September 05, 2003

Now that's what I call: "a reprehensible example of journalism."

posted by garfield to baseball at 01:00 PM - 17 comments

I love it when spinsters don't have a chance to spin, and the truth actually comes out. And then its spun into 'reprehensible journalism'. Funny, that's how I would describe what spinsters do.

posted by garfield at 01:05 PM on September 05, 2003

Selig = lame. He fell for it and screwed up and spin won't help. Why does he take the word of the caller that he is who he says he is? As Nelson Muntz would say - Ha ha.

posted by gspm at 01:08 PM on September 05, 2003

You know, if the "victim" was someone other than Allan H. "Bud" Selig, I might agree that this prank was reprehensible. As it is, no actual humans were tricked, so no harm, no foul, right? FWIW, I wonder what Bud's responses would be to the the Voight-Kampff test, as seen on Mefi today.

posted by alex_reno at 02:40 PM on September 05, 2003

Replicant. Definitely a replicant.

posted by lilnemo at 03:02 PM on September 05, 2003

alex, got a link?

posted by garfield at 03:11 PM on September 05, 2003

Here's the link. Once again, via MeFi.

posted by lilnemo at 03:16 PM on September 05, 2003

Classic. It reminds me of a prank a couple of months ago where a couple of DJs called Chirac pretending to be Jerry Lewis.

posted by panther at 03:37 PM on September 05, 2003

Replicant. Definitely a replicant. Agreed.

posted by alex_reno at 08:31 PM on September 05, 2003

No link to the prank call audio?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:48 PM on September 05, 2003

Sure, Selig is a boob, but is anyone else troubled by the fact that the Canadian government hasn't tried to do something to save the Expos? Or even the government of Quebec-- I mean, what MLB is doing here is sad, and you'd think that our neighbors to the North would be trying to prevent it.

posted by outside counsel at 11:47 AM on September 06, 2003

Why would we spend taxpayer dollars on a baseball club? I like the 'Spos and want them to stay in Montreal, but there's no way I'd want the government to do anything about it. Baseball is somewhat of a fringe sport here not hockey, and why should people who have no interest be forced to support it financially?

posted by alex_reno at 03:00 PM on September 06, 2003

Isn't that what all cities are doing when they cut deals with pro teams to fund their stadiums? btw, I'm with billsaysthis: Where's the audio link?

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:42 PM on September 08, 2003

Yeah, and each instance is a reprehensible example of government.

posted by garfield at 12:50 PM on September 08, 2003

So garfield, you would rather spend tax money on, say, police and teachers and roads than on a shiny new stadium for a bunch of overpaid weenies? And by weenies, I mean the team owners and executives, not the players.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:59 PM on September 08, 2003

Les Expos have been mismanaged since day one since Bronfman sold the team - first Loria, then the minority owners, they MLB. There are fans in Montreal, but tey are savy folk over there (politics is like breathing), and will not give their money to MLB in the form of tickets or otherwise. As far as Montreal is concerned, the Expos left two years ago and play most of September in that laughable park in San Juan. Too bad. Someone is going to inhierit a winner if they can keep Vlad. Vlad and Monreal were made for each other - it's just too bad.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:21 PM on September 08, 2003

Call me crazy. (commence rant in 3,2,1) I've just never figured out how people stand for this. Sure you get a team to root for, but the math is scandalous. Some jackass lobbies some schmuck mayor/guber, some paybackcampaigncontributors bill gets passed, and away we go. And by 'we', I mean tax dollars (I've never studied this formally, so excuse the technical errors, I just read periodicals). Not that I expect government to act much differently when it comes to the multi-billion dollar sports (read: entertainment) industry, as the only difference is that the word 'sports' replaces privatized utilities, corporate agriculture, the auto/oil cartel, or financial institutions. At least wine and dine me first, dammit!!! (Deep breath. End rant.)

posted by garfield at 01:26 PM on September 08, 2003

Amen, Bill, amen. FWIW... Lex: Reaction time is a factor in this, so please pay attention. Now, answer as quickly as you can. It's your birthday. Someone gives you a calfskin wallet. How do you react? Bud: I like wallets. Lex: You've got a little boy. He shows you his butterfly collection plus the killing jar. What do you do? Bud: Don't I have people to handle this sort of thing? Lex: You're watching television. Suddenly you realize there's a wasp crawling on your arm. Bud: I'd kill it. Lex: You're in a desert walking along in the sand when all of the sudden you look down, and you see a tortoise, Bud, it's crawling toward you. You reach down, you flip the tortoise over on its back, Bud. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can't, not without your help. But you're not helping. Why is that, Bud? Bud: I thought there was a quarter under it. Lex: Describe in single words, only the good things that come into your mind. About your mother. Bud: My mother? My mother didn't understand me.

posted by alex_reno at 01:48 PM on September 08, 2003

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