WHITLOCK TO KC READERS: YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH: One of the most widely-read pieces of sportswriting hovering in cyberspace presently is KANSAS CITY STAR columnist Jason Whitlock’s equal parts scary-sad-hilarious account of NBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas.
The column was last updated very early this morning, and his since been passed around more than Anna Nicole Smith days before her death. (I discovered it at the perpetually updated TheBigLead, who have their own thoughts on it).
The headline and sub-hed of the online-only piece lets you know what you’re in for: “Mayhem Main Event at NBA All-Star Weekend ‘Police Were Simply Overwhelmed’ in Sin City.”
If only his hometown newspaper readership got to read it.
Kansas Citians read a dissimilar accounting from Whitlock, published Monday, and titled: “All-star weekend a perfect party“. (login/pass)
The KC column did speak to the naughty nature of the weekend, “It felt like occupied territory and the French Quarter. You were overwhelmed by the smell of weed, the use of profanity and the N-word-a,” but was bereft of the crushing rhetoric in Whitlock’s online AOL piece.
Whitlock AOL scriptage: “The game needs to be moved overseas, someplace where the Bloods and Crips and hookers and hoes can’t get to it without a passport and plane ticket.”
The AOL piece focuses on out-of-control urban youth and their in-your-face lawlessness. Coupled with the deflating on-court activities, Whitlock concludes the weekend a complete loss.
Hardly the “perfect party” that titles Whitlock Kansas City piece (yes, I know, he didn’t write the headline).
In fairness, Whitlock’s KC Star column was probably written on Saturday and Sunday, and sent out late Sunday night, before an explosion of law breakers rocked The Strip. But the question is, why the different overall tone in describing the weekend’s activities?
I have a feeling Star editors may have something to do with that. Along with the obvious, that Whitlock was merely writing to his audience, which apparently he doesn’t think can process properly anything outside the 913 and 816 area codes (KC is my hometown by the way, and in some ways, I agree).
Finally, if the columns aren’t all that different, then why is everyone gone viral on one (AOL), and nary an IM about the other (KC Star)? Maybe if the Star didn’t have its pesky registration function, it might’ve been a different story.