Greetings from Norman, Oklahoma home of the Oklahoma Sooners who will play their spring game this Saturday at 2 pm which will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest. Yep...I'm attending if I can do a kick out from this bug that I brought home from NOLA. With that said, lets stop burning daylight...
The polarizing Nancy Grace of HLN really was made to look ill informed and poorly prepared by her staff Wednesday night on her report of the death of the Ultimate Warrior. So much erroneous info was reported as fact that I actually felt bad for her. I'd like to believe that Ms Grace is not a mean person but she let down by her producers and research people notwithstanding those who wrote her script for her teleprompter.
For Ms Grace to implicate Owen Hart into any drug or steroid scandal is egregious and appalling.
Pro wresting/sports entertainment is given little credit by the mainstream news media and, as we have seen, seemingly the only time the genre is mentioned is when there is a tragedy. I never heard anyone talking about the economic impact that WrestleMania had on NOLA or the hundreds of Make A Wish interactions that are granted, the work WWE does with the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer organization, the support done in conjunction with the United States Armed Forces, among other great causes.
Good news isn't news in today's society or so it seems. That's truly a damn shame.
Ms Grace was made to look incompetent by her own people who seemingly relied on old info for the thrust of their story on Warrior and apparently did little new research on the sports entertainment world as it exists today.
I'd like to say that I'm surprised by I'm not. Sensationalistic, controversial journalism is what sells and 'selling' IE ratings is all that matters when it comes to TV news on virtually every network.
Same goes for Colin Cowherd of ESPN who has had the basic same stance on pro wrestling since he became a shock jock-like TV character on ESPN. Cowherd plays the role of a broadcasting antagonist on television, IE a heel, and he can't be positive about 'rasslin' or show compassion for a dead man's family as it would apparently adversely affect his show biz persona.
Cowherd is a talented guy and likely a decent man but his pro wresting bias act is getting old and stale and comparing today's product to the tragedies of a decade or two ago isn't good journalism and make Cowherd look like he's grasping for ratings with heat seeking remarks.
I've updated the Q&A's here on the site for those that enjoy reading them.
Tickets for RINGSIDE: An Evening with Jim Ross show coming to Toronto are selling well at ticketmaster.ca. The big night is Friday May 9 with doors at the Danforth Music Hall opening at 8 pm for the 9 pm show. The VIP meet and Greet will be prior to the show and VIP tickets are very limited. This show is suitable for all age groups and is the night before the ballyhooed ROH-New Japan wrestling event in TO at the Ted Reeves Arena which I plan on attending as a fan.
There will be JR's products at the Toronto show that you will be able to take home with you. Bring a friend and let's have a great time Friday May 9 at the Danforth Music Hall. ticketmaster.ca.
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