Hockey Haters -- do you have them in your town?
Is anyone else as sick and tired as I am of local sportswriters who denigrate ice hockey (don't even get me started about their opinions on inline hockey, if they know it exists), because they are fans of football, basketball or baseball?
The only sportswriters that I'm aware of who slag hockey are fans of the "Big Three" sports, as if it's really courageous to promote football, baseball or basketball in America.
Specifically, I'm ticked at the Los Angeles Times' T.J. Simers -- just the latest of many local sportswriters to bash hockey because they don't "get" the sport.
I don't even remember the specific comment, as it's Simers' "shtick" to be "outrageous" and try to drum up readers for his stupid column, which I only read to see who's bashing him this week. Some people are truly masochists, and I think Simers is one. Who else alienates everyone possible for kicks?
The bottom line for me is that ice hockey is the fastest professional team sport in the world, which takes a subset of skills that must at least be equivalent to matching the difficulty of hitting a curveball in baseball, making a fingertip catch in football, or cashing in on an alley-oop pass in basketball.
OK, I get it, Simers and all your snarky ice-hockey-comment colleagues -- you don't like or understand hockey. But that doesn't make you right, smart or creative. It just makes you knee-jerk idiots.
And you can print that.
Last edited by RichardGraham; 11-16-2007 at 07:27 AM.
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