Sunday, April 13, 2008

Email on article

Can i ask you where you got your writing degree from? The back of a matchbox??? This is in regards to the article you wrote after the T.F.C. & L.A. game. I didn't realize Toronto F.C. was known as Canada's team, typical of an American with your Its us against the world thinking. It was nice of you to interview that little shit Landon Donavan, a player knw for spitting in the face of a Canadian Natioanl team player(you could call that team the Canadians) also a player known for being arrogant and so into himself ( like most Americans). It was also nice of you to call the loss to T.F.C. as humiliating for L.A. Humiliating? And why would that be??? Oh yes you were nice enough to report that Toronto F.C. had the worse record in the wholeeeeeeee league,WOW after a whopping 3 games. Unbelievable how bad you are at reporting. Maybe you should go to at least a junior college and travel the world with youre eyes open, you might see that it all doesn't revolve around the U.S.A.

My reply: Actually, TFC had the worst record in MLS last year, too.They are also Canada's only MLS team at present. If you're referring to the article on espn.com, that was a Beckham-focused sidebar that I was assigned to write. Here are a couple of other articles I wrote on the match.
http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20080413&content_id=150374&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20080413&content_id=150345&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

Thanks for your views.

22 comments:

Chad said...

If you're going to criticize people's writing ability, don't make dumb mistakes in your own comment. For instance, know the difference between "you're" and "your". Learn proper sentence formation and try and reduce your run-on sentences. Oh, and don't be an asshole.

go a.c.

Anonymous said...

This is why MLS fans, in general, hate TFC.

Rudy said...

I ain't your buddy, friend!

I don't see what this guy is talking aboot. It IS an embarrassment to lose to a 2nd year expansion team when you're "The" L.A. Galaxy.

Rich21 said...

Someone with a 6th grade education (at best) is asking Andrea where she got her journalism degree.

That's funny.

The funniest part is that he doesn't think the loss is an embarrassment to L.A.

Wow, eh.

Anonymous said...

i'm a fan of your writing Andrea...

Anonymous said...

for the record, its an embarrassment to lose to BOTH the galaxy and TFC.

Jeff Fulton said...

Wow, Canada has "Ugly Americans" too!

Jeff Fulton said...

Oh yeah, also, Andrea, it goes w/o saying that we are all fans and know the sacrifices it takes to do this full time. Thanks for all of your hard work.

soyjimador said...

goff also called TFC "canada's team"
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/

Anonymous said...

This guy has as big a chip on his shoulder as, well, as big as Canada. I can appreciate the passion Canadians have for TFC. That's great and good for all. But their record does speak for itself. Tough. Improve. I hope they do improve. But, I found no malice in any of Andrea C's articles. Express your comments, but check your personal attacks. There's no prejustice here, just opinions and football talk. Hey, my team lost today. A loss is a loss, whether it's to TFC or Gamba Osaka or Pachuca.

--Pissed Galaxy Fan

papa bear said...

@ Anonymous said...
This is why MLS fans, in general, hate TFC.

April 13, 2008 8:07 PM

AMEN.

The funny thing is I have heard TFC fans on NUMEROUS occasions make the 'us vs. them' 'Canada vs USA' thing more than a few times.

When they aren't busy pulling their penises out in front of churches and getting arrested for it, (true story from this season) they are complaining that daddy doesn't love em.

Get out of the basement for more than 1 week TFC and then your fans may air all their 'grievances' with other fans, until then, focus on not sucking so incredibly hard.

Thanks in advance.

El Rey said...

Andrea

I have a 15 year daughter who has spent the last 10 years of her life playing soccer. She's a player and ref. I always try and point out the different opportunities women have in soccer. I talk about the WPS, the women referees, commentators etc. When I came across your articles, columns and blog I told my wife how awesome it was to have yet another role model for girls in the game. Up until than it never occurred to me that she could also pursue a career as a soccer journalist. I make it a point to show her your work, and tell her about the cool things you get to do. Player interviews, reporting on games, the access you have as a journalist have compared to the average fan. I think you are another great role model for my daughter and I thank you.

A.C. said...

Aw, thanks el rey! Your daughter sounds like she has so much experience already. I'm sure she'd make a great journalist, but there's still ground to be broken in other areas as well. I'd like to interview a female general manager in MLS, for example, or an owner, CEO or a director of soccer - the power players in the league could use different points of view.

el rey said...

Yep still a lot of work left to do, but womens soccer in this country can take a giant step forward if the WPS proves successful.

Anonymous said...

Andrea,
I've scanned the articles about the TFC vs Galaxy games...there is little mentioned about Cronin. OK Vanney was the 'anti-player of the week' for his performance. Agreed. But Cronin was as bad. Having seen the last 5 games including two from pre-season, it does not have the hands to play MLS. Count the number of times he spilled the ball in the TFC game, it was over 1/2 his chances.
Time for a move here Ruud.
PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo

Anonymous said...

So, it is true, Canadians do have smaller dicks than ours. Hose off, eh.

Dominghosa said...

el rey, i hope you don't hope she earns a big bank account as a journalist.
But then again, she might be the next Rick Reilly.

Anonymous said...

By the way, Goff referred to TFC as "Canada's Team" on Sunday evening, so you're in good company.

That guy's lack of writing ability criticizing your writing ability made my irony meter explode.

bdure said...

Geez, and I thought Canadians were so polite.

I guess some people defy stereotyping.

It was funny, though, when I was getting a steady stream of e-mail after calling out Manchester United, that the morning e-mail -- primarily from England -- was witty while the evening e-mail -- primarily from American Eurosnobs -- was far nastier.

Joseph D'Hippolito said...

a.c., I can relate. I was covering a prep football game between Mater Dei and American Fork of Utah for the Deseret News of Salt Lake City in September (the game was in Santa Ana). Mater Dei built a big lead, then held off an American Fork rally to win. The American Fork fans were annoyed with me essentially because I wrote that their team lost! That's the way it is with the myopic fanatics. If you tell unpleasant truths, then you're an ignorant sellout.

Besides, a.c., lots of people would literally kill to do what we do for a living. The overwhelming majority of people in our profession don't appreciate that fact.

Moreover, you're probably the best soccer reporter in this area.

Jim said...

Funny, reminds me of many years ago when I was backpacking through Europe. Many of the Canadian backpackers had a little Canadian flag on their backpacks. The purpose I guess was to distinguish themselves from Americans from the States (yes Canadians are Americans as well). It kind of irked me because I felt that I was being pegged as ignorant, loud, and obnoxious because I was from the States. It was clear to me that they wanted to make sure that they were not cast in the same lot. After meeting some real nice people from Sweden and El Salvador in Munich, we went out for dinner and passed by a bar. It was full of foul mouthed, drunk, and obnoxious people playing "thumper", the drinking game. I was proud that it was not Americans playing and insulting their guest country. Instead it was the Canadians, from our hostel, that were the culprits. My Salvadoran and Swedish friends asked me if that was typical of Canadians. I said I would not know because I would not want to stereotype all Canadians for the antics of a few .

Andrea, perhaps they could criticize you if your were being paid a lot of money for what you do. But we all know that is far from reality and you do this because you love what you do. It shows in your writing and frankly this guy has been given too much credit by us replying to his baseless comments.

A.C. said...

Jim, you make some excellent points - but while I believe in some ways my writing would improve if I was paid more (time to conduct more interviews, etc) in some ways, I'd hope the quality is high now when I'm not. That's not to say I'm above criticism, of course, and I actually appreciate the readers who point out how I can improve (thanks for the help with typos, guys)but M.M's email didn't seem like he was looking to do anything but bash.