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Rick Reilly “will let his weekly column go and concentrate on television duties for ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown,” Bill Hofheimer writes.
“Rick consistently distinguished himself with his unique voice, penchant for humor and most important, ability to find and tell compelling stories,” ESPN VP for Editorial Patrick Stiegman told Hofheimer.
And yet. Last month Barry Petchesky detailed many instances in one Reilly ESPN.com column where he recycled old material.
2009: “I’d extend my hand to the guy I’d just beaten like I was going to shake it and then, when he started to grab it, I’d pull it back. Psych! When the guy in the blazer came out with the winner’s check, I’d snatch his toupee off and fling it like a Frisbee.”
2014: “I’d extend my hand to Bubba, yank it back and yell, ‘Psyche!’ When the guy in the bad plaid jacket came out with the winner’s check, I’d snatch his toupee off and fling it like a Frisbee.”