Saturday, January 29, 2011

Don't get you Detroit Free Press panties in a bunch

Looks like Big Al got under the skin of the Detroit Free Press last week regarding his comments on Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Free Press writer David Birkett was responding to comments made by Davis that were quoted in San Francisco Chronicle.

“JaMarcus hurt a great deal,” Davis said, according to the Chronicle. “But the ones they wanted to take instead of JaMarcus, Brady Quinn, hasn’t played yet. There was some talk of Calvin Johnson. But you can take a look at Calvin up at Detroit. How many games did they win this year, Detroit, do you know? Six? Yeah. But up until now, Calvin hadn’t done anything for them. He had been eulogized, but he hadn’t made a lot of indelible impression on the won and lost.”

Birkett took it as a jab.

Davis was giving his opinion on the wide receiver in context to his value in helping the Lions make the playoffs. That apparently riled Birkett, who really isn't qualified to respond given the lack of anything related to the playoffs and the Lions.

The Raiders have won more Super Bowls than the Lions have even qualified for the post season, so it's rather amusing that any Detroit writer have any opinion on football. Given all the top 5 picks the Lions have amassed in the last 40 years, it's even more bewildering that any Detroit beat writer is ripping anything other than the Lions brass and the Ford Family.

The sad part is, Davis is about as easy a target to take a shot at as they come these days, but that's like shooting fish in a barrel. Where is the creativity? I suppose you have to do whatever it takes to sell newspapers these days. Given the direction that industry is going, Detroit may be seeing another employer go the way of the Edsel.

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