On my way to the office this morning, I was listening (as usual) to
the commercials on ESPN Radio Mike & Mike in the Morning. I was just getting in when they started talking about Chad Ochocinco and his promise to tweet during games. Having already heard Golic jump on Chad’s nads on the subject, I was prepared for yet another “blah-blah-blah-Chad-the-distraction-yadda-yadda-yadda and we’ll have more people you don’t give a crap about on the Subway Fresh Take Hotline right after you listen to the same recorded Sportscenter you heard every three minutes for the last hour this is Mike & Mike in the Morning ESPN Radio” segment.
Did I mention I hate sports radio? Of course, the only alternative is the local “Morning Zoo” or “Jack.” I should really invest in a CD player. Or more specifically, a car with a CD player. But I digress.
Anyhow, instead of the usual palaver, Greenie actually brought up something I hadn’t considered (first time for everything (OK, I’ll stop now)). He sourced the insight to someone else (no surprise (I was kidding)), who pointed out that Twittering from the sidelines or the locker room is only the logical extension of what already goes on. Coaches and players do sideline and halftime interviews during the games. Guys are “miked up” on Monday Night Football. Reporters prowl the sidelines during games gathering information from coaches and players that they feed back to the broadcast booth.
So, what’s so wrong with tweeting? If some assistant equipment manager is there with a cell when Chad comes off the field, asks what happens, 85 says, “I got held,” and the guy posts it, well, isn’t that the kind of thing we want to know, when we want to know it? Isn’t that, in fact, the kind of thing we’ll probably see on sports reporters’ tweets during the season?
Maybe it’s still not a good idea, and my vote went for “Twitter sucks” anyhow, but I think Chad might just be ahead of the pack on this one. We’ll see.