One reason I like Adam Rittenberg

One reason I like Adam Rittenberg

Submitted by Tim Waymen on November 15th, 2009 at 4:09 PM

He's just excellent. Sure, we don't agree with him all the time, but he's really been a blessing to ESPN. And when he agrees that he isn't right, he owns up to it.

This is what he wrote after the Illinois debacle (can't find the link):

"After an impressive performance in the season opener against Western Michigan, Robinson's unit has declined sharply. I heard a lot about improved communication and better cohesion before the season, but the defense endures multiple major breakdowns in every game. Whether it's pass defense against Notre Dame and Penn State or run defense against Illinois, the defense has been a disaster and it falls in his lap."

Someone from mgoblog emailed him about Mispogon's now legendary (and rightfully so) analysis of "The Decimated Defense." Sure enough, Adam linked to it. (Again, sorry I don't have the link.)

Now look at this interview with him and Brian Bennett, and scroll down to the part about defense. As you should notice, rather than railing on Gerg, he's talking about the attrition and the overall lack of depth on defense.

Clearly, here's a guy who does his homework. He is responsible, reasonable, and willing to take his ego out of the equation and correct his own mistakes. In doing so, he demonstrates a willingness to listen to other opinions and learn more about an issue. Contrast that with, say, Joe Schad, who apparently is a lazy SOB and was responsible for a real turd of an article in which he wrote that Bill Martin "slammed" the defense, when Martin merely just said that the defense has to improve.

Adam is clearly also a guy I can learn a thing or two from, as evidenced by me calling him Ryan. Whoops.

ESPN cites MGoBlog

ESPN cites MGoBlog

Submitted by MaizeNBlue on October 8th, 2009 at 11:54 PM

Did anyone else notice that Rittenberg's Big 10 injury report included citation from MGoBlog about the severity of Brown's injury? I was happy and somewhat surprised to see this, given how reluctant they usually are about using and citing info from anywhere but a school personnel source.

Sorry if this was already mentioned or that MGoBlog has been cited before.