Jim Caple Defends…A-Rod???!!!

•May 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment

A supremely interesting article that runs in ironic contrast to the general theme across ESPN.com.

I happen to wonder if the Seattle-based Caple doesn’t still harbor some love for A-Rod from the shortstop’s now-charmed days in the city of the Mariners.

At the same time Caple puts a lot of this in perspective. We’re really angry about the steroids, legitimately, but then use a number of other very personal items (some of them awful decisions, some of them not at all) to degrade his entire character. Maybe it’s even true, but no person deserves that kind of treatment in the media, particularly not the apparent psychological evaluation Selena Roberts offers.


ESPN Disgraces Journalists Everywhere

•May 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

From an e-mail I just sent to ESPN.com Ombudsman Le Anne Schreiber

I just read the most awful thing IN an actual ESPN.com article on the NBA All-Rookie team.

“The rookie of the year award and All-Rookie team are sponsored by T-Mobile.”

Read the quote in its full shameful context.

As an aspiring journalist, this nearly makes me cry out of hopelessness. Honestly.

How can ESPN.com include this in an actual news article? It’s an advertising tagline under the guise of news. It’s unconscionable and I think whoever’s responsible should be fired immediately. I’ve had enough of seeing ESPN personalities pretend to interview sports celebrities for commercials, also (think Trey Wingo and Ryan Howard). They’re being paid to parody themselves as journalists and to degrade the entire profession.

I hope I’m able to receive a response on this and that some kind of action happens. I hope that ESPN responds to any recommendations you have. It would set an important standard for their eroding journalistic credibility.

Mariners Bandwagon?

•April 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

As I write, I’m obsessively following the Mariners-Angels game on ESPN GameCast. Welcome to the life of a Seattle fan abroad (this makes the dearth of nationally televised Seahawks games hurt hard).

I wonder if I’m caught up in the same frenzy as most other Mariners fans or observers. I’ve found it laughable how quickly attitudes about the Mariners have shifted. Somehow Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times and the crew of columnists there have suddenly found the bell of hope, conveniently timed after a nice road win streak. These same men just two weeks ago termed the Mariners a “rebuilding” club and many other similar epithets. So when they write about the M’s defying early expectations, remember that these guys, expert journalists without any apparent willingness to take a risk, had those same low expectations.

You see, I wish I had made time to write my predictions for this season on the blog. I’m not at all surprised by the Mariners’ start, though apparently these guys are pretty willing to change their tunes eight games into the season. I’m not surprised that the Mariners are winning, and I’m not surprised that there are still major problems (like the lack of an offense impressive beyond its timeliness). Above all, I would have written that the Mariners will be fun to watch. They won’t stand for mediocrity – anyone, even Griffey, will lose playing time or lineup status with poor performance. They have two many young, hungry players to let that happen, and they have leadership that now understands this.

So here’s my state of mind, and my suggestion for you: don’t be surprised, but don’t be overwhelmed, either. Just enjoy the ride and continue to love baseball!

The Funniest Player-Coach Candidates

•April 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Bill Simmons, in his mailbag published today on ESPN.com (by the way Bill, I’ve had plenty of you complaining about your job – you’ve got it easy), brings up Zach Randolph as the funniest player-coach candidate for the Clippers.

Other candidates include Robert Swift as Team Clay Bennett player-coach, Terrell Owens (too easy) as Buffalo Bills player-coach, and Dakota Fanning as actor-director of her next horror movie.

As a serious suggestion: I risk sounding too much like the hopeless Seattle sports romantic I already am, but what about Ken Griffey, Jr. as Mariners player-coach?

Sounders FC Makes the National Scene

•March 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Reading this New York Times

The Epic Embarassment of My West Coast Bias

•March 28, 2009 • Leave a Comment

As the New York Times proudly trumpets that only four Big East teams made the Elite Eight, I wallow in the shame of picking Gonzaga to beat UNC, of picking Washington to beat UConn (which they would have had a chance to do if they played a 41-minute game against Purdue), and most of all, picking Portland State as my crazy Sweet 16 pick.

Now it’s all on Terrence Williams, Seattle native and Louisville All-American to redeem my bracket.

Are Good Players on Bad Teams Actually Good?

•March 28, 2009 • 1 Comment

Chris Broussard asks this question in an ESPN the Magazine profile of Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers All-Star forward.

Father and son cracked up at the memory. But Granger’s humor and modesty cloak something more cold. You can hear it in the preface to his steakhouse self-eval: Right now. Junior is as confident in his skills as Senior is. He believes he can attain not only the second tier of stardom but also the rare air of Kobe & Co. “I can definitely be the No. 1 guy on a really good team,” he says without a hint of doubt. “People can say I’m not good enough, and I’ll just keep proving them wrong—and smiling inside.”

With its provocative tagline comparing Granger’s stats to Kobe’s, this article deserves a read if you’re at all interested in the NBA or the politics of fame.