Cards of the Day – 1/19/2014

And finally, the Denver Broncos.

2011 Panini Gold Standard Autographs Silver #201 – Julius Thomas/499 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2010 Topps Platinum Autographed Patches #ED – Eric Decker/800 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2013 Topps Inception Rookie Relics Jumbo Patch Yellow #RJRMBA – Montee Ball/25 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2011 Topps Five Star Veteran Autographed Patch Rainbow #FSSPKN – Knowshon Moreno/25 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2010 Topps Unrivaled Autographed Patch #UAPDT – Demaryius Thomas/100 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2013 Topps Black #200 – Peyton Manning/(blue jersey)/58 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2012 Topps NFL Captains Patches #NCPPM – Peyton Manning – Courtesy of COMC.com

2013 Panini Father’s Day Pro Bowl Materials Make Ready Magenta #PBPM – Peyton Manning/5 – Courtesy of COMC.com

 

Cards of the Day – 1/18/2014

The best of the New England Patriots on COMC:

2012 Panini Contenders #115A – Chandler Jones AU RC (Rookie Card) – Courtesy of COMC.com

2011 Topps Inception Rookie Jumbo Patch Autographs #AJPSR – Stevan Ridley/599 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2009 SP Authentic #305 – Julian Edelman AU RC (Rookie Card)/999 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2011 Topps Platinum Rookie Patch Autographs Green Refractors #16 – Shane Vereen/125 [BGS 9] – Courtesy of COMC.com

2013 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Patches #RAPAD – Aaron Dobson/50 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2005 Playoff Honors Plates and Patches #PP25 – Tom Brady/10 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2008 Topps Chrome Tom Brady Tribute Autographs #41 – Tom Brady/1 [BGS 8] – Courtesy of COMC.com

Cards of the Day – 1/17/2014

Today, I present to you the best of the 49ers from COMC.

2007 Leaf Rookies and Stars Materials Emerald Prime #48 – Vernon Davis/25 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2011 Topps Five Star Veteran Autographed Patch #FSSPPW – Patrick Willis/70 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2005 SP Authentic #224 – Frank Gore JSY/899 AU RC (Rookie Card) – Courtesy of COMC.com

2013 Finest Rookie Patch Autographs Black Refractors Glove #RAPML – Marcus Lattimore/1 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2011 Certified Shirt Off My Back Materials Prime #30 – Colin Kaepernick/50 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2011 SP Authentic #233 – Colin Kaepernick JSY AU/699 [BGS 9] – Courtesy of COMC.com

Opinion: Middlebrooks-Dell Relationship Non-Issue

Ethics in Sports Journalism has become a popular topic for writers to bounce around and beat a drum of self-righteousness over in recent days as it became public that Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks was in a relationship with NESN Red Sox Reporter Jenny Dell.  Looking over the objections to the current arrangement, three main arguments rise to the surface.

The first main issue is NESN’s credibility.  Kirk Minhane writes for WEEI in Boston “Put it another way: There is no way NESN’s coverage of the Red Sox can be taken seriously if Dell is allowed to return to that position.”  This would be a legitimate point if viewers turned to NESN to hear objective, critical analysis of the Boston Red Sox.  This is not the case.  NESN, as many have pointed out, is owned by the Boston Red Sox.  Their job is to present information about the Red Sox to those who are supporters of the team.  In the same way Fox News and MSNBC may posture themselves as objective sources while obviously parroting news in a Conservative or Liberal fashion.  NESN broadcasts information about the Red Sox in a way that benefits both the Red Sox and the network.  NESN doesn’t possess any credibility in the department of objectively analyzing the Red Sox anyways, therefore, it does not lose any through this working arrangement between Dell and Middlebrooks.

Middlebrooks has been recently tied to NESN Reporter Jenny Dell.

Beyond NESN’s credibility, many have also analyzed the impact the situation has on Dell’s status as a reporter.  Bryanna Cappadona writes for Boston Magazine:

“The reason we are allowed to hold Dell at a high standard in this situation is because she takes her duty as a reporter seriously. She refers to herself as a reporter, not a television personality. Dell has had a successful two years with NESN, and has already made quite a name for herself in the industry. All jokes and pretend happiness aside, the relationship between Dell and Middlebrooks demonstrates a real conflict of interest. It undoubtedly will weaken her image and integrity as a journalist”.

While it is true that this is a situation that could hurt Ms. Dell’s journalistic integrity, it is a fallacy to assume it has too.  Workplace relationships have been around longer than any of us have, and the journalism profession is not exempt from this phenomenon.  Ms. Dell is plenty capable of taking her profession seriously and maintaining a romantic relationship with Mr. Middlebrooks at the same time.  Because NESN is owned by the Red Sox, it should be a rare occurrence that Ms. Dell’s journalistic interests should conflict with Mr. Middlebrooks’ personal interests.  If the couple has thought ahead, they should have already determined that such an occurrence would not be a serious issue should it arise.  Their relationship, however, does not have to negatively impact Ms. Dell’s journalistic abilities.

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Finally, some have questioned how this relationship reflects on women in sports journalism in general.  It is true that women often face more and different barriers in the profession than men, and some speculate that this relationship will cement unfairly held views that women in the industry are “gold-diggers” who are not serious about their jobs.  It is unfair to hold this view, and it is unfair to believe that Jenny Dell’s relationship affirms this flawed view.  There is no reason to believe that Jenny Dell is merely interested in finding relationships through her job.  Even the critics of the relationship listed above hold that Ms. Dell is a serious reporter who does her job well.  If people want to base their view of an entire demographics standing in a profession based off muddled views of the actions of one individual, than that is their problem, and certainly not Ms. Dell’s or Mr. Middlebrooks’.

Serious missteps by journalists in the ethical realm happen far too often.  We should be concerned about this issue and ensure that reporters maintain integrity in their profession.  Unfortunately, too many people have gotten riled up over a non-issue in this Boston sports couple’s relationship.  We should be happy for young couples in love while not questioning their ability to perform at a high-level in their professions because of such affections.  Only then can we seriously address the true journalistic issues in the realm of sports journalism.

 

Minihane Article – http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/kirk-minihane/2014/01/14/time-jenny-dell-nesn-relationship-end?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Cappadona Article – http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2014/01/16/nesns-jenny-dell-leave-network/

 

Cards of the Day – 1/16/2014

In honor of the Playoffs: The best of the Seahawks on COMC.

2012 Finest Rookie Patch Autographs Gold Refractors #RAPRTU – Robert Turbin/75 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2013 Topps Inception Rookie Jumbo Patch Autographs #AJPCM – Christine Michael/150 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2012 Bowman Rookie Team Helmet Autographs #BCRAJK – Jermaine Kearse – Courtesy of COMC.com

2010 Topps Platinum Autographed Patches #GT – Golden Tate/500 – Courtesy of COMC.com

2012 Topps Rookie Patch #RPRW – Russell Wilson – Courtesy of COMC.com

2012 Topps Platinum Rookie Patch Autographs Refractors #138 – Russell Wilson/250 [BGS 8.5] – Courtesy of COMC.com