Media Watch

A Sun Times piece today reminded me that the Fire still has a long way to go in terms of coverage and simple respect among the local the media.  Here are some random observations and comments on the Sun Times piece and a few others.

Today's online Sun Times sports section featured an article asking the question, "Which Chicago team will win the next championship?".  The choices were Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, and None-not in my lifetime.  At least they didn't include the Rush and Wolves.

In last week's Red Eye, Jen Patterson was asked how she was preparing for the World Cup.  Her response....."By focusing on the real cup : Lord Stanley's".  Patterson is Comcast Sportsnet's sideline reporter for Chicago Fire telecasts.  Way to go Jen.

During a conversation this week, WSCR's Dan McNeil admitted that he encourages youngsters to play baseball and not soccer.  According to McNeil, the last time he cared about soccer was 1998 when he placed a $300 bet on Brazil to win the World Cup.  Fittingly, France won the cup in 1998.

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  • I'm not suprised. On another note looks to me that The Fire will need 13 wins to get into the playoffs. Only 19 games remainding. 10 of those have to win the rest I counted as loses. Seems to me the Fire might not make it this year...

  • Don't feel alone up there in Chi - town. St. Louis sucks as a soccer city also. The local media is constantly talking about what a great soccer town this is but what they are really talking about is high school soccer. The local rag never has a story about MLS but is kind enough to list the standings once a week. Nationally they will have soccer stories only if there is a connection to St. Louis.
    In a globalized world it's hard to believe how our media can be so provincial. I wanted to say ignorant but I'm trying to improve my image !!!

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Doesn't St. Louis have a USL team called AC St. Louis? I heard that they are have financial trouble with that team.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    longoria -- St. Louis has two teams, one in the WPL, women, and the other in the so-called NASL. The women's team has already folded and the men's team is in financial trouble. They are looking for additional financing to survive the year. The men's team has drawn around 3,000 fans to their games which is slightly less than the Chattanooga FC team draws looks like Chattanooga is a bigger "soccer town" than St. Louis.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I hope by "big" talent he isn't referring merely to size. The Seattle Sounders, who I thought were dedicated to creative, entertaining soccer, have signed 6' 1" Blaise Nkufo from the Swiss team. I certainly hope that Frankie is not looking at similar types !!!!!!!

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    According to his wiki page he's a 5-10 central midfielder.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaury_Martin

  • In reply to cesba:

    Much thanks GR --- hope we get lucky.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    I talk sports all the time with any sports fans I meet. Soccer is my most beloved and I usually use the opportunity to promote the Fire and the game in general. One guy I met said he coached a kid in baseball who chose to pursue Soccer instead of baseball and now he's with Chivas USA, I asked his name and he said Brad Guzan. I told the guy, well hes not at Chivas anymore, he's with Aston Villa and the backup Keeper for the USMNT. Brad obviously made the right choice, good thing Dan McNeil was not his baseball coach!

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    What a bunch of idiots! Even a Fire sideline reporter? Who wants to start a petition to get Amy Freeze back? These people are never going to make it far enough in sports. Notice how all of ESPN's top people are now being made to focus on soccer? A bunch of little kids living near me are always outside playing soccer. We'll be up there one day. The attention span of kids today isn't long enough for baseball. Constant action is needed. More kids than not, at least among kids that I know, hate baseball. Fire games are cheaper than baseball games(I assume, not sure). Parents, bring your kids to a Fire game. It's worth it.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    I like Amy Freeze she knows something about the game and seems to genuinely be a fan.....not just someone collecting a pay check pretending to be interested. Amy Freeze is still part of the My50 broadcasts.
    Patterson is also used to really dumb comments....she worked with Mike North for several years.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    check this out......awkward to say the least.
    http://www.socceramerica.com/article/38542/casillas-girlfriend-blamed-for-loss.html

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Tim Howard is going to be a household name very soon. And Landon, Clint, and any other US player that does something fantastic will be too. ESPN is doing some saturation coverage so people will think "Hey, this must be important". It won't be some overnight, dramatic change, but the perception that this is significant is seeping in. This happened with the women in '99. But, there was no way to sustain it because women's team sports just don't have the ability to grab people's attention. But, there is so much soccer out there it can't go away.

    Fire - Market hard to the high school kids. They're the fans and parents-of-fans of the future. Get 'em while they're young, just like RJ Reynolds.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    This Blaise Nkufo has posted up good numbers in FC Twente. The question, they have Montero, Zakuani and Ljungberg, who will be grabbing some bench or who will get the boot? As for the Fire, this so-called big talent is not the next Julio Martinez? 12 games no goals, that is not impressive numbers.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    "As for the Fire, this so-called big talent is not the next Julio Martinez?" correction I hope that this so called talent from France is not the next Julio Martinez? Julio Martinez was supposed to contribute to this team and very good in free kicks. Martinez is now a bench warmer with the team and has been a disappointment.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Montero may be headed elsewhere via transfer

  • In reply to cesba:

    Montero would be a huge loss for Seattle.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Soccer is weak in America for a purpose. Soccer is targeted towards alternative Americans. Guys and girls that but Apple computers, loves Juno, Chuck Taylors or Samba Adidas shoes, worned in Jeans and loves Radiohead and Janes Adiction.
    Futbol will never be mainstream because the MLS would do everything it can to remain the Alternative sport for this type of American. It amazed me how the MLS never protects the sport. If I was the comish I'd slap every announcer and reporter who talk smack with a defamation suit.
    So let's enjoy our futbol because life is too damn short. Any publicity is good publicity for the game. Futbol will be loved by the young americans, just sit back, relax and watch the magic of the beautiful game take place.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I heard that Jen Patterson has apologize for that remark and said that it will never happen again.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    From Orrin Schwarz of the Daily Herald....the Fire have four new trialists at training. One is 21 year old French forward Malaury Martin who Klopas calls "a big talent".
    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=388427

  • This is an old commercial but still relevant......
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfRflwe1WXA

  • Dan McNeil and Matt Spiegel are two imbeciles that talk about pointless sports like Big Ten expansion along with Gordon Beckham buttkiss fest additional to bad song parodies. As far as Jen Patterson goes, she should be fired for those comments; she seems like a total snob. I would rather have Sarah Kustok or Amy Freeze to do the sidelines. Jen should work for "Monsters and Money in the Morning" to praise "Loudmouth" Mike North and a boring Dan Jiggetts. If you don't want do cover a local MLS franchise, why bother accepting the job in the first place. Monday, 620 AM WDAE Tampa Bay Steve Duemig was talking World Cup in his show and briefly talked about the Rays for 20 minutes. His brief description on soccer was that the World Cup is the biggest sporting event of the year because it happens every 4 years. He mentioned that if you don't like soccer, nobody is forcing you to watch it but don't sit their and complain about it. Today, he mentioned that next time if someone complains about soccer and the diving, he will just use the NBA is an example of basketball players diving and getting calls for a desperation shot. He mentions good things about the World Cup and EPL. At least someone outside of Chicago sports radio that cares about soccer.

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