Local Media Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Roy WIlliams, during a game

Roy Williams Image via Wikipedia

By Astonished Radio Listener

(ON 190, PROBABLY IRVING, BUT MAYBE DALLAS) – Listening to a local radio station, I witnessed Roy Williams being roughed up out-of-bounds. He was being asked about the 0-2 start – and what it meant.

And he made some comments which I thought were fair, but which the media apparently felt were encroachments. To wit: The 0-2 start is a good thing, to bring everyone down to earth. When pressed, he would not fault his team; rather, he pointed fingers at the fact that the media had anointed the Cowboys as likely Superbowl champs. During pre-season.

For this he was mercilessly made fun of by the afternoon Sports Radio 1310, The Ticket to the point where he did look and sound like a fool. But, paid media professionals can do that to you. If these same media types were on the field, in pads, they would be made to look extremely foolish by paid professionals as well.

Let’s examine a couple of points:

  1. The Cowboys have been touted as likely Superbowl Champs
  2. The Cowboys have a history of making assumptions about how good they are
  3. The Cowboys have not been a legitimate contender for a decade
  4. Nothing happened this off season that changed that

Roy is correct that the Cowboys needed a dose of reality – though he backed off that the harder he was pressed by the press. It surprised me the way they went after him. You couldn’t even call it stinging criticism on his part. The reaction was over the top, and continued this morning with carefully edited soundbites to make him sound even more ridiculous.

Come on guys, lighten up. Cheap shots don’t become you.

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