The 4-Down Podcast, Episode 40: Seth Reiss of The Onion



Did Tim Duncan teach English this summer? (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

America’s finest news source, The Onion, has a bit of a crush on Tim Duncan. Over the last few years, they have created a plethora of material through the Spurs big man. The Onion‘s Seth Reiss returned to the 4-Down Podcast this week to talk some more about Tim Duncan and The Onion‘s new sports book “The Ecstasy of Defeat: Sports Reporting at Its Finest by the Editors of the Onion.”

You may remember Seth’s previous appearance on the 4-Down Podcast, where he talked about the Tim Duncan character that he and others at The Onion had created. If you’re a new listener, go back and listen to that episode, as it’s one of our best. We asked Seth what, in his mind, Tim Duncan has been up to during the lockout and his dominating presence in the new book.

We also talk to Seth about other characters that The Onion uses, the difficulty of making fun of Kevin Durant and how much they’re going to miss Shaq. As always, we appreciate Seth coming on the podcast, but the fancy gifts we gave him should more than make up for it.

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  • Anonymous

    On RJ, I see no reason to amnesty him now considering we’re not gonna get any better player. Josh Howard 2012 is a totally different Josh Howard 2006/7. Unless Mbah a Moute is coming walking through that Spurs door then I see no reason for us to amnesty him. We missed on both Butler and Hill, who I thought would be great additions, but what’s left, I just don’t think it makes sense to give them that kind of money. This could be one of those situations, where it was better we didn’t sign a player and hence another player flourished (JKidd & TP). Maybe RJ stays and we integrate Tiago into the system and we become a better defensive team… etc. I’m clutching at straws here, but you never know.

  • DorieStreet

    A good portion of our roster (Splitter, Anderson, Buter, Greene, the rookies) are unknowns in relation to what they can contribute to this roster. Maybe the $$ are a moot point with the FO; they just want RJ out asap so others can get on the court to see what happens this season.

    Spurs should go after Luc Mbah a Moute/could have a good 1-2 punch with him and Kawhi Leonard at SF.

  • Bry

    I see no need to amnesty Jefferson. With how compact this schedule is the bench will have to play a lot more than usual, so it’s pretty silly to dump your starting SF who played more than 30 MPG just ‘so others can get on the court’. The other will get plenty of time on the court. In fact, with Timmy and Manu another year older, the back to back to backs and Dice possibly not playing at all (and even if he does play it won’t be major minutes) there are plenty of minutes to go around. Also, it just doesn’t make much economic sense. When you consider that the still have to pay his salary, and possibly an additional salary of a new SF (who won’t know the system) that they bring in to replaces him, they would barely be saving any money and would almost undoubtedly significantly downgrade at SF. And he’s only set to make 9.1 million this year while still in his prime. I see no point in wasting the amnesty on him now. They need to focus on pulling in one more big man, now that the back up PG spot has been filled. They should have a solid season with the roster they have already.

  • spursfanbayarea

    The spurs do not have any cache with free agents. Unfortunately we can not improve via free-agency. We have already lost out on caron butler. When caron butler chooses the clippers over our team, this only proves how low of a priority destination we are for free agents. We can only get better via trade, or draft picks. The spurs can not pick up another sf better than jefferson at this stage and should only amnesty him if it was to somehow allow for another pf or center to join us. Unlikely by free agency, but more likely by sign and trade. 

  • SanAntonioDailyNews

    Duncan is the best ever, we are aware of it. Robinson was great also, but Duncan is one of kind. Go, Spurs, Go