In the field of sports journalism, objectivity seems held in higher regard than anywhere else, perhaps because, without it, it’s easy to brand sportswriters as glorified fans, a label that would severely diminish the value of their work. As a result, claiming there’s a bias in sports journalism has become a little like accusing the government of a conspiracy: in an effort to protect the credibility of the institution, we turn a blind eye to obvious instances of duplicity and discredit the individual speaking out
The moment someone suggests a conspiracy in government, he or she is branded a nutcase; the moment someone suggests a bias in sports journalism, he or she is branded a homer, the scarlet letter of sports writing.
But make no mistake: at the cost of sounding like a homer (which I can handle, as a Canucks blogger) there is a bias, and we’ve seen it in the laughably anti-Canucks national coverage of this year’s Stanley Cup Final.Continue Reading —›
The Blue Jays have a large hole at the end of their bullpen and until they are able to fill it they will continue to roll around with the mediocrities of the American League. The Jays made some clever deals this past off-season and solidified their bullpen with several veteran arms believing, and rightly so, [...]Continue Reading —›
It’s safe to say that Eric Hassli’s first season in MLS has been as much soap opera as sporting tale, with a reasonable return of goals being mitigated by a flurry of red cards that have made the Whitecaps Designated Player as much a burden as a bonus to the team. That all changed on [...]Continue Reading —›