Baseball Crank
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November 24, 2007
BASEBALL: Smorgasbord of Idiocy

Via Pinto, you really have to go read Phillies blog crashburnalley's email exchange with Bill Conlin (you may remember Conlin as the dumb, obnoxious, loudmouthed guy from ESPN's The Sportswriters Sports Reporters, which is saying a lot in that crowd). Honestly, I was surprised to learn that Conlin had email. This is a highlight:

The only positive thing I can think of about Hitler’s time on earth–I’m sure he would have eliminated all bloggers. In Colonial times, bloggers were called “Pamphleteers.” They hung on street corners handing them out to passersby. Now, they hang out on electronic street corners, hoping somebody mouses on to their pretentious sites. Different medium, same MO.

Leave aside the familiar forms of statistical illiteracy that gets Conlin to this point in the argument, let's consider an analogy in which Conlin:

1. Praises Hitler for the very thing that made him Hitler
2. Wishes for mass murder of bloggers


3. Somehow paints the pamphleteers who called for American independence as the bad guys.

It's a depthless hole.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:46 PM | Baseball 2007 | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Disdain for Bill Conlin is on the short list of things Charles Barkley has gotten right.

Posted by: Jerry at November 25, 2007 12:31 AM

It's shocking when the mask slips off these guys.

Posted by: Neil Stevens at November 25, 2007 4:47 AM

Jerry, best story about Barkley, ever was an exchange with his grandmother. She was complining about a republican candidate for some office in her state, stating he was only for those rich people. Barkley basically said, "Grandma, WE are those rich people."

I also remember some fight with Patrick Ewing in the Garden, must have been 18 years ago or so. He was fighting with Ewing for a rebound, and Ewing got mad and charged Barkley. Sir Charles picked him up and threw him on his ass, not once, not twice, but THREE times. Finally, Oakley grabbed Ewing and stopped him. Held him off easily. Gotta love Barkley.

No comment on Conlin. You caught the moron well Crank, no need to elaborate. Samuel (never Sam for those history buffs who insist--and a very undermentioned leader--he did a lot, none of it beer) can rest easier. The Brits wanted him dead too.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at November 25, 2007 10:43 AM

Conlin's time on ESPN was with the Sports Reporters. He is a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News.

Posted by: Bob at November 25, 2007 2:02 PM

D'oh! I knew that. Sorry, haven't watched the show regularly in over a decade.

Posted by: The Crank at November 25, 2007 2:22 PM

Conlin, when he feels like it, and the stars are aligned just right, CAN write a good piece. He's a blowhard, but a blowhard with some talent.

Posted by: John Salmon at November 26, 2007 5:46 PM
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