Proof readers need not apply

It would be nice if the Strib decided to be competent enough to print articles without clear errors.  Unfortunately they have corrected on-line, but here it is.

 NBA interest in the Twin Cities is at its lowest point in the 19 seasons since the league re-emerged here with the expansion Timberwolves in the fall of 1989.

In print today, that paragraph ended …fall of 1999.  Nice job folks.

On to his point of lowest level of interest.  Hmmm, well lets see.  We lost the Lakers, eventually got a new team the T-Wolves.  So getting a new team created excitement even if they weren’t good.  Then we got KG, one of the best players, who worked hard and was a decent fellow.  Even after they got to the Western Conference championships and then had some crappy years, we still got to see KG wear a T-Wolf uniform, probably what Packer fans thought of seeing Farve play (in the couple of seasons prior to last one).  Well they aren’t very good, KG is gone, and well, I would rather do something else.

Reusse (who I have never liked) goes on to talk about the NBA All-Star game.

As of Monday evening, TNT still had not provided information on its ratings for Sunday night’s All-Star Game.

Presumably, the Twin Cities claimed its usual place for the NBA — in the bottom few among the 56 metered markets. If so, those hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans who were involved with other entertainment missed some remarkable athletic prowess.

The first half was a demonstration of layups, lobs and dunks, of course, making it as nonsensical and non-physical as the Pro Bowl or the NHL All-Star Game. This continued for much of the third quarter, and then these two squads filled with immense talent set about trying to win the game.

The West came back from a 16-point deficit and took the lead, only to have Boston’s Ray Allen bring back the East with his magnificent shooting for a 134-128 victory.

First point, it was on TNT.  If you want a better reason for poor numbers for NBA ratings, don’t look much further than this.  I haven’t had cable since June 2000.  So this basketball fan is limited to NBA games shown locally of the less than stellar T-Wolves (I did appreciate it in the good years), or the Sunday games on ABC which are dominate by teams I don’t care that much about.  But the killer for me, is come playoff time most of the games are only on cable.  So guess what, I don’t get into the playoffs unless my team is doing well.

Second point, Reusse points out that the game has little meaning.  That it is like watching some freaking peacocks strut their stuff.  Not what I am looking for in a game.

But if that wasn’t enough for you Reusse acknowledges gambling is the biggest excitement for many people.

The most-intriguing number for the All-Star Game is where the over-and-under lands. On Sunday, the betting number was 262 1/2 points and the total finished at 262.

A local fellow who facilitates wagers on athletic contests said: “This is the only game all year in any sport where there’s more action on the over-and-under than the winner and loser. Everybody had the over, making it a good night for your neighborhood bookmaker.”

Yes, who do you turn to find out what the excitement in the game is, check out you local neighborhood bookie.  Maybe you can check with a pimp about new ideas for the bedroom.


Another winning letter to the editor in the Strib

Saturday brought us another special letter to the editor.

False feeling of safety

So churches can legally ban guns (Star Tribune, Feb. 6). Who cares? This is just evidence of a lack of common sense. Bans and signs only make the innocent more vulnerable. Evidently, the occasional criminal tends to ignore these bans and signs, again and again.


While, Mr. Silus has a point, that if someone wanted to come and shoot a lot of people, they wouldn’t pay attention to the sign.  So that church goers not packing heat increases the danger if a shooter comes in a blazing because they can’t put the shooter down themselves.

What I suspect is that what we have here are contradictory libertarian points of view.  The right to carry guns, to protect oneself any where you go, versus the right of property owners, the church, to limit what visitors may bring on their property.  This is one instance where I am very supportive of the property rights crowd.

When you think of religious buildings as a sanctuary, then you see that their win is even more important than Mr. Silus’ criticism as they are staying true to their core beliefs.


Oops at the Strib

If you read the paper copy (they fixed it on-line) of the Strib today, you will see a huge mistake on the front page above the fold. Here is the headline,

Obama gets 3-state weep, but deadlock unbroken

He swept Washington, Nevada and Louisiana. In the GOP, Mick Huckabee defeated John McCain in Kansas and Louisiana.

Wasn’t the Nevada caucus back in January, like January 19th? Oh yeah it was, actually the article goes on to talk about the results in Nebraska, which happened on February 9th.

Whether you think the Strib is liberal or conservative, it is clear that they need help on editing and layout.