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January 21, 2009
by Robbie Gillies
You might remember Rod Marinelli’s rocky relationship with former Detroit News reporter Rob Parker.
Marinelli handled that situation very well, but based on Marinelli’s most recent (and probably last) talk with the Detroit media, he made it pretty clear he is not a fan. From Tom Kowalski of MLive.com
As three beat writers approached Marinelli, who was sitting in the stands, he told us to get lost in his own charming way.
"Goodbye, ladies,'' he said.
This is apparently an ongoing joke with the media:
In the last half of the season, Marinelli would have his own little private joke with the media during the post-practice on-field media gatherings. If there was a woman reporter present, Marinelli would nod his head in greeting and then say "Hello, ladies.''
Marinelli was referring to all of us as ladies because, I assume, he believed we were soft and not worthy of questioning the men -- players and coaches -- who worked so hard and gave so much to their sport...I often heard through team sources that Marinelli didn't like reporters in Detroit and called us a litany of unflattering names behind closed doors.
Marinelli was getting one final shot in to the people that questioned and criticized him all season long. I'm sure the media wasn't too kind to a man that was at the helm of the first 0-16 team in NFL history. Marinelli's successor, Jim Schwartz, compared his opening press conference to an acceptance speech at the Oscars. Hope springs eternal, but I'm sure the media will be a constant reminder of how dismal the Lions chances are next season.