I love reading about pro football. I love reading good sports writing. Recently, there has been a lot of it out there, but now and then I am amazed at the really bad blogs or articles I come across. I’m not completely innocent. Not that long ago I wrote a joke piece about Stephen Jackson being injured. Of course Stephen Jackson is a basketball player and is not Steven Jackson our Pro Bowl running back. I chuckled at the post as it was just for fun. That kind of piece doesn’t bother me, but serious articles that project the writer’s feelings and not the reality of what occurred really gets under my skin. Here are a couple of examples from my reading today:
1 A SFGate.com writer said Fisher took a few jabs at the 49ers after yesterday’s victory. The first had to do with Kaerpernick electing to not go out of bounds near the end of the 4th quarter that saved the Rams a time out. Here is Fisher’s quote
“They helped also because he ran out of bounds once and they threw an incomplete pass and so I was not expecting … I was expecting to get the ball back inside of a minute with no timeouts left. Instead, we have it with 1:48 and a timeout left, so that certainly helped our cause.”
The second supposed jab came regarding the read-option pitch play Kaepernick sailed over the head of Ted Ginn late in the fourth quarter. When asked about it Fisher replied, “I don’t know what they were trying to accomplish there but we took advantage of one of their mistakes.”
What is Fisher supposed to say when ask about these specific events? His answers simply reflected that the 49er errors happened. The 49ers saved us from using a timeout and I don’t know what they were thinking with that (me: ridiculous) play. No jabs. The writer should have saved his breath on that story.
2 I won’t mention the source on this one because it’s from a respected St Louis sports writer, but the piece was called ‘Rams in the Play Off Hunt?’ Now even the writer admits the topic is silly so ok I’ve got to give him some slack, but why even go there? Just saying something because you know someone else will is not the best reason to say it. Prior to beating the very bad Arizona Cardinals the Rams last win was in week 5 of the season. At 5-6-1 the Rams have to win out and other non-under dog teams have to fall apart. Shouldn’t we just be happy to come away with such an exciting win against the 49ers?
3 Ok, this one is not Rams related, but with everything going on in pro football it just seems to me that writer(s) (like above #1) shouldn’t try and create something out of nothing. After the Pittsburg Steelers upset the Baltimore Ravens, both coaches marched out to the center of the field for their customary post game handshake. Coach Tomlin appeared pre-occupied. He shook Harbaugh’s hand and just kept moving. Apparently, Harbaugh expected a little more from the interaction and called after Tomlin. Tomlin responded, “Thank you, good job,” and he left. None story. Instead, sportswriters created stories with headlines like ‘Harbaugh and Tomlin have a terse exchange’ and ‘Harbaugh-Tomlin Heated Exchange’. This make me want to scream! Should they embrace and celebrate their bromance? They are simply two men who live in different cities and lead different teams. Professional courtesies were exchanged and again this is a non issue. If sports writers need more, then they should go home and hug their kids. Stop trying to create fake public factions.
It is easy to get emotional, but let’s be reasonable. Fisher was not jabbing the 49ers, it is not the time to think about the Rams going to the playoffs, and can’t we all just get along?