Worst column of the year
We already have an early candidate for worst sports column of the year. It's this one, penned by John Steigerwald of the Observer-Reporter in Washington, Pa. Steigerwald writes about Bryan Stow, the Giants fan and father of two who was badly beaten at Dodgers Stadium two weeks ago. Stow, 42, remains in an induced-coma and might have suffered permanent brain damage. Steigerwald then tries to turn the column into something about fans wearing jerseys to games. Well, here's part of what he wrote:
Maybe someone can ask Snow, if he ever comes out of his coma, why he thought it was a good idea to wear Giants' gear to a Dodgers' home opener when there was a history of out-of-control drunkenness and arrests at that event going back several years. Remember when it was the kids who were wearing the team jerseys to games? It was a common sight to see an adult male coming through the turnstile dressed as a regular human being with a kid dressed in a ''real'' jersey holding his hand.
Are the 42-year-olds who find it necessary to wear their replica jerseys to a road game, those kids who are now fathers who haven't grown up?
By the way, noticed how he didn't even spell the guy's name right? He call him "Snow'' instead of "Stow.'' Anyway, Steigerwald has taken so much (well-deserved) criticism for his column that he responded, saying:
"I don't apologize for the column but I do apologize to the Stow family if this nonsense has reached them and in any way added to their pain. I don't, for one second, blame Brian Stow for the beating he took. I do blame the ever increasing out of control, out of perspective behavior by fans, too many of whom are no longer satisfied with going to their stadiums and cheering for their teams. And I sure as hell don’t think --as some hysterical posters have claimed -- that Brian 'had it coming.'''
Nonsense? Hysterical posters? Clearly, the guy just doesn't get it.
Those from Pittsburgh, as I am, are familiar with Steigerwald. He used to be a pretty big deal there as local TV sports anchor. His brother, Paul, is the television play-by-play announcer for the Penguins. So it's not as if John Steigerwald hasn't been around the sports block a few times. Which makes you wonder even more: WHAT WAS HE THINKING?!