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Perception Equals Reality

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Electrogasm, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Electrogasm

    Electrogasm BoltTalker

    May 21, 2007
    In spite of what we as Chargers fans know to be true, given our local and intimate coverage, those across the football nation form their opinions based on what they see and hear, which is almost always skewed.

    The truth is often skewed in the the way news organizations leverage facts to force an opinion in one direction, or during debates lob softball questions at a certain political party's presidential hopefuls and corner the other's with lose/lose questions, or in the way that they refer to illegal immigrants as 'undocumented workers.' They deliver the news, so they shape your opinion, and you may not realize this.

    Take the Chargers, for example, with heavy emphasis on LT. Since his outburst after last year's loss, sports news corporations have doused the fire with gasoline, taking shots at LT and his teammates whenever convenient, like on days that end with a 'Y.' If they're not revisiting last year's news, they're fabricating stories along the way. Taking a joking LT's comments about the Patriots "The Patriots live by the rule, 'If you're not cheating you're not trying' " as if he was truly serious. Look at the LT/Rivers continual 'confrontations' and 'sideline fights' though both agree that it was purely coincidental and a trick of the camera angle. How about the paparazzi-like following of Rivers in hopes of catching him chatting it up on the field, then blasting him for talking when you're supposed to be a stoic quarterback. And, of course, forming the opinion for millions by implying that LT wasn't injured, should have played and did nothing but sit on the bench, without helping teammates by cheering them on, for God's sake.

    And during the pregame of this last week's game against NE, they had the camera on Rivers, showing his stats from last year's playoff loss. Nothing strange there. I'm sure that they wanted emphasize his playoff numbers, especially against the same NE team. Fair enough. Next they show LT and display his stats. Wait... what's this? Instead of showing that he tore through the NE defense last year for two TDs, 123 yards on 23 carries - 190 totals yds, they decide to show the stats from Week 2 when he went for 43 yards on 18 carries. Why show Rivers' stats from the playoff game and LT's from Week 2? To give the perception or reality to the national viewing audience that NE always stops LT and the Chargers have no chance. That's the perception yet reality suggests otherwise. He kills NE nearly as much as he does the Raiders by averaging nearly 120 YPG rushing and a TD.

    His greatness is being skewed by the sports conglomerates in NE and NYC and all we can do is 'wish that opinions can be taken away since they're wrong,' as AJ so eloquently stated yesterday. It's a shame, really.
  2. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    News has become another subdivision of entertainment, the more trouble they can stir up, the more entertaining it is. It's an expedient way to self esteem for guys who are used to being in the limelight and who have trouble with their egos since they can't play ball any more. They can count on all the other turkeys gathering under the wagon with them when the storm his.

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