The Twin Cities market is about to lose one of its best reporters. According to various tweets Tuesday morning, Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN is moving on up to the world of Big-Time National Media. Pelissero will be reporting on pro football for USA Today from now on, leaving a gaping void on the Vikings beat.
If you follow my Twitter – by the way you SHOULD be following my Twitter, @thevikingage – you know I like to give Pelissero crap. Not that he cares by the way. Of course he’s too much of a big shot to pay any attention to what little silly bloggers say about him. And now he’s an even BIGGER big shot who will care even LESS about what us mere faux-journalistic peasants tweet about him in our drunken jealousy.
Anyway, like I was saying, I give Pelissero crap but the truth is I have to give it up to the man. He has been the best Vikings beat reporter in the Twin Cities since Kevin Seifert left. The Vikings beat has lost lots of talent in recent years with guys like Seifert and Sean Jensen and Jeremy Fowler and now Pelissero all bolting. What’s left? Zulgad? Shudder.
Frankly it’s gonna be kind of a wasteland without Pelissero. I will definitely miss his reporting on the 1500 ESPN website. Never listened to his radio show but I’m sure that’s good too. The good news is, I’m sure he’ll continue being a great reporter with USA Today. And I’m sure he’ll keep offering up snarky takes on Twitter.
Speaking of snarky takes, has anyone told Jerome Simpson about this? I’m sure Simpson would like to give his old buddy “Presso” a nice going away present.