ARTICLE OF THE DAY
No More Mr. Nice Guy
writing articles for Pirate Radio. I often write fluffy-type stuff
because I love what I do. Covering sports for a living is a blessing
and more often than not the topics to write about are positive, but
today I break that streak, and here's a negative article: My list of the Top 10 most difficult
interviews I've had in
10 years of sports reporting.
The people who made my list might be great individuals who've done
enormous amounts of good in their lives. They might even be on
somebody's top 10 list of great interviews. I don't care. For whatever
reason these 10 people were difficult or just plain jerks when I stuck
a microphone in their faces so they made my list. I hope you enjoy the
10. Emmitt Smith, RB
Dallas Cowboys (ret.) -
As a Cowboy fan it pains me to write this. Emmitt was smug when I
interviewed him at the Michael Jordan Celebrity Golf Classic a few
years ago in Greenville. His answers were decent but as soon as the
camera turned off, the smile was gone and so was his charm. Maybe he
was having a bad day. I hope so.
9. Scott Harley, RB ECU
Pirates ('95-'96) -
Pirate fans don't jump me just yet. I like Scott. Always have. He'll
probably give me a beat down for putting his name on this list but the
fact remains, he hated doing interviews. He didn't like cameras and
microphones in his face and he didn't mind showing it. His "shoot from
the hip" short answers are great for bar talk, not for television. Good
8. Ademola Okulaja, UNC
Basketball ('95-'99) -
I thought he was going to set a whine record even for a Tar Heel
after UNC's loss to Duke in the '99 ACC Tournament. If it wasn't the
officials, it was dirty play or some other nonsense. Never mind that
Duke just whipped them by 17.
7. Tim Duncan, Wake Forest
Basketball ('93-'97) -
Some say he has a dry sense of humor, others say he has a brick wall
a personality. I call it being difficult. His one word answers to
questions are tired and it makes everybody's job more difficult and it
makes him look like a putz. He was a terrible interview every single
time we talked to him.
6. Chris Scelfo, Tulane
Football coach ('98-present) -
It's a football standard that the visiting team "walks through" the
away field on Fridays before the game. Usually coaches give
interviews. Not Scelfo. This guy is so paranoid that he won't let the
local media even shoot the team's "walk through", let alone give
interviews. He kicked us out of our own field, Dowdy Ficklen Stadium,
and was flippant about it.
5. Joe Morgan, MLB Hall of
Big disappointment. He was rude during his visit to the Jordan Classic.
Here is a guy now making a living in the media and yet he still spoke
condescendingly to us when we tried to interview him.
4. Stuart Scott, ESPN -
What an ego on this guy. If his head gets any bigger, the Earth will go
into orbit around it. His haughty opinion of himself is unfounded
considering some of us still remember his average news reporting on
3. Bob Huggins, UC
Basketball coach ('89-'05) -
A dark cloud follows this guy. Even his own people walk on egg shells
around him. He finds post game interviews to be a waste of his time.
Sorry to inconvenience you, Coach!
2. Barry Bonds, MLB
Pirates/Giants ('86-current) -
Truth be told, Brian Bailey actually interviewed Bonds but he big-timed
Brian. Bonds is really the mega-jerk we've all read and heard about
over the years. I got your back, B!
1. Reggie Jackson, MLB
Hall of famer -
To say this guy is a narcissist is an understatement. To say this guy
is smug is an understatement. He was a jerk to the media and the fans
the ONLY Jordan Classic he was ever invited to. I watched him bring a
young boy to tears because he was offended that the kid ran past a rope
to get an autograph. I asked him on camera what the Jordan Classic
meant to him and his response was stunning. "Well, you certainly can't
work on your golf game with all these distractions. I was told they
would be kept back." I guess he did't realize that fans tend to seek
out autographs from celebrities at CHARITY EVENTS! Jerk.
There you go. A negative article. I hope you're happy! Now I'm
depressed. Next week I'm going to do my top 10 best interviews so I'll