About 3:30 EST Sunday afternoon Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw tweeted the following:
TimCowlishaw Revis and Jets announce new deal, probably Wednesday. You heard it here first. "Inside information!"
Some four hours later we still find all the NY tri-state area papers and media outlets scrambling to check and recheck their sources looking to confirm the information reported by Cowlishaw.
Looking into his claim a bit further, we find out that Cowlishaw cites a source who he claims "has never been wrong."
The New York Daily News, Newark Star-Ledger, the NY Post, Adam Schefter of ESPN and just about any other credible source you might find claims that they made their calls to sources and there is in fact no activity between the Jets and Darrelle Revis that would warrant such a statement.
It's not often that you find a credible journalist go out on a limb like this if he doesn't have it right.
It's not like the Dallas Morning News columnist is backing down either. As the clock ticks and the naysayers come out of the woodwork (many of them, his piers) to rebuff Tim's claim, Cowlishaw tweeted again:
TimCowlishaw I expect Jets writers to shoot down what I wrote about Revis. That's their job. It's not Wednesday is it? I fully expect it then.
ESPN's Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen may be the only person that's giving any credibility to Cowlishaw's claim tweeting,
mortreport On Revis, even though Jets sources deny what @timcowlishaw is reporting; I hesitate to shoot down a very respected journalist like Tim.
I think that it's important to note that while Cowlishaw is in fact a columnist and not a reporter, that doesn't mean that he can't have a credible source.
If Cowlishaw's information holds true and the Jets and Revis announce a deal on or about Wednesday, many "well respected reporters" are going to look ignorant as they have apparently alienated Cowlishaw on this one and left him alone on "Revis Island." In no uncertain terms, basically what they are saying is that the sources they have as reporters are better than ones he could possibly have as a columnist and he can't possibly get info that they couldn't.
As Chris Mortensen stated, Cowlishaw is in fact a well respected journalist. Tim is very well established and it's not like he needs to make a splash to give himself street cred. In addition to currently being a sportswriter for The Dallas Morning News, Cowlishaw is also a regular panelist on the ESPN sports talk show Around the Horn and formerly the lead reporter for the ESPN2 racing show NASCAR Now.
I think it's also important to note that while Tim is not currently a "reporter," his resume does suggest that he has had the ability to make the necessary contacts to break such a story as in the past he's been a beat writer for the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers and provided coverage of Oklahoma Sooners football and the San Francisco Giants.
I guess I'm in the minority on this one as I think the deal gets announced as per Tim Cowlishaw's source. - Mike Cardano
Mike is the founder of Around the Horn Baseball and Xtra Point Football.
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