- Aug 23, 2005
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On numerous occasions I've seen people say that Wolken, and his ilk, want the football season canceled (even if it affects their employment.) I don't quite buy that even though it certainly reads that way at times.
Why pigeonhole yourself into a conclusive corner to begin with when absolutely no one knows what will happen in late September aside from those who have already capitulated? Then, they force their narrative until the bitter end. It's just idiotic.
He got busted and when called out it either exposed him for what he's always been or changed the man. I suspect it's the former, not the latter.
From what little sample size I've seen (and I could be way off here), it sort of looks like the line has been drawn in the sand between 2 groups in the national media... The side that never played CFB before and seems to be rooting on a season cancellation vs. the side that has played and understands the challenges but also understands the importance of playing the season.
It's a little weird when I think about guys like Klatt and Kanell and how they've reported on college football teams and conferences in the past and how often I've disagreed with their takes. And yet, it seems like the guys from Fox Sports are the ones approaching this with a level mindset. Hell, even Travis and Whitlock have made some really good points over the last few weeks.
In case you missed it, let me reference you to a post made by @Brandon Van de Graaff in this thread yesterday.
Personally, I have to stop using the word "media" when talking about the reports we read. Yes, it's true, but it's also a catch-all. Brandon hit the nail on the head here. There are two distinct groups. One, what I'll call "beat reporters." In that group I'm talking about the guys how are on the "front lines." Your GameDay guys, folks we see on Saturday mornings covering this weeks SEC games. The likes of Tebow, Spears, Klatt, Torres, et. al. These guys, who have been on the field of play and understand what these kids are facing, don't approach the story in the same light as the group I'll call "opinion guys." They don't have a beat, a team, just an opinion on college football as a whole: sometimes doing as far down the proverbial chain to opining on conferences and teams. Pat Forde, Dennis Dodd, Dan Wolken, Dan Wetzel, and several others fall into this category.