strobe_z Posted July 19, 2004 Share Posted July 19, 2004 I haven't seen this posted anywhere here... but low and behold, the Aviators have trouble and this idiot starts spouting off about how the "Canadian sports media is cramming soccer coverage down our throats" http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/EdmontonSun/Sports/2004/07/18/547191.html No surprise that soccer is losing again locally WES MONTGOMERY, EDMONTON SUN FREELANCE Did I miss something again or why is the sorry state of local soccer getting so much attention from the ever-lovin' media? Obviously, not too many people care, given the small crowds the Aviators men and women have drawn this year. Did anybody but a small minority ever think it will survive? I know what a great sport soccer is and what a great sport it is in other parts of the world, but in Portugal, Greece and Italy they aren't really breaking down doors to watch hockey or football, so why do so many media outlets keep forcing soccer on so many of us Canadians who really don't care that much? There are actually some critics who are blaming the media for poor attendance and financial woes. In this columnist's opinion local soccer has been the most over-covered, undeserving sport this city has been exposed to for over 40 years. I've heard sportscasts at different stations in Edmonton during that span and they always included soccer info. And I've been hoping, although never believing, it might catch on, because I'm a big fan of Joe Petrone and Ross Ongaro and respect their passion for a sport they love so dearly. OVER-COVERAGE BY THE MEDIA But it never happened. Not back then, not this year and it likely never will despite over-coverage by the media, who have turned their backs on local sports and supported Petrone's and Ongaro's heartfelt dream. I've got three grandchildren who play and love soccer and we all got excited watching our national junior ladies team perform at Commonwealth Stadium a couple of years ago. But they couldn't name two players on either Aviators team despite the great coverage from the media because they don't care. And trust me, my grand kids are great athletes and sports fans. I wish I had the talent of the Sun's Scott Zerr when it comes to writing, because someday this aging reporter might eventually be a hit. The young Mr. Zerr is one of the best local writers to have come down the pike since the days of Lacombe's Terry Jones, who is among Canada's best. But if Scott does make my prediction of excellence look good, it won't be because of his coverage of soccer. Not that it matters, but if I were 40 years younger I would have given some coverage to an exhibition baseball game in St. Albert on Friday night. Now baseball is a sport that most Edmontonians can relate to. Yet there was nothing in the papers despite the fact the 2002 dominion-champion Triple A senior Tigers were taking on the defending two-time provincial Triple A junior Tigers under the lights at Legion Park. ''We got to the old guys,'' chuckled junior team manager Doug McLennan, ''by a score of 10-5 ... and there were a couple of hundred fans in the stands.'' TWO LOSSES IN 22 GAMES In fairness, the seniors have two teams and will be putting their best together for the provincials. The juniors have played 22 games this season and have lost only two - once to the elder Tigers and a tournament game in Red Deer against the Calgary Outlaws. ''I think we're a better team with more depth this year,'' offered manager McLennan. ''We finished fourth last year in the dominions, but I think we'll be tougher this time when we head to this year's dominion championships in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, at the end of August.'' Meanwhile, no surprise in Viking last weekend as Cam Maxwell and his media buddies pulled off another successful fundraising celebrity golf tournament, which saw the Sutter brothers participating and some $29,000 raised. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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