And you can see why, can't you? I mean just from reading that one sentence recap above, it's apparent there was absolutely no story in the day's events that might spark a column idea for a writer at one of Michigan's hometown newspapers.
No story, that is, if you can't find a negative. Which is what Sharp is really all about. As we stated in a post last year calling Sharp's "style" of writing "annoyance journalism," Sharp seems to revel in writing pieces not to critique, provide insight or even to entertain, but solely to annoy and agitate a fan base.
Thus, no story about Michigan's exciting victory...but naturally a story the day after Ohio State lost last week, blasting the Bucks, the Big 10 and, by extension, Michigan.
(Of course it would have been nice if Sharp simply could get his facts straight as evidenced by this sentence in the piece:
"And these LSU Tigers resembled the edition from the season's second week when they went to Blacksburg, Va., and laid a 48-7 whipping on a Virginia Tech team that ultimately won the ACC championship."
Uh, actually, that game was in Baton Rouge, which a simple check of Yahoo! Sports would have confirmed. But why bother. That's not what these columns are all about.)
Yet if all Sharp did was pen his usual assclown column, we wouldn't have even mentioned it again. What we wanted to pass on was an email exchange Sharp had with one of our readers.
After our recent post calling Sharp out for ignoring Michigan's victory, MZone reader EL sent Sharp the following email:
To: Sharp, Drew
Sent: Fri Jan 04 10:30:24 2008
Subject: DREW SHARP: Which is worse for Michigan, SEC football or Ohio State football?
"And wasn't it interesting how Michigan out-SEC'ed Florida in the Lloyd Carr Classic..."
What's more interesting is where is your article about how great of a game Michigan played? If Michigan lost, you surely would have written an article trashing Michigan, like you always do. But, it was impossible to. You are a joke of an journalist.
Economics BA 2008
University of Michigan
And Mr. Sharp's response?
From: Sharp, Drew
Date: Jan 4, 2008 10:42 AM
Subject: Re: DREW SHARP: Which is worse for Michigan, SEC football or Ohio State football?
Was I wrong about what I wrote?
You can't answer that, can you?
That's precisely why I don't give a rat's behind about you fans. You're going to see what you want to see.
Uh, first of all, it's what he didn't write that was the point of contention.
And is this how he responds to college kids - or readers in general - when they write? I'm sure the "joke of a journalist" thing stung but I'm guessing he's been called worse. Shouldn't he as a professional be above that? And does the Free Press condone one of its employees talking to its readers that way?
More troubling is a sports columnist who doesn't "give a rat's behind" about fans.
One doesn't have to - nor should - kowtow to them but Sharp's remark illustrates an utter disdain that makes me wonder why he's a sports writer to begin with.
Even worse, "fans" in this instance is synonymous with "readers." As in newspaper readers. The ones who read his columns.
Because while it may come as a shock to Sharp, the folks reading his diatribes aren't searching for stock tips, or looking for movie reviews, or researching the origin of the Middle East crisis. They read precisely because they are fans. That's who reads the sports section.
And sadly, Sharp's words about not giving a rat's behind about them - his readers - is the most revealing thing he's ever written.