George Carlin, one of the most important and influential voices in comedy during a career that spanned five decades, died yesterday of heart failure. He was 71. Just about every sports blog is posting this video, his piece about the differences between baseball and football; however, he could have never done a joke about sports, and his life and work would still be more important to the existence of this site (and others like it) than any single person in the world of sports.
Carlin wasn't just some pissed-off guy ranting about assholes; he was a pissed-off guy with wit and a gift for identifying and exploiting subtle hiccups in the English language… who happened to rant about assholes. Hacks like me may find inspiration in his voice, but we'll always be small in his shadow.
Man this sucks. Hey Death, if you're going to take Richard Pryor and George Carlin, you gotta take Carlos Mencia and Dane Cook, too. Fair is fair, dickhead.