Robert Fick on the Sporting Issues of the Day
Day game today. The regular beat writers were all sitting in the dugout talking baseball this morning. Suckers. Me, I went into the locker room after Robert Fick, who showed up at the park wearing a Randy Moss Oakland Raiders jersey. I wanted to know why he chose Moss, and whether he could explain himself without dropping any naughty words.
"No, probably not," he said, to the latter question.
As for the Moss jersey, "we've been playing pretty good when I've been wearing the jersey so I had to keep it going," he said. I pointed out that Moss wasn't technically on the Raiders any more.
"He actually was a [bad word] [bad word] for the Raiders," Fick noted.
"This is going to be pretty hard to use if you keep saying [bad word] [bad word]," I said. I asked whether he could plausibly have a 10-minute conversation without using any bad words.
"That'd be tough," he admitted. "I told you, I was honest with you, probably not. When you asked me about Randy Moss and being a Raider, he was a [bad word] [bad word] for the Raiders. But I got the jersey and I like him and he's a stud."
I asked whether he'd be getting a Moss Patriots jersey, and he said no, because he already has another Patriots jersey. Jed Weaver. Seriously. Because of Jeff. Then he was listing his other jerseys--Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Pete Rose, Joe Namath, Gilbert Arenas--when Ray King walked in and noticed the crowd standing near Fick.
"He's not even in the freakin lineup!" King said.
"Hey Bill," Fick said. "I mean, Ray."
"You're trying to get an interview without Fick swearing?" King asked. "Good luck. Get him while he's sleeping."
[The "Bill" thing was a reference to MLB.com beat writer Bill Ladson, who some say resembles King, or vice versa.]
But believe it or not, I then successfully completed an interview in which I asked Robert Fick about the sporting issues of the day, or at least the ones I could think of, and he didn't swear once. So it's possible.
On why he has an Arenas jersey: "Cuz he's a stud."
On the Moss trade: "The Patriots know what they're doing, that's the bottom line. And if you can't play for the Patriots then you might want to hang 'em up."
On the Dale Earnhardt Jr. defection: "Who's that?"
No, seriously: He's probably going to make more money. I don't have a problem with that. So what, who cares [about the family ties]? Mothers-in-laws always aren't the nicest person. But I stay away from that."
On the Michael Vick dogfighting allegations: "Who cares? Leave him alone."
On the Nicklas Backstrom signing: "I saw that this morning. That's good. They got some offense."
On the Spurs-Suns fight and suspensions: "What fight? There was no fight. I think the NBA needs to clean it up on the suspensions. I mean, those guys didn't really leave the bench, you know what I mean? They like, walked away from the bench. They didn't do anything wrong. If they were jerks about it and really got into it and started problems, then you lay it down on 'em. But it's the playoffs. I don't know. It's wrong. And Horry, Horry doesn't deserve to get suspended two days for that. Even if he did it on purpose, it really wasn't that bad. He didn't go after his head. He didn't draw blood."
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