As a result of our interview with Scoop Jackson, we have received an overwhelming amount of feedback via email.
Some positive, some negative. Some down right hateful. Most responders though, thoroughly enlightened and grateful to us for bringing some personal insight from Scoop to them.
We wanted to take this opportunity to share an email from one of our readers, and answer his question.
Really enjoyed the Scoop post. Was awesome to read his thoughts and opinions, free from the yolks of espn.
Also, just wanted to ask a question. I hit that link to that site you mentioned in the post, sportsjournalists.com. What is the deal there? I noticed they had a few message threads about the Scoop interview. I went back today and noticed they mentioned your Imus post. Man, nearly every single comment they make is critical,negative and completely ill conceived. For a site supposedly made up of sports writers, they are really just a closed circle of same thinkers who seem to gather to talk trash about anyone out there saying anything that is not in line with their way of thinking. It was almost funny to read their comments about the Imus post. For supposed journalists, they sure don't have very good reading comprehension skills.
Anyway, just found it fascinating that a group of writers would have the time to sit around all day sipping on the same bottle of hateraid.
Can't wait for the next interview.
Daunte', we greatly appreciate your kind words and we are pleased you found the interview with Mr. Jackson to your benefit.
We are currently working on securing an interview with yet another top sports media personality. Rest assured, it will be worth the time.
While we appreciate you looking out for us, please, pay little heed to anything you might run across on a message board such as the one you mentioned.
What you came across was an example of bitterness and jealousy coupling with unmet goals and shattered hopes and dreams to form a support group for wannabe's and never was's.
Imagine, you toil away, desperately trying to hone the skills and talent to achieve your dream of reaching a large audience. Of gaining a voice. Of being relevant. You expect, that in time, you will reach someone...somewhere. But, as time goes on, you tread water. Never becoming necessary.
Well, that's what you have over there. And, when they see someone doing something positive. Doing something that is of value. And doing it before a larger readership than they could ever hope. It hurts. It is painful to realize that someone can come along and display talent you never had, with little effort. It is painful to witness the relevance you strive for be found elsewhere.
With that in mind, we would never pile on "journalists" who spend their days commenting back and forth with their handful of failed friends on a message board. Life has piled on them enough.
We wish them success as they struggle in their coverage of CYO basketball games for the Penny Saver. Or attempt to secure an interview with the local high school softball coach. All the while, finding the time to hate on sites like this because we can quickly contact and interview ESPN and national personalities. Or, as has been more common, have those personalities contact us.
The bottom line, Daunte', is that successful and controversial writers like Scoop, Mariotti, Wilbon, Whitlock, Albom, NOIS and all the others will always be the targets of misguided jealousy and hate directed from the bowels of "journalism".
Instead of learning from those of us blessed with a real and sought out voice and a relevance, they choose to congregate in their dark little circles and tell each other how they are really better than Scoop, Mariotti, Whitlock and NOIS.
It's like the ugly girls at a dance club sitting by themselves in the corner. Talking trash about the beautiful girls out dancing with the boys.
Don't hate us because we're beautiful.
Thanks for the feedback, Daunte'. We appreciate your readership.