Let me preface this by saying we don't have any axe to grind with Mile High Sports (MHS). Sometimes we'll even link to them. For us, content is king, whether it's our own excellent work by Ted Bartlett or Doc Bear, or our take on someone else's content. However, sometimes, in the haste to be first with the news, providers of content can--and we mean this with as much respect as we can possibly muster--look like complete ass clowns.
Today provided a good example: A few hours ago, Chris Bianchi of the aforementioned MHS wrote the following:
It turns out that Denver Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter isn’t dealing with an illness. It turns out he’s coughing up a bad attitude, and he could be gone soon.
A source told Mile High Sports’ Robin Carlin on Thursday that Porter, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract in the offseason, is not suffering from an illness, as the Broncos claim. Instead, Porter is sitting out due to poor performance and to what the Broncos coaching staff perceives as a “bad attitude;” the Broncos may look to move Porter in the near future as a result. Porter is not expected to play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, per the source.
A few moments later, the Denver Post broke the story that Porter was actually sitting out because he was suffering from seizure-like symptoms.
A few more moments later, a refresh of Biachi's story read as follows:
Denver Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter is reportedly suffering from problems related to a seizure. But there may be more to the situation, as well.
A source told Mile High Sports’ Robin Carlin on Thursday that Porter, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract in the offseason, may not only be suffering from seizure problems, but he may not be seeing eye-to-eye with defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, either. Porter is sitting out due to poor performance and to what the Broncos coaching staff perceives as a “bad attitude;” the Broncos may look to move Porter in the near future as a result.
Pardon my French
resistance, but that's completely motherfu#$ing ridiculous. To believe this second story, the supposed source told Mile High Sports about both the seizure and the attitude problem, which, in the second version, doesn't look like much of an attitude problem at all. Hell, it could have been a simple disagreement about scheme.
Yet the first version read as if the source had no knowledge of the seizure whatsoever; further, it suggested Porter's attitude was akin to that of Terrell Owens. Somehow, within a span of five minutes, the source grew wiser, and the attitude problem became two men not "seeing eye-to-eye."
Forgive us, Mile High Sports, if we think your source isn't a source at all, but a very creative imagination.