Sports Illustrated recently published an article where they interviewed a number of NFL journalists asking them the different types of restrictions NFL teams impose. Obviously NFL teams need to impose restrictions on these lying, click-baiting, no-good, two-bit weasel slug journalists. Not to say all journalists covering the NFL fit that description but the majority of them do. The author of the article is Richard Deitsch who I know very little about but apparently he is an NFL journalist for Sports Illustrated. So it is a bit strange for an NFL writer to interview other NFL writers. Here are some of the asinine complaints from Deitsch’s fellow colleagues and compatriots:
The most egregious complaint that is shared by the majority of interviewees such as Philadelphia Eagles beat writer Les Bowen and Bleacher Reports Mike Freeman is that the journalists aren’t allowed to watch practices. What a joke of a complaint. Why on earth would NFL teams allow a journalist to watch a practice in the middle of the season? There is something called game planning each week for a specific opponent and NFL teams are smart to not trust conniving journalists to attend their practices. The best part about the interview is Mike Freeman is quoted as saying “The most ridiculous restriction of all time is not allowing journalists to cover practice. You hear from coaches and players how writers don’t understand football. So the logic is then to let us see less football?”. Mike, like real football fans such as myself, watch the freaking games and watch some tape if you want to understand the game better.
Other common complaints were that assistant coaches aren’t nearly as available to the media as players and head coaches. Give me a break. The NFL forces the coaches and players to attend mandatory press conferences. If they don’t attend the press conference or don’t make themselves available they get fined. It is called protocol. If the head coach, owner and front office of a given franchise choose to have their assistant coaches available to the media at the bare minimum then so be it. Lastly, many complained about the rising paranoia of NFL teams in regards to the media. Another joke of a complaint because with social media and all that nonsense players get in much more trouble these days than they did in the 70s and 80s. Back then you had rookie Quarterbacks like Jim McMahon showing up to their press conference with a Budweiser because he was “thirsty” and HOFers like Lawrence Taylor blowing lines of cocaine on the sideline.
More baseless click-bait from the mainstream media.