Or don’t. We’re not your therapist.
The Philadelphia Flyers had a bad season—23-22-3 and no playoff appearance after going into the season as a championship contender. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgolov and his 39th ranked .900 save percentage was probably not the team’s main problem. But his nine-year, $51 million contract certainly hurts the team unless he plays at an elite level.
Bryzgalov doesn’t see it that way. He puts the problem back on the media.
“Sometimes you’re reading [articles about yourself] and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, who is this lunatic?’” he said in a rant after the Flyers’ final game. “You [reporters] never look yourselves in the mirror, eh? You’re always good. You never make the mistakes. Your articles are always perfect. In reality, what have you done for this city?”
Bryzgalov raises a great question: what have reporters done for hockey in Philadelphia? Actually, they’ve done a whole lot. Very few fans attend every game. Without the media hyping the team, broadcasting games, and keeping players’ names in the news, any sport in any city would be far less profitable.
Sure, the media makes mistakes. But they also create the environment that allows for Bryzgolov to make $51 million.
Nobody likes a whiner, Iyla. And the “it’s the media’s fault” line is getting old.