Friday, September 23, 2005

When You Diss Sacramento, You Diss Yourself

One interesting side note to the whole winning a WNBA championship thing is that jealous small-town sportswriters now get their big chance to slam Sacramento.

Exhibit A: Mike Dimauro, assistant sports editor of New London, Connecticut's The Day newspaper.

Dimauro cleverly rips into Sacramento in a recent column, saying he never knew the town existed before covering the WNBA Finals, that the city rivals a horse's stable in its omnipresence of flies, and that ARCO Arena is a barn. He also calls five days in Sacramento (where, of all the difficult and unrewarding jobs in the world, he got paid to watch basketball) "punishment." Poor guy.

Other than dissing Sacramento, he also launches into a tirade about the how the success of rich white people infuriates him, calling our beloved (beloved?) Maloofs "bratty, spoiled, out-of-touch corporate stiffs."

That leads me to this candid thought: Nothing makes me more angry than full-of-shit, whiny, holier-than-thou moron sportswriters who actually think they have a difficult job. There are thousands (millions?) of people in America who would love to attend professional sporting events for free, let alone get paid to do it. There are thousands of sports fans who would absolutely love to see their name in print attached to their thoughts on the game.

And Mike Dimauro, he has that opportunity. Instead of actually publishing reasoned ideas or coherent thoughts, he tries to trash a city whose WNBA team just beat his city's WNBA team. Classy.

If the Sacramento trip was so tough, Mike, why don't you just find a new job? I'm sure people would line up to make your paycheck for the chance to watch sports, lay out a few pages and bloviate at will.

And I bet they wouldn't bitch about road trips and successful businessmen too much, either.

UPDATE: We e-mailed Dimauro to ask if there's anything else he wanted to say to the people of Sacramento. His reply: "I don't think I need to add anything else. I feel bad enough you people have to live there. Why rub it in?"

Clever, witty and bitter. Whatta guy!


Anonymous Carl said...

I actually find it amazing that these people actually get paid to parrot the same "Sacramento is a cowtown" articles that have been written 1,000 times before by slightly more talented hacks.

Since he is apparently unable to come up with his own ideas, I have some more article suggestions for Mr. Dimauro:

The Bay Area has gay people
New Yorkers are rude
Roses smell good
Puppies are cute

You're welcome, Mike.

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Connecticut Sun 3rd year Season Ticket Holder who traveled to Sacramento to support my team during the playoffs and was an eye witness to the gross inequitable treatment of our team and their media.

Firstly, taking absolutely nothing away from the Championship win, the Monarch players and their Coach are hard working and skilled basketball players.

Your infamous Maloof Brothers were treated to "on court" seating right next to their team; the Sacto media were given game floor viewing seats (as well as all the snacks/drinks during pre-game and half time breaks); the Monarch players had the use of modern locker-room facilities while in the country bumpkin State of Connecticut.

That wasn't the case for our players, media and support staff! I have my own photos of the media hidden BEHIND the CT Sun players bench and I viewed one of my players coming across the court floor in stocking feet as she had to go from one section to another to retrieve her shoes rather than complete her dressing ministration at a locker assigned to her. Read this article of another CT reporter who found the facilities lacking in Sacramento:

This was "dirty pool" at work for what apparent reason? So we lost another chance at the championship - for me the question was, why did my team (and our media) have to be treated so unjustly? This is what will "unfortunately" stay in our hearts and minds concerning the city of Sacramento, not the loss!

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Carl said...

That actually IS the locker room. Arco Arena is well known to have the worst visitor's locker room in the NBA.

8:35 PM  

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Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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