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David Zuwarik of The Baltimore Sun can deal with the Orioles’ losing. After all, he’s used to it. But as the media critic for the newspaper, he says he’d fed up with the media members who cover the team and sugarcoat its failures.
I find myself yelling at the TV when Rick Dempsey or one of the other post-game folks starts pulling punches about how awful this team is.
It was pathetic to hear analysts telling me Friday night that we should be proud of Kevin Gregg, the Orioles’ so-called closer, for throwing in and in and in on David Ortiz. According to MASN, this was a sign of life and determination on the part of the Orioles — showing just the kind of toughness they needed to play in the AL East. Heck, maybe, it would even be the spark to get them going.
Zuwarik feels the reason players like Vladimir Guerrero come to Baltimore is because the media gives under-performing players a free pass. He says the Orioles beat writer for The Sun, Jeff Zrebiec, is excluded from this group because he does call out the team.
If Baltimore talk shows hosts and analysts went after ball players here when they are lazy or stupid or fail in the clutch the way our media counterparts in New York or Boston do, I bet we’d get a much better effort out of them.
Mainly, what it appears that guys like Guerrero do when they come to Baltimore is put on weight. Maybe less buffet and more pressure to perform is what we need. And a media that at least tried to demand accountability from these high-priced, under-performing athletes could help with that.
The Orioles don’t need more media critics. They need more pitching. The Orioles are 10th in the majors in team batting average, but dead last in team ERA. That said, Guerrero has seemingly hit the wall at age 36, slugging a paltry .385 with just seven home runs in the first half.
Golf fans speculated as to what Woods would discuss – ranging from an update on his health woes to his relationship with Anthony Galea.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
The big “announcement” was Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, was joining Excel Sports Management.
Before the news broke though, Steinberg had to address rumors that Woods would be the one making the announcement. Read more
Stick to what you know, CNN.
[H/T SB Nation]
Members of the German women’s national soccer team appear on the cover and within the pages of this month’s German version of Playboy, a NSFW spread that was just published in advance of the three-week World Cup tournament set to begin in Berlin on June 26. The women who appear are not first-team members of the German team, which are the defending World Cup champions.
Nina van Splunter of German Playboy, said: “For us, this makes a lot of sense.
“Everyone knows how popular football is in Germany and, just like their male counterparts, the female team are very successful.
“The girls we have used are not yet first-team players with Germany, but they have all represented their country at various levels.
Van Splunter added: ‘We have only just published, so we’re waiting to hear comments.”
Since it’s not being published in the puritanical United States, the comments will probably be restrained.
In a development that surprises no one, ESPN is reportedly looking to hire recent retiree Shaquille O’Neal to contribute to its NBA coverage. O’Neal, who retired yesterday via Tout, once again took to the video conduit to discuss being courted by the World Wide Leader. We can’t embed the video, but here’s the link.
The Big Ten Network rolled out new branding (BTN), logo and web domain (BTN.com) Tuesday in order to reflect the network’s evolution and direction.
“Fans, viewers, media and our colleagues have already naturally gravitated toward the BTN name in recent years. It makes sense to adopt it,” Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman said. “These changes are a logical step in our evolution, and give us an umbrella under which we can launch other businesses across digital platforms during our next phase of growth and development.”
Along with the new logo, the network has redesigned their graphics, animation and music packages that viewers will see for the first time during the Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon in July.
One day after Dwight Howard took to Twitter to complain that the Orlando Sentinel was trying to run him out of town with a series of articles questioning his plans for the future, Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi offered a pantheon-level kiss-up to the city’s golden goose.
Dwight, believe me, there is nothing we want more than for you to stay in Orlando. I mean, seriously, what would occupy the Sentinel’s pages if you left? We can only write so much about Tim Tebow’s latest underwear commercial.
Dwight, why are you tweeting bad things about the hometown paper? We’ve always written 99.9 percent good things about you (OK, there was that one George Diaz column two years ago when he agreed with Bill Simmons about you not being an alpha dog.)
But what about that nice front-page story a few weeks ago about you winning the Community Involvement Award for being one of the most giving, charitable athletes in all of sports? Or how about the story about you having the greatest smile in sports? Or the one about how you brightened up the final days of a dying woman’s life?
I wrote a couple of weeks ago that you are an even greater defensive force than the iconic Bill Russell. Diaz wrote that you, not Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, should win the league’s MVP. Our tech people even designed a webpage – PleaseStayDwight.com – at OrlandoSentinel.com. Does this sound like a newspaper that is trying to run you out of town?
Yes, we have dedicated a lot of stories, blogs and commentary to your pending free-agency, but so has ESPN and a lot of other places. What do you expect? We are a one-horse sports town and you are our Secretariat. Let’s face it, there is no more important issue in the Orlando sports than whether you re-sign with the Magic.
Hey, don’t forget to follow up with some roses and a nice bottle of pinot.
Only in Kentucky…
[H/T Darren Rovell]
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