Daily Special, June 11, 2012
58 Posted on June 11th, 2012 by Himself
Life is a wheel. Sometimes you’re up; sometimes you’re down. Sometimes the wheel is rolling over your head. The news cycle is also a wheel. Right now, it’s parked.
AngryWhoDat understands this. Yes, last week was a shitty week, in news terms…but only if you were looking for big news, or listening to the promises from the media. Drew didn’t sign (still hasn’t, at least as of now). Then, of course—set your watch—Sean Pamphilon reared his ugly scolex again. Seems Roman Harper and Jo-Lonn Dunbar got paid for “whack” hits. Oh my. This proves the Bounty accusations.
(And parenthetically—ever notice how many times those accusations need to be proved?)
The problem is, none of this was really news. It was public relations, flackery masquerading as journalism. While all that was capturing the headlines, actually stuff was happening.
First, in the wilds of far-off New England, a tight end named Rob Gronkowski pushed aside Wes Welker and captured a $54 million contract—causing fans in and around New Orleans to wonder when it will be Jimmy Graham’s turn to hit the mother lode. Well, ask Mickey. I’m sure once he signs Drew, he’ll give Jimmy whatever is left over. Right now, Mickey is looking at his hairbrush, and his heart is sinking.
Saturday, while I was feeling uneasy and AngryWhoDat was feeling…well, angry, Mike Detillier was preparing his dispatch from the Saints’ minicamp in Metairie. And Mike was feeling pumped. In a word, he was [ahem] impressed. And yeah, maybe the article was repetitious, Hans, but that’s a good thing. There was apparently a lot to be impressed with. Running backs, wide receivers, linebackers, cornerbacks, rookies, free agents, long-time veterans…this report has it all. Detillier doesn’t blow smoke: he may be wrong, but he’s not a flack.
But one thing was left out of his report: Chase Daniel. We’ve heard over and over, from other correspondents, that Daniel was looking impressive himself. Detillier doesn’t mention him. Or Sean Canfield. Or that McKowne guy. And that makes me wonder a bit. The backup quarterback shoved into the limelight by the absence of the starter is, in journalistic terms, low-hanging fruit. Detillier acts as if he never even noticed. Is this a good thing, or a bad thing? Is Daniel playing so well you wouldn’t know Drew was missing…or is it a case of not saying anything because you can’t think of anything nice?
I’m inclined to think the former, sort of. If Daniel was stinking it up, if he looked in any way inadequate, that would be the big story of the camp with Drew Brees still unsigned. So maybe no news is good news.
In other non-news, Matt Bowen of the National Football Post wonders how replacement referees might affect how secondaries play. I’d take whatever Bowen says seriously: this guy has football IQ instead of hair. And he’s got a lot of non-hair.
On the Jukebox
In honor of non-news day. I wonder how many of you kids even know what this is.