Originally Posted by -Om-
No disrespect intended, but this sounds like the same complaint you will find on any teams' message board. Skins fans love to say the national media dumps on them far above the norm, too (if you ever see a Len Pasquerelli of Dr. Z piece that touches on the Skins and doesn't take at least one cheap shot at Snyder, please let me know). I see the same thing from Cowboys fans. And Giants fans. And Pats fans ("we get no respect!"). And Cardinals fans (well ... I would if they had any).
Most national media columnists just don't know enough about the daily workings of specific teams to add or say anything original or insightful, so they fall back on rumor, innuendo ... the "easy" target. That stuff plays on a national level, because the fans reading the recycled pablum don't know enough about other teams either, at least not enough to be able to know just how under-informed and off-target most of the stuff they read really is.
[View Full Quote]YOU guys know when someone is completely full of crap on the Cowboys ... as do we Skins fans, when we see the same thing as it pertains to us.
Best advice is to never, EVER take anything you read from a "national" columnist about a team you follow at face value. And don't let it get under your skin. The guys writing the stuff get paid to say a little bit about a lot of things. They don't have the time or inclination to put into actually knowing a LOT about any ONE thing.
Or something like that.
Yip. And that also extends to national columnists who may be based in your home city. Like Gosselin, whose understanding of what is happening on the Cowboys runs to "toughest schedule in league" type pronouncements.
After a while, tho, it becomes apparent that the national writers/reporters charged with summarizing 32 different team situations, usually are up to speed on at least a few of the 32.
Peter King, for example, has his nose so far up Kraft and Belichick's backsides that it can be safely inferred he's caught first wind of every development in New England the past three years. Dr Z knows the Jets. but he's a New York kinda guy. We can assume Chris Berman can't name the top five 2004 NFL draft picks in order, but could spout the vitals on every pick the 49ers made in the last 15 years.
But on the whole, your average fan who plays fantasy football, or just the office pool seems better qualified to tell you how well Mike Vick is taking to the wco, (fifty yard end zone strike in practice yesterday!) or what rookie the Colts CS is high on (Bob Sanders out of Iowa, yeah!) than the national media is.
We just put a lot more time into it than they do.