A response to the early critics

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  1. When I see stuff like this (and your Tebow, religious and political views with little regard for the other side), I think less of you as a writer, and quite frankly, more as a dick.

    By the way, Glenn Beck is also a best seller, and you can find quotes of people loving his books too. That doesn’t mean I think they are worth reading.

    I want to read the book out of my interest in Payton, but starting to think of you the same way I did when Tom Cruise went batshit on Oprah’s couch, or why I wouldn’t see anything with Dennis Miller or Susan Sarandon.

    You win over the jackass radio hosts and the guy that created “Jeff Pearlman is a Cackling Douche” group on facebook. You have all the starving…uh…aspiring writers in your corner whenever someone doesn’t agree with your point of view.

    For the sake of people like me, can’t you STFU long enough so I can buy the book without wanting to beat you with it?


      1. Don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back. Remember, it’s only a couple feet from a kick in rear.

        Seriously, your thin skin is hilarious for a writer. You’re so unprofessional, I’ve gone from despising you to feeling sorry for you.

      2. Jeff,

        My living room is a Bears shrine if that gives you any indication. I have no plans on buying or reading the book.

        I don’t agree with how the book was marketed, and on that principle alone, I won’t be purchasing a copy.

  2. I respect you, Jeff … bought two of your books on my Kindle (Bonds, Clemens), enjoyed both … but you come across as defensive, thin-skinned posting a video like this.
    I haven’t bought this book on my Kindle, because at $20.72, it costs more than the hardcover. A line I refuse to cross.

    Again, I respect your writing and I don’t think for a second you’re trying to smear Walter Payton. But the video posting comes across as somewhat thin-skinned, and I refuse to pay more for an e-book than a real book … and prefer my Kindle to real books.

    1. Dave, I am thin-skinned. Why shouldn’t someone be thin-skinned? He puts 3 years of his life into a project, then has it dismissed by people who didn’t even read it. How would you feel? As for the Kindle price, you’re right. That’s bullshit.

  3. Jeeze, Jeff.

    If you’re going to go this route, go all the way and call out the other ‘early critics’ by name. I mean, I know that’s a lot of work but if you’re going to gloat, gloat large.

    I do like the kick off with that stupid “spit on” pull, though.

  4. Bought it for $15 for my iPad. Folks–please read the book before commenting. I’m about half-way done and can’t wait to get home to finish it. It is superbly written and referenced. The “controversial” parts are presented as quotes by those who knew Payton. This is not Jeff trying to conjecture what took place or simply giving his opinion. They are told by those who were there. Also, the picture painted is of a good-natured man with significant accomplishments but who also had some flaws. The book presents a well-rounded portrait of Walter Payton. As readers, what else could we ask for?

  5. I could care less what you think of yourself. You’re the one who has to live with you, so vaya con Dios.
    Don’t know if it’s in your book, but The Sweetness was a conditioning coach for our HS basketball team for a season or so. I was a senior, outside on campus after school one spring day, and up rolls this black Ferrari Testarossa. The window rolls down, and I hear a soft “Hey – can you help me out?”

    I walk up, and there’s a familiar-looking black guy asking me where he can find our gym, in his jet black Ferrari Testarossa. I think I pointed and mumbled something, and I couldn’t take my eyes off the Ferrari. I didn’t even realize it was Payton until he smiled that smile, said thanks, and rumbled down the drive…and I stood there wide-eyed for about 10 minutes. I had flashbacks to 34 and the headband and the golden years of the Chicago Bears, when I was just a skinny, awkward 12-year old. Hell, I was only 17, but it felt like it had been forever.

    The next winter, the gym was packed for every game. Mr Payton always had a smile on his face, and most games he would shake hands and talk afterward.

    Maybe I’ll buy the book, maybe I won’t…I have my memories and image of who he was, and I like it that way. People like him and MJ were heroes. I know now they’re human, but there’s still some mystique in their status, something inspiring. I don’t want that to go away.

    1. Brian, I’m assuming you went to Hoffman Estates … he wasn’t conditioning coach. He was the assistant varsity hoops coach and, for a while, head JV coach. it’s in there … thanks for the memory.

  6. I really wasn’t going to comment on this topic because, in all honesty, I have no interest in biographies of Athletes, Actors, Writers, Musicians, or any other insignificant person.
    That is what they are – insignificant.
    Few change the world, they entertain us. That’s it.
    What I have noticed, Jeff, is a whiny, moaning, cry baby.
    Dude – you HAD to know this would hit a nerve.
    If you didn’t, then you are nowhere near as intelligent as I thought you were.
    Time to move on, get yourself a new project. All you are doing is hurting yourself, and the people around you. Nobody likes to be around a complainer.

    1. Dude, I didn’t. Not like this.

      And here’s what’s irksome—I actually respond to my critics. And I actually take my work personally. And I actually feel the need to defend it. If that’s whiny and moaning and cry baby-ish—guilty. You’re right. But, and this is irksome, you’d give more credit to the 98% of authors who ignore their readers and pretend their criticisms don’t exist.

      1. Jeff, it’s just one of those deals where if you get down in the mud and wrestle with pigs you get dirty and the pig likes it. I think your best response was pointing out the classy reviews from guys like Peter King who had actually read the book before commenting.

        I’m not saying you shouldn’t have defended your work, but I am saying the way in which you did so didn’t reflect on you all that well.

        But the end result is a big ‘so what’. The book is on my holiday list regardless.

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