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: October 14, 2008 6:38 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2008 11:25 pm
Wow, one of the great things about being on vacation is I get to post my blog on time. Here goes this week's edition. Hope you all enjoy. And hope I can keep it to ten.
1) Game Over - Well, it just came down that Roger Goodell has suspended Adam Jones for at least 4 games. I still hang on to two contentions that I've been hearing from Cowboy apologists. One, they are hanging on to that allegedly the bodyguard started this and that it was a "verbal" altercation, even citing the police report. Well, first off, even if it is the bodyguard that started it, it's Jones' previous behavior that made the bodyguard necessary and even if he started it, Jones HAS to realize with the short leash he's on, he has to be the better man and just ignore it. Now, on to this being a "verbal" altercation, my response to that is, man when your heard as a kid that words can hurt, I guess they really meant it. Jones showed up at practice Wednesday with obvious facial bruising. Man, those F-Bombs can be rough on the complexion. Also, how big of an idiot is Jerry Jones for not stepping up and doing SOMETHING in the first place. If he does do something to Adam, I don't think Goodell comes down as hard. He still comes down, but now it's a MINIMUM of 4 games. And Jones non-chalantly acted like this was no big deal. Of course it's a big deal, and thinking that nothing was going to happen shows that Jerry just might be as senile as good old Al Davis.
2) Basic Cable - Yup, it was all Lane's fault. The Raiders went out and proved that by performing WORSE than what they were doing. First off, it was the Raiders D that was choking away games, and yet Rob Ryan is still employed. Also, great job by Cable throwing JaMarcus Russell under the bus today. It's obvious he's Al's puppet. And this also proves that Al was on a senile rant in his goodbye speech to Lane. Remember, Lane was the one who didn't want Russell. Well, last week we found out they were still talking, and this week, Al, via Cable, throws JaMarcus to the wolves. The Raiders are a mess.
3) Wild week in the NFL - Last second finishes. Big time upsets. And an impressive, impressive victory by my beloved Buccaneers. Big props to the Rams, Browns, and Falcons as well.
4) NFC NASCAR division - I'm starting to wonder if this isn't the best division in the NFL. The south's only loss was to a team from the south, while the NFC East was inexplicable playcalling by the 49ers away from pulling the 0fer. Guess only time will tell.
5) Hook 'Em Horns - What a great game turned in by Colt McCoy and Texas this week. They fought hard the whole game and were rewarded with a win. While I would have ranked Alabama ahead of them, I can't find an arguement against them being number one. Their upcoming schedule is brutal, so we'll see if they can hold on to it. Meanwhile, why is Oklahoma still a top 5 team? Yes, I know they lost to number 5 Texas on a neutral site, but still. I would have them around number 7 myself. And Sooner fans, your season isn't done, yet, although you will need two losses by Texas. I know there is no rule saying you have to play in your conference championship game to play in the BCS title game, but it will most likely be a case of out of sight, out of mind.
6) How 'bout them Cowboys - No, not the ones from Dallas. The ones from Stillwater. I haven't seen very many better defensive performances this year. Nobody thought anybody would be able to harass Chase Daniels into a bad game. Absolutely outstanding. And now maybe people will recognize Mike Gundy for the good coach he is, and not his press conference blow up at that reporter who ran a bad story.
7) It's great to be a Florida Gator - Wow. Didn't see that blow out coming. LSU looked lost against their first real defense they've played all year. And wow, what a difference a running game that doesn't rely on Tim Tebow makes. Rainey and Demps look fantastic. The fan piece on the expert picks section of this site said that this game would catapult Charles Scott to the Heisman. Oooh, so close. What, did you think he was going to put up 200 yards and 4 TD's against this defense (similar to what some Georgia fans thought Knowshon Moreno was going to do to Alabama)? The defenses in the SEC are just too darn good. With Vandy losing this week, I'd love to see an Alabama-Florida SEC championship game, especially if at least one of them has a shot at the BCS title game.
8) Are the Cowboys ready to implode? - No, not the ones from Stillwater. This time I am talking about the team from Dallas. Injuries are starting to mount. And now they have to go with
9) Madden not making the trip to Tampa - John Madden is taking a two week vacation, citing not wanting to make another cross country trip. Madden's idol Brett Favre called him a wuss. He had called nearly 300 games in a row.
10) My Apologies to Phillies fans - Well, I knew that pick had a decent chance to come back and haunt me. Even mentioned it in my post. I know they still have to win one more game, but I think it's clear that Philly is indeed the better team and should move on. And what a melt down by the Dodgers. I still love Joe Torre, but he made some extremely questionable decisions last night. Meanwhile, what a huge win by the Rays knocking around Lester. Hey, Papi, do the Rays still look scared to you. Despite the baserunning mistake by Upton, what a performance he has put on this post season. He cleared the park on that shot (and Baldelli would have, too, if not for the Sports Authority sign). Still a long way to go in this series, though. Being able to beat Wakefield tonight would be huge. If not, wow, what a series.
Tags: Adam Jones, Al Davis, B.J. Upton, Brad Johnson, Chase Daniels, Colt McCoy, Dallas Cowboys, David Ortiz, Florida Gators, JaMarcus Russell, Jerry Jones, John Madden, Los Angeles Dodgers, LSU Tigers, Mike Gundy, Missouri Tigers, NFC South, NFL, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Philadelphia Phillies, Raiders, Rob Ryan, Roger Goodell, Tampa Bay Rays, Terrell Owens, Texas Longhorns, Tim Wakefield, Tom Cable, Tony Romo