Mike Mayock

I wrote about Tim Kawakami and his Bay Area bias a few minutes ago. I’m going to write about another media figure and his comments this morning on CBS Sports Radio. I’m talking about Mike Mayock.

He was non-specific, yet blunt in his assessments. If you want to know why your team has been really good or really bad, he was clear: It’s the general manager / coach combination. Mayock said he’s been in the offices of all 32 teams, and he can see the disconnect when talking to the team’s leadership. He said if the general manager is complaining about the coach, and the coach is saying things like “where’s he getting these guys”, that’s why that team is bad. He brought up Ozzie Newsome and the fact he’s been on the same page with each of his head coaches. The philosophy never changes in Baltimore. Big strong rough players. Same with Pittsburgh. When your philosophy doesn’t change, your team is going to be successful year in and year out. When you change it … a lot … you’ll have lots of early picks and coaches getting fired.

I thought, that’s why most of sports media is terrible. Only a few sports writers actually understand the sports they write upon, and even fewer really recognize what’s happening … the game within the game. Kawakami thinks it’s easy for a general manager or coach to simply emulate someone else. Mayock understands it, and that is decidedly NOT easy. Mayock knows the game, while Kawakami is an inflammatory hack.

It makes you wonder how many bad relationships there are between GM’s and coaches, but are concealed by the media.


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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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