At Super Bowl VI, Dallas Cowboys running back Duane Thomas asked a very simple question:
"If this is the Ultimate Game, why are the playing it next year?"
He was soon out of the National Football League by the way.
Larry Fitzgerald, Junior, number 11 for the Arizona Cardinals, a wizard and a true star, may have the largest ass in the history of mankind. Just watch the game if you don't believe me.
Larry's dad, Larry Senior, is a sportswriter for a fish wrap called the Minnesota Spokesman-Reporter and he has been feted by many many many newspapers and electronic outlets for being just pretty much the least biased sports writer in history. I mean, his boy is playing in the SuperF'ingBowl and Larry is just taking it in stride. Except they be wrong.
Check this out from Tom Hoffarth's, a writer for the Los Angeles Daily News, blog:
[Geez, I hope the links work...]
The curious cause of Larry Fitzgerald Sr.
By Tom Hoffarth on January 29, 2009 4:20 PM Permalink Comments (0)
There have been some neat, feel-good stories written about Larry Fitzgerald Sr., father of the Arizona Cardinals receiver with the same name, and a sports editor for the African-American weekly newspaper called the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.
One by the Washington Post's Mike Wilbon (linked here). By ESPN's Rick Reilly (linked here). By USA Today's Jarrett Bell (linked here). A week before, by the Boston Globe's Dan Shaunessey (linked here).
Then came a few more from Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star (linked here), and Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Trbune.
Fitzgerald was even on Wednesday's episode of "Inside the NFL" on Showtime. And he's got his own website (linked here).
It must be cool to be him right now.
But amidst all that, there's a piece by Josh Levin for Slate.com (linked here) that kind of puts it into better perspective.
"The point isn't that Fitzgerald Sr. is a bad guy because he failed to disclose a relationship," writes Levin. "It's that he's always happily blurred the very line that Reilly et al. say he refuses to blur."
Just read some of the stories that Fitzgerald Sr. has written the last few weeks (linked here, off his own site).
Unbias? Call it what is it. It's not Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism here.
Levin concludes that maybe the best piece on the subject was done earlier this month by the New York Times' Joe LaPointe (linked here), who wrote: "No matter what happens on Sunday, Larry Sr. will evaluate his son's performance not as a journalist but as a parent."
[The links work...]
Ah, doncha hate it when facts screw up a feel good story?
Enjoy the game.
Last Super Bowl thought. Save money, be smart, buy your beer in Hull/Aylmer/Gatineau.