Set the DVR before you forget: At 7:30 p.m. Thursday I will be part of a panel on SNY that will discuss the year in sports and in sports media.
Joining me will be Richard Sandomir of the Times, Phil Mushnick of the Post and John Ourand of Sports Business Journal. Kevin Burkhardt hosts.
Among our topics will be the effects of YouTube, Deadspin, etc., on sports coverage . . . and we taped the show a week BEFORE Rex Ryan's infamous foot fault.
Speaking of Rex, Wednesday’s bizarre, cringe-inducing news conference was nearly as awkward for some of the people with their backs to the cameras as it was for the Jets coach.
But such is 21st century life on the sports beat, where sex, drugs, money and other human pursuits are more difficult to ignore than ever, and traditional sportswriters often find stories metastasizing beyond their control.
That is because Internet outlets such as the blog Deadspin have perfected the art of erasing traditional journalistic boundaries while, crucially, being right far more often than they are wrong.
Ryan merely was the latest to find himself in an uncomfortable spotlight. It was only a couple of months back that a Deadspin report made Brett Favre’s life much more complicated.
If it seems as if the world has been forever thus, consider this: YouTube and Deadspin launched in 2005 and Twitter in 2006, which also was around the time the explosion in text messaging began.
Before then it is unlikely anyone would have known or cared about Mrs. Ryan’s feet.