Wow … that was bad.
Well, I’m told a few people want to talk to me, so I’ll put a smile on my face and try to get this over with. At least Suzi will be there.
So what are your thoughts on the results?
First of all, let me say … I could give a s—t about North Carolina right now.
Really, guys? Not even a chuckle for one of the classic moments in interviewing people who lost?
OK, so seriously, let me start by congratulating Sabrina. She was excellent from start to finish, very much a deserving winner.
As for me, it was one of those days where I didn’t have it. I tried playing it straight, and it didn’t work. I tried some riskier stuff, and it didn’t work.
To be honest, I probably should have just faked a leg injury to save myself some embarrassment.
Did you struggle with the Halloween format?
It was tough. Halloween wouldn’t be my first choice. I haven’t gone trick-or-treating since I was 12 or 13, and I don’t watch a lot of Halloween movies or specials. I basically just hand out candy now.
But when you’re the champ, it’s not like you can choose your spots. I wasn’t going to call Paul and say “Hey man … I’m not feeling it this time. Let me know when the next one is coming.”
You seemed to have some harsh words for Paul toward the end. What was that all about?
I thought he would have had a greater appreciation for my story about the bearded horde, since it was the story of the 2004 American League Championship Series, specifically Johnny Damon’s grand slam in Game 7.
But then again, maybe Paul can’t relate to playoff collapses after the first round.
To be honest, though, I was just frustrated. I knew it wasn’t going my way, and so I popped off. That doesn’t make it right, but it is what it is.
And what was that between you and Giggles?
Everyone knows we had words over her not wanting to hand over the crown after I won it, and so we got to jawing. I should have just gotten my head back in the game, but I think it was frustration talking again.
We’re both competitive people, but we’re pals most of the time, so I think we’ll get it sorted.
Do you think you got a big head after winning?
I don’t think a big head, necessarily, but it was hard to keep focused right afterward, with all the requests for interviews and appearances and people wanting to do quickie books.
But once I got past that, I trained hard and tried to keep sharp, but came out flat. Why … I don’t know. I’ll have to look at the tape.
If you’re talking about the whole make-them-wait thing, that was just me having fun.
You mentioned training and trying to keep sharp. Do you now regret not taking part in The Blogger Games?
No, I don’t think the format was similar enough where it would have helped.
Was your victory a fluke?
Absolutely not. I earned it. Maybe getting my brains beat out was the fluke.
Are you going to come back for the next one?
I’m just getting over this one, but my inclination is to give it another shot.
OK … catch you later.