Messier, uncool? Say it ain't so!
GQ did a pretty cool job in its most recent issue of naming its 25 coolest athletes of all time.
There is not a direct link to the entire list on the magazine's website, but USA Today put one together here.
(I am a subscriber to the magazine, due to my status as one of the 25 coolest sports media writers in America, and can attest that it was a well-put-together feature.)
There are some picks that are inspired, led by my favorite soccer player, George Best.
And others that are questionable: Bjorn Borg, Derek Sanderson, Tim Lincecum.
Perhaps the most glaring absence is Mark Messier.
Then there's Tom Brady. Sure, I get the stuff about the good looks and the Super Bowl rings and the supermodel wife, but . . . Tom Brady?
No. I cannot accept that. Not with that hair.
I'd rather have Justin Bieber on the list.
Speaking of GQ, here is an interesting Q&A with ESPN's Erin Andrews from last month, and here is an interview with Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio that contains some material for mature readers only. Two words: Sterger and Favre.
I had a nice chat about the Daulerio story with A.J.'s predecessor, Will Leitch, in the Heinz Field press lounge Sunday. I wasn't taking notes so I'm going to assume it was a friendly, off-the-record discussion.
Anyway, nice to see Mr. Leitch again. He had just driven in from New York on a bus full of Jets fans.