My last column on ESPN for awhile…spilled way too much vitriol this week, my apologies for that.
Gosh, I love ESPN, just not the voice of one of their lead writers and I’m sorry to be combative here.
I had a chance to review this article on ESPN on Charlie Davies and yet again I have a number of problems with the qualitative nature of this column.
My first question is: What audience is the writer addressing in these statements below?
So when this Web site reported in February that he’d be able to return much sooner than expected, elation followed.
Elation … and unrealistic expectations.
Precisely who is counting Charlie Davies absolutely in for the World Cup at this point? Who?
Just who has unrealistic expectations here? I’m not quite certain. Did you poll people? Where are you getting your sentiment from?
What you could say is that most fans are not yet counting him out.
How many casual fans or uber fans out of 100 did you poll that had that specific “expectation.”
Not TSG or our community as recently as today or others for that matter.
And some clarity on this statement:
What’s often overlooked is that these aren’t your run-of-the-mill soccer injuries that Davies has had to overcome. All common soccer knowledge of injury recovery timetables is irrelevant.
Once again, precisely who is overlooking these injuries. Who is? Nobody.
There are no expectations here, there is hope, positive sentiment, positive momentum and a dramatic story that has everyone rooting for a Hollywood ending.
They’re categorically not expectations.
And further, you’re missing the story, here.
That is, that a man who couldn’t walk in October, underwent five hours of surgery before anyone knew what is was on and who the U.S. Soccer Federation said had injuries that “were not life-threatening but ‘possibly’ career-threatening,” is back at it in less than six months.
That, ESPN, is already a miraculous recovery; the sentiment that your prose in closing nonchalantly tosses under the bus.
I’m not an optimist (well I am actually) but for this column my objectivity lies with the accomplishment and the hope that Davies has and has given those around him. Again, it’s not expectations; never was.
Here’s a better set of expectations, that one of the highest quality sports broadcasting company in the world seeks to publish knowledgeable, well-thought commentary by experts in the subject matter not who seek to be controversial merely for controversy’s (and their web traffic’s) sake.
I don’t want to tune it Soccernet to “see what they say next” that’s not what an authoritative source on soccer news should aspire to.
Here’s a thought. How about letting people know that Michael Bradley broke his nose today? or…
How about commenting on Clint Dempsey’s awesome Juve goal the day afterward like last Friday instead of six days later?