Bill Simmons, ESPN’s Page 2 – “Who Buys Sports Posters Anymore?”
ESPN’s blowhard “Page 2″ columnist Bill Simmons takes a cheap-shot at the sports poster business…
Matt in Virginia points this out: Until recently, we described every hellacious NBA dunk in someone’s face as “He posterized him” or “He put him on a poster.” But after Baron Davis’ dunk in Round 2, there was a seismic shift. For the first time, you could have said, “Davis YouTubed Kirilenko!” and gotten the point across. A few more monster dunks, and I see YouTube becoming a verb along the lines of Google and TiVo. Frankly, it’s time. Who buys sports posters anymore?
Well, Bill, I could tell you thousands who do. But I must say, the heyday of Michael Jordan poserizing anyone and everyone are long-gone (and we’re still waiting for a poster heir-apparent). And also, the modern design trends, unfortunately, often photoshop-out the background, thus eliminating the “posterized” players – like this new Kobe Bryant poster: