Armando Costas Takes Swipe At Bloggers


Udated and Corrected

O.k. most of us know the “blogger” comments made by long time sports announcer Bob Costas a couple years ago.  Something to the effect that bloggers are ruining sports because they have no accountability, or something like that.  A comment that ironically, I tend to agree with.  More on that in a minute.  Today however, the great Armando “Costas” Salguero has evidently taken exception to the blogging community and called us all out.  I’m sorry...is “Mando” a journalist or a blogger

If you run over to the Miami Herald, the 3rd best paper in Miami for Miami Dolphins news behind the great Sun-Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post, you will read this:

Occassionally my job is to play fireman, putting out fires started by rumor-mongers or amateur bloggers posing as reporters with sources that are neither accurate nor credible. 

First, I am not a journalist.  I am an ex-fireman, a paramedic, and a stay home dad.  Yet, I can write an article just as articulate and factual as he can.  It may not be as eloquent, but the point isn’t lost.  In fact, the best part about “blogging” a rumor is when I can credit the thing back to Mando.  Because more often than not, he is wrong.  Which means his sources are not accurate and that in turn leads to a cred issue.

See what I find funny is this.  The blogosphere does not have the access that guys like this do.  We are not invited to weekly press conferences.  We don’t get decent seats for training camp with access to the players.  No, we actually have to research information, make phone calls, send out Emails, and in order to maintain even a modest following…take accountability for our actions and our opinions.  Not to mention that what we post as being a fact.  Sorry but “real journalism” doesn’t start with walking into a training center and sticking a recorder in some dudes face.

Bob Costas is one of my favorite sports reporters.  A consumate proffessional who in my opinion has done his time.  That’s why when he says that bloggers have no accountability I don’t take offense to that.  Why?  Because he is right.  There are no governing bodies that that threaten to sue me or the site for slander.  Profootballtalk.com goes over the top on just about everything the write with little fear of retribution.  Other sites are more abrasive and downright insulting.  It’s a black eye on something that many others are diligently working to change.  

In Miami, the Dolphins are the pro sports team.  At 1-15 they take second place to no one.  Salguero has a pretty cake gig.  He gets to “blog” on a largely distributed paper.  He gets an immediate audience because for most fans, the only real news is news that appears on a major source.  I myself don’t believe anything until I see it on ESPN, NFL.com, or even at times in a newspaper.  The difference between guys like Armando Salguero and other more credible writers (not talking about myself here) outside of the normal “journalist” field, is that he likely gets paid very well.  

Mando will likely someday follow in the footsteps of another south Florida “journalist” who decided to bail and run  to yahoo sports.  Because as we all know, Yahoo is THE sports news source in the world.  No it’s all about money.

Sorry Mr. Salguero.  Your sources are not that much better than mine.  See when I land a player interview it’s because I did the leg work to get it.  I take some pride in that.  I don’t need to waste my time asking the stupid question that we all know won’t get answered.  You do that to look good to your readers.  I don’t because I want to respect the person who granted me that access.

What I find funny is that he rarely comes right out and says “the Dolphins WILL do this”.  Instead, he skirts the point and sets himself up to cover his rear and either result will make him look right.  I personaly like this quote from his most recent blog:

The Dolphins are looking for more after this draft. A team source tells me the club would like to sign two or three college free agents that are more than just training camp bodies, but would actually have legitimate chances of making the team.

The club is looking high and low for such players.

And that’s where the names Vincent and Victor Anderson come into play. Both are under-the-radar players who have the feel of college free agents with the chance to make a team. Both worked out in front of six teams at the Missouri Western Pro Day.

A team source told you that?  What’s really funny is that I can quote the same sentence without the “team source”.  Why…because I’m not stupid and that is the same thing they did last year.  Funny, doesn’t 31 other teams sign undrafted free agents as well?  Guess I need a “team source” to confirm that.

I also see that two names are mentioned in that “blog”.  What is not specified is whether or not a team source named them specifically or is that the authors conjecture?  6 teams were at the kids’ pro-day…was Miami one of those 6?  (Correction:  Apparently Mando put a line under that statement in his blog that said ‘Miami was one of those teams’  I don’t remember that this morning…maybe he added it in later)  See…a real journalist…or for that matter, a real blogger would have made sure his readers knew what he meant.

It’s no secret that I have very little tolerance for “Mando”.  I would much rather base my opinions and my reputation on guys with the name Hyde, Kelly, and Fialkov.  Guys who actually do research their opinions and their facts.  Journalists.  If you do read the Miami Herald…which I do…I suggest scrolling the Dolphins page just a bit for another “real” journalist.  Jeff Darlington.  At least you know your getting something other than the ego.

Sorry Mando, the only fires your putting out are the ones coming out your ears when your wrong, and the rest of the “Professional” bloggers are right.  

By the way Armando…the word “occassionally” is spelled with one “S”.  Journalists!

UPDATE:  The information that Armando put in his “blog” was reported yesterday by Chicago-Sun Times writer Brad Biggs…who wrote about this in his “BLOG”.  BTW…whoever that idiot was that said I didn’t credit Mando…go over there and ask why Armando tried to pass his drivel off as his own when he obviously took it from Biggs.  Journalists! You can read what Biggs wrote here.

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  • LT

    Great article…. writers like Mando have no business calling anybody out for their articles.  He is one of those many “professionals” that land a gig and then think they are better than everyone else.  I am sure there are thousands of bloggers that could do his job just as good and thousands more that could do it better.  I jump around the Dolphin websites alot and can only imagine what us fans could learn about the inner workings of the organization if the author of this article had half the access that Mando has. 

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    LT:  For me it’s simple.  I’m a fan first and foremost.  I don’t care about selling papers or being the most popular kid around.  I care about trying to write stuff that I would want to know.  If I interview someone then I want to show them respect not try and get a quote as many reporters do.  There is no need for it and “No comment” does not sell papers…LOL.

  • http://www.thephins.com Muck

    Well done.

    You bring up some good points about the difference between him and ‘us’.  Granted, there is little/no accountability on our end.  For the most part, the only accountability is the level we hold ourselves to.  We get paid little/nothing, so pride and passion are the currency of the blogs that truly shine.

    However, you’re point about access is dead on.  You don’t live in South Florida.  You aren’t considered ‘real’ media by the team, so Harvey Green could care less about you, much less be required to give you anything.  You have to work for every interview you get.  And as such, you have to make your questions count while not risking burning that bridge.  You don’t have the luxury of mailing it in.

    So it’s easy for guys like him to spout off when he can do anything short of peeing on the locker room floor and still get every interview and be at every press conference.

    Finally, I agreed with Costas when he said what he said.  I felt he was a bit short-sighted in some of it because he admitted he didn’t understand it all.  But the overriding point was dead on.

  • http://www.phinfever.com Big Dave

    Maybe ‘Mando can learn something from the Miami Dolphins organization and “join hands” with us, rather than take shots at us. We are the ones who get his thoughts out to the internet masses on our forums. We do all that we do totally for the love of our Dolphins. My site constantly operates in the red.

    Dave
    phinfever owner

  • http://phinsreport.com Butler

    Preach it Bro, I can’t stand Armando. Yeah sure he gives good information occasionally and actually some times its wrong…

    I mean his opinions are crap, I mean he states the obvious has no ingenuity. I mean atleast Omar Kelly tries to come up with opinions that differ and sometimes they’re fun to read.

    But Armando since hes on the biggest Miami paper gets the hits because there are lots of Miami fans and they need news quick somehow…

    I mean look at this piece http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2009/03/the-last-couple-of-days-have-served-to-fill-up-my-outlook-box-in-microsoft-because-many-readers-want-to-know-what-the-chances.html , One of the worst I’ve ever read. Basically he just dissed all the readers that sent him E-Mails. No respect for people at all.

    And I agree with Dave, I’m always in the red. Sure I get the occasional $50 from some ad type thing but thats not very often. Take all of us for granted, we do things to help the Miami fanbase get news, opinions and other things that you do not. And we get ridiculed by him for these acts. Not all of us are reporting breaking news trying to get attention. We are good people and not trying to hurt “real journalism” (The kind of journalism thats going down the tube). Welcome to the 21st century Armando, it’ll feel good to get here.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    keep up the good work, and thank you for it, brian; and others; your pioneers in your field.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    you know, i thought about it, i actually go to the blogs for info before i’ll even turn on espn or any rag show like it. i’m fed up with all the “sensationalizing” that they do for ratings. the thing i love best about bloggers is that they speculate on something, usually based on sometidbit of fact that they dug up somewhere, and most off then not theres more truth to it then what gets printed in the “real” news. that IS the beauty of naot being accoutable to some damn big financial sponcer who is worried about there image. ever notice how worried espn is now that disney runs them? way to big…..the blogs man, puts the news at our level…….love ya guys.

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    Thanks Dave.  I have to admit that I would rather read the opinion of a blogger than most reporters or columnists.  I don’t live under the umbrella of a corporation and have, to a degree, creative freedom.  

    In this world, blogging, I have two choices.  Take accountability for my actions and be read with some degree of seriousness or be a goof who wants to have no accountability and be nothing more than an overthetop writer with no substance.  
    It’s not that I don’t want to piss anyone off, but I really don’t get the angle?  I mean why would I ask a question to someone when I know the answer will be “no comment”?  It’s a waste of a question.  Beats me.  
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