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He won't last a year there. Anyone as nasty as he is has no future in the industry.
The sportsjournalists item is just speculation. And is Ed really cut out for that kind of job?
"He won't last a year there. Anyone as nasty as he is has no future in the industry."11:23 AM, August 22, 2007Sorry, I don't know much about newspapers--but from what I've read here being nasty is EXACTLY how you get ahead in your business. Reading your posts leads one to believe local newspapers are run by either assholes or fools--and often foolish assholes.
"is Ed really cut out for that kind of job?"11:54 AM, August 22, 2007 Is Ed really cut out for any job? At least any one that involves dealing with other humans?
Look at the bright side. Some ethnic minority who works at the AP in NY will soon have a hefty settlement from a harassment lawsuit. Unlike the TT, AP has a guild with muscle that ensures the workplace rules are followed.
I can already hear Ed after his first week working there - "Christ, they got a lotta chinks and Mexicans in the Big Apple!"
Wonder how those writers will like taking instructions from him.
Hard to believe that AP New York can't do better than Ed Christine.But it sounds like the woman he'd be working for is a piece of work also. Oh, to be a fly on the wall when things hot in that place.
What blew me away were the comments on sportsjournalist.com about Ed being a "nice guy." Are we talking about the same person here? Or are the standards that different between news and sports?
I especially liked the guy who worked with Ed in Shamokin or whereever it was, and said, "nice guy but I never knew what he did." That was the paper owned by his wife's family.But WTF, I wish Ed well. Maybe he'll be OK there. I honestly think the metro job was making him crazy, or crazier. The pressure is so different than sports, I just don't think he knew what hit him. That job really requires a person who's stable and centered and mature; you put someone like Ed in there and you could almost watch him come apart at the seams. A return to sports might be healthy for him. And of course, he'd have to pull another of his famous long-distance commutes.:)
There might not be any more pressure in sports journalism than the AP New York sports desk. Bet he crumbles within six weeks.
If you were a sportswriter working a beat, like the Mets, and Ed was another guy working the beat, and you spent a couple hours a week drinking together?I'm sure Ed was a "nice guy," full of zany observations and off-the-wall comments and funny stories and let's have another round, it's still early.Ed's got a certain raffish Rat Pack charm when he wants to. I've seen him bend over and kiss up big-time to folks like the Lynetts or Hal Marion cuz he knew it was in his best interest.Is he "a nice guy" when you have to spend 60 hours a week working with him in a pressure cooker?Not so much.
2:31 p.m. pegged Ed perfectly.
Anyone know for sure whether Ed got the job? That online item seemed tentative and speculative. We need to make that call, people. Somebody call the sports desk at AP New York, ask for Ed and see if anyone picks up. If they ask who's calling, say "Mike Washo."
Yeah, I don't know if he really has that specific job. That's a really big-time job that if you read it right, has been open a really long time. Maybe he's on the desk there, just not as the assistant sports editor.
Good for you Ed! The losers you left in the dust here in NEPA are puking in their Cheerios now that you've secured a job they could only dream of. Hacks all of 'em. And pathetic ones at that. Again, good for you Ed!
So who's saying that he actually HAS the job?Anyway,I like how someone on the sportswriter site brought up Ed and the Mets book --- just as someone(?) here always mentions it. (There's no connection, I'm sure:)Like that's a qualification for a top AP job.Or, like, how could he be an incompetent metro editor -- he was mentioned in a book about the Mets!!!I'd be more impressed if he'd actually written the book -- but hey, that's just me.So many hack sportswriters, even at mid-sized papers, are able to turn out books on a year with the Yankees or a year with the Mets or a year with the Steelers, blah blah.I wouldn't say it's easy...but you empty out nine months' worth of notebooks, add in some gossip and dirt that never made it into print, mix it up with some commentary and analysis and 20-20 hindsight. And let's face it, the creative bar is set pretty low for that genre of sports book.If any book would write itself, you'd think it would be a tumultuous year with Darryl and Dwight and Keith and Gary and Mookie and Lenny, etc. etc. But somehow it doesn't surprise me at all that Ed ended up as a foul-mouthed "character" in somebody else's book instead of having the discipline or talent to write his own.
Yeah, baby! This is Big Eddie livin' the big dream in the big apple, with a hot pad and a sweet secretary. We got a pitcher of martinis, Sinatra on the hi-fi and p*rn on the big screen. Best of all, the wife's in Boinktown! Now you Scranton losers can tell me how much you're hatin' it!
Martinis are not made by the pitcher. Get your facts straight.
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