Thursday, March 01, 2007

Eklund responds to the criticism

Well, after being dragged through the mud in just about every sports forum there is in this country, Eklund has offered up a response tonight to all of the criticism of his turn on Sportsnet for the trade deadline:
So when I sit there and read these predictable cheapshots at Sportsnet's Trade Deadline Show I just find it to be ignorance and the laziness. These stories could have been written a week in advance.


If you didn't like Sportsnet's coverage, if it wasn't your cup of tea, that's totally cool. But if you are a mainstream journalist trying to suck up to the powers that be and the masses by stating the obvious with lines like "Sportsnet tried to compete with McKenzie and Dreger with girls pizza and Eklund" ....well that won't win you a Pulitzer and it sure doesn't take ANY courage to look through those glasses…
Due to my duties on on deadline day, I didn't get much of a chance to take in Eklund's "performance" but perhaps the real testament to how well it worked is if Sportsnet agrees to bring the rumour maestro back next year for their show.

Given the telecast's ratings on Tuesday, that doesn't seem likely.

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At 10:15 p.m., March 01, 2007, Blogger Rick said...

The problem with Eklund isn't that he peddles rumors. Lots of people do that.

There are two main problems with Eklund: (1) he reports things as "certain" using his own rating system, i.e. (e5) to report things that don't happen, and (2) he rarely calls b.s. on anything that sounds like b.s. if it's sexy to report.

If he would just say, I have it from a source that such and such a team is targeting player x, and nothing more, it would be fine.

Given those credibility lapses, it's hard to understand why this guy is on TV, and more credible, more reliable bloggers aren't.

At 12:43 a.m., March 02, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

My problem with Eklund is that he is so clueless. He reports rumours that make zero sense and he'll report them as an e4 or e5. He'll report a rumour about some high price guy getting traded to a team with no salary cap space. That kind of trade just isn't going to happen unless another significant trade is made to clear cap space but he is too clueless to mention that or more importantly investigate it and inquire about it to his contacts.

In a way it is very unfortunate that he is so clueless because a site like that could be so much better with someone with a few more working cells between the ears. Right now he is just a regurgitator of stuff other people tell him.

At 9:54 a.m., March 02, 2007, Blogger Jason said...

(e4) Eklund's 15 minutes of fame about to expire.

(e3) Eklund's insiders are most likely people posting stupid trades on


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