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Friday, February 09, 2007

"Cynical Sports Blog a Hit--" Newsday on Deadspin

Best parts of Neil Best's article on Will Leitch,
  • "Beat reporters? To Leitch, they're mostly good for injury updates and recording the "occasional stupid things athletes say.
  • "Public relations people? "I don't want or need press passes or to have access to players. I don't find that interesting."
The tools of his trade are a laptop, a printer, an I-pod and a cell phone. (He's never had a landline.) On his wall are pictures representing three passions: Woody Allen, Kurt Cobain and the old Busch Stadium. He works from about 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a trip to the gym at 2:30. He gets 300 e-mails a day.
  • Leitch is having fun and is both amused and annoyed by the stereotype of the blogger as a shut-in. Yes, he gets out of the house, and he seems to be one of the cool kids of the New York media world.
Leitch, who grew up in the small town of Mattoon, Ill., is a relentlessly polite Midwesterner and the son of an electrician and a nurse. He has written two books, with two more on the way. The site in the end is a showcase for his writing, which usually is in what he called the "wisenheimer" style of a generation reared on cynicism. "We no longer believe that because Peyton Manning is great at throwing touchdowns he must be a great, heroic guy," he said." From Newsday article by Neil Best, 2/9/07

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