On Wednesday morning, a story broke in the New York Daily
News that a few "anonymous sources" on the Jets ripped
quarterback Mark Sanchez. These people made derogatory
comments about their teammate but wouldn't let the reporter
use their name. Is their anything more ridiculous or cowardly
A teammate or perhaps someone within the organization who
could be just a weeee bit jealous of a good-looking, 23-year
old kid who has more money than he can ever spend (unless
he turns into Antonie Walker, who somehow managed to
blow $100 million) playing the most glamorous position in
sports in the greatest city in the world, taking shots at him
behind his back while in front of a veil of anonymity.
Nah, that never happens. No way. Never.
Here's what the "anonymous source," aka cowardly
teammate, said about Sanchez:
"He's lazy and content because he knows he's not going to be
benched. How can we (win) when he's not improving at all?"
the player said, according to the newspaper. He thinks he is,
but he's not. He has shown us what he's
Nobody was saying much when Sanchez, in his first two years
out of USC, led the Jets to two consecutive AFC title games.
Oh, yeah, that's right, Gang Green got there despite Sanchez.
With Peyton Manning twisting in the wind out in the corn fields
of Indiana, there has been talk of the Jets trying to bring in
Manning to help get them to a Super Bowl.
"Come on. That's a no-brainer," a Jets source said, according
to the newspaper. "If you have a chance to get a healthy
36-year-old Peyton Manning and you don't do it, then you're
stupid. If I could get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning,
then, hell yeah, I would trade Sanchez."
Greg McElroy, a back-up quarterback, came out last week
and told an Alabama radio station that the Jets locker room
was "corrupt" and filled with "selfish" players. (Man, was he
ever right.) I wasn't keen on a rookie who never played
popping off, but at least he was man enough to identify himself.
If anyone has a problem with what he had to say, they can go
find him and take care of business. Those "anonymous sources"
will be back in the locker room next year smiling to the face
of Sanchez and then probably stabbing him in the back again.
I think in some cases, the "journalist" is just as cowardly
as the player taking a machete to a teammates back. These
guys might try to bait the players into giving them a quote
by guaranteeing they won't attach their name to
I'm not sure why that kind of junk is even permitted to
be put in print by anyone with a shred of common sense
or a moral compass. A reporter or "journalist" can
hide behind the "anonymous source" and if he's correct
on it, he's brilliant. When he's dead wrong about a story,
he or she can just say, "That's what the guy told me." Well,
who was it? "Sorry, I can't reveal my sources." But hey,
just as long as they get on "SportsCenter", "PTI", and
satisfy their 10,000 followers on Twitter, it's all good.
That's what many of these reporters try to do. If I've seen it once,
I've seen it a 1,000 times. Some guy makes an outlandish
statement or writes an inflammatory story and some producer,
who thinks he's got a pulse on the world, will call and bring
him on the show and that reporter will get his five-minutes
to audition and hope to become the next Skip Bayless or
Jamele Hill. That's how it works these days.
It's not the first time the whole "anonymous source" thing
was used, it certainly won't be the last.