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The Problem with the Media


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Ever since Jay Cutler tore his MCL, which coming from experience, it is possible to walk on it completely normal after about 5 minutes, television networks that host sporting events take way too much time searching for small things going on from a teams bench or locker room. After Cutler left the game, Fox showed him on the sidelines probably around fifty times just to see what he was doing. Cutler has a reputation for moping around and acting standoffish, but it was absurd to see how much attention was directed towards his emotions after he had been sidelined. The same kind of thing has happened twice in the last few weeks, one being Philadelphia Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson “ignoring” Vince Young and Tom Brady getting into a verbal fight with the Patriots offensive coordinator.

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DeSean Jackson has been scrutinized the entire year for his lack of production as well as the abysmal season that the Eagles are having this year. While watching that game, it seemed that in between every play that Jackson was on the sideline, the camera was focused on him and the announcers were talking about what he was doing or how he was feeling. The first problem is that they are guessing what is actually occurring down on the field, they have no information about the situation. The second problem is that after the game, every media outlet in the country weighs in on what they think the situation and how it affected the team from losing the game. Here’s the thing, most of these writers have no clue what they are talking about in regards to what its like to be on the bench or on the sideline as a member of a team. The only reason they are coming out with these stories is because they feel like its necessary to cause drama so that people will read their articles. The other dramatic event happened this week during the Patriots-Redskins game where the camera showed Tom Brady and the offensive coordinator yelling and cussing at each other, making it seem like they were about to start a fist fight. For those of you who have been on any sort of team, sports or not, things like this happen no matter what. Things are said, tempers flare and in this case, blown out of proportion. When former NFL players turned analysts on ESPN were asked about this, they all blew it off saying that it is no big deal and stuff like that happens almost every day. It’s just really frustrating that sometimes these situations are talked about more than the game itself. With all of the unnecessary attention that situations such as these get from social media followers, it’s obvious that this won’t stop and will only get worse in the future.

About J.B. Blanchard

I am senior journalism major at DePaul University using this blog as a launching pad hopefully for a career as a sports writer. I am very passionate about all sports and always up to date on the latest sports scores, news and hot topics.

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