City Paper is not for tourists
Sports Bog icon Dan Steinberg reported today that he was asked by the Redskins to quit the paper and become the team’s official blogger.
He didn’t take the job. But, regardless, Redskins owner Dan Snyder deserves kudos just for trying to bring Steinberg on board. Firstly, Steinberg is the Steve Spagnuolo of the candidates’ class: He’s the most interesting sports blogger in this town, and maybe any town. (Full disclosure: He’s also my neighbor and Friday morning whine-and-dine partner.)
And, secondly, from reading Steinberg’s announcement that he’s staying in his current position, it seems the job interview itself was enough to re-ignite the intra-office kerfuffle between the Sports Bogger and the Washington Post’s Redskins Insider, Jason LaCanfora — who happens to be tops on the hit list of Larry Michael, the bizarro character who controls the Redskins anti-media media.
Remember, fellas: Divide & Conquer’s not just a song by Husker Du. (But, damn, what a song! What a band! What a long time ago!)
One huge mistake on Snyder’s part, however: Steinberg and his family didn’t get to stay in Snyder’s pool house for three days, which until now was a standard part of the Redskins job interview package, sort of like the orange slice with your meal at City Lights. You don’t get it, you feel slighted.
Perhaps that’s why Steinberg didn’t sign on.