Leighton Or Bust


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The Philadelphia Flyers, unsurprisingly, will go with Michael Leighton between the pipes in tonight’s game at the Wachovia Center with, of course, the Stanley Cup in attendance available to be handed to the Chicago Blackhawks if they can pull out the road win. Leighton’s numbers in the first five games of the Finals have been a bit suspect but it’s obvious that Peter Laviolette has confidence that his team will play better in front of him at home. It’s also obvious that he doesn’t think Brian Boucher is any sort of answer at this point.

Meanwhile, the hullabaloo over the Chrissy Pronger thing the Chicago Tribune did has officially reached tempest in a teapot proportions. The righteous indignation in Philadelphia is embarrassing and absurd. For a town that takes such pride in it’s team’s toughness, you need to show you can take a joke and stop being such pussies about it. On the other hand, everything the Tribune has done under it’s Commit to the Cup banner has been such yahoo, fanboy hooting that it makes you want to throw up in your mouth. Has the Tribune always been a haven for this sort of blatant homerism and hackwork? I thought it was supposed to be a Newspaper.

Of course, that term doesn’t quite mean what it used to, I guess.

My Kingdom for some respectable sports journalism.


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2 Responses to “Leighton Or Bust”

  1. nightfly Says:

    Ken, it looks like you’re the respectable sports journalist now.

    Heaven help us.

  2. Ken Socrates Says:

    Well, I’m not completely naive. I always think of the Hunter Thompson quote.

    “So much for Objective Journalism. Don’t bother to look for it here–not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.”

    Still, in place of the ideal of absolute, pure objectivity, what I seek is integrity. The stuff the Tribune does has none. We were spoiled in Boston at one time, and things are still pretty good, but The Boston Globe boasted a line-up featuring Will McDonough on the NFL, Peter Gammons on Baseball, Bob Ryan on the NBA and Kevin Paul Dupont on the NHL. Jackie McMullen was there. Dan Shaughnessy.

    Now that was a classic sportsdesk, that was. Your fingers would be black as hell after reading the Sunday sports section because you’d eat up every word. Take you half the morning.

    Ah, I’m getting old and nostalgic these days, aren’t I?

    Heaven help us, indeed.

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