05-30-2009, 06:12 PM
Nobody said anything about the USFS site not having a picture of Johnny - they picture the current National Champions for the year of their reign.
Originally Posted by Joesitz
People were talking about USFS's official site for the 2007 National Championships, as well as their print brochures for that event. Johnny was the three-time and reigning Champion going into that Nationals, but USFS put Evan Lysacek on the cover of the brochure, with large photos of every other top US skater inside except Johnny - it was as if he did not exist. Sasha Cohen, Timothy Goebel and others who were not even competing at Nationals were there. On the website, they had flashing, full-page photos of every top US skater except Johnny. There was a fan outcry and email campaign about it (and it was reported by several newspapers and news web sites, including the New York Daily News), so USFS finally added a very small thumbnail photo of Johnny to the website, but it was too late to do anything about the brochures.
For those who insist that USFS shows no favoritism of Lysacek over Weir, I wonder how they justify that incident. When it comes to the way they report Weir's wins compared to Lysacek's, maybe people can claim that is subjective (although I stand by my contention that they are biased - it may be "accurate" that Johnny did not knock people out of their seats with his World bronze performance, but neither did Lysacek with his, and his bronze was reported on the USFS in far more superlative terms such as "glorious", lol). But it is harder to claim there is no bias when they are leaving their reigning champion off of promotional materials for Nationals when prominently depicting his top rival.
05-30-2009, 06:23 PM
Thanks, that is a very good response. I agree with alot of what you are saying. Sorry about the "Pop King" goof - maybe I had jacko on my mind as the "self proclaimed "King of Pop." BTW, as a skating fan I will watch "Pop Star On Ice" and I am sure I will find parts of it entertaining and informative. A few parts may annoy me but that would make it like most films I watch.
Originally Posted by pippa
I have pointed out here before that Dennis Rodman, an NBA player on championship teams was way more outragious than Johnny.
As to Weir's behavior, it doesn't bother me and I typically like colorful, outspoken ahtletes as they can occassionally bring excitement to an otherwise dull game/event.
But I am not part of the US Skating establishment. I do see how they could have problems making him a poster boy for US Skating. For all I know - MK could be a real PITA. A total primadona, not nice to her fellow skaters, etc, etc. But even if that were true, I could see how MK was the face of US Skating because of the way she carried herself on and off the ice. Sometimes it is about making a few compromises. Sometimes a "Peter Pan" complex loses it's charm when you are closer to 30 than 12.
I think Johnny has done stuff on his own terms and if he, or his fans are not happy by the way US Skating has treated him then what can I say about it?
I can only say I think he knows what he is doing and my hunch is he enjoys his "bad boy" image and wouldn't trade it for a WC Gold medal. An OGM might be different coz whatever one might say about Weir, I don't think stupid comes to mind.
Anyway, I am just here questioning these "attacks" on US Skating which I find unrealistic and without a whole lot of merit regarding Weir's treatment.
05-30-2009, 06:25 PM