07.11.05

Globe Celebrates Pre-Teen Sports Obsessive

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In what sounds like a budding sports version of the Wurster/Scharpling creation Charles R. Martin, the Boston Globe’s Don Aucoin gets all swoony over 12-year blogger Alex Reimer.

Steroids saved baseball. A TV network would be smart to hire loose cannon Mike Tyson as a boxing commentator. ESPN baseball analyst Joe Morgan is boring. Sportscaster Joe Buck is a robot. College basketball analyst Dick Vitale is an idiot. And one more thing: ”True fans can’t get into Fenway Park anymore, because stupid bandwagon fans bring their bimbo girlfriends and leave by the fifth inning.”

These are among the many, many views of Alex Reimer, a 12-year-old sports savant and multimedia pundit of sorts. If you want to debate him, you’ll want to get your facts straight first. And buckle your seatbelt.

”I wanted my voice to be heard,” Alex explains in his family’s dining room, a few feet away from the computer where he writes the blog that shot him to quasi-fame. ”I wanted people to know that a kid can know as much as an adult.”

Just a few months ago, Alex’s encyclopedic knowledge of sports was known only to family and friends. To his frustration, the sixth-grader had been rebuffed in his efforts to get on the air of a local sports-radio station. But as a child of the Internet age, Alex knew that when the doors of the old media are closed to you, you turn to the new media.

So in February he launched Alex’s Sports Blog, an online forum where he began to draw a following by opining on everything from the NFL draft to NCAA basketball to the declining fortunes of the New York Yankees. Then, a few weeks after he entered the blogosphere, Alex called AOL’s ”Sports Bloggers Live,” a new Internet radio show with a national audience. The show’s hosts reacted with baffled amusement to the high-pitched voice on the other end of the line, but then they heard a torrent of opinions — carefully reasoned, historically informed, eloquently argued — pouring out of their preadolescent caller.

Listeners began inundating Mottram with instant messages about the wunderkind. ”Is this kid for real?” queried one. ”He’s Howard Cosell reincarnated.” Another declared that Alex was ”the Freddie Adu of bloggers.” He acquired the nickname ”Alex the Phenom.” One listener wrote in to say: ”The phenom rocks. It’s like Dan Patrick on helium.”

Alex is compulsively blunt; even his praise can have bite. For instance, to illustrate his contention that part of baseball’s glory is that it doesn’t require a certain physique, he says: ”Look at David Ortiz. He’s in terrible shape, and he’s still really good.” Though he has found other outlets, Alex remains annoyed that WEEI has declined to let him on the air (like many other call-in stations, WEEI has a policy against taking on-air calls from listeners under 18). ”The people that call in are such idiots,” Alex fumes. ”I don’t know why they don’t let me call in.”

Far be it for me to rain on young Alex’s parade, but he’s hardly the only precocious sports blogger out there. For instance, Baseball Musings’ David Pinto is a remarkably skilled writer for an 11 year old.

44 Responses to “Globe Celebrates Pre-Teen Sports Obsessive”

  1. Tommy Hoops says:

    It’s a sad day when a young man consciously chooses to model himself after the likes of a Colin Cowherd.

    I have never rooted for high school bullies before, but please, students of Alex’s school system – do your job. This kid needs a swirlie and a de-panting (de-pantsing) immediately.

    I would keep going, but I’ll leave you with the wisdom of my Uncle Dicky – ‘dont trust a man who has never touched a bagina’.

    TH

    PS – I dont have an Uncle Dicky. He’s just a literary device that I will be leaning on more and more to end posts gracefully. And yes, this post did end gracefully.

  2. CSTB says:

    Tom,

    Just because your own father pushed you too hard —- “America’s Youngest Daredevil”, “America’s Youngest Conservative Talk Radio Host”, etc. is no reason to begrudge Alex his early success. Was I upset to learn that one of the countries’ most respected daily newspapers chose to write about a 12 year old sports blogger instead of say, a 40 year old sports blogger? Of course. Did I feel compelled to put my head inside the oven when I read that Alex’s blog attracts thousands of visitors a day — perhaps twice as many as CSTB? You betcha. But did you catch me ringing Alex’s parents in the middle of night and threatening to have their little monster “snuffed out”?

    No. You didn’t catch me. But someone else did. And pending the arraignment later this week, there’s not much else I can say about it.

  3. Mason Reese says:

    I’m pretty sure he knows that Pinto is a grown-up. I think they call this “a joke”

  4. Alex says:

    Hey, I am Alex Reimer and I came to this page. Just to tell you, I’m actually going to be doing a morning FOX broadcast and I’m going to be on the Today Show. I’m getting media passes to a Red Sox game and the footage would be shown on the Today Show and the audio would be played on Sports Bloggers Live.

  5. CSTB says:

    Thanks, Alex. Feel free to rub it in anytime you want.

  6. Alex says:

    The morning fox broadcast is on monday and it’s from 6-9 am. I’ll be on every twenty minutes. A today show camera crew is going to follow me around one day as well. The question to you guys is, why do you hate me? Why do you think it’s wrong that a kid is getting more attention then you?

  7. Alex says:

    I haven’t heard for you guys, so I guess I won the argument.

  8. CSTB says:

    Alex,

    Rest assured, you _did_ win the argument and the next one as well.

    I cannot speak for others, but I certainly do not hate you. Nor should that imply that you are so insignificant as to be below hatred (if you read CSTB more often, you’ll see that no one is that insignificant).

    I hope you can learn to accept the knee-jerk, pathetic jealousy of bloggers nearly 30 years your senior as your mediablitz continues.

    Ok, maybe Tommy Hoops hates you.

  9. Alex says:

    I interviewed Johnny Damon and Kevin Millar at Fenway, so go to http://www.sportsbloggerslive.com on Monday from 7-8 pm to hear my Damon interview. The Millar interview will be played on another show, I’ll tell you when you can hear that.

  10. Alex says:

    The Millar unterview will be played this Monday 7-8. August 10 is when the Today Show segment on me will air! http://www.mysportsradio.com is the home to my Red Sox podcast.

  11. Tim says:

    Dear Alex,

    I think you would find that no one would really be grumbling about your recent publicity if you were, in fact, a good sportswriter and/or a decent human being. You appear to be neither. Your opinions are banal and your attitude is arrogant. You make frequent typographical and speaking errors and your voice and accent are annoying. I too call for your immediate pantsing, you prepubescent Jim Rome wannabe.

    -Tim

  12. CSTB says:

    I don’t know if there is any greater testament to the maturity, perspective and sense of fair play exemplified by CSTB readers than their insulting a 12 year old boy, if not openly encouraging others to bully him.

    Would Mike Lupica have a career today if he’d been treated like this as a youngster?

    On second thought, maybe Tim is on to something.

  13. Alex says:

    I’m sorry, but you are just jealous that I’ve been featured on the Today Show. A segment on me appeared on the Today Show. Also, I’m going to be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno September 8.

  14. Tim says:

    How clever. Respond to my comment with another plug for yourself. Nevertheless, I must inform you that (based on the logic you used earlier in this forum) since you failed to refute my attacks on your character and competence, you must agree with them. Boy, it feels good to win an argument with a 12 year-old.

    Well, good luck on Leno. I’m sure his audience of lonely obese 45 year-old women will think you are such a cute little boy and that your sports opinions are in no way uninsightful regurgitations of bad talk radio.

    Do me a favor: on your way out to Burbank, make a stop at Neverland Ranch. They have fun rides and furry animals you can pet.

  15. CSTB says:

    Tim,

    I do think it is a little unseemly to be picking a fight with a 12 year old. I generally wait until they are at least 13 before I start with the name calling and tasteless references to Michael Jackson.

    I’ve been to the green room at Leno and I’ve seen the spread. Maybe you’re not jealous, but I am!

  16. Tim says:

    I am just doing my part to try and save the American people from another crappy sportscaster.

    Seriously. Have you listened to the kid’s podcast? Do you know what his sign-off is?

    “Reimer. Out.”

    Can you believe that? I sh*t you not. If that doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will. This kid must be stopped.

  17. Alex says:

    Why should I be stopped? Sam Coutin, the head of the podcast sight thinks my podcasts are great. You’re jealous, face it! Tim, I’m not a threat to the public. People that matter think I’m great and you simply don’t matter in the public’s eye, but Leno does.

  18. Alex says:

    By the way, Sam Coutin contacted me about doing a podcast. Leno and the Today Show contacted me. Local television and radio stations, contacted me! They think I’m great Tim. Why do you think I’m an awful person? I happen to have many friends as well. My life is going extremely well, why do you have a problem with that?

  19. Alex says:

    One more thing, why are you wishing awful things on me? Tim, are you really that sick of a person that you would wish bad on anybody?

  20. Tim says:

    You’re really missing the point here, Alex. Let me reiterate in simpler terms:

    Do you have speaking talent and sports knowledge above and beyond that of a normal 12 year-old?

    Yes.

    Do you have speaking talent and sports knowledge above and beyond that of any of the most mundane of local sports radio personalities?

    No.

    Are you just as annoying as them?

    Even more-so.

    I don’t think I’ve really wished awful things on you. A pantsing isn’t really that awful, and the Neverland Ranch thing was just a joke – I think you’re probably too old for Michael anyways. My true wish is for you to be sufficiently humiliated for your pride to deflate to that of a normal human being. Our society already has far too many egomaniacal talk radio personalities. That’s just my opinion. Feel free to retort and drop more names, but judging from the fact that you used Sam Coutin twice already, you’re probably running out.

  21. Alex says:

    Why do you want me to be humiliated? I know I still have a lot to learn, but I’m getting on the correct track, for what I want to do when I grow up. By the way, why do you think it’s wrong a kid is getting attention?

  22. Alex says:

    I’ve worked hard to get where I am. I used to pretend I had my own talk show, I used to mute Sportscenter and announce the highlights. I used to mute sporting events and announce them. I even recorded commercials for my make believe radio station. I’ve worked hard and I’m finally getting a lot of attention, what is so wrong with that?

  23. Tim says:

    If you know you still have a lot to learn, you should try acting like it. If you were a likeable person, I would have no problem congratulating you on your success. As for your goals, the true greats in sportscasting are newsmen first and sportscasters second. Their insights on sports are based on objective reasoning, not opinion. You may have found that affecting a contrary opinion, or playing devil’s advocate, makes people more interested in what you have to say. But they aren’t interested in your intellect or knowledge, they are more interested in the spectacle of your arrogance. I am concerned that your heroes seem to be people like Jim Rome, Max Keller, and Steven A. Smith, when they should be Howard Cosell, Al Michaels, and Bob Costas.

  24. Alex says:

    Thank you for your advice Tim. By the way, I eventually want to host a talk show where I talk about hot topics in the world, not just sports. I shouldn’t jump the gun though.

  25. CSTB says:

    ” I used to pretend I had my own talk show, I used to mute Sportscenter and announce the highlights. I used to mute sporting events and announce them. I even recorded commercials for my make believe radio station.”

    I still do all of those things everyday. Trouble is, the make believe radio station was fined $5 million by the FCC after the friday afternoon Rudy Ray Moore rock block.

    sage advice there, Tim, but Alex already looks older than Bob Costas.

  26. Alex says:

    Thanks CSTB lol

  27. Alex says:

    Just a reminder I’m going to be on Leno tonight

  28. Alex says:

    How did you guys like my appearance on Leno? Everyone thought it was great!

  29. Alex says:

    NBC has invited me to cover the olympics for them this February. I’m so excited about this chance! I would fly to Italy and everything

  30. CSTB says:

    That’s great news, Alex, congratulations. I wasn’t aware that NBC was broadcasting the Special Olympics. It’s very cool that they don’t think there’s a conflict of interest in your covering the events and being a contestant.

  31. Alex says:

    That’s rude. I’m meeting with the head writer later this month to finalize the details. They liked me a lot on the Tonight Show

  32. Stat Man says:

    Now seriously, you need to realize that Alex is 13! You can disagree with what he writes, but he is a highly talented blogger with great potential. I write for educatedsports.blogspot.com, and know from firsthand writing experience that Alex is a premium blogger. Keep up the fantastic work, Alex, and don’t let anyone push you around!

  33. Stat Man says:

    And by the way, I’m 14 and don’t understand how you could pick on someone 30 years your younger.

  34. GC says:

    well put, Stat Man, I don’t understand either.

    27 years younger however, I think we’d all agree makes someone fair game.

  35. Alex says:

    Hey, I’m bored and checked out this page again. I’m doing great with my Red Sox and wrestling podcasts on mysportsradio.com.

  36. GC says:

    LX,

    until Vinnie Mallozzi and Warren St. John have you on speed-dial, you’re got a loooong way to go. But time is something you’ve got plenty of.

  37. I’m a 12 year old blogger too and I think Alex is doing great. Don’t just bash him for being on all these show and for being 13. Just face it he’s better than you. Now I’m only 12 and I think it would be great to be on these shows and stuff but I can’t. No one has called me. Alex is just better. And I’m okay with that. Id rather read his blog than this one. And his podcasts are great too. Keep up the great work alex!

    Your Friend,
    Nick “ESPN Nut”

  38. GC says:

    Dear Nick,

    though I’m sure we can all agree that Alex’s blog is far, far better than CSTB, I do have some doubts about his being 12.


    But you’re free to believe whatever you want. I mean, if the schtick works, who am I to say he’s in his mid-30′s?

  39. Alex says:

    Wow, I was reading through the previous comments I made on this blog, and came to the conclusion I was an arrogent little bitch lol. I’m still doin podcasts though, and just enjoying life, feel free to check them out if you have time. With summer here, life’s gonna get better for everybody :)

    By the way, that is not me in that picture GC, althought I kinda wish it was. Well, maybe not as that girl seems to have the Courtney Love drunk stare kinda goin….

  40. GC says:

    Alex,

    first of all, I thought you KILLED in the spelling bee earlier today. nice work.

    secondly, apologies if you were incorrectly ID’d in that pic. Google Image search is causing far too many problems.

    stay classy!
    GC

  41. Alex says:

    GC, I hope you’re kidding about the spelling bee. I would never watch a bunch of kids spell, becuase well at the end of the day you say “Hmm, these kids are my age and 1,000 times smarter than me.”

    Heh, yeah google image does cause some IDproblems. If you look at my podcast picture at MSR, that’s what I look like lol

  42. GC says:

    Alex,

    now is not the time for false modesty. I lost track of your progress sometime between 1pm and the last five minutes of the competition, but I’m sure you were robbed.

  43. Alex says:

    GC, the spelling bee goes on that long? I probably wasn’t paying attention. I was the only kid to get slammed at the national spelling bee :)

  44. Simon says:

    Their insights on sports are based on objective reasoning, not opinion. You may have found that affecting a contrary opinion, or playing devil’s advocate, makes people more interested in what you have to say. But they aren’t interested in your intellect or knowledge, they are more interested in the spectacle of your arrogance.

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