OK, fine, so I’m not adding anything here…but read the damn articles anyway

February 6th, 2007 → 8:54 pm @ // No Comments

There are a lot of great sports reporters out there. With that caveat out of the way, the reason Eagle-Tribune Sox beat writer Rob Bradford‘s stuff stands out so much is that he’s always coming up with new angles and new ways to approach stories and then reporting the crap out of them. He had a pair of doozies in the paper over the weekend, both about J.D. Drew. If anyone missed his piece on Drew’s, um, unusual regimen for staying healthy, do yourself a favor and check it out. And in this story, Bradford explains — or helps explain, anyway — why Drew’s contract got held up. (If only Murray “call me Woodward and Bernstein” Chass had half the initiative and a third of the reporting chops of Bradford, Times readers might have known this a while back…and been spared a whole slew of insane jeremiads. Oh well.)

Post Categories: J.D. Drew & Murray Chass & New York Times & Rob Bradford

5 Comments → “OK, fine, so I’m not adding anything here…but read the damn articles anyway”

  1. tinisoli

    17 years ago

    Drew’s regimen is indeed worth reading about. I suspect he’d smear his joints with bat shit if somebody told him it’d help. Let’s just hope he’s not getting “flaxseed oil” from any trainers from the Bay area.


  2. rog

    17 years ago

    It worries me that a rich guy who is willing to pay whatever it costs to ease his mind about preventing injuries might be taken advantage of by someone selling modern-day snake oil. That line about these machines being used all over Europe is pretty classic (and depressing).


  3. benschon

    17 years ago

    A pendant. Drew wears a pendant because he thinks it has some medical value. I can’t get over that.


  4. tmurph13

    17 years ago

    I live in Europe and I swear by the Q…whachmacallit……of course I drink Guiness because I buy into its medicinal value.


  5. gkirkness

    17 years ago

    More from the Chass-master

    I wrote dear old Murray to take him to task for the following quote from the article “Baseball: Cooperate, or the Bogeyman Will Get You.”

    Now, apparently Murray thinks Steroids aren’t dangerous enough for Congress to be worrying their pretty little heads over so Murray decides that they should be worrying about the real killer, smoking and just leave baseball to Murray, so he takes the committee heads to task for wasting their time thusly:

    “I wanted to ask Davis and Waxman about steroids, but I also wanted to ask them why they are so concerned about the potential dangers of steroids when they ignore the 400,000 deaths each year that the United States surgeon general has said are related to smoking. The number of deaths by steroids is minuscule compared with deaths by smoking, but steroids
    apparently are sexier.”

    Obviously this is intended to impugn the motives and priorities of Mr. Waxman. The problem is that Murray is ignoring the facts again. To whit: Mr. Waxman’s record is sterling on
    tobacco and smoking issues, he spearheaded the charge to eliminate smoking in the Congress’s Speaker’s Lobby and has been a leading light on the Congressional Task Force on Tobacco and Health. It’s not exactly a secret that Tobacco has been Waxman’s baby for about 3 decades. Does Murray care to fact check? Oh hell no.

    So, I send him email alerting him to his error. His response:

    “If Mr. Waxman had returned my calls, I would have been happy to hear him tell me about his efforts with tobacco and I would have been happy to have noted them in the column. I would like to hear about them directly than from a self-appointed publicist. But thanks for the information. I’ll keep it in mind if he ever calls me.

    Murray Chass”

    Am I crazy or isn’t it his job to make sure that what he writes is, if not accurate, at least resembles reality. Wouldn’t you think that he might have some obligation to do a little fact checking in writing these hatchet jobs? Is it journalism when you rely on a Congressman to give you information readily available to the world? How can he be considered a journalist? Forgive the tirade, but the man infuriates me.


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