Jeff Pearlman

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The suckiness of being a sports writer …

… can be summed up via this video.

Nobody does anything wrong. The coach and players are certainly polite enough. But, having endured, oh, 200 of these, I can only tell you that it is a painfully horrific and soul-sucking experience, akin to coating one’s own body in cheese spread, then unleashing 532 rats.

Press conferences suck for the following reasons:

A. If you have an actual good question, you don’t want to use it during the actual press conference. The hope is, after it’s completed, you’ll get a minute of solo time. So you’re stuck sitting through the monstrosity, waiting.

B. You’re 38-years old with two kids. You were a college athlete yourself, and now you’re a sweater-wearing, pot-bellied, angry sports writer asking questions of 19-year-old kids who, in a year’s time, will be outearning you by roughly $10 million.

C. There’s always a media relations director looming nearby, hovering over the questions, waiting to pounce of something he perceives to be wrongheaded or inappropriate.

D. You are required to call the coach “Coach,” even though he’s not your coach and never will be your coach.

I can go on. And on. And on …

  • Sportswriting Refugee

    Amen, brother. This is why I stick to freelancing and books these days. You couldn’t pay me to sit through one of these again.

    I’ve always wondered if the White House press corps feels similarly?

  • Lori

    I haven’t been at this for long, but I’ve managed to go almost three years without using “Coach” as an honorific. (Then again, most of those encounters were on high school fields and courts, which also leaves out the presence of an SID.)

    Sounds like I’ve been lucky?

  • Samthesham

    why do media people have such disdain for referring to coaches as coach? I’ve never understood what the problem is.

  • http://monozygotic.wordpress.com/ Ryan

    I don’t know how many press conferences I’ve been too… 50+ I’d imagine.

    While I hate them, I don’t have a problem with the “coach” thing. It’s just a title.

    I’ll call someone else’s doctor, “Doctor.”
    No problem with calling someone else’s coach, “Coach.”

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Once again, Jeff Pearlman has produced an exhaustively researched, elegantly written book that re-creates one of the most colorful and memorable teams of the modern era. No basketball fan's bookshelf will be complete without it.

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