July 21, 2004

Due North

I mentioned last week that Bill Simmons had included a salacious joke about porno actor Peter North in his “More Cowbell” column, which was summarily deleted by his editors not long after.

Well the next day, Sports Guy included an explanation of the deletion- but then, a matter of hours later, the explanation was itself deleted. (Hopefully, those responsible for the deletion will be deleted- or sacked).

Ergo Simmons, in the week since Shaquille O’Neal was traded to Miami, has let Heat coach Stan Van Gundy’s uncanny resemblance to Ron Jeremy go completely unmentioned, and in yesterday’s franchise-creating “Vengeance Scale” column, there was not a single reference to Peter North or any other porn figure, despite wrestling references throughout.

Incidentally, it’s too bad Simmons neglected to include historical or political examples on the Vengeance Scale. I can think of a half-dozen right off the top of my head, nearly all of which involve Israel.

Posted by Stephen Silver at July 21, 2004 11:23 PM
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