March 11, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated
Jeff Pearlman's article on the Arnold Sports Festival seems to have been an attempt at humor or?more likely?outright mockery.
His opening line?
"I have to pee."
The author describes taking all of his free samples. At once.
Okay, actually, he stated it was over the course of eight hours, but still, who would do that?
Lucky for Pearlman he was covering the expo at the Arnold Sports Festival and not a pharmaceutical sales conference. I suppose this guy would ingest, pop, and apply all his free samples from there as well?
He comments that Schwarzenegger left office with a 22% approval rating and that Arnold's recent move "The Last Stand" was seen by just 12 people. I'm picking a nit to offer that Google states former Governor Gray Davis lost the office with that 22% approval rating while Arnold was sitting at 23%, but it does point to at least a slight exaggeration.
And while "The Last Stand" was a box office disappointment, I'm pretty sure more than 12 people checked it out.
But worse than the disrespect for Arnold at his own event was the disregard for the the sport and its fans.
"As neckless men and women with zit-coated backs and 28 levels of bulge on their shoulders peacocked about like cartoons brought to life, they received not a glare or negative look."
Opening spread to the Pearlman article
Ed Nunn appears in the issue's table of contents. With the top of his head cropped off.
"As a recreational jogger with nary an iota of muscle, I began to question this worship of pure brawn. What's so great about being big, anyhow? Who needs bulk?"
- Jeff Pearlman
No bias there.
The author (inside red square)
Pearlman spends the last column of his 6-page article describing a thumb wrestling match with 2010 NPC Jr. USA SHW champion David Schachterle. Seriously?
Sports Illustrated, you could have done better.