Avid readers of Oddbounces (and the women who love them) know three things irk me. One – boob jobs. Stop with the boob jobs, would ya? Two – being forced to watch a 30-second pre-roll video ad just to see a 15-second online video clip. Jeez. Three – lazy, slothy, dishonest media, like the sports site Bleacher Report’s recent feature ranking game-day atmospheres at all 32 NFL stadiums. The Bengals ranked No. 31 of the 32 teams, according to writer Jesse Reed.
Look, I’m sure Reed has no clue about atmospheric conditions at NFL stadiums, and has never been to Cincinnati, seen a Bengals’ game, or even talked to a team fan. But that didn’t stop him or Bleacher Report from writing on the topic.
Oh, the main reason Reed ranks Cincinnati near last? He saw a report on ESPN that the team had to beg fans to come to their final game in 2011. Yes – that’s right, he saw a report on ESPN. Reed tells us:
“Then, there are venues like Paul Brown Stadium, where the Cincinnati Bengals play. According to ESPN.com, they had to beg fans to come to their final game in 2011—and that was the game that helped them clinch only their third playoff birth since 1990.”
While I’ve had issues with team owner Mike Brown and the Bengals’ front office, I don’t with the fans, who year after year filled Riverfront Stadium through the worst decade in professional sports history – the 1990s. And fans who’ve endured the worst team ownership in the recorded history of man.
I’ve been to Bengals games. I know Bengals games. Bengals games are a friend of mine. Reed, you sir, are no Curt Gowdy.
In the bigger picture is Reed’s sloppy, un-researched article relevant to anything? No. But it does represent the lazy, dishonest nature of many of today’s media outlets, and the reporters they pay. Not all, but far too many.
Jesse Reed is a boob job – and let’s stop with the boob jobs. Okay.