Sunday, January 6, 2008

What if political reporters covered the NFL?

Thanks to Marc for calling my attention to Jim Caple at ESPN's page 2, who finds a new way to mock American political journalism. How it would look if sportswriters took the same approach to the NFL season as they do to presidential politics? Granted, the cases aren't perfectly parallel, but still...

July 20: The New York Times devotes 10 days of training camp coverage analyzing which teams have raised the most money in ticket and replica jersey sales so far.

Aug. 11: CBS declares that the Ravens are the new Super Bowl front-runner due to their convincing 29-3 victory over the Eagles in the first exhibition game. Analyst Jeff Greenfield, however, says the week's biggest winner is the Texans, who must now be considered a serious Super Bowl contender by coming out of nowhere for a surprisingly close 20-19 loss to the Bears. "They far surpassed expectations in this week's primary, and don't forget, five Super Bowl champions have come out of Texas," Greenfield says. "The biggest loser, meanwhile, is New England. The Patriots had the biggest war chest and they still lost."


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JB Powers said...

Very good point.

Sports Journalism is probably better than it as ever been for using facts rather than emotions to make decisions and develop opinions.

If there was actual fact-based journalism in this presidential campaign perhaps citizen participation in the democratic process could reach the level of a Fantasy Football league.