Monday, November 14, 2011

Frustration with Panthers showing everywhere

It's Monday, and everyone associated with the Panthers seem to be either angry or depressed.

I wrote my column today on the Panthers' embarrassing performance in their 30-3 loss to Tennessee Sunday, but what seems to be drawing more attention on our website is my postgame exchange with Steve Smith.

You can read the whole thing here, but a couple of points first since I keep getting asked questions similar to these in emails:

1) I wasn't trying to bait Smith with a question about what happened at the end of the game. I honestly wondered -- and still wonder. Why was Smith so angry at that point in the game? Why did the coaches pull him out following the play? What exactly happened? That's what I wanted to know.

2) I've gotten a number of comments basically in the vein that I shouldn't be asking players hard questions like that when they haven't had much time to cool off. I understand the point there, but there is a 10-15 minute "cooling off" period before the media is allowed inside the locker room to talk to players. And these types of questions are asked literally after every game, by the dozens. When the Panthers win, reporters ask what happened on the plays that went well. When they lose, reporters ask what happened on the plays that went poorly.

Anyway, here's the transcript. It wasn't the first time Smith has gotten testy with me and it certainly won't be the last. I've covered all of his 11-year career for the Panthers, and to me he remains the best player the team has ever employed.

9 comments:

Shelly said...

yeah, that 15 minutes of cool down probably makes a lot of difference in the mood

Anonymous said...

why was he so angry at that point in the game? duh....he was getting rolled 31-3...what a stupid question

peekaboopunt said...

We are all in the business of building our careers. Athletes, reporters, poloticians, dishwashers, fast food workers...and so on. It helps to have a shirt tail to ride.

Anonymous said...

Steve Smith is like a peacock when he has a good game . . all strutty and glorious feathers,clucking "it's all good, it's all good".
When he has a bad game he's like an angry little beaver . . all teeth gnashing blame and hiding out in his dam.
Wide receivers have never been about the team as much as they have been about their own game . Talented yes. But self absorbed as well. Perpetual teenagers, never leaders.

Anonymous said...

Excellent peacock/beaver analogy, and so true...

Doc said...

I kind of like the peacock/beaver analogy also!

Tim said...

scott *BACKSTROKE*

Anonymous said...

fact: Steve Smith is tenfold better at his job than Scott

Anonymous said...

Scott, you need to re-tell the story of the time you made Don Shula mad and he got in your face to yell at you and proceeded to spit on you at the same time. I laugh when I think of that.