WRITTEN BY SENSCHIRP READER- ReleaseTheKarlsson
Kobe Bryant once said, “If I panic, everyone else panics.” He should come work for the Ottawa sports media. The annoying little sister that we would LOVE to get rid of, but know that we need them around. The news media, entertainment media, and sports media all have their quality members. Overall, having access to information from around the world on any topic is a good thing. In theory, it should make us more informed, and help us understand the world around us better.
Then there is the other side. The members of the media that really have no purpose but to create stories. To take something small and turn it into something big, for no other reason than to be the first to report on it. The biggest perpetrators of this?
The sports media.
The sports media has to be the worst, and I mean the worst, offenders at creating stories. Worse than TMZ. Worse than Fox News. I mean all of the sports media too, not just one outlet. TSN, Sportsnet, Sun Media, The Citizen, (even SensChirp) they all create stories when it comes to sports.
The most recent example of this, at least in the Ottawa Senators world, is this “panic” that is apparently abundant about Bobby Ryan and his lack of production. His lack of production, with one point after 2 games.
The problem with this reporting of a panic that apparently exists, is that it doesn’t. Not one blog I’ve read, not one tweet I’ve re-tweeted, not one person I’ve talked to, has expressed ANY sense of panic over the team so far. People were a little upset about losing to the Leafs, (I shutter as I write that) but once that sting left, people were generally pretty excited about how the team has played.
Our second line has been fantastic, our goaltending has been pretty good, and our first line is, against all reports from the mainstream media, actually playing pretty well. They got a goal against the Leafs.
Writing about fake panic creates a reaction that then becomes the story, which isn’t a story at all. Let’s all try to avoid this trap that the mainstream media tries to catch us in time and time again. Bobby Ryan has played fine. Jason Spezza has played fine.
Mainstream media- the fans are calm and recognize the fact that we are 3 games into the season with 4 out of 6 points.
Stop trying to pin this panic on us.