LAist Interview: Will Leitch
Deadspin's Will Leitch will be signing copies of his new book, God Save the Fan tonight at Book Soup
Will Leitch, Deadspin editor, New York Times contributor, and author is in Los Angeles today presenting and signing copies of his new book God Save the Fan: How Preening Sportscasters, Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person, and the Occasional Convicted Quarterback Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It Back) at Book Soup. LAist caught up with Leitch on his drive into Los Angeles from Phoenix, where he had spent a week covering the Super Bowl for both Deadspin and The Times.
What did you think of the Super Bowl and your time in Phoenix?
This was my first Super Bowl I've ever been to. It's supposed to the pinnacle of American sports and all it really is people trying to sell you shit. As I said in my column for The Times, thank God it was a good game. The whole week just felt like a really long commercial for the NFL Network, a channel I cannot watch. After actually getting to see the NFL Network this week though, I'm not really sure if I was missing anything. I wonder if the NFL was hoping the execs from the cable providers were in town because every where you looked there was an NFL Network logo. Then there's Media Day. I went for 45 minutes and had to leave. Everyone says Media Day is a circus, everyone is wrong because at least a circus is fucking entertaining. Media Day is just empty. With all the members of the media on-site there were only two stories that came out of the whole day, the girl in the wedding dress proposing to Tom Brady and Bill Bellicheck looked relax. That's it. Super Bowl week has very little to do with the Super Bowl, very little to do with sports. It's really just a huge sports business convention with some celebrities looking to party mixed in.
What did you think of the actual game?
The game was awesome. I would rank this as my #2 in my list of personal favorite Super Bowls. I don't think you can get much better than the Rams/Titans Super Bowl, the drama of someone stretching out their arm for the goal line is about as good as you can get. If I had a Top 3 of the last 10 Super Bowls, I'd go with Rams/Titans then this one and then Patriots/Rams as my third.
What did you think of that performance by Eli Manning?
That was incredible. He played so well, I was kind of disappointed when he took his helmet off and did post-game interviews. I was expecting he'd get on the mic and sound like Barry White after a game like that, but then you hear him talk in that yokel voice of his and realize that it was in fact the same Eli Manning we've known the whole time who just won the Super Bowl.