Thursday, March 03, 2005

Leave it to Philadelphia to crucify Webber after only 3 games

Leave it to Philadelphia to crucify Webber after he's only played three games.

Today, lead with the headline "Is Webber a Cookie?" We don't exactly know what that means as we think cookies are generally good and the headline was clearly asking if he's a chump. (Perhaps it's similar to the use of lemon to denote a shitty car.)

Regardless, the point is that loves to cry wolf. If it was the Daily News' site, we'd understand. However, it is the Knight Ridder site that represents both the Daily News and the Inquirer and generally considers itself the homepage for the Philadelphia region. It could lead with actual news. Unfortunately, it seems to continually choose to instead lead with hype, more consistent with a tabloid like the New York Post than an actual news source.

The headline of the actual article is much subtler ("Let's hope Webber is an adjustable star") but that's kind of the point: why does always feel its necessary to lead with sensational headlines -- even more so than the Daily News? There was even another example today with the news that free agent Jeremiah Trotter was visiting with the Kansas City Chiefs. I don't remember the words exactly, but it was along the lines of "Trotter headed to Kansas City" instead of "Trotter to test free agency market."

So is lame.

Meanwhile, Chris Webber is EXACTLY what Allen Iverson has needed all along. The Sixers could very well bring a parade to Philadelphia this June instead of next.

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