Originally posted by GoGiantsHumBaby:
Originally posted by SnakePlissken:
Tim's easily my fav local writer right now, next to Barrows (since Ratto, and Maiocco sold out the moment they joined CSN).
This team deserves all the s**t it's being dished (inside and out), and is unworthy of a 'west coast pass'.
Tim is a shock-jock writer who is usually full of hot-air.
Is he right about the 9ers? Probably. But that's just because it's the easy stance to take. He also called the WS champion Giants season over in early July. He's doom-and-gloom 24/7 whether it's the right stance or wrong.
Doom-and-gloom/shock-jock press is the best kind of press though, it can sometimes serve as a good motivator to a team that deserves all the crap it's getting.
Guys like Kawakami, Cohn, and Ratto come from a different time of Sporting press, something Barrows/Maiocco definitely weren't privileged of (when coming aboard in the mid-90's).
-Bill Walsh took great advantage of this (in motivating/preparing his teams), the Bay Area media was one of the most evil/critical sports outlets in the entire United States back in the 80s/early 90s (the number of BA beat-writers was in large numbers compared to today).
There are no short-cuts, this society has gone soft. If you suck, you deserve to be told you suck, or you'll never get better.
[ Edited by SnakePlissken on Dec 7, 2010 at 15:34:01 ]