Everybody hates Mike Lupica. Even, it turns out, his fellow sportswriters.
Jeff Pearlman is a longtime writer for Sports Illustrated and various other publications. Recently he has turned his focus to writing books. This weekend Pearlman was a panelist on the “Blogs With Balls” appearance in New York. During that panel he ripped New York Daily News sports columnist Mike Lupica.
Pearlman wrote about trashing Lupica on his blog. Pearlman lambasted Lupica for his “galling arrogance.” He also went on to describe how Lupica “irks the hell out of me.” Pearlman blasted Lupica’s ego and need to become a celebrity. He also called Lupica “a man who needs to be recognized” and chastized the columnist for the way he treats other people (a complaint that has been made often by others like Jason Whitlock in the past.)
Pearlman concludes his rant against Lupica by noting,
“…perspective is a funny thing. Once lost, it’s awfully hard to retain. One day, when Mike Lupica no longer has a job…when ESPN stops calling and the Daily News folds, I believe he’ll find it. Until then-wake up, bud. Wake up.”
Pearlman’s criticisms of Lupica are probably all valid. They jibe with everything that’s ever been uttered and written about the guy. Unfortunately, a funny thing happened. After blasting Lupica for HIS ego, Pearlman went to the sportsjournalists.com website to read the reactions about HIMSELF. As it turns out, the reaction by Pearlman’s peers wasn’t exactly favorable.
The entire sportsjournalists.com forum section was basically filled with pot-calling-the-kettle analogies about what an egomaniac Pearlman is. A petulant Pearlman immediately removed the Lupica posting from his blog with a lame explanation. Most of the post can still be read on the Baseball Think Factory website, but Pearlman whined about being “a bit hurt” and tried to justify his removing the Lupica tirade.
“If I’ve become arrogant or dismissive to anyone reading this blog, I truly apologize. Maybe, in the act of jabbing Mike Lupica, I’ve actually become Mike Lupica. If so, it’s not the way I want to live. I took the Lupica post down.”