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.


Breaking News: NFL Lockout Appears to be Over

It looks like the lockout is over.  The NFLPA is expected to hold a press conference on Monday.  The league year (and training camps) could begin on Friday.  Team facilities may open earlier.

For more on the end of the lockout, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

UPDATE (7:15 P.M.): Damien Woody just confirmed the speculation.  The lockout is over.

UPDATE (12:20 A.M.): Reports now say the players are set to officially vote Monday.  All signs indicate that they will approve the CBA.

Rome Wasn’t Built in One Day

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.