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It’s Time to Demand Better from Big Sports Media

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Today, Dez Bryant got into an argument with ESPNDallas reporter Jean-Jacques Taylor in the Cowboys locker room. It was reported via a Tweet from Robert Klemko of TheMMQB. Immediately, of course, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote an entire article based on the limited information in Klemko's lone Tweet. In usual PFT style, they actively deleted any comment on their article informing them of their half-story.

Other than the fact that this is entire situation is not newsworthy, it also epitomizes the problem with the major sports media outlets that has been brewing for quite some time.

2015 Sports Journalism: Report the rumors and half-stories immediately, and let the facts roll in later. If the facts are juicy enough, go ahead and report those. If not, don't worry about it. Above all else, create drama if possible. 

Two weeks ago when Ricardo Lockette of the Seattle Seahawks suffered a serious neck injury against the Cowboys, a Houston news reporter named Marcus Sullivan posted a Vine clip of Dez Bryant which he claimed showed Bryant gloating about Lockette getting injured.

Naturally, Bryant was not happy, and he let the reporters after the game hear about it. Naturally, the "story" that was created was about Bryant's tirade rather than about the absolutely ludicrous claim made by Sullivan.

Two days later the Cowboys released Joseph Randle, and Jean-Jacques Taylor posted this Tweet:

Jean-Jacques Taylor on Twitter

The day your turmoil trumps your talent u must go #Randle #McClain #Hardy #Dez https://t.co/Uop0esGlRe

Naturally, Bryant didn't appreciate being unfairly lumped in with guys like Greg Hardy and Joseph Randle in that context (which is a bizarre claim, especially considering Taylor himself remarked multiple times this past off-season that Bryant hasn't had an off-field incident since 2012 and deserves a new contract). This --among other things Taylor has said-- is what Bryant was arguing with Taylor about.

The argument escalated when Devin Street came to Bryant's aid and claimed that Taylor called him the n-word. The other members of the media in the room deny that claim.

The only thing worthy of discussion here is how major sports media outlets like PFT and ESPN have gotten out of control, and it's time the players and fans demand better. We deserve better than unscrupulous "journalists" like Mike Florio, Jean-Jacques Taylor, and all those who seek to emulate their clickbait tactics.

I just watched a video of ESPN reporter John Clayton suggesting that Bryant owes Taylor an apology and that Taylor did nothing wrong. I've got another take on it: Taylor shouldn't be allowed in the Cowboys locker room. The locker room is the players' space, and if a reporter is causing problems by trashing players on the internet, then that reporter should lose any entitlement to be there.

Look at the tweet I posted above. If Taylor had said that to Bryant's face, wouldn't it be fair of Bryant to address it? Doesn't Bryant have a right to be upset at someone in his locker room who has been smearing him on the internet all week? Further, this is far from the first time Taylor has had issues with Cowboys players. If you want to point to a locker room cancer, point at Taylor and others like him.

Bryant says he won't talk to the media again. Personally, I hope he doesn't. He has a right to be angry. At any rate, it's time to hold the media accountable for the vitriol they spew and the problems they create. It's time to hold the media accountable for reporting on rumors and half-truths rather than the actual story.

I understand this is a common complaint about all categories of media, but sports media is the only category I'm aware of (outside of politics) where this type of behavior is celebrated rather than condemned as it should be.

There are some awesome places to get your sports news, folks. Lots of great independent blogs out there that will wait until a story has fully developed before reporting on it, and will do the research to make sure they get the facts right the first time.

Let's make a point to seek those sources out and give them our loyal readership.

 

 

 

 



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4 Comments
  • http://wmscradio.com/sportsteam/ Sean Martin

    Really great article! This is the direction fans are trending for football and baseball at least, towards independent blogs and sites like this. Point about click-baiting was spot on. To me, this was clickbait, because the headline was so good I had to click it :).

  • http://insidethestar C Winter

    Zac Fields is my new HERO!!!

  • http://davidperrylawrence.com David Perrry Lawrence

    Amen! I couln’t believe it that someone would go on ESPN and demand Bryant apologize to Taylor. When have reporters ever apologized for getting something wrong? They used to bury rettractions on p. 26, but now electronic ‘reporters’ demand the subjects of their tweets apologize to them? A tweet – ESPN’s version of in-depth reporting!

  • http://davidperrylawrence.com David Perry Lawrence

    A tweet – ESPN’s version of ‘in-depth analysis’

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Will DeMarcus Lawrence Be Franchise Tagged Again in 2019?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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DeMarcus Lawrence, Franchise Tags and Realities for Dallas Cowboys
Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY Sports

The deadline for extending players under the franchise tag has come and gone last Monday, in a day in which none of the remaining tagged players reached an agreement with their respective teams. That includes Dallas Cowboy Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence, who's set to earn $17M in 2018.

The front office and the 26-year old defensive end failed to agree to a new contract before the season's start, but we saw that coming. After all, there was never a point in which we had the classic "X player and his team are close to a new deal" headline.

All of this makes the future of the Cowboys' promising "War Daddy" very uncertain. What lies a head of the player that put on an impressive show in 2018?

Since 2017 was Lawrence's breakout year, racking up 14.5 sacks trough the season, we have leaned towards the narrative of last season being his only good one. His performance last season was impressive and clearly his best one yet, but we tend to overlook 2015.

In his sophomore season, the only other year in which he has played 16 games, he finished the campaign with eight sacks and 35 tackles (55 combined). Really, the idea of 2017 being his only good year is not as accurate as we might think.

That being said, I think it's more likely that we see another great year from him this upcoming season than seeing a disappointing one. This, of course, will end up being the main thing that determines his future in Dallas.

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Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

The Dallas Cowboys front office really took a risk by tagging Lawrence this offseason. #90 was reportedly asking for an average of $17M per year in his long-term contract, which is Olivier Vernon kind of money.

So what if he puts a similar season or an even better one? Lawrence and his agent could end up asking for even more money. Perhaps in the 18 or 20 million dollars per year range. If that ends up being the case, the team will find itself in a tough position when trying to reach an agreement with its promising pass rusher.

Which leads us to the possibility of seeing the Cowboys franchise tagging Lawrence for the second consecutive season. Dallas will already be negotiating a contract extension with QB Dak Prescott, and things will get complicated. Even more if they decide to pursue a big-time free agent in March, such as Earl Thomas.

It would make sense, from a financial perspective, to hand the tag twice in consecutive years to D-Law. However, it shouldn't be the priority. If he plays like he did in 2017, the front office will be more than wise to extend him for good.

According to OverTheCap.com, the Cowboys will have approximately $50.6M. Seemingly, the team's cap woes will be over soon.

Fortunately, Lawrence didn't become a headache by threatening to holdout for offseason programs and even training camp. However, don't expect that to happen if he finds himself under the tag next year.

Careers in the NFL are short, so DeMarcus will surely want to get paid. If he keeps it up, he'll deserve it. As much as he deserves it, though, football is a cold business. If the Jones need to tag him, they will.

Do you think the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence in 2019?

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Without Looming Suspension, RB Ezekiel Elliott Should Shine In 2018

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NFL Films typically does a good job of exposing some truths around NFL teams. Whether through "Hard Knocks" or Amazon's new "All or Nothing" series, these documentaries do an excellent job of giving fans an inside look of their favorite teams.

If anything was revealed through the Cowboys' All or Nothing series on their 2017 season, it's that Ezekiel Elliott's suspension weighed heavy on his mind all year.

The Pro Bowl running back did not look, act, or play like himself while awaiting decision on his incoming suspension. And, once it was finally announced he would serve the six games, the entire team collapsed in Atlanta.

Despite the clear and detrimental effects Elliott's suspension had on the Cowboys' season, Zeke still put up more-than-respectable numbers; rushing for almost 1,000 yards and averaging a league leading 98.3 yards per game.

Now, Ezekiel Elliott enters a season with no doubts about his own availability. Scott Linehan gets to coach an offense that knows they will have their best player for the entire season barring major injury. And, Jason Garrett can lead his team without addressing questions about Elliott's future day in and day out.What Workload is Ezekiel Elliott Prepared for in 2018? 1

Of course, these effects aren't quantifiable. We can't sit here and say that without the pressure of court appearances and suspensions that Elliott will be worth "X" amount of more yards and "Y" more touchdowns.

But I do believe we can say, without question, that playing with a clear mind and without a looming suspension will breed the type of production we saw from Zeke his rookie year.

We can say that Elliott has had a weight lifted off his shoulders, and could be looking for revenge on a league he feels did him wrong.

And, for the Cowboys sake, I hope this is true. Because they are going to need Ezekiel Elliott to be even better than he ever has been if they hope to make a run at the Super Bowl in 2018.



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Cowboys en Español: El Regreso de Randy Gregory

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Randy Gregory, Eagles
Eric Hartline / USA TODAY Sports

A sólo días de que los Dallas Cowboys aterricen en Oxnard, California para dar inicio a su training camp como todos los años, el equipo recibió excelentes noticias respecto a la selección de segunda ronda del 2015: Randy Gregory. Después de pasar todo el 2017 suspendido, el ala defensiva ha sido oficialmente reintegrado por la NFL.

Gregory, quien tuvo muchos problemas debido al uso de marihuana, ha pasado los últimos meses rehabilitándose para poder volver a vestir la estrella y volver al emparrillado. Los Cowboys, quienes siempre apoyaron a su joven jugador, sin duda estarán felices de verlo de vuelta en el equipo por motivos más allá que el football americano.

Sin duda alguna, antes de estar emocionados y felices por verlo en el campo intimidando a quarterbacks rivales, deberíamos estar alegres por el logro personal de Randy como un ser humano. Realmente hizo un esfuerzo consciente en un lugar en el que muchos se hubieran rendido y dejado sus sueños de ser parte de la NFL. Pero no lo hizo, y ahora, todos sus esfuerzos han valido la pena.

El siguiente paso en su lista por-hacer, es volver al campo y poco a poco, ganarse su puesto en el equipo y después, la titularidad. La última vez que vimos a Gregory en el campo, fue contra Philadelphia, en el final de temporada del 2016.

En este juego, Gregory mostró muchos destellos de lo que sería capaz de hacer semana tras semana en la liga y porque valió la pena nunca dejarlo ir, lo cual no hubiera tenido sentido hacer, dado que los Cowboys no les costaba nada (literalmente) mantenerlo en el equipo.

Sean Martin escribió un artículo recientemente en el que analiza este partido a fondo.

El potencial de Gregory es inmenso, suficiente incluso, para aventurarse a decir que se convertirá en el defensive end (ala defensiva) derecho antes de lo esperado. El reto más grande para el jugador de 25 años será regresar a una condición física óptima para la NFL.

Afortunadamente, a diferencia del 2016, Gregory no estará regresando a media temporada. Su llegada toma lugar justo a tiempo para el training camp, dándole tiempo para regresar a la forma en la que tiene que estar.

Una vez ahí, ¿qué tanto le tomará ganarse un rol más importante que el de Tyrone Crawford y Taco Charlton? A pesar de que prácticamente no lo hemos visto jugar en Dallas, sabemos el potencial que tiene para convertirse en un defensivo de suma importancia para los Cowboys.

Un año después de ver la mejor temporada en la carrera de DeMarcus Lawrence, los Cowboys tendrán el potencial de una estrella similar en el lado derecho de su línea defensiva. Gregory tiene una montaña que escalar para cumplir las expectativas de los aficionados, pero no será una sorpresa si lo logra.

Vaya, no olvidemos que si no fuera por sus problemas fuera del campo, hubiera sido seleccionado en el Top 10 del Draft del 2015. Tiene el potencial de conseguir diez sacks por temporada.

Con un poco de suerte, no nos equivocaremos en tenerle fe al jugador que ha tenido un gran viaje para llegar a este punto. El punto de ponerse el casco e ir a trabajar con su equipo.

Incluso si sólo llega a ser un jugador de rotación, sin duda será importante para el éxito del equipo. Entre DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving, Randy Gregory y el resto del talento que los Cowboys tienen en la línea defensiva, el equipo podría tener un frente de muy buena calidad.

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