After Harvard pulled an upset over No. 3 New Mexico on Thursday, longtime Lobos beat writer Dennis Latta announced on Loboland.com that “I’ve had it.”
“I’ve been to my last Lobo basketball game after covering the team for much of the last 33 years,” he wrote. “Good-bye Lobo basketball.”
The Albuquerque Journal reported that its former sports editor’s column “went viral, mainly from other bloggers in disbelief that a writer, even for a fan website, would react so melodramatically.”
I wasn’t able to get in touch with Latta — he’s not on social media and doesn’t post his email address — so I contacted one of his former colleagues and asked if this was just “Dennis being Dennis.”
The Journal’s Rick Wright responded:
Yes, I would say it’s a Latta thing to do.
Bearing in mind that he was writing for a fan site, it didn’t particularly surprise me that he reacted like a (disgruntled) fan. I would say Dennis (with whom I worked at the Journal for some 24 years) is well liked but also viewed as something of a curmudgeon.
One thing he neglected to mention in his farewell to the Lobos column is that he’s planning to move to Florida, which will make it much easier to avoid UNM basketball in the future.
No word on whether he’s planning to cover Florida Gulf Coast from now on.