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Four days ago, Cardale Jones was a third-string quarterback thrust on to the big stage; suiting up for a football game to determine college football’s champion. Since then, he’s become a National Championship-winning quarterback, which led to his becoming a media sensation because his performance in that game and the two before it watered the collective mouths of NFL scouts.
Jones’ fingerprints on the National Championship trophy were still fresh on Tuesday morning when the omni-directional sludge pump known as ESPN started constructing a story that yesterday we found out never really existed.
“Cardale Jones to the NFL?” was a featured story on SportsCenter that morning. Don’t get me wrong, I know exactly why they do shit like this. It’s all about drawing eyeballs to websites, social media and broadcasts, but the Cardale Jones story proves how these things can take on a life of their own without a single fucking fact to back them up.
This story was all about media speculation, which inbred with itself to form a snowball of bullshit that once it started rolling, it’s momentum became unstoppable. Just look at the timeline.
On Tuesday morning, it was all about asking if Jones an NFL-quality player. By Tuesday evening, through sheer repetition on the World Wide Bottom Feeder, that discussion transmogrified into where Jones would go in the draft and comparisons between a 20-year old kid who had started three…count them…three games in his entire college career and a proven NFL quarterback who has already won two Super Bowls (Ben Roethlisberger).
That was when both Mrs. Dubsism and I hit the “International Enough Line.” Sure, Jones does look like the next coming of “Big Ben,” but we had a full career in college ion which to base our opinions on Roethlisberger. But that didn’t stop this story from continuing to roll; the three games Jones played was enough for the media to make a leap of faith bigger than any giant leap Neil Armstrong could have imagined.
By Thursday, it was all about the press conference Jones had scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. Eastern time at his high school in Cleveland. By then, the blow-dries at ESPN had convinced themselves that Jones would be declaring for the NFL Draft, the discussion had become not whether or not he would leave Ohio State, but where he would go in the draft and what sort of team would select him.
There’s was just one problem with all of this. Never once did Cardale Jones say he was considering the jump to the NFL. He made that clear during his press conference.
“Like I said, it was very simple for me, man. The NFL, after three games, was really out of the question for me.”
So, how did this story grow to the gargantuan proportions that it did? Because ESPN will create a story simply to fill time during it’s 24-hour, multi-network presence. Face it, at no point did Cardale Jones say he was considering a jump from being Ohio State’s third-string quarterback to the NFL; that was ESPN who did that for him. Jones’ presser was full of moments that proved that.
Say what you will, but this should be the final nail in the coffin of ESPN’s credibility. So that I can’t be accused of steering anybody to a web search result, I’ll give Dubsism readers a homework assignment: Go look for a story on the web which has a verified quite from Cardale Jones saying he ever had any intention of jumping to the NFL. You won’t find one because it never happened.
That’s why this whole affair became such a farce. This story was 100% created by the sports media, ad that’s why from now on, I will call the process of the media building their own stories teh “Cardale Jones Syndrome.”