No more pussy-footing around. No more lip service. No more bullshit about “journalistic integrity”. Not after this tabloid trash headline:
Attempting to connect the taunting that has followed Alex Burrows’ bite to Aaron Rome’s late hit on Nathan Horton is a blatant attempt to lead the casual fan’s opinion away from hockey.
Meanwhile, on this week’s cover, there isn’t even a secondary mention of the Stanley Cup Finals. The NBA Finals have the cover, as they have every bloody spring since 2001, with blurbs about baseball and Stanford QB Andrew Luck. College football isn’t even in season! The one thing you fetishize even more than the swimsuit issue is that blessed Cover of Sports Illustrated, and you don’t consider the championship of the highest level of hockey in the world worth so much as two square inches of text.
Don’t piss on my shoes and tell me it’s raining, Sports Illustrated. You hate hockey, and you have zero respect for hockey fans.
Earlier this year, I recall watching an 11:00 PM SportsCenter anchored by Steve Levy. During this SC, Levy introduced a highlight by saying that “something weird had to happen for us to show you San Jose Sharks highlights.” At the time, the San Jose Sharks had the best record in the Western Conference.
Thursday night, ESPN will devote the 9:00 PM (EDT) hour to LeBron James, his free agency, and The Decision on where he will sign. (Yeah, the caps on that were right.)
So ESPN will gladly give an hour to one NBA player and his galactic ego, but begrudges one of the best teams in the NHL 45 seconds?
If there were any justice in the world, The LeBron Hour’s ratings would be low enough to hang around with strange bio-luminescent fish and the XFL. Instead, Dick Ebersol will trot out the inevitable we’re-just-giving-the-viewers-what-they-want excuse in his next “ombudsman” column, because ESPN defines “what viewers want” as “whatever we choose to cram down your throat.”
Ars Technica: Apple demanded Microsoft to stop its Laptop Hunters ads
Want to know what all these articles have in common?
None of them bothered to contact Apple for confirmation or comment. A Microsoft officer said it, so it must be true, right?
You know damn well that, had Steve Jobs or Tim Cook said something this outrageous during a keynote, those web sites would be in a balls-to-the-wall race to scoop the others for a comment from Microsoft.
The Blackhawks tough guy on Stan Tallon’s wake and Sean Avery:
I know you can argue that hockey doesn’t receive the same coverage other sports do. On one hand, hockey players don’t create the same “drama” other sports do to get that coverage. Hockey players would rather have no coverage than this type of coverage.
I’m betting this won’t make espnthemag.com’s regular “Reporting from the Jock-o-sphere” feature. Just a guess.
Hat tip to The Big Lead.
During the last TV time-out of the first period tonight, the Penguins welcomed the Versus broadcast crew.
And the fans booed.
People, John Buccigross isn’t walking through that door. Gary Thorne and Bill Clement aren’t walking through that door.
Versus won’t be winning any Emmy awards for a while, but that’s no excuse for being rude and ungrateful to the only network willing to air hockey games in the United States.
So much for writing my “summer vacation’s over” post tonight. I guess that will happen later this week…
This had me perplexed today. How could Jim Cohen, a newspaper sports editor in the city that gave us the Broad Street Bullies, call hockey “an irrelevant sport”!?
While I was Googling around to find more word on Tim Pannaccio’s departure from the Philadelphia Inquirer, I found a report on Cohen’s hiring in January. Yeah, he hasn’t even been there a full year. The report, from the Associated Press Sports Editors site, reveals some other interesting tidbits on Cohen’s CV…
As ESPN’s vice president for programming and production from 2002 to 2006, Cohen was responsible for creating, launching and managing the wildly popular “Pardon the Interruption” show that turned a couple of print journalists into multimedia stars, plus “Around the Horn” and “Cold Pizza.”
Skip Bayless contradicting himself on a consistent three-day cycle? Woody Paige’s chalkboard? Jay Mariotti getting any face time at all? Dumbing down sports commentary with four hours of columnists screaming their egos hoarse every weekday? Those were Cohen’s ideas. Before unleashing Wilbon and Kornheiser on an unsuspecting public, though, he was “senior coordinating producer for news, with responsibility for newsgathering for all ESPN networks”.
This explains so much. Funny how his tenure at ESPN coincides with their hockey news coverage taking a dive, followed by a bunch of talking head shows stocked with columnists who, on their best days, are ill-informed and disrespectful of the sport.
Anybody out there in Flyer-land canceling their Inquirer subscriptions after this?
(Oh, and check out that APSE link to see what Cohen did in between ESPN and the Inquirer, babe.)