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ahh, the journalists are coming...(8 posts)

ahh, the journalists are coming...yeah right
Jul 18, 2003 3:44 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/page2/s/armstrong/030718.html

The link reads "Is cycling a sport? Who cares?"

Have a great weekend
I hate to defend this guy, but lemme 'splain something...cory
Jul 18, 2003 4:13 PM
I really DO hate to sound like I think that column's OK, because I don't--but I've been a columnist for 20-odd years, and I can see right through his pathetic little trick. He's on deadline, he doesn't have much to say, and he's got an audience of readers who haven't been on a bike since eighth grade, probably weigh 20 pounds more than they should, don't understand why Lance is a millionaire and have no conception of what it takes to ride a bike 50 miles, let alone do something like the tour. So he tees off on a sport he doesn't understand, and they get to line up behind him and say, "Hey, yeah, right effing ON, Brother!" And a few cyclists on some obscure message board get mad and write to his boss, and all it is is evidence people are reading.
Same thing used to be true of automobile racing, though the popularity of NASCAR may have changed that, and still is of soccer. I've done similar columns on golf, because I think it's a stupid game and you get a lot of mail when you say so. All part of the game, somewhat legitimized because a columnist has somewhat different rules and restrictions than a reporter. If you check this guy's paper's TdF coverage, you'll probably find that it's straightforward, factual and as good as anybody else's.
Ben Bradlee's famous description of columnists...Djudd
Jul 18, 2003 4:39 PM
Bradlee said"columnists are the guys who come out of hiding when the fighting is over and shoot the wounded". No offense to Cory but journalists cover a beat and are responsible for conveying the news in the most succinct way possible. If I miss too many stories on my beat I am fired. Columnists only want to get the reader fired up as quickly as possible. They, for the most part are self-important cowards with no real responsibilty to the truth. Sports columnists are the worst of the breed. Have you seen those clowns on ESPN screaming across the table at each other over the color of some player's socks. Did you read the lede on that piece? childish drivel. Do yourself a favor and forget that BS. They want to get you mad, that is all they have
Every year it seemsUncleMoe
Jul 18, 2003 5:19 PM
Every year it seems at least one journalist writes something like this, and it gets a lot of people in a tiff. As someone else who is a journalist pointed out, its his job, he was short on material, and it gets attention.

nuff said.
Consider the source: ESPNgeeker
Jul 18, 2003 5:19 PM
Laughable, somewhat of a troll, but indirectly it's self-promotion for the asinine "ESPY awards". Apparently LA won one last night; the author probably would've preferred a winner like Kobe Bryant.

As far as journalism goes, ESPN (appropriately owned by Disney), is in the same league as Murdoch's New York Post. The story'll probably resonate with ESPN's audience, most of whom are overweight beer-swillers who prefer NFL/MLB/NBA.
Dig that...ESPN has taken the fun out of sports...Djudd
Jul 18, 2003 5:57 PM
with all the screaming and pontificating you hardly have a chance to actually see athletes competing.
What part of the TROLL concept don't you understand? (nm)Kerry Irons
Jul 18, 2003 5:28 PM
To someone like this...jesse1
Jul 19, 2003 2:43 AM
...a "good workout" is riding the Lawnboy (mower)to cut a 1/16 acre of grass. Intervals would be planting the flat of flowers his wife picked out in time to catch the Pro Bass Tour on OLN.