Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mark Purdy, the embarrassment of the South Bay

As has been reported by various hockey outlets, San Jose Mercury News "reporter," Mark Purdy (he of the "Our Beloved Los Tiburones" infamy), has penned yet another article in which he ignores the logic of those he quotes, and instead stomps forward with an embarrassing display of faux-journalism. What is his argument? The San Jose Sharks play better in the Los Angeles Kings' Staples Center because it is quiet. In of itself, perhaps not a TERRIBLE hypothesis (even if it's a bit rude to put it into print, and furthermore not accurate in my opinion)... but Purdy's myopia leads him to ignore what he quotes from the San Jose Sharks themselves on the subject.

How tough a place is Staples to play, really? How noisy?

"I would put it in the middle of the pack," Sharks forward Ryane Clowe said.

He was being generous.

Ryane Clowe basically negates Purdy's premise, but Purdy not only ignores him, but supplies MORE quotes that negate his premise. Thank goodness he's only a "journalist" and not a prosecutor; his "evidence" would support the defense he's working against.

For example =

"I think that had more to do with the guys we were playing against than with the home ice," said Clowe.

"The Kings are a strong defensive team," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "I don't think it had anything to do with the building."

It is painfully obvious to those that read Purdy regularly (which I don't recommend) that the players and organization do not care for him. McLellan and the players know the difference between Purdy and his outstanding colleague, David Pollak: the former has shown a brash dedication to ripping on the Sharks (when he can't rip on the opposing fans' arenas), while the latter has quietly built a solid reputation as an even-minded Sharks journalist to whom the Sharks like talking.

Hopefully the Mercury News removes this sorry excuse for a reporter, so OUR BELOVED LOS TIBURONES and their fans can focus on the game of hockey rather than needless embarrassments that misrepresent our dedicated fanbase.

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