DETROIT BASHING: OLD, TIRED AND PREDICTABLE
A number of people have asked me to speak out on Miami columnist Dan Le Batard and his bashing of Detroit in a recent column previewing the Pistons-Miami Heat Eastern Conference Finals.
My first reaction was why bother? I've read the same column dozens of times before. I've read it in New York, Miami, Orlando, Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Milwaukee and even here in Detroit.
This is not news my friends.
Besides, you ain't seen nothing yet. Wait until Super Bowl XL. These guys are sharpening their knives as we speak.
It is the same tired dribble.
Let me stoop to Le Batard's level and start calling him Dan Retard. Now if I were to run into him he would say "It's not like I haven't heard that before. Why not try something original?"
He'd be right. And that is my point.
Why respond to every yahoo who takes shots at Detroit? If we were to do that we'd have to open up the Anti-Detroit Defamation League.
Here is one of his passages from the Miami Herald which ran in the Free Press.
"Detroit would have to add Miami's beaches, weather and nightlife, New York's culture and restaurants and L.A.'s entertainment to upgrade to being merely awful. The fans burn things to celebrate victories, so about the only positive thing you can say about the city is that arson is never a problem around the Lions.
In the history of man, has anyone ever gone to Detroit to vacation? The next tourist to arrive in Detroit for pleasure will be the first, and will have to be there only because all the vacation packages to Iraq were booked."
Why do people like Le Batard write columns like this? They have to.
They don't know enough about the two teams to write about the series. He doesn't know much about the Pistons. So he can fill a good percentage of his column by ripping Detroit. It passes as cute in Miami and it angers people in Detroit.
This is my frustration with my business. I cannot write a column because I have something to say. Others with nothing to say are allowed to write columns and get on national television and be media celebrities.
They write the same thing over and over again. They do not challenge readers to think. They do not want to be advocates. They exchange ideas with other columnists and mimic each other like parrots.
And shame on the Free Press. It allows this junk to get into its paper every time a Detroit team has a big series. It allows out of town columnists to write the same thing. It is as old and tired as when television cameras go to a sports bar and ask fans who is going to win the big game.
That is old and tired, just like Le Batard.