There has been a lot of terribly obsequious coverage of Chicago Blackhawks
Vice President John McDonough recently. We’ve also seen interest in the Chicago White Sox
reach nadir this summer.
And I’m always one to point out when people are gushing too much over John McDonough, and the Waylon Smithers to his Mr. Burns, Jay Blunk. Therefore, Dan McGrath’s Sun-Times column July 8th
suggesting the White Sox
hire McDonough to turn them around was quite possibly the perfect storm
or horrific writing. Coincidentally a movie about a monster storm, and sharks flying around in it, took Twitter, yes you guessed it "by storm" last night.
If this column about McDonough
taking over the Sox were a movie, it would be right down there with “SharkNado,” “Leonard Part 6,” “Ishtar,” “Howard the Duck,” “Water World,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: and “Dude, Where’s My Car?”
In this write-up, McGrath is to missing the point what Tara Reid
is to drinking...
You know Rafer Weigel as the iconic weekend WLS-TV sports anchor/reporter. His “Rafer’s Recap” segment on ABC 7 appears on the Saturday night 10 pm news. It’s must see television. Rafer Weigel was the sports anchor for CNN HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade. Weigel grew up in Evanston, with journalism as the family business. He’s the son of iconic Chicago sports anchor and newspaper columnist Tim Weigel and former WGN Radio news anchor Kathy Worthington. Rafer is also the grandson of Weigel Broadcasting founder and former Lawrence Welk radio announcer, John Jacob Weigel.
Like this author, he’s an Illini
; graduating from the University of Illinois
in 1992. Weigel has written extensively for the Chicago Sun-Times and L.A. Times. In addition to his work in journalism, he has done quite a bit of acting. Rafer Weigel has has starred in television shows and movies opposite Jenny McCarthy
and William Shatner. He’s even been the voice of a Star Wars video game.
In this exclusive, we talk sports media
, the future of journalism, Chicago Blackhawks
, Chicago Bears
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The Chicago Blackhawks
championship run is over. So, who’s ready to proceed full speed ahead to Cubs
and White Sox
Chicago baseball apathy is at record setting levels. So I think it’s pretty smart what Comcast SportsNet Chicago is doing. They’re re-airing all the top moments from the Hawks championship moments this summer. Therefore, at least you have something to watch this summer. CSN Chicago is also airing live Cubs
and White Sox
games too; for reasons I just cannot fathom.
Did you see the crowd at the White Sox
game tonight on the television?
They must have had 8 maybe 9,000 people there. Pathetic!
Remember that stupid color-coded terrorist warning system? It was a meaningless charade ripped off from the old Defcon system and re-installed for supposed terrorist threats by former Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. It only stayed at red or orange, the two “scariest” levels, the entire time and never moved down to blue or green. If you applied the complete farcical five color levels to Chicago Baseball measurements of “dooooooooooonnnnnn’ttttt caaaaaaarrrrrreeee,” we hit red during the crosstown series after Memorial Day
Right now, we’re OFF THE CHARTS.
People will break into your house to give you White Sox
tickets. The only headlines to pay attention to this baseball season are the trades between now and the deadline on July 31st. So I’d much rather watch a replay of a past hockey
game right now than a live baseball game. I’m excited to re-live some of the greatest Stanley Cup moments from 2013 on CSN Chicago.
However, “Chelsea Dagger” by the Fratellis is still one of the dumbest and most awful songs in the history of music; and it’s actually a song about doing cocaine with a prostitute. I've tried dumbing myself down enough to appreciate that horrible excuse for a song, at least on an ironic level, as kitsch, or a cautionary example. But that song is just tooooooooooooooooooo horrific and simplistic for words. Anyone who knows two chords could play that crapola. I just can't do it...
(UPDATE: With the Hawks big win last night, I updated the post with more photos and videos from downtown. I went into Ground Zero of the celebration- Rush and Division- and somehow returned in one piece. Without injury even. The Gold Coast, Streeterville, River North, the Viagra Triangle were all relatively peaceful and quiet. I interviewed a few Chicago Police and they all said that it was a nice, uneventful evening for them.
So kudos Chicago for acting like you've been there before (you have, just three years ago). Up in Wrigleyville/Lakeview, some people did not act with as much class and esteem. There were a few nasty incidents.
Here's video I shot of fan reaction last night in the Gold Coast.
Chicago is alive with Blackhawks
regalia. It’s not just jerseys, t-shirts and hats on the citizens. You can see the skyscrapers lit up in red; like Christmas in June...
You could say the Chicago Blackhawks
receive some soft media
coverage in this town.
You’d be making a tremendous understatement.
Just last week I called out Comcast SportsNet Chicago
for their overt Blackhawks
cheerleading. The team does own 20% of CSN Chicago, so the network was in fact partially created so that the teams owning them (the Blackhawks
and White Sox
) could have editorial control over the game broadcasts. Therefore, you can understand why CSN Chicago acts as overt Blackhawks cheerleaders
. However, they still don’t go so far as to actually wear Hawks regalia during broadcasts.
The local ABC and NBC
affiliates do in fact go that far...
I really do love the Chicago Blackhawks “hit the ice” introduction video
. The CGI effects are top notch.
However, the very first thing I noticed in the vid is Coach Quenneville’s faux “media
There are only three microphones placed under Coach Q: WGN TV, WGN Radio and Comcast SportsNet; the Blackhawks
three broadcast partners. Now why would a front-runner franchise even bother doing this? Why have any corporate media
logos? Or instead throw in more media
outlets and make the fake presser look genuine? Still, this is ultimately meaningless minutia; at least compared to the more important thoughts that it provokes.
If you’re a media
outlet who also broadcasts a team regularly, you are no longer a true news-gathering agency. At least not in regards to that specific team. You are beholden to that franchise and your on-air talent are de facto PR representatives; not reporters or journalists...
With the Chicago Blackhawks
taking on the Boston Bruins in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight, a lot of people will be tweeting about it. Some will be hockey
mavens and NHL
experts. On the other side, you’ve got meathead bandwagon idiots who don’t even know what a power play is, believe "Chelsea Dagger"
is not Amstel Light commercial crapola and use the games as an excuse to get blasted.
These five Twitter
habits are a decent litmus test to see who's worth following and who isn't. Avoiding these habits doesn't mean you'll gain followers. (I'll probably anger some of you here and you'll defollow me for it).
These rules apply tonight to the Blackhawks
game, but also apply to every big sporting event. We’ll use the Stanley Cup as an example, but this knowledge carries over to tweeting all live sporting events...
television analyst Eddie Olczyk is part of NBC
Sports’s top NHL
announce team along with Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst).
All three participated in a conference call with the media
previewing the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. Chicago Blackhawks
vs Boston Bruins. It’s almost here.
won the cup as a player with the New York Rangers in ’94 and coached the Pittsburgh Penguins from ’03-’05. He’s a reknowned hockey
broadcaster on both the national and local levels. He works for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, NBC
Sports, and WGN. Obviously, Olczyk
is known for his playing days with the Blackhawks
too, and is a graduate of Brother Rice High School on the South Side of Chicago.
He’s also done well betting on horses too. Olczyk won nearly a half a million dollars on a pick 6 bet
Twitter is a wonderful and strange place. Public figures make very public statements. Some are meant prima facie, some are not. WLS radio host (and part-time practicing attorney, hence my usage of a legal term in the opening graph) Bruce Wolf seemingly took a social media
shot at former Comcast SportsNet employee Susannah Collins
this past weekend. If you take the tweet at stand-alone and face value, it looks like an attack on the relevance of another media
And ill-timed as it's published exactly one month to the day she was fired too...
It’s not the LA Kings
, but the LA Lakers instead, currently taking on the Chicago Blackhawks
in the Western Conference Finals; according to Yahoo. Maybe they were thinking of Phil Jackson
, who coached both the Chicago Bulls
and the LA Lakers, and just got confused. How come both the local and the national media
are SO INCOMPETENT when it comes to covering the LA Kings
The LA Kings
are the reigning NHL
Stanley Cup Champions. They’ve been in existence for multiple decades and Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player in hockey
history, skated for them for several years.
Yet, sports media
doesn't get it.
Yahoo! is the 800 pound gorilla in the room when it comes to internet news. They own Alexa, which is the foremost authority on ranking worldwide traffic of websites. Of course, they overrate the traffic of all Yahoo sites. Alexa is also a great source to see what’s trending on the internet. Minutes ago, Alexa had “cunnilingus” as the #1 most trending term on the internet.
Not shocking at all. Not one bit.
And, REALLY BIG SURPRISE HERE, Alexa almost ALWAYS decides Yahoo links to be “top trending.”
Even when Yahoo does things like this...