Steve Blow is a Really, Really Nice Guy

Last night, I did something I swore I’d never do. I met Dallas Morning News Metro columnist Steve Blow. The reason I swore I’d never meet Steve Blow is because everyone I’ve ever talked to who has worked with the guy has told me what a swell dude he is. Over the years, I have written some very critical things about Steve Blow’s work. And I want to continue to write very critical things about Steve Blow’s work. (And here, by “critical,” I mean “snarky” and “mean” and “aggressively insulting.”) It’s hard to throw brickbats at people after you’ve met them and learned how nice they are.

So last night I went to this party, and the first person I saw when I walked through the door was Steve Blow. I put my head down and beat a path to the other side of the room, where I found a friend and told him, “Oh, God, please help me. Steve Blow is here and I need to avoid him at all costs.” Steve Blow had spotted me, though, and he spent the next hour or so deftly maneuvering his way through the party in such a way that I had no escape route. It was like a one-man half-court trap. Eventually he had me against the baseline with nowhere to go. I tried to throw the ball off his shins, but even that didn’t work. He just caught it and smiled warmly at me.

We shook hands, and I explained why meeting him caused me great pain. You know what? It was exactly as I feared. He couldn’t have been more friendly and magnanimous. Also, he’s taller than I am.

I truly hate that man.


  • Everlasting Phelps

    You really missed an opportunity to do the Troy Aikman pose. You could embrace it and make it your thing. (Like how you wanted to embrace Troy.)

  • Brent Dudenhoeffer

    This is the greatest thing I’ve ever read on Frontburner.

  • RadicalBender

    Tim Rogers : Homer Simpson :: Steve Blow : Ned Flanders

  • Brian Mayes


    Steve is one of my Sunnyvale neighbors and an all around swell guy. Next thing you know, you will be spooning with Schutze.

  • Anne Armstrong

    Awwww…thanks for revealing your softie side Tim! I was thinking about your snarky comments about Steve yesterday. I’ve always liked Steve. There’s a place for someone like him in every newspaper. Plus, I’m eternally grateful to him. You see, I’m one of those drivers who absolutely HATES to be behind a car in front of me, but I could never adequately explain why I felt this way. Many years ago Steve wrote a column about driving with his kids one day, and his daughter (whose name I forget right now) said something like “Dad…’re STUCK behind the car in front of you!!” And there was the perfect word for how I felt. STUCK. Thanks again Steve!!

  • Harvey Lacey

    Tell me Tim, is it that you can’t just swallow crow, being tough and stringy and all that, no gulping allowed? Or is it just the thought of eating semi-processed carrion that makes it so distasteful?

  • Brett Moore

    I just assumed that this was how you lived your life – always looking over your shoulder for a vengeful target, worried about getting blind-sided by a scorned socialite.

  • Steve Zimmerman

    I’m really looking forward to the Crain/Tarradell version of this post.

  • mynameisbill

    One of the surest signs of maturity is facing your fears head on. Tim, I think you’re gonna grow in to being a fine young man. Mazel Tov!

  • gimmethewooby

    It’s beyond obvious: Tim wants to be Steve Blow.

  • TheSlowPath

    Just to be clear, that’s the $20,000 tux, right?

  • Peter Kurilecz

    thank goodness Steve was wearing glasses otherwise we couldn’t tell the two of you apart