On Friday we posted an article in which we mistook a fake twitter account as genuine. I say that to make clear that we at RMNB make mistakes all the time. So when I go medieval on this article below, please know I do it with a degree of self-awareness.
On Sunday morning, The Hockey Writers published an article about the Caps by Tim Bourcier. Titled “Caps Back to Early Playoff Exit Status with Grabovski Signing”, the article contains some of the most worrying hockey writing I’ve read this year. Normally I’d just ignore something like this and starve it of pageviews, but this example is egregious. Every once in a while, we should give voice to the debate so that we might shout down the trolls all the louder.
But the substance of his argument make me suspicious that this article wasn’t written to explore a topic. It seems to me the author already had a conclusion in his head, (which I summarize as “lol @ caps”), and he rotely went about buttressing that conclusion with bad data, insinuations, faulty logic, false history, imprecise comparisons, one very worrying geographical mix-up, and enough troll bait to keep everyone under the bridge happy until October.
It’s fine to state an opinion like “the Caps will be worse off in 2013-14”, but the reasons underpinning that opinion should be transparent and accountable, particularly if you’re writing for a site like The Hockey Writers.
I know I went for a few cheap jokes in this refutation, and I hope that doesn’t turn anyone off from participating in the conversation. More discussion is good, more people talking is very good, more jokes is doubleplusgood.
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