Earlier today, OBNUG broke a story on Orlando Scandrick being focused heading into the Combine. The story was attained from research done on Scandrick’s MySpace page, to which we did not have full access since we are not technically friends. Nevertheless, our cutthroat reporting skills and attention to detail led us to the breakthrough the NFL Combine had been waiting for: Orlando Scandrick’s mood, complete with emoticon.
All of this got us thinking: is MySpace a credible source for breaking news? Most certified news programs use actual people or first-hand experience to inform their opinions. Should we really be putting our faith in a system that epitomizes the omg generation?
OBNUG votes yes.
We feel that MySpace is a perfectly reasonable place to find out information, especially from today’s generation. Kids are much more likely to post comments or blogs about their life than they are to tell Paul J. Schneider “what’s the haps.” No BSU athlete is running to Mike Prater to tell him how he did on his macroeconomics test, especially not Jeremy Childs. That kind of information is going to hit the interwebs of MySpace long before it makes its way to the middle-aged dad mouths of Idaho media.
Welcome to the future of reporting, where breaking news is sandwiched between the backdrop of Hello Kitty pics and the aural onslaught of Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back.”
Consider OBNUG resourceful. We’ve gleaned copious amounts of knowledge from Ryan Clady’s profile (of particular note, which shows may or may not be the sh*t), and we never cease to be amazed by Marty Tadman’s page (appropriately set to DC Talk’s “In the Light”).
Taste the revolution, David Augusto. You can have your agents and directors and personal contacts. We’ve got this guy:
Of course, one needs to be careful straddling the line of journalistic exposure and personal privacy. We would never share with the world that Ryan Clady, according to his MySpace page, makes less than $30,000 a year. That is his personal business, and we intend to keep it as such.
Likewise, MySpace reporters like ourselves need to know how to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to bogus info. Believe it or not, some people lie on their social networking profiles, so you have to take everything you see with a grain of salt. We at OBNUG realize the potential problems, which is why we have adopted a surefire rule to differentiate between the truth and the lies: Always trust an emoticon. Except the surprised emoticon.
We would welcome the media hordes of Idaho to join us in the evolution of journalism. There is a lot to be learned on the pages of MySpace, even if most of it is written in tweenspeak. If you can’t understand something, go ask your teenage daughter. If you can’t figure out a computer, go cover the Vandals. Enjoy finding out more than you ever thought you’d know about today’s athletes.
As for us, we’re moving on to Facebook.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Orlando Scandrick might have made himself several millions of dollars with a 4.32 time in the 40-yard dash at today's NFL Combine. His time was good enough for second among all cornerbacks and the fourth-best time overall.
“Today went excellent for me. I did everything I had planned,” Scandrick told the Idaho Statesman from Indianapolis. “I came here and made myself some real money.”
He and Ryan Clady, who did not work out due to an injury, will be at the Boise State Pro Day on March 3rd to work out again in front of NFL scouts.
Scandrick overjoyed with Combine workouts [Idaho Statesman]
Breaking news from OBNUG!
According to Orlando Scandrick's MySpace page, his mood is listed as focused. OBNUG has confirmed this information with a trusted second source: the emoticon next to Scandrick's mood.
Considering O has already logged on today, we can assume that he is focused on his upcoming Combine drills and not something else.
Who's Now? The 2007 Fiesta Bowl, that's who!
The Statue of Liberty play from the greatest college football game of all time has made it to the finals of ESPN's Greatest Highlight competition. The play beat out Doug Flutie's Hail Mary in a battle of planned, decisive strategy versus blind, dumb luck. The final result wasn't even close as BSU took 68 percent of the vote.
Next up for Statue Left is either the winning goal in the Miracle on Ice or the Immaculate Reception. The winner will be announced later today, and voting for the finals will take place after that.
In case you happen to have forgot the greatest moment of your life, here is the video:
Bronco Statue of Liberty play advances [Broncosports.com]
As the NFL Combine winds down today, former BSU defensive back Orlando Scandrick and the rest of the DBs will get their chance to perform for NFL scouts. Make sure you stretch those pectoral muscles, O.S.!
Scandrick hopes to run...in 4.3 seconds [Idaho Statesman]