Mizzou Man wrote:211N-69 wrote:BenFred still looks like a hero to the Mizzou crowd because he exposed the Evansville people as being responsible for them being a doormat in a conference they have only been in a few years. It is always easy to blame somebody else.
Yes, it is far more important a topic than chip and seal pavement in central Missouri.
I also find it a convenient rationale to toss this up in the air as, "After all, every student deserves the right to ...." and then compare it to getting the right to use the library at your new school. Not many student transfers are doing it because the research library doesn't measure up.
Athletes game the system and the coaches game the athletes. We are supposed to just accept that, buy our orange and purple beanie and say, "wooooo, we almost beat Illinois!"
I don't really see many Mizzou fans looking at the columnist as a hero. A lot agreed with his take. Sure. I don't know you or anything, but from reading some of your posts and how people have respond ................
i hacked your comment because re-posting it all is just more than is necessary. Your comments are well-presented and I really don't dispute most of that. My general and main concern is over a writer who isn't accountable and is defensive when asked to be. The in-and-out of Dru Smith is not important now. Never really was. He's a good player, hardly elite. Maybe the best guy at Mizzou, which isn't getting you more than 25 pennies for your quarter.
My career as a writer/journalist/scribe is important to me. I am an emeritus, retired. I see my profession trashed, dismissed as fake news, owned by so-and-so, all those things. Hateful stuff, as in ... we are not worth birdcage lining. My associates over the years (and I know many) do not deserve that. We earned our dignity.
That makes me bitter and sad at the same time. When I see sports columnists playing into that, turning themselves into cheerleaders without pretending to care about the consequences ... even worse. Sloppy, one-sided commentary is not journalism.
Had this been about a kid's tree house in Kentucky, I'd still be upset about bad journalism.
Dru Smith has my permission to play basketball anyplace he wants.