Is ESPN’s Stuart Scott a luddite or just culturally unaware? Or, is he a doting parent, justifiable worried his young daughter might “google me, and she can find this garbage.” DC Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg had the dubious pleasure of chatting with Scott at last week’s Scripps Spelling Bee.
So do you read sports blogs?
I don’t read any sports blogs.
And if I asked you if you could name a sports blog?
I can’t name a sports blog. I don’t, I’m not a big computer person. I use a computer when I’m at work. I’m not on the Internet much at all. I’m not a big e-mail person. I have an e-mail at work that I look at every once in a while, and I have a home e-mail that I’ll read on average every four or five days because not many people have the address.
I’m just not a big Internet guy. The first two iPods I had, I love music, but I had no clue how to put music on an iPod. I gave the iPod, I said here, put some music, just put some music on it. And people were like ‘Oh c’mon it’s easy, all you have to do is download it.’ Wait wait, that’s the problem, downloading. It’s like, all you have to do to hit a 300-yard drive is drop it in the slot and turn your wrist over and come inside-out. Well, if you don’t know how, you don’t know how. Computers, they just aren’t my thing.
And as far as bloggers go, a lot of athletes have blogs where they’re talking about their personal life, what they’re doing. I don’t, I don’t care.
That’s what’s interesting to me, that you don’t care…
I don’t. I don’t have any interest in an athlete’s personal life if I don’t know the athlete. If I know the athlete and it’s a friend of mine, then I have the normal interest that I’d have for a friend of mine. But I can always say, ‘Hey, what’s been going on?’
And what about the proverbial guy in his basement, who’s, you know….It’s kind of the new sportswriting in a way, some guy who’s picking through the Internet and trying to find, you know, photos of athletes out on the town or photos of journalists out on the town or whatever?
I not only am not interested, I think that’s stupid, crazy. This whole thing with A-Rod, ‘Stray-Rod,’ I think the headline said? Do we know who this person was? Do we know that it wasn’t his agent, his publicist, a friend of his? We don’t know. I don’t care. I don’t care about any of that stuff. And to me, the fact that a lot of these sites are talking about people’s personal lives is absurd. I mean, ABSURD.
(note to Stuart Scott : the above publication is not a blog)
Not for the first time I’ll remind those with short memories that media coverage of ballers’ zipper issues is not a new development (ie. Jose Canseco and Madonna, Wade Boggs and Margo Adams). But it is comforting to know that despite being unable to ID a single spots blog, Stu knows exactly which guy in the basement is responsible for the modern age’s sleazy content : Col Allan.