Thursday, November 7, 2013

Drew Sharp is not a journalist, he's just a character, and needs to stripped of his AP vote

In other parts of the country, in SEC land for instance, colleges and universities have sports writers who take notice of and support deserving local teams when voting for the AP Top 25.

In the State of Michigan, we get Drew Sharp.

You may know Drew Sharp as the "Commentary/Criticism" writer for the Detroit Free Press, who took over as the Detroit area rabble-rouser after Rob Parker parlayed his hack journalism and a lack of integrity into a cushy gig at ESPN.

Not that Drew Sharp has similar aspirations or anything...

The problem with giving shock writers like Sharp an AP top 25 vote is that they lack the ability to be objective, which is instrumental for any sports writer who is handed the privilege of casting votes that can play a role in match-ups that may ultimately define a school or player's spot in history.

Contrary to his own belief, Drew Sharp is not a journalist, he's a character. He's the "bad guy" that the Free Press needs to sell papers...The man local sports fans love to hate.

And in order to live up to that character, Drew Sharp hates on local sports teams.

He hates on the B1G...He hates on Detroit...He hates on the whole state of Michigan. Hell, he'd probably hate on his own mother if he thought that a majority of his readers liked her.

Look, I understand that it isn't a sports writer's job to only report about sunshine, rainbows and Trans-Am's, but that doesn't mean he has to go around shitting in everyone's Easter basket either.

In playing this character, "The Great Boodini," Drew Sharp has lost his objectivity as a writer. By stubbornly hating on the B1G, he's locked himself into a position that he has to justify week in and week out, especially when it comes to casting his top 25 ballot for the AP.

Here are some of his quotes from just the past two weeks:
"For better or worse, college football is a national sport. And Michigan State-Michigan doesn’t measure up. The real college football rivalries aren’t between specific teams but between conferences."
"So I will leave you with this question: What do you call an All-Star team comprised of Michigan and Michigan State players?
Answer: SEC water boys."
 "It’s more than reasonable that the champions of far better conferences such as the SEC, Pac-12 and ACC could be 12-1, and two of those teams would be more deserving of a berth in the final BCS championship game than the Buckeyes."
"All records aren’t equal. That’s difficult for the delusional Big Ten apologists to accept. But an undefeated or one-loss Big Ten — or a Big 12 team this year — simply isn’t as credible as those other three conferences in which ranked opponents face off on a regular basis."
"Sorry, Sparty.The lack of schedule strength and national credibility in the overall body work once again keeps the Spartans off my weekly Associated Press ballot."
"The Spartans are no better than 25th on my ballot. Why should I be impressed with what they did to Michigan when I was the lone national voter arguing the Wolverines’ fraudulence since the start of the season? That was as unimpressive of a 29-6 win as you’ll ever see considering the extraordinary field position the Spartans enjoyed all day. 
A good team would’ve stamped 50 points on Michigan’s forehead with that kind of advantage.
They move into my rankings solely because my previous No. 25 – Oregon State – lost for the second straight week."
"The Big Ten won’t get overvalued on my ballot because (cue the orchestra) ... OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, the Big Ten sucks. The Big Ten sucks."

As it turns out, Michigan State has developed into a pretty damn good football team, as anyone who watches college football can attest.

They have one of the better defenses college football has seen in recent memory. They also control the clock, punt and kick the ball exceedingly well, and rarely turn the ball over.
The terrible offense?

Well, after a slow start the Spartans are still averaging nearly 30 points a game. Not great, but not all that bad either considering how strong they are when it comes to defense and special teams. 

The weak schedule that Drew Sharp shouts about?

Yes, Michigan State's B1G schedule is favorable for the first time in years, but he can't penalize them for that...At least not when the Spartans have taken care of their business while several schools he ranks ahead of them have played schedules that were much weaker than theirs.

For example:
-He has Louisville ranked #16 even though they lost to Central Florida and their best win came against an awful Kentucky team (and Drew can quit squawking about Kentucky being a SEC team. I went to UK for grad school and currently live in Lexington...They'd lose to EVERY team in the B1G).

-He has Central Florida ranked #17 even though their two signature victories were 3 point wins over both Louisville and Penn State, coupled with a loss to South Carolina.

-He has Northern Illinois ranked #19 even though their only notable victories were a 3 point win over Iowa and a victory over Purdue. The rest of their schedule has been garbage

-He has Fresno State ranked #22 even though their only meaningful win was an overtime victory over Rutgers while playing in a weak conference.

-Finally, he ranked a two loss BYU team #23 even though they lost to an awful Virginia squad, and who's best victory was over a Texas team that was in turmoil when they met early in the season.

Simply put, Drew Sharp makes a living hating on the Big Ten, and in doing so he has become biased and lost any objectivity that he once may have had.

On one hand, he devalues teams in the Big Ten because of their schedule. On the other, he ignores that same logic when he ranks schools from lesser conferences ahead of B1G schools like Michigan State even when they have played weaker schedules themselves.

The only reason Drew Sharp has for not ranking Michigan State higher than #25 in his most recent AP ballot is because he refuses to admit that he was wrong about them, because doing that would destroy the character that he's created for himself.

Drew Sharp may be an opinion writer, but he completely ignores facts and disregards logic. And when you're an opinion writer who's opinions are devoid of fact and based upon flawed logic, you're not a journalist anymore, you're just a blowhard.

And blowhards don't need to have a voice in selecting college football's BCS teams, they need to be in bars somewhere in Alabama chanting "S-E-C! S-E-C!"


  1. Mark- great stuff. I too, wish Drew Sharp would turn in his AP ballot, He has become a clown, and his open hatred of the Big Ten is an act that has long since grown old. At this stage, he is simply embarrassing both himself and the Free Press.

  2. Once State beats OSU due respect will come their way.