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Ian O'Connor: kindly shut up.

Monday, October 09, 2006
I have two computers: a laptop that I use in the living room and when I'm out, and then my tank of a desktop that has held through thick and thin since November of 2002. On my desktop, I still have MSN.com as my homepage when opening up my browser (even though it's now Firefox), just out of convenience for seeing daily headlines. This evening, though, I was welcomed to a rather annoying treat:



Behind that link on MSN.com you'll find an editorial by sports columnist Ian O'Connor, who apparently is a "special contributor" to FOX Sport's. Apparently he's also won an award for his writing.

I'm going to assume that the Razzie Awards have started a new award for writers outside of movies and films. But that's neither here nor there.

In his wonderful little editorial, we're welcome to the usual cruft of "No one in the United States cares about hockey", "This is why no one cares about hockey", "Hockey has horrible ratings", "Even [insert obscure sport/television programming] outrates hockey", and so on and so forth.

In short? It is the exact same article we've all seen several dozen times to the tenth power.

Now normally this wouldn't bother me. I'd normally expect to see this article somewhere in the middle of some list of headlines, I'd see it and roll my eyes and move on. Whatever, right? It's one out of a thousand articles run each year about how the NHL is pathetic, woe is the league, woe is the fans, game over.

But, no. It's the fact that this is one of MSN.com's top headlines today. That it's like they just had to take the most ad nauseum article by some hack of a writer who pretty much said things that we heard mid-way through last season, at the end of the last season, during the offseason, and once again at the start of this season.

And I'm sick of it. I'm sick of smiling and nodding and taking the same damn article over and over with a grain of salt. Most of all, I'm sick of feeling like I should just take in stride the fact that every week, there's always some new article churned out that just loves to rub salt into the wounds of hockey fans in the United States.

So this is a message just for you, Ian O'Connor. I know you probably won't see it, and I really don't care. But I do this for my own self-satisfaction:

NEWS FLASH: YOU HAVE BEATEN THE DEADEST OF THE DEAD HORSES IN ALL OF DEAD HORSES! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PROWESS AT BEATING HORSES SO DEAD THAT THEY MAKE THE CORPSE OF GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT LOOK FRESH! BE PROUD OF YOUR DEAD HORSE BEATING SKILLS!

With that out of the way, I have a Blue Jackets game to get back to watching. I hope everyone else is enjoying their Monday night.
2 Comments:
  • At 8:41 PM, Blogger Temujin said…

    This whole intarweb blog thingee sure has opened my eyes to the incredible fans in the US. Man, some of you 'Murican folks even put us to shame with your team loyalty and hockey devotion. I'm keeping track of the CBJ game tonight... holy smokes! That's what I call domination! No late-game collapse tonight. Welcome back Nic Zherdev! Nash, Vyborny, and Zherdev are lighting up the Coyotes. Look like First Place in the Central is your for a while.

     
  • At 1:06 AM, Blogger PJ Swenson said…

    How many times have you read this exact same article? I do not even get mad any more.

    A few writers out here on the West Coast write columns like this on purpose. Point out how he mailed it in and move on.

     
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