Tag:fact checking
Posted on: January 7, 2010 6:07 pm

Prisco blissfully unaware of facts

In his playoff preview Prisco wrote:  The skinny: Is there a team in the NFC playing better? No way. The Cowboys seem to be hitting stride at the right time. The offense has big-play ability with Tony Romo throwing to Miles Austin . The running game is sound as well. The defense was tops in scoring in the NFC. This is a balanced team .

I don't mean to get technical and refer to actual facts, but Dallas went 2-2 in their last four games.  Green Bay won 7 of their last 8, including a win against Dallas and 4 of 5 since the beginning of December.

After that Prisco made the extraordinary statement that Dallas had the best defense in the NFC.  I know Dallas looked great against Philly(and Washington, although virtually every defense looks good against them).  I also know that Prisco is a busy man who may not have time to do in depth research.

But in five minutes at the sportsline stat page I found all the evidence I needed to show how silly he is for writing that(and how silly sportsline is for publishing it).

In total defense Dallas ranks fourth in the NFC behing Green Bay, Minnesota, and Carolina.

In rushing defense Dallas ranks third in the NFC behind Green Bay and Minnesota.

In passing defense Dallas ranks ninth in the NFC behind Carolina, Green Bay, Washington,Tampa Bay, Chicago, New York, Philly, and Minnesota.

In takeaways Dallas ranks 14th in the NFC behind...................let's make it easy and say everyone except Washington and St. Louis.

Journalism standards may not be what they used to be, but can't sportsline make Prisco check his facts before writing a blanket statement?  Or at least hire someone at minimum wage to do the one hour of research it takes a week to prevent him from sounding retarded?

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