Don’t you just love how ESPN can create a story, then report that story like it just popped up, and then even have it’s hosts complain about the amount of coverage the story gets!
It all started with Terrell Owens saying he wasn’t reporting to Eagles camp all those years ago, and Joe Banner, President of the Eagles saying he would start fining Owens if he didn’t show up by 6:00p.m. Up went the clock on the bottom of the screen of every ESPN show. The cameras went to Eagle Camp to focus on the front door….riveting….and then a group went to T.O.’s house. All the time ESPN executives, and I’m sure Owens and his agent, were laughing at what they had created. This week or month it is the Jets and Tim Tebows time. This quote from an ESPN story this morning:
“Manning and the defending champion Giants have the rings. But Tebow, Mark Sanchez and the Jets clearly have the advantage with summer headlines and media coverage.” Yes, media coverage created and perpetuated by you!
To me the slap in the face to the sports fan though is when their hosts or game announcers say things like “Maybe we can talk about something other than Tim Tebow tonight” or “How long do you think we can go without mentioning Tim Tebow tonight” As if their bodies and minds were not under their control.
I always heard from people in journalism that you weren’t supposed to inject yourself into a story…I guess making up the story is considered different or more likely ESPN is not staffed with serious journalists.