by Brett Edwards
This is the story of a national radio host abusing his ability to reach a couple of million listeners, and doing so at the expense of a seemingly random victim. The two largest sports blog sites have already covered this, but I figure the more places we post this, the more people will see what a dick Cowherd is.
So here we go. On his radio show this morning, Cowherd decided it would be fun to randomly "blow up" a website each day, one that he found "annoying." He was doing this for no apparent reason, other than to prove that ESPN radio has a large audience, and that a percentage of that audience would do what he instructed. When choosing which site would be his first victim, it seemed like he simply solicited a site from one of his producers, and then gave it out on the air and instructed everyone to go there at once. The site is thebiglead.com (run by one of my fellow FanHouse contributors), and it experienced (and is still experiencing) significant down time as a result of this.
Now besides the obvious jokes about Cowherd's lack of size between his legs, the fact that he probably drives a red Camaro or a monster truck, and has a blonde wife with 44DD fake breasts, there is a little bit of a conspiracy theory emerging on how this happened. The Big Lead has been linked in Bill Simmons' column in the past, and that didn't crash his site, so why would a radio show giving out the site name to a bunch of people driving in their cars be able to have such a damaging effect on the servers?
UNLESS this was a radio bit that was planned ahead of time, with a full fledged DoS attack already set up to launch as soon as Cowherd mentioned the site's name. That would make much more sense on why the site crashed, and would be even more of a dick move than simply randomly "blowing up" a sports blog site. Here's the audio, listen for yourself and let us know if you think this was random, or something that was maliciously planned ahead of time. Oh, and fuck ESPN, I'm not linking to the audio, you can get it here.