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by IwoCPO on 11/05/10 at 06:24 PM ET
Oddly, Ryan Lambert (AKA “Two Line Pass”) has found yet another way to work his tearful Wing hate into a post over at the search engine.
He’s used “polls” and “research” and in depth questioning of anyone who’s publicly agreed with him in the past to come up with this opus: announcers are biased and, get this, so are fans. Case in point, because it’s Lambert, the Detroit Red Wings.
While watching a Detroit Red Wings broadcast earlier this week, it occurred to be that homerism might just be a reflection of the broadcasts of their favorite team’s games. Just as a fer-instance, Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond are, shall we say, excessive in their praise of Detroit every night.
The way they see it, Pavel Datsyuk(notes) should not only win the Hart, Selke, Art Ross, Rocket Richard and Lady Byng every year, but he should at least be runner up for the Vezina and in the conversation for Jack Adams. Every play he makes is brilliant and every mistake exonerated (not that there are too many of the latter to explain away.
Aside from the Vezina and Adams references, which I’m assuming (but not guaranteeing) were tongue in cheek…I’ll agree with every single other award in there. Does that make me a “homer”. No, I established that years ago. What it makes me is really frigging smart. Datsyuk is the best in the business and that’s a fact.
And as for the Redmond/Daniels tendency toward “homerism”? You might want to ask around, little bitter Ryan. Mick and Ken are widely considered two of the best in the business. Do they cater to their audience? Yep. Which announcing pair doesn’t?
Shocking this manifesto comes out just days after yet another Detroit victory over Calgary (from his post, “according to an unscientific poll conducted on Twitter at 10:30 at night on a Wednesday”, in other words immediately after his garbage team lost another lead and another game, to the Wings, again). Maybe if little Ryan had listened to the whole game, he would have heard Mick ripping the officials for at least two calls against the Flames. Whatever suits your agenda, eh Ryan?
And the wheels of bias keep turning at the “neutral” Puck Daddy. Keep it coming, Lambert. Every time you try your best to scorch the Wings, that ripe old Canadien (an) insecurity pops right out. Fun for the whole family.
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