[Young sports journalist]
Hmmm... So you're saying I could spend 50-60 hours a week researching, writing, fact checking, & otherwise doing my job, thus building my reputation & gaining the respect of tens of thousands of knowledgeable football fans... Or I could let others do that, spend 7-8 hours a week reading their work & finding a blurb I could twisy to mean whatever I wanted, come up with a few snarky, obnoxious quips, & gain the readership of the millions of bandwagon jumping knuckle draggers who post my crap everywhere, leading to the casual fan & even the knowledgeable fan clicking on my site, thus gaining a nationally syndicated column or radio/TV show?[Young sports journalist]
Yep, as a young(ish) man trying to break in to the uber competitive world of sports journalism I get that. You can say the right thing and dwell in mediocrity or even worse for your very, very short career, Or, you can sensationalize a towel, a smile, a punching incident that is 5 years old, an imaginary probowl incident, or The Golden Calf of Bristol and fly up the ranks to find a seat at the 4 letter network. Its a real bitch.