Column by TIM COWLISHAW / The Dallas Morning News |
Column by TIM COWLISHAW / The Dallas Morning News | firstname.lastname@example.org
"Revis and Jets announce new deal probably Wednesday. You heard it here first. Inside information!"
If I could take those 15 words I sent out into the Twitter world Sunday afternoon, if I could take a do-over on the matter of Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets, I would type:
"I think Revis and Jets get contract done sooner rather than later -- probably this week, maybe even Wednesday."
The words "I think'' would have gone a long way towards expressing my feelings although on Sunday I felt them very strongly and wasn't worried about being wrong. This deal, I truly believed, was almost done.
But it didn't get done Wednesday -- as you Jets fans know by now -- and I can't say for sure where it stands for this weekend. I have only a partial understanding of why what I honestly believed was about to take place failed to do so.
But why and how things unraveled doesn't matter. It's my mistake. I was wrong, and while I once saw a significant difference between a column or story that I spend hours writing for The Dallas Morning News and a 15-word "tweet,'' I no longer do.
It is one of the things I like least about this business when I hear a reporter blame his or her sources after either getting beat on a story or having things go differently than they had said they would.
"My source lied to me. My source was misled by someone else.''
Doesn't matter. The person who writes the story (or Tweet) is the one responsible.
So what happened in this case is irrelevant. It's on me.
I didn't go about it with any real thoughts that I could be wrong. If you knew my source and the information I had, I think you would understand that.
And I certainly didn't do it to stir things up, to make life miserable for Jets beat writers or to call attention to myself. My position as a columnist at The Dallas Morning News and on ESPN's Around the Horn has given me more attention than I will ever need.
I think when this is over and Revis has come to terms with the Jets, I may be able to figure out why it didn't happen as it was presented to me. I'm not sure about that, but I think I will.
In the meantime, there are degress of "wrongness'' in this business, and I'm glad only that I wasn't at the worst end of that. The people who actually fabricate quotes, events, stories, sources -- Scott Templeton for any of you that watched Season 5 of The Wire -- they are at the extreme end.
Somewhere after that come the mistakes of telling readers inaccurate information as to where a player is headed. If you write that Cliff Lee is about to become a Yankee and he becomes a Ranger, well, you can fall back and say, "but I had good sources and things changed..."
Doesn't matter. It never happened.
In Revis' case, he isn't going to sign with a rival like the Giants or the Patriots. This story is not going to have that unhappy of an ending for Jets fans. One way or another, new long-term megadeal like a Pittsburgh radio station reported Tuesday, or same old deal he already has in place, Revis is going to be a Jet.
We just don't know the date.
It could still turn out to be this Saturday which is what I was originally told ("Wednesday or Saturday").
And if it happens....I won't bring it up.