04.09.07 11 years ago 23 Comments

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 payed paid 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."

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