Opinion: In The Hands of Man
“Everything is good as it leaves the hands of the Author of things; everything degenerates in the hands of man.” From a simple statement grows a strong opinion about the state of athletics and our places as fans. The pressure of winning is intense; more now than ever. Coaches are paid exorbitant amounts of money to do just that; win. And we cheer for them to win. We hope that whatever it takes to win is legitimate enough to not cause real trouble. And when we roll in the mud with hogs, we are bound to get some dirt under our nails. Everything degenerates in the hands of man.
Breaking Down Match-Ups
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The speculation is already beginning that the Big 12 is one member away, now, from crumbling. Some believe that Oklahoma, which, by the very nature of it's relationship with Oklahoma State would almost assuredly include them in any proposed move, is about to jump ship and seek admission to the Pac-12.
This would allow Texas to save some face and not be the "team that destroyed the Big 12." At this point, that is all Texas has in this fight, a chance to save face. After all, it was their greed that nearly destroyed the conference a year ago; and it is their greed that has ultimately destroyed the conference forever. Texas, you see, has been humbled. A year ago, Texas fancied itself the new Notre Dame. A team with enough tradition, fan-base and fervor to go out on their own; but they still liked the benefits of being in what amounted to a cupcake walk towards a National Championship Game.
Unfortunately, along their path to surefire riches beyond belief, Texas found out that, outside of Texas, there was not a real demand for their new Longhorn Network. A year ago, the musical chairs that Texas played with conference politics was never really about leaving the Big 12. It was always about getting their own network and ensuring that the revenue was not distributed equally. In the ever changing landscape of college football, the best method of ensuring your place at the top is to have more money than the "other guy." Texas had successfully held the rest of the Big 12 hostage. Save for the departure of Nebraska, the Big 12, and Texas, had little concern over losing Colorado. Their hubris in believing that they could control the conference to their favor is likely the downfall of the conference.
Now, just a little over a year after the college football foundation was almost swarmed under by a tidal wave of realignment, it appears that the "Super Conferences" may come sooner than expected. And, when the dominoes start to fall, expect some major changes. College football conferences as we know them will be a thing of the past. There is a very real likelihood that the Pac-12 will be the Pac-16 by next year. And, if that happens, if the Pac-12 is a simple "one and done" conference before expanding again, expect the rest of the college football landscape to be drastically altered.
Good or bad, this change is going to happen. Probably just sooner than we thought. Hang on, folks, this may get a bit bumpy.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
|Carson York (Photo Courtesy Goducks.com)|
|Nick Fairley (Photo Courtesy nola.com)|
|Sam Montgomery (Photo courtesy theadvocate.com)|
"Kendrick (Adams, the other projected starter) has really caught up to the game. He has the athleticism of a receiver. He can really get off the edge. Lavar (Edwards) has the key role of keeping everybody calm. He's the wise old man. Lavar has been in the system for four years. He knows how to practice.
(Barkevious ) Mingo is nothing but a speedy guy. He is learning how to play the run. Chancey (Aghayere) is the run-stopper. He knows how to hold the edge."
The growth of college athletics is directly tied to our diminishing personal contact on a daily basis. As our daily lives become more and more void of positive personal contact, our love of sport, particularly college sports, grows ever stronger.
Monday, August 29, 2011
|Lamichael James-Photo Courtesy Register Guard|
This game was big; it had national implications and the Ducks won the game. convincingly.
|Duck Mascot Celebrates Civil War Victory, 2009|
|A Flock of Ducks-Photo Courtesy Register Guard|
Many expected Oregon's pace to wear down the Cardinal early. That was difficult to do, though, as Stanford jumped to a very quick, surprising 21-3 lead. There was a collective groan through the Duck Empire when Stanford scored it's third TD of the first quarter.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
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Saturday, August 27, 2011
“It's good to hear all sides of a story, but I hope everyone realizes that Scott Reed has basically no credibility & is clearly NOT objective”
“Who is objective & has cred(ibility)? How about everyone who works for a real organization & doesn't have an agenda. Goe, Moseley, Schroeder, etc.”
We're talking primarily about the national media, those media that sort of set a general agenda that others more or less adhere to, to the extent that they even pay much attention to national or international affairs.
Now the elite media are sort of the agenda-setting media. That means The New York Times, The Washington Post, the major television channels, and so on. They set the general framework. Local media more or less adapt to their structure.
And they do this in all sorts of ways: by selection of topics, by distribution of concerns, by emphasis and framing of issues, by filtering of information, by bounding of debate within certain limits. They determine, they select, they shape, they control, they restrict -- in order to serve the interests of dominant, elite groups in the society. (Chomsky, 1992)
To start with, there are two different groups, we can get into more detail, but at the first level of approximation, there's two targets for propaganda. One is what's sometimes called the political class. There's maybe twenty percent of the population which is relatively educated, more or less articulate, plays some kind of role in decision-making. They're supposed to sort of participate in social life -- either as managers, or cultural managers like teachers and writers and so on. They're supposed to vote, they're supposed to play some role in the way economic and political and cultural life goes on. Now their consent is crucial. So that's one group that has to be deeply indoctrinated. (Chomsky, 1992)
Now there are other media too whose basic social role is quite different: it's diversion. There's the real mass media-the kinds that are aimed at, you know, Joe Six Pack -- that kind. The purpose of those media is just to dull people's brains.
This is an oversimplification, but for the eighty percent or whatever they are, the main thing is to divert them. To get them to watch National Football League. And to worry about "Mother With Child With Six Heads," or whatever you pick up on the supermarket stands and so on. Or look at astrology. Or get involved in fundamentalist stuff or something or other. Just get them away. Get them away from things that matter. And for that it's important to reduce their capacity to think. (Chomsky, 1992)
So what we have in the first place is major corporations which are parts of even bigger conglomerates. Now, like any other corporation, they have a product which they sell to a market. The market is advertisers -- that is, other businesses. What keeps the media functioning is not the audience. They make money from their advertisers. And remember, we're talking about the elite media. So they're trying to sell a good product, a product which raises advertising rates. And ask your friends in the advertising industry. That means that they want to adjust their audience to the more elite and affluent audience. That raises advertising rates. So what you have is institutions, corporations, big corporations, that are selling relatively privileged audiences to other businesses.
Well, what point of view would you expect to come out of this? I mean without any further assumptions, what you'd predict is that what comes out is a picture of the world, a perception of the world, that satisfies the needs and the interests and the perceptions of the sellers, the buyers and the product.
Now there are many other factors that press in the same direction. If people try to enter the system who don't have that point of view they're likely to be excluded somewhere along the way. After all, no institution is going to happily design a mechanism to self-destruct. It's not the way institutions function. So they'll work to exclude or marginalize or eliminate dissenting voices or alternative perspectives and so on because they're dysfunctional, they're dysfunctional to the institution itself.
Now there are other media too whose basic social role is quite different: it's diversion. There's the real mass media-the kinds that are aimed at, you know, Joe Six Pack -- that kind. The purpose of those media is just to dull people's brains. (Chomsky, 1992)
Now, to eliminate confusion, all of this has nothing to do with liberal or conservative bias. According to the propaganda model, both liberal and conservative wings of the media -- whatever those terms are supposed to mean -- fall within the same framework of assumptions.
In fact, if the system functions well, it ought to have a liberal bias, or at least appear to. Because if it appears to have a liberal bias, that will serve to bound thought even more effectively.
In other words, if the press is indeed adversarial and liberal and all these bad things, then how can I go beyond it? They're already so extreme in their opposition to power that to go beyond it would be to take off from the planet. So therefore it must be that the presuppositions that are accepted in the liberal media are sacrosanct -- can't go beyond them. And a well-functioning system would in fact have a bias of that kind. The media would then serve to say in effect: Thus far and no further. (Chomsky, 1992)
While these young men must deal with the repercussions of their actions, it is never a happy moment to see two young men make a mistake of such gravity that it could, literally, destroy everything that they have worked so hard to attain. There is the very real possibility that Jefferson may not graduate from LSU. There is no joy in his pain. And, though the alleged actions were despicable and scary, that does not diminish the anguish a young man goes through when he has to look in the mirror and realize just how much a little bit of anger, pride and/or bad judgment may end up costing.
From my personal perspective, I wish to commend the Duck fans that took the high road and went beyond how this impacted the game to being empathetic for the devastation that this action has caused so many people. Regardless of what happened that night, there are victims. This goes beyond how a football team is affected. Football is a sport where players go down to injury all the time; teams rally behind the back-ups and the season moves along.
A year ago, the Ducks were facing a season with a similar beginning. Let us not forget that not too long ago, Jeremiah Masoli was a Heisman candidate and unquestioned starting QB for the Oregon Ducks. That all changed very quickly and the Ducks entered a 2010 season with considerable uncertainty at QB. Though the timing in the Ducks case was a little easier to deal with as the two QB's vying to replace Masoli had several months to prepare and battle for the role, they still faced a dilemma similar to LSU.
When the Ducks were faced with turmoil, many fans from rival schools took great pleasure in our pain; and this caused many Duck fans quite a bit of anger. How was it, we thought, that other fans could be so callous? Let us not forget that pain; let us approach LSU's troubles with the dignity and class that we hope others show when we have troubles. Let us be better than those fans.
With Dallas only a week away, let us remember that there is never joy in the pain of young men. Everyone loses when we revel in the pain of young men.
Friday, August 26, 2011
As the Ducks rolled through their schedule, they faced a stiff challenge at home against a top 10 ranked Cal Bears team. The game was as exciting and close as many expected, possibly turning on a pivotal fumble near the end zone. The Ducks lost that game, but their season had plenty of promise. For the first time in a lifetime, the Ducks inched their way towards a possible national title. Many people still believe the Ducks could have won the National Championship Game that season; had they been at full strength.
Unfortunately, another trend had developed early in the season; injuries. Lost to season ending injuries were several key players on the team, including WR Brian Paysinger, RB Jeremiah Johnson and WR Cameron Colvin. Through these injuries, though, the Ducks kept playing at an extremely high level.
Then came the worst sight in recent Duck memory as Dennis Dixon, during a home win over Arizona State, fell to the ground with a knee injury. Duck fans were told it was not serious and that Dixon would play against the next opponent, Arizona. Play he did. In the first quarter, Dennis Dixon took a QB run up the middle 39 yards for a touchdown. There was relief and joy. Duck fans began to think about the impossible; a National Championship. And then the season fell apart. Dixon again fell to the ground with no contact. His season was over. By the time Civil War week rolled around, the Ducks were down to starting a fifth string QB.
Along this ride, I heard quite a few Duck fans begin to question whether the offense and/or the strength program was leading to the spate of injuries that befell the Ducks that season.
|Strength Coach Jim Radcliffe (Photo Courtesy GoDucks.com)|
Jim Radcliffe is considered one of the top Strength & Conditioning Coaches in the nation. He has been a pioneer on many fronts and is a published expert in plyometrics. One of his pioneering methods is ice baths. After heavy workouts, the Ducks, for years, have taken ice baths. Ice is an incredible recovery assistant that most people forget is an important part of any good workout. Ice is not just for injuries.
Ice baths constrict blood vessels and decreases metabolic activity, which reduces swelling and tissue breakdown. Once the skin is no longer in contact with the cold source, the underlying tissues warm up, causing a return of faster blood flow, which helps return the byproducts of cellular breakdown to the lymph system for efficient recycling by the body. Ice baths don't only suppress inflammation, but help to flush harmful metabolic debris out of your muscles. And this is something Oregon has been doing for years; especially during fall camp doubles days.
When Kelly took over as head coach before the 2009 season, he asked Radcliffe if he wanted to change anything about the team’s regimen. There were some ideas Radcliffe had that would fundamentally change the way Oregon prepared each week.
Now, as soon as the game ends Oregon players ice down. The benefit? The Ducks are now ready to go hard and fast on Monday. Most football teams, including the places I have coached myself, take Sunday and Monday as recovery days, then go hard on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before backing off on Friday. With after game ice baths, the Ducks are ready to go hard on Monday. Following two more hard practices on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Ducks back off on Thursday for some recovery.
What about Friday? While most teams are doing a walk through, the Ducks train hard; they ramp back up so that they are an an upswing of performance for Saturday.
"If you’re backing off on Friday, you’re really downloading when you want to be your fastest and quickest and strongest and most explosive. We want to be working back up to our peak on Saturdays,’’ Radcliffe told Ken Goe of The Oregonian.During his 26 years at Oregon, the program has changed significantly. Along with it, Jim Radcliffe has stayed on the cutting edge of strength & conditioning. As long as Jim Radcliffe has been the Strength & Conditioning Coach at Oregon, the Ducks have had strength in all the right places.
That is one advantage no one can take away.
|University of Oregon Weight Room|
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Imagine for a moment, arriving at the Autzen Complex on September 10. There will be grills barbecuing all your favorite foods. Duck fans gathered to talk football, celebrate with each other the new season. They will reminisce about last year, and dream of the possibilities of the upcoming season. Football has indeed started.
What is it, though, that draws fans of every major conference, and even the "non-BCS" conferences to gather by the thousands and derive so much pleasure in the competition of others? Why is it that these loyalties to particular collegiate institutions run so deep? Deep enough, in fact, that rivalries are indeed very real.
There are many theories and I am not the first to have this discussion. The first, and most obvious is the concept of tribalism. We are often attracted to a team based on different extraneous factors. In professional sports, it is almost entirely about proximity to the team. With college sports, it is a number of different things. Either you were "raised" as a fan; went to the school; or adopted it as a favorite through other friendships. Human beings, by nature, tend to feel the need to belong to a larger group. There is safety in a group and danger in aloneness. Well, in tribal times, this was the case.
As civilization evolved, the tribal nature of our existence diminished, but our need to feel like we belonged to something bigger than ourselves did not vanish. As society has become increasingly less personally interactive through devices such as phones, automobiles, planes, cell phones and now internet technology which has made communicating without contact prevalent, fanship seems to have grown and become more intense.
Jerry Seinfeld once quipped:
“People come back from the game yelling, “‘We won! We won!’ No: they won; you watched.”
This is true of just about everyone I know. We try, sometimes with all of our effort, to convince ourselves that it is "just a game." But it's not. It is more than a game; it is an experience. It is an experience that draws people together, almost into regional clans.
But there has to be more to it than that. After all, there are plenty of other activities that could draw our attention, so why sport?
There are many other schools of thought. The most interesting to me, though, is from Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht Professor of Literature at Stanford University. In his book In Praise of Athletic Beauty, (2006, Harvard University Press), Gumbrecht proposes a different attraction. Aesthetic Beauty.
Every fan cares abut "their team" winning and Gumbrecht does not disagree with this assertion. Nonetheless, he believes that even within the most diehard fans there exists a certain amount of appreciation for the beauty of the game. Gumbrecht argues that beauty is the least mentioned of the important reasons why people love sports, and that is why it is interesting to discuss.
While every fan enjoys the thrill of victory, there is a certain amount of truth to Gumbrecht's theory. Think about it for just a moment. Deep down, fans of every sport derive pleasure not just from winning, but from some element of the sport much more profound.
|Jeff Maehl Touchdown Reception, Civil War 2009|
Think for a moment, have you ever watched an opposing player make a play and said to yourself "Wow, what an incredible play?" Most of us have; that is the aesthetic beauty of which Gumbrecht speaks.
I tend to believe there is a multi-factoral combination of different aspects that draw us to sports. There is the tribalism, the social connection, the aesthetic beauty and the feeling of a tangible goal at the end; victory.
As we contemplate another season at Autzen, let us enjoy all the little things that make football, though a physically tough sport also one that is a beautiful combination of strength, speed and athleticism. Enjoy the company around you, that is what makes human kind so unique. And, most of all, enjoy each moment for what it is; a beautiful distraction.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Every Wednesday, we have two different staff meetings at work. One is an Operations Meeting which is followed by a staff meeting. So, Wednesday is a little later night at work than normal. Just as I was about to head out the door, I received a message that John Canzano had called me an "internet troll and gangster" on his radio program.
Certainly as someone who had a show planned last Friday and those plans were abruptly changed, I would understand frustration. However, I believe Lindsay Schnell referred to Canzano as a "professional." As I understand it, professionals do not take personal shots at people on their radio programs or in print media; it is simply not the right message. Yet, there he was, talking personal shots at me for my role in Lache Seastrunk's cancellation on Friday afternoon.
Yes, I sent the family a message alerting them of Lache's scheduled appearance. To Lache's credit, he did not know much about Canzano; he even referred to him as Joe Canzano! So, after his family called and advised him against appearing, he canceled his appearance. Was this wrong? No, I am not a competitor of Canzano's nor a fan of Canzano, I felt it was in the young man's best interests that he be forewarned about the potential dangers.
Canzano seemingly uses interviews to then be able to say in the future "I have talked with, interviewed (insert player name here)" as a device for feeling justified in any later criticism that actions may warrant. Often, though, Canzano forgets his own stories when trying to tell a new story.
In Canzano's recent criticism of Darron Thomas, Canzano was quick to say "Can't imagine former Ducks quarterback Dennis Dixon riding in a car that was street racing," as if Dennis Dixon is the paragon of true virtue and leadership. Does he not remember his story on Darius Miles? You know, the one where Canzano tried to drag Dennis Dixon's name through the mud. Let me refresh your memory with this quote from the article:
Miles and the members of his entourage, which included former Oregon Ducks quarterback Dennis Dixon, spent the night moving between three stages, removing the bands and tossing the stacks in the air, sending a shower of loose bills fluttering down on the dancers.
“It’s raining!” someone shouted. At one point, a dancer had so many one-dollar bills on the stage around her, she asked a bouncer for a paper sack. Miles also had someone request a song from the DJ, according to a patron. Which is how the University of Oregon fight song ended up being played while women gyrated on stage and Miles threw dollar bills, laughed, pumped his fist and slapped backs with a former Heisman Trophy candidate before disappearing into the VIP room.
So, in one article he's hanging out with Darius Miles, a player Canzano personally tried to "take down" and in the next he is the paragon of virtue Darron should compare himself to? Which is it John, is he a guy hanging out at strip clubs saying "it's raining" while showering dollar bills down on strippers? Or is he the guy Darron Thomas should emulate.
Now, the first question I had when I read that article is, how did John Canzano know where they were? Was he already frequenting the particular establishment? Was he stalking them? Or did he have spies following Miles? But you know, it doesn't really matter. The last time I heard, strip clubs were legal in Oregon and Miles and Dixon were both of legal age when they went there. Nothing untoward happened that we know about, so who really cares?
My personal feelings are that it is this kind of "Harvey Dent-like" (Two Face) personality that made me want to advise Lache Seastrunk's family to be careful about appearing on the show. They read some of Canzano's articles and decided that Lache should avoid speaking with Canzano. That is their right and prerogative. As someone who has spoken with the family on multiple occasions and feels that they should at least know that Lache was scheduled to appear, it was my personal duty of integrity to let them know. After all, his family has ALWAYS had his best interests at heart, Canzano only has the shows best interests at heart. That's fine, that is his job and he should try to get guests on that appeal to a wide audience.
Nonetheless, there are going to be occasions where the naive are later informed of the potential pitfalls of an appearance. No one told Lache not to appear, they gave him more knowledge with which to make the decision; and he made the decision.
Did I have a role in that? Absolutely. And I will not apologize for that role. I am unequivocal in my disdain for the methods with which Canzano treats YOUNG men. If I were Mike Gundy, I would go off on him in a press conference, but I am not Gundy. So, rather than a press conference, I make my mark in other ways.
Apparently, though, Canzano feels as if being outmaneuvered makes it okay for him to stoop to childish name-calling and insults. And, that is fine, he can choose to respond how he sees fit. However, if Canzano wishes to stoop to this level, I think we can take the phrase "professional" out of his description.
The strange part about Canzano's insult, is that he is the one who sought me on facebook; friend requested me, in fact. I did not accept his request, but did, however, communicate with him. I imagine his vision of me was different than reality and he backed off somewhat.
In fact, here is one conversation which we had:
You see, I am, for the most part, a reasonable man. I speak in reasoned terms and usually maintain an even tone. I can guarantee you that Canzano can show you some less than reasonable emails. Like all humans, I certainly get angry at times. However, when approached like a man, I will be respectful until someone shows me they deserve no respect.
As I know you are concerned with my life away from Duck football, thought I would send you a copy of my thought for the day yesterday: Anger is the most unusual of emotions. I consider anger to be the opposite of love. While many would contend that hatred is the opposite of love, I say that anger leads to hatred, hence it is the anger that lies opposite of love; not hatred. No one has ever hated without an action precipitating anger that later became hatred. A man does not wake and decide he hates another. No, the man who becomes the object of hate must first wrong the man who hates in some manner. When the man is wronged, he will let that anger boil inside. With no outlet for anger, hatred is born. That becomes the outlet for anger; and it is an unhealthy outlet. Aristotle thought of anger as a virtue under the assumption that the anger would create good. The person with whom a man was angry must have been wicked, and our anger will have the reasonable man wish to be more virtuous. This is great in thought, unfortunately, in action, anger can lead to many bad things. On the other side of the fence is the Roman philosopher, Seneca who said in De Ira that a soldier needs to be able to listen to the commands of his superiors. Anger will not listen to the commands of the rational. Anger is irrational.... See More Somewhere in between, there can be some truth to both sides of this argument. Under the bar, when you are pressing more than two times your own bodyweight, you need to channel something more powerful than you have ever experienced. You’ve heard stories of the miraculous heroics. Mothers that lift thousand pound objects long enough to allow their children to escape harm. Where does this power come from? Adrenaline. When our bodies are confronted with danger, it can produce extraordinary chemical responses. One of those responses is the release of adrenaline, a powerful chemical that increases the supply of oxygen and glucose in the blood. As a power-lifter, it sure would be nice to find a way to naturally tap into that resource. Under the bar, preparing to press a weight that should not move takes a tremendous amount of physical and mental coordination. The brain has to tell the muscles what to do; the muscles have to make the movement explosively; neurons must be firing at optimal speeds. The muscles must have been trained for this; there must be proper form. Even if all of this is firing, there is one ingredient missing; adrenaline. When a man is angry, guess what his body releases? That’s right; adrenaline. Tapping into anger is a resource under the bar. As long as a person does not let the anger begin to consume him, it can create a great benefit.
- March 11, 2010Scott Reed
- What? No Reponse?
All that time to seek me out and you don't respond to the message? I am so hurt and saddened... oh, wait, no I'm not. But here's another thought for the day for you: In the philosophical sense, form is the outward shape or appearance of an object. Applying that to our life, there is a philosophical form to our lives; the shape and appearance; not the actual shape of our body, but the shape of our mind; our character. As we start to learn what our own form is, we can begin to apply that form in a broader sense. When lifting weights, there is a form to the proper lifting position. This form works in conjunction with our muscles and our mind to perform the lift. When all of these things are working in unison, very special things can happen. Strength is enhanced. We become stronger in body and mind; without the underlying ever-important form, though, we will never reach our maximum potential. The same can be said in our personal life. We can have a great mind and do what others might consider impressive, but without the underlying form of our consciousness; character; we cannot fully achieve the greatness possible within ourselves. Mind, body and form; without a structure to our life, we cannot connect all three very important components. Finding that structure can be a very difficult task. Some people never find it; it is our responsibility to give that structure of character to our children. The only way to make the world a better place is to pass on everything good we learn and eliminate the bad we have learned from.
- March 12, 2010John Canzano
- Appreciate the note, Scott. Keep on, my friend. Glad you're growing and evolving. -- JC
- March 13, 2010Scott Reed
- But the sad state of the origin of this email is that you assumed, simply because the only time you have seen my writing is in response to yours, that one aspect of my life is the only aspect.
Just remember, just because the only time you see my words is in response to a column you write, does not mean that it is the only thing I care about. Far too often you deal in your own assumptions and assume yourself to be correct. Far too often, your assumptions are incorrect.
As late as last January, I had said to some friends, as we were strolling in Scottsdale just before the Pep Rally for the National Championship Game, that, while I still had no use for Canzano as a writer, I did feel he was a good person. Unfortunately, his own actions have led me to different conclusions just seven months later. And to think, just a few short months ago, I even offered to help with his foundation.
I make no bones, I do not think much of Canzano as a journalist. If he were a truly good journalist with no agenda, at Pac-12 media day, he would have asked Tedford the question about doing business with someone you do not know rather than wait to ask Chip Kelly. That would have been a much more pertinent question. Then he could have followed up with Kelly. Instead, he decided to wait and make the question more of a statement than anything else. He didn't ask the "tough" question, he asked the "grandiose, look at me" question.
Canzano, while finding himself in a position many would envy, is also incredibly insecure. In February, 2008, Canzano wrote an article about Darius Miles adventures in a local strip club. I made a comment in his blog under the handle "ducks39" which said:
So, I guess JC knows Darius' whereabouts 24 hours a day. I guess it is not at all possible for Darius to have worked out for 3-4 hours in the morning, taken some court time in the afternoon to work on his game, watched some film then gone to a club after all that. I mean, I guess that is entirely impossible... I guess Darius was in that strip club 24 consecutive hours.Feeling a little miffed at the fact that I had written in response to a Blazer article (something that is rare for me as I am not much of an NBA fan) and the fact that I questioned his journalistic integrityCanzano completely changed the post to:
And, apparently, Canzano knows what Darius thinks at all times because he has told us what Darius thinks.
I must admit, though, that Canzano's trench coat and fedora must have been a very effective design... after all, how could he have gotten all that good information without being spotted... the question is, were you already there and got lucky to spot Darius there??? or did you follow him in??? either way... sounds like you'd fit in better at the National Enquirer than at a true periodical...
Maybe it is time for Canzano to retire, after all, he appears to like hanging out at strip clubs waiting to spot NBA players and their entourages... maybe he could go back to journalism school, learn some ethics and become a REAL journalist... but I doubt that will ever happen...
Posted by ducks39 on 02/15/08 at 7:30PM
JC: You're an outstanding columnist. I appreciate your viewpoints. Please keep writing the truth.
Now, anyone who knows me knows that I would never write such drivel about his writing skills. But, he must feed his own ego by re-writing posts to cover criticism. Hey, his blog, his rules, I suppose. I just find it entirely unprofessional. But, hey, Lindsay tells us that he is the professional!
John, I am not going to get into a war of words with you. It would be rather pointless. But, here is the deal, John Canzano, you know my facebook page, you have my personal email address, you can contact me. If you have a problem with something I do, why not discuss it like a man? Why the need to take to the airwaves and play first grade insult games? Is that really the example you want to set for your 8 year old daughter? I sure hope not.