The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 08/21/12 at 02:33 PM ET
Audio Segment Was Byproduct Of Fans’ Rumor Obsession
Some of you who read and hear my material might be feeling a little dirty today, the day after.
I am admittedly guilty of bending the rules by using my platform, on one of the most popular sites in the hockey world, to interview a person with no credentials other than cleverly manipulating a dull and somewhat depressing offseason to wedge himself into the consciousness of rumor-starved fans and begrudging mainstream writers everywhere.
Feedback on Monday’s interview with Hockeyy Insiderr has been overwhelmingly positive, but it’s certainly no surprise that reaction from some fans is on the acrimony meter somewhere between displeased and disgusted. To those of you in the minority, I do admire the faithfulness to your standards and completely understand and respect your position.
But I don’t regret what I did one bit.
I didn’t create this monster, folks. I was one of the many who made every attempt to ignore him. My eventual efforts to rebuff some of his rumors on twitter were met by quick unfollows and terse replies, complete with advice on how to lighten up and view it all as entertainment.
As it turned out, far too many of you just wouldn’t leave him alone. You called the sports station, hounded the beat writers and clogged my twitter feed regurgitating his nonsense. As a result, reputable media professionals are now devoting columns to him and talking about him on the air.
To those of you who can discern fact from fiction but still were compelled yesterday to cringe, look the other way, press play, and succumb to the need to shower afterwards, I want to thank you for listening and supporting a decision that I didn’t take lightly.
Sorry if this is offensive, but one of my most important duties here is to generate readers and listeners. In reality, an excessively large number of followers and haters alike wanted to hear Insiderr and put a voice to the question mark-stamped avatar. The numbers say that’s not an opinion. The interview generated as much traffic and buzz as anything I’ve done in my two years with Kukla’s Korner.
Well, except for my articles and tweets reporting hockey rumors, of course.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
Davis originally garnered media attention in 2002 as leader of a lobbying campaign working in unison with potential buyer Mark Hamister attempting to secure state financing to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. In 2004, Davis was briefly back on the airwaves - this time reaching the finals of the inaugural "WGR Rookie" sports talk competition. After a few years of "syndicating" his articles on various sites, along with doing some internet radio work, Davis now devotes his new media efforts to bringing quality Sabres related opinions and content to Kukla's Korner.
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