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I don't know how many times I have to say it -- Rick Freaking Reilly

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Rick Shanley, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. RokSki

    RokSki New Member

    Because he has impact on the sports journalism scene, fair or not.
  2. sports scrub

    sports scrub Member

    fair enough
  3. RokSki

    RokSki New Member

  4. donnie23

    donnie23 Member

    New friend Mr. Shanley appears to be a close associate of Manky Jim. Wonder if we might get a little Saraceno-Reilly catfight going around here ... good clean fun for all.
  5. BigRed

    BigRed Active Member

    What a candyass.
  6. Rick Shanley

    Rick Shanley Member

    I don't like it when people make the above argument -- "well, if you hate him, why do you read him?" Well-read and well-informed people read a lot, despite whether they like the writer or not. Besides, how else are you supposed to distinguish good writers from bad ones?

    I find Simmons funny. And I guess I'm a little jealous, because I'd love to get paid to sit around with my laptop and type whatever was going on with my day. Seems a little mindless to me. Then again, that's the way our society has become. I don't understand it. Reality TV shows. Simmons. Why do the media giants think we're so interested in other people's equally-boring lives?
  7. Boobie Miles

    Boobie Miles Active Member

    I know that everyone here is far more intelligent than the everyday paeans, but you think the media giants think we're interested in other people's lives because, well, umm, you know, MILLIONS of people tune into every stupid reality show? That would seem to suggest to those giants that maybe people do care about other people's boring lives.
  8. RokSki

    RokSki New Member

    I agree. There's something reassuring in reading a columnist (or watching a reality show) that thinks the same things you do at the same moments. That's one reason Simmons does so many 'running diaries,' IMO.

    With our over-scheduled, overwrought modern lives, it's nice to know it's not just you thinking that a certain sportscaster sucks, or that someone's facial hair looks ridiculous, etc.
  9. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    Aren't we about due for another George Plimpton participatory-journalism piece from Reilly? Like the time he flew with the Blue Angels, or was ballboy in tennis, or whatever? These kinds of pieces have a certain charm and interest when it's a no-name journalist doing this, but here's Reilly, now a high-profile sports columnist, also doing TV commercials and commentary, pulling in on the order of seven figures a year and we're supposed to buy into this "Everyman" persona when he does stuff like this. Truth is, Reilly as a tennis ballboy makes him more recognizable than 90% of the pro tennis players out there.
  10. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    Let me make one thing clear---all things considered, Reilly is a gifted writer and a joy to read 95% of the time. He often says things we wish we had thought of, and he writes them 10 times better than we would have had we thought of it.
  11. sports scrub

    sports scrub Member

    what he said
  12. Boobie Miles

    Boobie Miles Active Member

    He did one within the last month or so where he was a rodeo clown.
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