Tuesday, October 21, 2008
There is a huge oil spill going on in Edmonton,
and it makes the Exxon Valdez look like a bitch.
To re-hash the whole story, we go back to the weekend, when [Covered in Oil's] Dave Berry wrote his farewell to blogging after the Oilers jobbed him because they felt he was abusing his press pass. [Puck Daddy] has a solid recap.
To personalize the situation, it would be like Seth at [Empty Netters] getting a press pass for the Post-Gazette, and then doing a live blog for us here at this blog.
You can't do it, but it is not the end of the world,
because to our understanding, it has happened in some places before.
[EMac] at FanHouse has a solid recap of this, as well.
He has been instrumental in Washington's acceptance of bloggers.
This story was just about done.
But Monday afternoon, things picked up again.
As we linked in Gameday, [Oilers Nation's] Robin Something wrote a scathing rebuttal to [Covered in Oil], highlighted by this ball-licking paragraph:
"If you want to start a website and write whatever you want without signing your name to it, have at it. If you want to see how many times you can drop the f-bomb in a single paragraph, do it until you’re blue in the face. If your idea of blogging about the Oilers is to write about which players you’d most like to see naked, knock yourself out."
"Just don’t expect JJ Hebert to issue you a pass and save you a chair alongside Terry Jones or Dan Barnes in the rink. And don’t shout indignantly about being discriminated against when he doesn’t."No word if they had a towel giveaway in Edmonton to dry Kevin Lowe's balls.
So after this joke got done with his rant, we get the best of all.
[Battle Of Alberta's] Andy Grabia turned everyone to this unbelievable article written by [David Staples] from the Edmonton Journal.
Staples interviews some dude named Jason Gregor, who is a drive-time radio personality.
And he moonlights as a part-time Mr. Clean lookalike.
Here is an excerpt:
"There is no accountability on blogs and that is the problem. I know when you are 18-25 it seems funny to jot down the F-bomb every second sentance, or insult players for anything from their looks to their family. But that isn't reporting in my mind."
"My beef with bloggers is that anyone can be one. Most are nameless, faceless people who write their opinions, but unfortunately there are too many false facts in blogs. I understand the next generation gets most of their information from the Internet, but unfortunately lots of it is horribly written or inaccurate. Kids read this stuff and they believe it. I don't think bloggers truly understand the strength of their message, and also the damage it can do. "
We photoshop men making out with each other.
We aren't exactly a good reflection on bloggers.
But the parts of this blog that aren't obviously satirical are researched to the best of our abilities.
When we decide to spellcheck, the resulting grammar gives Charles Dickens an erection.
We're obviously biased towards the Pens, just like professional journalists pretend not to be biased to a team they've covered for 20+ years.
It is worth getting this story out to all the other bloggers we know,
because this moron isn't the only one who feels like this.
This may be up in Canada now, but a storm is brewing.
Traditional print media, especially in the sports world, is dying.
In the get-info-now world we live in, having an internet publication is vital.
It's got to suck when a story "breaks" at 12:00 at night, and newspapers have to wait 24 hours to print it.
And then it's really got to hurt when fans get the hot story by turning to two virgins on the internet who compensate for their shortcomings by calling people homos.
Anyways, it should be interesting to see where this leads.
The Oilers will be coming to Pittsburgh before we know it.
Hopefully we can prank Gregor's radio show by then.
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