Evidently Will Leitch had a warmup prior to his incident with Buzz Bissinger a few weeks back on the Costas special. He writes in the latest issue of The Sporting News, about a greenroom encounter with Cris Carter:
Somehow, I ended up being introduced to Cris Carter, formerly from HBO Sports (and the Minnesota Vikings) and now on ESPN. I shook his hand.
â€œHello, Iâ€™m Will.â€
Cris frowned, and even sneaked in a scowl. â€œAre you the blog guy?â€
I smiled. The best way, Iâ€™ve learned, to deal with the hostility is just to smile. Theyâ€™re not expecting that. I suspect they all think we look like the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons or, more sinister, like a member of the thrash metal group GWAR. â€œYes, sir, I do write a blog.â€
Crisâ€™ scowl was no longer sneaky. â€œYou know, I got a problem with you,â€ the Ohio State grad said, through gritted teeth. â€œSome Michigan blog said I was an a--hole. Better nobody say that to my face.â€
Smiling, trying to look calm, I said, â€œWell, sir, you know, I didnâ€™t write that.â€
Cris took a step closer to me. â€œYou damn well better not of, â€™cause if you had, Iâ€™d take you out right here.â€
I smiled, again, shook his hand, and went on my way.
The million dollar question is which Michigan blogger is on Carter's shit list? There's the obvious choice, but the only thing I can find out of Brian was published after the special and doesn't seem too inflammatory. Any guesses?