Members of the media shovel scoops and sell stories is an age-old tradition. I do it every day when I have to plug Traina Thoughts into Twitter. But there are limits.
I’m not sure what Jay Glazer and Fox were thinking in the past few days when they decided to 1) hold on, and 2) tease a story about the Rams Brian Allen center testing positive for coronavirus, but it was quite ashamed.
It all started on Tuesday with Glazer promising “big, big” news.
With the NFL draft in a week and the NFL season in limbo, it was natural for fans to speculate on the news. Glazer tried to make it clear that he didn’t have a transactional bomb, but it only made matters worse because people thought it was news for the coming season.
Even though it was the typical news, Glazer is so good at breaking – a craft, a shot, etc. – holding it for 24 hours would be strange. But teasing a revelation of coronavirus is just unpleasant.
However, that’s what Glazer did, revealing the news of Allen’s diagnosis on Wednesday night.
Does the first NFL player publicly acknowledge that he has tested positive for big news about the coronavirus? Sure.
But you’re not hype and hook up a coronavirus diagnosis to get attention, advertising and social media. It is not a pulled hamstring or a torn ACL.
Glazer has a solid track record and does a great charity job. This is not a case where he loses all credibility, and only a dope on Twitter would say he should be canceled.
But what he did was lousy and trustworthy.
2. Sad news from WWE. The best ring announcer ever, Howard Finkel, died at the age of 69. If you grew up as a WWF fan in the 80s, the Fink was a big part of your childhood.
Let’s take a trip to the past. CM Punk uses Finkel as their personal announcer in the ring, it was really great.
This is the very first appearance of Finkel in WWE.
And here’s Finkel announcing Hulk Hogan’s title victory over the Iron Sheik.
3. ESPN covers all its bases when it is broadcast The last dance ((Here’s a review from Rohan Nardkani of SI) which starts this Sunday.
4. Mel Kiper takes a lot of hits, but you have to attribute his analysis of Tom Brady to him when the QB was drafted out of Michigan by the Patriots.
5. Why did Drew Brees choose NBC over ESPN? What will happen to Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth with Mike Tirico and Brees ready to take over? Why did CBS split from Dan Fouts? Why did Charles Davis leave Fox for CBS? Where will Fox go for a # 2 NFL analyst? Should the NFL Draft take place? All of this and more is covered in this episode of the SI Media Podcast with Andrew Marchand from New york post.
You can listen to the podcast below or download it from Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play.
6. RANDOM YOUTUBE OF THE DAY VIDEO: Bill Burr with a big rant in supermarkets.
7. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY: Nolan Ryan against Robin Ventura is always good for new surveillance.
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