This is the second installment in an ongoing series called Idiot Sportswriters. In this series, we call out the lazy, irreproachable blowhards that consider themselves “experts” in their respective fields. You can check out the first post here.
Sports Illustrated, you just lost me.
I’ve never been a huge fan of SI, but today I read something that solidified my discontent toward the sports content magnate.
Sports Illustrated, an esteemed publication that has delivered high quality coverage since 1954, has a writer on staff, covering football, who REFUSES TO ATTEND COLD WEATHER FOOTBALL GAMES. And he’s from New York, for cryin’ out loud! Meet this week’s idiot sportswriter: Jeff Pearlman.
Jeff’s hatred for the cold stems from his experience at a frigid Meadowlands in 1987 when the NY Giants beat the SF 49ers in the divisional playoffs. Since then, he says: “I haven’t attended another cold-weather NFL game. Never, ever will I ever attend another cold-weather football game.”
Based on this anecdote, Jeff makes the argument that a Super Bowl held at the New Meadowlands is a bad idea because cold weather would ruin the fan experience. Can someone tell this guy that he’s covering FOOTBALL? That’s right – the sport that’s famous for the ICE BOWL? The most famous field is nicknamed the FROZEN TUNDRA. I would love to see Jeff explain his thinking to these maniacs or this asshole.
This guy makes about as much sense to me as a kosher cheeseburger. Do we lump him in with teachers who hate kids, blind referees and actors who can’t act? He’s the figurative waiter who hasn’t tried the veal, and therefore can’t recommend it.
Sure, there are tons of indoor sports. Perhaps Jeff cut his teeth covering NCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball and I’m just missing something. But from here on out, stick to covering Jai Alai for The Ocho and leave us to shiver in peace.
(Note – it kills me that two playoff tickets only cost $40 in 1987.)