Does the name Buzz Bissinger mean anything to you?
Unless you follow the coming and goings of sports journalism figures (and if you do with any regularity, you need a hobby), the name might not ring a bell.
So to bring you up to speed, Bissinger wrote the highly-acclaimed Friday Night Lights as well as other books on sports and politics. More recently, though, he attracted attention for being the antagonist in a television panel discussion on sports blogging with former Deadspin editor Will Leitch, who was the target of Buzz' profanity-laced ire.
But in an even more recent incident, Bissinger -- who also wrote a book featuring Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa -- is beginning to look more and more like journalism's equivalent of Billy Martin. After scuffling verbally with Leitch on TV, and following that with an apology. Bissinger literally scuffled with security at the College World Series in Omaha where he ran afoul of NCAA officials over the issue of a camera.
The story appeared in the New York Times on Saturday and elsewhere on the Internet (I first spied it on The Big Lead but I'm supposing others have had it by now) but if haven't seen it, here's a sample and a link.
An argument ensued, and I openly admit it got heated. An N.C.A.A. official in an orange shirt was called over. He had one of those little faces born in contempt, and he wasn't happy. He curtly told me to take my camera bag back to my car. I told him I didn't have a car since I was staying at a hotel on the Iowa side of the Missouri River and had gotten to the games by shuttle. He told me to go back to the hotel. I told him I would miss most of the game if I had go back to the hotel, not to mention the fact I was there with my sons. More heated argument ensued. More security officials arrived, excitedly smelling the scent of action. Camera alert! Camera alert! More argument. One of them got into my face. I got into his face. He pushed into my body. I pushed into his body.
I do not recommend this.
Roughly half a dozen security officials tackled me and threw me face first into the concrete, causing an ugly gash on my leg and a silver dollar-sized bruise on my arm. My glasses broke. One put me in a chokehold while another handcuffed me, all of it occurring in front of my three sons.
If this keeps up, Bissinger might become both famous and altercation-prone enough to qualify as a regular on TMZ.com.