Wednesday, July 30, 2008


What Would Main Stream Media Do? Well, here is what they did. Each item is followed by a MIF (Most Interesting Fact) from the article.

  • The San Jose Mercury reports: "49ers get tips on how to meet the press."
          MIF: "(Former Bush press secretary Ari) Fleischer, 47, made a presentation at the annual NFL meetings in April that apparently left an impression with Nolan and media relations director Aaron Salkin. The two invited him to make a similar presentation at a 49ers team meeting. The NFL mandates that every team do media training, so the 49ers in past years invited former players such as Ronnie Lott, Steve Young and Rocky Bleier as well as broadcasters Curt Menefee and James Brown to address the team."

  • The Columbus Dispatch reports: "Browns can't keep Josh Cribbs off the field."
          MIF: "(Cleveland Browns returner Josh)Cribbs, undrafted out of Kent State in 2005, became a Pro Bowl kick returner last season when he returned three kicks for touchdowns. He became the first NFL player since Terry Metcalf in 1974 to average more than 30 yards per kickoff return and 10 yards on punt returns. He also led the Browns in special teams tackles with 23."

  • Peter King of Sports Illustrated writes: "How Shockey's relationship with Giants went sour."
          MIF: "(Jeremy Shockey)felt he was treated as a second-class citizen at the game, flying to the Super Bowl from Miami to Arizona on his own -- sitting in coach, in the center seat of a three-seat row -- and stayed at a different hotel from his teammates. 'They didn't even allow me to stay at the team hotel,' Shockey said. 'They paid for the hotel, but it was across town. Then I had to go there, on one leg, in a cab to pick up my Super Bowl tickets.' "

  • The Boston Globe reports: "They're playing by the (new) rules: NFL officials give players tutorial on changes for '08"
          MIF: On the new force-out rule, " 'It's very simple now," said sixth-year head linesman Phil McKinnely. 'You've got to catch the ball, have control of it, have both feet down - simple. You don't have to process a whole lot, think a whole lot.' "
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