18 Nov 2005
When confronted with a quote from this week's Sports Illustrated, Rams interim head coach Joe Vitt said, "I don't know who the anonymous player was, and I will tell you this: I'm here to answer football questions - not tabloid questions." He was referring to this passage from the first paragraph of an article by Michael Silver:
"[M]ost of the Rams jogged briskly across the slippery Qwest Field turf seeking shelter from the storm. One disgusted veteran, however, took his time heading to the tunnel, stopping in the end zone to lay some blame for the maddening decline of a onece-lofty franchise.... [T]he peeved player pointed a finger at defensive tackles Jimmy Kennedy, Ryan Pickett and Damione Lewis."
It's no secret that I'm not a fan of the way Sports Illustrated uses anonymous sources, but in this case I fail to see how a source can stay secret if he talked to Michael Silver in the end zone after the game. Either his teammates know who he was because he was the last player into the tunnel, or they know who he was because they saw him talking to Silver.
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