January 24, 2013
I don’t usually like to attack other writers. You never know whether the muse will be kind or merciless. There are things you can do to nudge it in the write direction, but good luck with all that if it’s just not there. As such, there are periods in which you have nothing to write about or are unable to make your point lucidly when pen meets paper. Sometimes, columns just don’t come together. When this happens, there’s not too much you can do about it. You just have to chalk it up as an L, keep your head held high, and move on to the next one. Every once in awhile, though, something so absurd and/or intellectually dishonest comes along that it must be pointed out.
Like I said, I can empathize with bad. Insincere pageview trolling is an entirely different subject. Yesterday, Rob Reischel wrote a column in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel entitled, “Aaron Rodgers’ reputation as a leader took some hits this season.” Let’s go through this piece-by-piece:
Their season had been done approximately 14 hours. Aaron Rodgers, one of the leaders of the Green Bay Packers, sat alone at his locker, staring aimlessly around the room. Rodgers was asked if he’d talk about the season that just ended.
“Nope,” Rodgers said.
Instead, Rodgers began eavesdropping on an interview linebacker Desmond Bishop was conducting. After each question, Rodgers made a snide remark about the queries loud enough for anyone within earshot to hear.
“I can’t believe they’d ask that,” Rodgers said.
“Nice question,” he said another time.
Finally, doing his best Drew Rosenhaus, Rodgers bellowed, “Next question.”
Instead of preparing for the NFC Championship Game, Rodgers was now critiquing reporters.
This lede is completely worthless without proper context. We have no idea what questions the media were asking Desmond Bishop, but we are just supposed to assume they were ENLIGHTENING and that Rodgers was being a dick? I’m very sorry that Rodgers was, at this time, unwilling to provide canned quotes that Reischel could use to color in his preconceived agenda, but don’t know if I can blame him. Would you want to answer dumb questions from entitled reporters in the immediate aftermath of your professional shortcomings? “You lost that big account today, Ryan, can you give me any insight into how that feels or what you would do differently the next time?”
Rodgers does not owe the media any more access than the League mandates. Despite that, he graciously does an hour radio spot for ESPN Milwaukee every Tuesday during the season with Jason Wilde. On it, he’s funny, candid, and interesting. He displays an uncanny recall for individual plays – these can be from last week or go as far back as high school – and breaks them down meticulously to give common fans unique insight into what caused them to succeed or fail. Fans who are really interested in access to Rodgers can find it here. We don’t need two-sentence clippings that fit into newspaper narratives.
It’s this type of leadership that had some taking shots at the 2011 most valuable player this season.
This type of leadership – the type that makes it harder for ME to write MY story – must be why the Packers lost to the 49ers. Nevermind the fact that the Packers defense gave up 579 yards and enabled Colin Kaepernick to look like the third coming of Jesus.