Much of what’s wrong with newspapers has to do with political bias, but some of it is down to simple incompetence. Consider the Washington Post’s inability to produce a proper, useable pre-season Redskins roster.
Such a roster is indispensable because after the first quarter of a pre-season game, half of the fun consists of figuring out how rookies and fringe players are performing. But you can’t do this without a roster that enables you to identify which obscure player hurried the quarterback or made a good block. (Don’t expect any help from the television commentators; you’ll be lucky if they tell you who caught the pass or made the tackle).
Thus, I was dismayed on the day of last week’s game against the New England Patriots when the Post printed a Redskins roster that listed the players in alphabetical order. The roster was unusable because by the time you read through the names and numbers and figured out that #34, who just took on the lead blocker, is Byron Westbrook, another play had been run.
I was pleased this morning when, ahead of tonight’s game against Jacksonville, I saw that the Post had printed a Redskins roster in numerical order. Until I discovered that the roster ended with #93, Phillip Daniels.
Why had the Post stopped at 93? Because it wanted to leave room at the bottom of the page to advertise “Crown Therapy – New Asian Message.”
Sex is sex and business is business. But if the Post had to run the ad on this page, why wasn’t it placed below the Jacksonville roster, which made it all the way through #99, Atiyyah Young, before printing a smaller ad for “Young’s Spa?”
No sports fan would have permitted either of these two Redskins rosters to appear in the form they did. So who is the Post hiring to work in its sports department?
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