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Darren Rovell At The NBA Store

The flock gets sight of a spot of blood on some chicken and they all go to peckin’ at it, see, till they rip the chicken to shreds, blood and bones and feathers. But usually a couple of the flock gets spotted in the fracas, then it’s their turn. And a few more gets spots and gets pecked to death, and more and more. Oh, a peckin’ party can wipe out the whole flock in a matter of a few hours, buddy, I seen it. A mighty awesome sight.

- One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

An increased hostility toward ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell has erupted during the fortnight following Will Leitch’s column for Sports On Earth, in which the former Deadspin editor likened the self-branded social media expert to sleet, a foul smell on the subway and pop-up spam (and that’s just the first paragraph). Its begun the human equivalent to a modern day hen pecking.

Leitch pointed out something that several among us felt to be true – Rovell’s commodification of the human experience in sports through corporate shilling – but perhaps couldn’t quite express in the same terms as the writer’s recent piece.┬áThis spotting of blood produced a reaction with more pecking from the public.

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meangirlsThere are three very separate elements to Clay Travis’s most recent column for a website called Outkick The Coverage. The first is a fair criticism of Will Leitch’s article for Sports On Earth in which the former Deadspin editor takes ESPN’s Darren Rovell to task for being a subhuman piece of shit. The second is a self-aggrandizing exhibition of self-importance. The third is an exaggerated generalization of what the writer finds offensive about the sports blogosphere.

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