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Time to end media madness
For those who don’t know, I am a journalist by trade. I work for the BBC in England as a radio host and spend a lot of my time going to press conferences and conducting interviews.
Usually, the idea of daily access to players and coaches plus a specially organised ‘media day’ would be music to my ears.
At the end of the day, journalists have a job to do. They have a boss like everyone else, and they have to deliver results.
Putting all of the players and coaches in a giant arena or on a podium just makes life easy.
When you get access every day, you barely even have to try.
So I approached the idea of media day with some relish.
But as I watched it unfold, I couldn’t quite believe what was happening.
This week — a week that is supposed to be filled with excitement, anticipation, nerves and even more excitement — has actually been…
ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLY BORING TO THE POINT OF ARRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH
SOMEBODY KILL ME NOW….
I usually wait with great anticipation to hear what Pete Carroll has to say.
For the first time today, I was bored.
In fact not even bored. I wanted to put my hands over my ears and run around the room screaming for this to end.
Right now I will listen to anything else. “Music” by Pitbull. Janice from ‘Friends’ laughing over and over again on repeat. Perhaps even a Colin Kaepernick interview.
I cannot cope with any more half baked press conferences involving the Seattle Seahawks.
You can only hear so many questions about a defense, Percy Harvin or Marshawn Lynch’s interview technique.
And none of this is the players or coaches fault.
I’m absolutely stunned by how much they have to do in this — the most important week of the season.
Surely they’d be better served concentrating on the game?
After all, even as a member of the press, I just want to see a great contest.
I want the players to be completely prepared, relaxed and concentrating on what could happen on Sunday.
I want them going about their usual routines — so they are ready to perform as they have in the previous 18 games.
If they can spare 10-15 minutes once or twice along the way — excellent. That access should be granted.
But what we’ve seen this week is needless overkill.
Death by boredom.
What on earth is anyone getting out of these endless press conferences?
If the fans are anything like me, they’re bored stiff. If there are journalists out there who still need access after media day — what on earth were they doing?
We’ve had two more press conferences since Tuesday’s press bonanza.
I had to turn today’s interviews off. Enough is enough. Let’s play some football already.
We simply do not need all of this coverage.
Not in an age where press conferences are streamed live into our homes. Not in an age where everything is on Twitter, usually repeated by multiple journalists.
And not in an age where players themselves can directly give us an insight into their personalities via their own social media accounts.
We don’t need to hear Carroll answer a question about whether he looks like Owen Wilson. We don’t need to hear Russell Wilson talking about his hair.
Absolutely nothing interesting has come out of all this over the last few days. No fresh or interesting angles what so ever.
All of the players are on best behaviour. All are speaking in cliche’s just trying to survive the chaos.
What a completely pointless waste of time for all involved.
The NFL needs to review the schedule leading into its show-piece event for next year.
The whole thing turned into a shambles this week. Too much talk about what Marshawn Lynch didn’t say, too much talk about what Richard Sherman did say and too many questions about Justin Bieber.
(One is too many)
Either have media day and nothing else, or just have a couple of press conferences involving the coaches and key players who are used to speaking for the team.
The NFL Network can fill its time talking to Jesse from Breaking Bad (who is picking the Broncos, because his wife is a Giants fan. Yeah.)
ESPN can have Stephen A. Smith repeat over and over again that he hasn’t made his pick yet but here’s 100 reasons why Denver will win.
Fox can have Jay Glazer flogging designer watches or whatever he does on Twitter these days.
It’s what they’ve done anyway this year, even with all the access.
Time for a rethink, before we’re all bored into submission and start watching the NBA again.
Now — less of the serious stuff.