The stereotype goes that men are afraid of commitment and dread the idea of marriage. For one sports writer that stereotype holds so true that he's literally begging Chris Bosh to not get married after proposing to his girlfriend this weekend in an article titled "Chris Bosh Wedding: Why It Will Ruin His First." Apparently, Bosh's wedding bells ring in terror for the Miami Heat.
"Bosh's impending wedding could have disastrous effects on the Miami Heat's dream season," he writes.
Then again this is the same writer who clearly plagiarized from New Times in another of his articles.
The 10-point listicle comes from Kyle Rowland over at Bleacher Report. It reads like a list of excuses any man would give personally for not wanting to settle down (in laws, temptation of sleeping with other woman, taking away guy time with the buds), except it's awkward because it's directed at a sports star. I was going to poke fun at it because it's all sorts of ridiculous, but then I stumbled on something a bit more personal.
See, Bleacher Report is a crowd-sourced website that publishes news and opinion penned by fans, yet Google treats the site as news. At the moment when you type in "Chris Bosh" to Google's new portal this is the first thing that comes up.
Basically Bleacher Report's aim is to siphon away page views and ad money from professional outlets by having "citizen journalists" turn out quickly written, traffic-baiting articles for little or no pay. That's just a reality in the new media landscape that old media is going to have to accept.
What is still unacceptable is plagiarism.
So, what do you know, Rowland also penned a slideshow yesterday on the news of Bosh's engagement. In slide three he writes:
The goal of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh's unholy Heat trinity was, quite simply, rings. But they'll have to wait until the postseason for their first shot at a championship.
Williams, on the other hand (no pun intended), didn't have to wait so long for her ring.
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Gee, that sounds familiar. Where have I heard that joke before? Oh, right. I wrote it yesterday in my post on the engagement:
The goal of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh's unholy Heat trinity was, quite simply, rings. But they'll have to wait until the postseason for their first shot at a championship. Bosh's girlfriend, Adrienne Williams, didn't have to wait so long for her ring.
Pretty blatant. Though, I would like to point out that the pun was very much intended.
This kind of things happens all the time, and I'm not that upset. What I am kind of angry about though is that Google's mysterious web robots tend to give sites like Bleacher Report such high rankings.