Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 02/23/09 at 05:49 PM ET
Updated 1634 EST: Wyshynski has responded at Puck Daddy. Our response to his response is below. You may respond to either response in the comment section, which is designed to solicit responses.
Sometimes, like that one time with Darren Garcia, life as a sarcastic jackass is just too easy.
Did you see Puck Daddy’s ode to the Burke Twitter page on Saturday? If you did, maybe it took you twenty or thirty seconds to realize the Twittee, Twite, Twi..Twitter user was really a pretty damned funny imposter. This kinda gave it away to me. One of Burke’s “entries”...
Got stuck behind Damien Cox at the bank machine. In case you’re wondering, his PIN is ‘1967’.
Yeah, it was at that point that I pretty much knew PD’s Sean Leahy was shedding light on a pretty funny joke.
But apparently some of the more credible bloggers out there didn’t (a) find the whole thing funny or (2) understand the joke.
Actually, “some” is not accurate. Let’s go with “one” and let’s get more specific, shall we?
Dwayne Klessel of the “Grey Eyed Glances” and “Save Nashville for the Bubba Fans” fame has gone high and mighty. Dwayne, also known as “Eklund” to the few idiots out there who don’t see him for who he really is, decided that anyone impersonating such an upstanding character like Brian Burke needs a public reprimand. More than that, Dwayne—-who knows a thing or two about how to run an above board blog for the average hockey fan—loaded his pop gun and sent a BB toward our boy Wyshynski.
And there it is my hockey friends. The stereotypical kind of blogging that makes many NHL teams nervous and stingy about giving access to internet hockey writers. This is the kind of story that deeply sets back the cause. To those of us who are welcomed in by all NHL teams I can tell you this much: That in the not too distant future, in some press box or media cafeteria, when the debate arises once again about bloggers in the press box, some mainstream media guy or team rep will cite this story as to why they believe that only mainstream writers should be granted credentials. And I will try, as I always will, to defend the cause, fight for more access, etc…But I will see where they are coming from.
Whew. You go Dwayne. Go on girl. Man. Get that boy’s dander up and he comes out firing, eh? Defending the sanctity of bloggers. Paving the way for access. Writing the Blogger’s Bill of Rights as he goes. F’ing A Right Dwayne. Thank you in advance my brother.
Or…maybe he was just pissed off about this part of Leahy’s story…another ditty from the Burke impersonator.
Ran into Eklund last night. He kept grilling me about trades and rumors. Finally I just paid him for the pizza and slammed the door.
Yeah. Umm. I’ll go with the latter.
What a little bitch. But hey…don’t let that stop you from writing out those checks.
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Update: Greg Wyshynski has written a nifty rebuttal to both Dwayne and the Globe and Mail, who also swallowed the “Burke” Twitter in Darren Garcia like fashion. From Puck Daddy, in regards to Dwayne Klessel’s sobbing hysterics.
I don’t intend to comment on this again here, because it’s a cry for attention from a marginalized individual that deserves to go unanswered beyond some vital clarifications. My focus is on providing outstanding content for Puck Daddy’s readership, not engaging in some concocted “radio war” with a has-been lusting after our Web traffic and your wallets.
I respect Wyshynski’s stance. It’s his apparent intent to handle this maturely and in an adult fashion.
I have no such goals.
Apparently, neither do Dwayne’s readers.
i guess you jumped on this burke thing because of him calling you the pizza delivery guy.
but the funniest line in your story was, “anyone who pretends to be someone else like this, is scum.” classic mr. eklund. classic.
Woops. Cash that check Dwayne. Cash it quick.
And hey…while we’re at it? Take a look at Hockeybuzzhogwash, always entertaining. Even more so today.
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