I’m a pretty big fan of Mike Heika, who covers the Stars for the Dallas Morning News. His weekly email newsletter had an interesting section:
Honestly, my paper would prefer I not make declarations about firing GMs and coaches. While columnists like Tim Cowlishaw and Jean-Jacques Taylor have the ability to profess their opinions – and have done so – my job is reporting and analysis. The line between analysis and opinion is a fine one – and the more newspapers rely on things such as blogs and newsletters to deliver our product, it gets even more blurred. But the bottom line is that the role I play in this swirling concoction of information release is to get the facts and set them up in a way that best helps you understand the stories.
As more newspapers have pushed more of their beat writers to blog, I’ve also noticed the blurring of opinion and reporting. Not in the game stories, but definitely in a lot of the online stuff. It’s interesting that Heika is taking heat for being too objective.
Speaking of opinions, Jim Kelley, whose work I’ve really been enjoying lately, has a great post on why Martin Brodeur is overrated.
I don’t really agree (Brodeur has pretty much spent the past few seasons playing in front of an increasingly porous defense and an increasingly diminished offense), but you have to admire Kelley for taking a run at a guy as mythical as Brodeur. I don’t say this about many people, but I love Kelley’s moxie.