THE KING OF DETROIT SPORTS MEDIA SOON TO BE CROWNED
Many in the Detroit sports media hate Detroitsportsrag.com. It annoys us, pokes fun at us, ridicules us and challenges us to do better.
Sometimes they are unfair, but the rag is our watch dog.
Many chose to ignore it. Others cannot stay away from it.
It went into a slump when it seemed to disappear. Columns were not updated and it hit critical condition.
Now it is back on the radar.
This is one of those weeks when many in the media will click on the sports rag. The web site began a field of 64 NCAA tournament style bracket involving Detroit media members. The first round is complete and the second round begins today.
I drew a No. 4 seed and defeated Channel 7 weekend anchor Vic Faust 91%-9% in the most lopsided first-round game. I attribute my victory to solid defense and limiting turnovers. It also helped that most people don't know who Vic Faust is.
Or is it Jerry Faust?
I believe I would have been a No. 2 or 3 seed two years ago. But I have not written in the Detroit News much. That is about to change. After Gannett sold the News I was told I would write more this fall. I am thrilled.
I am off until Thursday when upset-minded Ken Kal, a tough No. 12 seed who defeated Oakland Press columnist Pat Caputo, hits the court. A victory puts me in the Sweet 16 against my pal Bob Wojnowski, who drew a No. 1 seed. You won't see us eating dinner together that night. It will be war for a couple of hours and then I will shake his hand win or lose.
It appears to be a pro Detroit News and WDFN site. The News finished 7-2 after the first round and WDFN was 9-4. The Freep (4-4) and WXYT (5-10) did not do well.
Voters allowed their anger to get the best of them in the first round when No. 1 seed Mitch Albom of the Freep lost to No. 16 Iffy the Dopster. Many of us believe Albom made a huge error when fabricating a story. But come one. He is one of the best writers in America and lost to a fictitious character?
It is ironic. But it is not right.
I bring this to your attention because we've enjoyed spirited debates on this web log about the media. This gives you a chance to vote for your favorites and against those media members you dislike.
So enjoy the tournament and may the best scribe or microphone win.