"Friday Night Lights" Scribe -- Or Reasonable Facsimile -- Tells Columnists To Take One For The Team and Take Off
We're doubting it's really him, but someone writing as Buzz Bissinger was one of the many people chiming in with comments on Daniel Rubin's blog at Philly.com, where he threw a sanctimonious pity party for his 71 colleagues at the Philadelphia Inquirer who got pink-slipped (see below posting).
Bissinger, or someone like him, called on star columnists Stephen Smith and John (Marley and Me) Grogan to throw themselves into the funeral pyre to spare two of their less handsomely remunerated colleagues now out on the street.
The real Bissinger, before becoming the celebrated author of "Friday Night Lights," was a Pulitzer Prize winner for the Inky in 1987.
The would-be Bissinger in the blog said Smith doesn't need the Philly dough because he's Mr. Ubiqitous on various ESPN platforms. But he saved most of his venom for the best-selling Grogan:
Grogan has become rich beyond all imagination as a result of Marley. According to Bookscan figures, the hardcover edition of Marley and Me has sold 1.758 million copies. Bookscan only accounts for about two-thirds of all sales since such outlets as Wal-Mart and Costco are excluded. Given that Marley has sold enormously well in these places, it is reasonable to assume that his sales are in the range 2.5 million. Assuming the standard royalty rate of 15 percent, Grogan has profited somewhere around $8.125 million from his hardcover sales, excluding royalties from the new $29.95 gift edition (69,469 sold to date according to Bookscan), excluding paperback profits since the paperback has not come out yet. When all is said and done, Grogan will make well over $10 million on his book, More power to him, but if he has one tenth of the morality he shows off in his insipid columns, he will quietly retire from the Inquirer so someone's job can be saved.
A humongous question mark that one media fatcat would really tell two others of his ilk in public to take a hike. But it's such uncertainty that makes the blogosphere such fun.