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The East Coast Bias

Posted on: October 22, 2009 3:50 pm
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I live in Colorado in case anyone was interested. I've noticed over my years as a sports fan that it is very hard for any sports team located in the Western part of the country to get any recognition, unless of course that team is located in Los Angeles. True? or False? Unless you are the Dodgers or the Lakers it is going to take a miracle hot streak, amazing plays, or just pure luck to get any national attention. This is not fair, but it is just the way it is, and I don't really see change in the near future. The one thing I don't know is why? I know that the population is much more dense in the East, and that the states are much smaller and take less time to travel through, but does that mean that only the East coast teams deserve the spotlight.

After the Rockies fired Clint Hurdle, they had the second best record in the MLB, only behind the Yankees, who look like they will win the World Series. Do you know how many nationally televised games the Rockies had in the regular season after that, not including the playoffs? 1!! The Dodgers were on Fox every Saturday it seemed like. The San Fransisco Giants were another example, they had some of the best starting pitching in the game, if not the best, granted their offense was a little weak and that's probably why they didn't make the playoffs but still, they got hardly any recognition. in 2007, when the Rockies made the playoffs and then got to the World Series got completely snuffed out in the voting for MVP. Holliday got robbed and had better numbers then Jimmy Rollins who won the award, but I strongly believe that if Holliday had gotten more of the spotlight, for instance if he put those numbers up for the Braves, or any other east coast team, it would have been a unannimous decision for his MVP title. Tulo should have an argument for rookie of the year as well in '07 but he didn't win either.

Football is the same way. It took the Broncos to get to 6-0 before people have really started giving them the attention they deserve. Yet we still are behind the Giants, Jets, Eagles, Indy headlines, and all but the Colts have lost games this year. What is it going to take to get all of us west coast teams the attention that they have earned. We all can't fit in L.A. can we?

Who isn't on the Celtic/Laker/Cavs bandwagon? Are there any other teams in the NBA?, and not the Knicks!! The Knicks are terrible, have been for a while and they still get a whole lot of air time on the national sports stations. It's ridiculous. The Nuggets. Trail Blazers, and Jazz are establishing themselves as power houses in the NBA but you won't find one sports writter who would chose to cover one of their games rather then what LeBron did last night, or how many points Kobe is gonna have.

The other night Barry Melrose came out and said that the Pittsburg Penguins were the best team in the NHL and would probably repeat this year. Where is the compitition? The Avalanche have just about as many points as the Penguins so far, and the Avalanche have played less games, and 7 out of their 9 games this season have been on the road. I am not trying to say that the Avalanche are better then the Penguins but they have started this season, hotter then anyone has expected and I believe they deserve a little recognition for it.

It is time to end the East Coast Bias that is currently plaguing the sports world. We are in need of serious change in coverage and the way our sports news is being sent to us. Death to the East Coast Bias! I want equal coverage, is that so much to ask for? Equality!! or atleast a fair share of west coast bias for all of us to counteract this strong attack from the east.
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Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2009 9:46 pm
 

The East Coast Bias

As a transplanted midwesterner, I understand where you're coming from.  "Flyover country" is often ignored, even ridiculed by persons who live on either coast.  The sporting venue is the one place in which, theoretically, the middle two time zones, should be on almost equal footing with their peers in New York and Los Angeles.   Joe on the street in the Bronx might not know where Wisconsin is, but he could recognize a cheesehead a mile away.

Hockey announcers in the States similarly often ignore Canadian teams, even though many of them hail from Canada.  Is it because programmers think US hockey fans could care less about Canadian teams?  When was the last time VS. (bless their hearts) televised a game involving a Canadian team- not very often!

As I said, all teams in any sport play within the same set of rules.  Maybe Denver doesn't have Broadway, and Calgary doesn't have "star sightings" at every Flames game, but on the ice, in the field, these teams have every chance of success that their coastal brethren do.  Well, except the Yankees.  But that's a whole 'nother ball game...



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2009 4:03 pm
 

The East Coast Bias

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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2009 1:51 pm
 

The East Coast Bias

Great Article dude, along the lines with mine but I didn't mention the East Coast bias which is so true. I think a lot of it has to due with our start times. Even when our games are on National tv they don't start tlll 8 or 8:30 which is late for the Eastern folks. so even when we make it to the spotlight, they're all asleep so they don't catch it. It's lame, not fair, whatever you want to call it. Hopefully Jim Tracy at least won't get robbed for Manager of the Year. If he does, we should protest ESPN and CBS!


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