Buzz Bissinger Freaks Out at Will Leitch
H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Friday Night Lights, appeared on a panel tonight alongside Deadspin blogger Will Leitch on Bob Costas's HBO show. It did not go well.
Bissinger launched into a profane rant against Leitch, Deadspin, blogs in general and "Big Daddy Balls," the latter being the name that Bissinger incorrectly used for the blogger who goes by the pen name Big Daddy Drew. Bissinger was completely unhinged. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who for some odd reason was on the panel as well, looked frightened.
"This guy, whether we like it or not, is the future," Bissinger said, jabbing his finger in Leitch's direction. "The future in the hands of guys like you is really going to dumb us down to a degree that I don't think we can recover from."
Of course, Bissinger couldn't be bothered to cite even one example of anything "dumb" Leitch has ever written. And neither Bissinger nor Costas seemed to know the difference between a blog post and a blog comment.
Bissinger thought he was protecting the institution of journalism, but he was in reality turning what should have been an insightful discussion about the changing face of sports media into a farce. Leitch, who is an old friend of mine, didn't make any particularly salient points about blogging, but he didn't really have the opportunity with Bissinger screaming obscenities in his ear. Bissinger is a brilliant, gifted writer, but tonight he looked like a fool.