"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
Yes, it's a dreaded Freep link-
But it's really an article talking to players about whether U-M's recruiting will be helped by OSU's trouble (Answer: Maybe), but I was more interested in what Foote had to say-
"But that's why I got so much pride in my university. God knows we do it the right way. And just the stories I hear from other players at other places, I'm like, 'Wow!' They ask you, 'How much money you's getting?' And I'm like, 'I've never even heard of that.'
"But Michigan, we do it the right way. I know when I was there, coach (Lloyd) Carr, that was the first message in training camp: 'If I even hear of something going on, you're suspended. Then we're going to investigate.' So he kept us on our toes. We do it the right way at Michigan and that's why we're successful."
Yeah, it's not exactly "Man bites Dog" in shocking newsworthiness. But there's been a lot of talk down south (and around here) that EVERYONE does it, and all programs are inherently corrupt, and that's just the way it is. And while there will always be outliers, and bad apples, and some things going on, from the perspective of someone who was IN the program, he sees, for lack of a better phrase, a Michigan difference.
The Detroit News in the past few days has given us fine examples of what a poor headline and a great headline look like.
The first is a poor headline: poor because it's a lie. Not an exaggeration or stretching of the truth; just a twisting of the facts so many revolutions it can only be called a lie. Here is the headline from the article:
"Terrelle Pryor's guardian: QB will stay at Ohio State"
Here is what the guardian actually said:
"Burns said he spoke to Pryor two days ago. And while they did not discuss specifics about Pryor's football future*, Burns believes his godson intends to play for the Buckeyes this fall". . . ."I think he will stay in school," Burns said. "He likes football. Only time will tell. He could change his mind in a minute." "I hope he does stick it out at Ohio State."
* And here The Detroit News explicitly admits the sole subject of the article wasn't really discussed.
An accurate headline could have been, "When Forced to Give an Opinion, Pryor's Guardian Guesses that Pryor Will Play One More Year, But Really He Has No Clue"
So why lie? Maybe they've adopted an "if you can't beat 'em. . ." approach to competing with internet hyperbole. Maybe they're trying to increase revenue by tricking people into clicking on a headline that promises something it can't deliver on. Whatever the reason, the Detroit News cannot expect to maintain (or regain or whatever your opinion of its current state) its credibility if it can't even write an accurate headline.
If that headline was two steps back, today's headline on Tressel's farewell to his flock brought it one step forward:
"Disgraced Ex-Coach Jim Tressel Says Ohio State Will Beat Michigan Again"
At first that seems like more sensationalist quasi-journalism, especially when compared to the more reserved headlines from other Michigan newspapers. Here's how the Free Press, Michigan Daily, and newspaper formerly known as the Ann Arbor News title the same article:
"Jim Tressel Tells Rally of Fans: Buckeyes Will Beat Michigan Again"
"Tressel Takes Final Jab at Arch-Rival Michigan at Doorstep Rally"
"Jim Tressel Takes Parting Shot at Michigan During Fan Rally at His Home"
Having the first word and prefix in the title be "disgraced" and "ex-" is not sensationalist or misleading: that's the most relevant part of the story. Of all the things Tressel should not be doing right now, it's talking. He had his chance to talk, and he didn't. And then when he had no choice but to talk, he lied. So for Jim Tressel to open his mouth in a public forum should make any football fan want to shove a dirty, sweaty, and signed game jersey down his throat. How much should we care what Tressel says? "Disgraced" and "ex-" tell us everything we need to know and therefore they deserve the most important part of an article: the beginning.
Whether the Detroit News stumbled into credibility in the second headline or not, they're the only ones that got it right.
Links to all articles cited:
This is the second scene from the movie "No Strings Attached"
While Hoke plays it cool vis a vis Tressel and tsio, Tressel mocks UM from doorstep. I'm sure that for JT, it is his new life as a fan boy, but I hope it sticks in Brady's craw that the cheating, lying, enemy continues to jaw it up. Link here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6626390.
Grab yo brew and watch the offensive slugfest..............
Q&A with Charles Woodson: 1997 Heisman trophy winner says efforts to clean up college sports won't work
Annarbor.com has posted part of an interview with Charles Woodson discussing efforts to cleanup college sports:
Among other things, the interviewers call out people like MSC, Hoke, Dantonio and Saban for refusing to criticize a cheating coach or the way his corrupt employer handled the situation.