Kelley Owes Times Readers Better.
Some months ago, Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times wrote an article entitled “Bavasi Owes M’s Fans Better.”
While sympathetic to the column’s premise, I couldn’t help but wonder whether this was the best way for Kelley to frame the issue. After all, doesn’t this particular scribe have his own vocal critics? Might not some see a piece arguing that a prominent figure in the local sports community is underserving his constituents as, well, ironic?
What if one of the column were written from a different perspective? Cue the dream sequence:
The office window was open. Softly, a breeze moved the clouds into soothing patterns. The sun shone on the verdant grass. And Steve Kelley sat down to write his latest cure for insomnia.
This was one of those hackneyed introductory devices we see all too often in Seattle.
Even now, a month into the New Year, reading The Seattle Times felt like the best decision. There was energy in the coffee mug beside the paper. An anticipation that this morning, this column might be different.
We have always said this, but Seattle loves having a two newspaper town. More specifically, Seattle loves its Times, one of the few family-owned major dailies left.
But newsprint belongs on the page, not on the face of a formerly eager reader who has fallen asleep on top of a loosely-linked series of one-sentence paragraphs. Too many sleepy-eyed sports junkies have turned to Steve Kelley.
And these readers deserve better.
Okay, end dream sequence. Cue next a post from Deadspin.com’s “Why Your Hometown Sports Columnist Sucks” series.
Guess who it’s about. Then guess who inspired the post. You won’t be shocked at the first answer, and might (or might not) be surprised at the second.
Addendum: to adhere to our collective New Year’s Resolution of being nicer and promoting cuteness, here is — for balance — a link to the Times’ fine piece on Finnegan the squirrel. Be sure to check out the photo gallery for extra cute power. Also note that Finnegan the squirrel’s name is spelled differently from Bob Finnigan’s. Because that’s important.