Mangini-Gate, What is wrong with the media?

When the media focuses on a story that makes for sensational headlines but has little to do with real football, who's to call them on the matt for their obsessive behavior? Whether it's excessive coverage of players like T.O. or Chad Johnson, these stories just won't go away. Blogger Shane Leketa had enough with the ridiculous position mainstream media takes, and sounds off in his latest blog.

I tuned into New England Sports Tonight to see the breakdown of the New England Patriots / New York Jets game.

What lead off the show?

The handshake between Bill Belichick and Eric Mangini did.

Yes, one of the giant mediums here in New England had to open with "What did that handshake mean?" They wasted a good ten minutes or so of my life asking why Bill is angry or upset with Eric. I wasn't tuning in to see or hear about a daytime Emmy on "As the Patriots Turn".

My question to these guys is, "WHO CARES?" I definitely don't.

I wanted to see some intelligent banter on poor tackling. I wanted to hear how Corey Dillon was the clock killer. I wanted to hear someone tell me the Patriots have one of the best running back combinations in the league. I wanted to see some X's and O's and hearty discussion of what the team did correctly and also what they did incorrectly.

This was a fairly well coached affair and this "drama" shouldn't even have ever become an issue. Just because you saw something that you believed to be a "cold shouldered" handshake doesn't mean you have to rant and rave about this hearsay. I don't get it. Is this what we have come to, reading into how people looked at each other? Give me a break!


I recall listening to the "experts" on ESPN a couple of weeks back stating that the No. 1 team that will give the Patriots a run for their money this year will be the revamped, Daunte Culpepper led, Miami Dolphins.

Did you see what I saw the first two games? This team couldn't find any rhythm or momentum in their offense. They looked like a Pop Warner team out there on the field. So, a team that is relies on a shaky offensive line and Ronnie Brown as their No. 1 running back is the Patriot's number one competitor? On Sunday versus a Takeo Spikes' depleted defense, Culpepper made bad decisions and untimely mistakes, much like he did in Minnesota!

When I heard about Miami from those "insiders" originally, it sounded fishy to me. Although it's still early in the season, I see that I was correct in doubting the Dolphins. If Miami keeps playing like they are now, they might not even win a game this year. They are already calling for Culpepper's head and looking for Joey Harrington.

Can you believe we are only two weeks out from the Sports Illustrated prediction of a Carolina Panthers vs. Miami Dolphins Super Bowl this year?

Enough said.


When I watched all of the reactions to the Patriots game at the Meadowlands Sunday, I saw a lot of overreaction and panic.

Why? They won the game. The team bent but didn't break. Wasn't that how this team won a lot of our games during the streak of 21 wins including playoffs?

If you look at the numbers from the Jets matchup on Sunday, you will see that the Patriots dominated the game even after a few fluke plays and few poor tackles. I heard things like "hard times for the Patriots" and "franchise rot" used by a couple of New York newspapers. I think because it is the job of writers to find a story, they sometimes fabricate stories to sell papers. It is a shame!

I sometimes wish that the media could take the approach of the old Dragnet shows and give "Just the facts Ma'am". They need to stop being story makers and let the game do that for them. Let's check your egos at the door and stop making a soap opera out of these games that we all love to watch. I like watching my football on Sunday with a beer in hand and wings by my side feeling 'manly' as ever. Not feeling like I am watching a daytime show seeing whose feelings are hurt or who feels "disrespected".

Lets get back to basics and tell it like it is and let the game talk for itself!

Shane is a lifelong Patriots fan who grew up in Worcester, MA. He showed his Patriots spirit representing his home team all over the world while in the military and attending games regularly through the years. He now resides in Bangor, ME where he roots for them from afar. He stands firm in his belief in the team and regularly makes the 500 mile round trip trek to watch them whenever he can.

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