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Why is Dan LeBatard "hateable"

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by spikechiquet, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    I'm a long-time PTI fan and they used to always call LeBatard "The Hateable..." while introducing him.
    I always assumed it's tongue-in-cheek and a joke. He is my fav sub for the show and I could easily watch him and Wilbon together. It's not the same level as Kornheiser/Wilbon, but I'm down with it. It's been a nice two weeks.
    So, what is with the "hateable" tag?
  2. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Oh, dear.

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  3. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    Some people just think cucumbers taste better pickled.
  4. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Some people prefer hosts who don't have a history of sucking up for access, i. e.
    just going all soft and fluffy about just EVERYTHING involving DLB's precious "U",
  5. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Those sports writers who are generally resentful of athletes get bent out of shape that Dan tends to be more empathetic to athletes' points of view. I think he's one of the smarter guys out there. Chalk it up to a lot of misplaced anger.
  6. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    End well, this won't.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    DLB is a brilliant writer, but he's not well-liked by his peers. I'm sure on some level it's because jealousy and I'm sure on some level it's because he's a colossal douche. :)
  8. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Yep . . . writes well. So do a lot of people.

    It ain't hate.

    It's contempt, since DLB rolls over for virually everyone in the locale.

    When you stand for anything . . . you stand for nothing.

    Got it?

  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    His cat's breath smells like cat food.
  10. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    I'm in your court cranberry. Then again, I've never had to deal with him in a sports setting. I just watch him on TV, and he seems to be a fun guy. Again, perception/reality could be different.
  11. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    His apologist act for the U and Ricky Williams aside, I like his work.
  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Athletes and owners have entire squadrons of people (i.e. PR and sports information staffs) whose paid duty is to be empathetic, sympathetic and fellatious to the athlete's point of view. Any putatively independent journalist seeking to even remotely adequately serve his or her readership should at very least adopt an attitude of healthy skepticism toward the athletes' POV. Outright hostility is not necessary (although at times it can be earned), but a minimal level of credulity.

    LeBatard almost invariably adopts a stance of rapturous slobbering over the athlete's nether regions.
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