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Still ranting, and ranting, and RANTING ... and stop!

Friday, June 01, 2007
You know, I'm actually a little surprised. No sooner did I berate the fact that ESPN had the obligatory "American hockey ratings suck" headline near the top, did it vanished not only from the front page, but from the page devoted entirely to headlines as well. Given, it's still in existence, as noted by the link in my previous post still working.

Not that I'm taking any sort of responsibility whatsoever for this. Who do you think I am, George Bodenheimer? No, this is surely just an amusing, coincidental happenstance.

Before I move on, I want to add one last thought on my rant yesterday. To many people, including myself, the notion of simply sending letters or making an individual effort to make a difference can seem both a waste of time and downright silly. After all, what is a metric ton of vitriol-filled letters going to make the NHL do? Apologize for moving to Versus and promise to get right to work on a new deal with ESPN? Doubtful.

But being the most wired, the most intelligent, and for the most part the most learned fans in all of mainstream sports in North America, it's all about quality over quantity when trying to make our case to organizations, whom pretty much control whether the NHL ever will come back to any inkling of notability like it had during the mid-1990s, which most people love to point to as the point at which the league took its nosedive.

And it's also about letting organizations like ESPN know that believe it or not, we're not oblivious to just what the Hell they're doing each and every day when they let their "dogs" loose (see: your "friendly neighborhood" sports analysts) on hockey. I don't know about anyone else, but it insults my intelligence, as well as my very being, when I see Tony Kornheiser guffaw and mockingly say "Nashville!? I didn't know Nashville had a hockey team!" when asked about the possible relocation of the Predators to Canada.

I've probably wasted enough energy over yesterday and today going on about this, so I'll stop here. Just remember that doing nothing means nothing happens. And even if the odds dictate that even doing something won't lead to anything either, they still give us a better chance at some -- any -- sort of response or reaction than sitting on our hands.

With a bit of a long day ahead of me -- I have to call Ohio Dominican and see about doing a little class shuffling before it's too late, among other things -- I'm just going to quickly toss out the newest Dispatch article on the GM search, which has Aaron Portzline reporting that Bob Murray should be in Columbus at some point today for his interview with Mike Priest and the McConnells before he continues on his way up to Ottawa for the continuation of the Stanley Cup Finals. 1460 The Fan had earlier indicated that Murray was in town for the interview the other day, but from the looks of it they may have meant to say Neil Smith, who was in on Wednesday.

And with that, I am off! Enjoy your daily Dis or Dat!

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  • At 4:09 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Honestly? I'd be just as happy if my cable provider dropped Versus coverage...and picked up TSN, CBC and their HD variants.

    I heard the R-Bar got a dish for Canadian TV, and I do have a nice big backyard now...hmm...

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