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05-17-2008, 08:59 PM
Jeff Pearlman Takes SA Questions
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Jeff Pearlman (http://search.espn.go.com/keyword/search?searchString=Jeff_Pearlman)

ESPN Columnist

Jeff Pearlman is a former Sports Illustrated senior writer and the author of two books. His first, a biography of the New York Mets titled "The Bad Guys Won," spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. His second, a biography of Barry Bonds titled "Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero," was recently released in paperback.


He also did the
infamous John Rocker interview in Sports Illustrated.


He is about
to release his third book at the end of summer called..


He is very approachable, very personable, and has offered to take as many questions as you can throw at him on any topic, so fire away and post them in this thread.

In Jeff's Own Words from his MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/sedrictony)

About me:
My name is Jeff Pearlman. I am a columnist for ESPN.com and the author of an upcoming biography of the 1990s Dallas Cowboys. The book, being published by HarperCollins, is scheduled for an August 2008 release date. Working title: Boys Will Be Boys. I was born and raised in Mahopac, N.Y., home of 25 pizza joints, a big ol' lake and Henry Winkler's mother. I graduated from Mahopac High School in 1990 and attended the University of Delaware from 1990-94. Upon graduating from college I landed a gig at The (Nashville) Tennessean writing about food (I can't cook) and fashion (I can't dress). During my 2 1/2 years at The Tennessean I was pretty terribleŚmade tons o' mistakes, got shifted from food/fashion to cops to high school wrestling. Learned my lessons the hard way. In 1996 I was hired by Sports Illustrated as an entry-level reporter. In my 6 1/2 years at the magazine I advanced to senior writer, and covered everything from rodeo to electric football to, eventually, major league baseball (my beat). Though I remain best known for my 12/99 profile of John Rocker, I am significantly more proud of my work covering the game; getting to understand how ballplayers tick, what's what, etc. In 2003 I left SI to take a job at Newsday writing lengthy cover features for the newspaper's Part 2 section. It was a wonderful job until, like too many media outlets these days, the focus seemed to shift from quality to trends and, well, garbage. I now write books, freelance and contribute regular columns to ESPN.com's wonderful Page 2. My first book, a biography of the 1986 New York Mets entitled, "The Bad Guys Won," spent seven weeks on the New York Times' best-seller's list. My second book, a biography of Barry Bonds entitled, "Love Me, Hate Me," scored killer reviews (but, ahem, was released three weeks after "Game of Shadows." Bummer timing.). The Cowboy book is my latest labor of love. I am married with two young children and a busted lawn mower. I obsess over obscure '80s TV stars, my marathon times and the cruel inevitability of death. Otherwise, it's a sunshine day.

05-18-2008, 10:31 AM
This is really cool, thanks for doing all the legwork to get this posted up. It's really cool to be in touch with a columnist for ESPN. While I have no love loss for your 'boys :lol: it's very cool to get the inside scoop on the book and his work in general.

05-18-2008, 01:26 PM
Here is a list of his recent ESPN articles, he really covers it all so if you have any steeler questions I'm sure it would be fine ;-) or anything on the NFL or MLB in general. He is REALLY in depth on the MLB players and with the steroid stuff, Clemens, there is no end to it right now


05-18-2008, 02:52 PM
Do you beleve that the Cowboys have fully addressed the Wide Receiver position? T.O. is 35, although he is in very good shape. Terry Glenn is about 50/50 to do anything this year. Crayton is a nice #3, but the playoff game-amongst some others- shows that he shouldn't be counted on to lead the team. Sam Hurd, Miles Austin, and Isaiah Stanback are all young and unproven. Hurd and Austin have shown a little bit of promise in limited opprotunities. That being said, their is a definite need for improvement yet they neither signed anyone in free agency nor drafted one. So, are they comfortable with what they have?

05-19-2008, 03:30 AM
Do you think the Steelers will take the division title again this year, or have you (like a lot of others) automatically crowned the Browns because of their acquisitions?

Thanks in advance for your time, and congrats on all your success :)

05-20-2008, 07:51 PM
What's your take on the upcoming owners meetings and the possibility of them opting out of the current CBA? Do you have any thoughts on the possibility of an uncapped year and then possible work stoppage for the NFL if things don't get worked out?