NFL  > General NFL  > Mike Mayock makes note of what I call "racially affected" coverage of Andrew Luch and RG3
February 28, 2012, 08:57 PM
This might be news to Cam Newton, but scouts and scouting reports are still largely trite with stereotypes. Mike Mayock, America???s new favorite analyst (no, seriously, I think he runs football now???and he looks damn good doing it!) finds the comfortable narratives about Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III to be an ???interesting juxtaposition.??? (But where Mayock uses the word interesting I use ???racially affected.???)

I appreciate what Mayock says here and he doesn???t have to get all Jesse Jackson with it to make the point. Whether you consider this kind of ???assessing down convenient lines??? a racist (or, more gently, ???racial???) act or simply inadequate or flawed analysis the fact is it needs to stop. Analysts of all kinds need to make a greater effort to accurately describe the guys they???re covering.

Read more at http://playerperspective.com/column/mayock-racially-affecte d-coverage/
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February 29, 2012  07:53 AM ET

If you are wanting journalists, analysts, sportscasters, etc. to be objective you need to find a new issue to harp on.

February 29, 2012  09:42 AM ET

WTF???? exactly WHAT is this, um.....PERSON's point? There's not a single example of what they are apparently objecting to.............

March 2, 2012  02:53 PM ET

I actually found the article very interesting. It touched an interesting topic for me. It is true if you were to say Andrew Luck is as athletic as Cam Newton you will be laughed off these boards. At the same time if you say RG3 has as good a pocket presence as say Peyton at this stage you would be laughed at just as hard. The point is the guys I compared have similar stats, similar numbers but we tend to view them differently. Why?

To put it plainly Black quarterbacks are seen as more athletic quarterbacks not as good a pocket presence and the white quarterbacks are seen as less athletic but have a better pocket presence regardless of what their numbers indicate.

Luck ran just as fast and out jumped Cam, RG3 had better numbers than Peyton in college but they are not seen in the same light.

March 2, 2012  03:08 PM ET
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I actually found the article very interesting. It touched an interesting topic for me. It is true if you were to say Andrew Luck is as athletic as Cam Newton you will be laughed off these boards. At the same time if you say RG3 has as good a pocket presence as say Peyton at this stage you would be laughed at just as hard. The point is the guys I compared have similar stats, similar numbers but we tend to view them differently. Why?To put it plainly Black quarterbacks are seen as more athletic quarterbacks not as good a pocket presence and the white quarterbacks are seen as less athletic but have a better pocket presence regardless of what their numbers indicate. Luck ran just as fast and out jumped Cam, RG3 had better numbers than Peyton in college but they are not seen in the same light.

Then explain Tebow who is athletic and has no pocket presence (yet).

March 2, 2012  03:10 PM ET
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Then explain Tebow who is athletic and has no pocket presence (yet).

Tebow is a born leader with intangibles that led the Broncos into the playoffs.

March 2, 2012  03:58 PM ET
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Tebow is a born leader with intangibles that led the Broncos into the playoffs.

LOL!

March 2, 2012  04:20 PM ET
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Tebow is a born leader with intangibles that led the Broncos into the playoffs.

does 'backing in" constitute leading?

March 2, 2012  04:44 PM ET
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does 'backing in" constitute leading?

Nobody really cares if a team backs in or cruises in.

March 2, 2012  06:11 PM ET
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Nobody really cares if a team backs in or cruises in.

show me a team that backs into the playoffs and more often than not I will show you a team that is one and done.

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March 2, 2012  06:23 PM ET
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show me a team that backs into the playoffs and more often than not I will show you a team that is one and done.

How about the New York Giants?

March 2, 2012  06:29 PM ET
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How about the New York Giants?

They didn't back in. They won all the games they needed to get in - including their last game against Dallas to clinch the division. Denver backed in because they lost their final game to clinch the division on their own and had Oakland beat SD, they wouldn't have made it at all.

Those be the facts.

March 3, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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How about the New York Giants?

They backed in? What were you watching the last 5 weeks of the season?

March 3, 2012  09:53 AM ET
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How about the New York Giants?

Very good point, they just barely made the playoffs as a wild card team and then ran the table.

March 3, 2012  09:57 AM ET
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Very good point, they just barely made the playoffs as a wild card team and then ran the table.

That was the 2007 team. This year they won the East.

Broke their own record for worst regular season record to win a SuperBowl.

March 3, 2012  10:14 AM ET
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This year they won the East. Broke their own record for worst regular season record to win a SuperBowl.

They limped into the playoffs.

March 3, 2012  04:01 PM ET
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They limped into the playoffs.

winning 3 out of the last 4 games is a limp?

March 3, 2012  04:20 PM ET

The team that gets hot late in the season usually wins the Super Bowl. That was true of the Packers in 2010 and the Giants in 2011.

 
March 3, 2012  04:25 PM ET
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They limped into the playoffs.

Since you are an obvious expert on "limp" I'll defer to you.

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