A Word of Caution
It was the winter of 2002, and I was a morning news producer at the now-defunct business channel, CNNfn. The big news at that time was the growing number of earnings reports scandals. Every day, it seemed like another company was forced to admit it fudged its numbers. There were criminal investigations and indictments, angry investors, and political outrage.
One February morning, we were told by our bosses to keep hitting the earnings scandals with guest after guest. I did as I was told, presenting the viewers "expert" after "expert" who basically promised our viewers that most earnings reports were 100% myth, a waste of time, B.S. with a capital "B."
Just as another one of our guests was preaching that message, I got an urgent call in the control room. I was ordered to immediately break in to this interview for... wait for it... an earnings report! So after making the strong case that all earnings were crap, we interrupted everything to give the viewers a heaping new portion of crap.
I was reminded of that silly incident yesterday when I realized some of the much-ballyhoed freshmen recruits from last year are now not even on the team. This does not mean we should not smile a bit when we hear about hot recruits. God knows it helps the offseason pass by more quickly. But we should not forget that these kids may not even be on the team a year from now.
This is not a slam on the character of these young men who have already achieved a lot by getting decent high school grades even as they remain committed to football. But I would just ask all of us to take even the best recruitment news with a grain of salt.
That way, when I break into a discussion about some of our now "missing" players with some news about another hot recruit, it won't seem so silly.