For those of you who haven’t wandered over to Abel to Yzerman today, you need to. It seems that in his boredom, BReynolds at Hockey Wilderness decided it would be a good idea to openly mock the Chief over at A2Y. Bad idea.
Here’s a little snippet of what BReynolds (Buddha…a self proclaimed nickname..seriously) had to say about the Red Wings’ fans and bloggers:
I don't often read Red Wings blogs because they tend to, as Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski would say, be part of the tinfoil hat wearing crowd. Despite the fact that the Wings are a perennial powerhouse team, constantly in contention for the Cup and every other award there is, the fans and bloggers still seem to think the entire NHL fanbase and the NHL itself is out to get them somehow.
So already this guy is throwing his hate in with Puck Daddy, so you know that it’s going to be downhill the rest of the way. We’ve already heard all of the tinfoil hate and conspiracy theory crap. We dig it.
Now what do you have to say about the Chief?
The main poster at From Abel to Yzerman, IwoCPO, is truly the most homerific of all homerific bloggers I have ever read. Is there anything wrong with that? Nah, as long as the reader understands that and takes every word written there with that information in hand.
First of all, you get the name wrong. I don’t know about this “From” Abel to Yzerman place…never heard of it. But I don’t think the rest his comment can be debated any better than Nathan of the 19…
You’d have to be a retard to land on this page and NOT understand that it’s a blog written by a RED WINGS fan, for RED WINGS fans, about the RED WINGS.
Let’s get to the guts of this thing:
"Writers" like IwoCPO (see what I did there, with the quotes?) are the example NHL teams point to when they refuse to credential bloggers. Bloggers such as him (her?) serve as the antithesis of what most bloggers are, which is fans who have some semblance of objectivity.
Ahem…semblance of objectivity? So you run a Minnesota Wild blog, yet claim that you have a “semblance of objectivity”? Are you serious, bro? It’s a blog dedicated to a team for dedicated fans. Didn’t we go over this already?
It is also "writers" like these that lead to hatred of the Red Wings and their fan base. Whether it's fair or not to lump all Detroit fans in with IwoCPO, he (she?) is one of the more vocal folks, and attitudes or viewpoints like his aren't exactly conducive to planting seeds of goodwill. Not that he (she?) and every other Red Wings fan really care what other fan bases think of them, but they sure seem to complain a lot about it. Don't they?
In a word: no. We don’t complain about people like you not liking us. We dig it. I bathe in your hatred with pleasure because you know what it all boils down to? Jealousy. Old as Cain and Abel (yeah I meant to do that). Jealous Minnesota will never be the franchise that Detroit is, and jealous that the Chief’s style of “homerific” writing is about a million times more entertaining than any “semblance of objectivity”-laced piece of garbage that spews out of your joke of a blog.
Thank you IwoCPO, and From Abel to Yzerman for ensuring that NHL teams always have plenty of ammunition to use when denying credentials to bloggers who actually have some professionalism. We appreciate it.
Yes, I’m sure that the Chief is the only reason that the Wild won’t let you into the locker room to sniff the game worn jock straps. Maybe they looked at the picture you posted in your profile…
Hack status confirmed. This is the guy complaining and making up excuses about not getting press access? Child, please.
Here’s some of what the Chief had to say in response:
“Buddha”, the blogger in question, is not happy with me and you. Not. Happy. At all. He’s offended by our bias, offended by my grammar...specifically my selective capitalization and use of question marks. It literally offends him, or so he says. Because if you look at him, you can tell that when he’s in front of his AP English class and he’s going all Milton and shit on them? No doubt who the lit expert is.
And he’s just getting warmed up:
For the record, I can’t recall ever writing a word about Minnesota hockey. We’ve never seen them in the playoffs, play them four times per year? Just a non issue. I’ve never read a Wild blog because I don’t care about their team. Is that the problem? Maybe.
But I don’t think so. Nope. “Buddha” is going to prattle on about our lack of objectivity (a new development here) and the wacky way we write (alliteration bitches) our headlines...also something shockingly new. And he’s going to spend paragraph upon paragraph talking about...grammar, on a hockey blog.
So which blog are you more likely to read at this point? Do we read blogs to get news with a “semblance of objectivity”, or do you guys come here because you want to be entertained? I think the whole point of going to sites like A2Y and to a lesser degree, The Nightmare on Helm Street is both get updates on what’s going on with your team and be entertained in the process. But anyway, back to Chief laying the smack down…
But you want to know the real issue with this guy? He wants to take his little itty bitty cybershot camera into the Wild lockerroom, get a snippy snap of Derek Boogard’s back tattoo and the team won’t let him. “Buddha”? He’s sad. He’s angry. He’s a blogger, by god, and he deserves the same access as a beat writer. But fatass can’t get in and he’s looking for someone to blame.
I don’t give a flying foxtrot if you or any other hockey blogger anywhere has access to jack squat. Just like I don’t care if the Wild have any games on Versus (do they?) or if team ownership in Minnesota, despite one of the best fan bases in all of pro sports, refuses to spend money on the product. I literally don’t care. Access wouldn’t make my stuff more appealing to the 19 people who read it. And, therefore, I don’t care about it. I don’t want it. And frankly, I frigging laugh at the ass-hurt nimrods, whining little bitches, pathetic piss-ant, wannabee journalists who get off on thumbing through a sticky-paged thesaurus, doing their pseudo-pretend sports reporter game recaps on their commodore 64’s while the fantastic beat of Gloria Estefan pounds in the background really frigging loud but don’t worry about waking up the girlfriend or the wife because with that hat? Yeah, not an issue.
Deal with it, or don’t. But I’d highly recommend you consider who you’re going to slam next time because you’re out of your league.
Understatement of the day.
And any other hockey blogger who wants to claim I’m hurting your chances at the ever-elusive “access”? You can suck it too because I, again, literally don’t care.
There’s a lot more over A2Y, so go ahead and chime in, whether it's here or at A2Y. I'm sure this was all just a big ploy by "Buddha" to get hits on his site, but seriously, let us all know what you think.