Posted by Josh Katzowitz
OK, I’ll delve into this Darrelle Revis-Tim Cowlishaw mess for just a moment. You might recall Sunday how Cowlishaw, a Dallas Morning News columnist and an ESPN talking head, Tweeted that an inside source had told him the Jets and Revis would announce a contract soon that would end the CB’s holdout, possibly by Wednesday.
There was the typical backlash by all kinds of reporters (New York media and national guys) who reported that the report by Cowlishaw simply wasn’t true.
This morning, Cowlishaw defended his “scoop” (in quotation marks because we won’t know for sure until Wednesday) and wrote, “The source of information was good, someone I have used before. Beyond that, I won't go into further details.”
It didn't surprise me that my information was getting shot down right and left by those covering the Jets. As a beat writer covering the Cowboys for six years, I did a lot of "shooting down" and this was in the early days of ESPN and long before the world was wired and Twitter came along.
I talked to ESPN's Chris Mortensen and the New York Daily News' Gary Myers on the phone, a couple of guys I have known for 20 years or more. I exchanged texts or, in some cases, tweets with others I have had long relationships with.
They were supportive if curious as to how this information was coming from a Dallas-based general columnist. Understandably curious.
He goes on to defend himself against the charge that he simply made up the news to get more followers, though I have a hard time imagining a journalist who would claim that Cowlishaw would pull something like that (fans, on the other hand, …).
My take: if he’s right and Revis signs Wednesday (or if, I suppose, the news is re-broken on HBO’s Hard Knocks) or even Saturday, hey, that’s a great scoop for Cowlishaw. If he was incorrect, well, that’ll sting his credibility a bit, but it likely will be quickly forgotten. Whichever the case, Cowlishaw is respected by his peers, so even if he’s wrong, I don’t expect too many “Told you so’s” to emerge.
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