports columnist

Tony Kornheiser retired from his Washington Post sports column this week, though he hadn’t been writing much for years.

Dan Le Batard is taking a break from the business:

I’m going away for a year. I’m going to China, Spain and Adulthood. And I’m as excited about this sabbatical as I’ve ever been about anything.

Jason Whitlock is clearing his mind:

I’m here to recharge. I need a short break to figure out what’s really important and recover from an incredible run of great stories to document. You know, I’ve been bouncing from one sporting event to the next pretty much nonstop for 18 years. I’ve been glued to a TV watching games for three decades.

Bill Simmons is not happy with ESPN:

I still love writing my column and only re-signed last year because I really did believe that we had hashed out all the behind the scenes bullshit and come to some sort of agreement on creative lines, media criticism rules, the promotion of the column and everything else on ESPN.com. Within a few months, all of those things changed and certain promises were not kept. It’s as simple as that.

Meanwhile, I’m exhausted from watching six hours of NBA action every night for the last two months:

It’s tiring posting ten comments on each of my own entries. I piss Diet Mountain Dew. I can’t handle the weird little pictures that WordPress started putting next to everyone’s comments. The Red Wings can’t put away the Stars. My life is in ruins. I’m going to delete this and start a quilting blog.

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14 Responses to “Tough week for the sports columnist”

  1. sloan Says:

    delonte west is not good enough to be a starting point guard in the league. for a contender anyway.

  2. sloan Says:

    what happened to pavlovic? he was really good last post-season. this season he’s a complete non-factor.

  3. sloan Says:

    cleveland needs stops. because they’re down. and they’re not a good offensive team.

  4. sloan Says:

    ONE POINT GAME. lebron is a beast.

  5. sloan Says:

    lebron is incredibly fast for his size. he was going to dunk on that steal. a lesser player would have slowed up and waited to get fouled.

  6. sloan Says:

    PJ brown is bailing out the Cs, bigtime. wow.

  7. broseph Says:

    it is too bad about kornheiser, except for the fact that you will, as i believe deadspin pointed out, see him pretty much everywhere else. le batard though, i didn’t see that coming. maybe he’s setting himself up to take over the impending spontaneous combustion of michael wilbon over just about any trifling sports matter (euthanizing and eulogizing horses)

  8. broseph Says:

    and i agree about the icons. they suck. and way to quote yourself in the likes of those other paid sportswriters.

  9. Chair Says:

    I thought something might be going on with Simmons. He has all but vanished from ESPN.com recently.

    But more importantly, Celtics vs. Pistons. Conference Finals. Tickets go ons ale today at noon for games 1 and 2. Hoefully I won’t have to spend mroe than one day’s salary for a single ticket…

  10. Kenny Says:

    I like Delonte West as a role player, but you’re right when he is the second option on offense you have a problem.

    I wonder about how not having played with a legitimate pg for his entire career will affect Lebron. It doesn’t seem like it should make that much of a difference, but I really don’t like the fact that he is constantly bringing the ball up the court for them. I understand he wants and they need the ball to end up in his hands, but when he is the player bringing it up it just lets the defense get set and key in on him.

    Other great wings rarely have brought the ball up the floor, Kobe doesn’t, Jordan didn’t. Obviously the ball is going to end up in their hands, but it just seems like you can at least make the defense move a little bit if you have a pg bring it up, run lebron off a screen or two and then get him the ball. Instead it’s lebron with 5 defenders all at least with an eye on him and a bunch of mediocre offensive players around him.

    I recognize this is a bit of a contradiction of what i was saying last week about it not always being simple to make offensive adjustments when your opponent is a really good defensive team. But I really think something as simple as not starting every offensive possession with the ball in Lebron’s hands could make a difference for them. Clearly almost every possession is going to involve the ball going to Lebron at some point, but that doesn’t mean he needs to handle it exclusively.

    Also, Pierce was huge. If he plays like that agains the pistons It will not be good. Thankfully our best defensive player will likely be guarding him. I think early in the season when we were breaking the boston/detroit matchups most of us had the ray allen/ rip matchup as a wash. Ray Allen was a complete nonfactor against cleveland. I think we have a clear advantage at that spot. More thoughts later maybe.

  11. zachary Says:

    kenny, have you watched a redwing playoff game this year?

    theres a drawing in your room of the the redwings as children, sitting on the ice looking at the stanley cup.

    there is no picture of the boston celtics or the lebrons.

    have i gone completly mad? has the world world dipped into the 7th firmament of hell?

    because kenneth harvey osborne no longer likes the redwings. and im not gonna stand for it any longer.

    if this cant get you to write about the wings, than nothing will. you will have been lost forever, gone to the other side, the evil side of life, the lowliest of low, life as an nba fan. :(

  12. Chair Says:

    I just spent $375.50 on Celtics tickets. Games 1 and 2. Behind the bench in Game 2, Game 1 row 1 section 6. Insane. I need to go do some work and hope that someone gives me a bonus…

  13. Kenny Says:

    Zach i’ve watched every game. I have been avoiding commenting on the wings because I am legitimately nervous about the way this is playing out and don’t want to think about it.

  14. broseph Says:

    chair, your commitment to your team is admirable…but that’s a lot of green (no pun…well, maybe just a little bit intended) and i almost forgot about DEEEETROIT BASKETBAAAALLLL.

    and zach, kudos for the use of firmament. that’s a biblical word that doesn’t get enough play in my opinion.

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