Tuesday, May 24, 2005

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.

Mission accomplished.

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.

"DDDDDDDDDdeeeeeeeeeeeeetttttttttttrrrrrrrrrrrooooooooooiiiiiiiiittttttttttttt!!!!!!"

"WWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

That is old and tired, just like Le Batard.

22 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right ON! I think Labretarered cut and pasted his entire article from some stock "factoids about Detroit" website the national media uses to rag on Detroit. I heard him on the Dan Patrick show later that day and he had absolutely nothing to say about the basketball game except some very obvious points. He was able to basically repeat the tired stupidity from his column. I also like your point about what is to come from the national media for Super Bowl week. I think for that week I'm going to lock myself in my home, cut myself off from all media, and just watch game tapes from the Pistons' four championship runs.

Andy

7:41 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more thing...

You don't think the Freep published a column from an out of town writer blasting Detroit right next to Mitchie's column to make people forget about Albomgate, do you?

Andy

7:45 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Andy,
I do not think the Freep printed the column by Le Batard to make Mitch look good. They have been doing this for years, even before Mitch got caught doctoring up quotes. This is nothing new. It is just the same tired old stuff.

8:56 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait, Dan the Retard? I thought it was Dan LeBASTARD.

9:08 AM

 
Blogger Nick said...

The thing is Mitch didn't even defend the D. I mean he could have at least said that Detroit has good nightlife (Rated in top five cities in U.S. by numerous mags), Safe areas (4 of the top 20 safest cities in America are in metro D), or how Oakland county is the second wealthiest county in the country. Just about every downtown area throughout the country is not the best. LA is God-awful, and Miami certainly isn't anything to brag about.

9:51 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Nick,
The lesson here is you need somebody from Detroit to represent Detroit. Mitch is a part time citizen here

10:26 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terry you are totally right! The whole Detroit bashing thing is totally tired and very lame. The truest statement you made was that Dan LeBetard doesn't know enough about the teams to comment on that so he has to take the easy route. Too many people on the radio with so called sports talk shows know very little about sports, and appear to not follow sports very closely, they can talk about everything but sports. He has/had the most incredibly boring show on ESPN radio, he is not the least bit funny and I really can't understand how he ever got a radio show in the first place.

10:29 AM

 
Blogger J said...

i don't know how many of you have been to miami, but it ain't exactly the cleanest city, either. last night, i walked to my car from game 1 and it was attack of the homeless people.

miami is dirty. they have south beach, but that's very much in need of a really big paint job. step outside of miami beach and you better have a gat with you.

don't get me wrong, it's a great spot to hang out. but despite all that glitz, you have as good a chance of being capped in miami as you do in detroit. it'll just be warmer when you get shot in miami.

10:36 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

J Hill,
Just to let you know I covered a riot in Miami. And have you ever been to Miami Arena? I know someone who had their car stolen. Miami has much glitz. But there are a lot of holes in its game also.

10:46 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm growing tired of the same old same old bashing. I think we as Detroiters should stop stressing about the outside media ripping Detroit and more time trying to improve Detroit into a city that we can be proud of. Who cares what outsiders think, fix up the city for our own citizens, and the rest will take care of itself. We already have a great state to live in. I don't know about anyone else but I'm proud to be a michiganian and that incudes the city of Detroit. Go Pistons. Besides Florida, and Miami specifically are having a major problem safely protecting their children. Hmm great place.

11:09 AM

 
Anonymous will said...

How many times do you have to be exactly right before you get your column back Terry?
You have to wonder why people like Dan Le Retard write columns like that. Don't they have anything better to write about, like, oh I dont know, SPORTS! It's no secret that detroit isn't a neigborhood like Ozzie and Harriet. But come on, you cannot honestly say that there is nothing good about the city. I didn't read the article, and don't plan too. But, I probably could find the same article in every paper across the country.

2:05 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

One of our writers is exactly right. We must improve our city. The past administration has not helped matters. We might need new leadership and we need everybody to chip in to make things better

5:00 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Will,
I may never get my column back. The stuff you see on this blog are the things The News does not like. So I do this for me and the few people who want to follow me. I am glad you are one of them.

5:01 PM

 
Blogger Ian C. said...

Terry, it's a good thing you plug the blog 40 times in a show. I almost missed the correct address the 20th time or so.

This entry is why your blog is so great. This is exactly what you would NOT be reading in the Detroit papers, as they'd prefer go with what's easy and what'll provoke a typical response, rather than make a challenging point.

5:22 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Foster,

I've been a big fan of yours from way back when you were the beat-writer for the Pistons and through your days at DFN and now 1270. I know that you have "something to say" and I believe that the sports world needs your voice.

I honestly have neared a point where I could just assume that sports do not exist. No, I do not have illusions about "the good ol' days" being squeaky clean, but I reached exhaustion with the 24-7 sports culture years ago. It's actually less on the atheletes than it is on the whole package: the owners holding cities hostage for taxpayer-funded venues, the owners playing the networks to pay billions and billions of dollars for the 'rights' to air the games, the headache-inducing ubiquity of the advertising and collusion of the media in attempting to make myths out of the players in order to justify the marketing.

This last aspect I put primarily on ESPN. They have succeeded in transforming a fun outlet for the escapist into a self-adulating factory of brownnosing clones. ESPN markets itself as if their call letters actually mean "Everybody Spank yr P**** Now!" Or for that matter, "Spank ours" or if there's an athlete they might say, "We'll Spank yours!" Pasty little panting little puppies, who try to pass them selves off as big swaggering dogs. From their ESPN25 wankery, to their attempts at "American Idol"-making, to their fruity morning show on ESPN2, to their "oh, we're so clever, aren't we?" SportCenter ads, to the senior clones they've recruited who pass themselves off as sportswriter-jocks... They don't fool me: they're just residents of a gated community who try too hard to pretend they're not.

I know, so much venom, so way-off-topic, etc. Just p----- me off, the monopoly of this product to which we are addicted. Instead of forsaking constructive criticism in favor of a sound-byte (as Lebatard and all the other clones do), I think you would bring a relativist point-of-view and some common sense to your post when you get a national platform. Everybody's getting paid: it's a business. But sometimes I think that the obscurity of the truth in regards to sports is an even more damnable collusion of narrow minds than was the misreporting by a columnist at our city's 'competing' newspaper.

All the best,
K.

10:47 PM

 
Blogger Dang! said...

Thanks again Terry for notlowering your standards just like the Free Press..stories like that is the main reason I no longer subscribe to that rag!!!

11:51 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

This blog has become a place for people to vent. Please feel free to do so. This is your spot also. Just let people know about it. I am getting more than 200 visitors a day and have had more than 350 two of the last four days. Please tell more people about this. I need to find more ways to promote this. Let this be a blog for the people

3:36 AM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

You know what we as detroiters need to get thicker skin and also take responsibility for our own actions. How many times have I and other Detroiters have ripped Detroit and the suburbs even the state ? So, we need to stop fuming and huffing and puffing about a colunm ripping the city when we do it ourselves. Or is it one those I can talk about my brother anyway I want but anybody from the outside can;t. As for Terry and his assertion on columnist I have to agree. It does appear columnist tend share the same info and try and dress it differently. It is as if they are acting like Shock JOcks AKA Tom Leykus or Stern or whoever. It is as if they view themselves as celebrities. I myself wish they were held to the highest of standards in journalism so you would not have the recylcled garbage we tend to get. I do post here quite often and if you guys notice I never proof read for grammar or commas and stuff like that. Terry that reminds me did the DNEWS tell you why they took away your columnist duties ?

9:45 AM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

ONE MORE OF TOPIC VENT IS ESPN. BECAUSE THERE IS NO COMPETITION ESPN HAS GONE TO THE PITS. HOW IN THE HELL DO U YOU EXPLAIN THERE WANT TO BE SPORTS ANCHOR SLASH NBA ANALYST DEAL IN JUST 4 TO 6 WEEKS AND THEN CALL THEM EXPERTS. HAS THE NBA REALLY THOUGHT SO LOW OF THEIR PRODUCT TO ALLOW THAT. I CAN GAURANTEE THEY WOULD NOT DO THAT TO THE NFL. ALSO LET'S TALK ABOUT SPORTS CENTER IT USED TO BE INFORMATIVE NOW YOU GOT JOKES AND GARBAGE FILLING UP TIME FOR THEY REPEATS AN THE HOURS. AS FOR THERE ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING THEY ARE ALL THE SAME FORMULA LET'S SEE ONE TOPIC AND 2 TO 4 PEOPLE GIVE THERE SLANTS AKA THE SPORTS REPORTERS PTI AROUND THE HORN, FIRST AND TEN. TERRY CAN'T THERE BE ANOTHER SPORTS NETWORKS. ESPN HAS GONE TO COMMERCIAL AND I DO REALIZE IT WOULD COST A TON OF DOUGH BUT I AM SURE THEY ARE RIPE FOR TAKING BECAUSE THEY HAVE BECOME FAT CATS. ONE MORE THING FOX SPORTS NET SHOULD RETRY THE NATIONAL SCENE AGAIN.

9:58 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

billionaire,
The News said it did not take away my column. It said I was being reassigned. But lets be honest. My column was taken away.
The official party line is that they wanted me to write features and take outs and that my page 2 column was a waste of my writing talents.
I disagree with that. I believe they did not want me writing opinion pieces because it too often conflicted with their beliefs. And I pushed issues they did not want me to push.

4:56 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Fox tried to compete with ESPN but could not. It is too costly and ESPN has the market cornered on entertainment. So Fox does it locally. I enjoy the local broadcast and I try to chip in by doing commentaries on Monday and Friday night on the Fox Sports Report. I am also going to talk to Fox about doing a column on their national web site. If that happens I will let you know.

4:58 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerome Bettis returns home - can he win the ring?

Super Bowl party

11:06 AM

 

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