If you’ve been following the previous iterations of the my blog, you are well aware that I’m am not a big fan of Bill Simmons a.k.a the SportGuy. While I think his writing can be somewhat witty and at times entertaining, It is for the most part too favorable to New England sports even when they are struggling; well except for Boston College since he attended to Holy Cross. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if he jumped on the wagon if BC wins a national title. In addition to that, His crush on Tom Brady, the entire Red Sox line up and soon to be crush on Kevin Garnett make his columns read like a sophomore high school girl ranting about her imaginary date to the senior prom with the HS quarterback. Moreover half of each of his columns consist of him talking about the bets that he is probably making (or encouraging you to make) but can not legally tell you that. Another ripe I have with him is his inability to talk about the number one sport in the world; soccer. Still beyond me how people take him seriously. And to top it all off, his wife is a better writer than him and makes better picks than him on NFL games. Plus I hope she names their soon to be born baby Peyton Manning Simmons, the ultimate spite move.
So if you’re like me and you find yourself wanting more from your sports writer beside a repeat of the Vegas lines and odds, I suggest that you check out NPR Frank Deford. While Deford might have a favorite team in every major American sports, he does not spend his entire column lamenting when they lose or bragging when they win. Instead he provides an intelligent, somewhat satirical and complex view of the world of sports. He covers every topic, from international soccer to college football including NasCar and Tennis, with in-dept analysis, humor, objectivity–something that Simmon’s writing lacks. You can find all of 270 archives here (free of charge) and you can even listen to them. Trust me, They are worth it. I would lie if I said that I have a favorite, because I enjoy them all but if you want a flirt before you start another relationship with yet another sports writer, I suggest you start with Duke’s Basketball Team: Uniquely Hated; Sports, the Rodney Dangerfield of Academia? and Can Sweet Lou’s Cubs Save Sour Sports Year? I promise you will enjoy Frank Deford and on every Wednesday you will dish your second class sports writer for him. This maybe the one of the few times when I would conduct having an affair…hey it’s not you’re cheating on your barber.