Meaning of course, the writer must have been truly bored to have choked out something so disinteresting and mundane. Sometimes readers play that card because they disagree with or simply don’t like what they’ve just read. And sometimes it’s legit.
The fact is, when you’re a sportswriter for a small midwestern city and the jig is up for the home teams, things can get a little dicey…a lot dicey even.
Such is the case the past two days in the columns by one of the local newspaper’s brightest sports stars, Sam Mellinger.
Are Kansas City Chiefs fans really so bored they need to relive the 13 worst plays of the past season by quarterback Alex Smith? Maybe.
In a world where “fantasy sports leagues” are now a mainstream proposition, no pursuit seems too trivial for some jock sniffers and sports geeks.
Then again, drumming up sympathy for dreaded rival St. Louis is going too far.
It doesn’t even make sense.
First off, few locals give a damn about what happens to our stuck up neighbors to the east.
Short of North Korea blowing up the arch, there’s little love lost.
And how dastardly can it be for Los Angeles to attempt to reclaim its Rams football team – the very team St. Louis stole from that fair city 20 years earlier?
That’s called payback, friends.
Come to think of it, I don’t recall anybody at the local newspaper of record crying crocodile tears for LA when St. Louis pinched the Rams.
Face it, professional sports has long since become a dog-eat-dog game. From athletes to owners, when money talks NFL players and teams walk.
Remember in 2005 when sportswriters and columnists at the Star put on sexy cheerleader getups and kicked up their heels telling voters KC would be able to steal an NBA or NHL franchise from another city if they’d approve building a new $250 million downtown arena?
Which sad sack city were we feeling sorry for back then when KC was the one that stood to benefit from another city’s frugality?
“Hold out St. Louis,” Mellinger’s headline yesterday shouts. “(The) city should not give in to billionaire owner eager for better NFL stadium.”
But Kansas City and the Star were the suitors in 2007 as owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins fluttered in and out of town kicking the tires on the new Sprint Center while trying to force Steel Towners to choke out $290 million for a new arena so their team wouldn’t move here.
“Tell ’em to bugger off, St. Louis,” Mellinger wrote yesterday.
Did Mellinger offer that same advice to Pittsburgh when the shoe was on the other foot?
Instead he wrote a piece in the Star bagging on AEG for lying to Kansas City voters by not stealing an NHL team from Pittsburgh or Nashville as they’d all but promised to.
“Funding for the building was passed in large part because of the carrot of attracting a major pro team,” Mellinger groused.
Thus instead of advising Pittsburgh to tell its owners to “bugger off,” Mellinger more-or-less told AEG to “bugger off” for lying to voters by not trying hard enough to steal another city’s team.
That’s hypocrisy at its finest – do as I say, not as I do.
You know, but those are the sort of slip-ups one can make on “slow news dayx.”