Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Madden on Morelli

Mark Madden from ESPN radio put out a hit piece on Anthony Morelli last week. Where to start with this guy? First of all, I'm pretty sure casual dress Friday wasn't meant to include muu muus. Here's a tip: Maybe next time instead of getting the triple cheeseburger, you might want to think about cutting back to the double.
But enough of that. Let's take a look at some of the drivel this guy gets paid to write:

Morelli's intelligence (or lack thereof) is the elephant in Penn State's locker room. No one wants to talk about it, but it is undeniably a potential negative factor.

Oh really? I've heard nothing but good things out of the coaches and players. Paterno has never been shy about warning the media when he felt the team wasn't very good. All indications this year are that they are going to have a good football team. But according to Madden, the fact that nobody is saying Morelli is a smart guy must mean he's dumb.

Maybe he's not going to graduate at the top of his class, but then we're not talking about rocket science here. It's football. Morelli has been riding the bench for two years now. If he doesn't know the playbook, I can't believe Joe would name him the starter.

But what really bugs me about Madden's piece is the tone. Sometimes we forget we're talking about 21 year old college kids. They have stress all around them. They perform on stages in front of millions of people. People depend on them to win so they can make money, but he's not seeing any of the action. He has to worry about classes and all the other crap that comes with being 21 years old. Media jerks like Madden forget these guys don't get paid for what they do so they deserve a break now and then.
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