on the freep link. Like the autos frp, the D, they are grasping on straws. Sad, really...
Drew Sharp is Dull, Again
Drew Sharp is at it again. http://www.freep.com/article/20081201/COL08/81201092/1048/SPORTS
The gist of the article: RichRod better watch the ND situation closely and learn something from it, otherwise he will be out the door sooner rather than later.
Let's examine the claims. On RichRod:
"He came to Michigan a year ago extraordinarily confident in his role as a revolutionary. He scoffed at those who questioned his strategic intellect because he never doubted for an instant that he was the smartest football guy in any room he entered."
Huh? Where was the scoffing? Where does the claim about him thinking he is the smartest football guy in the room come from? Sure, he is confident; would you hire him if he weren't?. But beyond that?
"Rodriguez passed the buck. He indirectly blamed Lloyd Carr’s suspect recruiting — in what were, nonetheless, highly ranked classes the previous two years — for his first-year transitional difficulties. He chastised fans for what he deemed unrealistic expectations for a new coach stripping a program of its reliable, though staid, personality. Even though he was pretty much correct on both counts, it nonetheless comes across as arrogantly selfish and unaccountable."
Why does the press do this? If Sharp had listened to any one of RichRod's press conferences, he would have heard him repeatedly saying the coaches have to do better and that at the end of the day, he is the head person and most accountable for what has taken place. Repeatedly.
One time, he made the mistake of saying he thought they were short a few players (they are). And perhaps he chastised some fans by saying that people who say awful things to coaches should "get a life". The press takes these comments and blows them up to make news, repeating the untruths until they believe them themselves, distorting reality such that it is little wonder why people bother speaking to them. Journalists complained about lack of access in the Lloyd era, and then, given more access, utilize it to invent this type of tripe about the subject of their venom.
The result of all of this criticism will soon be clear: RichRod will slowly provide less and less access to the press. Who wouldn't? And then we'll soon see an article from Drew Sharp about how RichRod has changed.
And the final dumb quote:
"Michigan should watch closely how Notre Dame resolves the Weis conflict because it’ll next make that same determination — perhaps as early as next year if Rodriguez doesn’t reverse this season’s slide."
Why should Michigan watch closely as Notre Dame fires a coach they overpaid who, in his fourth year, has shown an inability to build a consistent winner? That frankly did much better when his players were trained by another coach? And the thought that Michigan would fire RichRod after two years is so asinine that it should not find its way into print. Why does the Freep keep paying for this substitute for journalism? Or perhaps this is just what journalism is, and always will be: sensational instead of informative, extreme instead of intelligent.
What an ass.
That is so true. Driven by profits, honesty and integrity are simply hurdles that must be overcome on the way to a big payday and a SENSATIONAL finish. Thankfully there are alternatives to mainstream media.
for i = 0 to 1000000 do
println ("Drew Sharp is an idiot");
I will never understand why newspapers employ sportswriters that annoy their key readership? Last year I peppered my hometown paper with compliants about the pathetic sports coverage and threatened to switch to a rival paper, and lo and behold they hired the rivals writers the very next year... doubt the free press has alpha dog status though.
I think the logic is the same as that employed by radio jocks like Valenti, Mark May, and anyone who covers the NBA on ESPN - shocking, uninformed rants make people want to correct you for being an idiot, and that means people listen to your show, write e-mails, watch your soundbites on Sportscenter, etc. Sharp is a mediocre writer who has exactly one skill - antagonizing the largest percentage of the Freep's readership on a particular topic. If it is college football, he calls out the Wolverines. If it is college basketball, he takes jabs at MSU. The guy hasn't written a creative, well-thought-out article in years, but he is still the first name that pops in most people's heads when they think about the Free Press's coverage of college sports. I honestly don't even read most of his articles anymore, and even when I do I've forced myself not to post a comment so as not to reinforce the behavior.
I believe they hire these nut jobs so that we can get pissed off at them and talk about them on this blog. Whether they are good or bad they attract readers so they keep them. As dumb as Skip Bayless is, I enjoy watching him make a fool out of himself when arguing stupid points. As hard as it is to listen to Bill Simonson on the Huge Show I still enjoy hearing his ludicrous statements and predictions, only to see listen to him the next day admitting he was wrong. For every good piece of reporting there needs to be that one guy who pisses everyone off.
I refuse to contribute to Free Press hit counts.
another person saying sharp is dumb, but man, he just is, so i can't help it.
the thing about it is sharp just fixates on the most banal things he can possibly find (as pointed out above) and fixates on it forever. i really don't get it.
also, he likes to act like everything occurs to him first, which is only true when he's saying something so asinine it wouldn't have occured to anyone else at all.