TAPE RECORDER WARS: Phillies Blog vs. “Incapable” Beat Writers

via Twitter (John Clark)

It’s been a weird month for SB Nation’s Phillies Blog, “The Good Phight.”

June began with a one-sided argument between writer John Stolnis and The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, with the latter accusing the former of using a quote without attribution. Stolnis, to his credit, apologized, and the whole thing went away.

Fast forward then to Tuesday, when TGP published a fake fan post from a guy who claimed he was yelled at by Rhys Hoskins behind the Phillies dugout on Monday night. Turns out the shit post was made by a dude named “KofSports,” who copped to the trolling and was ultimately banned from the site forever. TGP editor Liz Roscher could have deleted the post but decided not to, attaching a half-assed editor’s note to the fake story, leaving it up, and firing off a bunch of sardonic and corny tweets to critics who didn’t understand why a website would have a policy allowing non-staffers to publish an article without supervision.

That snark carried into Wednesday, when Roscher, instead of just going away for a few days, decided to take a random swing at the Phillies beat corps because some guy was using an old tape recorder:


Looks like Jack McCaffery’s recorder. I think he’s been using the same one since the 1980’s, but so what? If the thing records audio, does it really matter if it was made in 1918 or 2018? Seems like a weird thing to gripe about.

And if you know anything about anything, you don’t go after someone’s tape recorder. The Inquirer’s Matt Breen clapped back:

Point goes to Breen for the subtweet, though he could have tagged The Good Phight. He would have earned more credit for that.

But I’ll give him an extra half-point for shutting down “STEAMED HAM” with a Conor McGregor “who the fuck is that guy?” meme:

The Verdict

  • TGP automatically loses because of SB Nation’s comical policy of allowing fan posts to be published without editing or supervision.
  • Liz Roscher should have just deleted the shitty post. She’s 0-2 this month.
  • Admiral Porkins, who is apparently a TGP moderator, also loses, since his entire feed is nothing but political tweets.
  • KofSports is a dork.
  • Old school beat writers ARE incapable of some things, but changing out your recording equipment matters not.

Winners: Matt Gelb, Matt Breen

Losers: Liz Roscher, Admiral Porkins, KofSports, STEAMED HAM

N/A: John Stolnis (seems like a decent dude)


15 Responses

  1. You’re forgetting that Geld got ratio’d in the Stolnis thing and had to issue a half ass apology to stop the twitter harrassment.

      1. Well, I mean, maybe he went overboard with the criticism, but he had a reason to be upset. He’s behind a paywall, and when his shit appears for free on another site, he’s justified in feeling that way. Stolnis, like I said, apologized immediately, so I thought that whole thing was a big nothing burger

  2. Stolnis comes across as pussy when confronted by Gelb. Also, never trust a guy who uses the word “man” multiple times in an exchange. Now Stolnis is Gelb’s bitch for life.

  3. I have a hot date this Saturday with my 7 cats. Leave me alone!

    I love Pete Rose!!

  4. While you’re right that a choice in recording device doesn’t “really” matter, I think the point is that the old school beats haven’t changed their approach in literally 30 years which is one of the reasons no one under 40 even reads the papers anymore. Yeah your point of “who cares?” is valid, but when the old skool’s constantly demean and condescend any other type of modern accepted media, I think it’s fair to point out how old they are.

    Jack McCaffery and his like could not write any story at all without a quote from a coach/player/GM and his audience is anyone over 50. That’s fine, I guess, but it illustrates just how outdated his equipment and method and writing are. He’s the guy that will laugh at anything statistical for “grit” and “hustle”

    There’s a reason we all tease our parents for buying CD’s still instead of streaming or even iTunes. Sure, CD’s are “fine”, but there’s just a better more modern way of doing things and that’s the approach Jack McCaffery takes to everything

    How does he even buy new cassettes??

    1. Well put – it’s not that you can’t do the job with that tape recorder, it’s that the idea of the tape recorder is such a symbolic relic of the past and their refusal to change their ways for a different generation. I’m mostly indifferent. Let the dinosaurs live out the waning years of their careers doing it how they want. It’ll be over soon anyways.

    2. You won’t get an argument from me. For what it’s worth, I’ve known Jack for years, sit next to him sometimes at Sixers games, and have spent a lot of time around him. I think he writes good stories and asks good questions, but of course he and others of his generation could adapt a bit, include some numbers and stats, spend more time on social media, link video and images in stories, yadda yadda yadda. On the other hand, younger types could learn how to actually be better writers. I’ve done “stories” on Crossing Broad that are literally two sentences and a tweet.

      Obviously the Delco Times print section and the Inquirer and Daily News are always going to be format-restricted paragraph/quote/paragraph factories. That’s fine. I still listen to CDs and like CDs because I enjoy booklets and artwork and notes and other things that add to the entirety of the album concept. Doesn’t mean I don’t also buy digitally, but a lot of people just have their way of doing things, and if it ain’t broke, whatever. Newspapers still sell. Vinyl is going through a hipster resurgence. If we wanna legitimately rag someone, ragvthe Phillies for having archaic anti-blogger/new media policies.

      1. I used to be with “it”, but then they changed what “it” was. Now what I’m with isn’t “it” anymore and what’s “it” seems weird and scary. It’ll happen to you!


  6. Question – Who died and left Liz Roscher as head See You N Tee?

    Comment- That’s not Jack McCaffery’s head. My guess is Billy Crystal.

  7. Liz Roscher is probably thirty years younger than Jack but she looks older.

    And probably has a bigger penis.

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