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Thank you @justrvb for the commentary. I honestly enjoy a good discussion. It appears we have a disagreement, which is fine. I am all for a good debate. With respect to you taking issue with my intent behind the article, I think I know my intent better than anyone else. Whether you believe me or not, the point is the same. You took issue with me not doing any background research on Caplan. (Which, by the way is on all on his twitter profile.) I took issue with Caplan not doing any background research on his "rumor". Florio then picked it up without doing any background research. You picked it up without doing any background research. You then criticize me for not doing any background research. Do you see the irony? Even a little?
What if the man who bills himself as a man "specializing on contracts, personnel and other pertinent information, Caplan also is one of the foremost authorities on NFL injuries" wrote an article as follows:
I heard a rumor ...
The rumor is impossible and here is why ...
He would have obtained the attention he wanted. He also would have educated the public on his "speciality" knowledge of contracts. I don't know, seems like a much better approach then a lazy tweet that is ludicrous and, yes, legally impossible.
9 months ago on Twitter - The Death of Journalism
I put the comment regarding Adam Caplan in the article, solely to see I'd people would take the bait, and they did. I am utterly amazed that people do not get the irony.
My entire post was based on people's failure to do any fact checking before thy wrote an article or posted a blog. Let's start with Caplan. He has 12 years experience covering the NFL and claims to have special knowledge of contracts. So, did he add any inside information about the CBA or contracts in his tweets, no. He reported a rumor and failed to indicate why we should give the rumor any credence. He relied on his reputation alone, and I think his reputation should take a hit for that.
Then, Mike Florio picked up the tweet and reported it as news, based entirely on Caplan's reputation. That apparently is all that journalism is today. You scroll through twitter and look for crazy comments from respected people. You then write about and people read it because it is so crazy. Everyone gets hits and no one is harmed? Well, except maybe the reader, who literally wasted his time reading your article about a tweet that was legally impossible and factually wrong (Amendola) not even tendered in the first place.
Then Turf Show Times does what all blogs do. They pick up stories from crecible sources and blog about them. As I said in the article, I really like Turf Show Times. I think they normally have great content, and certainly thy are a great source for Rams fans. Maybe, I am expecting too much, but I was disappointed to see them pick up this story. I was really hoping they were moving towards something more; real journalism. A blog is one thing. Real reporting is another thing.
So everyone above failed to do any background check whatsoever on the story. Instead they acted like high school students reporting a rumor. I thought it would be interesting to give them a carrot and see if they take it. I acted like I knew nothing about Adam Caplan, partially as a jab at him, but also to see if anyone would have the nerve to criticize me for .... can you guess ... failing to do any background checking.
Please take a look at all of the criticism of my post. What do you see? People are complaining that I didn't do my research on Caplan. Do they really not get that was my point in the first place. No one did any research on Caplan's tweet. Oh, the irony.
I agree with the analysis, but I still am amazed at how non-open most of the WRs were in that last drive. Bradford has learned that he can't wait for them to get open because the won't. Instead, he decided to try to squeeze it in, which almost led to one interception. Pettis was open and Sam missed him. Nevertheless, Pettis made an awesome catch.
12 months ago on Bradford's receivers step up in a huge comeback road win
@ramsherd Love the article. I will add Sam Bradford led the game tying and game winning drives, and was 5 for 6 on 3rd down in the 2nd half.
1 year ago on Finally! Rams kick and claw their way past the 49ers
Fantastic breakdown. Love it.
1 year, 2 months ago on Anatomy of a Play: Sam Bradford finally connects with Chris Givens on a deep ball
Will, great article. My suggestion is you better learn to like ugly because I don't see any return to the greatest show on turf days. The quick note, your last paragraph, is what I am focusing on. I thought Bradford showed many things that people say he can't do. That makes me optimistic.
1 year, 2 months ago on Ugly is the new beautiful: Rams beat Seahawks 19-13