6.11.2009

If Goff is Tupac Does That Make Ives Biggie?

Goff

Dang y'all. Since when did Soccer Insider become "Dramablog USA"? I guess when you are at the top of your game --even a small one like American soccer reporting-- drama & beef just come looking for you. Just ask Tupac. Oh that's right you can't, because he's dead.

Deceased (allegedly) rappers aside, I really enjoy Goff's "blog"* but it sure seems like other people aren't lately. Remember about a month ago when he said that Juan Carlso Osorio was on thin ice with the RBNY brass and Red Bull GM Erik Stover was all like "I don't even know who Steven Goff is"? Well that's turned into handbags at 20 paces as just the other day Goff threw out some criticism at RBNY that quite frankly many people would agree with but did it in a way that was definitely a bit over-snarky and seemingly biased for a professional journalist who's been known to use his platform as a vehicle to give lessons in media ethics.

Which leads us to skirmish number 2, which was with a South African government agency who was putting together a junket for US-based bloggers to the Confederations Cup. They didn't take kindly to the dude scaring more than a few people off and pulled the plug on the whole caper. Neither did a few bloggers who, not being journalists aren't bound by the same framework, might have been down for a free trip to cover a tournament that will get precious little stateside attention as it stands.

The most recent --like today "recent"-- participant in a game of back-and-forth with the Insider is New England coach Scottish Steve Nicol. Yesterday Goff cited no sources when he said TT would be out indefinitely which you could say is some total MLSR blogger-type sh*t not Washington Post journalist-type sh*t. In response Nicol told the Boston Herald that he feels that our Steven conjured up the story himself. Which I guess is possible but it could just be Nicol not wanting to come clean about the full extent of an injury.

Seriously, it's all so out of control that people are going to have to start thinking about seating arrangements at press events, gala dinners and MLS Cup parties so that no Source Awards-esque incidents break out.

*It's not really a true blog if it's maintained by a journalist on the website of one of the nation's largest newspapers is it?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about the fact that Goff is claiming he "exclusively" reported about CRon seeing a Real Madrid doc in LA yesterday when TOW had a post a few hours before linking to a Spanish report to the same effect? To paraphrase Inigo Montoya: "This word exclusively. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Anonymous said...

Bloggers hatin' on bloggers. It just ain't right.

Anonymous said...

Goff is nothing more than a "wanna-be-GM-but-it's-easier-and-safer-to criticize-from-the-air-conditioned-press-box-than-put-your-neck-on-the-line-day-in-and-day-out-and-oh-yeah-no-one-would-ever-hire-someone-like-him-with-no-real-soccer-experience" punk. A real Post journalist would never stoop to the level we have seen from him lately. Peace out!

Anonymous said...

lol Ives is most definitely "Biggie"

btw Goff is 10000x the journalist Ives will ever be, blogger or no blogger

SF said...

I'm not hating on him. Like I said, I love reading the Insider but it really seems to be going a bit sideways and honestly I hate to see that from one of our best sources of information.

As for Goff being a better journalist, is it a competition? We get so little coverage of the game in America that I'm happy to have both of them.

Anonymous said...

not sure if it was sarcasm above, but if he wanted a job without experience he should have thrown his resume on the pile for the red bulls GM job....seems they picked it out of a hat anyhow...

Anonymous said...

Goff: great journalist, shady as all fuck.

Mister Zero said...

Goff has all the connections and a steady soccer gig at the Post - that is more than what anybody else is working with. I like his blog a lot. But there are others nipping on his heals, no doubt.

Keep up the great stuff!

Anonymous said...

Goff's great but he can be a little DC biased it seems, especially in regard to New York.

Anonymous said...

who the hell is goff? :D

Brian said...

Of course Goff is biased towards DC, it's the hometown team. However, he has been yelled at by Tom Soehn on at least one occasion for his reporting. He's also seemed almost giddy over the fact that DC keeps having stadium deals fall through. Perhaps it's just what keeps his counter stats up, I don't know.

Anonymous said...

Goff and his "Insiderness" jumped the shark a while ago. He has pissed off many a United fan including this one, rubbing salt in our wounds about the stadium after refusing to do anything to help the situation for years,

He writes as though he is above his readers and he is condescending and snarky towards them more often than not these days.

Then there is the whole Stephen Appiah to MLS story which by all accounts he made up since it has never been confirmed by anyone else at DCU, FCD or the player's agent. Appiah himself laughed off the Goff post. When MLSR called him on it he made a post saying that he'd have an interview with the player or his agent, which never happened.

I think he sees the writing on the wall. All newspapers are suffering and were suffering even before this tough economy.


He's also seeing that he is in an increasingly crowded US Soccer blogosphere and getting scooped by blogs like TOR, American Soccer Reader and MLSR not to mention Ives, Glenn Davis, etc.

Rumor has it that he may be getting the ax soon or assigned to just covering College Basketball. The snark level on his blog went way up earlier this year when someone asked why he was covering more college basketball when there was the SuperDraft in St Louis.

A man who refers to himself in the third person is not likely to "go quietly into that good night". This should be an interesting year since he seem to be coming unglued. Grab the popcorn and a flack jacket.

Anonymous said...

Goff is hating, plain and simple. He is a good writer, dont get me wrong, but he has no where near the knowledge of the game, like Ives does. Instead of stepping his game, he does some bitch ass shi**. Ives is the best in the game, hands down.

Me Here said...

Are you kidding? Ives writes -- and thinks -- as if he's in middle school. His posts have opening paragraphs like an 8th grader's essay. One of these days I expect to click over there and see something like "The dictionary defines 'competition' as..."

So, what do you think of my comment? Agree with my scathing attack? Still think Ives has a shot at journalism glory? Feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and anything else that's on your mind in the comments section below.