In the last month, it's become quite fashionable to criticize Rick Reilly. The anti-Reilly tidal wave has been building ever since he began his highly paid, highly panned tenure at ESPN, but reached its crest in the wake of his "had it first on Twitter" faux pas a few weeks ago. Heck, even former emplyoer Sports Illustrated named him one of their Turkeys of the Year last week along with Lance Armstrong, the Alabama Teabagger, and other esteemed individuals.
But let's travel back in time briefly to this past August where the 11 Time Sportswriter of the Year was largely flying under the radar and wrote a column totally burying Notre Dame football. The column was so harsh it took much of the college football and greater sports world by surprise with Reilly saying Notre Dame should be relegated ala a European soccer team, had been "living a lie," and instructed them to "turn in your tiara." At the time, it created a nice little news cycle for ESPN where Reilly's column and the reactions of ND alum Mike Golic and others who have supported Reilly became a story in and of itself.no comments