I have a lot of friends who have graduated college and are now on the job market. It's not easy finding a job in today's world, but they are looking and they are doing whatever it takes to get the job. Many of them go so far as to delete their facebook or simply change their names on facebook so as not to be found by potential employers searching the internet. That is part of the job process now. You want to get hired? Prepare to be Googled. Any bad thing you wrote on myspace four years ago, any bad picture you've posted, any racist comment you left on a message board or any sex video you've accidentally sent someone will be found by these people and they won't hire you. If you want a job you need to keep your Google search clean. Don't do anything stupid. Don't piss anyone off. Don't show anything.
(And that's why I only make seven dollars an hour shoveling snow at the graveyard.)
Anthony Witrado is leaving the Journal Sentinel. The worst writer many of us have ever seen (and possibly the worst beat writer at any daily newspaper in the country) has been hired by The Sporting News. For those of you who don't follow these things AOL Fanhouse has folded into The Sporting News who will now be providing all their online content. Which means that bloggers like Bethlehem Shoals of FreeDarko fame will soon be out of work and hacks like Witrado will take his place. I see that working out really well. We've wanted Witrado fired for a long time, but for him to leave for what we're presuming is a better job leaves a bad taste in our mouth. It's like if Jeff Suppan left and won the Cy Young for the Cardinals then took them to the World Series where he was named MVP. It's just not right. These people deserve to fail. They wasted our time with their crappy performances and they need to get what is coming to them. I didn't just want Anthony Witrado to not write for my daily anymore, I don't want him to write anything.
The story on the street is that Garry Howard, former JS Editor, is now the editor at The Sporting News and he is responsible for the Witrado hire. As Al from Al's Ramblings said to me about the hire "it's not what you know, but who you know" and I don't think that has eever fit a situation better. Far be it from me to understand how someone could read that guy's work for however many years (or even see the way he dresses at work) and think he'd do a good job, but that's what happened. I can understand that some people have terrible taste in sports writing, but what I don't understand is how someone could hire Anthony Witrado without Googling him. I mean, seriously, Jeffrey Dahmer has better search results and he murdered 17 people.
When the top four search results for your name say that you waste people's time, need to be fired, that you're a douchebag as well as a post showing how bad you are at your job, maybe you shouldn't get hired for any jobs. Tom Cruise is crazy, a member of a cult and may have brainwashed the hottest girl from Dawson's Creek into carrying his seed and joining his cult; everyone knows this and you still have to scroll down to find anything negative about him. It's insane that anyone could sign off on the hiring of this guy. He is not a talented writer. You know it, I know it and everyone knows it, but there he is going off to work at The Sporting News. Employed by the same people who employ Will Leitch. Explain how that makes sense.
The only thing that makes sense to me is that The Sporting News is going down. That Garry Howard is an idiot and he won't last very long at the job. That is the only thing that makes sense to me. I couldn't be happier that we don't have to deal with Witrado's bullshit writing and terrible chats any longer, but I won't ever truly be happy until he's covering NBA D-League games in North Dakota and working part time at a truck stop as a fry cook to pay the bills. That's when I feel this terrible writer will finally get the justice he deserves for his year's of crappy crap that he has put us through. We'll be even when he's doing that and the paper in Bismarck fires him because they realized kids from the high school could write better than him.
So goodbye Anthony Witrado. We couldn't be happier that you're leaving, but don't think that we'll forget about you. We could never forget you, you are way too terrible to ever forget and we'll be actively rooting for your dismissal until the day it happens.