Posted on: July 24, 2009 5:42 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2009 12:22 am
Okay, I'll date myself. Why not, I advertise it on my profile page anyway. I'm 34 years old. And I'm going to sound like an old man. Because I am going to start off this blog entry with a "Back in my days" blast. Back when I was in school, I never took a journalism class, but learned the basics of such during my many years in English classes. I was taught that an article should answer a simple eight word phrase, "Who did what, where, when, why, and how." Point being, the media should be REPORTING to us the news. However, somewhere along the lines in the P.C. wussification of our society, somebody decided that it was the media's job to MAKE the news, instead of reporting it. Here I'll give you some prime examples, focusing heavily on the "world wide leader" in sports.
1) All the news that's fit to "Do not Report" - How was it that the four letter network chose to blatantly ignore the whole Ben Roethlisberger story for FOURTY EIGHT FREAKIN HOURS, and compound it with a cover up that is worse than the crime itself? Look, I'm all for giving Big Ben the benefit of the doubt. I'm a firm believer in innocent until proven guilty. In fact, from what I've heard of the case, I'm surprised the girl hasn't filed criminal charges not only to launch an investigation, but get a state prosecutor to subpeona the security tapes she's claiming to be denied access to in a coverup by her coworkers. But that still does not change the fact that a legitimate civil lawsuit had been filed in the state of Nevada, which despite the housing downturn, the last I checked was still part of the USA. This is not something you can simply turn a blind eye to. Look, in the end, she might just be somebody who is just seeking attention and/or money, but that is not something for you, ESPN, to decide. Of course, it came out that ESPN had issued a "do not report" order, which was not the first time that had happened (see: Favre, Brett/Glazer, Jay/Inside Information). Then came the information the order was based on a completely worthless, malleable policy of not reporting it without an accompanying criminal suit. How do I know the policy is malleable? Well, besides people inside the four letter network saying so, as was pointed out by a local radio host in what I consider to be the best apples to apples comparison, it sure didn't stop them from running the story right around the Glendale Super Bowl of a similar civil suit filed here in Florida against Randy Moss. Then came a quote from somebody at ESPN as reported by Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com. "Embarassing." Enough said.
2) Who let the dogs out? E S P N - The four letter network then went on later that same week to report based on Michael Vick's meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday that Vick had been "Conditionally reinstated and would be suspended for the first four games." Only problem with that. Well, it hadn't happened. At least, not yet. It was quickly shot down by NFL spokesman Greg Aiello and ESPN had to hurriedly retract their own headline. Now, rumors are that the commish is indeed leaning that way, but if I were Roger, I'd suspend Vick for more or less than 4 games just to spite ESPN for leaking information instead of reporting it WHEN IT WAS NEWS. Update: Since this story came out, Goodell first threatened possibly not making Vick eligible for six weeks, but in the end only suspended him for two. Kudos to the boss for weighing the situation and doing EXACTLY as I said. Of course, people have now forgotten about this and ESPN didn't end up with the egg on their face that they should have.
3) The Erin Andrews debate - I read a couple great blogs on this subject by a couple of Mets fans (I know, who knew there were any left?) BigBluMasochist and Ifonlyweknew who each took one side on the Erin Andrews peephole porn incident, one taking the side of Erin being violated, the other the more cynical side of this was staged a la the infamous "wardrobe malfunction." I'll post links to them here, I'm sure they won't mind. http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/
Now word is coming out that this was likely an inside job by one of her male ESPN coworkers, which, unfortunately does nothing to disprove either one of their sides of the story. Now, I'm of the mind that Erin was indeed violated, and not just because she's the most famous alumnus of my high school alma matter. I think she does a terrific job at sideline reporting, and have always appreciated her much more for the body of her work than for the work of her body. That said, it speaks volumes that not only can I see BigBlu's side of the arguement, there's still a chance that he's indeed right.
4) SEC Media Daze - Obviously by my handle, I'm a HUGE SEC fan. When word leaked out that Tim Tebow was not a unanimous first team SEC coaches selection, I was confused, but not overly miffed. Afterall, I could make an arguement for Jevan Snead. A weak one, but an arguement. I was more upset that LB Brandon Spikes was not unanimous. But, Tebow being Tebow, all the attention was focused on his "perceived" snub. Of course, the SEC media had a field day of it, grilling each individual coach in a "whodunit" desperately wanting to know who the culprit was. Of course, it was later revealed today, that this same SIXTY FOUR member media who was so OUTRAGED that a coach DARED leave Tebow off their ballot had THREE MEMBERS LEAVE HIM OFF OF THEIRS FOR THE MEDIA BALLOT. Freakin hypocrites. Also, it came out that the culprit was Steve Spurrier, who blamed it on an underling and then signed off on it. This brings me to another subject. Any of you who know me know of my opinion of the BCS. If you don't know, check out some of the earlier editions of my blog. Part of what is used to determine who plays in Pasadena this year is the Coaches Poll (which the BCS did something sort of right in forcing them to reveal their final ballot after they had voted not to back in May). Team and conference biases aside, do you realize how many coaches do the exact same thing Spurrier did, giving it to SID's or the such and signing off on them, probably often times not paying full attention to what they are signing off on? And even those that do vote themselves, do you REALLY think they have enough time to pay attention to all the games of all the teams they are voting on? Finally, in what I think is one of the most blatant examples of what's wrong with the media today is that during a media days teleconference with radio people, Tim Tebow was asked by an absolute dunderhead if he was saving himself for marriage. Um, excuse me. As a Gator fan, do you think I give two flying figs whether he's slept with somebody or not. And if you do care, shame on you.
5) Off Topic: Race Carding and Entering - Then came the story of the Havard professor who was arrested for trying to enter his own locked home when a neighbor called police. He was so incensed that police dared think he was a burglar, that instead of producing indentification that he was indeed who he said he was and in fact lived there so the police could go on their merry way, instead immediately accused them of racial profiling and refusing to identify himself. Now first, to be perfectly clear, the police are not without their own faults in this case. First off, he requested an officers indentification, which by law in MA and policy most other places, he has to do, and the officer did not do so. Also, do I believe the police could have handled it better than what they did? Absolutely. Look, I know abuses of power do happen and racial profiling and racism do exist. I did not just fall off the turnip truck. But what really got my goat was an article in the local fish wrap today that said in MA the law states he has every right to refuse to come outside and identify himself. Excuse me??? That may be in which there is no question that he is indeed the resident, but they had been called on a breaking and entering. They had no idea he did in fact live there or he was indeed who he said he was. Put it this way. Had that been the reporter's house being broken in to by an individual, I don't care man or woman, black, white, purple, whatever, can you just see how that conversation would go. Police: "Excuse me sir, we've received a report of a possible break-in at this residence." Theif: "Oh, that's okay, I live here. Just forgot my key." Police: "Well, would you mind coming out here and showing us identifictation, like a driver's license." Theif: "No, and the law says you can't make me." Police: "Oh, okay sir. Sorry to disturb you. We'll be on our way now." And then it gets better. Our president pulls his best Al Sharpton impersonation and says the police "Acted stupidly." I can't believe how many people do not see that because of statements like this, because of people like Sharpton, that seperation is a self perpetuating problem and will never be rectified. Racism is a very real and very evil thing. But every time the race card is played it situations it shouldn't be, it's just like the tale of the "Boy Who Cried Wolf," to which people will become apathetic to the problem, eventually to the point where they won't believe you when the wolf really is attacking. Anyway, the biggest point here is that there were mistakes made by both sides, so why only report half the story? Answer, because it makes for better reading. It's called sensationalistic journalism.
Tags: "Do not report", All-SEC teams, Bad Media, BCS, Ben Roethlisberger, Coaches Poll, Erin Andrews, ESPN, Greg Aiello, hypocrites, Jevan Snead, Making the News, Media, Michael Vick, Mike Florio, NFL, off topic, peephole, profootballtalk, Randy Moss, Reinstatement, Roger Goodell, SEC, SEC media days, Steve Spurrier, Tim Tebow, Victim or perpitrator, wardrobe malfunction
Posted on: November 25, 2008 6:49 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2008 10:33 pm
Well, here we are at Thanksgiving time, and as we all get together with family and friends and enjoy our feasts, I realized after this huge week in sports, that I had way too much on my mind to fit into merely ten points. So I present to you this week, a baker's dozen of items that I felt worthy of discussion (and I combined things to limit it to that). So while we all ponder on what we are truly thankful for, let me mention that I am thankful for being given a forum to express my opinions (even if they are not those of CBS. They should be, though, darn it!), and for those of you who have found your way to reading my thoughts on a weekly basis. While many of you have found your way here through iamyo's blog http://iamyo.blogs.sportsline.com/m
1) Gotta give the love - While I admit that like all of us, I have my biases, I do my best to be as even handed as possible. There really isn't any team I hate, although there are a few owners or coaches who would fall into that category. No, if you see a team listed under my hated section, it is most likely the fan base of said team that has earned them their spot there. As any of you who have read my blog before know, the New Orleans Saints fall into this category. But, I have to give credit where credit is due. That was a phenominal performance in what was, quite frankly, a must win game. Your defense (for once) stepped up to be HUGE (and please tell me I did not see Sedrick Ellis celebrating a sack by doing the "Pee Wee Herman")! Packers fans, what happened to your defense? And while A Rod 2 (or A Rodge) has been having a good year, quite frankly the fact remains that you are 5-6, while the guy your management ousted is 8-3 (more on them in a bit). I know this move was made for the future, but Brett had 1, maybe two years left. I think you would have been better off this year had you kept him. For his part, though, A Rod 2 reminded me very much of one Jet Favre last night. Rifling it into receivers when finesse was needed. Making Jason "Toast" David look like a pro bowler. 3 costly picks (where have we heard that before?). The fact is Favre's numbers are better, with a better QB rating, and most importantly, a better W-L. This leads us to ...
2) B b b bretty and the Jets - Speaking of huge wins, knocking off the only previously undefeated team definitely falls into that category. Of course, it helped that the Titans inexplicably ran the ball a grand total of 11 times, only one of which went to powerhouse LenDale White. Coupled with the Giants dismantling of the Cardinals, could this be the year of a subway Super Bowl? I'm still not totally sold on the Jets. Memories of the Raiders game keep popping into my head. But still, it just might happen. Now, speaking of the Raiders and giving credit where it is due ...
3) Just win baby - I have been very hard on the Raiders this year as well. Most of this comes from my disdain of owner Al Davis, who I still feel is too meddlesome and has lost all touch with reality. Does anybody want to win the AFC West? You have the Broncos pulling off this near weekly defensive debacle, and the Chargers who just seem to find ways to lose the game on the last possession. I mean, shoot, even Oakland is only 3 out with 5 games to go. Stranger things have happened. I seriously think 8-8 wins this atrocious division.
4) Cry Iggles Cry - Wow. As Andy Reid was watching his playoff chances being constantly turned over by one Donovan McNabb, who was responsible for 7 in the last 2 games (well, game and a half), Reid decided it was time to pull the plug and throw Kolb to the wolves that are the Baltimore Ravens defense. He went out, and produced very similar numbers, including throwing a pick on second and goal from inches away that was returned for a record 108 yards by Ed Reed. What on earth are you doing throwing it to the back middle of the end zone on second and short? I realize you have little running game (especially power running game), but still, damn! Ever heard of a QB sneak? A hand off to the FB? I realize the problems in Philly go far deeper than McNabb, but trust me, had Kolb shown any signs of being able to move the team/score/not turn over the ball, he would be starting Thursday night and not McNabb.
5) More NFL Musings - Wow, what a great week, I've already hit on the four games I wanted to go heavy on, and I still have a lot of thoughts. Huge win for the Cowboys and Tony Romo. They are back in the playoff picture. Huge win by the Patriots over the Dolphins. And what a game for Matt Cassel (a $14 million game, maybe). Memo to the Dolphins and 49ers. You just might want to consider giving safety help to whoever is covering Randy Moss and TO. They consistantly torched your single coverage all game long and you still made no adjustment. Also have to give a quit yer b$%!hing to Dolphins NT Jason Ferguson who accused the Patriots of running up the score. Hey buddy, you're a NT. They were running run plays. Maybe you should concentrate on stopping them instead of wanting them to do it for you. No team can blow a lead like the Detriot Lions, watching a 17 point first quarter advantage evaporate in 35 unanswered allowed, 21 of which were in the 2nd quarter alone. 0-16 is still possible. The Bucs might wish they were back in the old NFC Norse, going 4-0 against them this year. Huge props to the Falcons. Panthers fans should be worried because this is 3 bad games in a row. You just finally ran into a team that could finish you off. Bucs and Saints fans thank you, Falcons. It's amazing the turnaround. Instead of rebuilding, they are just recovering from the worst head coach of all time. How Rich McKay still has a job with the team (yes, I know he's not the GM anymore, thank god) is beyond me. And also, is the NFC South the best division in football? I'm really starting to believe that it is. Case in point, the aforementioned Saints, at 6-5, are in LAST PLACE.
6) Turkey games on Thanksgiving day - One of the things I've always looked forward to on Thanksgiving was being able to sit down in front of the television and enjoy a day of NFL football. Well, unfortunately this year, I see three quality teams playing against three teams in tail spins. Don't get me wrong, I'll still watch, I'm just not likely to be very interested.
7) Boomer Sooner - Wow! Didn't see that blow out coming. What was Oklahoma able to do defensively that Texas and Oklahoma State were not? This game had huge implications on not only the BCS, where Texas holds a very slim lead at number 2, but the Big 12 south picture as well. We all know by now that if there is a three way tie, it is the BCS standings that will determine who wins the south, and I have a feeling that by beating Oklahoma State, the Sooners would be that team. Of course, the amusing thing is, and a point that is not receiving much discussion, that Texas, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech all have to hope the team they beat is not the victim of an upset this week, otherwise the arguement is moot. Should one team get upset, it would go to head to head, which Texas would win if Tech loses, Oklahoma would win if Texas loses, and Tech would win if Oklahoma loses. Wouldn't that be interesting?
8) Orange you glad the 'Cuse won - One thing I am overly thankful for this holiday season is the fact that I will not have to watch the Fighting Irish on January 1st playing in a bowl game they do not deserve to be in getting their 10th straight loss by a team that, simply put, is vastly more talented. I was extremly worried, and somewhat in disbelief when I heard the reports that both the Cotton and Gator bowls would be interested in taking a 7-5 Irish team, just because they draw well and get good ratings. Well, after getting beat by what just might be the worst BCS school not located in the state of Washington, the Irish will take their trip to El Paso and like it. Funny thing is, this might be the best thing for all parties involved. From what I hear, the El Paso area is heavily catholic, and as I have said, Notre Dame draws well and gets good ratings. But they will be matched up against a PAC 10 team, and might be able to put up a decent game, and not one I will have turned off by half time. Also, didn't Notre Dame fire Bob Davie and Tyrone Willingham for similar (actually, probably slightly better) performances as Charlie Weiss? I said last week he did nothing to get of the hot seat, and this definitely doesn't help matters. And Irish fans, turn your snowballs on your coach, or better yet, your administration for acting like this is okay. Anyway, for us fans of the sport of college football, and not just our favorite teams, thank you, Syracuse, from the bottom of out hearts. UPDATE: It has come out that Mike Tranghese (god I hope I spelled his name right), Big East commissioner, has made it VERY PUBLICLY KNOWN, that the bylaws for the conference tie-ins clearly state that a 6-6 Notre Dame team cannot be taken over a 7-5 Big East member institution. That means that if Rutgers beats Louisville, The Irish are on the outs at the Sun Bowl. As J. Darin Darst has pointed out, this leaves the Irish with very few options. It's a good read. http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs
9) USC no longer fears the Big 10 - It started coming out that some of the Los Angeles media, and some USC fans and even Pac 10 fans are hoping that Oregon State beats Oregon (which will be harder without the services of Jacquizz Rodgers most likely) so that they can enter the BCS as an at large and face a Big 12 team or an SEC team. First off, I find it highly amusing, considering all you hear about is the tradition of the Rose Bowl. Secondly, I find this to be a HUGE slap in the face to the Nittany Lions of Penn State, who are not at all a bad team (as evidenced by their beat down of Michigan State this week). The Nittany Lions have had a phenominal season (remember, they were supposed to be a middle of the pack Big Ten team this year. On the flip side, though, congrats to Michigan on their first 9 loss season in history. WVU fans are laughing at you. And Rich Rod looks like a bigger clown every time he opens his mouth. And wasn't Wisconsin supposed to contend for the Big 10 title? I thought I saw them need three missed PAT's to beat an FCS Cal Poly team this week in OVERTIME. Horrible. But I digress). PSU would give USC as much as they could handle (although I do think USC would win). Be careful what you wish for, USC fans. You might not like the results if you get it. It's also ironic that tOSU hopes USC ends up in the Rose Bowl so THEY can get into a BCS game.
10) Somewhere, David Letterman and Jason Whitlock are smiling - As one of the games I gave you to look forward to last week, I gave you Ball State versus Central Michigan (also noting that Ball State was probably wishing it was Michigan on their schedule instead of Central Michigan. I believe that still might be true.). Boy, did it live up to my billing (shameless pat on the back). That was one of the better college football games I've seen (not Texas Tech versus Texas good, but good none the less). The road doesn't get easier for the Cardinals, as they face Western Michigan and then the MAC championship game (assuming they win. They need the win to make it). Congrats Ball State. One of the true feel good, come out of nowhere stories of the year.
11) Is the NBA trying to outdo the NFL - Wow, two midseason coaching changes. P.J. Carlissimo was dumped by the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Eddie Jordan just got the axe from the Wizards. And here I thought MLB was the sport with the midseason ousters.
12) The "One and Done" Rule needs to be abolished - Dick Vitale said something during the UCLA versus Michigan broadcast that made a world of sense to me. He said that the NBA should allow high school kids the opportunity to be drafted, but if you choose to go to college, or simply not drafted, you should have to stay three years a la college football. He asked if we were dumb enough to think that the Greg Oden's or Kevin Durant's (I throw their names out because I am ignorant of this years freshman phenoms) were actually taking their educations seriously knowing this was just a stop off on their way to guaranteed NBA millions. Plus, it would benefit the stability and quality of both sports. Dicky V, amen, brother, amen!
13) Weekly look ahead - The games I'll be looking forward to this week are FSU Florida (duh), Alabama Auburn (hey, it's still the Iron Bowl, and as a Gator fan, I have to root for Bama), and obviously, Oklahoma Oklahoma State. In the NFL, give me Bucs Saints and Steelers Patriots (and some better games on Thanksgiving, PLEASE!)
Tags: 0-16?, Aaron Rodgers, AFC West, Al Davis, Andy Reid, Atlanta Falcons, Ball State Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, BCS, Big 12 South, Big Ten, Bob Davie, Brett Favre, Carolina Panthers, Charlie Weiss, Coaching Changes, Cowboys, David Letterman, Detriot Lions, Dick Vitale, Donovan McNabb, Ed Reed, Eddie Jordan, Eligibility, Green Bay Packers, J. Darin Darst, Jacquizz Rodgers, January 1st Bowl Games, Jason David, Jason Ferguson, Jason Whitlock, Kevin Kolb, MAC, Matt Cassel, Michigan Wolverines, NBA, NBA Draft, New Orleans Saints, NFC South, NFL's Thanksgiving Slate, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NY Jets, Oakland Raiders, Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma Sooners, Oregon State Beavers, P.J. Carlissimo, PAC 10, Penn State Nittany Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Randy Moss, Rich McKay, Rich Rodriguez, Rose Bowl, Subway Super Bowl?, Syracuse Orangmen, Tennessee Titans, Terrell Owens, Texas Longhorns, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Tony Romo, Tradition, Tyrone Willingham, USC Trojans, Washington Wizards, Wisconsin Badgers