I'm always amazed at how many people complain that the Azrepublic is being negative on the Cardinals. I read much more negative reporting for Green Bay, and they have a winning record. The other week a reporter wrote that one of the Packers is "Toxic Waste." It doesn't get much more negative than that. And I see on this forum how guys like Dave Pashe and Jim O and now Mistler are on it, and they are all very polite to you guys. Us Packer fans actually take some hits from the reporters like Cliff Christl who covers the Packers and purposely takes shots at some of the Packer optimists on our online chats that we have to pay for.
Below is an excerpt from Packer reporter Cliff Christl the day before training camp. His negative reporting doesn't bother me as long as it's objective. But I see more negative reporting by Green Bay writers than I do in Cardinal country by the AZrepublic:
"Back to work
Full camp starts tomorrow and I'll be filing a report each day in this Weblog. Here are five items, guaranteed, that you won't be reading.
1) That Jamal Reynolds looks like a world-beater.
2) That Torrance Marshall has turned his life around.
3) That Rod Walker looks like the second coming of Warren Sapp
4) That any of the quarterbacks behind Brett Favre
could lead the Packers to the playoffs in the event of an injury.
5) That the defense will be Super Bowl caliber.
Just thought I'd start the season off on a negative note. Love and kisses to all you eternal optimists."
Below is a few examples of Q&A from a recent Internet Chat of packer reporter Cliff Christl. It's like having Howard Cossell cover the Packers, he rips people and says whatever is on his mind.
Q: Mark Egan of Columbus, Indiana - Cliff, you can be pretty harsh with your comments. Ever get the feeling some the players harbor any ill will towards you?
A: Cliff Christl - I've never cared about that. I have a job to do and I can't care what other people think of me.
Q: Tony of Missoula - Cliff, I enjoy and appreciate your direct and straight forward answers. My question is, how can a player who's career is on the bubble take chances with banned substances and jepordize his future in the NFL? Example Torrence Marshall.
A: Cliff Christl - Because he's an idiot.
Q: John White Jr of Marshfield - You have stated before that you are not a Packer fan since that would be considered a conflict of interest. So who IS your favorite NFL team? In other words, are you a fan of ANY NFL team, or would that also be a conflict of interest?
A: Cliff Christl - There isn't a team in professional sports -- or in college for that matter -- that I root for or like.
Q: PowerBall of East Texas - Hey Cliff, Warren Sapp is not some dynamite DT anymore. He talks and yaks and get's throttled regualary now. Last time the Packer played them, I think Rivera manhandled him MANHANDLED.
A: Cliff Christl - I couldn't resist answering this one last question because of its absurdity. After the Super Bowl last year, I was interviewing Monte Kiffin and he said you can talk all you want about the other players on his defense, but their success all starts with No. 99. He said he was the key. So I'd suggest you go back in the film room and examine how many times Sapp gets double-teammed compared to other tackles and how often that frees up his teammates to make plays.
I just think people blow negative reporting on the Cards way out of proportion.