I've never gotten into the media-bashing game before, mostly because it doesn't really do any good to shake my tiny internet fist at large outlets. There are more productive things to focus on, like spending time with you wonderful people.
Plus, I don't really buy into the whole idea of "The national media hates the Bears" or "The media never gives our team the proper credit". Not that it isn't true, but I don't think it's any more true for our team than it is for around 90% of all teams in the NFL.
Major media companies have their darlings... always have, and always will. And those "chosen ones" of the national media will never be more than a handful at a time. So, you'll rarely hear me go all Rodney Dangerfield in defending the Bears, because it just won't matter in the grand scheme of things. However, we can certainly point out when some knucklehead somewhere goes above and beyond the call of duty, like the following gem from ESPN.
As you all know, the NFL released the 2011 preseason schedule yesterday, and most, if not all, media outlets relating to the NFL in some form or another posted the news on their own websites. We did it here at WCG. And of course they did at the Worldwide Leader.
They had a one-sentence intro to the news: "The NFL announced its preseason schedule Tuesday -- assuming the lockout is over in time for games to be played in August." Short, sweet, and right to the point.
Then, their first paragraph:
The Chicago Bears will face the St. Louis Rams in the Hall of Fame Game in
, on Sunday, Aug. 7 to kick off the 2011 preseason. It will be quarterback Jay Cutler's first action since being knocked out of the NFC Championship Game and having his toughness questioned. The game will be televised by NBC at 8 p.m. ET. Canton, Ohio
And the next paragraph continues with the preseason games, the locations, the ones that will be televised, etc. They never missed a beat.
But, why in the world would they use that sentence (emboldened above) as the descriptor for the HOF game? Why not mention Richard Dent's induction? Why take that shot?
Again, I won't take the liberty of criticizing of a MSM outlet, but c'mon ESPN. Are you trying to keep the proverbial dust stirred up, or is this really the best you could come up with?
Putting that sentence in an article that has nothing to do with Cutler just makes you look juvenile. Enough already.