Sunday, September 23, 2007

'Hey Winnipeg!'
Just an American sportswriter here to tell you
you're irrelevant because we don't cover our team

I'm not sure I quite understand the point of this piece. To be witty? To chastise the hockey-loving masses in Winnipeg for suggesting they'd better support Phoenix's moribund NHL franchise? To cover for the fact the Arizona press couldn't care two hoots about his year's edition of the Coyotes?

The Valley is a big-time sports area. We have a baseball team in a pennant race, college and NFL football, NBA and NHL. Do you guys get the Super Bowl up there? Check the site this year.

So you’ll excuse the local fifth estate if they skip the 2,000-mile trip to see a practice game featuring a dozen future members of the San Antonio Rampage.
I guess you're nothing but a backwater until football's corporate-gasm 'Super' Bowl sets foot in town, bringing with it the $5,000 Maxim party and a band of miscreants on the field. Good to know.

Oh, wait he's not done:
Winnipeg is a minor league sports town, so minor sports get major coverage. No surprise there.
Here's a Brownie Point: The 2007-08 Coyotes' roster qualifies as minor league. (I'm afraid you've been demoted.)

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At 1:15 p.m., September 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse them in Phoenix. It has been so hot this summer the residents have had to open car doors with potholders, so he obviously forgot that not only is the hockey team minor league, but so is their football team. :)

At 2:59 p.m., September 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's so major league about the Arizona Cardinals?

At 5:19 p.m., September 23, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

Not only are their hockey and football teams minor league - there basketball team would also be minor league without Canadian Steve Nash.

At 6:52 p.m., September 23, 2007, Blogger Ebscer said...


I've been to arizona and it's the blandest state ever...

if there is no snow there should be no hockey...

At 8:34 p.m., September 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It does snow in northern Arizona, just not in Phoenix.

Doesn't make their hockey team any better, though.

At 9:36 p.m., September 23, 2007, Blogger sager said...

Man.... a city wins one WNBA championship (Phoenix Mercury) and it goes straight to their heads.

At 10:47 p.m., September 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Won't be so cocky when they run out of water. Lake Winnipeg will look pretty good at that point.

At 11:12 p.m., September 23, 2007, Blogger PB said...

I really won't defend the East Valley Tribune writer because he's truly not worth it. However, when I caught that article this morning, I just cringed because of the attention that he wanted and has received. It still makes him look foolish.

But to dispel some other myths:

The Suns were good before Mr. Nash joined the team. They made the finals in 1993 and have been part of the playoff picture since then (except for 2001-2002 and 2003-2004). However, he is a special player and if it wasn't for him, the Suns would be far less competitive.

Even though we have been in a troubling drought for a good long while, our water supply is fine, but it would be good to get the snow pack in Northern Arizona...but predictions are not good for that. There are a lot of factors as to why that is, but it takes away from hockey talk.

Finally, we don't open our car doors with pot holders - oven mitts are far more stylish.

At 9:54 a.m., September 24, 2007, Blogger mike said...

To correct Mr. PB's statements about the Phoenix Suns--they are a mediocre franchise at best. While some lame cities might consider losing in the finals repeatedly to be the mark of a successful franchise, a city like Winnipeg that saw multiple championships won by the Winnipeg Jets in the WHA can claim true bragging rights over the sandy, heat-destroyed concrete blight that calls itself Phoenix, Arizona.

Your lack of support for the Cardinals and the Coyotes has been the true hallmark of your city's sports fans. Showing up to see your state's made-up baseball team buy its way to a title doesn't qualify the Phoenix fanbase as anything but frontrunners who lack the real passion of true fans. I am from the NYC area and think it's a shame that the Southern US has been allowed to participate in the NHL. Despite some on-ice success, these franchises are pathetic and little cared for by their "home" regions. They will one day be regarded as the first nail in the NHL's coffin.

At 5:21 p.m., September 24, 2007, Blogger Chemmy said...

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