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Whether you loved or hated Rick Reilly’s schmaltzy weekly column, it brought great joy to the masses. Nothing was so easy to make fun of as a Reilly column, whether for the self-plagiarizing or the blatant disregard for the facts or the attempted poetry. Sadly, the column is no more.
Rick Reilly responds to The Great Father-In-Law Misquote Controversy the only way he can, by saying “I stand by my reporting.” Sorry dad, but you’ll have to go under this bus for awhile ’til this thing blows over.
In which we discover that Twitter backlash to misquoting your father-in-law in a column is the most snarky Twitter backlash of all.
Damn dude, if there’s a short list of people you don’t want to misquote about race, it’s got to have your father-in-law on it. Reilly done fucked up this time, you guys. Check out the open letter Bob Burns wrote to clear the air about his feelings on the acceptability of the “Redskins” name.
Hey, it doesn’t matter if the practice of identifying people by the color of their skin is a divisive and backwards practice. Some people like it!
Rick Reilly is the punching bag of ESPN columnists, mostly because he’s cheesy. And because he got caught begging for credit on live TV. And because he loves one-liners. And so on. The latest Reilly piece, however, deserves to be viewed by the masses.
Per Rick Reilly’s own admission, he’s been defending Lance Armstrong for years. In spite of the boatloads of accusations and evidence, Reilly has lived by Lance’s word – which, of course, seems ironic, when Armstrong’s word was the only thing standing between himself and a guilty juicing verdict. Well that and a ton of passed drug tests, but athletes circumventing drug tests isn’t anything new these days.