Here are the stories and columns that got headlines in Sunday’s Washington Post sports section: NBA Finals (3), Nationals (3), U.S. Open (2), Orioles (2), Mystics, Belmont Stakes, Adidas Grand Prix, Wimbledon tune-up, Virginia college baseball, Gold Cup, D.C. United, Virginia high school championships (11).
And here is the total word count for non-agate type about the Stanley Cup Finals, with Game 6 approaching: zero that I could find. That means there was more coverage of Nate Robinson apologizing to fans after being caught urinating in public.
Now, I’ll admit that the printed paper isn’t my first source of sports news, although it should be yours, and if you’re not a subscriber, never talk to me again. But some people still like to get their sports news from paper, and if they also like hockey, Sunday wasn’t their day. Monday, either, as it turns out.
Al Koken, for one, noticed this omission, and he was none too pleased. And thus, this little speech on 106.7 The Fan Monday morning:
“I get that the whole LeBron drama story is a natural and it’s certainly worth covering, but the other night, Game 5, on a Friday night in June — which is not exactly the night you want to be looking for television ratings — Game 5 got a 4.3 rating in the Washington area, which translates to over 103,000 households in the Washington area watching Stanley Cup hockey. And I go out and pick up my Sunday Washington Post and I look at the sports section, there’s not a single word about the Stanley Cup in it.
“A very fine Mike Wise column about Dirk Nowitzki, two Michael Lee stories. There were NINE PARAGRAPHS on Canada’s 1-nil win over Guadeloupe in Group C of the CONCACAF Gold Cup match, but not a single word about the Stanley Cup playoffs. [Note: It was actually five paragraphs. Eight sentences, though. - ed]
“Now, I’m not picking on The Post, because I don’t want Dan Steinberg to have to spend the rest of the afternoon transcribing stuff, but nobody’s covering it. Nobody’s covering it. Everybody’s acting like once the Caps stopped playing in Washington, we don’t have to talk about hockey. I mean, c’mon. And this is why we get into these arguments — should Boudreau be fired, should we trade Mike Green? — and then everybody does this in a vacuum because nobody has any comparables.
“I mean, we know what the Wizards are going through by what we see in front of us, by what we read, by all the coverage of [the NBA], but everybody acts like once the Caps stop playing, we know what the Caps did against Tampa so let’s make our decisions based on that. Are we seeing what else is going on with Vancouver? What’s going on with Boston? What types of teams they have, how they’re built, are they old, are they young, what they needed? I mean, we just stop talking about it, and it really bothers me.”
Reader and media critic Eric F. also e-mailed to note that The Post has now run two staff-written stories on the Adidas Grand Prix, meaning two more staff-written stories than we’ve run on the Stanley Cup Finals.