It was pointed out to me in my story "Inflation" that I was wrong about several things-
The Jets didn't receive 2 draft picks from the Pats; the other one came from the Bucs for Keyshawn. Also, Bellichik was gone before Woody was "officially" the owner, and I guess legally, he wasn't allowed to speak with Belli or anyone else on the staff at that time.
I just want to make it clear that I don't have a press pass, and I don't have a staff of editors. I don't have access to a Lexus Nexus database.
The analogy I like to use, is I'm on the outside of the department store, after closing hours, looking into a dark room through a plate glass window, trying to make out the prices on the merchandise way in the back. Sometimes I'm gonna be off.
I know that there are "reporters" and "beat writers" and what not who have press passes, and a staff and financial backing and a database and what not, and they still get stuff wrong, too.
So cut me a break.
My stories have a primary purpose, start conversation. Second to that, I learn something from the conversation I didn't know before.
I don't want to come across as a know-it-all, and as far as I'm concerned, it's worth it to me to lose face if in the end, I get something out of it, and it makes me a better person, or at the very least, a less ignorant person.
I try to maintain journalistic integrity as best I can, and it is never my intent to deceive anybody. I do however, reserve the right to engage in conjecture and hyperbole, early and often.