Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Oct 2005

Hangin' with DeAngelo Hall

I got this e-mail from Benjy: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Any similarity to the work of Michael David Smith is purely intentional.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 26 Oct 2005

8 comments, Last at 27 Oct 2005, 7:52pm by Jerry


by Joey (not verified) :: Thu, 10/27/2005 - 12:20am

I was going to go off on this writer but I will refrain after seeing his son passed away. Unfortunately, his publisher's website brings up an error when you do a search on the book title. Way to handle the free publicity, Baywood Publishing! Odd, too, is the blurb at the bottom of the column saying the book will be published "this fall." Yet it's not out now. 2006? Dunno.

by Joey (not verified) :: Thu, 10/27/2005 - 12:23am

BTW, gotta say I'm not a fan of the new posting system. I much preferred having the ability to edit my post at the same time as previewing it.

by CoreyG (not verified) :: Thu, 10/27/2005 - 2:19am

For what reasons were you going to go off on the writer? The DeAngelo hype or his writing style or what?

by charles (not verified) :: Thu, 10/27/2005 - 2:38am

Check out profootballtalk.com, where they say hall was fired by reebok as an endorser because he wore nikes on monday night. Now, personally nike is a much better quality sneaker than reebok and i will argue that to the grave if any wants to, but hall is going to be out a crap load of money for the next little while. I remember when vince carter left puma for nike and he had to pay nike a bunch of money like a year later. I'm pretty sure hall's deal with nike is nowhere near as big as carters'.

by Fiver (not verified) :: Thu, 10/27/2005 - 11:08am

I have mixed feelings. I appreciate that another writer is attempting these types of play-by-play scouting articles. Anything that increases my knowledge about the game and the players is appreciated.

That said, this is a total rip. You just know that the ESPN.com folks looked at MDS's articles on Fox and said, "Man, that's a good idea. We need us some of those. Stick Fleming on it!" Lame, copy-cat crap.

by noahpoah (not verified) :: Thu, 10/27/2005 - 1:47pm

....Lame, copy-cat crap.

Agreed, but unfortunately for FO and Fox, it seems to be lame, copy-cat crap with access to the athlete's scrutinized.

I could be wrong - does anyone know if the quotes from Hall were acquired by Fleming?

by noahpoah (not verified) :: Thu, 10/27/2005 - 1:51pm

Ugh, the word 'athletes' should not have an apostrophe in my previous post.

I hate misused apostrophes, and here I've misused one.

by Jerry (not verified) :: Thu, 10/27/2005 - 7:52pm

It looks to me like Fleming did talk to Hall; see the bit about the flu shot at the end of the piece.

And I would say that being at the game and having access to the player involved give this piece a different flavor than MDS' work.