Friday, April 17, 2009


Some would have you believe that bloggers and the Internet are killing American newspapers and generally buggering up the mainstream media. Evidently, the intense competition from one another, and now from zillions of geniuses (thank you) in the blogshpere, is causing more stories to be reported faster and with less homework due to the “gotta-have-it-now” nature of the beast.

But we point right back at the mainstream media for not doing their homework and making a bad situation worse. (Don’t even get us started on the media’s role in the “recession.”)

Let’s take the Greg “The King of Somewhere Flop” Paulus story. ESPN, Fox, Yahoo and every major newspaper/radio/TV/Internet sports outlet jumped on the story about his tryout with the Packers and alleged offer of a football scholarship from Michigan.

With almost three hours of ESPN radio under my belt and who-the-hell-knows how much time on the Internet plus the ALL IMPORTANT tread mill half-hour with PTI, nobody, save the Raleigh News & Observer, bothered to mention one critical fact about this story until some 48 to 72 hours later.

And that would be? Well Paulus can’t transfer to another D1 school without “permission” from the NCAA. Most news outlets would have you believing most of Tuesday and Wednesday that every NCAA student athlete had 10 semesters of eligibility to do as he/she pleases. Now if you were thinking, “Hey, that’s way too simple.” Hey, you would be right.

T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T. was on this from the get go. Kudos to her. Her source? Yep, the N&O.

Of course, the NCAA isn’t going to let anybody move about the country that freely. Paulus can transfer to a D2 or lower school and play anything but basketball for two semesters. But if he wants to go D1 he needs permission from the suits in Kansas.

This is horse crap for a variety of reasons, and Caulton Tudor of the N&O has an nice short, eloquent column taking the NCAA to task.

In fact, we will give you a little teaser:

Fact is, there would be a lot of viewer audience interest in Paulus playing football. And while the NCAA doesn't always lend an open ear to basic logic, it can hear a cash register drawer open from a mile away.

Quality journalism – it’s hard to come by.

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