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Since going into something like semi-retirement two years ago, disgraced dentistry enthusiast Rick Reilly has stayed relatively quiet, delighting sports fans everywhere. Not two weeks ago, though, he emerged with a long, bad SI cover story on the Golden State Warriors, and now he’s sent out what will surely remain one…
Legendary old school troll Dan Shaughnessy has a real strong take in today's Boston Globe about how soccer sucks. There is no way, he says, that the overbearing Futbol Moonies will make him feel guilty for disliking the sport. Further, he says, it will never catch on in America, not least because there's no sense of…
Rick Reilly published the last column of his career on ESPN.com today. It's not very good, as is the case with most of the stuff he's written since becoming a self-plagiarizing boob. But instead of dwelling on the present, let's send Reilly off by remembering the stuff he used to write before he started sucking.
Fox Sports 1's Katie Nolan, who has previously busted on Rick Reilly, has set her sights on the ol' Rickster once again.
This is how Rick Reilly's latest column, which is about Derek Jeter, begins:
ESPN announced today that Rick Reilly will be going part-time, giving up his ESPN.com column and restricting his appearances to television, including his features on SportsCenter and Monday Night Countdown. This is a little surprising, if only because the big-name columnists tend to die in harness.
The most generous reading of Rick Reilly's latest column, large parts of which are lifted wholesale from a 2009 Rick Reilly column, is that he just wants to give readers something from a time he wasn't mailing things in. But that 2009 column was awful too. Rick Reilly disdains you so much that he's recycling his crap.
Rick Reilly went on TV yesterday and said some stupid things—chief among them was referring to Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas as Gabby Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who survived being shot in the head in 2011—but he also said some mean things about Regis Philbin. Reilly's words did not sit well with Katie…
Bob Burns, Rick Reilly's American Indian father-in-law, wrote an essay saying that Reilly had inaccurately represented Burns's stance on the Washington Redskins' name in his ESPN column. Reilly has now released a statement, feeling he "accurately quoted" Burns and his thoughts on the Redskins' moniker.
Last month, ESPN's Rick Reilly came out in support of the Redskins' name. The backbone of his argument? Father-in-law Bob Burns, a Blackfeet elder, who supposedly said he doesn't care about the team name. Burns has written a response for Indian Country Today Media Network, and oh man.
What is it the poet said? Like muffled drums, our hearts beat a funeral march to the grave. And so it is that Bryant Gumbel, a man who is nothing if not prepared, keeps a list of his pallbearers.
Reader Freddie writes in:
I wouldn't say that Rick Reilly is inconsistent, exactly. Compare this 1991 column on Native American nicknames for sports teams to the one he published earlier this week, and you'll find lots of similarities. In both, for instance, he goes for the reductio ad absurdum of comparing all such nicknames to racial slurs,…