Alabama-FSU, 24-7

Disappointed that FSU lost against Alabama. Alabama played a good game, and FSU obviously struggled mightily on special teams – shades of the nightmares of the 80s there.

I hope Deondre Francois is okay – and I also hope ALL of the injured players are okay. (Alabama had four players injured, none of them as severe as Francois’ injury as far as I can tell, but I hate seeing people get hurt.)

I keep seeing reports that FSU got “worn down,” and I think to some degree that’s true, but less than the reporting makes it sound – FSU killed itself more than Alabama did. Alabama played well, as expected, but it really took advantage of terrible plays by FSU more than creating errors; poor blocking on a punt, unforced turnovers on a kickoff…

Those interceptions were bad, yes, but those interceptions came after special teams problems dug a deep hole in the second half. To beat Alabama you have to play well, and those special teams errors created a situation where FSU had to take chances and make something magic happen.

Taking those chances didn’t work out in FSU’s favor; they made it worse. And so it goes.

In the end, FSU’s defense acquitted itself well; it’s hard to blame them for having 24 points hung on them when a lot of those points were from drives started deep in FSU territory through turnovers or special teams breakdowns.

And FSU’s offense actually showed some teeth and restraint; the key to beating Alabama is grinding well against them, and FSU actually did that, for the most part. FSU easily could have been tied with Alabama at the end of the first half. It’s when they were forced into breaking away from their game plan that things went downhill.

In the end, Alabama played a good game, and they deserved the win. Now FSU just has to hope that Deondre Francois is all right (for his own sake as well as the sake of the team, because right now he’s the guy) and recover.

Journalists: No adverbs, no adjectives, please

I’m not a journalist; I’ve never taken journalism classes. I’m sure there’s a world of journalism out there about which I am completely ignorant. But if I had one piece of advice for journalists, it would be this: please avoid adverbs and adjectives. Please.

I don’t want to hear how Trump went to Texas. I don’t want to read “Trump went needlessly to Texas” or “Trump, who is awesome, went to Texas.” I just want to hear that he went to Texas. I’m not a moron; I can think for myself whether it was needless or whether Trump is awesome.

Just tell me the facts. Nothing more. If you are really desperate for adjectives, report that someone else used them: “FEMA Director Fanny McBlab said that she felt that President Trump’s trip to Texas was poorly timed, as it might interfere with…” or “Trump Press Secretary Jan Moutheson reported that Trump’s trip to Texas would spur economic growth in a region that has no actual services to provide.”

I can think for myself whether FEMA Director Fanny McBlab has a valid opinion or not. Same for Jan Moutheson.

But, journalists, when you say that the trip is needless or that Trump is awesome, you inject yourself into the news. You make it about you.

Stop it.

About yourself, be silent. If you’re a Trump supporter, great; I don’t need to be able to tell from your reporting. If you despise the guy, fine: I don’t want to know from what you tell me as a newscaster.

No more adjectives. No more adverbs. Just news. Just facts.