AJC’s spring game reporting: “horrible” yet “efficient”

Anyone scratch his or her head over the headlines in yesterday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s write-ups of the Georgia and Georgia Tech spring games?

Georgia’s first string defense gave up five scoring drives, and the article on G-Day is headed “Dogs ‘horrible’ on defense”. Tech’s first team offense scores every time (that would be ten, if you’re counting) it has the ball – including three TDs against the first team defense – and the story is “Jackets’ offense crisp, efficient”.

Now, granted, a lot of this is eye of the beholder stuff, as the Georgia article is pretty much described from the point of view of Martinez and Kelin Johnson, while the Tech story is told by Bennett and Bond, so I’m not seeing anything sinister in all of this.

Laziness, on the other hand…

How hard would it have been to get some quotes from folks like Tenuta and Bobo to give things a little more balance?

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6 responses to “AJC’s spring game reporting: “horrible” yet “efficient”

  1. kckd

    The AJC knows what sells their papers and UGA fans love to point fingers at this stuff. It makes them look like nothing more than a tabloid covering sports. They probably don’t get as much circulation among sports fans if they do it straight up.

  2. I’m not sure why the Georgia headline was phrased as it was, but I think the Tech headline lauded the offense because that was such a concern coming into the spring. Also, Tech people have learned not to worry too much about defense while Tenuta’s around.

    But don’t get me wrong, talking to Bobo and Tenuta would have been a good (and you’d think obvious) move.

  3. “I’m not sure why the Georgia headline was phrased as it was, but I think the Tech headline lauded the offense because that was such a concern coming into the spring. Also, Tech people have learned not to worry too much about defense while Tenuta’s around.”

    You could pretty much say the same thing for the Dawgs going into G-Day – except we’re probably not as confident about Martinez as you guys are about Tenuta. Which I admit is a little weird, since they’re pretty similar, statistically speaking.

  4. kckd

    Not weird Senator. The expectations of the fans for our two defenses is not the same.

  5. Maybe – although I suspect if you asked a lot of Georgia fans if they’d prefer Tenuta over Martinez, you’d be surprised by their answer.

  6. kckd

    I agree, but a lot of our fans are a good deal harder on our own coaches than they are on others. We as much as any fanbase are ate up with the “grass is always greener” thinking, no matter how well we’re doing.