Whenever I read something about football that sounds like it was written in a barroom by someone as sloshed as Rance Preibus at the RNC, it invariable comes from ColdHardFootballFacts.com.
The latest beer-soaked rant comes from Kerry J. Byrne on August 26: “There is this mythology in certain circles that says Boston is a so-called baseball town. We looked into the myth of the ‘beloved 1967 Impossible Dream’ Red Sox years to debunk this ridiculous notion. The ‘Boston as a baseball town’ fabrication has been peddled for years by media outlets with a vested interest in the success of the city’s major league baseball team.”
“The New York Times Co., for example, which owns the Boston Globe, also had an ownership in the Boston Red Sox for many years, (which it sold off earlier this year).”
Byrne’s theory is that the Globe “would often talk up Boston as a baseball town merely in own self interests. Plus, it seems its longtime staffers there simply preferred baseball to football themselves and projected upon the wider region long before the internet skewered its power.”
Byrne is a blow-hard who cherry picks facts—no, actually not facts, just some loosely held notions—and rejects what doesn’t fit and then presents it as fact.
...So there you have it - four of the biggest cities in the country have a fan base that would prefer to see their major league baseball team win—and our second largest city, Los Angeles, gets along quite well without even having a pro football team. The area’s relationship with pro football is pretty much the same as fans in the rest of the country: it’s a TV thing. They never see their favorite team in person, regardless of where they play.
Posted: September 01, 2012 at 08:39 AM | 57 comment(s)
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