In case you didn't know, a few days ago a couple NFL players (Corey Smith, a FA, and Marquis Cooper, Raiders CB) and a couple former college football players from South Florida went missing in the Gulf Coast of Mexico. They were on some annual fishing trip and were on a 21-foot boat.
ESPN (and many other media powerhouses) have jumped on this story concerning 1. a FA who played for the LIONS for 3 years, 2. a Raiders player (Oakland sucks for you non-football buffs), and 3. a couple former college players who didn't make it to the big show. They (the media) have speculated for countless hours about this pathetic, useless story. Here's how I see it: if they come back, they come back; if they don't, they don't. Giving the viewers an update every 10 minutes won't change a damn thing that is going on with these clowns who decided to get on a raft in "raging weather conditions" and go fishing.
What gets to me the most is the fact that America has succumbed so much to the media that we rely on them for every little thing that arises as a "big news story." (and who really gets to decide that? the media...)
I'm not saying the media is bad for everything. There are, in fact, some very useful pieces of information that we can only find via the media (that rhymed). However, in this case, ignorant fans all around the country are glued to their TV sets and websites actually caring about these damned football players who, I'm sorry to say, don't mean shit to their respective teams.
Anyways, your average American on the street has probably done more for our society than these guys.
This is about how much ESPN ACTUALLY KNOWS about the lost NFL fishers:
The bottom line to this story (you don't need the media to give you every little word in the reports, which so far have given us next to nothing as it is):
Optimistically- They're fine, sippin pina coladas with Elvis and Tupac in the Bahamas and they haven't seen the news (haha)
Realistically: they're dead, drowned. One of the (USF) guys was hanging onto the flipped over boat? Yeah they're gone for good.
Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.