One of the best things about this job is that people from all over the country email me interesting stories about people in sports and the media that they've met. I received one such email today, about the blogosphere's favorite radio host, Schrutebag, AKA "Colin Cowherd." Of course, I can't say with any confidence that this is a true story, but I want it to be true, and really, that's good enough for the journalistic standards of With Leather (Editor's note: there are no journalistic standards at With Leather). At the very least, it stays true to the theme of "Schrutebag is a cowardly asshole" that seems to keep popping up these days.
Without further ado, here's the email, edited only for typos because I'm obsessive-compulsive that way:
A quick Colin Cowherd story you might enjoy. A couple years back some wrestler died suddenly and Cowherd went off on him and his family and was pretty brutal about it because he hates professional wrestling. Now I haven't watched wrestling in like 10 years, but from what I understand he was just being a dick to get wrestling fans to call in so he could make fun of them. Fast forward a year later. Cowherd is in Miami for who the fuck knows and my buddy is grabbing a drink with a friend at some patio bar. Now my friend is a big guy, but he was there with a guy that dwarfs him. Said guy, we'll call him Jeff, is training to be a pro wrestler. Someone at the bar says there is an espn radio guy in the bar named colin cow-something. Now Jeff is a pretty calm guy and well-educated, but he can't resist. This is the following exchange:
Jeff: "Hey Colin, big fan. I used to listen to you when I lived in New York last year."Colin: "Thanks man, always appreciate it. You sure you didn't play for the Giants?"*They share fake laugh*Jeff: "Actually, I've been training the last 3 years of my life to be a pro-wrestler."Colin: long pause of silence. "Oh….uh….that's great man, good luck."Jeff: "Thanks Colin. But remember when you insulted wrestling fans and called ALL wrestlers a bunch of needle-injecting losers who deserve their terrible fate?"Colin: "Uh….uh…that's just radio man. It's pretty much all an act. Half the time we just make stuff up"Jeff: "So can I get an apology?"Colin: "Yeah, I'm sorry man. didn't mean to insult a fan"Jeff: "I'm not a fan, you're a piece of shit and you better hope I never see you again"Colin: *blank stare*Jeff: "Got it?"Colin: "yup" (nodding profusely)Jeff: *Just stares at him for about 30 seconds to make him feel uncomfortable, then walks away*Best part is that the bartender told him that he saw Schrutebag puking in the bathroom about 5 minutes later. I would have
payedpaid a ton to see this happen!
So, is it true? Maybe, maybe not. And by "maybe not" I mean "almost definitely." I'll update this post with regard to the date and specific location of the run-in when my tipster gets back to me. Until then, revel in the third-hand truthiness.
TIPSTER'S UPDATE: "Delano Beach Bar in South Beach. He says it was the 2nd week of the season because he was in Miami for the Bills-Dolphins game. So I'm assuming that's sometime in mid-september. I would have looked it up but I'm lazy and that's your job, right? And because someone asked about it in the comments; no, he didn't make it as a wrestler yet, but my buddy says he's still does independent stuff outside of his real job."