Brace Yourselves: Rick Reilly is Probably Writing an Awful Story about Aaron Craft Annoying People

By Jason Priestas on March 27, 2013 at 5:51p

Rick Reilly, millionaire columnist and America's foremost purveyor of narcissistic Twitter claims and bad golf jokes, looks to be writing a story on Aaron Craft and [watered-down-Reilly-metaphor-for-Craft's-annoying-people-skills].

How do we know this? Reilly took over the Ohio State player availability portion of Wednesday's press conference ahead of the Buckeyes' Sweet 16 game with Arizona, asking 40% of the event's questions, all with a "Really, how annoying are you, Aaron?" flavor.

His first volley is direct.

Rick Reilly: Do you find – could you see how someone might see you as annoying.

Aaron Craft: I think he's asking you, Deshaun.

Brilliant, young sir Aaron. But, Reilly wasn't deterred.

Reilly: I mean, not just basketball, but any time. Can you see how in basketball you might be annoying or in real life? Anything like that?

Craft: I know there's probably a couple of people you could talk to back home that would say I'm pretty annoying outside of the basketball floor. The way I play, I hope that's the way I'm kind of viewed. That's what I try to do to other people and I know in practice when Shannon does it to me, I think he's annoying as well. It helps – anything I can do to make them think about other things than their game plan or anything like that. They can think as badly as they want about me as long as they're not thinking about what they should be doing.

Again, Craft parries like a master.

After a question, you know, on the actual game from another reporter, Reilly tries to get Craft to compare himself to Michael Jordan.

Reilly: The jumper you made against Iowa State and the way you finished it – was that homage to Michael Jordan?

Craft: I don't think I'm nearly close enough to be put in the same category as him. I know that if I wouldn't have made it, Deshaun would have been angry at me for not throwing him the ball, so it gave it that extra oomph to go in.

Striking out, Reilly then tries to enlist Deshaun Thomas for help.

Reilly: Deshaun, could you describe how Aaron could be annoying.

Craft: Be calm, baby.

Deshaun Thomas: I don't see how he could be annoying, really, because he doesn't guard me in practice. He's on my team, so I like to see him get into people's heads and for other people to think he's annoying. So, I don't think he's annoying because he's on my squad and he's out there on the ball 90% of the time, so I like it.

Reilly: Could you see him annoying others?

Thomas: Yeah, I can see him frustrating other point guards a little bit because a lot of point guards like to force things – especially scoring point guards trying to get their shots off. Aaron is so into them, I think point guards see that and I see it, too.

Thomas sticks to the talking points like a pro. What are Thomas' talking points? "THIS GUYS IS A DEFENSIVE MACHINE AND HE IS MY TEAMMATE. OF COURSE I DON'T FIND HIM ANNOYING."

Finally, Reilly takes the social media angle.

Reilly: Just for laughs, do you ever go on Twitter or blogs and chat rooms to see what they're saying about you and if so, what do you enjoy?

Craft: I actually don't have Twitter, so I like to avoid all of that. It's either way too good or way too bad, so you don't need to read either of them. Some guys bring up some things every now and again from Twitter and show me the ones that are funny. There was a Chuck Norris one the other day from a former teammate but other than that-

Reilly: What was it?

Craft: I believe it said that I would kick Chuck Norris' butt and then he'd shave his head to look more like me. And I thought that was pretty funny. I thought it was pretty good. It gave me a good laugh.


Craft doesn't even have Twitter. But he does have a Chuck Norris joke.

Good luck, Rick.


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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

if this is the case it is absolutely ridiculous to be honest. I mean, it sounds like he was just digging and digging. Obnoxious at best

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

MediBuck's picture

Fantastic photo. Anyone know what the occasion was for the Tressel-choke?

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

CLEBuck's picture

Reilly had a stretch where he got everyone he interviewed to take a picture like they were choking him.

C.L.E Man I rep my town, everyday bleed that orange and brown.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Rick Reilly annoys ME. How's that for a story?

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

AJW_16's picture

I am so excited about Rick's declarative one-sentence paragraphs. So insightful.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

Bucksfan's picture

RR: "Aaron, are you annoying?  No really, are you?  Also, is there a 6 foot bat in Gotham City?  If so, are you him?  And if so, are you on the police's payroll?  And if so, what are you pulling down...after taxes?"

Who's annoying?

BrewstersMillions's picture

Rick sucks. Just another blowhard on the payroll of the Booyah Empire who gets paid to speak through his written word and never actually says anything. A 30 year veteran of his craft just got shellacked by a college kid named Craft. Well done Bill, you sanctimonious piece of shit. I hope you roll your ankle 100 times.
For the record IF he writes something and its complimentary of Craft, I will still wish the aforementioned joint discomfort on Rick Reiley. Nothing he can say about any team I like will change that. He's a penis.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

You really sealed the deal with that last comment haha +11

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Unky Buck's picture sanctimonious piece of shit.

Things like that make me laugh...because it's true.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

buck-I.8's picture

Bill? Either I'm missing something or that was a Freudian slip of hilarious implication.

mtharp's picture

Last line.... totally worth it.

DJRoss926's picture

That last sentence made me spit out my coffee. Bravo.

Idaho Helga's picture

How about responding,  "Well I think someone might find me annoying because they keep asking the same stupid question over and over and yet I'm still nice to them."
Rick thinks he's going to out smart a guy who's IQ is 5-7 times his.  Duh!

BucksfanXC's picture

I used to love Rick back in the SI days. Used to. Then I grew up.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Jason Priestas's picture

To be fair, he used to be really, really good. Until he got paid and started to mail it in.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Yep...waayyy back in the day he used to be really good, but he has sucked for a while.

"2014 National with it!!!"

Deshaun's picture

I remember when Rick Reilly was one of the better sports writers in the country during his SI days. I can also remember the exact article when he lost me as a reader:

I remember thinking, "Rick, what happened to you?"

Then I read Johnny's spot-on take on the article:

Well done, Johnny!

Buckeyeneer's picture

I concur, Reilly did use to be good. This boxing article I thought was amazing and uplifting. Give it a whirl:

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Jhesse17's picture

Holy crap that's one of the best articles I've ever seen! What the hell happened?

Buckeyeneer's picture

I know, right?

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

DJRoss926's picture


DJ Byrnes's picture

My dad continues to swear by the brilliance of Rick Reilly, which is why I haven't spoken to him in years.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Normal Buck's picture

Same here - he actually wrote a column about the meaning of life that I thought was really good.  One of the lines that stuck with me was something along the lines "That scar? You got taking away a home run from Consolidated Plumbing!"

Bucksfan's picture

Mr. Potato Head, MR. POTATO HEAD!  Remember when you told me to tell you were acting rude and insensitive?  Well, you're doing it right now.

Michael Citro's picture

Eddie Deezen and War Games reference worthy of upvote.

brandonbauer87's picture

Rick can write a coherent golf article from time to time. He should stick to that.  At least when he writes 10 bad golf articles to 1 good one, less people have to read it. I think he could be good on radio though. 

buck-I.8's picture

Aaron Craft should write a book about Rick Reilly being annoying

salberico's picture

I was watching this live this afternoon and couldn't before douchey he was being. Actually I can. I so dearly wanted Craft to give him a "Takes one to know one" answer or maybe "Aaron Craft is annoying. Rick Reilly had it first on Twitter". But Craft has too much class for that. Reilly's a smelly dong.

jthiel09's picture

I remember when Rick Reilly was annoying ... oh wait, that's allllllllllllllllll the time.


gumtape's picture

If you are bored Google rick Reilly roethlisberger injury and watch the clip.

High and tight boo boo

Hovenaut's picture

Unreal. I'm taking the Richard Crawford stance on Reilly here.....

Craft is better at life than you Rick.

If Ohio State and Aaron Craft have the good fortune to cap an incredible year come early April in Atlanta, I'm going to be ecstatic because I'm a Buckeye fan.

But a part of me would enjoy seeing how the haters respond to that. Another ESPiN lackey.....

gbdawg's picture

Reilly is definitely past his prime.

yrro's picture

Don't they have someone at the press conferences who stops calling on these a-holes?

House804's picture

Rick Reiley used to have the best column, would always flip straight to the back of SI.  Everything I've read on his ESPN blog is average at best.
He's mostly an NBA guy, but nobody can touch Bill Simmons when it comes to pure entertainment.

We talkin' bout practice?!  Not the game I love...the game I die for.  Practice?!

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Reilly wants everyone to be as satisfied with him as he is with himself. Can you imagine getting together with him, Deford, Lupica, Albom, and all those other pompous blowhards who've completely lost touch with the athletes they are supposedly covering? Insufferable.
EDIT: Right on with Simmons. Let's hope there's no room at the table for him with these tools.

TheBadOwl's picture

Also, Albom is probably the only one in the same class of annoying as Reilly. 

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Roger's picture

Aaron Craft: "You keep asking the same question in a slightly different way trying to get a different answer so you can use an out of context soundbyte. Do you see how people might think of you as annoying?"

luckynutz's picture

Either he was trying to be funny, or he's just a jackass. Either way, id say craft and DT handled the situation pretty well and made reilly look the jerk off. And to think, rick reilly used to be a pretty good writer. This is what ESPN does to good sports writers...turns them into mindless drones whose only job is to take the negative angle and wring it for all its worth. And just to be clear, I'm not saying its a bias towards ohio state. Its ESPN in general. First take is a perfect put Screamin' A and skip bayless together and they pick topics they know will rile people up and hammer away at it to the ire and outcry of every fanbase. I remember when ESPN used to be about sports and reporting relevant sports news. Now it just seems to be about how much pub they can get...negative or otherwise. Henceforth why I don't find it necessary to watch it unless the buckeyes are playing. And even then, I watch it on mute. ESPN has basically become garbage when it comes to getting anything relevant pertaining to sports.

BUCKfutter's picture

I subscribed to ESPN the mag a few years back solely for the reason that this blowhard wrote for SI. the month after my subscription started, he went to ESPN. I don't read magazines anymore.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

Buckeyeneer's picture

Mr Reilly, do you find – could you see how someone might see you as being responsible for the downfall of paper based media?

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

hodge's picture

When I was a kid, I'd always open my SI to his back page editorials first--guy was my hero--and then he started to suck, it's really a shame. But I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and wait until his article until I join the fray, Reilly's shown the capacity to write complementary articles about much-despised guys, and it's entirely plausible that he's just trying to illustrate Craft's earnestness and humility. 
If not, then he's just being another eloquent troll.  It's just sad that he used to be so much more than a Cowherd clone with a pen. 

toad1204's picture

If its not about Craft's selflessness the shittith will hittith the fannith.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

RedStorm45's picture

That's a clown question, bro.

Maestro's picture

That was my immediate thought, and I wished Craft had responded with it.  Kid is too classy though.  

vacuuming sucks

gwalther's picture

Pure ownage there by Craft and DT. Great photo. And great title to this thread.

Class of 2008

gobucks96's picture

Forget about the game, let's ask questions about my soon to be released article.. No sellout at all!!!

sharks's picture

I just realized I'm a hipster- I hate all the most popular columnists... Simmons, Peter King, Greggggg Easterbrook, etc.
Reilly is awful- shame on those other reporters for not interrupting him as he monopolized the session being a douche.

A man got to have a code...

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Swing and a miss. Good effort, Rick.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.