A big couple of days for the book and its dashing author. Today the New York Times ran this online Q&A, and the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a piece of its own. The excellent, must-read sports blog, Kissing Suzy Kolber, ran this joyful piece, and on Wednesday night I’ll be appearing on The Best Damn Sports Show. As I write this I’m sitting in a Los Angeles hotel room, drained beyond belief, tired beyond tired.
Anyhow, while walking tonight I was thinking about Emmitt Smith, and how he’s really struggled as an announcer on ESPN. I certainly believe Smith is smart enough to improve, but here’s the problem he (and many other ex-jocks making the leap) face: It’s simple for Emmitt to run the football. But how to explain the feelings? The speed? The power? The pain. Athletesâ€”especially male athletesâ€”are taught to internalize. Internalize pain. Internalize emotion. So now, to expect Emmitt to be able to verbalize each and every play, well, it’s unrealistic.
PS: I have no clue who the people in the photo are.