Links around the Pac
Malamute, 6 March 2009;
updated 8 March 2009
you starved for information concerning the Pacific Ten Conference?
Well, here are some stories for you to read, so wind up your index
finger and get ready to click.
Also, it's hard to criticize a jokester without
looking like a fuddy-duddy who can't take a joke. Here's a critique of
Jim Moore, who works for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, you might not
have thought about.
-- In this tough
economy, I don’t want to see anyone lose his/her job. This even holds
true for Husky hater, Jim Moore, who writes a column for the Seattle
Post-Intelligencer, which is about to go out of business. I hope Moore
can find another job in journalism which, in my mind, is all about
writing with an air of objectivity and superiority, while trying to
project, on the sly, your own viewpoint when attempting to report the
straight news. There goes that Black
Moore has always been
upfront about his take on things, and he has nothing to feel superior
After graduating from
WSU, Moore, an idiot savant struck by lightning, fell teapot over
kettle and landed a job in journalism.
Moore takes delight in poking fun at
the Huskies’ athletic teams and the people behind its sports programs.
He throws out the same pejoratives repeatedly, such as “Probation
Nation” when referring to the Husky football program, hoping that the
thought “I just don’t trust the University of Washington for some reason
and don’t know why” will stick in people’s minds. Yes, he's devious,
Okay, I can take a joke as well as
My problem with Moore -- a perfunctory
writer -- has always been his penchant for mocking Washington athletes
in trouble with the law, particularly minority kids, many of them under
the influence of alcohol. Prior to Moore's ridicule, their misdeeds have
already been written up in the local newspapers, and the coach has taken
corrective action. They don't need Moore's piling on -- whether they are
Caucasian or African American
student/athletes. In particular, the inner-city kids who go to Washington hope to
escape their former gang-infested neighborhoods and find a better
See "College football's
White Boy's Gangsta Wannabes."
When added up, Moore's stories project the image that UW is a rogue institution made up of thugs and ne'er
do wells. UW is an example of a big-time college football program gone
awry. Hence, his repeated use of "Probation nation." Portraying a global
image of UW under the guise of humor is his shtick. The small nasty
impact of each individual story, though humorous, adds up to a certain
perniciousness over a period of time, whether the "schlemiel" planned it that
way or not.
Berkowitz of uwdawgpound.com has been
ruminating about the P-I, as of late. You can see what he has to say
about the people at the P-I, by reading these two stories, "More PI musings," and
"Molly Yanity - New Kid on the block."
Click on the link above. He has some stuff on Moore, too. See "Jim
Moore, the Merry Prankster." Click on "older stories" at the bottom of
the first page of his blog.
Also, catch his take on
Art Thiel (8 March). Thiel is a sports-world gadfly who likes to mix it
up with Husky fans, but won't mix his obscure metaphors.
Yanity is an
infectious read, by the way. My problem with her is that she doesn't write
enough stories. Her editor needs to wise up.
-- "It is
15 days until the official start to spring, yet here in the Pac-10, the
third school is less than a week away from opening spring football
practice. In fact, Stanford is just days away from closing the first of
two spring practice sessions," writes Nick Daschel. Go to
Buster Sports to read about spring football in the Pac-10. See
You Ready For Some Spring Football? We Are."
-- Nick Daschel of Buster Sports hands out
his "Pac-10 Awards: give 'em to Brockman, Romar,
Thomas." It's hard for me to disagree with him. (8 March).
-- Ted Miller -- a former Husky beat writer for the
Seattle P-I, turned good guy now, but always a stylish wordsmith -- takes a look at Arizona's coach
Mike Stoops. See his article entitled, "Off the
hot seat, Stoops enters 2009 confident."
Stoops took over a moribund program in 2004
and transformed it into a winner in five years' time. Likewise
Washington's Steve Sarkisian is taking over a dying program at UW, one
that is on the verge of collapse. The records of the two teams in the
year prior to both coaches' takeover seasons are prophetically alike.
See "More on the Arizona benchmark."
Some answers to your questions:
-- Who is the guy pictured above? Answer:
former Washington football player Anthony Kelley.
-- A perfunctory writer? Any tidbit of a writing
style Moore once had has been Paloused out of him.