Quotes from Chris and Mike of Covered in Oil on the OilersNation comment area, who hit it ON THE SPOT:
What Dave said, and what I think:
Lastly, I want to clarify something for the people who have encouraged me to keep fighting the good fight, or some variation thereof. Though I appreciate your sentiments, to me keeping on is fighting the wrong fight. I understand the issues related to bloggers, their value and their growing importance in the media world. As Matt at BoA (here) so eloquently put it, though, that's not the drum I'm interested in beating. I respect the fact that the Oilers are a private organization who are free to issue their press passes to whoever they see fit. While I'm disappointed with their stance on bloggers, I also respect the fact that I violated their rules, even if I wasn't the only one to do it. What I don't respect is the fact that I was treated as someone acting maliciously or underhandedly; as I explained in an e-mail to the person I dealt with, I would have hoped the fact I was nothing but apologetic and cooperative was some indication of good will on my part. Naivete may not be an excuse, but it's an explanation, and at no point did it seem to me like the organization was interested in hearing even that. You're free to disagree with me all you want on this, but I feel a pretty good measure of character is how you act when you're in a position of power, and to me they acted with irrationality and pettiness; had they reacted with even a hint of either magnanimity or grace, I would have had no problem, even if their final decision was to revoke the pass.He's right about one thing: it's not about getting retribution or fighting the system or anything silly or revolutionary. It's about fairness in action; in policy; in countenance - I think this is the least any human being can expect from another human being.
- Taken from CiO
Sports bloggers everywhere are talking about what happened to Dave Berry from CiO. Hockey fans from far away as Pittsburgh, Washington, L.A., and Tampa Bay have picked up on the story. This only further reveals the hypocrisy of the action of the Rexall "GestapOil" employee(s) who were involved and/or called the shots on Dave. Some non-hockey blogs have even picked it up.
To reiterate: this is not a call-to-arms; this is not a bunch of disgruntled bloggers yearning for a fight against our team (God no, anybody who would suggest it would be nuts). No, this is asking for what is fair for someone who has worked hard for what he has achieved and didn't deserve what he got instead.
And remember Oilers' bloggers, you could be next.
Here are some links to further coverage of the story I fished off other blogs:
Hot Oil - I don't want the press pass and other musings - here - and here
Jean Shorts and Bagged Milk - here and here
Oilblobosphere - here
AOL Sports - NHL Fanbase - here
Deadspin - The Edmonton Oilers Will Not Tolerate Your Live-Blogging Shenanigans - here
Yahoo Sports - Puck Daddy - here
The Blueland Chronicle -Oilers Brass are Petty Bureaucratic Tyrants - here
Edmonton Journal - David Staples: Cult of Hockey - here
On Frozen Blog - Caps and Oilers More Than A Conference Apart - here
Barry Melrose Rocks - here
Black Dog Hates Skunks - A High School Party Game - here
Pension Plan Puppets - Rallying the Base - here
Five Hole Fanatics - All class, all the time - here
Sabretooth's House - Covered in Controversy - here
Out Of Left Field - Covered In Oil embargo: The screwballs have spoken - here
Still No Name - Because sports blogging is serious business - here
The Program - This one hits hard... - here
Here Come the Bruins! - Oilers: "Fans are just not that important to us." - here
This quote is taken from Covered in Oil and I think is the shortest, most concise representation about why fans are offended and why bloggers are essential to small-market teams like our Edmonton Oilers:
Cliffster said...Cliffster is right about one thing: sponsored articles are usually mundane, unchallenging and are not accountable to fans. Bloggers usually get the short end of the stick because most of them are anonymous. But nonetheless, we are more or less accountable to each other and to the teams we love: not out of duty, but out of respect. Respect should be mutual.
For some reason, I'm not all that surprised given the NHL's ineptitude when it comes to connecting with it's fans. The reality is that bloggers reflect the views of the fans for the most part, and don't churn out the same mundane articles that we get from MSM. Good on you for keeping the blog rolling.
And one more thing, WE ARE the MSM.