And when the Jets held off the end of the season press conference, who was the ring leader of calling it out? Manish. He made an issue about it several times, and re-tweeted his buddy Mike Florio’s article about it as well, where Mike called for a major penalty to the team. Really? This was such a grave issue that it deserved a big penalty? No, Manish and the media aren’t creating the circus.
Where there is no story to tell, and you create it, you make the circus.
As the week went along, and we were waiting to hear from the Jets, we again hear from Manish’s little birdies. The “anonymous” sources now said that they thought the offense wasn’t any good. The sources said it lacked creativity. Now, I know that is how WE felt, as fans, but we never heard anything like that from the players. On the contrary, the players talked about how much freedom the offense gave them. Now, there are little birdies that are ripping the offense. Yes, you have to sell papers, but it’s enough.
You are making the circus, not reporting on it.
Now, the final one wasn’t the responsibility of Manish, but it did come from his paper. The tattoo situation. Does any Jets fan really care whether or not Rex Ryan has or doesn’t have a tattoo? What’s on it? No!! We don’t. But there was the great Daily News, right out front of this “major news story”, showing us a picture of Rex’s tattoo. Now everyone is set a blaze. What does it mean? Why is this quarterback’s jersey on his tattoo? Does that mean Mark will be here forever? What is the meaning of this? This is another part of the circus. Rich Cimini actually wrote that, that the tattoo is just another part of the Jets circus.
Not if you don’t take the picture it’s not. Not if you don’t discuss it.
Furthermore, Rex drew no attention to it. If you brought it up, guess who made it part of the circus? You did.
Manish admitted as much in the interview, when he said that the picture came from a freelance photographer that worked for the Daily News. Seriously?!?! The Daily News sent a photographer to tail Rex Ryan when he went on vacation with his family? How dare they? He did NOTHING wrong by going on vacation, but the News was wrong. Dead wrong.
They made the circus.
When the Jets are doing things that make you scratch your heads, yes, they are the circus, no doubt. I am amongst the first to call this team out in moments like this. But, when the team is going about its business, and non-stories are twisted to be part of the “circus”, I am enraged. Hey media, you want to know where the real “circus” is with the Jets these days?
Take a look in the mirror.