Good news: Media Matters

John Mitchell was “late” to this Matt Rhule teleconference.

When it comes to Temple football losses, the old adage about a tree falling in the forest seems to apply.
You know the one:  If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
Well, if Temple football loses to Fordham and no one is around to report it properly, does it sting as much?
When it comes to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s John Mitchell’s reporting about Temple after that game, no news certainly is good news.


The loss coincides with a
“perfect media storm” for Temple.
The first part of the storm
is a writer, John Mitchell,
who obviously doesn’t give a crap
about the beat he’s covering;
listen to him apologizing
to Matt Rhule above for “being late”
 12 minutes into a teleconference
and having Matt repeat
all of the position changes
he gave earlier.
I mean, how can you be late
for a teleconference? It’s not like you
have to fight traffic
on the Schuylkill Expressway

To me and you it does, but not to the general “Joe Philadelphia” public and that’s one of the small consolations we can take from what happened 10 days ago.
The loss coincides with a “perfect media storm” for Temple. The first part of the storm is a writer, John Mitchell, who obviously doesn’t give a crap about the beat he’s covering; listen to him apologizing to Matt Rhule above for “being late”  12 minutes into a teleconference and having Matt repeat all of the position changes he gave earlier. I mean, how can you be late for a teleconference? It’s not like you have to fight traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway.
The other part of the “Perfect Storm” was it coincided with Andy Reid’s Return. I listen to Philadelphia sports radio in between the commercials on 100.3 and Lady B, and Temple’s loss to Fordham wasn’t mentioned once on 97.5 The Fanatic on 94.1 WIP.
Thank Heaven for small blessings.
I guarantee you if that loss came on an Eagles’ bye week Mike Missanelli would have mentioned it and dug the knife further into the back of every die-hard Temple fan. Now it’s just about forgotten. Time to put it further in the rear-view mirror by winning at Idaho.
In reality, all Temple got in the local media was a bland game story and sidebar from Mitchell–what I call  the Kevin Tatum Treatment–going through the motions and skating by all week by not filing another Temple story. Tatum was famous for staying in the press box and waiting until the typed post-game coaching quotes came from the Sports Information Department and using typed quotes in his one story on the game. One story, one coaching quote, plus a lot of play-by-play. Pulitzer stuff it wasn’t.
Looks like Mitchell went to the Kevin Tatum School of Journalism.
Good.The less Temple stories after that fiasco, the better.

Click over the fans to get  five upsets this weekend.

Click over the fans to get five upsets this weekend.

The Inky’s Mike Jensen wrote one column later in the week, saying it’s too early to “Rule on Temple’s Matt Rhule” and that was it. Sort of my 15 minutes of fame in that he mentioned me in the lede without using my name, saying we both had better candidates for the Temple job than Matt Rhule, naming Colorado’s Mike MacIntrye and Bowling Green’s Dave Clawson. That falls under the “duh” department. Pretty routine stuff, although he forgot to mention Ball State’s Pete Lembo might have been available.
That’s it, though.
Whew.
Dodged a huge media bullet there.
Now that Matt Rhule is here, all we can do is back him and hope he does a better job of getting the ball in the hands of Temple’s explosive playmakers (i.e., Chris Coyer and Zaire Williams) and that Jalen Fitzpatrick can snap out of a three-game funk and add some dynamite.
Maybe Rhule spent the 10 days asking defensive coordinator Phil Snow why the DBs play 15 yards off the ball, instead of challenging the receiver for it.
We can only hope that time will heal this Fordham wound.
Meanwhile, we can be thankful to one lazy beat reporter and one former Temple football dad (Andy Reid) that almost nobody else in Philadelphia knows about it.

Tomorrow: More Good News

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5 thoughts on “Good news: Media Matters

  1. Agree with you on Mitchell. The OwlsInq blog is either invisible (most frequently) or unreadable.

  2. Couldn’t agree more about the local media coverage where when it come to college football might as well be called the Center County Gazzette. Granted their football history is better than ours but I have to imagine the Pittsburgh press give more coverage to Pitt than to PSU

  3. Before the season started there were many articles on TUFB. Since losing to Fordham there have been basically none. From the papers as a whole I understand, but not from our actual beat writer. He didn’t write one article or blog entry the entire bye week

    • How many more negative articles can the Inquirer write able this team? Temple has given the Inquirer NOTHING positive to write about and once again people don’t care about TUFB. It’s the wrong direction and bleeding just won’t stop. The only article to write about this week is an 0-3 Temple team facing an 0-4 Idaho team who have both recently made ESPNs Bottom 10 List…again. As much as I dislike “that coach in Boston” we were never in the Bottom 10 with him.

  4. I still think we’re better off with Rhule, but Addazio would have beaten both Houston and Fordham because he would have pounded their lines with our running game. The first play against Houston — a long bomb that had no chance and was intercepted — was like, “Geez, we got the ball, let’s punt it to them.” Neither team could have stopped Zaire Williams and Kenny Harper. We outsmarted ourselves in those two games.

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