A week ago I wrote a brilliant piece to show how the Vancouver Sports Media is overly negative. I thought I had put this topic to bed, but I started noticing an interesting trend with the tweets of Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) before and during the Canucks game vs the Colorado Avalanche.
It is funny because Paterson seems like a pretty reasonable fellow and it is well known to those who follow Jeff on twitter that he was just on vacation. He should be in a positive place in his life, but obviously not. I’ll let Jeff write this article for me.
Jeff starts out with this gem of a stat. Keep in mind that there are thousands of stats from which Paterson could choose from to tweet out, but he decides that pointing out the Canucks 3rd period goal scoring deficiencies is important. Keep in mind that the Canucks have won 3 straight and have scored power play goals in 7 straight games (haven’t done this since 2005).
Paterson follows that one up with this:
I’m not totally sure what this tweet is supposed to mean, but it seems that Paterson isn’t happy with Richardson’s home goal scoring record this season or is happy about Richardson’s road scoring production. Paterson was then tweeted by a fan that accused him of being negative and Jeff responded that it was just an “observation.” Why he is tweeting about a defensive centre’s home goal scoring woes? No clue? Again, it should be noted that the Canucks have been winning of late and are searching for their 4th straight win tonight, but that observation was not noted by Mr. Paterson.
I have to admit, I was a little confused at this point. Paterson seems to be pulling obscure statistics that are not favourable to the Canucks, but perhaps they are just quirky fun facts.
My faith was restored by an extremely positive tweet!
I take it all back! Jeff Paterson can be super positive, but only when talking about the opposing team. Keep in mind that the Canucks had just scored the opening goal of the game 5:34 into the 1st period. Paterson did not acknowledgee this fact until later on with this classic:
This is just another observation from Jeff Paterson. Clearly the Canucks in the lead cannot possibly be a good thing!
The Canucks took over the game in the 3rd period with a Ryan Kesler goal and the second goal of the game for Mike Santorelli. Maybe the observation that the Canucks are terrible at scoring in the 3rd period inspired the Canucks?
While not acknowledging the Canucks were actually in the lead and likely to go on to eventually win the game vs the Avs 3-1, in fairness, I should say that Paterson pointed out the following:
I hate to pick on Jeff Paterson, but the evidence is pretty clear that his tweets in regards to the Canucks can very easily be construed as extremely negative and largely unrelated to what is actually relevant to the Canucks. If someone can tell me why the Vancouver Sports Media, in general, like to take this type of perspective when covering the Canucks, I would love to hear a rational explanation for it. The bottom-line is I just do not get it!
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