This is like shooting fish in a barrel, I know, but sometimes you can’t just sit idly by while stupidity runs rampant. The internet has numbed us to a lot of the idiocy, and in general, my first reaction is to ignore it before giving the topic more attention than it deserves. This is what comes from working alongside the likes of Jay Mariotti, Terence Moore and David Whitley.
Which brings me to John Steigerwald, who banged on his keyboard and came up with this: a column calling out the Giants fan beaten into a coma outside Dodgers Stadium for having the temerity to wear his Giants jersey to the game.
Gramatical errors in the headline aside, Steigerwald was very serious.
“Maybe someone can ask Snow, if he ever comes out of his coma, why he thought it was a good idea to wear Giants’ gear to a Dodgers’ home opener when there was a history of out-of-control drunkenness and arrests at that event going back several years.”
Steigerwald actually wrote that. (He also spelled the guy’s name wrong … and got his hometown wrong. It’s Brian Stow from Santa Cruz, not Brian Snow from Sacramento. But, hey, those are just facts!)
I don’t want to bust out the soap box and preach to the choir about how this is a perfect example of why newspapers are failing, or how crusty old sports folks are deaf and dumb when it comes to the internet and social media, but god almighty, man.
(I mean, just look at the ass-beating Steigerwald is taking on Twitter. In a shocking turn of events, Steigerwald doesn’t appear to have a Twitter account.)
Yes, behold the dull-wittedness that is Steigerwald. Surely, this can’t come as a surprise to those who are vaguely familiar with his work. Silver lining: I’m using it an excuse to bring back Captain Pantload Watch, my half-assed attempt to keep an eye on the sports-media ridiculousness back when I wrote regularly at Heels, Sox & Steelers.
So congrats, John, you’re the first recipient of the award in more than four years. And I have to say, it couldn’t have gone to a more deserving prick. Well done, sir!
Related: as Gretz pointed out to me earlier, I wonder if Steigerwald thinks Tomlin should grow up. Or maybe the Steelers players who honored Dick LeBeau prior to his Hall of Fame induction. Of course he doesn’t. Dumbass.
To be fair, Steigerwald hasn’t always been a douchebag. In 1981, he was calling himself the “Ultimate Sports Guy”! Okay, he’s always been a douchebag.