While we do admit that we fully agree with Jason Whitlock's latest attempt at being controversial, we wonder why he waited so long to say anything?
Whitlock suggested that Andy Reid is not being held over the fire by the media in relation to his children's problems and that if he was some one else (read: Negro) much to do would be being made about his thug-life, gangsta wannabe chi'drens.
Whitlock also recommended that Reid step away from the game for awhile and get his house in order.
Valid points. Intelligent points.
Points we at NOIS made way back in August.
At the time, Reid was being given the kid glove treatment by the media. We at NOIS received a bombardment of comments and emails telling us how outrageous it was of us to suggest that Reid was culpable for his children's behavior or that his outside issues would have an ill effect on his abilities to run his program.
However, as is the case more often than not (read: always), the mainstream media is slowly coming around to the NOIS way of thinking on this.
We predict that you will begin to see more columnists/commenter's addressing this. Watching football broadcasts this weekend past, we were treated to a discussion on this very topic and even heard one air personality wonder aloud as to why Reid is not being grilled a la Michael Vick.
Certainly, that question was quickly squashed by the rest of the in studio talking heads. But, it can't be denied that more and more 'football' people are beginning to wonder if Reid is getting preferential treatment. Or even doing right by his family by not walking away for awhile.
The notion that a great mind and a powerful voice such as that of Whitlock is now essentially echoing our righteous sentiment is certainly a clear sign that our influence over the mainstream media is greater than we are being given credit for.
Something that we discussed in detail at our recent NOIS leadership symposium was the influence/power of Blogfrica over the sports media industry. And the effects and fear the industry has developed because of the influence emerging from Blogfrica.
What we are seeing is symptomatic. A concerted effort by the mainstream media to attempt to capture the 'controversial' opinions propagated by Blogfrica. An effort to pretend that they, the mainstreamers, are at the forefront of the molding and development of the influence of thought process, which is actually being guided by Blogfrica. Check out the recent Gregg Doyel column on cbssportsline.com about Joe Torre. We've been reading stuff like that on blogs for weeks now.
This is something we propose to follow more closely. A prominent columnist from ESPN.com allowed us his own insight on this, stating that folks in the internet sports media bizz are "shook" about the influence of blogs.
We at NOIS didn't choose to lead this movement.
The movement chose us.