Being in sports media means never having to apologize for being wrong

A few days ago Detroit Free Press sports writer Carlos Monarrez wrote a column apologizing for not predicting that Detroit Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo would be the break out player of the year for the team.

Carlos never should have written the column. And he owes no one an apology.

Sports writers are asked to do a lot of things. They must write solid game stories, features, do audio stand ups and they are asked to make predictions. Editors demand it. The public likes to read them.

Sometimes you are right. Sometimes you are wrong. You should never apologize for being wrong. That’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. Sports writers are not fortune tellers.

When I did talk radio we’d get phone calls from people saying: “You predicted the Tigers to finish last. It looks like they will finish third. Are you going to apologize?”

No. Hell no. For what?

I did not believe in the product. My job is to analyze. I did. I came up with an answer that did not jive with the future. We cannot predict the future, but we are tasked with trying to do so.

For instance I believe the fumbling and stumbling Lions may have finally gotten it right with the leadership of Sheila Ford Hamp, Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell. If I’m wrong I will stand before you and admit I was wrong. You won’t be getting an apology.

I get annoyed after every team wins a championship players scream: “Nobody believed in us. Nobody saw this happening.”

First of all it is rarely true. And secondly who cares what the general public believed? New England Patriot and New York Yankee players have said this. You know every year millions believe these franchises will win no matter what.

Teams never apologize for being bad. Where are the apology letters from the Red Wings, Pistons, Lions and Tigers for one of the worst stretches of play in Detroit history? I missed the apology letter from the Tigers when they blanked out during the 2006 and 2012 World Series.

Have the Lions apologized for 60 years of bad football? Or do they simply tell you the future is bright just before raising your season ticket prices?

Carlos, take back that apology. Besides you might be right about Baddoo. The season is still young. After a torrid start Baddoo is settling back to Earth after going oh for Oakland.

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I am a 58 year old retired sports journalist, husband and father of two living outside of Detroit in search of his next big adventure in life.

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