I am NOT a reporter. There are many reasons for this, the foremost being that I don't want to be. In addition, no one would hire me. I also hate editing, and quite honestly I find the profession boring. Perhaps if you are one of the lucky few to have a press pass it may be damn exciting. I don't have one, and rest assured no one is ever going to offer me one, so I will never BE a reporter either.
I did work for a newspaper once, The Altoona Star. The paper no longer exists, but I spent an awful lot of time talking to old ladies and crossing guards. I did get to interview a police officer named Jesse James that had gotten tagged for two DWI's, but outside of that, I found it emotionless. You can't be biased as a reporter, and most of the time I am. It's a classic setup for a #fail from the very beginning.
This is a blog. It has no rhyme or reason. I do this because I can, and because I love the Packers. That being said, the notion that I somehow am obligated to censor what I choose to publish or not publish is as funny as it is stupid. What I say here is not going to affect the Green Bay Packers, their players, or the organization one iota. Even the suggestion that anything I utter will somehow cause harm and ripple throughout 1265 is crazy talk. No outside organization will ever be more valid than the Packers themselves. Gimme a break.
As far as Will Blackmon's statement is concerned, I stand by my opinion that he should not have said it. Depending on what you're looking to do, Green Bay may actually be boring as hell. Guess what, so is Wausau, Eau Claire, and for the most part at times, everywhere else too. I could care less about the validity of the statement. What I do care about is the delivery of the content.
Will Blackmon is a representative of the Green Bay Packers and the city of Green Bay. Whether they should or not, people listen to high profile athletes. I got so many "Oh my God you're going to make Blackmon quit Twitter" emails yesterday that it was insane. So, rest assured people are listening, and vehemently will stand for, just about anything a Packer player says.
I could be wrong of course, and perhaps I am donning the costume of Gorgias and defending the unpopular argument in true Sophist fashion. But, I just don't buy that. I'll concede that it wasn't the biggest of deals as a single statement. But, as a supplement to the collective whole, it's just unnecessary.
There are, and always have been, enough people running around dissing Green Bay to make it hard enough attracting star talent and their families to Wisconsin. When a player from that city, goes public with that kind of statement no matter the intent, it adds to the battle this organization has been facing for years.
I stand by that statement 100 percent.
To summarize, for the eight billionth time, I am NOT a Packers reporter. I am a guy, who writes stuff about the Packers (usually poorly and without merit) in his office, when he is bored with real work and the mundane life of a 30-something senior at the University of Wisconsin. I have no moral or civic duty to anyone but myself. I don't feel bad for printing the story, nor will I, ever. And if you think I'm harsh, listen to this little old lady.
Now while I'm at it, I'll piss the rest of you off because I want to get off Blackmon and move on to other things no one wants to point out.
I could NOT be happier that Pelissero is leaving the Gazette today. He's a Vikings fan and alway has been. At least since 2004 in my book.
I've had the unfortunate privilege of being surrounded by Pelissero since his career began. I've followed him on the static filled AM station outside of Eau Claire, droning with Paul Allen about the Vikings, to his time at the Leader-Telegram, (in which I submitted a resume at least a half-a-dozen times during his tenure without a single call back. Yeah, I hold grudges, what of it?) and of course these past few years with the Packers.
Don't get me wrong, I won't deny his talent or his credentials. The guy gets it done, period. But he does it all with a look-what-I've-done-and-I'm-only-like-12-years-old kind of smugness that just rubs me the wrong way. Although he did better this year, he also has never really respected bloggers, even though his use of the method now enhances his resume. Combine that with the fact that he honestly, and admit it Tom, LOVES the Vikings, and it's really a no-brainer for me.
He'll be great in Minnesota, and unfortunately I'll be stuck listening to him and Paul Allen on the only two sports radio stations in my area. I can't escape him, but at least I can mute him.
Commence your psychotic Twitter hatred now.
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