Over the last few weeks, I have noticed a frustrating trend with radio talk show people. They get people worked up about the poor performance of various NFL players, teams, coaches etc during preseason, but when someone else gets worked up about it, the host is often quick to invoke the “it’s just the pre-season, let’s not get carried away” argument – essentially trying to have it both ways. I’ve heard both Bill Johnson on ESPN Radio and “Sparky” on 1250 WSSP doing this. They might spend the first part of the show dissecting problems with the O-Line or D-Line or Rodgers and getting really worked up re poor preseason showings, but then by the end of the show, they suddenly take a more “big picture” or “mature” tact and drop lines like “it’s just the pre-season” or “it’s just one game” or “he’s just a rookie” or “nobody’s perfect” or “it’s not the end of the world”.
Invoking the overused “it’s just the preseason”