I'm glad that people are on top of these sportswriters and all of their inconsistencies. Now with the internet, where everything is archived for the world to see, we're finally able to prove that these people are just like you or I, except with a clubhouse pass.
The one who gets it the most is, rightfully, Jay Mariotti. With the Bears in the Super Bowl, now seems like a good time to track Mariotti's opinings on Lovie Smith. I'm too lazy, but the ridiculously-titled Boise Wants Jay Mariotti blog is on top of things.
2004 January 8 - But if the Bears hire him or Romeo Crennel or Lovie Smith or Mike Nolan or any other defensive coordinator who crosses their cluttered radar screen, well, put it this way:
I'll see you outside Soldier Field for the mass burning of Personal Seat Licenses.
January 13 - Given a choice between Grimm and Lovie Smith, the other announced finalist and featured interviewee today, I wonder if Craig T. Nelson is available. If Smith at least has experience as an NFL defensive coordinator, he arrives with the baggage of the St.Louis Rams' season- ending collapse, which includes not only the 29 points and 485 yards allowed to the Carolina Panthers on Saturday, but also a defensive letdown against the lowly Detroit Lions last month. Can you see the Bears, franchise of Butkus and the '85 defense, hiring a coach named Lovie?
The lesson, as always: anyone can be a sportswriter. That's why I do it.