09 March 2006

The "National" Media Rains on Our Parade--Again

This morning I went to the ESPN website to get my daily dose of East Coast/New York bias. I wanted to see what their "national" reporters had to say about the Hornets' return to New Orleans. I was already angry with the network for not publicizing the game ahead of time, and then not televising the game in favor of Seton Hall vs. Rutgers (ESPN) and Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Monmouth (ESPN2). So perhaps one of the most important games in the history of the Gulf Coast region was being played, and the ESPN "Family of Networks" was busy giving the country four teams from New Jersey.

But I digress. I turn to ESPN.com's "Daily Quickie," and this is how Dan Shanoff evaluates the Hornets' return to New Orleans:

The good news: The Hornets returned to New Orleans last night, in front of a crowd that might best be described as relieved to have a pro team back in town. It really indicates emerging revitalization.

The bad news: Everyone was reminded that the team stinks in New Orleans, giving up 40 to Kobe in a loss to the Lakers. Sorry to say, the team has more success feeding off of the OKC fan vibe.

Dan, you're not really suggesting that the Hornets lost because they were playing in New Orleans, right? You're not really suggesting that the Hornets would have won if they were playing in Oklahoma City, right?

If you are, jerk, explain this to me:

1. In the Hornets' last game before last night, they blew a 79-71 lead after three quarters IN OKLAHOMA CITY. The team was outscored 30-9 in the fourth quarter (without an injured Steve Nash) as they lost 101-88. WAS THAT NEW ORLEANS'S FAULT?

2. In the game before that, the Hornets set an all-time-NBA low, scoring 16 points in the second half, losing to the Clippers 89-67. WAS THAT NEW ORLEANS'S FAULT?

3. Since the All-Star Break, the Hornets were 2-5 going into the game with the Lakers. WAS THAT NEW ORLEANS'S FAULT?

The Hornets haven't been able to close big games for about a month now. But somehow it's the city's fault. I don't get it.

I'm sorry, but I am so sick of this. People like this get jobs and get the opportunity to shape public opinion. This guy will probably propose, if the Hornets lose all their games in New Orleans--and miss the playoffs by fewer than 3 games, that it will be New Orleans's fault that the Hornets did not make the playoffs. This is the kind of public perception we are fighting across the board--not just in the sports world.

If you think that columns like this are irresponsible, please inform the network and the writer that you are angry. There are links to both on the ESPN website. This has to stop NOW.

5 Comments:

At March 09, 2006 10:51 AM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

How's this for a comparison to back you up?

Skip last year, when the Hornets were a joke. Go back to 2003-04, when the Hornets played ENTIRE SEASON IN SUPPOSEDLY SUCKY NEW ORLEANS under Tim Floyd with less talent than they have now and poor team chemistry.

Their record after 60 games in 2003-04: 32-28.

Their record after 60 games in 2005-06: 31-29.

Gosh, that OKC has a really great "vibe."

I'm gonna email this idiot with ESPN. Thank you very much for pointing this out.

You can see the record for yourself at http://www.nba.com/hornets/schedule/results_2003.html

 
At March 09, 2006 10:58 AM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

Here's what I sent Mr. Dan Shanoff, clearly a Ruth's Chris diner:

Mr. Shanoff,

You should do some brief research before you dis New Orleans and talk about Oklahoma City's great "vibe."

Skip last year, when the Hornets were a joke. Go back to 2003-04, when the Hornets played ENTIRE SEASON IN SUPPOSEDLY SUCKY NEW ORLEANS under Tim Floyd, with less talent than they have now and poor team chemistry.

Their record after 60 games in 2003-04: 32-28.

Their record after 60 games in 2005-06: 31-29.

Gosh, that OKC has a really great "vibe."

You can see the record for yourself at http://www.nba.com/hornets/schedule/results_2003.html

It's easy to kick folks when they're down, ain't it? Don't worry: we're takin' names. When we're rockin' again as a great American city, better than it ever was, we're going to remember who kicked us and who helped us back up.

Sincerely,
Chris Wiseman

 
At March 09, 2006 11:04 AM, Blogger Seymour D. Fair said...

A Ruth's Chris diner . . .

HAHHAHAHAA.

SDF

 
At March 10, 2006 8:11 AM, Anonymous ashley said...

Tim Floyd.

Shinn is a like Wile E. Coyote: a certified GEEEnius.

 
At March 10, 2006 2:57 PM, Blogger dillyberto said...

It looks like "good press" for the city, really, true rebuilding stories, are bound to arise by June through August.

No such luck until then, as our fellow Americans percieve Louisiana without respect.

Now, give us Drew Brees and ESPN will wave our banner high!
for two or three days.

 

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