Your Deadcast guest this week is Pulitzer Prize winner, author, and noted horsefucker Buzz Bissinger, and he's still got some f-bombs in his pocket. He was Artie Lange before Artie Lange was Artie Lange, you know.
Buzz and I spend an hour covering a wide range of topics, including CostasNOW, the bankruptcy of the Philly Inquirer (where he won the Pulitzer), and more. You'll have to excuse my stammering at the beginning of the broadcast. I was thrown off by the fact that, if you listen closely, Buzz kinda sounds like David Stern without the light Jersey accent. It's uncanny, frankly. Here are some highlights:
On Artie Lange: "I think I'm off the hook."
On Peter King: "He's really good." I DISAGREE, BUZZ.
On Peter Gammons: "(He) was a wonderful reporter for Sports Illustrated, but increasingly all he does is trade in rumors that turn out to be false."
On steroid users: "They saved the game of baseball."
On Manny: "One of the stupidest blithering fucking idiots that ever existed…. I hope when he comes back, the Dodgers realize they don't need him."
On the intro to Three Nights In August: "Part of it was written, yeah, to piss (statheads) off, because they're fun to piss off, because they sort of flap their wings like the little geeky birds they are and, you know, get all indignant, and I sort of got my rocks off on that. I have to admit." YOU CAN'T PURPOSELY PISS PEOPLE OFF FOR FUN, BUZZ. ONLY I GET TO DO THAT.
To Peter Berg before he directed Friday Night Lights: "Look Pete, if you change the fucking ending of the book, and you have them win… then don't do the fucking book."
On Berg: "He did admit that in the final game against Dallas Carter, he looked for the biggest, hugest, meanest, you know, black guys he could find. And he knew they were all in their 30's and 40's. But he did that on purpose just to heighten the difference." Spike Lee's spider senses are tingling.
Was he pissed when Varsity Blues came out? "Yes."
On Leitch: "He could do a bit more reporting in his columns, he could actually TALK to someone… What really pissed me off about him the most was when he fucking knew who WC Heinz was… I'm the best thing that ever happened to him."
Buzz also pulls the David Eckstein card when talking about clutch hitting (Ken Tremendous will get you for that, Buzz), and he talks about financially supporting Boobie Miles long after Friday Night Lights was published, sometimes against his better judgment. Buzz never raises his voice to me during our conversation. Shit. Next time, I'll steal his lithium prior to recording.
This week's Deadcast is available for your listening pleasure right here. You can also find the new Deadcast in the iTunes Music Store here. Also, Buzz has written a new book with LeBron James that you can pre-order here. Got a question/comment you need read over the air next week? Send it to me here. Special thanks to Liberated Syndication for hosting us. Now sit back, relax, and listen as Buzz explains why Moneyball pissed the shit out of him.
UPDATE: Dan Levy pointed just now that, in the course of talking about the Ibanez story, Bissinger thought the Hugging Harold Reynolds blog was Harold Reynolds' actual site. Oh, Buzz.
UPDATED UPDATE: Buzz's comment: "As it turns out I may not be a horse——- but I am a horse's ass. I did confuse Harold Reynolds with the website/blog/etc. HuggingHaroldReynolds. When I read the original article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, I glanced over Reynold's name and wrongly assumed it was him. I am not sloppy in my writing, or at least I don't think I am, but I was sloppy here. I apologize for the error and I also apologize to Mr. Reynolds."