Since When Do They Teach “Looking Away” in Journalism School

In Sunday’s Detroit Free Press, Mitch Albom wrote, “Once upon a time, we looked away.”  Journalists eschewed private lives to focus on the sports.  Tiger Woods and TMZ are pushing sports into a gotcha culture of celebrity journalism.  Yesteryear was a simpler, purer form of journalism.  Now, it’s more complicated.  Albom’s lament is eloquent and concentrated, but it’s simplistic. Continued at The Big Lead


Why is ESPN Reporting The Favre Story At All?

The Brett Favre saga is annoying.  It annoys because no one cares anymore.  It annoys because ESPN reports constant updates on nothing.  We would all argue ESPN should cover the Favre story less, but why is ESPN covering it at all?

There are two possible stories.  Brett Favre comes back.  Brett Favre stays retired.  Once he decides, we will know immediately.  ESPN will dominate the story anyway.  The only difference to not covering it would be that the crawl would not read “Ed Werder reporting.”  It does not seem worth paying to keep people in Hattiesburg, Miss. indefinitely.

Favre controls the scoop.  Rachel Nichols can sit down there all week, but, in the digital age, Favre or Favre’s agent can call Peter King at a Boston Starbucks and King gets the story.  Even then, this is not the Pentagon Papers.  Hearing the information fifteen minutes earlier has no tangible value.

There is no value to the constant reporting from Hattiesburg.  There is no value to any of the reporting from Hattiesburg.  So why does ESPN persist?

Bloggers’ “Outrage” Over Erin Andrews Neither Hallow Nor Hypocritical

What happened to Erin Andrews was horrible, but it’s not sports blogs’ fault.

There is no causal relationship between a joke and a clothed photo and what happened.  There is no correlation.

Even if it at times bordered on “leering,” Erin Andrews’ ubiquitous presence on the blogosphere, and in the mainstream media, did not scatter seeds of sexual perversion into an otherwise innocent mind.  This incident was isolated and awful.

To suggest it was the logical progression of a pattern, or on a continuum with events already occurring is false logic and wantonly insulting.

It’s not hypocrisy or “hallow” that bloggers would be upset by this.  It’s normal.  We’re human.

The jokes will stop, but it’s from sensitivity and empathy, not guilt.

ESPN The Magazine To Use Tasteful Nudity To Attract Readers

coverESPN the Magazine trails a struggling SI by more than a million in circulation.  Most subscribers seem to be unwilling accomplices, tolerating the mailbox onslaught for a taste of the sweet insider content.  The Mag has flailed for attention in the past, using genius stunts such as guest-editing celebrity athletes.  Now, the situation has passed desperation.  Like a fizzled reality star, ESPN is taking the one sordid step left, softcore porn… (Continued at TBL)

Bloggers vs. MSM: Ibanez, Steroids and Credibility

The blog Midwest Sports Fans received criticism for a post about Raul Ibanez.  The post addresses Ibanez’ uncharacteristically hot season.  It uses an array of sophisticated statistical analyses to disprove steroids were the cause.  It concludes, soberly, that any such statistical leap by a player past his physical prime would be under suspicion.  He makes no claim that Ibanez used steroids.

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Sports Business Daily Quoted Me

Sports Business Daily quoted me.  The credit goes to The Big Lead and not me specifically, but here is a link to the article.  I’m guessing most of you can’t read it because you don’t have a subscription either, so here is the quotation.  “If Glavine was an elderly dog, the Braves would have taken him out back and shot him”