Wednesday, October 11, 2006

You Can All Relax, It's Just Cory Lidle

Sometimes, I swear, posts just fall into my lap. Take today for instance, as I’m at the gym and all of a sudden CNN cuts in with “Breaking News!” Apparently someone flew a plane into a building in New York. No further details were given, but that did not stop the people on TV from stopping whatever they were reporting and discussing the possible ramifications of this event. Nor did it stop the crowd now glued to the TV. “I told you something was gonna happen soon!” one person said. “Oh, God, not again,” moaned another. The Nasdaq did an immediate nosedive, people began hoarding supplies and George Bush was mulling over what new country to use this as an excuse to invade. It’s Muslim Terrorists! It’s the North Koreans! It’s Al Qaeda! It’s…..a relief pitcher?

Yes, folks, you can all put your money back in the stock market and come out of your bomb shelters now. Apparently this new apocalyptic event was nothing more than a New York Yankee going home for the off-season who lost control of his plane. I swear to fucking God, has it gotten so bad in this country that every time some poor guy who just got his pilot’s license manages to run himself into a standing structure we all think the world is going to end? See, this is exactly what I’m talking about when I say that we all really overreacted to 9/11. Had we all just gone “Wow, that sucks, what’s on TV tonight?” perhaps it would not cause the stock market to plunge whenever a plane crashes. Usually it’s not terrorists. Usually it’s a guy who doesn’t know how to fly.

But what’s worse than the ridiculous panic and paranoia that so many in this country exhibit about terrorism is the fact that the media gives so much attention to anything having to do with New York. You think if Cory Lidle played for the Astros and flew his plane into some high-rise in Houston it would garner all-night news coverage? Fuck no, it wouldn’t. It would be a story, and certainly a big deal on ESPN and on the local news in Houston. But I doubt CNN would have continuing coverage of the “Disaster in Texas.” I cerainly don't recall that for the Cleveland Indians boating disaster of 1993 which killed not 1 but 2 Major League pitchers. Since it’s New York, the media assumes it is a national story. Here’s a little piece of information those of you who have never lived outside the northeast may not be privy to: The rest of the country does not give a rats ass what’s going on in your city, no matter what Katie Couric says.

It’s snowing in New York? Wow, in other news it’s raining in Seattle. Your Bus Drivers are on strike? And this affects your average San Diegan how exactly? They might fire the manager of your baseball team? Wow, I don’t know if you realized but the team that kicked your ass is still playing and is a hell of a lot more interesting than what George Steinbrenner and Joe Torre talked about on the phone. So stop talking about New York for crying out loud. The rest of us don’t care.

Quick, who is the mayor of Los Angeles? I have no idea either. And it’s the second biggest fucking city in America. How about DC, our nation’s capitol? Or Miami? Exactly. Now who were the last four mayors of New York? Bloomberg, Giuliani Dinkins and Koch. Maybe I’m missing one, but it is a sad, sad fact that I can name them and not the last four mayors of any of the four cities I have lived in over my life. And you know why? Because New York is shoved down my throat at every given opportunity. All of America knew about Rudy cheating on his wife even before he was Mr. 9/11. And the guy is totally irrelevant to the other 95% of the country. I grew up a Seattle Mariners fan and right now I can’t name four guys in their starting lineup. But I can go four deep on the bench if you ask me about the Yankees. The list goes on and on, but like it or not, I know way more about New York than I should about any city in which I have spent a total of MAYBE four weeks in my entire life.

My point today is this: Let’s stop giving so much damn attention to everything that happens in New York, and lets stop freaking out every time we think there is even the slightest hint of a terrorist attack. If it happens, it happens, but the way the terrorists win is when we start acting light a bunch of scared little babies every time something weird goes on. I’m winning the war on terror by not really giving them much attention, and joking about their attempts to rattle this country. That’s how you beat bullies, you know: By ignoring their actions and making them feel like an incompetent joke. I suggest America try the same. You can all guess what T shirt I’ll be wearing tomorrow. If for no other reason than to let everyone know that I really couldn’t give two shits what happens in New York, and that they need to stop letting the terrorists win by taking everything so goddamned seriously.

59 Comments:

At 8:40 PM, Anonymous rumandpopcorn said...

I knew this post was coming as soon they pre-empted "Around the Horn" on ESPN for breaking news coverage of this. I was actually thinking of writing something similar myself, but then, I knew you would be all over it.

I used to agree a whole lot more that New York is overcovered by the national media. Then I saw the low ratings for last year's World Series compared to the ones with the Red Sox and Yankees in previous years, and I figured out why:

There are just a lot more people here and it's good for business. Networks aren't charities. If they didn't thnk there was a dollar in overcovering New York and the Northeast, they wouldn't do it. It's not bias, it's not convenience, it's not elitist attitudes. It's dollars and cents. There are a lot of us and comparatively less of you. Sorry.

I am definitely annoyed by the fact that all these announcers and former players are acting like they gave two shits about a slightly-above average pitcher who often shot his mouth off (he threw the Yankee manager under the bus after the playoffs), who, you're right, if he was on the Indians, you would never hear about.

 
At 8:49 PM, Blogger Tara said...

I didn't think it was a terrorist attack, it was a small plane and unfortunately small planes have flown into buildings before.

I can see, however, how people nearby would get freaked out about it because of the explosion and all.

A few years ago when some of the Northeastern states had that huge blackout, people blamed the terrorists on that too.

 
At 8:54 PM, Anonymous kissmyasswhitedade said...

Fuck you Dade...your lame white ass can stay in hickville Florida!!! Us New Yorkers don't need your sympathy...we flush our toilets and you drink our sewage. That is all you are good for...DOUCHEBAG!!!!

 
At 9:12 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

here here WD! I am so sick of people telling me how great NY....if it's so great why does it smell like pee everywhere?

 
At 10:19 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

There are a couple of reasons that NYC gets more media attention than the rest of the nation.

First of all, all of the major networks home offices are in New York. People are always more interested in what is happening at home than a thousand miles away and since the media lives there, that is what they are mostly interested it.
Second NYC is the largest city in the U.S. Chances are that since it is so much larger, it will receive a larger share of news coverage on averages vs. Kansas City or Houston.
I am tired of all of the terrorist fear that has been shoved down our throats by the media. Unfortunately it isn't going to change. It is considered to be a major concern in NYC which means that we are going to hear about it for a long, long time.

 
At 10:40 PM, Anonymous The Diabolical said...

/Stands behind WD, pointing at NYC.

Yeah!.... YEAH!

/Continues pointing.

YEAH!!!

 
At 10:55 PM, Anonymous kissmyasswhitedade said...

well Melissa, I think it smells like pee in your mouth. Why don't you leave the cornfields of wherever the hell you are from and actually get your facts straight about New York.

The truth is, I don't have to defend the city. Say what you will, but New York continues to be better than wherever you are from and there is no place like it.

 
At 11:17 PM, Anonymous La Raza said...

Antonio Villaroigosa, WD, he's mexican. Thought you'd like that.

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger angel, jr. said...

I have a friend who lives in New York and lives breathes, eats, shits, drinks, farts, cries, laughs, screams, grows New York. She honestly thinks that no other city exists. It pisses me off so much so that the very sound of her voice makes a pain pierce through my brain.
She refuses to watch anything having to do with the towers because the pain is still unbearable.

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Ashburnite said...

ugh.. I was in the gym last night, and ESPN was on....instead of just touching on the story, then continuing to actual sports coverage, it's all they talked about. I now know more about Cory Lidle than I care to.

 
At 10:55 AM, Anonymous lauren said...

you hit the nail on the head with this one.

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger minijonb said...

I agree that we shouldn't freak out at every little thing thinking it's a terrorist attack. You're spot on with that. And I've got my own issues with NYC, but there are plenty of historic and current issues why that city will always be at the forefront of the nation's consciousness. You can name the last 4 mayors of NYC for a good reason. You could probably do it for Chicago if they weren't all named Daley =;-) But enough about NYC vs. Chicago vs. Miami or any other city. NYC has special status... and it always will.

 
At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

I'm working on some other t-shirts for you. You may or may not like them, buuuuuuuut I'm guessing you will.

New York, I can't form a real opinion since I've never actually been there. I hope to make it there and see what all the fuss is about. The fuss is often overplayed or unfounded, and I agree with you on that Dizzade. I watched a program the other day about LA and they mentioned the mayor there, he's hispanic. Seattle, Nickels, Schell, Rice, Royer. Before Royer I draw a blank. Oh and Mariners, Ichiro, Beltre, Sexson, and a bunch of other hispanics. Now you know. Have a nice day.

 
At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New York gets more coverage because it is one of the biggest cities in the world. This is true with anything in life.

An "A" list movie star gets more coverage then a "C" list star because the "A" lister has a bigger image. Most people don't care what happens in Houston because the city will most likely never be the target of a terrorist attack. They attacked NYC because it is a financial and social giant compared to other cities.

And please don't say not other parts of the country freak out when it comes to fear. FLORIDA residents raid then local Home Depot if the wind blows the wrong way. Floridians are known for overreacting when it comes to hurricanes. WHY? Because Florida has been hit by a major storm before just like NYC has been hit by an attack.

And trust me NYC residents don't care what other people think. In fact, go up there White Dade with that shirt on and see how much they care.

Or you can still hide in Miami and post lame messages on a blog.

I was starting to like your posts but now you are right back to square 1. Your ignorance becomes clearer everyday.

ANON1

 
At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cory Lidle was not well like by people in baseball. He was a replacement player and a former teammate said the only thing he cared about was flying his plane and gambling. Another teammate said he was a lazy bum who could only work 5 innings a game.

People die every day and what pisses me off is that memorials that are popping up all over ESPN and CNNSI.

Better people then Cory Lidle died yesterday and you will never hear their names.

ANON1

 
At 1:47 PM, Anonymous florida hater said...

Firstly, you're an idiot for your perspectives on 9/11.

Secondly, you're adding to the NY hype with this post.

And thirdly, you're adding to that unfound New York superiority complex, so thanks.

 
At 2:03 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

kissmyasswhitedade, if you "don't have to defend the city" then why are you so angry about the post or the comments? I live no where near cornfields and you sound like every other ass I've met that's "from New York" even though you're probably from Jersey or grew up "right out side the city"....that's crap and you can EAT A DICK!

 
At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa,

It is sad that you have to bring your insecurities and problems with life on to a usless blog by attacking and classifying people. I am from New Jersey and proudly tell people where I was born but I do not classify people based on where they live.

It is also sad that you have city envy due to the fact that NYC would chew you up and spit you out. I run circles around people in Florida because they are not used to the intensity of the Northeast.

Stop hating.

ANON1

 
At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha-ha. She told you to "Eat a dick."

That's hilarious. And it makes you look like a fat, nelly douchebag, Kissmyasswhitedade.

 
At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and for the record Anon1, people from New Jersey are ignorant trash. Now go back to your home at Love Canal and die of Cancer like your Mom did.

 
At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post along with that shirt seems like being politicially incorrect and contrarian just for its own sake. You can do better than that, dude. Always going for the politically incorrect reaction can become just as predictable as always saying the politically correct thing after a while.

That shirt makes me sad, to be honest. I'm trying to imagine shirts mocking Pearl Harbor making the rounds in 1941.

 
At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"T", you nailed it. Great comment.

ANON- I am ignorant yet you tell people to die of cancer. That makes a lot of sense.

You truly are a sad human being.

 
At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And for the record, ANONYMOUS this piece of trash could probably buy you ten times over.

Look at your two figure bank account before opening your mouth.

Now go tell Mom you want that grilled cheese on wheat.

 
At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANON1, you proved my point. You're ignorant. I'm just mean, but I'm smart - there's a big difference.

Viz:

ig‧no‧rant  /ˈɪgnərənt/ Pronunciation[ig-ner-uhnt] Pronunciation –adjective

1. lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.

2. lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact: ignorant of quantum physics.

3. uninformed; unaware.

4. due to or showing lack of knowledge or training: an ignorant statement.

That would be you, ANON1. Now go cry into your glowing pillow.

 
At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the average san diegan is reading up on whales' vaginas.

 
At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hah. That shut you up good, ANON1. And for the record, I highly doubt you could buy me "ten times over."

Noveau riche Bridge n' Tunnel Trash can't buy old New York money. Now scamper along and play with the young Gottis. Enjoy your hi-tops and your hairgel and your plated "bling."

God, it's fun to spar wtih you. Except the more people do it, the more we realize that you're just a scummy little douchebag with a book of stock phrases, "I'll buy you." "I'll beat you up."

I think it's cute.

 
At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah that shut me up good. You copied and pasted a definition. WOW!

Smart, I doubt that. As for as money goes, we can compare that anytime.

Funny how you hide now because this is probably one of the old bloggers that I battled with.

And I am almost on the ground with your old money comment. The $20.00 you hid in a jar and buried last year does not count as old money.

And you pretty much define ignorance.

 
At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The more "we" realiaze..."

Who are we?? You and your blogger crew?

ANON1

 
At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

::yawn:: I'm bored with you now. You're too stupid to argue with, so I'm making this my last entry re: this amusing but tiresome little exchange.

That said, it's nice to see that you're both ignorant AND a follower of the "do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do" school (re: posting comments anonymously, you pussy.)

Your $20.00 thrust-and-parry was on par with something I might have heard on the playground in 5th grade. Still, kudos to you for trying. The old adage is, "You're only a failure if you don't try." While I disagree with that adage, maybe it'll be of some comfort to you as you pass yet another rage-and-hatefilled night alone, cursing God for making you a social pariah.

And no, I've never dealt with you before, but I've seen how you operate, and I wanted to get my digs in before you give yourself apoplexy.

It's been fun, but now I'm tired of you. I'd be almost tempted to check in and see how I "Define ignorance," but... I'm not going to, because It'll be yet another nonsensical and vitriolic response, and then I'll be mad at myself for having sparred with such an unworthy, and stupid opponent.

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger White Dade said...

R & P - Yes, it is the biggest city, but the rest of the country still outnumbers it by a LOT. that is to say, cover stuff of NATIONAL interest. Like I said, nobody in the rest of the country (290 million or so people) care about stories about New York, You see what I'm saying?

Tara - Peoepl are going to start blaming hurricanes on terrorsts soon.

KMYWD - Ah, Hickville? Last time I checked I was from nowhere near the Panhandle.

Melissa - PIss smells like roses to New Yorkers, apparently.

Rachel - Thaty is my theory for the excessive NY hype too. Ans, again, they fail to realize that nobody else cares.

Diabolical - Hide behind me anytime.

KMAWD - I like this comment a lot more becasue it really does echo how most people in that city think. And thaty's fine by me. Just don't shove it down my throat.

La Raza - Way to look that one up.

Angel - If her voice drives you nuts, why is she still your firned? Just curious.

Ash - Yeah. Altohugh on ESPN I can see it being a big deal since it is a sports story. But CNN? C'mon!

Lauren - Thanks

Mini - Yeah. Special in a short bus sort of way.

Joe - You know more about Seattle than anyone I know. Seriously. So thanks for the information. I had Nickels and Rice and that was it.

Anon1 - I have riped on Floridians for fraking out about hurricanes many, many, many, many times. I did a whole post on it right before Rainy Day Ernesto. And I go to New York plenty, and have plenty of friends there. You only seem to like it when I rip on women. Rip on anyone else and I am a racist, ignorant fuck. It's realyl all the same, just the targets are different.

Anon1 - But at the same time you partially agree with me. I love it!

FH - I do realize the irony of adding to the hype. Much like I did with Jenn Sterger. However, my opinions on 9/11 do not make me an idiot. Contrarian, as T pointed out, perhaps, but not an idiot. You cannot say I'm an idiot becasue I was not ver affected. Insensitive, perhaps.

Melissa - You've got to use some food next time.

T - You may be onto something there, but it is more a backlash than contrarianism. When you are told that the whole country feels a certain way on a dialy basis, part of you wants to say, no, not really. I wasn't mortified or enraged or even all that surprised at 9/11. but everyone kept telling me I was. I would have bought the shirt myself, but it was actualyl a gift from a friend of mine serving in Iraq. Yeah, a lot of the people dying in response to America's "rage" feel the same way I do. Culture in 1941 was very different than it is today.

Anon - Yes, T did nail it. Outstanding comment, again, T.

Anon1 - As I've told you I enjoy your banter in the comments box, but when you start braggin about your money you lose all credibility. That is almost as tasteless as bragging about sex. Please keep it on topic, or at least on personally directed attacks.

DMBMEG - I thought there was so much more to do there.

Anon1 - I believe "we" refers to anyone taking the time to read this extensive comments box.

Anon - I do love a good fencing analogy. Touche!

 
At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dade,

Props for the comments. I would like to see you go to NYC with "the shirt" on.

As far as the imposter ANONYMOUS, you just threw in the towel so guess what?

"I win."

I guess you have no response to your old money that you bragged about.

Unless your last name is Rockefeller you have nothing to say about old money. And sorry I don't proofread my spelling and grammar, I do have a job.

ANON1

 
At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Playtah said...

CNN would be justified in reporting it if there had been more to this story...like,

"Today Cory Lidle flew his plane into a NY high rise, tragically killing himself and his instructor. Other casualties include: two rare albino tiger cubs and a nest of spotted owl eggs (both groups were in the cargo hold of the plane), the Pope, Osama Bin Ladin, and Ashton Kutcher (all of whom were in the high rise apartment for a Partylite party), and one late 12th century Ming vase, whose value was estimated at $3.1 million. Wreckage from the plane hit the street below, killing 2 nuns, 15 orphans, and a puppy name Bowser who had just been neutered."

Now THAT'S a story.

 
At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A MLB baseball player dying in a plan crash is a story. Sorry, but CNN will report that.

They should do a story on bloggers who contact other's blogger's ISP providers and tell on them. Now that would be a story.

Or they could do a story on the amount of bloggers who lack any comedic talent.

ANON1

 
At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Playtah said...

Bitter, are we?

 
At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bitter no. Astounded at the fact that people would spend time reporting a blogger for posting the obvious, a little.

I stick to Dade's website because he deals with his critics well. He doesn't act like a little baby when people don't agree with him. The two bloggers who I will not name who tried to "report" me failed. If you don't want people to call you ugly, don't post a pic. If you don't want conflict, don't attack someone first.

I know it must suck to wake up every day and have a blog be the most important thing in your life.

ANON1

 
At 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I dig the Yoda dialect. Not funny, you are. Get a life, you must.

 
At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Playtah said...

Lol.

 
At 5:45 PM, Blogger White Dade said...

Could one of you two (or both) email me and hip me this whole fiasco? I looked over Playtah's blog and saw nothing about an ISP address. Or yoga dialect. Am I missing something?

 
At 6:21 PM, Anonymous la raza said...

I didn't have to look it up, I live in lA. But I'd bet you 90% of white trash out there don't know Bloomberg either.

 
At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh no, not these 2 anonymouses again ruining it for the rest of us GOOD anonymouses!

 
At 5:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Dade, I realized something. This is America and you have the right to your opinion. Even though I don't agree with you a lot you still have the right to say what you want.

The problem with most blogs is people edit them to their liking. I respect you Dade because you leave the comments as they are and take the criticism.

I will continue to read your blog but in the future I will be more respectful of your right to think differently.

ANON1

 
At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANON1 -

That is something that really made me like WD's blog. I don't agree with all of it, but I do respect how he leaves every post and response up, regardless of whether it goes over well or blows up in his face. So many bloggers are oversensitive drama queens, so it's cool to see someone who mans up and can handle criticism.

 
At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

T,

I agree. I had an issue where a blogger posted my ISP and e-mailed my ISP provider stating that I had threatened them when in reality all I said was my opinion. I think this type of behvaior is childish and doesn't belong on the Web. Some blogs are not funny or interesting and that's just the truth.

People who can't handle negative feedback shouldn't post.

And people who post people's IP address and send false information to one's ISP provider should be shunned by the blogging community.

ANON1

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger copyranter said...

I felt bad for laughing out loud when Bloomberg said during his press conference that he didn't believe it wasn't related to terrorism. but it was just a kneejerk reaction to utter ridculousness.

 
At 10:23 AM, Blogger Hops said...

Do you think Lidle would have gotten as much coverage if he was a Met?

Also, Love Canal is near Buffalo, not Jersey. Even upstate NY contamination is way more chic than NJ!

 
At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Playtah said...

Lol...I like it when people can disagree on a topic and keep it civil, rather than resorting to insults or offering to fight that person if they're ever in their neighborhood. The bragging about money is just an added bonus.

 
At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMFAO. This coming from someone who e-mailed my ISP provider and said I was threatening them. Are you serious Playtah?

I would put it to rest and admit what you did.

 
At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Playtah said...

Lol. You are the comedic fun of my day.

 
At 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I can just post the link to your comments on Rachel's blog and everyone can see what you did.

 
At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Playtah said...

**pokes badger with spoon**


The funniest part is that you believed it.

 
At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I confirmed it.

 
At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And life must suck if the only thing you can write about on your blog is plastic forks.

 
At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Playtah said...

Plastic forks rule.

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. I am done with you. A picture says 1000 words but for you it only says one.

No run along and play with that little boy that you have a pic with on your blog.

 
At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Playtah said...

Ah, yes. Pedro.

 
At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post. I can see the terrorists laughing as people freaked out about this possibly being a terror attack. It is a shame how much we have let them effect our lives, given that is exactly what they were trying to do.

 
At 3:42 PM, Blogger White Dade said...

Anon1 and T - really? People take down people who criticize them? I tinhk if you are oging to be outspoken and say things that you know not everyone is going to agree with, and many things that may even be wrong, you have to take the heat. Otherwsie don't stir things up. I leave coments up becasue that's the whole point: Dialoge and debate. My only problem comes when people try and take it outside the internet. To me that seems silly. but thank you guys for your compliments, such as they are. And thank you also to all the people who agree with me, since your debate with those who disagree is realyl what keeps it all interesting.

CR - Yeah. I tinhk though if you live there it is very different. My issue is more with peopel in other cities where a plane crash is just a plane crash.

Jessica - If he were a Met he'd still have been playing baseball and not flying home after a miserable defeat. So your quesiotn is moot.

 
At 8:02 PM, Anonymous J said...

too bad it wasn't carlos beltran...that would have been much better for me

 
At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New York, the most populous city in the country, is the nexus of power for the financial and media industries, among many others, not to mention the location of the UN.

Wear your cute little shirt to a workingman's bar in Brooklyn or Queens, then post about your experience.

fucking pussy

 

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