"The path of righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness. For he is truly my brother's keeper and the finder of lost children.
(Now pay attention, B/R brass, because this next bit pertains to you).
"And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger, those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers..."
This is a passage from the book of Ezekiel, but most of you would recognize it from "Pulp Fiction." In my mind, it was the best thing that Samuel L. Jackson has ever done, and that's saying a lot.
(Then again, it could be saying a little. He did do "Snakes on a Plane", right?)
Better get to the point before I get deleted...
Over the course of the last week, my opinion on this site has changed dramatically. When I first got wind of all the circumstances of the Summertime Shakedown, as I like to call it (that's the NFL correspondent search for all you non-hipsters out there), my initial reaction was anger.
I was spitting venom, and a lot of it was directed at people who didn't deserve it. One poor kid in particular, John Breech, who happens to be a sports editor at a weekly newspaper, just like me, penned an article entitled something like, "Wipe away those tears: CBS, B/R got it right."
I didn't even read what he had to say before launching into a profanity-laced rant about how he was a scumbag and he was just trying to cozy up to "the man" (CBS) and his little minion (B/R).
Once my anger subsided, I apologized to young Mr. Breech and started thinking about what's really going on here. Why was I so upset? Why was I so bothered by the scenario?
Initially, it was because I didn't get the position I thought I deserved. No need to lie about it. I busted my hump, sometimes writing as many as four articles a day.
Go back and look at my archives. I was a machine for two-plus months.
But because of my dedication to this site, my relationship with my new wife suffered because I was always on the computer.
My friends were basically ignored because my days were spent hovering around B/R, waiting for someone to comment on one of my stories.
My work productivity suffered because I couldn't stop checking the site at the office.
Then I came to find out that I poured countless hours (and sleepless nights) into chasing a dream that, in my case, would NEVER turn into a reality.
And either B/R or "little brother" (CBS) knew it at some point, and strung me (and plenty of other talented writers) along because they wanted the free labor. Can't blame them.
But then I wondered how complicit B/R really was. I would expect this tactic from CBS. It's a corporation, and corporations make a living out of screwing people over.
Now I got a couple e-mails from B/R Community Coordinator Dave Morrison (aka Dave Mo), who tried to allay my concerns.
The only problem is that his explanations seemed a little too self-serving. From my perspective, it was a classic case of C.Y.A. (That's "Cover Your @$$)
The other thing that bugged me was his declaration that B/R would NOT be announcing the list of people it selected and recommended.
Think about that for a second. If B/R is offering $500 to some of the people it recommended, but no one knows who those people are, how do we know that the $500 promise isn't just another load of B.S.?
Mo said that the people would be notified individually. What better way to keep everyone in the dark, including the people who were recommended?
I've been asking around, especially to the people who are now "featured columnists," and no one has seen one red cent yet.
There is an air of secrecy on this site that breeds suspicion, especially when all this shadiness is going on, you know?
Now I heard a rumor that the NASCAR community has been offered the same carrot as the NFL community (if anyone can confirm this, please let me know and send any link about the job or e-mail correspondence with B/R brass).
If this is true, I'm already paranoid about Summer Shakedown, Part II.
Hopefully, B/R brass will take this to heart and examine the way they do business.
But if they try and pull the same crap again, well, let's just say that they might have a (poop)storm on their hands.
What I want B/R and little brother to understand (especially little brother) is that while you might be watching us, understand that WE ARE WATCHING YOU. VERY CLOSELY.
So make your next move carefully, or you might have the revolution brought to your doorstep.
"Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'."