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Rick Reilly -- What happened?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by UNCGrad, May 27, 2012.

  1. UNCGrad

    UNCGrad Member

    I used to enjoy Rick Reilly. I think it's OK to say that. But what the hell has happened to him? His ESPN stint has been utter crap. The latest:


    Ugh. Was I wrong all those years, or were his SI editors just that freaking good? Or has he simply been mailing it in since he moved to ESPN, where he's been pretty much buried since he got there?

    Maybe I've just grown up or something. He's just so...dated.
  2. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty New Member

  3. mjslovin91

    mjslovin91 Guest

    Since when can Siri talk hoops? Must be time to update the iPhone.

    But yeah, feels like eons ago when I would read SI back to front. Not the same since he made the switch.
  4. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

  5. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Ran a couple of things I've written through a comprehension site - a one-voice, 500-word feature from Sunday's paper and a live column from the Music City Bowl. Both came in around a seventh-grade reading level.

    Seems about right.

    Then I ran a 450-word letter I just wrote pertaining to a certain complaint I have, most likely to be ready by someone's executive assistant. About a 13th-grade level. Again, I think I hit the spot I was aiming for.
  6. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Ring in USPS mailbox art.
  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

  8. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Cute is no substitute for Compelling.
  9. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    I don't know, I kind of enjoyed that column the first time he wrote it, for Sports Illustrated in 2000.

  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Years late, to play the hardball pace-of-play dirge . . . never mind the players . . . endless commercials have cooked that goose, unless they go to three balls and two strikes . . . which ain't happenin'.
  12. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    Reilly is so unselfish with his insight. And his modern sense of humor. Man, was this spot-on stuff.
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