A Moment With Mike Wise
Since the blogger in question virtually begged for a link, here's a link to Scott Van Pelt Style.com's Q&A with Mike Wise, a rambling affair that runs to way over 3,000 words. Wise might have rattled the bloggers' cages, or whatever that expression is, but he's way too good of a guy not to provide 3,000 words of copy to anyone who asks.
Other than the part where he talks about some life advice he once received ("Manage your drama" - ha!) here's one nice bit, when asked to compare the local sports teams by their owners and media buffets:
I actually think Snyder wants to win more than any owner. Who would spend that much money to lose? Abe Pollin finally opened his pocketbook for some real players the last few years and he's such a legendary philanthropist. The Lerners? We'll see. As far as showmen go, I'm a Leonsis guy. Ted is personable, perceptive and has a good heart. He's probably the most well-liked owner in town, and that's pretty amazing considering how cheap he ran the Caps the last few years. He's one of the guys who can write season-ticket holders a long letter detailing why he's not going to spend money now - and why his team is going to just be putrid - and after you're done reading it, you say, "Gee, Ted took time to write. Okay, I'll renew."
Oh, yeah, game-day spread. Wiz, hands down. They have ice-cream sundaes at halftime and get different restaurants to cater some nights. The skins? They took the people who cater most of their boxes and suites out of the press room, replacing them with cheapee hot dogs, potato chips. It's a travesty, worse than bringing Bruce Smith and Deion here. And I was actually told part of the reason was the organization's dislike of the media for slamming them during their 5-11 season.
If they were smart, they would go back to the old caterers. Food is about the only way you can be bought anymore as a journalist. If they start serving ice cream at halftime, the stories would be much more fair. Honest. : ).
Read the whole thing here, and if you're a blogger, get some questions ready for Wise. He'll oblige. Or at least ask me to ghost-write his answers.
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