There's a fine line between a rumor and a flat out made up story. According to Joe Arrigo, he heard a rumor that the Green Bay Packers were fielding offers for Nick Barnett. Who'd he get it from? As usual, no one knows, and most likely it came from no one at all.
It's funny that I got done watching Shattered Glass last night. It's a movie about Stephen Glass, a journalist for New Republic Magazine. Glass made the front page of the New Republic nearly every week in his short and young career. That is until they found out he made up every single story.
Enter Joe Arrigo, from On The Sidelines. The name Joe Arrigo is familiar to many. He is the perhaps the biggest rumor monger in the blogosphere without a known source. Although he admits that his material is rumor, many people (three) take it as the Gospel. The only problem? He never once says where his information is coming from and rarely, if ever, has called a rumor correctly.
Let's take yesterday's rumor for example, in which Joe claims he "heard" that the Packers were silently fielding offers for Nick Barnett? Seriously? With no source? Come on Joe, who told you this? Was it your drunk buddy, that chick at Hooters, or that kid behind the counter at Subway? God only knows, but this is pretty serious material to just throw out there. You are basically saying that someone, supposedly in the know, told you that the Packers were taking offers on one of their star players. I would call that pretty major rumor-age there.
Now Joe has since recanted to Barnett stating that two AFC teams called the Packers and were told that Nick was not on the block. This said, there is a big difference between fielding offers (which essentially says the Packers are interested) and someone just called to check it out. Which one is it, and how does a phone call equate to Barnett being shopped silently by 1265?
It's simple Joe, and we all know how sensitive you can get when criticized, but give it up. If you indeed are hearing these rumors, let's get a verified source. Until then, you are, and always will be known as, the guy who makes shit up. If it is indeed the guy who runs the hot dog cart three blocks down, so be it. At least we know it comes from somewhere. I mean I know it's pretty Bush league around here, but at least I don't create fiction and pass it off as something I heard.
Do yourself a favor and spill the beans. Chuck Lane is on to you.