A few hours later, the Star reports that (gasp!) Dallas Clark was kicked out of a high school girls basketball game for (for the love of God no!) yelling at the refs.
I see this and I'm thinking, Um, ok. BFD! Who cares if Dallas Clark gets booted from a high school game in Iowa! Is it THAT slow of a news day? In the sports world, no it wasn't, what with the Pacers starting the second half of their season, NASCAR in full swing, and the NFL Combine coming to town. There's tons to talk about. But the Star had other ideas.
After Dom's DUI and Dallas's quick exit to the high school parking lot, it seemed like the Colts were doing their best impersonation of the Pacers during the off-season. Granted, Dom's DUI was a serious charge, but it's not like he fired a gun at someone outside a strip club at 4am, or beat the crap out of a bar owner, or jumped into the stands and started fighting fans.
Yet, despite these facts, the Star continues to roll with this "story" that the Colts are apparently no different than the "thuggish" Pacers. Bob Kravitz, in his usual dimwitted manner, decided to chime in on this theme the Star is running with:
"At some point,'' Mike Chappell, The Star's Colts beat writer, said plainly, "that's going to blow up in people's faces.''
At 3:02 a.m. Tuesday morning, there was Dominic Rhodes, fresh off his MVP-worthy Super Bowl performance and a visit to Disney World, getting pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
What did Colts coach Tony Dungy say a couple of weeks ago about having a team of players you'd love your son to emulate?
Meanwhile, in Pacer land, their starting PG and court "general" was busted for assaulting a bar owner last month, along with two other Pacers. Stephen Jackson, the team's second leading scorer the last two years before he was traded to Golden State, was arrested for firing his gun at a group of men outside a strip club at 4am during Pacers training camp. And, of course, we are only two-plus years removed from the greatest sports brawl in American history, which featured the current franchise player for the Pacers (Jermaine O'Neal), Jackson, and Tinsley attacking fans in the stands. Marquis Daniels, known for his shady past in Dallas, has picked up where he left off here in Indy. He was involved in the shooting with Jackson earlier in the season and was present when Tinsley attacked the bar owner this month.
Somehow, that rap sheet doesn't quite match-up with Dominic Rhodes getting his DUI and Dallas Clark getting kicked out of high school gym. Unlike the Colts, the Pacers have a very long and very consistent recent history of bringing in guys who act like jerks off the court. And then, on the court, they stink up the place.
So, instead of reporting actual news, the Star is instead fishing for a catchy narrative. The theme of the narrative: See! See! The Colts are immature punks just like the Pacers are! See! See, we told you!
Why is the Star going with this silly and pathetic narrative?
If you think all the Pacers are lawless, gun-toting bandits intent on shooting up the Westside of Indianapolis, you're misguided.
One thing I know: This column will be well-read by every member of the Pacers organization. I can promise you, the moment the Rhodes story hit the wires, Pacers management and players were saying, "OK, let's see how the TV stations and the newspaper cover it when it involves the sainted Colts.''
It's known in many circles that Bob Kravitz did not walk down from the press box to the Colts locker room after the Super Bowl to congratulate the Colts, owner Jim Irsay, and GM Bill Polian. Such an act is tradition among the media. It's also just simple gratuity and plain decency. To expect this from Bob Kravitz, a man that seemed almost disappointed that the Colts beat the Chiefs in the Wildcard Round, was too much, I guess. He's made his feelings known about Bill Polian many times. Yet, despite these feelings, you'd expect a friggin' professional to take the high road, swallow his pride, and act like a gentlemen. Sadly, Kravitz acted like the petty punk we all know him to be, and continues to act this way with articles like this.
No one in their right mind is saying the Colts have a monopoly on class, as Kravitz seems to suggest. Guys like Rhodes, Mike Doss, Nick Harper, and DeDe Dorsey have all had run-ins with the law. It happens. But here is where Kravitz and the Star simply lose touch with reality:
In one season, 2006-2007, the Pacers have had six of their players have run-ins with the law. These are players with prior records and a long history of problems. Stephen Jackson was always known as a problem child. Tinsley is a joke both on and off the court. Ron Artest was a mental case.
You do not see these same kinds of problems consistently with the Colts, and that is the difference. Bottom line here, the Star doesn't like the Colts and they are, once again, fishing for a narrative. It's silly. It's petty. It's typical Gannett "reporting." Yes, I know I've ragged on the Star before, and I plan to continue doing so until I start seeing some actual journalism come from this rag. Or, if another news outlet springs up and starts covering the Colts with some actual objectivity. Until then, I will bash and berate the Star whenever I see them fishing for a narrative rather than doing their job, which is to report news.