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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

PenaltykillThere were many reasons why I started this blog, one if which is my personal battle with Ray Ratto. I’ve written about Ratto on more than a few occasions and really, I need to stop writing about him. Like they say, bad publicity is better than no publicity - but then again I don’t think my writing has any affect on public opinion. Ray writes for the San Francisco Chronicle. The SF Chronicle doesn’t report much on hockey, usually it’s an AP piece at best. Recently I read a great article written by Susan Slusser on the San Jose Sharks and Dany Heatley. I emailed Ms. Slusser thanking her for writing such a nice piece, that I was so happy to finally see some form of informative jounalism regarding the Sharks. I also mentioned that her piece was such a “breath of fresh air” and a welcomed alternative to the otherwise disgruntled, pessimistic articles written by another writer on her staff. Well she emailed me back.

After thanking me for my email, she said she’d write about the Sharks all the time if they let her. Then she followed up with this nugget:

“Since Ratto is a columnist and I’m not, it’s a little unfair to compare us….he’s supposed to have an opionion and I’m supposed to be more objective. For what it’s worth, he is always fighting to get more hockey in the paper and he’s very well liked by all the Sharks people; he and Doug Wilson are friends, and Ratto isn’t friends with any other GM in in the Bay Area. I know Doug respects Ray’s hockey knowledge. I like the fact he’s out there all the time and trying to get at least some hockey presence into the Chron. And he’s paid to have opinions, and I’d imagine it’s impossible to have everyone agree with you when you do that.”

I then emailed her back and said I was impressed that she knew I was talking about Ray and she responded since there’s only the two of them, it wasn’t hard to figure out.

So there you have it, the voice that seems to have nothing positive about the Sharks is one of the driving forces to get more hockey in my local paper. I guess Ray has a lot more negative things to say about the Sharks than they’ll let him write!

Okay Ray, I apologize for calling you an idoit. I appreciate your attempts to get more hockey in The Cron, but I still don’t agree with your slant on things. If you read this Ray, let me know what I have to do to help!

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One comment for “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”

  1. How very zen of you to let this go! And keep at it and good will prevail. They don’t call me the Pollyanna of the Puck for nothing :)

    Posted by PuckGalNo Gravatar | December 10, 2009, 12:22 pm

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