Thursday, July 24, 2008

Royce White v. Damien Johnson

Royce White, who we're all excited to be donning maroon and gold come fall 2009, has given the punditocracy another reason to question his maturity.

In an item I didn't see until it was pointed out to me today, it's reported that White had a little altercation with Damian Johnson during a summer league game. Now, White insists it was simply competitive sparring. But the funny business got him ejected.

This Star Tribune blog post by Myron Medcalf (after burying the lede) informs us that White was tossed for trash talking and throwing a ball at Johnson's back when he was turned away. Yeah, that's not cool, considering Johnson was arguably the Gophers' MVP last season and was easily the player who grew the most under Tubby Smith. Show some respect, Royce!

Medcalf also decides to paraphrase Tubby Smith second hand. Here's the paragraph that made the editor in me cringe:

Tubby Smith was upset and befuddled when he learned about White’s verbal
sparring session with his future teammate. During a conversation with a
colleague, Smith questioned White’s immaturity.
I believe Tubby would be questioning White's "maturity," and this incident might give credence to those who suggest White is "immature." Whatever.

This little note proves two things to us: 1) Royce White hasn't learned a microscope is on him and 2) the Star Tribune isn't going to save us from another year of questionable reporting and grammar from pup reporter Myron Medcalf.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should write Medcalf's column. God knows, everything about this website, including your opinions, are perfect.

Jeff

PJS said...

Everyone has opinions, Jeff. I'm not sure opinions are ever "perfect."

Myron, on the other hand, is a beat reporter. He's supposed to give us hard facts, not someone's opinion through an intermediary.

My problem is honestly less with Myron than it is with the STrib brass. Now that Chip Scoggins is doing Vikings football, Myron is covering Brewster and Tubby's teams. He was incapable of covering just Tubby's team last year. Now we have him for both teams.

Obviously, the STrib doesn't care too much about covering Gophers sports.

Anonymous said...

1) Kent Youngblood will be covering Gopher football for the Strib.

2) Best beat reporter for Gopher basketball last year was MN Daily reporter Zach Eisendrath.

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