How the Media Creates Busts and Ignores Producers

By: Chad Wilson - Editor - GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

In this day and age more than ever, the public as well as the media loves athletes with big personalities. Big personalities get big coverage and with that we all often get lied to.

Display a big personality in these days and you are ratings gold for media outlets. The public at large has an insatiable appetite for entertainment. At every turn we must be cured of our boredom. This is the reason why smart phones have taken off over the last decade. We must be entertained at all times.

So where do the lies come in? The media will always gravitate to the big personalities. Big personalities make their jobs easier. Big personalities provide stories that get clicks, views and shares. More viewers, more advertisers. More advertisers, more money.

Once the media finds a personality, they will cover up their short comings on the field of play. They will also give them awards and accolades because it adds to the narrative. In essence, the media will create a star for their own use. I have watched this at almost every level of sport especially in football.

Unfortunately what comes next is the downfall. At some point, the hype won't meet the height. The public consumes all the good stories and the only thing left is to drag the personality back down the ladder the media accelerated him up.

In the process, strong performers get overlooked, get less coverage and get underserved. What we are creating in sports media is a diva syndrome. If you aren't outlandish, you don't get covered. Perhaps this has always existed but with the advent of social media, this whole scenario is on steroids.

I first observed this in college football recruiting g coverage and now I am noticing it in the NFL draft coverage. Athletes on the high school level will be given awards, MVPs and superlatives for things that have little to do with their on field play. Since the public at large does little to research nor do they know enough to decipher what they are seeing, they take these media opinions and run with them.

Unfortunately it doesn't just stop in high school. This phenomenon grows in college and balloons in the NFL draft. I have been spending quite a bit of time watching draft hopefuls on tape and as someone who has both played and coached the game, I have one thought. What in the hell are people looking at? I am left to think one thing, these networks providing draft coverage and mock drafts must have only one objective and that is to entertain. Clearly they are not here to inform.

So time and time again, the media will create the stories for us and go out of their way to help us think what they want us to think. With our society becoming less and less willing to work to get knowledge, we become victims of the media puppets

A Primer On Speed, the 40 Yard Dash and Why We Often Get it Wrong

By: Chad Wilson – Editor – GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

The 2017 NFL combine just passed a week ago and for the last seven days, NFL football fans and the media personnel that play up to them have discussed the 40 yard dash times of the prospects ad nauseam.  Yes, we all know the obsession over 40 yard dash times can reach epic proportions but can something talked about so much be very misunderstood?  The answer is yes.

Training and 3 Point Stances

I’ve had the pleasure of watching the greatest wide receiver of all time,  Jerry Rice and the greatest cornerback of all time, Deion Sanders play their entire careers.  I mention these two positions because these are the times that most fans and media obsess over. The time during which wide receivers lined up in three point stances has long passed.  The practice of lining up in a 3 point stance as a wide receiver had made it’s way out of the NFL game by the time Jerry Rice stepped on the scene in 1984.  As part of his audition for the NFL in ’84,  Jerry Rice,  like all other prospects, was asked to run a 40 yard dash and come out of a three point stance. As we all know by now,  Rice’s time (4.7) was not ideal and people questioned his ability to be an elite NFL wide receiver.  In a short sprint like the 40 yard dash, technique is of the utmost importance.  Negotiating your way out of a three point stance and into proper running form while making maximum use of your push forces is just about everything.  Choose the wrong stance or make some false steps and your time will look like a retired busy street prostitute without her make up on.

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Internet / Mentors Are the Reasons Talent Leaving Florida

By: Chad Wilson – Editor GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

As the flag landed on the turf of Sun Devil Stadium on January 3, 2003 symbolizing the end of the scariest mini era in college football history,  an entire nation of college football fans and programs rejoiced.  A Hurricane win vs. Ohio St. and the reign of terror may have grown stronger like an uncontrolled forest fire.  In the wake of this unfathomable loss,  college football programs began their forensic like study of the Miami Hurricanes program.  In so doing, plans were made to cut into the huge slice of pie that not only was Miami eating from heartily but the other two major college football programs in the state were enjoying as well.

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Players Skipping Bowls Moves College Football Fans Closer to What They Want

By: Chad Wilson – Editor GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @gridironstuds

First it was Fournette, then it was McCaffery now it’s Shock Linwood.  Those are the names of college football players that have decided to forgo their team’s bowl game in 2016 to prepare for the NFL draft.  The moves by these student-athletes have sparked much debate but in my opinion it may be just what the doctor ordered for college football fans.

The year was 1994 and it was my senior season at the University of Miami.  As was the norm in those days,  the Hurricanes were very much in the national title picture and playing in one of the major bowl games of the season,  the Orange Bowl.  Certainly when your game has national title implications the thought of skipping the bowl game is no where close to being a thought of any of the multiple major NFL draft prospects that we had on our team.  It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that everyone on our team was focused on trying to beat Nebraska and have a chance at claiming another national title for our storied program.  At the time, there were only 19 bowl games and no one participating in any of the bowl games were faced with the decision of whether or not to play in their respective games. It was a time when if you were asked on a game show to name all of the college football bowl games you may have had a chance.  It was a time when playing a bowl game was a reward for having a very solid season.  It was a time when people grumbled about 7-5 football teams being allowed to go to bowl games.

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3 Things You Need to Know When Making A Quarterback Highlight Video

By Chad Wilson – Editor – GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

The time of year has come.  The majority of high school football seasons are over as the playoffs have started across the country.  This means if you got on the field this season,  you want to compile your highlights and start to get them out in the public and in front of college football scouts.  One of the most important positions on the football field is the quarterback and the competition for scholarships is fierce. Your highlight tape as a QB is everything so here are three things you must know when putting your quarterback highlight video together.

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C.J. Anderson To Undergo Surgery

Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson suffered a torn meniscus last week, and is expected to undergo surgery to repair the tear in his knee. While the injury won’t affect NFL betting odds, it will make the Broncos short-handed at the running back position for a while.

According to reports, the procedure will be performed by Dr. Arthur Ting in California, and could lead to Anderson missing the rest of the regular season. The Broncos however are holding out hope that he can return in time for the playoffs.

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