Apparently, the local beat writers that cover the Miami Dolphins at the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald have been sniping at each other the last couple of days. It's mainly been done on twitter, because you can really zing a guy in 140 characters or less.
You want to know what's going on with your Miami Dolphins? They're dealing with a rash of injuries and have a short week to prepare for a game Thursday night, you say? Who gives a crap about that? MEDIA BEEF!
Since we weren't actually there, we have to piece everything together via several media member twitter accounts. And while the end result isn't juicy (sadly, nobody called anybody else's wife a whore), it has been rather delightful to watch unfold. Just because it's so stupid. And by "stupid" we mean "dickish."
It all started with, of all things, a Palm Beach Post reporter. Ben Volin tweeted last night that a Miami Herald reporter called out a Sun-Sentinel reporter during a Dolphins press conference.
The press conference dealt mainly with player injuries and unconfirmed reports and sources and other media-speak. So, as you can well imagine, things were fucking tense!
Later that night, Armando Salguero admitted to being said Herald reporter, writing in his blog:
I asked Sparano directly if the report that said Henne is likely out for the year is inaccurate?
"I would say at this particular time that is not accurate," Sparano said.
The reporter who wrote that article chimed in "more than likely," apparently not realizing that "more than likely" is stronger than simply "likely" because it is, well, more. Sparano apparently got a kick from that.
"You notice how nice I said that, Armando?" he asked. "I noticed the little back-biting."
Anyway, we move to more facts.
While Salguero will now boast of his gigantic balls for coming out in the open with this (Oh look! He already did! Good one, Armando!), calling out members of other media organizations this way is viewed as a rather dick move when it comes to media protocol. But, as Captain Ranault might say, "I am shocked, shocked that Armando would do that!"
In response, the Sun-Sentinel's Mike Berardino tweeted this morning the following:
Remember, we had a second source in Sunday's story caution there was "a lot left to learn" on Henne's status, so it's not like we misled you. Certain media haters in these hypercompetitive days conveniently choose to ignore that, which is pretty irresponsible if you ask me.
So, apparently, Berardino was the guy Salguero called out in front of coach Sparano and the other media. Berardino's colleague at the Sentinel, Omar Kelly, responded on his twitter that "Grown men should act like they have some level of maturity."
Ethan Skolnick, who used to cover the Dolphins for the Sentinel but now covers the Heat at the Palm Beach Post threw in his thoughts on the matter:
One of the best thing about the Heat beat is that all the local reporters are pros. Ridiculous what happened at Dolphins camp yesterday.
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Tony Sparano, meanwhile, got a kick out of the whole thing.
So all in all, pretty goddamn ridiculous. Sure it's a competitive industry and it's a twenty-four hour, seven-day a week, never sleep job where breaking news is demanded at all times and is instantaneous. Besides stock quotes, porn, and seeing Brett Favre's and Kanye West's respective penises, this is why the Internet exists. People need to know if Chad Henne is out for the season. AND THEY NEED TO KNOW NOW DAMMIT!
If the Dolphins ever decide to finally grant us media credentials, we can tell you that we'd never call out another reporter this way. Unless, of course, he was being a perpetual asshole about something.
But we don't have credentials. Probably because we're snarky and pepper our posts with the word "fuck" when the team sucks, and things of that nature. Also, we write the word "titties" a lot. Because titties is awesome.