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Old 05-22-2007, 02:18 AM   #11
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Ha ha.

Okay, im guilty of having a laugh at a guy who is 'clever enough to teach Steleers footballers' but too dumb to know how to work email.

As far as PFT goes, i'll eat my hat if this turns out to be false - this one has way too many checkable sources (every HC in the NFL for a start ).

I fully expect this to gradually leak through to other sources soon enough.

If this was the Patriots, you guys would be doing the same thing
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Old 05-22-2007, 02:31 AM   #12
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I gotta say... I was surprised it was us.. DOH
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I gotta say... I was surprised it was us.. DOH
Dude, it's made up. Isn't it kinda fishy that PFT, which isn't exactly the most truthful source of information is the only "media" source reporting it? I think it's quite instructive when people cite PFT in these forums and usually preface themselves by saying "I know this is from PFT, but...." This Email supposedly went to every employee of every front office in the league, yet there hasn't been so much as a secretary or admin assistant that hasn't leaked the information to ESPN or SI or Fox Sports? I think folks are giving the NFL a little too much credit here as far as their ability to keep something like this completely under wraps if it really were true. If this so-called "story" is reported by a LEGITIMATE media outlet, then I'll eat crow about it, but until then, I call bullshit. I think the folks at PFT need to familiarize themselves with the meanings of the words "libel" and "slander" for their own good as well.
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Old 05-22-2007, 05:21 AM   #14
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Ha ha.

Okay, im guilty of having a laugh at a guy who is 'clever enough to teach Steleers footballers' but too dumb to know how to work email.
No offense, but I gotta laugh at someone who accepts this "story" as the truth from the same "bastion of journalistic integrity" that has given the world such candid shots as this:



Yeah, this "story" is coming from a really reputable source.
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:29 AM   #15
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Ha ha.

Okay, im guilty of having a laugh at a guy who is 'clever enough to teach Steleers footballers' but too dumb to know how to work email.

As far as PFT goes, i'll eat my hat if this turns out to be false - this one has way too many checkable sources (every HC in the NFL for a start ).

I fully expect this to gradually leak through to other sources soon enough.

If this was the Patriots, you guys would be doing the same thing
you wear an asshat right? what is amusing is not the story itself but watching you gleefully rub your hands together in anticipation as you "expect" this story to leak to major news and media outlets.

you seem as if you "fully expect" this story to be broken by tom brokaw on the NBC Nightly News. pictures of zeirlien at his desk, with his hand draped across his brow, as the feds raid his office and seize his computer will be splashed across the USA Today, and all sports websites. jay leno and david letterman will have running jokes in their monologue for weeks. roger goodell will hold a press conference and urge the rooneys to fire tomlin for such a blunder and threaten to levy fines against the team.

so as you eagerly wait, just remember... it is a non story and nobody cares. the story has already leaked to the only "media" outlet that cares enough to run with it- PFT, which is the internet football fans version of the "Enquirer" or other tabloid smut.

the lions position coach driving through taco bell in this birthday suit was funny. the congressman soliciting 16 year old boy scribes via e-mail was shocking. this is neither.

its PFT's job to make sure a few hundered fans get their jollies by reading it, and that sense the story has broke and their job is done.

"man watches porn, tonight at 8:00" i cant wait for the Dateline and 60 Minutes special on this. maybe VH1 will do a True Hollywood Stories episode featuring a coach nobody even knows. i "fully expect" a john bobbitt or joey butafuoco cult following for mr. zerlein.

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the story has already leaked to the only "media" outlet that cares enough to run with it- PFT, which is the internet football fans version of the "Enquirer" or other tabloid smut.
I think "fabricated by" would be more appropriate verbiage here. If there was anything to this story, it would be splashed across the pages of every sports outlet in existence. Proof? The Rich Eisen Emails a couple of weeks back, for instance. Followed in quick succession by a presser held by Zeirlein to profusely apologize for everything.

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No offense, but I gotta laugh at someone who accepts this "story" as the truth from the same "bastion of journalistic integrity" that has given the world such candid shots as this:



Yeah, this "story" is coming from a really reputable source.
C'mon, all those pictures are blatantly made up - thats why they have PFT emblazoned across the bottom.

If you look in their back catalogue of pictures you'll find ones like this.



Topical, fake/jokey pictures.

Its in vogue to critcise everything that come sfrom PFT but I maintain they have a very good success rate - the Bradshaw headline you alluded to in a different post - was something along the lines of 'Bradshaw dead?' - sure its sensationalist but at no point did it definitively state that Bradshaw was definitely dead.

When the real news filtered through they printed it.

This Steelers coach story (while more humurous than anything else) is a statement of fact - the guy who runs the site is a lawyer - so think they understand the legal implications of slander.
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Its in vogue to critcise everything that come sfrom PFT but I maintain they have a very good success rate - the Bradshaw headline you alluded to in a different post - was something along the lines of 'Bradshaw dead?' - sure its sensationalist but at no point did it definitively state that Bradshaw was definitely dead.

When the real news filtered through they printed it.

This Steelers coach story (while more humurous than anything else) is a statement of fact - the guy who runs the site is a lawyer - so think they understand the legal implications of slander.
It still doesn't explain why no other media outlet picked it up, does it? And I'm sorry, this is the kind of thing that would get major airplay and get beaten to death by the mainstream media if it were true. I'll believe it when I hear it from another source, and not before.
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It still doesn't explain why no other media outlet picked it up, does it? And I'm sorry, this is the kind of thing that would get major airplay and get beaten to death by the mainstream media if it were true. I'll believe it when I hear it from another source, and not before.
im sure other outlets have seen it and said "who cares" and "who the hell is larry zierlein". it simply isnt news. its gossip which is why only PFT has even bothered with it.

rich eisen has been in sports media for a long time and has a very recognizable face. the story of the babe in the bikini, and the wife intercepting the photos, and the implied infidelity is a way better story than an old man who surfs porn. plus it could help on network to try and discredit a broadcaster from another network (geraldo rivera).

this story sucks, nobody will even pick it up.
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im sure other outlets have seen it and said "who cares" and "who the hell is larry zierlein". it simply isnt news. its gossip which is why only PFT has even bothered with it.

rich eisen has been in sports media for a long time and has a very recognizable face. the story of the babe in the bikini, and the wife intercepting the photos, and the implied infidelity is a way better story than an old man who surfs porn. plus it could help on network to try and discredit a broadcaster from another network (geraldo rivera).

this story sucks, nobody will even pick it up.
This is the last thing I'm saying about the matter, but it seems to me gossip is a bit different from irrefutable fact. And just because some joker from a website says he has "inside connections" to the NFL, doesn't mean I'm gonna believe him. And to say the guy running the site is a lawyer is laughable - talk about a person I'm LEAST likely to believe.
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