The Difference Between A Blog & A Story?

By TSM

If you follow me on twitter then today you would have noticed I linked to a great blog post by Damien Cox on the current state of the NHL collective bargaining act process. In that tweet, I suggested that readers skip to the end of the post and then count up 5 paragraphs to start reading, that’s where, in my opinion the good stuff starts.

Here are the last 5 paragraphs from the blog:

“Here are the dynamics that really matter. The NHL knows it can cancel months of play and the fans will just come back and pay higher ticket prices. It also knows that Bettman can keep the owners together, and keep them quiet.

The players, on the other hand, know they caved last time – actually, they turned on one another – which is why they went out and hired Don Fehr. This time, then, they know they have to prove they won’t cave or betray each other, that they have unity and can stay unified, and to do that Fehr needs to keep them off the job for a while. The league will only believe the players will stick together if they stick together when they’re not getting paid.

What this means, folks, is that we’re probably two months away, or maybe three, from serious talks really beginning. The first 20 games of the season, barring something dramatic, are already gone. What gets “offered” today will have little or no bearing on what the final deal looks like.

Oh, there will be lots of rhetoric. Predictable stuff. Hopefully, people have learned by now that this isn’t a popularity contest or an election, and whether public sentiment is with the owners or the players (it’s always with the owners) it won’t matter a whit as far as how long the league’s doors will be shut.

So set your calendar for Nov. 1 and check back in then. If there’s some shocking breakthrough before then, it’ll surprise everyone.”

It’s good stuff, in my mind, because it accurately reflects exactly where we are in the process and the likely scenario under which things will occur.

What’s odd, is that I am now looking at the Toronto Star’s website and there is an article by Damien on the same subject. Paper imitating blog?

Here are the last 5 paragraphs of the article:

“Here are the dynamics that really matter. The NHL knows it can cancel months of play and the fans will just come back and pay higher ticket prices. It also knows that Bettman can keep the owners together, and keep them quiet.

The players, on the other hand, know they caved last time — actually, they turned on one another — which is why they went out and hired Don Fehr. This time, then, they know they have to prove they won’t cave or betray each other, that they have unity and can stay unified, and to do that Fehr needs to keep them off the job for a while. The league will only believe the players will stick together if they stick together when they’re not getting paid.

What this means, folks, is that we’re probably two months away, or maybe three, from serious talks really beginning. The first 20 games of the season, barring something dramatic, are already gone. What gets “offered” today will have little or no bearing on what the final deal looks like.

Oh, there will be lots of rhetoric. Predictable stuff. Hopefully, people have learned by now that this isn’t a popularity contest or an election, and whether public sentiment is with the owners or the players (it’s always with the owners) it won’t matter a whit as far as how long the league’s doors will be shut.

So set your calendar for Nov. 1 and check back in then. If there’s some shocking breakthrough before then, it’ll surprise everyone.”

Seem familiar?

I thought the whole purpose of The Spin, Damien’s blog was to differentiate from that which will appear in the paper. The entire story is an identical copy.

Years back, TSN.ca used to post stories that were apparently written by some of there on air talent. Apparently is the operative word here as the truth was that the written word was nothing more than the transcribed version of a segment that personality did for TV.

As I said to start, when I read the blog, I thought it was a really good and accurate post. The Star isn’t the only outlet to do this. Personally I think it’s cheating the loyal fans who go to the site and read both the blog and the story. Reward your loyal audience, don’t piss them off.

Any ideas for question of the weekend?

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Alex
Alex
August 10, 2012 12:54 am

canadian flag bearer?

has olympics overshadowed build-up to NFL and EPL seasons?

silliness of Toronto/Buffalo Olympic bid story?

mike in boston
mike in boston
August 10, 2012 8:38 am

why are you pointing fingers at the Star rather than Cox? Do you doubt that it was his decision to submit it in both places?

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