The media has to stop being so negative.
At the very least, take the condescension down a notch or two.
If you're a fan of professional football, by now I'm sure you're well aware that the NFL's hottest free agent, Terrell Owens, has agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals.
A great player landing on a very competitive team.
You'd figure that alone would stimulate enough interest to sell stories.
It's not enough; it's never enough.
It can't just be another reason for fans to be excited for the 2010 NFL season; but it has to be more about fabricated drama and the media's portrayal of "reality".
Chad Ochocinco and Owens both have their own reality shows.
That's not a bad thing mind you; it's damn good entertainment in my opinion.
But we all have our opinions and if you don't care for their personalities, that's fine.
Fans are always going to have their "favorites" and their "non-favorites"; but the issue arises when the portrayal of "non-favorites" is done in such a light that the general public adopts negative beliefs based on unfounded truths that eventually become accepted as reality.
You want reality?
Both Ochocinco and Owens have NEVER had any "off the field" behavioral issues in their NFL careers.
I could point out the numerous amounts of players who have been in serious legal trouble, yet are still revered as "heroes" and "leaders"; but I see no purpose in dragging up other players' troubles for the point of comparison.
The reality is that Carson Palmer is soon to be throwing to not one, but two, future Hall of Fame receiving targets.
Reality, is that despite such an abundance of inaccurate reporting that has often times defaced their characters, both players have become two of the most productive targets of our generation in spite of it.
Today should be a day for Bengals fans to rejoice, and members of the media to be excited for both the production and entertainment that will likely be delivered by one of the most dangerous receiving tandems in recent memory.
I could understand being upset if you're a fan of the Steelers, Ravens, or Browns but the reality is...
That's only three teams and all of them are going to at the very least, be present for a great show at least two times this season.
It's time to be positive people.
In Cincinnati, it's time to smile.
In Pittsburgh, it's time to smirk (and yeah, you're not happy).
But for everybody...It's time to get your popcorn ready.
Ryan Michael is a Senior Writer for Bleacher Report.
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