Why clickbait is ruining Sports Media and Sports Commentary(1/2/17)
While cruising through facebook on New Years day I noticed a link to an article on the SUPPOSEDLY all time great starting 5’s for all of the 28 teams in the league and then those starting 5’s ranked from 28 to 1. I almost clicked on the article until I noticed how low the Milwaukee bucks were on the list, and then the New Orleans Pelicans and I realized that this article was just clickbait. And as I read the commentary I realized why, the angle of this article was to hamstring certain teams and bolster others(teams that honestly didn’t need it) by adding foolish guidelines for what counted as your “team” that you could qualify as an All Time Great for. I also realized that the writer was either a Lakers FAN or else envious of the LA glam, because two of the players in the picture for the article were Shaquille O’neal and Kareem Abdul Jabar. Both of whom have careers of greatness that span quite a few NBA franchises(AND they play the same damn position so um, what you kicking Shaq to power forward or Kareem). This also reminded me of an article I read before the Warriors played the Grizzlies, and the CLUELESS key match up that was put into the article: Tony Allen vs Steph Curry.
Do you know why Steph always buys Klay Thompson dinner after they play the Grizzlies? It’s because Klay Thompson gets swallowed up by Tony Allen, like if you go and watch the Warriors Championship season, Tony Allen was SO in Klay Thompson’s head it took him a WHOLE HALF and 3 minutes to believe Tony Allen wasn’t coming to guard him in game 4, to this day I think if Dave Joerger would have just had Tony dress and walk to the scorers table a few times and pretend that he was going to enter the game he could have kept Klay shell shocked for the entire game. And hell this year before David Fizzdale decided to raise Jamychal Greens stock by having him guard Kevin Durant Klay Thompson probably thought for ONCE when playing the Grizzlies he was gonna catch a break. Because if anybody has more nightmares of Tony Allen than Klay Thompson it has to be Kevin Durant, whom had the most relaxed smile on his face that game. Because he was playing against the Memphis Grizzlies and while Jamychal Green did play him well, it was no where near the harassing defense of Tony Allen, so much so that KD had 21 points, while Klay Thompson had 8, yes both were underneath their averages but Klay was like a whole 10 points under(which honestly is normal if you are facing Tony Allen). The thing was, it showed that whoever read the article either A) never watched basketball, B) hadn’t watched any of the Grizzlies games in the last 4 seasons, or C) hadn’t taken the time to HIT YOUTUBE to see if in previous games Tony Allen had guarded any of those players in the past. Like dude, 5 minutes tops. Tony Allen vs Steph Curry maybe one or two vids, Tony Allen shuts off Klay Thompson’s water 375. Tony Allen confounds Kevin Durant 600
This was a post I started a few weeks ago. I know it’s a rant about sports media/media in general and I may revisit it in the future but I have no desire to get back into this right now. A lack of research in media as of late is extremely annoying, seriously it’s almost like people say shit more to piss you off and prove them wrong(thus blow up their comments section and show that people are reading) then they do to inform you and give you actual valid insight. Now This was not an attempt to tell people not to be provocative, but damn but provocative in an honest manner. Just saying shit out of your ass hoping to piss people off when you can easily be proven wrong isn’t cool it’s lazy. You want to argue who’s better at something don’t just pick some Dark Horse who nobody cares about except for like 5 guys in a fan club who ALWAYS bring their name up(Barber Shop scene in Coming to America, Rocky Marciano, Rocky Marcianoo). Anyway I will probably post something else as well but another look into my random thought process