July 16, 2013

Letters to the Editor: July 16, 2013


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TO THE EDITOR: What happened to the saying, “No rooting from the press box?”

ESPN and the “Boo-Ya Fest” they call Sports Center is promoting Cuban defector/LA Dodger Yasiel Puig for a spot on the National League All-Stars, in hope of appearing “cutting edge" and relevant.

The realities that ESPN has failed to recognize (or is ignoring) are Puig does not belong in the All-Star Game and ESPN is a reporting network, not a media-relations outlet for the Dodgers.

“The Worldwide Leader in Sports” is promoting a one-month wonder for the Mid Summer Classic.

Using Puig’s hot month as a measuring stick for All-Star roster spot, then why isn’t former All-Star Justin Upton on the team? He hit 12 home runs, batted .300, played a Gold Glove outfield and was the toughest out in baseball during April?

Why is Puig’s month more important? Money. It came right before Fox’s four-hour mega self-promotion delivery system: the game. The MLB “commissioner” and Fox have continued to blur the line between real sports and the WWE. Self-indulgent announcers, unbearable commentary, oversaturated interleague play, scripted home-run calls like; “It is high, it is far…” etc. rule sports broadcasting today.

ESPN’s promotion of Puig and Fox’s thirst to boost ratings just keep pushing “America’s Pastime” closer to a staged reality show and further away from the game we grew up watching.

ESPN should keep going “cutting edge” by being the first network to report the next New England Patriots’ felon, or do what they really do best: selling booze. Vodka, Hard Cider and Lite Beer ads all during one 7 a.m. Sports Center broadcast shows me where their priorities are. The “ESPN Family” — what a joke.




Full disclosure

TO THE EDITOR: If only Washington and Albany provided us with full disclosure, we as voters, could make better use of our ballot.

In the spirit of full disclosure: While working very hard in her garden the other day, my wife was photographed for the Press-Republican — and I was taking a nap.




Help for Hannah

TO THE EDITOR: The Mike Mannix/Hannah’s Hope Golf Tournament was held Sunday, June 30, and turned out to be a sunny, delightful day for all in attendance.

Appreciation is sent to all the volunteers who gave of themselves and who, with their energy and enthusiasm, kept the day running smoothly.

The generosity of local retailers, restaurants and golf courses provided us with raffles, prizes, food and drink. With the daily requests from so many charities and causes, we are especially fortunate that they chose us.

Sponsors supported the purpose of the day — donating to Hannah’s Hope Fund. There is sincere gratitude for the yearly big-hearted gifts.

There is thankfulness to the committee, without whom the structure and success of the day wouldn’t have occurred.

Finally, a special thanks to all the golfers whose participation made the day a success. You have choices of the tournaments available, and you chose us. We are grateful for all involved and praise you.



For the Sames/Burnell family