Former Pennsylvania Governor Who Called U.S. “Nation of Wusses” Getting A Sports Column
In late December, one of the slowest news weeks in memory took place, to the point that the postponing of a Vikings-Eagles game due to blizzard concerns actually became something people talked about on the "news." No one was more outspoken on this issue than former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, whose tenure ended in January. Not only did Rendell say the postponing was a telling sign of why "the Chinese are kicking our butt," he also said it was indicative of America's decline into "a nation of wusses."
And that kind of outspokenness has its benefits - a week after reports that Rendell was close to a deal with MSNBC (and, sure enough, his announced deal with NBC News shortly thereafter), yesterday the Philadelphia Media Network, among other announcements, said it's bringing in Rendell to do a weekly sports column in their Daily News newspaper. One has to think the attention generated by Rendell's provocative views on the postponing of the Eagles game was a factor in getting this gig.
And it's an interesting choice. Rendell's a Philly sports guy through and through, so there's little doubt he'll have something on his mind week after week, and if his railing against the Eagles-Vikings postponing was any indication, he won't hold back in voicing his opinions. We also have a feeling that, throughout the course of his political career, Rendell crafted an argument or two. Throw in the fact that he actually serves as an Eagles analyst already, and this is really a natural choice.
One other move especially worth mentioning, from the Philadelphia Media Network Release:
Pulitzer Prize winning, best-selling author Buzz Bissinger will serve as Daily News Editorial Advisor and occasional guest columnist.
Another interesting acquisition - and, potentially, a very good one. As a writer, Bissinger certainly knows what he's doing, and man, speaking of people who have provocative opinions and absolutely no reservations about sharing them as bluntly as possible - well, check Bissinger's Twitter feed. And even if Bissinger's "editorial advising" consists solely of increasing the paper's use of "dongasaurus," he wouldn't even have to contribute one column for his acquisition to be well worth it.
[h/t Erik Malinowski]
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