From the sphere of clueless bloggers, a former Boston Herald sports reporter mistook a sports journalism blog for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and, thinking it acceptable to drool over women, described his lust for one of his students. The result? He lost his gig but not his delusions.
You'd think a guy would be more humble after losing his job in May when the Boston Herald had a string of cutbacks. That was a message: You are good, but not good enough. After either 18 or 17 years, depending on which source you want to believe, (The Washington Post or Editor and Publisher), one Michael Gee was celebrating his new gig, a part-time teaching position at Boston University, by letting fellow bloggers at www.sportsjournalists.com, know about his six students.
"Today was my first day teaching course 308/722 at the Boston University Dept. of Jounralis (sic). There are six students, most of whom are probably smarter than me, but they DON'T READ THE PAPER!!! Not the Globe, Times, Herald or Wall Street Journal. I can shame them into reading, I guess, but why are they taking the course if they don't like to read. But I digress. Now here's the nub of my issue. Of my six students, one (the smartest, wouldn't you know it?) is incredibly hot. If you've ever been to Israel, she's got the sloe eyes and bitchin' bod of the true Sabra. It was all I could do to remember the other five students. I sense danger, Will Robinson."
Perhaps his students didn't read the paper, but someone reads blogs. According to Joe Strupp in his E&P article, someone reported the blog entry to a university publicist who then informed Bob Zelnick, the chair of the journalism department.
Even when fellow posters on SJ warned Gee, according to the Washington Post's Robert MacMillan, Gee didn't get it.
"Congrats on the gig and the proximity to a hottie, but be careful. Not with her, but with this site. She or your bosses could Google your name and the university at any point and find this thread."
To this Gee glibly replied,
"Dear Folks: I suppose I should be flattered that many of you think this gorgeous woman who's half my age would consider having sex with me. Which, if I have any news instincts, she won't. My problem is losing my focus when I meet her to-die-for eyes."
According to Strupp's article, the copy of Gee's posting with news of his firing first appeared on another Web site, www.bostonsportsmedia.com.