I have taken issue with many a Whitlock articles. He has made his bones by being a controversial writer; the literary version of a shock jock. He has also done some damned good writing that I had to give him credit for being spot on. When Big Sexy decides to step up to the plate and write a for real serious piece, this is exactly what you get, one knocked way out of the park.
Though I didn't care much for his insecure fan line....
"Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, and disregard of all the rules."
-- George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant