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How Much “Rat Poison” Is There In Sports Media?

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Whether you read up on sports in the newspapers, magazines or even online sites like us, you always want to know the latest on your team. It is always up to us to provide the best accurate story possible, as some of us do the best to not only put out the truth, but without regret our honest opinion. No matter how truthful and careful we always are, there are those who stay away from the newspapers and social media as much as possible. Just recently, Alabama head coach Nick Saban admitted to being opposed to public news.

From his personal standpoint after surviving a 27-19 scare against Texas A&M at College Station, Saban tends to believe that his players may have been caught up in the social media hype which in part might have affected gameplay overall. Since that issue can be debatable, the Aggies did turn out to be the toughest team the Crimson Tide faced in the SEC so far. The Aggies fought back from blowing a 44-10 lead against UCLA from the start and ran off four straight win, three in the SEC.

After blowout wins against Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, some media may have speculated to be another after Alabama was favored by around 24 points. Kevin Sumlin and his team have had their share of problems in the past as far as quarterbacks and defense, but since Kellen Mond became starter, offense looks to be getting better and the defense is more solid as they have been of late. Did the Crimson Tide believe they could blowout the Aggies for the fourth straight time due to this info? Plausible.

When calling the media “rat poison”, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy immediately comes to mind. As you recall the “I’m A Man” speech during a postgame conference in 2007, he extremely voiced his displeasure about the local paper involving one of his players calling them and the editor “garbage”. Gundy no doubt knows how Saban feels when it comes to listening to the media more than the head coach themselves. Saban even tells his players “are they going to listen to me or listen to you guys.”

Gundy went on to say in his weekly press conference that you cannot prevent players from social media or stop them from reading or watching it which is true. But when you look at the real “rat poison” that ESPN has become in recent years with more commercialism and rappers doing commercials about LeBron James does turn my stomach. After I was forced to reach a point where I no longer listen to sports radio no matter how accurate and truthful, you tend to change your perspective quickly.

I had already stopped listening to sports radio due to major changes behind the scenes and from what ESPN had become afterwards has turned me away from all sports networks. Not that the rest of the networks have done so, but to prevent from hearing THEIR favorites in sports when you want to hear about your favorite sports like mine. Unless it is CBS, ESPN and SEC Network are the only other way to watch SEC Football, so I tolerate what I can. I do my best to mute ESPN commercials unless I lose the remote.

Now that I think about it, there are more different doses of “rat poison” out there than what Saban and Gundy have stated. It is ironic that after certain events can somehow change you, you become a different person. This is most likely what Gundy had went through and most likely Saban next. As far as me, unless something in the SEC or NASCAR breaks, I am sticking with my current routine which is The Price Is Right, Let’s Make A Deal (RIP Monty Hall), Law & Order and Star Trek (any series of course).

Believe it or not in my current state, I have never been happier to switch.

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