New columnist Sam Mellinger is taking Sports Daily to new heights in terms of column writing. But the section remains largely toothless when it comes to coverage of local teams and sports news.
Yeah, they get the obvious stories like KU athletics director Lew Perkins fall from grace and the KU ticket ripoff. But aside from that the section sets forth a largely unquestioning approach to teams and managements not mired in obvious scandal or disarray.
For example, yesterday’s massive headline: "The Royals REINVIGORATED."
Or today’s "news story" claiming unattributed that KU basketball coach Bill Self’s repeated meltdowns in the NCAA tournament say "more about the program he coaches than the coach himself."
Not being able to get Self’s highly favored, superior-talented teams ready to beat a bunch of nobodies when everything’s on the line says nothing about the coach?
There is one breath of reality in today’s Star sports section – if only by accident.
For all the Star‘s cheerleading about the lowly Royals, Rustin Dodd’s column about the "Ten Games Worth Seeing At Kauffman," kinda puts the season in perspective. Because out of an 80 or so game home season, Dodd could only come up with 10 that "may be worth a trip to Kauffman Stadium."
The operative words being, "may be worth"…