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Training Camp Media Enlightenment, Swords, Hot Chicks with Guns & more: your July 21 Update

Jul 27, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Members of the Houston Texans practice during training camp at Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

I’ll be honest in saying that over the last decade, I have fallen victim to training camp opinions.  Speaking locally, I have been burned so many times in terms of how good a person looks in training camp.  Speaking non-locally… I specifically remember reports of how good Blaine Gabbert looked in Jacksonville. Yeah, you remember it too.

Oddly enough, I never hear anyone mention how bad a player looks in training. I’m not faulting the camp coverage, but I definitely fault myself for putting stock into all of the overly positive training camp reports. The more I think about it, I believe it’s harder to formulate negative reports when players are simply practicing.

And, make no mistake, it’s much easier to look good in practice.

This year, the issue will be tough to avoid – firstly, because of DeShaun Watson – but I have vowed not to buy into my usual training camp speculations via radio. Instead, I plan on using my own eyeballs this preseason to make my own assessment of players.  Outside of injuries, major breaking news and contract deals, I absolutely refuse to entertain any other silly speculation.

This year, most of the Texans camp will be held in West Virginia.  So far, Patrick Starr of State of the Texans, MAD Radio and what I would think to be a few more Houston Chronicle writers will be in attendance.  Initially, I thought, “This might be a cool ‘less local media’ situation.” But then, I realized that these are pretty much the same guys who cover camp in Houston.  Simply Remove MAD Radio and insert Jayson Braddock from Sports Talk 790, and you’ve got your regular crop, plus and a few others.

I’ll go ahead and give props to the guys who cover training camp – but what commonly happens is that the coverage from these guys who are actually at camp is taken into a radio studio and mixed up like gumbo. To me, that’s the most annoying part of training camp – we listen to radio personalities, and evaluate other guy’s takes based on the “delicious gumbo” we are tasting.  It’s pretty much like watching The State of the Union Address and immediately after, a media pundit explains what you just watched. You and I both know the two don’t align.

That being said, if you must get your training camp fix, I would advise you to go to the source rather than sports radio.

Updates

  • On CSNNE, Chris Mannix stated that if the Rockets land Carmelo Anthony he expects Lebron James to follow. It’s an opinion taken as a fact, similar to Jay Glazer’s tweet about O’Brien being fired.  I chuckle, because local media already knows it’s angle – and while they might tell their audience that it’s all click bait bullshit, they most definitely still harp on the story.
  • Jason Whitlock and Damien Woody got into a personal twitter beef over Colin Kaepernick. Go Figure.
  • Here’s an official “Get Well” to Astros’ Carlos Correa’s thumb. He recently underwent a successful thumb surgery.  Here’s my conundrum: Is a successful surgery or unsuccessful surgery better media news?  Just a thought.
  • It was revealed that Arizona Senator John McCain has brain cancer. I do not agree with his politics, but I do hope that he has a speedy recovery.
  • Recently, I have been on vacation in California. In the process I have hit every major city in California outside of Sacramento, and visited a few state parks. Here’s one thing I’ve learned: this place is still liberal as f***.  I love the weather, and the aesthetics it has to offer in terms of beautiful mountains, trees, and beaches… but the people are “out there.” However, there is a shining light in the middle of all of my angst. I am currently staying in San Diego with my sister, and will attend Comic Con with the hopes of shooting some of my Game of Thrones theories at George R.R. Martin.
  • Not that you need another reason to love the State of Texas – but a week ago, Texas announced that its citizens will be allowed to open carry swords. How badass is that?? It took me virtually zero time to purchase not one, not two, not three, but FOUR of those bad boys. I even named one of them: “Sweet and Sour.”

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Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is your weekly Friday updater, and also weighs in on a variety of subjects throughout the week. Former military man, UH Grad. Follow him on Twitter: @sportsmedialm

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