Literary Trash Talking
Cormac McCarthy is overrated.
Or, should I decide to target a more commercial gargantuan like J.K. Rowling?
Either way, I’m looking for a literary giant so I can talk trash about them. Maybe if I make some asinine comments about them, it will attract attention for to me.
Prior to the start of the playoffs, little-known Washington Wizard guard DeShawn Stevenson said that Cleveland Cavalier All-Star LeBron James was “overrated.” Stevenson has averaged 8.7 points, 1.9 assists, and 2.4 rebounds a game for his career. By way of comparison, King James has averaged 27.3 points, 6.6 assists, and 6.9 rebounds a game in his career. He’s also taken a team to the NBA Finals, played in 3 All-Star games, and is one of only four players in league history to average at least 30 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in a single season.
It’s really no contest, but Stevenson’s (and some of his teammates) trash talk, combined with some hip hop songs flying back-and-forth, made him a household name amongst sports fans.
Ultimately, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Washington Wizards 4 games to 2 in order to advance to the next round of the playoffs. Indeed, as some sports reporters put it, the Cavs “finally shut up” the Wizards. For the series, James averaged 29.8 points, 7.7 assists, and 9.5 rebounds a game while Stevenson tallyed 12.3 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.2 rebounds per game. This is the third year that the Cavaliers have eliminated the Wizards.
In fact, in the decisive Game 6 of the series, James turned in a triple-double (27 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists) as Stevenson barely eked out 10 points. But he’s now known throughout the league.
So, back to our literary question at hand, who should we pick a fight with in order to draw attention to ourselves?