I was very disappointed today to read these comments from Steve Zipay at Blue Notes...
"Love the free press, I grew up and made a career of it, but I've gotta laugh more and more at these "expert" bloggers who watch games on TV, never show up at a practice or a game, take notes from the MSG broadcast, then read and cherry-pick all the immediate post-game reports from writers and columnists actually at the games, "borrow" some of that without recourse, and then post their opinions maybe, oh, FOUR hours later. Great country, this."
...while I 100% agree with Zipay that if any blogger is going to take portions of beat writer posts they must attribute them to the author, I take offense to the point he makes about bloggers never showing up at practice and taking notes from MSG broadcasts. I have contacted the Rangers numerous times to see if I could get a press pass and not once have they returned my e-mails. And how else am I going to see the game if I don't watch it on MSG. If it makes Zipay feel any better I'll watch tomorrow's game with the volume turned down.
...what Zipay needs to understand is that us bloggers do this for the love of the team. We don't get paid and aren't trying to knock-off Zipay, Carp or Gross as the top Ranger blogs. I'd kill to have access to the team, but I don't. So the only way I can get the inside scoop on the Blueshirts is through beat writer blogs.
...on a personnel note, my blog offers something that beat writer blogs don't and that's Ranger articles from all over the net. Am I using other people's work to fill-up my blog? Sure. But all of them are attributed with links provided. Plus I add my own analysis of what's happening and game recaps about ONE hour after the game. Zipay should be ecstatic that a blogger such as myself (who has about 700 hits a day) is providing another outlet for Ranger fans to discover his great reporting.
...i'm hoping that Zipay was just having a bad day and didn't mean any disrespect to us bloggers that have a passion for the team and want to provide an unfiltered analysis of the team, it's players and personnel.