ESPN and NESN’s Charlie Moore, as profiled in the latest issue of Boston Magazine by Geoffrey Gagnon (link culled from Scott’s Shots)
œWhat I have is a gift, he explains. œI say that seriously. There™s a difference between egotism and cockiness. I™m telling you that what I have is talent.
Moore™s shows are about angling, ostensibly, but he admits that those who are actually interested in the sport™s finer points would be better served watching some other programming. This admission, however, is no endorsement of other fishing shows”a genre Moore considers œlame and œboring, and from which he disassociates himself. This is especially true in his ESPN program, where Moore stands as testament to our cultural fascination with anything”even a fisherman”gone wild. The cocky, condescending Bostonian Moore channels on ESPN has outdoorsmen across the country tuning in, and waffling between wanting either to grab a beer with the wild man, or punch him. œPeople love me because I™m fucking crazy, he says. œNot crazy like I™m gonna pull out a nine and fucking shoot you in the kneecap, but crazy still.
œThis is not a fucking fishing show; fishing shows suck, Moore says. œI™m out to make a great television show; I™m out to make people™s TiVo lists. The show works not because I™m a better fisherman than other people on TV”which I am”it works because I™m flat out more talented. I™m Jim Carrey on a bass boat.