Rick Telander, 9/17

Discussion in 'Chicago Fire' started by genpabloescobar, Sep 17, 2003.

  1. genpabloescobar

    Feb 17, 2002
  2. genpabloescobar

    Feb 17, 2002
    Oh, and if a mod could correct my spelling of Rick's name in the thread title, I'd appreciate it. I at least owe him that.
  3. HalaMadrid

    HalaMadrid Member

    Apr 9, 1999
    Let's not be furious with the guy, if we can, folks?

    Just write him a nice email. If you can't be civil don't hurt the efforts of everyone else by being a jackass.
  4. skinut

    skinut Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 25, 2000
    Castle Pines, CO (or often elsewhere on earth)
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Done. Just sent a blurb answering the question of who watches men's soccer (me) and also that I'm a reader of his column.
  5. dawgpound2

    dawgpound2 Member

    Mar 3, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
    You kn ow, the more I see people writing this sentiment, the more I wonder why everyone here at BS is so apologetic on these "writers". Telander will never like soccer, nor will he ever profess anything but disdain for it. Who cares if you let a little frustration out on the likes of him? Really?
  6. genpabloescobar

    Feb 17, 2002
    What I wrote, verbatim:

    You asked today who watches the men's league.

    Just letting you know that I do.

    Short and to the point.
  7. HalaMadrid

    HalaMadrid Member

    Apr 9, 1999
    The people who work hard to let good writers like Telander know not all people that like soccer are fierce zealots, are anti-every other sport, and spew venom at the drop of the hat.

    The few who do give a bad name to the rest of us, sinc ethose are the ones writers remember and refer to in their columns.
  8. dawgpound2

    dawgpound2 Member

    Mar 3, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
    Nice work, Mike. And Hala, I just think sometimes a swift kick in the rear is better for some of the soccer-bashers than anything else. Maybe just my frustration talking.
  9. HalaMadrid

    HalaMadrid Member

    Apr 9, 1999
    Not when the next week after getting all the hate mail he devotes another column to anti-soccer bile and specifically all the whiny beeyothces who spammed him since his offhand comment a week prior.

    It's happened in Chicago press many times before, and it's not pretty.
  10. I tried to be nice, but I think I ended up saying I horse d!cked his mother while his father watched through a bondage mask.
  11. krolpolski

    krolpolski Member+

    Who Watches Men's Pro Soccer?

    I do.

    Stopped watching baseball when the Cubs tanked in 1969. Wisest decision I ever made.

    Chicago pro soccer teams have won more national championships than those won by the Bears, Cubs, Sox and Hawks during my lifetime.

    Who's laughing now?

    Got an 0ut-of-office reply.
  12. Pyro

    Pyro Member

    Apr 18, 2000
    Fulton River District
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I sent him some facts about attendance and what all and a note stating that the Sun Times has the best soccer coverage in the city.

  13. If you tell me you're my father, I'm leaving.
  14. Stogey23

    Stogey23 Member+

    Dec 12, 1998
    San Diego, CA
    Telander obviously had the Sun-Times IT Staff reply "Out of Office" to all emails with the word 'soccer' in it.

    It's all part of the conspiracy.
  15. genpabloescobar

    Feb 17, 2002
    Quick thought...should we open this up to others like in the MLS forum? Let him know that people nationwide follow it?
  16. voros

    voros Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    Parts Unknown
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I like the subtlety and restraint shown here.
  17. CUS

    CUS New Member

    Apr 20, 2000
    Looks like his brother was there, too

  18. TOTC

    TOTC Member

    Feb 20, 2001
    Laurel, MD, USA
    And all the while, Frank DeFord didn't bash the WUSA this week as The Sports Curmudgeon!
  19. mactheknife

    mactheknife New Member

    Aug 2, 2002
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Chicago Fire
    thanks for the note.


    thus readeth my reply email.

    interesting, since i said i would never buy another issue of the sun-times again.

    glad to know they take us so seriously.
  20. Peter Wilt

    Peter Wilt Member

    Jun 11, 1999
    Whitefish Bay, WI
    How right you are

    i don't know if you realized that your comment was literally correct - Telander's back yard is next to the Fire's training field at Halas Hall in Lake Forest.

  21. NotAbbott

    NotAbbott Member

    Oct 11, 1999
    My Own Little World
    You know, we joke about these old-school sports writers effectively standing on their porches in their bathrobes yelling "get off my lawn, you damn kids" to American soccer, but this is ridiculous.

    Who has to climb his fence to get errant balls?

  22. Hard Karl

    Hard Karl New Member

    Sep 3, 2002
    WB05 Compound
    Hahahaha, oh man, now thats rich!
  23. 352gialloblu

    352gialloblu New Member

    Jun 16, 2003
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    I wrote him a nice email. Then I realized his 2nd to last line (the one I missed when I stopped at the 4th to last one) is incredibly sexist. The whole point of "equal opportunity" includes the "opportunity" to get paid for playing. I mean, we don't have to fund their league with taxes or anything, but the whole point of trying to acheive equality is that they get to do, and make money doing, the same things men do. That's the whole point, and he dismisses it right at the end.

    Is this guy usually an idiot, or just in soccer-related cases?
  24. theburden

    theburden Member

    Jul 11, 2002
    MDSC head brewer
    My guess would be Futaki and Capano since they are some of the youngest guys on the squad and them running across a sports writer's lawn with a ball in their hands is by far the funniest mental image of them all. But I think a close second would be Zach showing up at the guys door looking really pissed.
  25. dabes2

    dabes2 Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Re: How right you are

    Peter - have you ever invited Rick T and his teenage son to a game? October 10th. Pre-game autographs for his son from the Fire national teamers. First half in Section 8. Second half from the expensive seats. If the Cubs/Sox are dead by then, there will be a huge lull in the sports news market.

    Rick seems to be a bright guy, and somewhat of an idealist. He is quick to challenge the sports establishment. He has been very critical of the hypocracy of big time college athletics. He also criticizes the big, overpaid, egotistical athlete. He actually could be a huge outspoken proponent of what I find very appealing about MLS -- good value for the fan $, down to earth athletes, enthusiastic fans. Unfortunately, he is very dismissive of soccer.

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