An Example of Blatant Homerism

Went to ESPN’s AFC West blog to see what they had written about Matt Schaub’s having been traded to the Raiders.

Bill Williamson wrote some stuff I found hard to believe, in a column “Matt Schaub is not the next Rich Gannon“. Like, for example:

Instead, what Schaub is likely to become is the next Jason Campbell, Carson Palmer or Matt Flynn. Another so-so, more-problems-than-qualities quarterback who the Raiders traded for in a desperate attempt to find that Gannon magic.

When is this going to end?

It’s going to end when it works, that’s when. If the Raiders don’t try anything, it certainly won’t work.

And …

Schaub is a less-talented Palmer. He will occasionally tease, but is more likely to throw a pick-six than a touchdown.

The guy has had one bad year in a row.

We don’t call it blatant homerism just because Williamson wrote about the Broncos for the Denver Post, and now writes on the niners. We say its blatant homerism because Bill Williamson doesn’t even write about the Raiders or the AFC West. Yet he’s weighing in on a trade that doesn’t affect the team he reports on … the Raiders don’t even play in the same conference. Yet he also gives the niners high marks for bringing in a QB that has shown no sign of being an NFL quarterback:

Williamson: You make a good point. Kaepernick is still not a finished product. But Harbaugh loves tinkering with quarterbacks. Gabbert’s time will be in the offseason, training camp and in the preseason. He needs to take advantage of working with the Quarterback Whisperer. Colt McCoy said last year he learned more about quarterbacking in his one season in San Francisco than in his entire playing career. So this is an opportunity for Gabbert; Harbaugh and his staff are top notch.

Despite being “coached up” by the “Quarterback Whisperer”, Colt McCoy is still a bag o’ crap. Blaine Gabbert’s was, is and is going to be a bag o’ crap, and so is Bill Williamson. Tell you what Williamson, pay attention to your own beat, and put away your red/gold orange/blue pom-poms. Let’s see, what front office have you been a part of? None?

I used to think a lot of reporters were bitter about how the old Raiders … who had a rather fearsome image … used to treat opponents. There may be some truth there, but it’s somewhat like The Lakers are getting this year. People and other teams are piling it on them, destroying them whenever they get a chance.  The Raiders have given other teams a lengthy period of time to work them over, and the media is completely down with it. They take their shots whenever they have a chance, because the Raiders took their shots against their team “back in the day.”

Nothing’s worse than being bad for a long stretch of time, because being bad doesn’t go away when the team stops playing badly.

I remember one national publication calling the Washington Capitals “lowly.” Of course, that was enroute to a 50-win, 107 point season, 3rd overall in the NHL. And winning championships has nothing to do with it. The St. Louis Blues made the playoffs 25 straight years and won zero championships, but no one was calling them “lowly” or “losers.” No one’s saying the Chicago Bears are losers but they don’t win titles very often. The niners were a very ordinary team. Bill Walsh drug them out of the cellar and they were superb over a 20-year stretch. Then the niners went back to ordinary-to-terrible. All I heard was, how terrible it was for the niners to be bad; they were one of the league’s flagship franchises. WTF? niners could have moved to Mars in 1978 and no one would have noticed.

The only way to escape the constant criticism and people going out of their way to dump on your team is to win. Win big.

About bittersportspills

I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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