From a Canadian who adores both teams!
American cheese? Sour grapes.
Last edited by mollymgr; 02-15-2013 at 12:49 AM.
MERYL DAVIS AND CHARLIE WHITE - 2014 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALISTS!
I'd like to say a big to PJ. I hope I don't see her in London (and I pray her big mouth won't be commentating in the arena like it was at Skate Canada) because I'll have to educate her on why Notre Dame has captivated not only the judges but audiences around the world.
I agree. I don't think I can read another PJ article now knowing how biased (and caddy) she is. What ever happened to objective, balanced journalism? Sure, everyone has a preference but couldn't she at least feign more professionalism in her writing? I'm embarrassed for her.
Who is PJ Kwong? I was watching older D/W dances and this year's dance. They are fast and ethereal as always but they do seem to be face to face more and making plenty of eye contact. The emotional connection is there. I happen to enjoy both teams and hope D/W and V/M have excellent performances at Worlds. It is a joy to watch them.
PJ has really disappointed me this season. I would say she's even been a bit nasty. Once they decided Carmen was unbeatable (this happened before Tessa and Scott even debuted it!), it was as though anything Meryl and Charlie did, even if it was to reinterpret a Merce Cunningham/John Cage collaboration, would be "pedestrian".
I don't know. Even Kurt Browning made really disparaging remarks this season. And then he made a lot of people angry with the Elvis Stojko remark not long after his blog post, if I am remembering correctly. It's not enough just to praise the ones you like, I guess. They have to tear down the other team at the same time. I find it irritating, being TOLD that my taste is cheap or that Meryl and Charlie are boring or lesser as a fact. I can't read articles I usually want to!
Frankly, I would rather my favorites beat their equal, not their lesser. I would rather my favorites have to fight for their position because the challenger is equal to them. That would make wins sweeter. This rivalry is great. I wish they could accept it was a rivalry between equals. Because, frankly, they really are on a level playing field now, with Meryl and Charlie having conquered their weaknesses so well. It truly does come down to taste and nothing else.
P.J has said all season long that ND is beatable, yet it hasn't been, so that, coupled with the fact that only one of her 4cc predictions came true, has apparently made her grumpy. That article is just full of backhanded comments. I don't mind criticism or someone saying that they don't understand how someone received the score they did, but that was completely uncalled for.
Or maybe we could all look at it this way; she compared Carmen to old cheese, so she inadvertently said it stinks
I sometimes wish that USFSA would put more concerted support behind publicizing D/W before major competitions- not that they don't put Meryl and Charlie on the cover of Skating magazine and tweet about them but the TV and newspaper reporters aren't all in a cohesive unit in their messaging and support of Meryl and Charlie in US media- partly because NBC hired Tracy Wilson as the main ice dance commentator. And while Tracy doesn't do any overt bashing of D/W on American TV she isn't always as whole-hearted in her praise as she is with V/M on Canadian TV coverage. It's understandable but I wish USFSA and American media outlets were a bit more savvy about their support and advocacy strategy for their main contenders.
While I can't say I liked her article, I can defend her about Skate Canada -- I'm sure she did some commentating but if you're referring to the two ladies who spent the time between skaters endlessly talking to the arena as a whole, that was Debbi Wilkes and Liz Manley. PJ tends to do her blogging and TV commentary on CBC.
I read her article, and I have to say it wasn't as nasty as I'd imagined after reading everyone's reactions though it did rankle. I am definitely in the David and White camp. But truthfully, I think she was a very clever writer who heaped praises on both teams and just used one line as a sinker to damn DW. American cheese slices. Oh please. But she did it skillfully with lots of "dont be mad at me!" both teams are great! But one is cheap dairy product! Not fooling anyone, dear.