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Monday, December 12, 2005

Oops... What Have I Done?

Over on SportsTalk 980 I've somewhat inadvertently managed to start a fight pitting two of my favorite writers (Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilbon) against another of my favorite writers (Chuck Klosterman) based on this email I sent Kornheiser yesterday:
Hi Tony,

I know you've talked about David Stern being a flip-flopper on the NBA dress-code issue. It turns out that Chuck Klosterman (who has begun writing occasionally for ESPN in addition to having authored several books and having writing gigs at Spin and Esquire) has accused you of the same thing in his ESPN.com column:

"I recently saw an episode of 'PTI' when Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon actively self-identified themselves as liberals, yet still came out in favor of the NBA's newly installed dress code (curiously, Kornheiser would capriciously reverse his position in subsequent episodes)."

What gives?

Love the shows/column(ette). Bring back the Style column! Take care.

Cheers,

Baylen Linnekin
Washington, DC
My question and the accompanying brewing spat stem from this Klosterman ESPN column. Kornheiser and Wilbon just skewered Klosterman mercilessly on air. They're all ESPN employees. This won't end well.

Update 12/13: Kornheiser called ESPN.com twice yesterday and today said he was setting a C.O.B. deadline for Klosterman -- or at least someone from ESPN.com -- to call him and explain Klosterman's written comments. In other news, it may now be worth noting that I know a descendant of Alexander Hamilton whose family currently possesses the pistol set used in Hamilton's fatal duel with Aaron Burr, should said set be needed here.

Update 12/14: Guess what topic led off Kornheiser's WTEM radio show? Yep... Klosterman again.

Update 12/14 #2: 12/14: Gawker Media's Deadspin picks up our story.