On the morning of Sept. 11, 2013, ESPN reported “NFL can add to Von Miller’s ban” regarding the potential weariness of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s feelings, one way or the other, about Bronco’s Pro-Bowl superstar Von Miller getting a ticket (last Thursday, Sept. 5) for driving without a license and being stopped and cited for speeding. This story is what Texas Aggies call “bad bull” around College Station. Ironic that there are any media left to cover NFL players when every studio truck from every sports outlet is parked outside Kyle Field to cover the Aggies v. Bama matchup this weekend. Some other news of the day has been relegated to a lesser important spot.
Moving on to the NFL web site, their story recounts that last month, Miller was “arrested for failure to appear in court for traffic violations.” There are times where media are unfairly accused of overreporting or dogging various athletes for one reason or another. Sometimes they really are targeting an athlete, and it appears that the Broncos’ Miller is one.
USA Today reported that “The Broncos declined comment on Miller’s latest legal troubles when contacted by The Associated Press.” To be fair, USA Today did manage to include “Miller was with his father, who was then allowed to drive the vehicle.”
In just the past two hours, media outlets CBS Local, Philly.com, the Denver Post, and the Los Angeles Times have made room for full coverage of this massively important offense. Someone really needs to cut Von Miller some slack. A traffic ticket for speeding and driving without a license is likely issued every day, maybe a few times every day, somewhere in Denver and doesn't hit the news wires.
There are days when you wonder what mainstream journalists are taught in j-school, the universities that can still afford to offer journalism, of which Texas A&M University’s flagship campus is no longer one. Nope. Not a chance to earn a degree in journalism at Aggieland anymore. One journalism grad went on to do pretty well in another field: Lyle Lovett ’78 will be in town in two days to headline the big concert at Kyle Field that the Aggies call “First Yell” along with classmate and star Robert Earl Keen, ’78, beloved singer-songwriter, Rodney Crowell, and the great Emmylou Harris.
The good news is that Von Miller’s Aggie hometown paper, the Bryan-College Station Eagle, hasn’t managed to Tweet the story or load it up on the hometown web site...yet. Then again, we’re all a little busy here in town. Today, Sept. 11, 2013 marks the anniversary of the most devastating and horrific event our generations have ever witnessed and lived through.
What’s on The Eagle’s front page today? A huge photo, center, above the fold of Aggie Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin, with the caption: "...Sumlin shared a laugh with the crowd at the start of his weekly radio show held inside Wings 'n More on University Drive in College Station Tuesday night." Not a story about the City of Bryan firefighters “to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the fallen firefighters, police and emergency medical personnel who died in their effort to respond to the scene.”
There was a feature about how local downtown business Papa Perez was stocking up on extra plates and silverware in advance of all the crowds coming to town, though.
There is a minor column on the U.S. President and what was said last night regarding Syria on the right-hand side going down the page. And at the bottom of the page sits three column inches with a small photo of friends remembering lives lost, taken at “Disaster City” out at the Texas Engineering Experiment Station.
But there’s actually a photo twice the size of Texas A&M’s “other” Heisman winner, John David Crow with Bear Bryant, and the more important than 9-11 story, “Crow has reason to cheer on both sides this Saturday.”
Then, to round out local news, The Eagle included (in important news) the story “Atheist billboards posted around Bryan-College Station area.” Plenty of chances to cover loss of life, attacks on liberty, freedoms (including freedom to worship, or not), and the pursuit of happiness, in the form of Texas Aggie football is the only thing worth the first page of the local major daily newspaper.
That’s the news biz and that’s reflective of The Eagle being purchased a year ago by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway newspaper division and sending in a new non-local CEO to run things over the heads of those who’ve been at the paper for twenty or thirty years.
Thus, with the new wave of news and journalism being shaped, it’s not entirely unexpected that in national news, all eyes are redirected just now to Von Miller’s speeding ticket. Please let us forget that, quickly. Instead, please let us remember those who lost their lives this day in 2001 and those who rushed in to help, and those who live today without their loved ones, because of what the United States stands for. And that's the news from Aggieland today. Texas Aggies will never forget nor will they fail to be appreciative of freedoms, even the freedom of the press to get it all wrong sometimes.