January 25, 2006

Hidden: Race an Issue, But networking still the key -- Another poorly written article by an ESPN writer blowing off steam: I am not focusing on the subject matter as much what is specifically stated by the author.

posted by mcstan13 to football at 01:03 PM - 6 comments

If the article's "poorly written," it isn't worth a link.

posted by rcade at 01:06 PM on January 25

I'm so sick of the race card being presented every year around this time.

posted by meatsfactor at 01:11 PM on January 25

I absolutely agree with the author that there needs to be a better effort made in professional sports in general to try and promote minority coaches. However, the thing that hacks me off about this article, and many like it, is that the author is not reporting facts but spewing his own personal opinion; mixed in with a few facts. This quote came from about halfway down the article. "It's doubtful that Houston (Gary Kubiak), New Orleans (Sean Payton) and St. Louis (Scott Linehan) simply conducted rounds of interviews and picked the guy who impressed them the most." As a matter of fact, the Rams did conduct rounds of interviews and picked the guy that impressed them the most. If the author had taken the time to even read the Rams website, Ron Rivera was originally thought to be the front runner for the Rams job. However, after conducting several interviews with Rivera, Linehan, and Cam Cameron, the Rams settled on Linehan because he had the most impressive interviews as well as having the best plan for the organization as a whole not just specific parts of the team. I understand the authors frustration, but if you are going to write an article, PLEASE stick to the facts and stop trying to pass off your opinion on other people. If you want to give your opinion, BLOG like the rest of us.

posted by mcstan13 at 01:15 PM on January 25

ESPN is always beating a dead horse. They are always looking for subjects, and are more than willing to bring back the dead just to get a converson, and some activity at Nielsen. However, I still tend to like them for the most part. PTI is still one heck of a show. I watch Cold Pizza because Dana Jacobsen is pretty hot. I watch that disgraceful show ESPN Hollywood because odds are, Thea Andrews is the hottest woman from Canada, and the best import from Canada since Canadian Bacon (the food).

posted by Joe88 at 01:18 PM on January 25

I'm sick of hearing out race. Iwas just reading the same bullshit about NCAA. Just get over it and play the damn game! http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060125/ap_on_re_us/ncaa_diversity

posted by jama at 01:30 PM on January 25

The article is not poorly written in my opinion. It is however like one of Bill Parcell's "jap-plays" in that it gives you mis-direction. When first reading the article I thought the author was saying "Hey! Things are as they are because the corporations that are football teams hire people that they know and that they have worked with in the past." Then after another read I think that the author is saying "These coaches who were not hired, minority coaches included, are going to look back someday and be thankful that they didn't end up with these job(s) because the team was hopeless and their careers would have suffered." Both angles are thought provoking and valid. If the author intended to make us think about the coaching carrousel from a colorless standpoint, he was successful.

posted by Termite at 01:42 PM on January 25

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