Ric Bucher Does Not Care For Your Rumors, Even If They Turn Out To Be True

Monday, March 09, 2009

Brian Windhorst, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, has broken just about every single Cavaliers story/trade that's gone down over the past few years. He had the Mo Williams information first, and more recently, had the Joe Smith deal before anyone else. Most people would speak highly of someone with such a stellar record of finding things out, but apparently ESPN's Ric Bucher isn't most people.

Bucher is the latest person to head onto the B.S. Report, and the NBA analyst decided to take a few shots at the CPD writer. Via Cursed Cleveland....

“The Plain Dealer came out and said very early on that Joe Smith was going to the Cavs, but I know as early as yesterday that there was a chance it could have come apart and he could have been headed to the Lakers… it got a little contentious… at the end of the day does the Plain Dealer look wrong…? No, because he ended up there, but were they completely on the beam… maybe not?

And so, my issue now is right now is....You have people who put things there, that are not couched, that put it out there early because they want to be first, and then they're not right. There's no culpability, there's no okay...this is going to happen and it didn't."
Seems rather petty to use the culpability, when there's not a reporter or ESPN personality that every apologizes for getting things wrong. I don't know what Bucher's beef with Windhorst is, but this seems like someone being jealous of a beat writer's talent.

Ric Bucher Rips Plain Dealer and Brian Windhorst’s Reportage (Cursed Cleveland)


Remember AA, it's not news until ESPN reports it first.

I remember when Wyoming named their new head coach. The local newspaper there broke it first. ESPN didn't report about it, until two days later and said that it was breaking news.

No one there likes to give credit to other people. It pains them to mention Deadspin, Foxsports, SI, or Yahoo broke a story before them.

That's why they didn't report on the Brett Favre talking to the Lions deal last year. They didn't break it first, so they trashed the story.

It's how they work. We might not like it, but it's how they do things.

49er16 said...
Mar 9, 2009, 3:31:00 PM  

Sometimes I wonder if you even pay attention to what you're listening to on the B.S. report. Last time you thought Simmons was taking shots at Reilly when he clearly wasn't. Bucher was asked why he doesn't try to break stories like Mark Stein does. Bucher then explained why he doesn't care for it.

The Cleveland thing was just an example.

Way out of context.

LJ281 said...
Mar 9, 2009, 3:37:00 PM  

I am a huge sports fan, and Ric Bucher always is sounds annoying and never has any real stories.

BRIAN WINDHOURST, however, has imense talent, has great live game blogs at cleveland.com/cavsbeat, and always has stories out first wether its Lebron or Cleveland.

Craig said...
Mar 9, 2009, 4:10:00 PM  

Bucher was asked why he doesn't try to break stories that don't involve Kobe.


Didn't Windhorst do some freelance stuff for ESPN.com?

Mar 9, 2009, 4:11:00 PM  

RJBO, yes he did.

As a Cavs fan, it is nice to have a beat reporter as rock solid as Windhorst. The guy knows his shit.

GMoney said...
Mar 9, 2009, 4:13:00 PM  

People will say some rather stupid things for publicity.

JFein said...
Mar 9, 2009, 4:25:00 PM  

@JFein: It's the only way Pistons beat writer Chris McCosky is known outside of Detroit.

Mar 9, 2009, 4:43:00 PM  

I agree 100% with LJ281 that this was taken totally out on context and shouldn't be an issue at all. All this garbage and false conjecture about Simmons and the BS Report is getting pretty tired.

Kyle said...
Mar 9, 2009, 5:56:00 PM  

Maybe if the BS Report were worth listening to, I'd know what people were talking about.

Corbin said...
Mar 10, 2009, 7:35:00 AM  

Windhorst is one of the best beat writers in the business. Cleveland is really lucky to have him.

dwhit said...
Mar 10, 2009, 9:41:00 AM  

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