Even casting our spat with the Junkies aside, this is a chippy month for the DC sports media ecosystem. There have been at least five feuds of varying degrees of intensity and importance, and that’s with the Redskins winning. So let’s go to the tale of the tape, in chronological order:
DC Sports Bog reported it as a blind item in which a “print journalist and … TV talking head nearly came to blows in the Redskins locker room” after the Lions game. Fishbowl DC then revealed the combatants, thus disappointing Bog readers who were hoping for Lindsay Czarniak and Kelli Johnson.
Ooh la la, it’s not often you see two guys under the same masthead bickering so publicly. First came Steinz’ swipe at La Ca (“dying media”), then came La Ca’s takedown of Steinz (“pathetically off base”), followed by Bog Man Dan taking the high road and, finally, JLC failing to let go. Blogs couldn’t get enough of the in-fighting (see: The Big Lead, see also: FanHouse and Scott Van Pelt Style) that was all started because of Brandon Lloyd.
Speaking of B. Lloyd, he’s now on the Junkies every Monday morning, which makes for good radio and even better media beef. Case in point, his commentary on Redskins beat writers, namely the accusation that guys like La Canfora are afraid or unable to pose the tough questions to Redskins brass. In my experience, that’s asinine and “The Receiver” comes out of the exchange looking like a horse’s ass.
This one’s fresh and mostly unclear as Fishbowl DC has a tip suggesting that Michael got into it with another media member, perhaps a beat writer, while interviewing a Redskin after their victory over Arizona on Sunday. If that’s the case, I bet he learned it from watching Sam Huff.
In an interview conducted shortly after undergoing open heart surgery, Thomas took shots at the Post and Washington Times for what he considers to be shoddy reporting. Wizards beat writer Carter retaliated by saying the baller/poet doesn’t have his facts straight. Carter also took issue with DC-area author and columnist Zirin, who conducted the interview, for not checking Etan’s remarks prior to publishing. It’s hard delineating who’s right and who’s wrong as Etan seems to have it twisted, but, as True Hoop points out, it’s probably too soon to rip “the heart surgery patient.”
PS: Why is this stuff happening now, or has it always been this way? My money’s on the latter, but in modern times everyone’s a celebrity and moves made out of the ordinary are thus made notable, often by blogs like mine. But is it interesting? I tend to think so, but I’m a part of the ecosystem. So you tell me.