No doubt most of us saw Buzz Bissinger's vitriolic confrontation with Deadspin 's Will Leitch on Bob Costas' HBO "State of Sports Media special. I voiced my displeasure here, as did several others. Well, Buzz sat down for an interview with...a sports blog! Somehow, The Big Lead got him to sit down and do this interview and I must say, the candor and openness with which Buzz confronts the situation is refreshing. I found this nugget particularly compelling:
I am a man of passion and my passion truly got the better of me. I should have considerably toned it down, in particular in terms of my treatment of Will Leitch. Without going into details, I have taken steps to remedy that. I have also publicly apologized on several radio shows that have been widely disseminated. Those apologies are sincere, just as my passion was sincere if terribly misplaced. I treated Mister Leitch like the worst kind of blogger.
I should also point out, just for the record, that I have gotten many emails applauding what I said because they feel that Deadspin in particular does routinely go too far. But still does not excuse profanity on my part.
I've been a fan of Bissinger's for a long time and I was pretty disappointed with the way he carried himself on that interview, so here's to you Buzz, for taking responsibility for your actions and being willing to change. It gives me hope for your medium.