by Mark Scott, BBA Website and Newsletter Editor
One of the positive aspects of our newly re-designed website is that I donâ€™t have to wait until the quarterly newsletter to pen a column. I can write something when the muse strikes. And today, I have something to say. But first, let me extend an invitation to all Buffalo broadcasters to submit a column for publication on our website and in our newsletter. It can be about anything â€“ broadcasting history or an issue in the news. I donâ€™t desire to be the only writer here. So, I will try and prime the pump.
I got into a Twitter debate with Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News the other day over the use of the term â€œturd-burgerâ€ to describe the Sabres new third uniform. I initially tweeted that I would hope an editor at the News would instruct the sports staff not to use it in print or on the News website. Harrington â€“ and others â€“ reminded me it was Sabres President Ted Black who initially used the term. Theyâ€™re right, of course, though they are taking it out of context. Black did not call the new jersey a â€œturd-burger.â€ His entire response in a WGR radio interview is that if the jersey turns out to be a â€œturd-burgerâ€ that he would take full responsibility.
Now, I have no strong opinions either way about the new third jersey. I donâ€™t hate it. It is loud. But if you want to see a truly ugly jersey, how about the Steelersâ€™ throw-backs that make the players look like the Saturday Night Live cast performing the â€œkiller beesâ€ skit.
I just hate the â€œTBâ€ phrase. What are we? In third grade? Iâ€™m sure Black regrets his choice of phrasing. I have no problem with the â€œGoat Headâ€ and â€œSlugâ€ descriptions for past jerseys. But letâ€™s just stop calling this new one a â€œturd-burger.â€ Thatâ€™s just a stupid term. In fact, the spell-check in Microsoft Word is identifying â€œturdâ€ as a mis-spelling. Even my software doesnâ€™t like it.
Perhaps the News editor agrees with me because I havenâ€™t seen the term used in the paper outside of a reference to Blackâ€™s actual quote from the WGR interview. Can we broadcasters agree not to use it? Hate the jersey if you want. But letâ€™s come up with another name for it. Feel free to make suggestions on our Facebook page.