by Dan Ward
In the weeks and months leading up to Dwight Howard’s decision to stay with Orlando, we had all grown tired of the saga. Will he? Won’t he? Did he? Didn’t he?
We now know the answer (an answer that I suspect has Magic fans dancing in the streets), but in the hours prior to Dwight’s decision, media coverage provided some great comic relief.
At one point Wednesday evening, the Orlando Sentinel website was simultaneously reporting that a) Dwight was leaning toward staying another year, b) Dwight had decided to stay another year but the decision was delayed because of a paperwork snafu, and c) Dwight said he wanted to stay but refused to sign a waiver, meaning he almost certainly would be traded. (I’m not including links to these stories because in all likelihood they will have changed by the time you read this.)
By Thursday morning, the coverage was down to only two directly opposing headlines: “Report: Howard has a remarkable change of heart, will opt-in for 2012-13” and “After topsy-turvy 24 hours, Magic now likely to trade Dwight Howard.”
This is what happens when your daily newspaper decides to compete with the TMZ’s of the world and report as breaking news every new rumor. There’s no way to keep up, and the result is a mix of stories that say completely different things.
I guess there is a bright side, though. When your newspaper publishes separate stories that cover “yes,” “no” and “maybe,” one story is bound to be correct.