Wednesday, July 19th, 2006 at 11:05 am  |  10 responses

Hoopless in Seattle (Part Deux)

The Worldwide Leader, blazing trails again…

by Lang Whitaker

When I wrote the thing about the Sonics yesterday afternoon, I had about 10 seconds to dream up a headline, so I used “Hoopless in Seattle,” an obvious play on the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan vehicle “Sleepless in Seattle.”
Just thought it was funny this morning to log onto ESPN.com’s NBA section and see what headline they used for the story…

Not saying they’re biting or anything; I just find it funny that they’ve got a nation of millions working on their site and they still come up with the same stuff we do.

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  • Phil C.

    It’s just a subtle attempt to court you, Lang. Don’t do it!!

  • Zach Leon

    Lmao, what lames

  • http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/ Atma Brother #1

    But Hoopeful in San Jose!

    San Jose SuperSonics in 2k8

  • Ryan

    Is there any where i can purchase back issues of SLAM? I have most everthing after issue 25, but i don’t know where to pick up some of the older issues. Lang, can you help me out?

  • Andrew

    Close the windows and lock the doors, Lang. I think they’re spying on you.

  • http://judasmyheart.blogspot.com Sadaqat

    I believe if you return to one of the first new Links, I said that the new SLAM website was the beginning of the end for ESPN…

  • Michael NZ

    Key words… ‘I had about 10 seconds to dream up a headline’. Lets be real here, it is an obvious headline.

    Props to Jason Brightman by the way.

  • Matt Wens

    yeh pretty obvious headline, still kinda lame if they do infact read here…

  • PJ

    ESPN is the victim, like most big organizations, of group-think — hence their decaying quality of output.

    Smaller organizations like SLAM will undoubtedly come-up with better output as a consequence — read the “Long Tail” for an excellent expansion on this topic.

    Oh.. and I was thinking: considering how troubled the Sonics were financially (various accounts say they were headed for bankruptcy), it’s really remarkable that Schultz was able to earn 75% on his investment.

    That’s quite a good return, considering. To be fair, I’ve read some Sonics fan blogs and not all pin the blame on Schultz — apparently, the Sonics’ lack of a viable arena and poor business opportunities was the fault of the short-sightedness of the previous ownership group. Apparently, these tied the Schultz group’s hands and made this sale inevitable.

    Also, Schultz’s employment practices (at least at Starbucks) are considered quite humane and decent — especially in comparison to other big companies. I think he (and Starbucks) gets a bad rap because Starbucks has somehow become a lightning rod for the evils of globalization.

    You know, I’ve always found the NBA funny because in few organizations do people pour hate on shareholders for refusing to overpay employees (i.e. coaches and athletes) — and seriously, apart from Payton, Seattle has had few superstar talents (apologies to Ray Allen) who warrant “Max” dollars.

    This is a huge contrast to all the class-action lawsuits being thrown at big-wigs around the world for getting paid too much.

    On that tangent, just imagine what would happen if the Knicks became publicly-listed! Dolan would get sued by other shareholders and/or Eliot Spitzer for his actions and the Knicks players would be forced to return part of their wages.

  • Kobe

    Well duh! The headline was pretty obvious. Anyone can think of “hoopless in seattle”.

    The fact that they used it is more than enough proof that they dont give a damn about the links.