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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by The Silfer Server on Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:45 pm

    PKC wrote:
    Bass Destruction wrote:Sorry to keep bringing this up everybody. I just wanted to bring forth his final post to me. I questioned his maturity and asked him to stop calling me Andy, but to refer to me as Andrew. And this was his reply to me:

    "I'm not a good person, Andy? I wasn't raised properly, Andy? You're now saddened by my views, Andy?
    Because I'm calling you Andy, Andy?
    Must be that, Andy, because you were okay until I sent my last response
    to you, Andy, and it didn't say a lot other than that you are taking my
    words out of context, Andy, and oh yes, it referred to you as Andy,
    Andy.
    You've never met me Andy. I am a great guy, Andy. Ask anybody who knows me, Andy.
    You're taking yourself pretty seriously there, Andy. Get outside and
    breath some of that sweet, springtime air, Andy. It's a great time of
    the year, Andy. Other than the fact that your Hungary team is getting
    spanked at the worlds, Andy. But tonight Round 2 of the NHL playoffs
    starts, Andy. It's baseball season, Andy. Get out to a sports bar with
    some of those friends of yours, Andy, and have some fun, Andy.
    Enjoy the day, Andy"

    It's disturbing that this childish imbecile has a permanent staff writing position for a well-read newspaper in the nation's capital.

    I mean, we all know the Ottawa Sun, is as second tier of a newspaper as you can get, but this gaudy, ridiculous behavior by a "veteran" staff writer is just purely silly.

    I'd fire off a letter to several of the upper tier editors (editor in chief, managing editor) and let them know, that as a reader of their newspaper, that one of their writers openly disrespects and taunts you in an unprofessional manner.

    I was thinking of writing the editors a letter, just to tell them to take a look at the blog and his responses to mine. Not to complain, just so that they can see what kind of person they have on staff. But I don't want him to be reprimanded, or embarrassed at work. That wasn't my goal in this entire thing. I just wanted him to realize that he should watch what he says.

    But it's good to see someone else there has taken up my cause. And I would like to thank all of you for supporting me through this too. It's nice to know that i'm not alone when it comes to thinking his comments were way off base.

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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by PKC on Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:58 pm

    Bass Destruction wrote:

    I was thinking of writing the editors a letter, just to tell them to take a look at the blog and his responses to mine. Not to complain, just so that they can see what kind of person they have on staff. But I don't want him to be reprimanded, or embarrassed at work. That wasn't my goal in this entire thing. I just wanted him to realize that he should watch what he says.

    But it's good to see someone else there has taken up my cause. And I would like to thank all of you for supporting me through this too. It's nice to know that i'm not alone when it comes to thinking his comments were way off base.

    Well, I just think it's a little ridiculous. The job of a journalist is to inform people of the facts of an event, without inserting their own bias and opinion into it.

    A blog is slightly different, but still, as a mainstream sports media figure, you can't just plaster disrespectful things about other countries/people/teams and not expect a response.

    And to gaud you on like this is beyond juvenile, it's downright aggravating and immature. If I run into Don Brennan, I'll make sure to give him an ear full for you.

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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by asq2 on Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:06 pm

    One has to admit, though, that he's a mighty fine troll.
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by shabbs on Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:13 pm

    asq2 wrote:One has to admit, though, that he's a mighty fine troll.
    He certainly has a lot to say...

    Anyone can fire off an email to torsun.editor@sunmedia.ca and send them the link to the blog with their objections.

    It may get an apology...
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by Acrobat on Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:27 pm

    It would be interesting to see what would happen if it were forwarded to any or all of:
    - the online Sun "letters to the editor" - are those moderated?
    - the editor of the Sun or SunMedia, with a demand for an explanation from a group of us
    - the Ottawa Citizen
    - a radio station (Team 1200?)

    Or perhaps if it was flooded to Yahoo/Google/Craigslist/etc chat areas about media

    EDIT: I have very little patience or tolerance for abuse of position or power; it's a character flaw that colours everything else you do
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by The Silfer Server on Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:33 pm

    shabbs wrote:
    asq2 wrote:One has to admit, though, that he's a mighty fine troll.
    He certainly has a lot to say...

    Anyone can fire off an email to torsun.editor@sunmedia.ca and send them the link to the blog with their objections.

    It may get an apology...

    I think that's just for the toronto sun.

    For the editor in chief of the Ottawa Sun it's mike.therien@sunmedia.ca

    For the editor of the sports section it's tim.baines@sunmedia.ca

    But as I said, thank you all for your support in this. But please don't feel obliged to send any emails. I take solace in the fact that I know what kind of person I am, and I know what kind of person he is.
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by The Silfer Server on Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:36 pm

    Acrobat wrote:It would be interesting to see what would happen if it were forwarded to any or all of:
    - the online Sun "letters to the editor" - are those moderated?
    - the editor of the Sun or SunMedia, with a demand for an explanation from a group of us
    - the Ottawa Citizen
    - a radio station (Team 1200?)

    Or perhaps if it was flooded to Yahoo/Google/Craigslist/etc chat areas about media

    EDIT: I have very little patience or tolerance for abuse of position or power; it's a character flaw that colours everything else you do

    His blog and his subsequent posts actually breaks more than one of the site's 'rules'. It's really quite pathetic.
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by shabbs on Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:52 pm

    Well, for what it's worth, I flipped all those guys a note asking if this is the type of treatment people should expect from a SunMedia employee with a link to his blog.
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by The Silfer Server on Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:03 pm

    Thanks for that. I'm really curious to know if they get back to you.
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by shabbs on Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:04 pm

    Bass Destruction wrote:Thanks for that. I'm really curious to know if they get back to you.
    Stay tuned...
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by shabbs on Fri May 01, 2009 12:53 pm

    Well, I got a reply from Don Wilcox... here it is:


    Thanks for the email.
    I have to agree that this exchange got out of hand. While we encourage
    differences of opinions, and what I’ll call healthy debate, there is a
    line we don’t want either the site visitors or our staff to cross. This
    exchange degenerated and got personal, and while I’m not going to blame
    one or the other, we will discuss what happened and try to avoid a
    repeat in the future.
    Again, thanks for letting us know your concerns and for visiting the site.

    Don Wilcox
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    Mike Therien (SunMedia) was cc'd in his note.

    Take it for what it's worth... at least there's eyes on it now.
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Fri May 01, 2009 1:01 pm

    shabbs wrote:Well, I got a reply from Don Wilcox... here it is:


    Thanks for the email.
    I have to agree that this exchange got out of hand. While we encourage
    differences of opinions, and what I’ll call healthy debate, there is a
    line we don’t want either the site visitors or our staff to cross. This
    exchange degenerated and got personal, and while I’m not going to blame
    one or the other, we will discuss what happened and try to avoid a
    repeat in the future.
    Again, thanks for letting us know your concerns and for visiting the site.

    Don Wilcox
    Sr. Online Editor
    Ottawasun.com

    Mike Therien (SunMedia) was cc'd in his note.

    Take it for what it's worth... at least there's eyes on it now.

    Better these two than Tim "Everybody's Drinking Buddy" Baines.
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by The Silfer Server on Fri May 01, 2009 1:33 pm

    That was a very diplomatic answer on his part. Not much was said. But at least he answered and didn't ignore you. The only downside to this is that Don Brennan's posts will probably be taken down. It pleased me to know that he was being exposed for the person he actually is. Oh well, as of now they are still up.

    Thanks for that shabbs.
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by shabbs on Fri May 01, 2009 1:49 pm

    Bass Destruction wrote:That was a very diplomatic answer on his part. Not much was said. But at least he answered and didn't ignore you. The only downside to this is that Don Brennan's posts will probably be taken down. It pleased me to know that he was being exposed for the person he actually is. Oh well, as of now they are still up.

    Thanks for that shabbs.
    Here's a PDF of the blog as it was this morning...

    http://www.filefactory.com/file/age83bb/n/Don_Brennan_-_Off_The_Posts_-_Things_that_make_you_go_Shut_Up_pdf

    Enjoy...
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by Snuh on Fri May 01, 2009 3:06 pm

    I just started reading a book called "Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness". By Hunter S. Thompson

    Here's a quote from the book that I feel sums up Don Brennen and the rest of the yokels at the Ottawa Sun...

    “…I have described them [sportswriters] as “a rude and brainless
    subculture of fascist drunks” and “a gang of vicious monkeys jacking
    off in a zoo cage” and “more disgusting by nature than maggots oozing
    out of the carcass of a dead animal…” "...but they keep coming back for more, like pimps and real estate agents. I have explained many times that I am, by profession, a Gambler - not some jock-sniffing nerd or a hired squawk box with the brain of a one-celled animal. No. That would be you average career sportswriter..."
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by shabbs on Fri May 01, 2009 3:11 pm

    Snuh wrote:I just started reading a book called "Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness". By Hunter S. Thompson

    Here's a quote from the book that I feel sums up Don Brennen and the rest of the yokels at the Ottawa Sun...

    “…I have described them [sportswriters] as “a rude and brainless
    subculture of fascist drunks” and “a gang of vicious monkeys jacking
    off in a zoo cage” and “more disgusting by nature than maggots oozing
    out of the carcass of a dead animal…” "...but they keep coming back for more, like pimps and real estate agents. I have explained many times that I am, by profession, a Gambler - not some jock-sniffing nerd or a hired squawk box with the brain of a one-celled animal. No. That would be you average career sportswriter..."
    Hilarious!
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Fri May 01, 2009 3:55 pm

    CheapShots is quite a character.
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    Re: CheapShots Brennan Drunken Rant

    Post by The Silfer Server on Fri May 01, 2009 4:00 pm

    Snuh wrote:I just started reading a book called "Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness". By Hunter S. Thompson

    Here's a quote from the book that I feel sums up Don Brennen and the rest of the yokels at the Ottawa Sun...

    “…I have described them [sportswriters] as “a rude and brainless
    subculture of fascist drunks” and “a gang of vicious monkeys jacking
    off in a zoo cage” and “more disgusting by nature than maggots oozing
    out of the carcass of a dead animal…” "...but they keep coming back for more, like pimps and real estate agents. I have explained many times that I am, by profession, a Gambler - not some jock-sniffing nerd or a hired squawk box with the brain of a one-celled animal. No. That would be you average career sportswriter..."

    That's a great passage!! I've never read anything by Hunter S Thompson, but I've heard great things. This definitely lives up to the great things i've heard about him.

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