Two parts to the blogger glasnost program on Long Island appear to be a blogger box up on press row and post game interview access for bloggers. Deadspin offers this detail nugget:
"The NYI BLOG BOX will be a completely separate entity from the traditional
press box at the Coliseum. In addition, any post-game player and coach
availability for bloggers will be separate and after all working members of the
media have had their interview requests satisfied."
Well, isn't that special? Press Row gets chicken on a stick and multi-colored tortilla chips and the Blog Boxers get a handful of half-eaten Slim Jims? This wreaks of separate but equal. It smells of segregation, and of a caste system. Who will be the first blogger Rosa Parks? Who will have the courage to test this odious snob barrier? Who will be the first to boldly step in front of a Cousin Ned and land that exclusive, "We need to do a better job of getting the puck in deep," soundbite? My money is on Bubba...or maybe his anonymous hockey blogger minion.
Of course, I'm in Arizona, so the subject is moot for me, but were I still in Raleigh, all I'd want from Mike Sundheim is a once-in-awhile press pass, and maybe access to Ray Whitney for select post-post-game interviews...by post-post, I mean after he's had a shower and a couple of beers...I want Ray raw and uncut. It would be great journalism. It might go something like this...
Me: "Ray, Colby Armstrong blindsided your boy Trevor Letowski pretty good tonight. Your thoughts?"
Ray: "Armstrong is s F*#*&!?!g little girl. F*&$?!@+ that puss. That's Ok, Commie got him back in the third with a elbow to the temple that F&^*^&*!g Mick McGeough missed."
Me: "So how is Letwoski? Does he have an undisclosed upper body injury?"
Ray: "Trevor was really F*&^?@*d up last time I saw him, Scott. He's got a nasty concussion. Pete told me he was muttering something about a big green gerbil that talked to him in his sleep. My guess is he'll probably spend much of the rest of this season a healthy scratch even after he gets off the IR."
Ray: "Truth is, Tripp is my BFF, and I get jealous when he pays attention to the other guys."
Me: "Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Maybe that's what Sundheim fears most. The inherent truthiness of hockey blogging!!!!! If I were Mike, I would jump at the chance to give passionate fans with a take and a forum for expressing their ideas the best access possible. The stuff I read on hockey blogs is usually far more engaging that the stuff I read in a newspaper or watch during the 11 O'clock news. Ok, I never read a newspaper any more...and I never watch the 11 O'clock news. Bad examples-or are they? I think you get the point.
Those of you who read this blog and the other Canes blogs know any of us would acquit ourselves well if granted greater access. We respect the game. We love the Canes. We know the knife goes on the right side and the fork goes on the left. How is that a threat to the franchise? I don't mind if Canes' marketing wants to check out a blogger's pedigree first. I could tell Mike Sundheim today who is legit. Just look at my blogroll, and David's, and Bubba's, and Mer's, and PK's and AQ's....et al. Get the message Mike?