Peter Gammons Vs. Sports Illustrated

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I personally thought Peter Gammons did a great job in his interview with Alex Rodriguez, but some people are not agreeing today, namely Sports Illustrated. SI writer Jeff Pearlman has criticized the ESPNer for not sticking up for Pearlman's co-worker, Serena Roberts, and Gammons is now apologizing for not doing so. Via an email to Deadspin....

I think in retrospect, I should have interrupted the Arod rant. My first question asked if Selena's story were true, he essentially admitted it was, and I believed she was therefore vindicated. I usually don't get into grudges, and felt he was promoting her book, which will be her response. I was trying to get Alex in his own words, but Jeff's criticism has merit that I accept.
Pearlman called Gammons the "Larry King of sports", and while I think that's a little harsh, I can sort of see how some would feel that way. The only problem is that both MLB (who has a new deal with ESPN), and Scott Boras, probably were all over the questions that were asked, and ESPN obviously wanted to be delicate with the piece. That's obviously not an excuse to avoid getting to the bottom of things, but it might explain the tone a bit more.

Oh and one more thing. I know it's slow now that Football is over, ESPN, but good lord! I've seen this damn interview about 40 times now!!! There was some Basketball played yesterday right? Hockey perhaps??? I know what will get us to forget about all this A-Rod nonsense. PETTTTTERRRRRR GAMMMMMMONNNNSSSS!

Ah...that's better.

Peter Gammons is the Larry King of sports television (Jeff Pearlman)
Peter Gammons Regrets Not Sticking Up For Roberts (Deadspin)


Best video ever! Glad you brought it back.

Wasn't Selena Roberts the same reporter that prematurely wanted to have the Duke lacrosse players catapulted from society? Can anyone confirm this.

GMoney said...
Feb 10, 2009, 4:13:00 PM  

While I think Selena Roberts' commentaries on the back page of SI are usually dull. She is a first-rate reporter with monster credentials from the New York Times and SI. And most of all, she absolutely nailed the biggest sports story of the year. It was a tremendous scoop that was almost instantly confirmed by A-Rod. Gammons should have challenged A-Rod on his comments about Roberts. She got the story right and A-Rod indeed lied and juiced. That's the bottom line.

David said...
Feb 10, 2009, 5:02:00 PM  

How come the sports media does not go after NFL players who test positive or get caught with HGH? Is the NFL mafia that powerful?

BillyBobisDrunk said...
Feb 10, 2009, 5:35:00 PM  

I think Gasbag should excuse himself from the baseball HOF. He either turned a blind eye to steroid use( unforgivable for a reporter, nevermind a HOF one) ,or he missed the biggest baseball story of our generation( so hes HOF why?)

To see him kneel before AROD tells you all you need to know.

Anonymous said...
Feb 10, 2009, 8:11:00 PM  

Oh and seeing him suck on guitar with Theo, is just the turdball on top of the shit sundae.

Where oh where is your journalistic integrity PG?


Anonymous said...
Feb 10, 2009, 8:16:00 PM  

It was a softball interview. Gammons let A-Rod get away with a lot. The whole thing was designed to hep push the story down the rabbit hole. Get the bad news out of the way and quickly move away from it.

I'm sure ESPN can find some big Dallas Cowboys drama (or manufacture some) to distract everyone with soon enough.

ESPN has no journalistic credibility anymore AT ALL.

Jay said...
Feb 10, 2009, 8:46:00 PM  

I used to be a huge Andrew Jackson err Gammons fan but he has become a major suckup to everyone baseball. I remember him scolding Doug Gotlieb because Gotlieb would dare think Sammy Sosa was on steroids. He said there is no proof he is a definite hall of famer. I think you could hear Gotlieb's chin hit the table from being stunned.
Yeah Pete you're right. Sosa went from a 170 lbs. stick figure to a 235 lbs tank through hard work and Flintstone Chewables. Gammons should never have been put in the hall of fame.

mandb97 said...
Feb 11, 2009, 11:37:00 AM  

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