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CBS fingers Pats player who tried to trip Jets gunner

During a special division-round edition of The NFL Today, CBS showed even better video than Jay Glazer of FOX displayed earlier in the day of a sideline wall during a punt play.  In the Glazer version, it wasn’t completely clear that a Pats player had tried to trip the Jets gunner.

In the CBS version, given that the game was televised by CBS and that the network has unfettered access to all sorts of different camera angles, the attempted trip is clear — and the culprit is guard Ryan Wendell.

Casserly says that the league likely won’t do anything to the Pats because the players on the edge of the white stripe were offensive linemen, ready to enter the game.  Casserly thinks Wendell could face discipline for the attempted trip, even though the incident occurred way back in September.

Meanwhile, neither James Brown nor Casserly nor anyone else pointed out that FOX had shown the video four hours earlier.  We know that some media organizations opt not to give credit to a rival who reports something first if the media organization had the information in hand at the time the rivals report surfaced.  (We don’t buy that approach — if someone is first, they’re first.  There’s no “I knew about it before you reported it” exception to the obligation to give credit where credit is due.)

In this case, it’s hard to believe that CBS was sitting on the video when FOX used it.  The Sal Alosi incident happened more than a month ago.  The $100,000 fine was imposed on December 30.  It wasn’t a hot story on which CBS would have been working.

Instead, we think CBS pulled out its tapes of the Week Two game after seeing or hearing about Glazer’s report.  If so, it was flat wrong to not credit FOX.

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23 Responses to “CBS fingers Pats player who tried to trip Jets gunner”
  1. jameswestphal says: Jan 16, 2011 4:54 PM

    I hope they bought him dinner at least.

  2. jwil444 says: Jan 16, 2011 4:54 PM

    No surprise there (regarding a credit to FOX) the CBS pregame show is the absolutely worst on television. At times it is just unwatchable.

  3. hobartbaker says: Jan 16, 2011 4:57 PM

    Surprisingly it was not Coach Ryan who fingered the offending foot in the video.

  4. bspurloc says: Jan 16, 2011 4:58 PM

    no video

  5. luponatrix says: Jan 16, 2011 4:58 PM

    CBS was going to show it last week, but ran out of time in the production meeting when they had to review with Cowher the finer points of fake-laughing.

  6. seaner44 says: Jan 16, 2011 5:11 PM

    get over it, geeze, who cares who gets credit, just report actual football news

  7. kd75 says: Jan 16, 2011 5:14 PM

    Simon Baker, as The Mentalist, is on the case…following 60 minutes.

  8. commandercornpone says: Jan 16, 2011 5:14 PM

    well as long as cbs foots the bill for he video search, who cares who gets credit…

  9. liquidalfa says: Jan 16, 2011 5:16 PM

    Ah….this league would be so boring without the Patriots and Jets.

  10. demolition510 says: Jan 16, 2011 5:20 PM

    When is the media gonna realize that it’s only the media that cares who breaks a story first?

    This is a big reason why stories are so quick to break when all the facts aren’t even known. But hey, if you’re the first to break a story, who cares if it’s 100% factual right?

  11. epping16 says: Jan 16, 2011 5:22 PM

    When will you guys, espn, cbs, and fox are the only ones that care who replorted it first? No one remembers who broke what story first, no one cares. Only media talking heads are so pathetic they need credit each and every time they DO THEIR JOB!

  12. jwil444 says: Jan 16, 2011 5:53 PM

    Geez, you guys are sounding like a WR who doesn’t get “some love”. What a bunch of nerds.

  13. trickbunny says: Jan 16, 2011 5:59 PM

    Tro Mootball Zalk.

  14. scytherius says: Jan 16, 2011 6:05 PM

    Does ANYONE, I mean ANYONE outside of the networks care who reported it first? Seriously. I have never in my 6 decades on this Earth seen nor heard anyone say they cared. And for the one person on the planet that does, you think they will remember more than an hour?

  15. Moonman says: Jan 16, 2011 6:08 PM

    This doesn’t change anything from the last post unless they find video of one of the linemen holding a gun to the gunner’s head.

    If this is an egregious violation that approximates the actions of the Jets’ Alosi, then the league has to reduce the fine levied on the Jets. That doesn’t mean easing the punishment on Alosi personally. And you can’t retroactively fine the Pats for old footage.

    So either reduce or rescind the fine on the Jets.

  16. Moonman says: Jan 16, 2011 6:13 PM

    epping16 says: Jan 16, 2011 5:22 PM

    When will you guys, espn, cbs, and fox are the only ones that care who replorted it first? No one remembers who broke what story first, no one cares. Only media talking heads are so pathetic they need credit each and every time they DO THEIR JOB!

    17 thumbs up for this? You don’t know why they care who gets first credit for reports? This is their livelihood. Journalists are paid and promoted on merit just like you or I.

    If you find a flaw in a report or something similar at your job, and you fix it, and relay this to your boss – would you care if your boss came back with “Well your co-worker told us about it already, and we thanked them” and told you nothing else? YOU fixed it. But they were made aware of the issue being found and getting fixed by someone else, and they gave THAT person the credit.

    They put things on their resumes based upon their ability to report and report quicker and more accurate than other networks. It’s a job just like anyone else having a job. Don’t diminish it.

  17. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 16, 2011 6:21 PM

    Third quarter and so far the Patriots are being exposed as frauds.

    Maybe too much thinking about feet?

  18. Deb says: Jan 16, 2011 7:00 PM

    Wish you’d post a link to the CBS video because you can’t see anything on the Fox Video. Can’t tell what team it is, let alone if they’re trying to trip anyone. And if the Jets had a former Pats player on the record saying the Pats train players on the sideline to illegally trip the gunner, the mature thing would have been to report it to the league, not to have their coaches turn around and start trying to trip gunners, too. Good grief.

  19. raiders757 says: Jan 16, 2011 7:39 PM


    CBS is the worst pregame show? Are you kidding me? As long as Fox and ESPN continue to broadcast NFL pregame shows, CBS is safe. Fox and ESPN are pathetic at best.

    I guess if your in preschool, one would think Fox does a great job, you know, with their little robots and all. ESPN? They’re nothing more than a pathetic rumor mill with more bias and unprofessional reporting than I’ve seen this side of PFT.

    CBS isn’t the best, obviously, but they’re still second to NFLN. Fox and ESPN are easily tied for the worst.

  20. discosucs2005 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:28 PM

    “if someone is first, they’re first.”

    Isn’t there a saying about glass houses that you should apply here?

  21. sirsprague says: Jan 16, 2011 8:44 PM

    scytherius says: Jan 16, 2011 6:05 PM

    Does ANYONE, I mean ANYONE outside of the networks care who reported it first?


    Excuse me? In academic disciplines for your published work, you cite whoever came up with an idea or data first, because a) it’s the right thing to do, and b) you sure as hell didn’t do it. Why shouldn’t the same be true for anything else in “real” life? Does it make you less of a news organization to admit on occasion “Channel X says blah…”? Nobody is expected to pick up every scoop first, so take credit for the ones that you get, and give credit for the ones that aren’t yours. It’s fundamentally dishonest for you to do otherwise.

  22. textthis says: Jan 16, 2011 9:20 PM

    somebodies mad becuase they never get credit from other news organizations

  23. bartpkelly says: Jan 17, 2011 4:36 AM

    This article is about who can claim being first on a news story? Or about the Pats illegally trying to trip someone? Keep your focus, and please let it be the latter. I don’t want to read about spats between journalists or networks, keep that for your water cooler or trade magazines. .

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