Eli’s Quote

Dear Jason Keidel,

I read one your articles already and I must say you are like almost every other sportswriter in this town in that you take one insignificant quote from a player or coach, make a big deal about what he or she said, and blow it up into this mammoth size article with a lot of fluff. It’s getting to be so old and frankly annoying.
First I want to comment on your article about Eli Manning entitled The Book on Eli  keidel-the-book-on-eliin which you criticize him for saying he’s in the same class as Tom Brady. First of all and probably the biggest reason why all the backlash, including yours is so laughable is that this was a leading question by the interviewer. He was asked by the interviewer if he thinks he is in the same class as Brady. Now I don’t know if you people in the sports media have nothing better to do but ask leading questions of which you already know the answers to, but that is clearly what happened in this case and it just seems pointless. Why ask a simple question of which you already know the plain and simple answer, merely to try to invoke an emotional response just so you and the rest of the sports media can write a ton of articles and columns espousing why the response was unwarranted? Obviously Eli Manning is not as good a quarterback as Tom Brady so why ask him if he is in the same class as Tom Brady unless you anticipate that an affirmative response will generate a lot of negative media attention and its your next big story for the next week? I can not think of a reason. That is shameful. It is just shameful. And then to read all these columns, including yours, explaining why Eli Manning is not as good as Tom Brady is just mind numbing. They go on forever it seems and its only in response to one quote. Sports media is so overly reactionary in present day and what is sports except emotions. Sports is all about emotions and the media capitilizes too much on players and coaches emotions, jumping all over them for one quote. I am sure a bunch of emotions went into that response by Eli: feeling of rivalry, pride, overconfidence, a dislike of the patriots. Just because he says it doesn’t mean its the truth and if he believes it fine.  But you cant expect a person, especially a professional sports star in  New York to always be humble and say what you think is the right all the time, especially regarding a statement as inconsequential and trivial as this. And that is the most imporant aspect of this. The question was leading and pointless and the response was emotional, trivial, and inconsequential. In the end, it its a statement reflecting how Eli Manning feels about himself, and the bashing from journalists such as yourself is unnecessary and unfortunately it has become so mainstream with the American sports media today.


  1. silverpen2013

    I am not commenting on this post, I apologize for that. I found your blog from a comment you made on another post about not shopping on Thanksgiving http://heatherchristenaschmidt.com/2013/11/09/i-may-shop-on-thanksgiving/ and what you said really resonated with me. Especially when you talked about charity. Even though charity helps many people I’ve always struggled with the feeling that its more of a band-aid and less of a true method for social change. You articulated that for me as well as some other very pertinent thoughts, and I just wanted to say thank you for saying exactly what I had been thinking as I read the post, but would never have bothered to say because I am lame like that.
    Wishing you well,

    • Reflective Thinking

      ….thank you…it means a lot to me that the comment resonated with you…the OP resonated very much with me first of all because of the arrogant and condescending tone and then because of the numerous holes in her argument which were so obvious…it really didnt take a genius to figure them out…it amazes me when people combine condoscending tones with bad arguments…and then they respond to their opposing commenters with such vehemence and disdain. i’ve learned that the best way to refute a bad argument is not to start out insulting the other person but rather go point by point and just poke holes one after the other…other commenters made some very good points and some relevant anecdotes but they started out with insults and then got insults and more bad arguments thrown back at them by the OP….that always gets me slightly down…but yeah the topic really got my blood boiling because of the way it was treated by the author and how many lives it actually affects in this country. one thing I found certainly humorous about the post was this “All we really need to do is accept that not everyone in this world is living the same life as we are. That’s it! Then we can still be friends, and wield our shared misanthropy around the Internet together. Because in accepting that not everyone in this world is living the same life as we are, we maybe stop making ignorant comments about people that work on holidays, or even that shop and eat out on your blessed Stuff Your Face With Turkey Day.” she criticizes people for doing the exact thing that she is doing in this post. she’s superimposing her situation onto everyone elses without even realizing it…Amazing. And this “Instead of being such a jerk, why not drop $5 Starbucks cards off to all the employees, or embrace the needs of fast food workers to work on the holiday by stopping by on your way to your Thanksgiving feast to get a soda and just wish the workers a happy holiday.” Like they care whether I get a soda or or not? That’s not gonna change their salary…and a starbucks card? How inconsequential could you be? people don’t want your charity…they want your love…they want to be able to articulate their condition to someone who will listen and potentially join in their struggle.i think a lot of people struggle with the feeling that charity is just a band-aid. you’re certainly not alone in that respect..and there’s a very good factual reason for that…charity while necessary just covers up for the structural problems in society…i mean just imagine how much turmoil this country would be in if there was no inclination to charity….that just shows us how much bad shape we’re really in…on the other hand just a few days ago I read an op-ed in the WSJ talking about how some study showed that giving to charity is this great psychological elixir…it emphasized giving to charity for the personal psychological benefit. of course that’s the WSJ’s op-ed pages and I’m sure they would be scared shitless if any sort of signficant social change was to take place in this country…so of course they are gonna write a piece which gives undue praise to people who give to charity…so after they read the article they can feel even better about themselves because their immense satsifaction is scientifically validated…how comforting…just as a side note I stopped blogging at the blog you commented on a long time ago. my actual blog is here in case you wanted to check it out. my last post is actually that comment your refer to in slightly more grammatically correct form. http://ephraimseducation.wordpress.com

      Wishing you well as well,


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