From whence the Buzz Bissinger Rant came.
The episode (HBO) of Costas Now that contained the aforementioned rant is truly excellent. It's a full on discussion of the media's influence on the world of sports. The irony of the episode is that it runs just like a blog - Set Piece and then open commentary, profanity and all.
With regard to the Bissinger segment, I feel maybe a touch bad for Braylon Edwards and even feel something resembling pity for Buzz Bissinger. Today, though, major newspapers are allowing comments on their stories - verbatim copies of what's published in the paper copy - on their websites. They are even launching Blogs of their own.
I respect the old school reporter. The dude that gets familiar with the players and brings the other side - the personal side of the game - to the fan. It's too bad that the web is killing that profession, but technology is a double edged sword if ever there was one.
If you have the chance, I fully recommend the watching the whole show.