A day after one writer at the Minneapolis Star Tribune openly bemoaned the extent to which blogs have advanced a story that the Twin Cities print media hasn’t been able to crack, another Star Tribune scribe has dropped a whopper when it comes to the lingering Cold War between the Vikings and receiver Percy Harvin.
Writes the venerable Sid Hartman, “[T]he latest word from some good sources around the NFL is that Harvin, who missed the final seven regular-season games as well as the playoff game because of a serious ankle injury, has told the Vikings that he doesn’t want to play for them and wants to be traded.”
As Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune dismissively wrote (after six paragraphs of blog-style snark) in response to an item from Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports regarding Harvin’s reaction to Aaron Hernandez’s August 2012 contract with the Patriots, “So what we have now is a story that’s difficult to verify yet can’t really be disproven.”
We wonder whether Wiederer will use the same language when dismissing Hartman’s report as the product of “a hub for all the truth mixed with rumor mixed with gossip mixed with analysis that keeps people energized.”