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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #25 on: February 17, 2007, 06:18:04 AM »
Moddy Pipeline confirms the depature.  "Details sketchy, appears to be mutual."

Perhaps more to come, it is hinted.   Someone please keep me informed.

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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #26 on: February 17, 2007, 06:24:41 AM »
He used to be consistently the best read in SI... As Luggy points out, that has not been even close to the case for the last 6-7 years. I think I remember reading that he had signed some monster contract to stay at SI the last time Reilly and Gary Smith re-upped. Maybe his contract is up.

I'll miss the old Rushin. His book "Road Swing" is a favorite and "Air and Space" used to be the first thing I read when I got my SI in the mail.

As soon as he tried to be a straight columnist, his stuff went down about 10 notches. A lot of people have said his stuff began to suck right around the time he and Lobo got hitched and he started writing about UConn hoops every other week.

Personally, I just think his stuff began to suck when he went away from the style that made him so good...
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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #27 on: February 17, 2007, 07:28:53 AM »
Why does he have to be educational? Not every columnist has to fit in the same box. Some can just entertain. I find Rushin entertaining -- and I don't care that I haven't learned anything.

After years of weekly columns, once would have been nice. How about a couple tear-jerkers? How about something deeper than his baseball card collection? How about something more than a rundown of anagrams? He couldn't mix it up. It was cleverness over substance.

I agree with Billy's original post. I'm not reading him to learn anything. I never knew that was even a columnist's job. And he does do stuff like you're asking for. It was no more than a month ago that he had a great column about the kid who has a terminal illness who got to meet all of his favorite athletes.  It was a great read and a great story.
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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #28 on: February 17, 2007, 07:36:09 AM »
Met him at Wrigley Field in 1998 while working on a Mark Grace feature. Chatted with him and he was a nice guy and I, too, enjoyed "Road Swing." Read his stuff in SI more after meeting him and he had his moments. Best of luck to him.

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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #29 on: February 17, 2007, 08:30:09 AM »
His style was more like the Dr. Seuss of sportswriting. Very clever, very talented. But lately there wasn't enough substance in his columns to justify running them every week in the premier sports magazine.

I'm sure he'd make a great features columnist, like Dave Barry, if he extends his interests and reports like he writes. He'll have no problem finding another job.

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« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2007, 08:49:28 AM »
I strongly suspect this was more Rushin's decision than SI's. The magazine is in the process of laying off people right now, and they are planning to ax six writers. They may not get rid of that many now that Rushin has taken a big salary off their payroll.  By doing what he did, Rushin probably saved some people's jobs.  SI might have wanted him to do other things besides/instead of the weekly column, but no way did they want to dump one of the best sports writers in the business.

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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #31 on: February 17, 2007, 09:17:32 AM »
am i the only one who thinks rushin and reilly peter principled? i'd much rather read six takeouts a year from them -- they're TREMENDOUS at these -- than weekly columns i often don't even bother to check out.

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« Reply #32 on: February 17, 2007, 09:25:55 AM »
I loved his column and his features. Nothing was ever too complex. Too heady. It was just a fun read in a magazine. Many times I'd try and figure his topic before reading, and say to myself that this'll be dull. But 9 times out of 10, it was a good investment of a few minutes of my time.
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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #33 on: February 17, 2007, 09:34:42 AM »
They wanted him to stop the column, he said no, and quit.

Replacements, anyone?

Hire from within?
Internet writer?
Newspaper writer?

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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #34 on: February 17, 2007, 09:44:42 AM »
am i the only one who thinks rushin and reilly peter principled? i'd much rather read six takeouts a year from them -- they're TREMENDOUS at these -- than weekly columns i often don't even bother to check out.

Agreed, at times. Sometimes I think Reilly tries too hard to be funny, and it's easy to spot.

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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #35 on: February 17, 2007, 09:50:55 AM »
I'm going to assume he got offered a dumptruck of money to sign on somewhere else. Just a matter of days or weeks before we hear he's headed to Yahoo or something like that.
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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #36 on: February 17, 2007, 09:53:47 AM »
Thank God that column is gone.
As has been said, he's a great features writer (loved Road Swing), but his columns were "Look at me, I'm cute and I'm married to Rebecca Lobo" garbage.
Hopefully, he's got enough in savings to keep her and his kid in oats and carrots for a while.....
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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #37 on: February 17, 2007, 10:06:49 AM »
am i the only one who thinks rushin and reilly peter principled? i'd much rather read six takeouts a year from them -- they're TREMENDOUS at these -- than weekly columns i often don't even bother to check out.

You're 100 percent right... Reilly batted about .900 on features, but is about .333 on columns...

When Rushin did features (very rarely) they were tremendous as well...
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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #38 on: February 17, 2007, 10:29:54 AM »

NOOOOOOOO!
Horrible news!!!!!!

Rushin and Reilly are the ONLY reasons I still read SI.

Might as well cancel my subscription instead of just cancelling the swimsuit edition (anybody want me to forward this piece-of-trash edition to them?)

On a side note, I always find it amusing when anyone in this forum criticizes someone like Rushin. Here's someone who has reached a level of achievement that 99 percent of you scribes in here won't (OK, maybe 95 percent ... I'll give a few of you the benefit of the doubt). Always sounds like jealousy to me, no matter how you structure your argument.

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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #39 on: February 17, 2007, 10:40:20 AM »
He's reached a level that 99.999 percent of us will never reach... That doesn't mean his writing has been at the same level that it once was...

He's incredibly talented, but it seems like he's been sleepwalking through his column for the last several years...
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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #40 on: February 17, 2007, 10:41:45 AM »

NOOOOOOOO!
Horrible news!!!!!!

Rushin and Reilly are the ONLY reasons I still read SI.

Might as well cancel my subscription instead of just cancelling the swimsuit edition (anybody want me to forward this piece-of-trash edition to them?)

On a side note, I always find it amusing when anyone in this forum criticizes someone like Rushin. Here's someone who has reached a level of achievement that 99 percent of you scribes in here won't (OK, maybe 95 percent ... I'll give a few of you the benefit of the doubt). Always sounds like jealousy to me, no matter how you structure your argument.

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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #41 on: February 17, 2007, 12:50:03 PM »
Rushin is sportswriting's Brett Favre.

He used to be great, now he's just OK...

Rushin will hardly be the first sportswriter to lose his edge after marriage and kids...
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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #42 on: February 17, 2007, 12:51:50 PM »
Already heard a rumor that Rushin is heading to one of the online sites. I have no idea which one, or if there's anything to the rumor.

I'll bet he takes a year off and writes a book...
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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #43 on: February 17, 2007, 01:29:00 PM »
I got nostalgic and found the Rushin column that almost made me pee in my pants in the Kansas City Airport.  It's from March 2001.  I'm posting it here, if it's wrong to do so, sue me Webby.   ;D  It's perfect for this time of year.

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AIR AND SPACE

Twenty-nine Reasons That Baseball--Despite Craven Owners, Venal Players, Veterans Stadium, the Designated Hitter, Five-Hour Games and the Devil Rays--Is, and Always Will Be, the Greatest Sport in the History of the World:

1. Those ice-cream sundaes, served in inverted miniature batting helmets.

2. The mystical lure of baseball memorabilia, which compels us to crave ice-cream sundaes served in actual game-worn batting helmets.

3. Listening to Vin Scully.

4. Not listening to Steve Carlton.

5. Flipping the Spread: the time-honored tradition of overturning, in a motivational tirade, the postgame clubhouse buffet table.

6. The postgame clubhouse buffet table, from which an athlete making $ 16 million a year typically eats--off a paper plate, using only a spork--a three-course dinner of fried chicken, mayonnaise and Zagnut bars.

7. Aurelio Rodriguez, who had all five vowels in his first name.

8. Ed Figueroa, who had all five vowels in his last name.

9. The Topps Company, which has put chewing gum back into its baseball-card packs for the first time in 10 years.

10. The chewing gum itself, which is evidently pressed from the same cardboard used for the cards.

11. Jon Miller, who 10 years ago, when he was broadcasting Orioles games, lamented that Queen Elizabeth--on the day she visited Memorial Stadium--would not stop by the booth to read the Esskay Meats out-of-town scoreboard.

12. Don Zimmer, who doesn't have a plate in his head, though everybody thinks he does, and he never seems to correct them, possibly on account of the plate in his head.

13. Caps, which in baseball are worn on heads, as opposed to football (in which they're placed on salaries) or basketball (in which they're busted in fannies).

14. Whitey Herzog, who, when he was the Cardinals' manager, once conducted an interview at his desk with SI's Jack McCallum, who couldn't help but notice that Herzog was fully dressed from the waist up and naked from the waist down.

15. Again Herzog, who, throughout that same interview, was pantslessly eating a hoagie.

16. Cheddarwurst--a sausage injected with Cheez--a staple of tailgating at Brewers games, and a wondrous creation, sent by God to torment vegans.

17. Former Angels and Rangers skipper Doug Rader, who, in a memorable postgame clubhouse conniption, violently heaved his uniform pants, which landed squarely on the head of a sportswriter.

18. The sportswriter, who continued to take notes and nod gravely with another man's pants draped on his noggin, fearing that any attempt to remove the unlaundered trousers would further enrage Rader.

19. The simple knowledge that you can step into any baseball clubhouse and find yourself suddenly caught in a hail of pantsfire.

20. That moment, while talking to Tigers manager Phil Garner, when you try to determine if that's powdered-doughnut residue on his upper lip, or just mustache dandruff.

21. The Strat-O-Matic baseball board game, which allows a 14-year-old boy, all by himself in the basement, to replay the entire schedule of the 1980 Royals and thus allow George Brett to hit .408 instead of .390 (not that I ever did any such thing).

22. The immortal Willie (Pops) Stargell, former spring training instructor for the Braves, in which capacity I once observed him leaning on a batting cage, at Remote Practice Field Q, taking a standing 20-minute nap behind highway-patrol sunglasses as 17-year-olds with triple-digit uniform numbers shagged flies in 96[degree] heat. When I shook Pops from his coma to ask him for an interview, he jerked to life and abruptly blurted, "Can't! Gotta work! Gotta work, work, work!"

23. The word fungo.

24. The fact that coaches dress exactly as the players do, a custom unique to baseball (for which I am extremely grateful, as I am watching, at this very moment, the Georgia State basketball team coached by Lefty Driesell).

25. The mullet, also known as the Kentucky Waterfall, worn by John Kruk during his playing days with the Phillies.

26. Using your car key to dimple the chads on a dozen All-Star ballots at once.

27. The whole hotfooting, loogie-hawking, sign-giving, cap-tugging, cup-adjusting, Leo Mazzone-rocking, genitalia-scratching grand opera that precedes every single inconsequential pitch of every single inconsequential game.

28. Fenway and Wrigley, which will be united in heaven to form a single paradise of unearthly delights, known to all who enter it as Frigley. Or maybe Fengley.

29. The multicolored mosaic of my home team's pocket schedule, 162 tiles in red and blue and white and gray, and every square pregnant with possibility.
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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #44 on: February 17, 2007, 01:37:17 PM »
13. Caps, which in baseball are worn on heads, as opposed to football (in which they're placed on salaries) or basketball (in which they're busted in fannies).


That one made me giggle.
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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #45 on: February 17, 2007, 03:28:06 PM »
Great column.

And I enjoyed Road Swing, thoroughly.

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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #46 on: February 17, 2007, 05:00:50 PM »
Thanks for posting that, Lugs. The other person in the office right now is probably wondering what set me laughing over here.

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« Reply #47 on: February 17, 2007, 05:24:52 PM »

12. Don Zimmer, who doesn't have a plate in his head, though everybody thinks he does, and he never seems to correct them, possibly on account of the plate in his head.

22. The immortal Willie (Pops) Stargell, former spring training instructor for the Braves, in which capacity I once observed him leaning on a batting cage, at Remote Practice Field Q, taking a standing 20-minute nap behind highway-patrol sunglasses as 17-year-olds with triple-digit uniform numbers shagged flies in 96[degree] heat. When I shook Pops from his coma to ask him for an interview, he jerked to life and abruptly blurted, "Can't! Gotta work! Gotta work, work, work!"

These two were hilarious.

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Re: Rushin out at SI
« Reply #48 on: February 17, 2007, 05:31:45 PM »
Anyone have an example of his feature work? Never seen one.

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« Reply #49 on: February 17, 2007, 05:34:55 PM »
I agree with BlondeBomber. Rushin is a talented and clever writer. One of the best. But he was miscast as a columnist. He got the gig because ESPN the Mag came after him and SI countered by offering Reilly $$ and space, i.e. Air and Space. He knew how to massage a word but he lack passion and conviction, the hallmarks of a great columnist, in my view. Believe in something! Steve is a nice guy who never ever pushed the envelope. He was just there playing with words. I think a columnist has to take a stand once in awhile and brace for the reaction. Steve never did that. It was not in him. Maybe SI now thinks they can save big $ and not lose readers with his departure. Because he never really demonstrated any passion, maybe they are right.