Truth , Fact or Fiction …… ?

Truth , Fact or Fiction …… ?

The wonders of the modern media , its journalists and reporters never ceases to amazet at all. It’d appear that rather reporting a story a reporter would prefer to make themselves the story and in large part interject themselves in whatever way possible even when there isn’t a reason for doing so. We’ve all seen it countless of times and more often than not it does proves to be annoying. ESPN’s —- Jim Gray has repeatedly proven the point that he’s no more a sports reporter or journalist than one could consider Snooki from MTV’s reality show “Jersey Shore” to be a doctoral candidate for Harvard University or any other prestigious educational establishment . But somehow individuals such as these two repeatedly crop on our tv screens and continue to make completes asses of themselves !

Gray’s mea-culpa was to call US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin a liar concerning a conversation he had with the PGA Tour professional with regard to his captain’s pick of the US team to play Europe in the upcoming event. Gray insinuated that Pavin had categorically stated that Tiger Woods would be definitely included on the team to play the Europeans . Pavin’s take on the issue was that he would consider the player only on the basis of his form and whether or not he felt that the player would be an asset to the team . Based on Woods’ present form I for one am not too sure the world’s number one golfer would prove to be an asset at all ! Given his most recent finish in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational Akron , Ohio where he finished in 78 th place in a field of eighty golfers. It does beg the question are Woods’ off the field problems still proving to be a hindrance to his form on the Tour ? An impending divorce and the fact that the custody of his children have become an over-riding issue may well have played a great deal in the player’s particular fall from atop the leaderboards on the PGA Tour.


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Now with the final major of the season now starting as of today all eyes will once again be upon Woods as he chases Jack Nicklaus’ total of 18 Grand Slam major tour wins . The PGA Championship from Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler , Wisconsin is the lone major left on the PGA schedule . Apart from the fact that the US teamm will picked with top ten points’ holder getting an automatic berth the captain ( Pavin) is entitled to have his two picks that will be the final makeup of the twelve man field. As it now stands Phil Mickelson is atop of those standings with the next nine players set in place. The event itself will be held in Europe at The Celtic Manor Resort Golf & CC in Newport , Wales. And the European fans will be attending en masse to support their hometown heroes led by their captain Scottish European Tour player Colin Montgomerie . The event will take place between the 1st – 3rd October , 2010 and is expected to be a soldout event with countless of millions more watching worldwide.

Gray’s credibility and his stance at this juncture can’t all be taken seriously especially in light of the fact that his rather tedious and boring interview with NBA player LeBron James was such a complete waste of time and added about as much to journalistic integrity as Jayson Blair’s career has been viewed as being one of prestige in the field of news reporting. What we do know is that ESPN paid $250,000 to James’ representatives for the exclusive rights to the interview in which the player let the whole world know that he would indeed be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to make his new found home and NBA future with the Miami Heat . Credibility comes to those who earn it by carrying out their duties judiciously and who’ve earned the respect of the fans and their peers alike. One sincerely doubts that can be said of Jim Gray amongst the fans of the sports world but on the other hand within the world of the glad handing and backslapping amongst his own. Where the mere morsel of controversy is seen as something worthwhile and of journalistic integrity. One certainly has to wonder how it is that anyone can continue to take Jim Gray and his work seriously ?

As a New England Patriots’ fan I always admired the play of Tedy Bruschi as part of the team’s Superbowl success in winning three Superbowl titles. As an analyst with the four letter network his choices and prognostications while sound at times. He tends to make the most asinine of assertions from time to time and perhaps no more than his most recent statement that the now retired former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive player Derrick Brooks is not to his mind a bona-fide first ballot Hall of Famer . Now to each his own but given the fact that Brooks has been a Superbowl winning player and a perennial Pro Bowl caliber player for much of his entire career. I’ve got to ask myself what hallucinogens has Bruschi been on and also was ESPN aware that when they hired the former Patriots’ player he would prove to be such as idiot to begin with ? Now all kidding asides when you’re going to put such statement out there you’d better have the balls to back it up ! In Bruschi’s case then there was none whatsoever and unfortunately his co-hosts and panelists on the show didn’t question his thoughts on the matter . Once again showing another reason why the sports outlet now has become nothing more than an entertainment medium rather than a source of information and good sports reporting. Has broadcast journalism and in particular within the field of sports really sank that low ? More to the point where are the really salient sports stories that the fans would expect to see being reported ? Instead now we’ve got a bunch of clowns who espouse the idea that they are indeed analysts or journalists as the case maybe and that they’re the best that the network has to offer.

As the NFL season beckons some of the stories that’ll be reported upon will no doubt be bound in very little fact but even more fiction. And that now tends to be the case the vast majority of the time with ESPN ! Be on the lookout for the next Brett Favre story as we’re now liable to hear from the likes of Chris Mortensen and John Clayton that Favre’s hemorrhoids have been playing up and that his surgically repaired ankle is now the least of his problems as it regards his impending future with the Minnesota Vikings . Somehow until Favre is actually suited up in a Vikings’ uniform this will be pretty much the staple as what to expect from the sports broadcast outlet.

When you’re said to be $40 million apart on a contract negotiation I can only surmise that youre agent and the team’s GM are either too drunk to carry out what they’re doing with great effect or that the lines of communication are indeed crossed. Such may well be the case with the ongoing negotiations concerning Jets’ cornerback Darrelle Revis and the team’s GM Mike Tannenbaum . The New York Jets are said to be offering the player a ten year $120 million contract with what is said to be as much as anywhere between $75 to $85 million plus in guaranteed money . The player and his agent are said to be looking for a 10 year $160 million contract with at least $90 million in guaranteed money and incentives. Now don’t get me wrong but when the NFL salaries are now escalating in line where we’re now seeing the type of salaries being offered to major league ballplayers I’ve got to begin to question the sanity of the teams around the NFL and their respective heirarchies. Never mind what the NFLPA might well have to say about this all because as we all know for them it has and always will be about the money and not much else !

With the Jets’ first preseason game just a few days away there’s talk that Revis is prepared to sit out the entire pre and regular season in order to get what he feels he deserves and that’s to be the highest player at his position and therefore putting him to be paid along the lines of Peyton Manning in terms of a compensatory package. Nnamdi Asomugha of the Oakland Raiders at present is the highest paid cornerback in the league herein lies the caveat the player has a proven track record whereas , Revis after one productive year expects to be paid as one of the elite at his position. Perception is everything but it can also mean absolutely nothing whatsoever ! Whether or not Rex Ryan his coaching staff and the team can do without Revis over the prolonged season remains to be seen. But this much is certain all of Ryan’s brevitas at this juncture now seems to have lost a great deal of its luster if as thought they could be without their much hyped cornerback . Never mind the fact that coach has his team winning the AFC East as well as the Superbowl this upcoming season.

Now that Tracy McGrady has signed with the Detroit Pistons I do believe that this might well be the player’s last hurrah . Once thought of as young phenom, the years and age have caught up to a player whose best years it can honestly be said are behind him. Somehow however he and Pistons’ GM Joe Dumars still feel that the player has something to offer and that he can contribute to the team . From where I sit McGrady should have hung up his spurs long ago. His dwindling ability cannot hide the fact that he’s now playing like a geriatric with only at times rarely showing glimpses of brilliance. Long having been “the lions” of the Eastern Conference the Pistons have seen other pass them by and they’re now having to look at a roster that’s lacking in leadership and real star power. Never mind the fact that in terms of sheer ability they may not have what it takes to usurp many of the now more resilient teams within their conference.

Now with the Davidson family looking to sell the team in order to curtail the estate taxes and Bill Davidson’s wife Karen since her late husband’s death is no longer keen to be a part of what he had established . The Pistons are now said to be looking for a new owner and the NBA hierarchy are now keen to make that happen expeditiously. The only real person to have shown an intense interest in purchasing the team is Detroit Tigers and Red Wings’ owner Michael Ilitch . His main reasons are the fact that he’d like to see the organization remain within Michigan and particularly at the Palace of Auburn Hills where they’re very much , still a fan favorite. He does believe that if the team were bought by an outsider then it may well be relocated and that may well be something that most Pistons’ fans would certainly feel disgruntled with. As to how that would also go down with NBA Commissioner David Stern would also be of concern . But then again Stern and the Thunder ownership certainly made light work of misleading the city of Seattle when the Sonics were moved out of town to Oklahoma City. So at this juncture nothing is written in stone and with a complete certainty concerning the storied franchise .



The truth can be viewed in a number of ways …….. your’s , mine and somewhere in between. As to what the real truth is in any given story what we do know is that for the vast majority of the time most news gathering sources really do go out of their way to make sure that what we’re being told is the truth and that it has some rationale behind it. In the case of the likes of ESPN much of it is merely created to ramp up the interests of the viewers and that’s now become their overall claim to fame. So next time be weary of what it is that they’re reporting but even more so take a keen look at the source of the story and how it is being reported. Much of the time you get a clue as to what’s fact and what is indeed work of fiction. Chime in with a comment as to this and any other sporting topic that as of late has been of a real interest to you. We can then dissect it and perhaps in some way get to the real truth of what’s said to be happening ? Thanks as always for the continued support as it has always been appreciated !


Alan Parkins aka tophatal ……………. 🙂

Ravelle’s ………………..“Bolero” as conducted by Andre’ Rieu with his orchestra .


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17 thoughts on “Truth , Fact or Fiction …… ?”

  1. I for one welcome the coming season….it may be the last, unless they can compromise….I don’t care anymore….a lot of the people get more money than some third world countries have unless they are pirates…I know some players do make just the “minimum”…but hell that is still 3 to 4 times anybody elses (except Comgress).


    1. al clements

      The sooner the regular season starts the better off most NFL fans will feel. The preseason games while not overly entertaining can be at times mind numbingly boring as many of the players on the teams won’t end up making unto a regular season roster to begin with. They’re essentially just bit players hoping to make it big .



      Kelly Brook looks to hit the “big time” what do you think ?

      tophatal ……………. 🙂


    2. al clements

      The Jets and Revis are $40 million apart ? Think of what you or I could do with $ 40 mil and that doesn’t include opening up your own strip club or casino . LOL,LOL,LOL !!!



      De Niro and Pesi from the movie Casino (1995)


      tophatal ……… 🙂


  2. If Bruschi truly believes that Derrick Brooks is not a first ballot Hall of Fame candidate, then he has obviously taken too many shots to the head.


    1. aero

      Bruschi not only took one too many shots to the head but his pants are far too tight that it’s squeezing the blood supply to his testicles and his brains .


      Spitzer’s tryst Ashley Dupre would like to see if Bruschi’s testicles are swollen . That way she can satisfy him orally.


      tophatal …….. 🙂


  3. Al…

    I was tired of Jim Gray’s act long before his Pete Rose interview.

    It’s journalists like him that have directly led to the independent sports blogging movement such as Top Hat Al or yours truly.


    1. Chris Humpherys

      Gray is to sports journalism what the likes of the “entire cast” of Jersey Shore , Kima Kardashian , her female siblings and Paris Hilton are to the world of reality tv and entertainment in general. They’re of no use to anyone intellectually or socially. What has Gray to offer to anyone at all ?. He’s a narcissitic a_s ! He reminds me so much of his former CBS colleague Dan Rather . They’re both cut from the same cloth as they think so highly of themselves without having absolutely anything tangible at all to show as to their contributions to their genres. Both are pompous asses !


      Jim and I report the news and we also like to make it and be part of it .

      Jim  Gray

      Why doesn’t anyone take me seriously as a journalist ? Jim Gray


      tophatal ……….. 🙂


  4. Jim grey is such a D-bag. I can’t believe he makes as much as he does, and he isn’t even good at his job. He reminds me of a stalker or a creepy old guy that’s into kiddy porn or something.

    Not really sure what to make of Revis’s situation. I feel like he should be able to take a shorter contract just to get into camp. I guess we’ll see how it plays out!

    T-Mac in Detroit, I think they just raised their win total by 1 game hahaha!


    1. chappy

      Jim Gray is the type of guy you’d want to meet in a dark alleyway and simply kick the s_it out of merely cause he pis_es you off for no other reason that he’s got a job with ESPN . The guy is a complete buffoon and an asshole !

      If Revis holds out like he’s doing now and knowing that next season there’s a distinct possibility of there being a lockout. Then he’ll only have himself to blame. As it is Jets’ owner Woody Johnson has said he believes the player will sit out the entire season if push comes to shove. To me I think that’d be a really big mistake !

      T-Mac is like a case of herpes catch at your own will , as you know the only cure from it is a rather painful injection or simply living with the disease itself. Asto the Pistons and their front office led by Joe Dumars I don’t know that they’ll tolerate the guy for all that long ! Especially should he quit on them in the face of real adversity which seems to have become his mantra when things aren’t going his way .


      tophatal …… 🙂


    2. Grey’s the one that sold LeBron on the whole hour long cavlacade of bullshit that eventually became “the decision”. (That’s why I’m like “F_ck Hector”)

      You know golf is a boring sport when the announcers and broadcasters are going out of their way to make themselves more interesting than the competitors themselves and for the most part succeeding.



      1. Ravenation LLC Meehan

        Credibility for both is now hard to come by in the case of both James and Gray. And anyone who prescribes to the fact that Gray is something of a legitimate journalist or reporter really needs to pull their heads out of their own ass. Jim Gray is no more a reporter than Paris Hilton could be considered intelligent or an entertainer !

        Natalie Gulbis

        Grace Park

        Golf is boring whatver gave you that idea ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!! Personally I’m now infatuated by the ladies of the LPGA Tour ! Especially the likes of Natalie Gulbis and Grace Park ! Yowzah !

        How many skanks does it take for Tiger to get laid good ? Answer …. who gives a sh_t !

        The problem on the PGA Tour is that it’s really lacking in characters . They make the guys from NASCAR seem positively genius in terms of their persona and intellect . Phil Mickelson is a ponce and Tiger ? Well we all know what his problems are don’t we ? Too much pu_sy and not enough concentration on his game !


        tophatal …. 🙂


    1. Meehan

      No leave the Pistons where they are . That way when Magic Johnson or Michael Ilitch buys the team they’ll still be relevant in the NBA . As of now all the state of Ohio has to boast of is the Browns , Bengals , Ohio State and Miami of Ohio. Way down on that the pecking order is that oaf Dan Gilbert and the Cavaliers .

      Should one consider it racist when the Italian Americans refer to themselves as that ? Besides the cast of the show are completely anal retentive to begin with ! So who gives a sh_t what anyone thinks about it all ?

      Denise Milani

      Ryan you really do need to get with the program . I can teach you a thing or two if you’ll let me ? Denis Milani a wonderful Czech American !

      tophatal …………. 🙂


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