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Old 08-13-2008, 06:06 PM   #16
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Re: E-Mail Reveals LaCanfora to be Gibbs Hater

no offense, but this doesn't really seem like a big deal or totally untrue...
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no offense, but this doesn't really seem like a big deal or totally untrue...
Let's see the record:

1. HOF Coach, Sainthood and HOF status bestowed after first edition.
2. Total Schmuck - writes total schmuck stuff.

I agree, not a big deal.
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Here's my guess about JLac and the skins in the JG II era:

JLac walked into a pre-existing feud between the skins and Post. JG is not a friend of the press--he sees it as a bunch of spies and liars, pretty much. And the FO has been doing its best to control its media output. So they treat JLac like a cub reporter and have no problem blatantly misleading him, leaving him out of the loop, minimizing his access, etc. Is any of this incorrect? How would you react?

Meanwhile, JLac sets up his blog, which is one of the better sources of up-to-the-minute accurate skins news, IMO. Do y'all read redskins insider? My guess is you disagree with it from time to time, and find some of the coverage anti-skins for your taste, but you generally read it. Because it provides NEWS of the team, even among the opinion stuff. (And opinion is ok, IMO--it's a blog). And he does regular chats on the Post site. And the guy pretty reliably answers his emails and takes the job seriously. Is any of this incorrect?

Whatever. Don't like him, don't read him. I really do wonder why we skins fans have such a complex about the media. It's the friggin MEDIA, people! What do you expect? At what point did you form the nutty opinion that the media is 100% reliable, constrained to write what you agree with, inhumanely non-partial, etc? Newsflash: it's not. And if you think we've got it bad, try reading the dreck in NYC or Philly. Houston is ok, but IT'S BORING, sports-news-wise. I long for some "haters" at times just to shake things up.

(BTW, none of this applies to Sally Jenkins' skins coverage. She's off the radar. I do not read her. As Dorothy Parker once said, "Everything she writes is a lie, even 'and' and 'the'." Guess we all have our hatred. )
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Here's my guess about JLac and the skins in the JG II era:

JLac walked into a pre-existing feud between the skins and Post. JG is not a friend of the press--he sees it as a bunch of spies and liars, pretty much. And the FO has been doing its best to control its media output. So they treat JLac like a cub reporter and have no problem blatantly misleading him, leaving him out of the loop, minimizing his access, etc. Is any of this incorrect? How would you react?

Meanwhile, JLac sets up his blog, which is one of the better sources of up-to-the-minute accurate skins news, IMO. Do y'all read redskins insider? My guess is you disagree with it from time to time, and find some of the coverage anti-skins for your taste, but you generally read it. Because it provides NEWS of the team, even among the opinion stuff. (And opinion is ok, IMO--it's a blog). And he does regular chats on the Post site. And the guy pretty reliably answers his emails and takes the job seriously. Is any of this incorrect?

Whatever. Don't like him, don't read him. I really do wonder why we skins fans have such a complex about the media. It's the friggin MEDIA, people! What do you expect? At what point did you form the nutty opinion that the media is 100% reliable, constrained to write what you agree with, inhumanely non-partial, etc? Newsflash: it's not. And if you think we've got it bad, try reading the dreck in NYC or Philly. Houston is ok, but IT'S BORING, sports-news-wise. I long for some "haters" at times just to shake things up.

(BTW, none of this applies to Sally Jenkins' skins coverage. She's off the radar. I do not read her. As Dorothy Parker once said, "Everything she writes is a lie, even 'and' and 'the'." Guess we all have our hatred. )
Great post.

I check Redskins Insider at least 3 times a day for news. I think it's a great resource for us Skins fans and JLC definitely takes his job seriously. Supposedly, JLC is not compensated, at least directly, for his work on RI.

That said, JLC sometimes appears to let his personal feelings affect his work. He's no Sally Jenkins, but he also tends to view the goings-on at Redskins Park with a lot of skepticism and negativity. Don't get me wrong, I don't want JLC to blow smoke up our asses about how great things are, but I don't want him to be unfairly critical either. He also lays into Snyder a little too much for my taste (and I'm no fan of the Danny).
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Let's see the record:

1. HOF Coach, Sainthood and HOF status bestowed after first edition.
2. Total Schmuck - writes total schmuck stuff.

I agree, not a big deal.
um, gibbs pressers were worthless cause he said absolutely nothing in them, so i don't understand the complex with someone writing that his press conferences were worthless...

no one's forcing you to read JLC anyways.
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:02 PM   #21
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I'll bet you the people that has a problem with his comments are Larry Michael fans.

I'll guarantee it.
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Great post.

I check Redskins Insider at least 3 times a day for news. I think it's a great resource for us Skins fans and JLC definitely takes his job seriously. Supposedly, JLC is not compensated, at least directly, for his work on RI.

That said, JLC sometimes appears to let his personal feelings affect his work. He's no Sally Jenkins, but he also tends to view the goings-on at Redskins Park with a lot of skepticism and negativity. Don't get me wrong, I don't want JLC to blow smoke up our asses about how great things are, but I don't want him to be unfairly critical either. He also lays into Snyder a little too much for my taste (and I'm no fan of the Danny).
Well put.

Fair enough. My guess is that it will get better from JLac with Zorn at the helm (there seems to be a real bromance brewing between Zorn and the press boys... wonder what will happen when the honeymoon ends?). Plus, JLac is pretty young and this is a pretty intense beat--we skins fans are generally on-top of every little thing at Redskins park, so he's under the microscope. He'll mellow, most likely.
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no offense, but this doesn't really seem like a big deal or totally untrue...
Fair enough if you don't think it's a big deal but the exchange did take place.
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:07 PM   #24
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So this is what has been bothering you for the past year?
Yes.
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I'll bet you the people that has a problem with his comments are Larry Michael fans.

I'll guarantee it.
I'll bet you Wade Phillips wears a girdle.
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:21 PM   #26
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Re: E-Mail Reveals LaCanfora to be Gibbs Hater

JLC is a little whiny schmuck, at times. I agree he works hard, at times. I did read his blog every day when it first started, but as he was getting blown off more and more by the Skins that's when he started his little pissing and moaning on a regular basis, and it was getting unbearable to read. It was like I could actually see him having a full blown melt down temper tantrum as I was reading his words. There's a reason why Gibbs and ALOT of other head coaches and players don't like and or give the media the time of day. I don't expect much from the media, just give me the news, good, bad or indifferent without the crybaby slant.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:03 PM   #27
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Re: E-Mail Reveals LaCanfora to be Gibbs Hater

I dunno why ppl are making a big deal out of this given that Coach Gibbs is no longer here. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I would say that very few sports journalists are objective in their reporting, their personal feelings will get in the way of what they say or write (look at Bill Simmons over at ESPN who spews boston every time he can).
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I'll bet you Wade Phillips wears a girdle.
This.

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Old 08-13-2008, 10:20 PM   #29
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Re: E-Mail Reveals LaCanfora to be Gibbs Hater

I personally think David Elfin of the Washington Times does a better job with his blog. In many cases, he provides inside news before JLC does (but then again so do a lot of people) yet he makes sure not to just post gossip. Since he's not at the WaPo, what he does tends to fly under the radar but he does a good job.

As for JLC he does a fine job of reporting what he sees that others don't have access to, but as I stated above I almost never hear something from him before I hear it anywhere else (granted I'm a special case).

Regardless, the honeymoon will eventually cease with Zorn for JLC. At some point Zorn will say one thing and mean the other or say nothing and that's just part of the job. As a journalist you have to deal with it. You have to be thick-skinned, persistent, able to navigate through the bull and misdirections that are thrown at you. And accept that you're going to be wrong sometimes, you're going to get beat. If you can't do all that, you just don't belong in the business.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:40 AM   #30
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Re: E-Mail Reveals LaCanfora to be Gibbs Hater

I would like to hear from anyone, anyone (other than JLC) who has been treated like a "moron" by Joe Gibbs.

He says, "Gibbs treats people like they are morons."

Joe Gibbs stayed and signed autographs for fans in the early morning hours after flying back from a loss in Seattle. Two days later, after resigning, he stayed signing and talking until every last fan was done. The fans all left before he did.

What happened last year was that La Canfora got a source from another team to to dump on Stephon Heyer, Gibbs then stood up for his player, and JLC got his feelings hurt and threw a hissy fit. He pretended in public that he was all cool, but I just wanted to let people know what he e-mailed me. BTW, Smootsmack, JLC refers to Elfin as "Day Late Dave". JLC is a prick.
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