You're not going to believe this: Mariotti misses the point on Rose, Memphis
Bashing Jay Mariotti may be a fruitless exercise at this point. He's been destroyed mercilessly, here and elsewhere, ad nauseam. He makes a fool of himself on television five times a week. You won't find an intelligent sports fan, sports writer, or sports blogger who values his opinion. He obviously has no friends.
Still, it's hard to ignore the column Jay gave the world today on Derrick Rose.
Mariotti is a pretty good wordsmith, I think most can agree on that. He regularly wrote 1,200 word columns for the Sun-Times on deadline - sometimes minutes after a Cubs or Sox game ended - and for that he should be commended. Begrudgingly, I would say he's a good writer. I guess.
But is he a good sports columnist? Does he shape the public's opinion intelligently? Do I really need to answer these rhetorical questions?
The problem with Jay, of course, is that his opinions are whack, he has clear biases, and he lacks the ability to think critically. The later is on full display with this column.
Since we don't link to Jay's work here, you're just going to have to believe me.
As for Rose, he's playing in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls. He'll have to live with the shame that he committed academic fraud, a major smear on his resume in basketball and life, especially if he goes on to a Hall of Fame career as many of us have forecasted.
I root for the Illini, but really, give me a freakin' break, Jay. Illinois that year: 16-19 overall, 5-13 in the Big 10. You cannot tell me Illinois would have better prepared Rose for the NBA than Memphis. I think things worked out pretty well for Rose at Memphis, considering he was the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. That's the only reason he was in college in the first place.
The whole "major smear on his resume in basketball AND LIFE!" part is just hilarious. Because Jay Mariotti has never made a mistake before - not even at 17 - and Rose should live his life as morally as Jay has. I doubt Rose will lose much sleep over this once the dust settles. Now? Sure, maybe a little. But this is hardly a lasting stain.
If (when) Derrick Rose goes on to a Hall-of-Fame career, this will not qualify as a major smear. A major smear is the kind of stuff Sir Charles has done. What Rose did just proves he's human. You can go through the Wikipedia page of any NBA Hall-of-Famer, most of them have done stuff as bad, or in many cases, far worse than this.
Derrick Rose shouldn't have cheated on his ACT to get into college. That was wrong. Then again, it was wrong that he was even forced to go to college in the first place.
Fanhouse isn't all evil, as Jay may lead you to believe. They have Tom Ziller, who rules. Here, he puts Mariotti in his place. Link included.
We're told by David Stern that the NBA age minimum is a business decision, that the league's owners benefit from being able to see these bucks play for a year elsewhere (college, Europe, D-League)..........That, in the end, the players benefit from the softer transition from amateur to pro.