Tim Tebow, Jason Collins and that comic that misrepresents the media

Is this right?

A couple of my friends brought this comic to my attention this past week. I’ve seen it before but I didn’t think much of it. It was stupid and it misrepresented what the media has done in their coverage of Tim Tebow and Jason Collins. But my friends’ reactions to the comic is what concerned me because their reaction in a way believed that the comic told the truth. Or in a sense, that there was a convoluted difference between the two.

Here’s the thing. Jason Collins coming out is nothing ordinary. He is a pioneer, if you want to use that word. He was brave, a hero, if you want to use those words. Whatever you want to call it, he was the first to do something that we knew eventually would happen. It just took one person to get the ball rolling. He did. With all that prejudice that comes with being a gay athlete, it’s an intriguing storyline and it’s worth covering.

In a way, the media in what I have seen, has covered it the way it should have. They’ve gotten reactions from gay people. They’ve gotten reactions from former teammates. The discussion for the most part has been good and the media has done well in it. There have been some mistakes here and there, but the media did exactly right in my opinion on covering it. (And the for the most part, it used the right words and reactions to it also.)

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You can’t put your #hashtag on the field anymore

Remember when we first saw a #hashtag end zone? Apparently now that will no longer be allowed.

As the above article tells us, it’s going to be very restrictive in what can and can’t be shown. Despite Twitter’s ever-growing popularity, the NCAA wants to maintain a certain image and it appears that having Twitter run over the place isn’t to their liking.

Of course, a team’s official logo is much better than having a #hashtag in the end zone. It’s more official and it’s about brand recognizability. In that sense, it makes sense. But in this time of age, how much longer can NCAA avoid it before it bites them back?

The #hashtag is a recruiting tool and a way to appeal to this generation of fans. It will be back. We’ve adapted to it. NCAA can’t avoid it. Twitter is too powerful right now and I don’t see it stopping.

Mississippi State started the trend of #hashtags on the field.