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And Another Thing


Press Conference Etiquette 101

So I've finally gotten around to seeing this, the Derek Anderson postgame blowup. And I've finally gotten around to seeing his alleged yukking it up on the sidelines.

(The Blob is sometimes dilatory in these things. And if you don't know what "dilatory" means, look it up. We aspire here at the Blob not only to entertain but to educate).

Anyway ... here's the deal with all that:

* Don't blame the reporter for continuing to ask a seemingly petty question. He was responding to numerous fan tweets and texts, wanting to know why the (bleep) Derek Anderson was over there laughing while he and his team were getting embarrassed on national TV. So he was asking -- and he kept asking because Anderson wouldn't answer the question.

Take it from a veteran of this business, Derek: You don't want reporters to keep asking the same question, answer the question. Or say you have no comment. Then we can all move on.

* Fans are nitwits. The alleged offense Anderson committed was much ado about nothing; a brief smile, maybe a chuckle, no biggie. The guy next to him probably said something funny, in a gallows humor sort of way.

And, yes, the Cardinals were getting butchered at the time. But people laugh at wakes and funeral-home callings all the time, and no one thinks it's inappropriate. So why all the fuss about this?

Again: Move on.

Ben Smith's blog.