Thursday, September 17, 2009

Journalistic Malpractice

I just saw something on the "Mike and Mike" show on ESPN 2 that I just had to speak on. Now I am not a TO fan. Most of the people who I talk to about sports can attest to that fact. I think that being a bad teammate can outweigh anyone's talent in terms of their value to the team. For that reason I cheered Jerry Jones releasing him last year from my beloved Cowboys. Hell I had been calling for that ever year since he got to Dallas.

Now, having said all that, the way Mark Schlereth and Mike Golic just smeared him was reprehensible. T.O. said some things yesterday about how his new quarterback Trent Edwards could and would improve off his game against the Patriots on Monday. Time and again he kept saying however that Edwards' lack of taking shots down the field or missing reads was not the reason why they lost. He also referred to Leodis McKelvin's poor decision to take the ball out of the endzone when he fumbled. Now I think any reasonable football fan would say McKelvin made the wrong decision so that shouldn't be controversial at all. But the trick that Schlereth and Golic tried to pull was to frame it as if TO just got up in front of a microphone and went on a diatribe unprompted.

Well thats bullshit and they know it. Although their video clip did not include the question that was asked of TO it is clear from his answer that he was specifically questioned about how Edwards played. Schlereth and Golic however would have everyone believe that TO just brought up Edwards all on his own. That is the worst kind of journalistic shenanigan because it devalues situations where TO really should be taken to task. Unfortunately the ESPN franchise has started doing more and more of this kind of thing. Hopefully run of the mill fans realize that they are being snowed. Hell TO does enough stuff on his own, nobody needs to make up stuff out of whole cloth.

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