Mauling the Media: Nnamdi Asomugha

Some people in the media clearly are just making things up now.  Last night and this morning, there were multiple reports of the Jets and Texans being the final two contenders for Nnamdi Asomugha.  That sounded reasonable and all, and I think it was somewhat believable.

A little while ago, it was announced that the Texans signed cornerback Jonathan Joseph.  You’d think that would leave the Jets as the main contenders for Nnamdi.  Nope.

Now apparently the 49ers, Bucs, Cowboys, and others are all still in it.  All I ask for in the media is for the truth.  I honestly think some reporters are just making this up as they go.

Again, it’s more important for media personalities to be first, not right.  That’s how they think, and that will never chance.  It sounds crazy, but Incarcerated Bob has been the more accurate over the past few days than everyone else.

Mauling the Media: Lockout Edition

During this NFL lockout, the media has reached a new low. From lies, to misreporting, to childish slander, the media has show how low its integrity actually is.

Let’s look at different instances of the lockout being “over”.

It all started in late April when the lockout temporarily was put on hold.  The media went crazy, but they failed to report on a possible appeal by the owners.  The owners won their appeal, and the lockout still hasn’t officially ended to this day.  Not only that, beat writers and amateur bloggers started to speculate on what the rules would have been for free agency.  Some said we’d go back to 2010 rules, some said we’d go back to 2009 rules, and others just completely made things up.

Then you had the false reportings of the lockout being over.  Some said it would end July 21, some said it would end even earlier.

Here’s all the times we reported on the media thinking it was over.

April 25

June 15

July 11

July 15

July 16

July 23

Once again, the media shows how it’s more important for them to be first, rather than being right.

If Adam Schefter is wrong about the lockout being over, there will be a lot of angry NFL fans.

Mauling the Media: Jets Haters Already Making Headlines

Niners Nation had this to say about the Jets’ cap situation:

2. New York Jets

Currently 8.5 million under the cap and they have a lot of players whose contracts expired following the 2010 season. Now only if New York going to have to limit the players they re-sign, they are going to have to cut a couple players to get under the cap. With Santonio Holmes or Braylon Edwards hitting free agency, the Jets are going to turn their attention to re-upping one of those two players. This means that they are going to have to shave even more money off of their payroll.

Who Will Be Cut? LaDainian Tomlinson, Nick Mangold, Calvin Pace and Bart Scott

Impact Free Agents: Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Shaun Ellis, David Harris and Antonio Cromartie

There is a lot of talent here and most of these players will not be with the Jets in 2011. I could easily see them retaining Santonio Holmes and David Harris, while letting everyone else walk. A couple of players, Antonio Cromartie and Braylon Edwards could be on the 49ers radar.

Here’s a perfect example of why sports blogging should be left to people who actually know what they’re talking about.

First of all, Mangold, L.T., Pace, and Scott won’t be cut.  That’s just stupid speculation by someone who’s angry their team hasn’t been to the playoffs in nine years.  It doesn’t even make sense.  If the Jets wanted to cut any of those players, they would have done it before the lockout.  And why would they release Mangold right after signing him to an extension?

He also claims Cromartie and Edwards are going to be on the 49ers radar, which is laughable.  But let Niners fans have hope, their biggest accolades the past decade was beating the Giants on a missed pass interference call.  Actually, they’re probably more proud of  Patrick Willis winning Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2007, since he’s literally the only good player on their team besides Gore and Crabtree.

As for the impact free agents, someone didn’t do their homework on this one.  David Harris was franchise tagged, so he’s not a free agent.  Ellis was released by the Jets, so he’ll either leave or come back at a reduced rate.  The Jets’ cap situation isn’t as dire as the writer of this article makes it out to be.  There’s ways to restructure deals (such as Sanchez’s $18 million salary this season) to pretty much get as much under the cap as you want.  The Jets should definitely be able to bring back Holmes and either Edwards or Cromartie.  Even if they do pay a heavy price for two of those three players, there still will be room to maneuver under the cap.  There has been talk about numerous exceptions that teams can use to bring back players and sign players that would bring them over the cap.

Don’t worry Jets fans.  Everything is going to turn out fine.  Don’t listen to these unintelligent fans that have no idea what is going on.  There’s plenty of scenarios out there for us to work with, and virtually all of them result in us being an elite team for yet another season.  It’s not time to panic, it’s time to be optimistic.

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Mauling the Media: ESPN Makes Grammar Errors Too

After glancing over the first page of ESPN New York, I saw that that there were two headlines that were grammatically incorrect.

It looks fine if you read it quickly, but turn your attention to the last sentence.  “Resign” is definitely not the word ESPN was looking for here.  According to Merriam-Webster, “resign” means to give up deliberately; to renounce.  Anthony Weiner resigned last month, and Bill Belichick resigned as head coach of the New York Jets in 2000.  That’s how you use it.

Resign is actually very close to being an antonym of “re-sign”, which is the word they clearly wanted to use here.  Merriam-Webster defines “re-sign” as to sign again; to rehire (as an athlete) by means of a signed contract.  So we definitely want Reyes to re-sign, not resign in the offseason.

Perhaps I’m just being a Grammar Nazi here, but this is wrong too.  It should read:

“Deron Williams’ and Michael Beasley’s selfishness…”

You need the extra apostrophe there to indicate that it is both players’ selfishness.

An occasion typo or two is fine, but the biggest sports media outlet in the world should have a grasp on basic English grammar.

Mauling the Media: ESPN Knows Nothing About Hockey

ESPN, who has constantly shown an anti-NHL bias in their daily coverage of the sports world, decided to ask Rangers fans if the Brad Richards signing was the biggest since Mark Messier’s signing.  The problem is Mark Messier was never signed by the Rangers.  The Captain was traded in 1991 (by none other than Glen Sather) from the Oilers to the Blueshirts for Louie DeBrusk, Bernie Nicholls, and Steven Rice.  This is not only basic Rangers knowledge, but it’s basic hockey knowledge.  I would give them a pass, but this was ESPN New York.  Not knowing how the biggest name in Rangers history was acquired is unacceptable for anyone covering New York sports.

The bigger story here is the sports media’s general hockey coverage.  ESPN and other major sports media outlets constantly have no idea what’s going on in the world of the NHL.  But it’s not only ESPN.  SNY’s hockey coverage on Daily News Live, The Wheelhouse, and Loud Mouths is borderline laughable.  I really don’t care if someone doesn’t know anything about hockey, I just get offended when people like Chris Carlin think they know what they’re talking about when they don’t.

The epitome of this point can be found within the friendly confines of Mike Francesa’s radio program.  Mike talks about golf, horse racing, and even his favorite summer songs.  Hockey?  Don’t even think about bringing it up on Mike’s show.  Although, one of the most famous moments on Francesa’s show did involve the Islanders.


Arguing With Idiots Volume IX: Jason Cole

I’ve been following sports long enough to realize that the media is extremely corrupt and biased.  I know that there are some really bad writers out there, but this article is an absolute disgrace to football.  It’s time to show why Dolphins fans shouldn’t be allowed to touch a pen or paper.

First, let’s look at Jason Cole’s profile on Yahoo:

Jason Cole is an award-winning writer who covered the Miami Dolphins for 15 years at The Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. A member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he also has experience covering the NBA. Jason graduated from Stanford with a degree in communication.

Not exactly the guy you want to be writing a Jets article.  Nonetheless, Yahoo Sports decided to let him write a Darrelle Revis article.  That would be like ESPN letting me write a piece on Tom Brady.  The result was possibly the worst article I’ve ever read.  Enjoy.

At one point during the latest episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” Jets coach Rex Ryan explained to veteran wide receiver Laveranues Coles(notes) why the team had to cut him. It was over salary reasons, but Ryan said the team hoped to bring back Coles in the second week of the season when his contract won’t be fully guaranteed.

Ultimately, Ryan told Coles that the team had to make the move “in case [cornerback Darrelle Revis(notes)] shows up without a new contract.”

Yes, a proposed $160 million contract would cause financial stress on a team who has given out multiple lucrative extensions to star players this year.  I don’t see the problem here.  I’m sorry our front office isn’t as brilliant as Miami’s, which traded Wes Welker for a fifth round draft pick.

Here’s a little piece of information for Ryan and the rest of the New York Jets: If Revis doesn’t get a new contract soon, New York doesn’t have to worry about the star cornerback showing up. Ever.

Here’s a little piece of information for you and the rest of the Miami Dolphins.  If Revis doesn’t accept our offer, he doesn’t play for three seasons.  Do you realize that it’s not a contract year for Revis?

As the clock ticks to the beginning of the NFL season, the relationship between the Jets and Revis is ticking toward an end. A divorce, really. That might sound like hysteria to some but it’s reality.

Again, Revis has three years left on his contract.  The Jets aren’t trading him either.  I also love how Cole now begins to just speculate what is going on.  Notice throughout the whole article he pretends that he has the inside scoop on the negotiations.

You can hear the agitation in Ryan’s voice when he talks about the overall state of his team. During one moment in “Hard Knocks,” Ryan chewed the Jets out for not playing with urgency, a bad sign for any team, particularly for one that hasn’t won a championship in more than four decades.

Jets fans can pump their chest about allowing only one touchdown in the first three games of preseason, but that means nothing. If the Jets are really going to run Ryan’s high-risk, blitz-heavy defense, they have to have Revis. As gifted as cornerback Antonio Cromartie(notes) is, he’s not tough enough to emulate Revis.

Cromartie is still better than any cornerback the Dolphins have, and the only corner better than Kyle Wilson for Miami is Vontae Davis.  If Cromartie can just be what Revis was in 2008, the Jets will still have a very successful defense.

If the Jets can’t bridge the gap between what they are offering Revis and what he believes they promised him at the end of last season, he’s not showing up, period.

Jason, it’s nice to know that you know exactly what will happen if the Jets can’t bridge the gap.  You should work for ESPN’s Rumor Central.

The problem is that love in the NFL is expressed in dollars and the Jets didn’t think this one through. In fact, when the idea of a long-term contract for Revis (10 years) was broached with this reporter months ago, I took all of about 30 seconds to figure out that the approximate number Revis would be looking for was roughly $160 million.

The Jets didn’t think this through?  What if there is a salary cap next season?  If the Jets keep giving out huge contracts, they will be in cap hell if there is a new cap next season.  Even if there is no cap, Revis isn’t worth $160 million with $65-$75 millin guaranteed.

And I’m not exactly a contract negotiator.

Yeah, we sort of figured that out by now.

More important, Revis has principles, too. If you were Revis and had a pretty good idea that your value isn’t going down anytime soon (there’s plenty of proof of that around the NFL) and you no longer had faith in the Jets, would you ever play for them again? Is that the kind of professional, working marriage you’d want to get into?

He signed a contract.  When he held out for his first deal, the Jets took a huge chance by giving him his contract.  The contract has turned into one that benefits the team, but that’s no reason to hold out again and destroy what could be a Super Bowl season for the Jets.  You really can’t defend Revis hear, especially when the Jets are offering $140 million.

His uncle, Sean Gilbert, once sat out an entire year with Washington when he wanted between $4 million and $5 million a year and the Redskins were offering $3.2 million.

After a year away, Gilbert got $7 million a year from Carolina.

Well guess what, genius.  Revis will have to sit out three years.  It’s not that complicated of a scenario to understand.  The Jets have all the leverage here.  After three years without football, no one will pay Revis $160 million.

Revis won’t want to miss three years of his prime either.  He would be 29 when he becomes a free agent in 2013.  He won’t get even close to the $140 million he is being offered now.

But more important than any of that is a simple fact: Either the Jets get this done or they never have Revis again.

And Revis doesn’t see a football field for three years.  How was this article allowed to be written?  Is this not the most biased piece of rubbish ever produced?