ESPN and their Poynter Review Project has published a response to the Bruce Feldman affair. You can check it out here. Though if you don't want to get pissed off, I suggest you avoid it. It's a wall of text that does little more than fellate ESPN and attempts to pin blame for the "misunderstanding" on "gossip sites" like SportsByBrooks, who initally broke the story, and on Feldman himself, for not being responsible enough to realize that his book might make ESPN brass angar.
Awful announcing has a great post up that thoroughly fisks the Poynter piece. I like to say fisk. Fisk fisk fisk. But they're very much correct. The old ESPN ombudslady was awesome. She actually challenged ESPN on issues and tried to preserve some shred journalistic integrity. All they have now are a few snivelling lap dogs who'll do anything short of an old-fashioned to please their masters.
It's odd how ESPN continues to fuck this up at each step of the way. ESPN has grown too powerful, and it shows in the way it treats both its employees and its customers. They believe that they are above the rules of journalistic ethics and integrity, and that they can use their own media platform to cover their mistakes. At this point, I hope the other major networks are able to get a decent sports network off the ground, so that we have a second option (I'm looking at you, NBC/Versus and CBSSports).
ESPN has suspended Writer/Contributor Bruce Feldman indefinitely, according to SportsbyBrooks.
Feldman wrote Meat Market, a terrific book that follows the Ole Miss Coaching staff in 2005/2006.
He also worked on Mike Leach's new book, Swing Your Sword. This was after ESPN gave him the go-ahead months ago to work on it. Bruce is one of the best out there- he's got connections, he's pretty unbiased, and just a terrific writer and person.
A damn shame.
Bruce Feldman made a list of the Top 10 rivalries he'd like to see in College Football. This is another example of the media attempting to create rivalries, but it's hypothetical so it's ok.
You have to be an insider to see the whole top 10, but #1 is Boise St. vs Alabama, and Big Ten schools on the list are: Ohio State vs. Oklahoma, Penn State vs. Pitt, and LSU vs. Michigan.
Having these games would be crazy fun. I'd love to have a series with LSU or another traditional powerhouse outside the Big Ten (besides the Alabama game in '12).
Anyways, here's what Feldman had to say about LSU-Michigan:
After years of rumors that LSU coach Les Miles, a former Wolverines lineman and Bo Schembechler disciple, would return to Ann Arbor to rescue his alma mater, we now know that he's not leaving Tiger Stadium for the Maize and Blue. Of course, it would be fun if he and his program visited Michigan every other year. Any time one of Jim Delany's prized programs takes on one of Mike Slive's, you're going to end up with a lot of compelling drama.
So, are there any rivalries that you would like to see? Any big opponent that would be fun for Michigan to play, or another series to watch? I think it'd be a lot of fun playing a home and home with Boise (even though State's doing that, which makes it lame) or a California team like USC or Stanford.
I'll stop short of saying that Robinson will transform a team that hasn't been to a bowl game in a couple of years into a BCS title contender this season. But he makes the Wolverines dangerous, and as long as he can stay healthy, they will be a handful for anyone in the Big Ten. -Feldman
It's so nice to hear optimism in the media for the Wolverines. I just wanted to share this tidbit with the Community. Feel free to share your thoughts on the matter.
He calls out "at least 8 wins". I agree. 8 wins in 2010. 10 wins in 2011. 12 wins in 2012. 12 in 12 has a nice ring.
Just picked up a copy of Meat Market, the "inside look at college recruiting" by Bruce Feldman. It's a few years old now but is a must read for us recruiting junkies. I wondered what everyone here thinks/thought of it if they read it.
It's fascinating to me seeing into what goes into recruiting. The film evaluation in particular was enlightening because of what Orgeron and staff were looking for, the fluid hips, change of direction, quick fibers, etc, all stuff I recognize from RichRod and co.
I'll admit I look at film sometimes and don't know what I should be seeing, or if what I'm seeing is that impressive.
That said, I watched a complete highlight reel of Devin Gardner's takeoffs tonight (yeah, I know, it took me forever) and could see what the recruitniks mean by the gaming intangible. The kid is a winner with a nose for the endzone and almost no fear, and he takes some hard hits, boy.
Anyhow, what parts of MM were your favorites, etc?