Saturday, December 8, 2007

Pass It On

It's time for the Jobber of the Week Award to make another appearance.

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It goes to Stephen A. Smith from ESPN. [ Deadspin ]

He recently had this to say:

"And when you look at the internet business, what's dangerous about it is that people who are clearly unqualified get to disseminate their piece to the masses. I respect the journalism industry, and the fact of the matter is ...someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can. They are not trained. Not experts.

Therefore, there's a total disregard, a level of wrecklessness that ends up being a domino effect. And the people who suffer are the common viewers out there and, more importantly, those in the industry who haven't been fortunate to get a radio or television deal and only rely on the written word. And now they've been sabotaged. Not because of me. Or like me. But because of the industry or the world has allowed the average joe to resemble a professional without any credentials whatsoever."

Shut up Stephen A. Smith.

After being hijacked by newspapers with agendas since the invention of the printing press,
the public can finally...

a) bring the news to the masses on their own.
b) filter out the bullshit for themselves, rather than newspapers doing it for them.

Are journalists shitting themselves? Perhaps.

With blogging, the onus of responsibility falls on the reader, not the writer.
Despite what everyone wants us to believe, we're all smart enough to figure out what's truth and what's crap.

Suck our balls. Hard.

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PENS

God help us. Ty Conklin is our backup. [ PG ]


Malkin is under the radar. [ Edmonton Journal ]

Crosby talks about playing in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. [ TSN ]
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Feces was hitting the fan up in Vancouver. [ TSN ]
Read it for yourself, because we may just be making this stuff up.

Since this story is really a snore, our quick synopsis is that Todd Bertuzzi testified under oath that coach Marc Crawford basically said, "Thay guy [ Moore ] must pay. DDT him."

So, now, there's all this business about whether Marc Crawford is in any way responsible for Moore's injury.

And if he is, wouldn't it constitute as a conspiracy?

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NHL is going back to pre-lockout status. [ Canada.com ]

NHL needs ESPN. [ USA Today ]

-- David Amber did another top 10 list. [ ESPN ]
He's almost done enough of these to make a top-10 list of worthless lists.

Top 10 modern rivalries.
A head-scratcher at number three:

Sidney Crosby vs. Mike Richards?



There's a mistake of a paragraph abut the "rivalry" at that ESPN link.

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Uh-oh. Start spreading the news.
Scott Niedermayer is back. [ TSN Mckenzie blog ]
The Eastern Conference does not care.
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Last thing.

Only thing that is really important.

If you appreciate the game of hockey.
Appreciate this pass by Joe Thornton.


Sick
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Go Pens


23 comments:

Hooks Orpik said...

"With blogging, the onus of responsibility falls on the reader, not the writer.
Despite what everyone wants us to believe, we're all smart enough to figure out what's truth and what's crap.

Suck our balls. Hard."

Surely that has been the most wise and truthful things written on this, or any other blog...

Well other than the Senators being a bunch of gays.

Go Ricky Hatton and go the Pensblog.

Stanley P. Kachowski said...

"Ty Conklin, you will never play another game. It was a stupid play and I blame you."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H079KmVZwTE

(sorry, I forget the link instructions)

Steve said...

for those of you who haven't seen stephen a smith (the toolshed in question)get heckled...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAB5lOIl-2U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvJGghOuFlQ

Malkinian said...

Yes, Stephen A. Smith. The insightful television personality that has to turn everything into a race issue and had his own show for all of a month because nobody gave a shit what he had to say.


Go Pens!

jaos said...

Hooks,

I hope hatton beats the pretty out of mayweather.

daismog said...

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=224712&hubname=nhl

Recchi's going to Atlanta

Anonymous said...

recchi is going to atlanta

po said...

Recchi claimed by ATL

Anonymous said...

I'm sure some of you have heard, but Recchi was picked up by Atlanta off of waivers.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_541857.html?source=rss&feed=8

Ashley said...

"[S]omeone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can. They are not trained. Not experts...Therefore, there's a total disregard, a level of wrecklessness that ends up being a domino effect"

Yes, because the 'real' media people always publish thoughtful, insightful stories full of integrity. I don't believe I've ever seen a journalist publish something that wasn't 100% truthful.

Don't get me wrong - despite my sarcastic rant above, I know that there are a number of journalists who bleed integrity. I may not have a degree in journalism, and I may just be a science geek who blogs about sports in my spare time, but I don't like it when the so-called professionals belittle everything I do and essentially say that I am spreading rumours and taking advantage of the public.

Newsflash: there are a lot of people around who actually have a brain and know how to use it.

canaanregulatesblog said...

i have a journalism degree and i approve of everything that this site publishes. i've had "the training," stephen a. smith. lol

what a joke.

MetroGnome said...

Ahh the appeal to authority. The last resort of a scoundrel...

I read that Smith piece recently too. It's basically him trying to justify his position as "professional journalist" through the old trope of "consumer protection". So instead of coming out and saying "Im scared for my job," he says "bow before my press pass! The unwashed masses don't know what's good for them - but I do..."

Evidently not Stephan. There's a reason MSM readership is falling. Welcome to the 21st century. Douchebag.

Anyways, kick the Canucks asses for us tonight, mmkay?

Interchangeable Parts said...

After being hijacked by newspapers with agendas since the invention of the printing press,
the public can finally...

a) bring the news to the masses on their own.
b) filter out the bullshit for themselves, rather than newspapers doing it for them.


Thank you! The hysterical responses from the MSM about blogging (and really, Stephen A. Smith? Seriously? It's doubly ridiculous hearing this shit from a self-declared expert with as narrow an actual knowledge base as he has) seem to be overlooking their own fallibility and the fact that the Information Age is here and it's not going away. The act of disseminating information has been democratized; sure, there are sources on the internet that are unreliable, but if some of these people who are decrying the blogosphere would actually look at what's going on instead of just instinctively worrying about the future of their own jobs, they'd see that the wisdom of crowds has proven to be an effective tool for policing the authority of the blogosphere. People really aren't all stupid.

Suck our balls. Hard.

Beautifully stated. *Wipes away a tear*

Troy Loney said...

Someone needs to find a copy of that Ruutu song referenced in today's PG. It was made by Canadians, so there's no doubt it's absolute garbage.

I second the blogger vs journalist comments. Well done.

wilsmith said...

I wish Stephen A would read what you just wrote.

shelby said...

Suggesting that 'untrained' people shouldn't have a broad forum to express their opinion is ridiculous...really, some of the most interesting writers I know would be classified by Mr. Smith as 'untrained.' You don't need a degree to write well or truthfully. And as you guys said, it's up to the audience to decide what they agree and disagree with, in any form of writing.

Anyhow, Staff, my sister sent me a WWGRD wristband as part as a finals week care package. I'm hoping it will help me own my tests, since earning that English degree will apparently elevate me from 'average joe' to 'professional.' :-)

Jonny V said...

I think it's called checks and balances or something. If a blogger keeps putting out untrue rumors and trash, people are going to stop going there for information. Said blogger realizes no one is reading their blog. Blog goes to blog heaven. Ash, I guess he's never heard of the New York Times' and Washington Posts' liberal bias' and the biases with CNN and Foxnews. I know that I take in as many different viewpoints on a subject that I can before I form an opinion on something. I listen to talk radio, but don't agree with everything they have to say. I guess u can say I use my brain. What a novel concept. Anyone that follows someone else's word as gospel is a moron.

The only thing Stephen A. Smith has going for him is a reputation for being loud and outspoken. He's a black Skip Bayless.

And Hooks, did u see the article about Hatton in ESPN the mag? Dude loses like 40 pounds before his fights. That's fuckin' crazy.

Spencemo said...

All Stephen A. Smith is is a loudmouth. Everytime I saw Old School/Nu Skool (urgh) on SportsCenter, I was hoping against all hope that both those blowhards' heads would just expolde right on camera...Grey matter everywhere...

Staff said...

You would think that ESPN and MSM know about blogging by now.
Why doesn't ESPN realize that every big sports blog out there despises ESPN?
They can talk about how the Red Sox, Yankees, Patriots, and T.O. bring ratings.
I don't know if I'm alone on this, but I have SportsCenter on every night while I'm doing shit on my computer. I don't make it a point to sit down and stare at the TV. It's playing in the background. When something grabs my attention, I'll stop and watch that segment.
Why don't they listen to what their viewers are saying, especially now that they all have the opportunity to express their criticism?

Journalists who aren't into themselves should have kept up with the times of their profession and started their own blogs in the past two years.
James Mirtle up in Toronto did it. He's a beast.

If people actually want to read your shit more often, then they would visit your blog.
We read what you say in the newspaper because it's the only thing we can read...well, not anymore.


METROGNOME -- We're ready.

SHELBY -- Don't underestimate WWGRD.

TROY -- We're on the case.

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Pensgirl said...

Smith just got his panties in a twist because we, the "non-expert" public, know he's a joke and prefer to buy what some blogs are selling over what he is selling. It's called "the market," Smith, and it's decided it prefers beastly Eaton photoshops to morons shouting on TV.

stokes said...

Speaking of untrained and trained, i would be very interested in knowing how many novelist are English majors. I'm talking writers like Stephen King, Jon Grisham, Danielle Friggin' Steele. (I'm not doing the research about them, by the way.) but does that mean that their novels should be disregarded because of a lack of "education"? i believe this is the same thing as blogger vs "professional" journalist.
I also believe that most of the "journalists" on ESPN pretty much blow goats.


back to Pensblog, this may be a tough game, but they can handle it. Let's Go Pens!

Holly said...

From an actual journalist (as opposed to the wanker at ESPN)... We are all about free speech and blogs. My newspaper maintains an entire section for community-members to blog about what they care about. Makes me have to work a little bit harder to stay on top of things, but in a good way. I suppose that's why Smith was so angry - having to actually work and things.

And what qualifies him more than you folks to comment on a sports game? I started watching hockey with my dad when I was about 3. I've seen a hell of a lot of games as the basis for my opinions. Most people who blog about sports have similar backgrounds, plus many have played the sport they blog about. The ones who have watched two hockey games and decide to post that Evgeni Malkin is the most useless player in the NHL? The smart folks know to ignore them.

Did Smith major in 'Being An Arrogant Bastard Through Watching Sports and Talking About Them'? Is that why his opinions matter more?

stokes said...

Forgive me for writing twice so soon, but in the "NHL reverting back to the pre-lockout days" column, the professional(i'm assuming he's a pro, with his byline and his CanWest News tag) incorrectly used "their" and "they're" in the last sentence. Now maybe i'm being a nit picker, but isnt he a pro?

Otherwise, it's a decent column.

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