Forgive the self-indulgence for one moment. Having moved over to FM in the mornings, I sort of forgot that Colin Cowherd still had a show on local airwaves. A grand total of one person, though, alerted me to the fact that Cowherd is still on, and that he saw fit to discuss me this morning. In the contest of Alex Rodriguez using steroids in high school, naturally. A transcript:
I will say this: Here's where it's actually a compliment, and I've said this about my radio show before. The fact of the matter is, if I talk about blogs, it's all over the blogs, cuz they listen, though they hate to admit it. The reality is, A-Rod's one of the only people interesting enough to write a baseball book about. Seriously. You could write about 15 football players, five or six NBA players. I mean, seriously, how many baseball players are even interesting enough to sell a book?....
So yeah, you've got to be careful about this stuff, you really do. He's under a microscope. I think it's a compliment. Seriously. I think it's a total compliment. Remember that guy, about a year ago, it was two years ago...When was the Super Bowl in Phoenix? It wasn't last year, it was two years ago.
So there was a guy from the Washington Post, I don't know if he's still there, Dave or Dan. He was sort of a quiet guy, he was a bald guy with glasses, and apparently he was just writing terrible things about me in The Washington Post. 'Blah blah blah.'
So he comes up to me and he goes, 'I've written terrible things about you, I've just been very harsh to you, would you mind talking?' And he was sort of an odd bird, but I said, 'You know, go ahead, I don't care. You're a blogger, you have a right to rip me. People rip me all the time, I don't care.'
So we talked, blah blah blah blah blah, and then he goes out and writes another article, a friend sends it to me, rips me to shreds. Even though I was nice enough to do it. [I think this is total fabrication; see here - ed.]
But the funny part about that was, a buddy in D.C. calls me about six months ago and says, 'You know, when he used to write about you in The Washington Post, he would get 100 posts. They put him on the hockey beat, he gets four!' He goes, 'So Colin, the great compliment is, you get reaction!'
You know, all these blogosphere guys, take shots at me. You're not doing that about the overnight guy at Fox Sports Radio. Same with Alex Rodriguez. Hell, you can write a book about him, I'll buy it. He's interesting. You're not writing books about guys with the Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres. So yeah, you've got to be careful about all this stuff.
Incidentally, while my blog software tells me I've mentioned Cowherd's name 15 times since Sept. of 2006, before today I had used his name exactly once in 2009, a two-paragraph item about how he was doing a March Madness radio show from Rockville. And somehow, my 2009 traffic thus far is up 33.5 percent over 2008. Weird. Must have been a rounding error.