In April of 2005, TV writer David A. King
founded Fire Joe Morgan as a way for him and some of his friends to keep track of, and entertain each other with, sports journalism they found ridiculous. FJM was never intended for a general audience, but it caught on and developed a following.
Nearly four years later, citing "the realities of our professional and personal lives", King, Michael Schur
, and Alan Yang
(the principal contributors) decided to stop updating the site
. The archives are still available to view at www.firejoemorgan.com.
Fire Joe Morgan provided examples of:
- Designated Villain: Hall of Fame second baseman and (then) ESPN baseball analyst Joe Morgan.
- From the FAQ: We’ve also never been singularly devoted to picking on Joe...I think you have to take “Fire Joe Morgan” as an overall attitude towards conventional wisdom and poor journalism in baseball, rather than a hostile attack on one old dude who refuses to read certain books.
- Pen Name: King, Schur, and Yang wrote under the names dak, Ken Tremendous, and Junior respectively. (King, Schur, and Yang revealed their real names in February 2008) Contributors that did not reveal their real names included Coach, Murbles, America's Sweetheart, Spinoza, and Chester Jesterton.
- Special Guest: One post passed along a comment by Seth Meyers.