Monday, October 3, 2011

What color was your dress?

I saw online today an excerpt from the news conference after yesterday's Philadelphia Eagles football game. A 'reporter' (and I use that term lightly) asked Michael Vick how he felt after losing yet another game. (The Eagles are now 1-3 and much ballyhooed going into the season, and on a personal note, I don't really care for Vick). This reporter asked Vick how he felt after losing this game.

If that is the best question you can offer on a national level as a reporter, you have no business being there in the first place. "How are you feeling?" Really? Who are you, Barbara Walters? Did someone just get divorced? Did someone just get outed on something? This is a football question and answer session. Get involved with the game, fella.

I guess the first question I have is, does this person know the first thing about football? Too often these Q and A sessions are nothing more than players and coaches giving canned answers week after week after week. I don't watch them but they are the same from team to team. At least these questions should be something about the game itself. What happened on this play? What defense were they in or why did you audible out of the play on the goal line?

I think if The Shield insists on having these absurd sessions, every reporter must submit questions beforehand to be screened. Any question that stupid enough should be cause to have the reporter suspended from these sessions for a period of three games, or until one can prove they are man enough to get out of touch with their non-football side before they enter the locker room.

At least Vick had the sense to ask the reporter if he was serious. "You really want me to answer that question?", was his response. If I were the reporter's boss, he would be reassigned to the Society Page where his sensitive side could be explored.

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