Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sid Hartman--"Journalist"

via the always fantastic On the Ball Blog by Britt Robson.  (You know we love us some Britt, right?)  Kevin McHale's possibly very last press conference as part of the Timberwolves franchise.  Britt was in the room, and he posted the entire conference.  

I have previously suggested that dinosaurs like Sid Hartman might be the very reason newspapers are dying--he's getting paid money, very large money, after all, whilst guys like Britt are shopping their services to any website that will have him (and apparently, hanging up his own shingle after this year).   

I will say that it wasn't Britt's intention to show up Sid--he simply reported the questions asked at the last Timberwolves press conference of the year.  Sid's questions did the rest of the work.  It is my intention to show up Sid Hartman, who is old enough that he was the sports journalist who introduced Kevin McHale to Viking great Chuck Foreman when McHale was in college.   I'm not ageist--plenty of men and women work effectively into their 70's and 80's and even 90's.  Sid Hartman is not one of those people.  As evidence, I present you with the questions he asked Kevin McHale at his final presser:

Sid Hartman: You would have been a better coach if you had [Al] Jefferson all year.
Sid Hartman: That's a fancy shirt you have on!
Sid Hartman: It looks like the one you wore when you got married.

That's it!  Those are the "questions" Sid Hartman "asked."    Britt even felt the need to state at the top of the post that, "yes, this is not a parody, those really were Sid Hartman's contributions to the event."

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