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Mike Schur of 'Parks and Rec': Joe Morgan's Fatal Flaw Was "Stubbornness"

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 20th 2010 4:00PM
Joe Morgan and Mike Schur
When I spoke to Michael Schur, executive producer of the returning NBC sitcom 'Parks and Recreation,' last month, my main purpose in getting in touch with him wasn't to talk about the show. I actually reached out to him to talk about Joe Morgan, the 'ESPN Sunday Night Baseball' analyst who, along with Jon Miller, were not invited back for a 22nd season on the broadcast.

Why Schur? Because he was one of the proprietors of the blog FireJoeMorgan.com, which chronicled instances where baseball analysts and columnists insisted on using outmoded stats instead of more-illustrative sabermetrics to make their points. Morgan, as the title would indicate, was a favorite target of Schur and his cohorts.

Schur wasn't willing to celebrate Morgan losing his job, but after I asked him about it, he did admit that Morgan was frustrating to listen to. "I think we all have our fatal flaws. And his was probably stubbornness," he told me. "He just seemed to have no interest in even hearing someone suggest why this (sabermetrics) might be good."

Read the rest of the interview over at TV Squad's sister site FanHouse. There, we talk about Morgan, why Schur -- a writer for 'The Office' at the time -- wanted to stay anonymous, and how he was outed (his father-in-law, Regis Philbin, had something to do with that).

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