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Posted by on May 26, 2012 in | 0 comments

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Just got sick of pasting over and over and over again, but hey, at least my SEO should skyrocket with mentions of Tim Tebow. And because my paycheck is directly tied to how many hits my articles get, I should be waiting on a handy-dandy pay day from reporting absolutely nothing but mentioning Tim Tebow.

Good Lord!!! Can we please stop!!! Can we please have standards of practice?? It might be asking too much on the internet (ok, it is asking too much) but I expect NBC affiliates like Pro Football Talk and ESPN to ensure their audience receives quality news, not cotton candy reporting of speculation.

The latest and rampant reports of Tebow at Jets’ OTAs and his lack of performance and his lack of “acting like a backup” is shameful and ridiculous and stupid and inexcusable by mainstream media outlets. Sure you’ll get a hot-handed blogger who dumps a story like that online, but for Pro Football Talk to “report” “Once Again, Tebow Isn’t Behaving Like a Backup”  and offer absolutely no factual evidence to support the story, no quote from a source or credibility behind such a claim is preposterous.

Not to mention the numerous ESPN reports in the same vein. How about the piece at Grantland.com which offers the Jets advice on “Other Humiliating Things The Jets Can Make Tim Tebow Do That He Will Call ‘Fun’” … The arrogance on display from the author is staggering. First, the idea that Tebow is disingenuous in his willingness to participate in special teams practice is contrary to Tebow’s track record. Second, the notion that special teams work is humiliating is insulting to every football player who plays on special teams, and contrary to the fact of the NFL. Devin Hester. Nuf said.

But again, these websites, under the guise of billion dollar media outlets are doing nothing but burping out language, splashing a headline across the top with Tebow’s name in it and expecting the public to read up and pad their wallets.

It’s disappointing. And for the many many many great journalists working hard to communicate with the public and uncover relevant stories for their audience, it’s disheartening.

But it doesn’t go unnoticed. While the Mike Florios of sports media skim the surface for some semblance of a story and collect hefty paychecks because of it, there will be many more quality journalists whose information creates a greater bond with our athletes and coaches and sports.

And THAT’s what I’ll be looking for.

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