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Ray Ratto Is An Idiot

sharksfanI realize it’s not proper to call people names, not that I haven’t done my fair share (mostly in private), but I feel completely justified in calling Ray Ratto ‘an idiot’ since he called me ‘stupid’.

I started this blog because of Ray Ratto’s inability to grasp what it means to be a sports fan. A few days ago, he did it again, but this time Ray Ratto called Sharks fans stupid (most notably, season ticket holders). I have to say, I was completely offended.

Ray pontificated as if he was the only one smart enough to notice that the Sharks were just an average hockey team after the All-Star Break. Um Ray, we ALL knew this. He then went on to criticize fans for cheering the team despite it all. Um Ray, we’re fans, we’re SUPPOSED to cheer, especially when our team is down. Finally, he came down on the media for ‘missing the boat’ – hey Ray, aren’t you part of the media?

If you read the comments linked to his online article I know I’m not alone in my assessment of Ray’s lack of assessment. But why he continues to pound Sharks fans astounds me. Why doesn’t he call Oakland Raider fans stupid for believing in a team ‘committed to excellence’ yet hasn’t won more than 5 games in a single season since 2002? A team that allows it’s quarterback to be interviewed after humiliating losses wearing a fur coat and hat looking like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Why doesn’t he call Golden State Warrior fans stupid when they continue to support a team whose owner has openly said he has no desire to sell the team because he’s making money – and this was during the days when the team was a perennial loser and wasn’t making the playoffs? I’ll bet Ray hasn’t watched a Sharks’ game in its entirety…ever.

I don’t know why Ray is so angry, maybe the Sharks organization doesn’t let Ray sit in the GM’s box or maybe they don’t give him free playoff tickets, who knows. But whatever it is, it’s obvious that Ray hates the Sharks and Sharks fans. And to that, I have 4 words - Mercury News Dot Com

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7 comments for “Ray Ratto Is An Idiot”

  1. Wow, that was a pretty ridiculous article. I have never read anything by this guy before (obviously since I don’t live in the area), but he doesn’t have much business writing about sports with articles like that.

    I am not sure how the fans can be blamed for what happened this year. There job is to buy tickets and gear and buy seats to the games. What more do you want? They are meant to support the team. Last I checked, booing doesn’t count as “support”. So who’s to blame? Well, I am not sure as I don’t follow the Sharks that closely but clearly there was a fall out at the end of the season. You can look at players, management, injuries and other circumstances to try to figure it out.

    Regardless, the season is over. What happened this year was a great accomplishment and the only thing that can be taken away from it is experience. Let’s see what the Sharks do in the offseason to try to fix the problems of this year.

    As for Ray Ratto, he is clearly ignorant to anything hockey and hell probably anything sports in general. However, he is just a single voice and you can choose to ignore this stupidity.

    Go Pens!

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | May 1, 2009, 12:38 pm
  2. Sharkfan, I’m with you, Ratto is a complete idiot. Where was he earlier in the season? He only chimes in when something goes wrong or only to state the obvious. The Merc has the best beat writers and Sharks coverage. I remember when Al Sims was the coach and he wanted the fans to boo the players to motivate them. We just could not do it. Ratto is expecting the fans to throw pacifiers on the ice and force players into waiving there no-trade clauses just to get them out of town. That’s what happened to Eric Lindros in Philadelphia. Fans in Hartford threw empty suitcases with Brendon Shanahans name on it to get him out of town. He calls us stupid because we do not do the same thing. Is it up to the fans to force a trade? Are we stupid because we don’t throw things on the ice? Management will make those decisions over the summer. We all know its coming and when it does, Ratto will then write another insightful article of how he said it all along and it was his idea.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | May 1, 2009, 3:13 pm
  3. I hate Ray Ratto and I hope they take him off of covering hockey. He said that the regular season does not matter and all that matters is the playoffs. While that is partly true, its a really dark view of sports. I love the regular season and its fun to watch a team grow, gel and create an identity. It is just going to turn off kids to the great sport of hockey, we need more positive people.

    Furthermore, he obviously does not understand the sport. He states the obvious, focuses on the negatives, and says nothing insightful. Hockey fans are to smart for him, and they don’t like negative sportscaster talking about there team, who does?

    He is like a fat food critic.

    Posted by AlexNo Gravatar | October 6, 2009, 10:42 pm
  4. [...] 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 [...]

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  5. I was actually trying to make a comment but your spam checker is so strict that i couldn’t

    Posted by upsetNo Gravatar | March 8, 2010, 6:12 pm
  6. Why anyone reads or listens to anything Ray Ratto writes or says is beyond me. He has never written anything that isn’t the equivalent of trolling on an internet forum. At times, even his college football rankings fall into this same category.

    I guess every periodical or tv station needs to have that one journalist that is wrong all the time when writing or giving an opinion. Seems to be Ratto’s lot in life.

    Posted by sighNo Gravatar | February 15, 2012, 9:40 pm
  7. Since I wrote this post I’ve spoken to other sports writers that work with Ray and the reality is he’s one of the few who pushes for more hockey coverage and he’s actually close with Doug Wilson, the Sharks General Manager. So his attitude isn’t hockey or Sharks specific, it’s just the way he is. But when it comes to pushing for more hockey, he’s actually on ‘our team’.

    Posted by adminNo Gravatar | February 16, 2012, 9:08 am

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