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#2666878 Steve Smith on Gettleman's "Evaluation" comment

Posted by Montsta on 26 February 2014 - 11:21 AM

The Rivera quote is misleading because while he said that, he also said the team was evaluating and he didn't know if Smith could not be on the team.

My point was more that the media these days tends to manipulate everything that is told to them, edited, chopped up in post production to create a stir, and it's all to make money, not report the piece of news. Newspapers used to have a section call OP-ED where a writer could write their opinion on something, and it was segregated from the rest of the paper for just that reason, it was an opinion and not the news facts.

Now every "reporter" and I use that term VERY loosely, gets a quote and injects their own narrative into the story so it goes the direction they want it to. Look at the current situation as a prime example;

"Reporters" ask Gettleman about Steve Smith's status on the team. Gettleman says everyone is being evaluated and it's a part of the process. The "reporters", being the shitbags they are, keep prodding and prodding asking so does that mean Steve Smith might not be on the Panthers roster next year? Gettleman reiterates everyone is being evaluated and is a part of the process. So what happens next? Local sports writers and sports radio guys and bloggers (like ESPN's David Newton, who I do actually like as a blogger) take those quotes to churn out a few days worth of site clicks and talking points, could steve smith be cut from the Panthers? The sports world takes the bait and turns it into a discussion for days, problem being, the base material for that discussion was somewhat manipulated in the beginning to be made into pseudo-fact based discussion.

What happens after that you ask? Well I'll tell you.

The player in question has friends, family, and acquaintances that all listen to this discussion, maybe even chiming in themselves from time to time. They then text the athlete in question (Steve Smith in this case) and say dude is it true you might get cut from the Panthers? Blindsided, Smith goes on the air with some radio jackoff to voice his displeasure with not being told about his status on the team, when in reality, it may not have ever been an issue to begin with. Now the team must scramble to call the player and make amends to a situation that was conjured up out of thin air, and it makes it, in my sole opinion, more difficult to talk about things like contract restructures or pay cuts for the good of the team when people are pissed. Then if Smitty does restructure, the media turns it into a Smitty restructured or he would have been cut scenario to start the whole process over again.

This is why you should never, ever, ever say anything in the media more than you are contractually obligated to do. They will never help you. They will flip it for page hits. I know this was a long winded rant and I apologize, but teams PR teams should be explaining this ad nauseum to anybody that is ever put in front of a microphone. Players, coaches, GM's, even owners.

It's amazing how you can play that telephone game as a child where you sit in a circle and whisper a sentence into the persons ear next to you and see how it sounds when it comes all the way back around and not learn a single lesson from it.

#2666819 Steve Smith on Gettleman's "Evaluation" comment

Posted by Montsta on 26 February 2014 - 10:38 AM

I'll post this again like I did in the other thread several days ago.


#2666805 Steve Smith on Gettleman's "Evaluation" comment

Posted by Montsta on 26 February 2014 - 10:26 AM

I was worried when this first came up, but Rivera gave an interview that said specifically, "we are evaluating everyone, and Steve Smith is a part of what we are doing moving forward." I think the media has gotten very savvy at creating drama for more site clicks. It used to be that they reported the news and that was that, now they fill it with assumptions and conjecture to get people riled up (more clicks), then release a story about how all is tense in the organization (more clicks), then all is well now (more clicks), and the public gets left with a pre-determined POV of the parties involved and that is then your iron-clad view of the situation for all time moving forward.

Just look at the whole Harbaugh trade thing, or even our own Cam Newton. How many people do you know that hate Cam Newton because a pre-conceived notion of being a poo head after seeing like one post game interview where he was pissed and then just letting that bias be confirmed by what the twats on Sportscenter say.

I used to give my wife a hard time for watching basketball wives and real housewives and all that crap, but the way sports programming or radio has become, is the stuff I watch or listen too much different anymore?

Not really.

#2665864 Ron Rivera: "I'm confident we'll retain Greg Hardy"

Posted by Montsta on 25 February 2014 - 03:21 PM

I wish I was confident that I could click on an nfl.com link and actually see that article. That site sucks.

You would think the NFL would make more site revenue from letting people click a link on their mobile device rather than redirecting them to download a shitty NFL mobile app. Drives me nuts. How can you not realize that like 90% of site visits are from some sort of mobile device, not a desktop?

#2665711 Thank you, Jordan...

Posted by Montsta on 25 February 2014 - 01:54 PM


#2665697 Gross is INDEED retiring

Posted by Montsta on 25 February 2014 - 01:46 PM

Septembers Headline in the Charlotte Observer:

Cam Newton dead today at the tender age of 25 from blunt force trauma from his blind side.

#2665162 Panthers approx $29 mil under projected $132 mil cap per Joe Person

Posted by Montsta on 25 February 2014 - 02:11 AM

I hope this doesn't really bite us in the ass down the road. Seems like an awful lot of problems are just being kicked down the road to be dealt with in the future.

#2664477 Bill Voth claims Jordan Gross is done

Posted by Montsta on 24 February 2014 - 04:26 PM

If you wanted a first round WR, start clearing that hope out if your head now. It'll be double dip o-line with some project WR in later rounds.

#2664474 Bill Voth claims Jordan Gross is done

Posted by Montsta on 24 February 2014 - 04:25 PM


#2664470 Thomas Davis restructures to create $3.25M in new cap space

Posted by Montsta on 24 February 2014 - 04:23 PM

Perhaps Gettleman is freeing up space so that he can tag Hardy with a non-exclusive tag in hopes that someone (maybe the Browns) with expendable picks will grab him from us? Before no one would because they knew it was a bluff because we couldn't possibly afford the tag designation. Maybe it's to create some leverage?

I don't pretend to know the ins and outs of exclusive vs. non exclusive tags, but it's a theory at least.

#2664076 solve the riddle... win a Jon Beason jersey...

Posted by Montsta on 24 February 2014 - 11:32 AM

What are lolicons?

#2664067 remember that rumor about the 9ers trading Harbaugh?

Posted by Montsta on 24 February 2014 - 11:28 AM

Jim is a maniac.


#2661293 If Smitty is "evaluated" and not on this team next yearn

Posted by Montsta on 21 February 2014 - 06:46 PM

It's hard to imagine the team without 89. He is probably everyone's favorite panther of all time, and is the best to ever put on the uniform. That being said, with all this cap hell we are in, no one is safe, and Smitty isn't a 1200 yard, 10 TD receiver anymore but gets paid VERY well.

I hope the team can resolve it with him amicably, so that he can play one more year at least before leaving on his own terms.

The Panthers without Steve Smith? Wow. Just wow. Very difficult to imagine.

#2660846 Ray Rice Arrested for Knocking out Fiancee

Posted by Montsta on 21 February 2014 - 01:40 PM

what do you tell a woman with a black eye?

Nothing, she's already been told before!

#2660825 Ray Rice Arrested for Knocking out Fiancee

Posted by Montsta on 21 February 2014 - 01:20 PM

I would hit a woman. Never one I was sleeping with or cared about or any other DV situation during an argument no matter what they did to me. But I was being jumped by 5 dudes in a parking lot once and one of their girlfriends decided to jump in and start punching me right in the face while I was getting my ass whooped, so I laid her out.

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