Jeremy Botter is a longtime mixed martial arts journalist and an MMA lead writer for Bleacher Report. He is the former associate editor of HeavyMMA.com and the former MMA beat writer for the Houston Chronicle.
Hi Jeremy. I'm a fellow Houstonian, a huge fan of BR and your columns, so I'm hoping you can shed some light on my complaint. I find it extremely tedious and overused when the BR email headlines say crap like, "Rousey RIPS so and so", or "Dana BLASTS media", etc. Then you read the article and find that all the RIPPING and BLASTING just aren't. After a few thousand headlines, it becomes just so much noise and doesn't do one thing to advance the sport of MMA. It's bush league tactics like this that prevent MMA from being taken as seriously as it should. Can you imagine headlines like this for the NFL, NBA or MLB? Occasionally it is warranted for PED scandals (Barry Bonds), criminal prosecutions (Aaron Hernandez, Michael Vick) or major team shakeups, but those are the exception, not the rule.
If it is within your sphere of influence, I'd love to see headlines that inspire thought, not trigger an emotional response, even when the athlete says or does something stupid. Can we protect our sport from all idiots (foreign and domestic) and espouse the level of professionalism seen in competitors like Rich Franklin, Cain Velasquez, JDS, etc?
There is a level of grace and beauty in the violence of MMA. When we respect that, it becomes as pure as any form of martial art...emphasis on 'art'. When we spout off like trailer trash, we have no more validity than guests on a Springer show, drunken sailors in a bar fight, or the WWE.
Just an observation from a fan of the sport.
btw, its okay to unblock me after the world cup, ;-)
ugh, you blocked me on twitter. if you feel kind can you just unblock me and mute me (@irishredhd). you are one of the few people i truly enjoy following.
Thanks for the good reads, and glad you know Montana was the best.