Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 06/15/09 at 01:43 PM ET
Update: Received an email from Wyshynski and discussion of it deserves to be included in this post. That’s been added to the bottom.
Considered leaving this alone, just letting it lie and seeing if you guys happened across it without a prompt from me.
Then I realized that’s not really my style. Because I’m redundant, I’ll tell you again that I like Greg Wyshynski. I think he’s a great, funny writer with a good mind for our game. Having said that?
I’d like to give these Detroit fans some helpful advice: Just be jerks. Unabashed ones at that. You’re like 90 percent of the way there. The hockey community already thinks very little of you anyway, so why not earn it?
Who the hell am I to blast anyone for being biased? I’m the most biased blogger I know. Yep, and I make no bones about that. I don’t like the league. I like the Wings. I’m not an “NHL fan”, only a Wing fanatic. I like Wing fans. I don’t like many fans of other teams. I believe the Wings are the greatest franchise in all of sport and if you want to argue with me I’ll insult you in public because I’m narrow-minded and trivial like that.
But you know that and I make no claims otherwise. Puck Daddy? Greg, isn’t there supposed to be at least a
cloak of objectivity? No? I mean, if I’m wrong…say so.
I have no problem with people hating the Wings, the 19 or me. We revel in it. We bathe in your hatred. But don’t hide behind something you’re not. Don’t pretend to be “neutral” then devote that much time, that consistently to jealously despising one team in particular.
Maybe Greg’s in a tough spot. Maybe he vouched for this barely literate bitter Flame fan and now finds himself in a position where he can’t get rid of him. A quandary I’m sure. A leadership challenge, perhaps.
And yes, I realize half the reason he writes what he does is for the hits he gets from Wing fans. Noted. But, is there ever a time when hits take a back seat to some sort of integrity? Oh, I know. I’ve called this guy “barely literate” and a “prick” and I stand by that. He’s truly a peckerhead. But Wyshynski isn’t, unless of course you choose to judge him soley by who he allows to write for his web site.
And far be it from us to do that.
Just received an email from Greg Wyshynski and I believe it has merit so I’m going to discuss it. I’m not going to post the email because I think that if he wanted it to be public, he would have put it in the comment section.
Do I feel Puck Daddy itself, as a site, is biased? No. The author of the post we referenced above most definitely is. In fact, he’s got a bone to pick with the Wings and Wing fans and he’s used his access to the Puck Daddy audience to vent that.
Greg made a very good point with this line in his email….“You disagree with one of my writers. You think he’s a hack. That’s fine. But did I miss your post claiming Paul Kukla has a crisis of leadership because he has (a KK blog) writing for him? Or is that hand too close to the feed bag?”
I took out the title of the blog because I don’t think Greg would want me to put it out there like that.
It’s a good point. A valid point taken onboard. Hypocritical on my part? I don’t think so. Narrow minded? Maybe. Bottom line is this: Puck Daddy itself is not biased. I’ve never felt that, nor have I claimed it here (despite the title of this post). Two Line Pass, who writes for Puck Daddy? He’s a biased, slanted, Wing hater who has formed many of his posts around that very premise.
Objectivity is a tough thing, so tough that I don’t even attempt it. And there have been times I could have. Those who do it well, and I count Wyshynski in that group, deserve credit for doing so. Conversely, those who claim to be objective then make use of a public forum to prove the opposite? Not so much.
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