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I regulalry read the bloggers blogs. During the playoffs last year and this year, I have paid closer attention to the blogs of our playoff rivals, the Senators.

I enjoy getting into the occasional "discussion" about what the blogger said...and during playoff time it usually ends up being a lot more about "fans" of the teams voicing their opinions about how their team will win.

Last night I posted a reply or two on Kevin Lee's blog.

I think I responded to another posters comment...some things that were stated as "fact" were really a lot more of the "opinion" nature and I suggested that the poster realize that.

And I also made one post after the Pens/Sens game.

The gist of it was that we had not seen the best of the Sens yet...that the Pens only won 1 game and that they need to realize that 4 games wins a series (I think I said pretty much the same thing last year about the Sens when the Pens lost game 1).

Then at the end of my post, I made ONE comment about Kevin Lee's most recent blog. I said that I thought he should refrain from calling players (his own players) names. That he should be more respectful of them and that I thought it was a shame that he did that.

Low and behold, when I returned to that blog today, I COULD NOT FIND MY POSTS...and when I tried to post a comment to another post...I was told by the system my posting privelages have been REVOKED until 12:00 AM on 4/11.

What?!?!?!?!?!?!

I didn't use profane language, call anybody names or say anything that was inappropriate. Why on earth was I banned?

I made another comment about Kevin last year...saying that I thought he needed a little more objectivity in his writing if he wanted to be considered a sports writer...as opposed to just a 'FAN'. After all, his title on the site does say "Sports Writer".

You read this blog and you tell me if this is a sportswriter or a fan.
http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=14660

In particular, the name calling I am referring to is in this paragraph...followed by the sentence that disturbed me the most about his blog:

Dany Coastley lived up to his nickname in fine form. At least he was consistent at one thing, not moving his feet or playing with any passion from start to finish. Heatley you are wearing an "A" and it would be nice if you led by example, but I guess that would be asking for too much, wouldn't? Gutless!

He basically called Heatley out and called him gutless.

And because I said I thought that was wrong, I was banned from posting on his blog...

That is really pathetic...

HE should be banned from posting on HIS OWN blog.
Filed Under:   sens   pens   playoffs   blogs   banned  
April 10, 2008 12:46 PM ET | Delete
I will look into this.
April 10, 2008 2:01 PM ET | Delete
Nice.
April 10, 2008 2:14 PM ET | Delete
I concur about the Sports Writer title... If you are going to go as far as giving yourself that title, you should at least put up something more than what any other angry Sens fan would write. Opinions change with the weather :)
April 10, 2008 2:29 PM ET | Delete
Couldn't agree more... fans will be fans, and I'm no different then any other fan on this site when I break down my teams games... but if you gloss yourself a sports writer, than I'd like to see an objective opinion. In this day and age in Canadian Hockey coverage, you just don't see that though... there really aren't enough Peter Maher's to go around... I mean, the Leafs still dominate the TSN and Score hockey coverage.
April 10, 2008 2:46 PM ET | Delete
Not only that...it's too easy on the internet to say something in cyberspace that you would never say to a person face-to-face. Would he have the nerve to make that comment, and others he posted in that blog, if those players were sitting in front of him? I don't know him...so maybe we would...but I just don't see any place for it in "journalism". Saying something constructive is not that tough...and I think in his position it is his job, isn't it? At the end of the day, Heatley goes home and tries to get a good night's sleep just like the rest of us. When you consider what he went though with the death of Dan Snyder, I think he has shown a lot of courage in ways that are not measured by his on the ice performance. He may not have played a great game last night, but that does not make him gutless.
April 10, 2008 3:22 PM ET | Delete
Ek, sometimes I verbalize Kevin too and probably shouldn't, but honestly I cannot stand his writing and it isn't even proper journalism/blogging. Seriously, the stuff he writes about is really bad. I like this site and understand what its all about, and know that Kevin is probably a good soldier for you and am not saying to fire him, but have a talk with this guy because the stuff he comes up with is really weak. Just take a look at one of recent articles about the Sens going out to party on there day/night off....it was total heresay what he is talking about and really isn't hockey related....not to mention how many times he has called people names and gutless.....im not any better with the name calling, but I am just a fan and don't have my name, with my comments published on YOUR site...reflects badly on hockeybuzz when his own writer is like that.
April 10, 2008 3:25 PM ET | Delete
Maybe he had a bad day yesterday and the Sens added a little extra fuel to the fire. Are there rules that I don't know about? Rule # 1 - If you have a left column blog, you are entitled to an opinion and you are fully authorized to bad mouth your own team. If you are a center column writer, you must be "professional" and keep your opinions to yourself..... and no bad mouthing your team.
April 10, 2008 3:30 PM ET | Delete
LOL! I love it! I liked the comments you left on one or two of my blogs, being completely new to this forum, and thought that it is great to hear comments from the "opposition." Maybe I should be posting onthe main page for the Sensations??? Lol...good times, and keep supporting those Pens (unless the Sens are delivered a miracle; then start supporting those Sens)!
April 10, 2008 4:03 PM ET | Delete
I was a bit surprised at the tone of that post, but having not read Kevin Lee too often (I have a hard time stomaching writers/fans of Canadian teams on occasion), I can't say with certainty that I don't like his opinions. While I do think his comments in this instance were somewhat harsh, I have no problem with fans and/or writers calling out players. These guys are paid to show up and perform. Sure, guys will have nights where they get kept off the score sheet. But they need to be held accountable for putting forth a full effot. Be it the fans, the media, the coaches, the GM, whoever, I have no problem with making it known that the effort was lacking. Dan Heatley does not get a free pass because of a tragic accident; we're not here to pamper him and worry about his feelings. He is a professional and has a job to do. He is also a veteran of that team who's responsibility is to be a leader, especially in the absence of Alfredsson. When both effort and leadership are lacking in a playoff game, someone should say something. If you want to argue a professional sports writer should have more tact, I'll probably agree with you. But if anything, a fan or writer for a team not always singing their praises is objective, and calling it like they see it.
April 10, 2008 6:04 PM ET | Delete
Has this world gotten so soft you cant call out a poor effort buy a player? Lets all sit around and sing peaceful songs and hold hands. WHAT A JOKE. If a player doesnt give full effort you should except that? Wrong answer -- Good Job Kevin -- call out the team -- As a fan of any team, your dollars support that team whether its game tix, center ice, merchandise ect.. you have a right to expect full effort every night. I guess there is no outcry in pittsburgh from lack of effort -- giving that they didnt want the number one seed in the conference --- you should turn in your hockey card and maybe become a fan of ice capades
April 10, 2008 7:49 PM ET | Delete
Lukin - obviously, you are entitled to your opinion...and so is Mr. Lee. No one is saying you can't identify a poor effort when they see it. Feel free to do that whenever you want. If you read my post closely you will see that I objected to the name calling and the 'gutless' comment. I just don't think that it's something that the 'site' bloggers should do...but then that's just my opinion...which apparently is so harsh that it got me blocked. As for your final comment...I know you are just trying to egg me on...so I have no comment. Feel free to think what you want.
April 10, 2008 8:09 PM ET | Delete
I dislike the sens as much as anyobody else but that did seem over the top. like hes trying to be overly negative in his usage just to make a point.
April 10, 2008 8:10 PM ET | Delete
What about Garth? looked like he was trolling on the sens blog yesterday.
April 10, 2008 8:15 PM ET | Delete
also i thing Kevin Lee had a point. He definitely can be negative but more writers should call those players out.
April 10, 2008 10:22 PM ET | Delete
Ha, I was banned by K-Lee for essentially the same thing. You can't challenge his opinion at all or he'll ban you. Talk about trigger happy.....
April 10, 2008 11:09 PM ET | Delete
dude -- my last comment was that how you -- as a fan -- can tolerate a poor performance on any night by a team you support -- We have all heard the process of why sidney sat -- but come on -- do you really think the pens tried to beat the Flyers? I would be pleasnatly surprised if the FLyers win this round -- but with the team that pitts ices -- the should go to the ECF -- how is it going to look when the pens face the Habs -- Game one and Seven in Montreal -- how does not putting out a complete effort look at that time? Again Way to go Kevin -- If it walks like a duck, Quacks like a duck -- I can tell you its not ecks dog burt -- its a DUCK
April 10, 2008 11:48 PM ET | Delete
good old hockeybuzz. eklund is a communist didnt you know? hahhaha
April 10, 2008 11:49 PM ET | Delete
Lukin - Honestly...No...the Pens played like crap in that game...but to be honest, the Flyers didn't bring their 'A' game either. Aside from the goalies...BOTH teams played like they didn't want to expend any extra energy or get anybody hurt. Compared to the game before it, the last game had all the intensity of an all star game. As far as Kevin goes...I really don't care if he writes what he writes...but if I was banned for saying he shouldn't be so harsh (wow I was really tough on him)...then maybe he should think about the double standard he has. He can call a guy whatever he wants...but if someone objects...in a completely legitimate and adult manner...they are banned? Isn't that a little bit hypocritical? He can dish it out..but any resistence and it's shut down? ------ I have not heard back from Ek...so maybe the whole thing was something else entirely...maybe 2 and 2 does not equal 4 in this case. If that's the case, then I will apologize for writing in my blog about him...but I still think he should show a little more class when it comes to evaluating the play of his team. What's wrong with simply showing normal human decency? Or have we moved so far past that and the only way we get recognized is to scream out and sensationalize things?
April 11, 2008 12:04 AM ET | Delete
tyler_31 - Seriously? So this is what I think it is? That's just wrong. He wants to hold all the players responsbile...and berate them for NOT DOING THEIR JOB...but when someone even questions him about HIS JOB...he shuts them out? All I can say to that is...IF that is really true...and IF that is why I was shut down...then he needs to seriously think about how bad it looks for him...he's not being very much of a "stand up" guy, is he? I am not even going to say the word that comes to mind...but it shouldn't be too tough to figure out...
April 11, 2008 1:12 AM ET | Delete
Moderator Abuse on this site? No.......What a surprise !!!
April 11, 2008 2:00 AM ET | Delete
I don't understand why people are getting banned anyway. If you're a hockey fan you most likely are 100% ok with foul language.My problem lies with the fact that we complain about the instigator penalty in hockey but the admins on this page uphold it. Someone comes onto other teams pages and trolls over and over again trying to piss people off and only those who get pissed off get punished. So just like the NHL, you're treating the symptom and not the cause.
April 11, 2008 9:14 AM ET | Delete
I was banned for a similar action last week. I was basically upset with the type of "journalism" that Kevin has been doing lately. It sounds more like a tabloid sometimes then a sports page.
April 11, 2008 9:35 AM ET | Delete
Ice...This doesn't surprise me. In the end we enjoy the game of hockey. Everyone has their opinions but if your are a Team Blogger, you should refrain from writing tabloid stuff. Some people don't like to be criticize and it seems as thought Kevin falls in line with this...Nice blog...good stuff about how the Pens haven't seen the real Sens team and that the Pens still need to win 3 more games. Take care...
April 11, 2008 3:04 PM ET | Delete
I got banned for a comment that I made on his blog where he criticized players for going out for a night on the town after a bad game where noone even tried (They had the next day off). I responded with: "Just because someone does live up to expectations at their job doesn't mean they can't enjoy their personal/social life. If you or me have a day at work where nothing goes right, thats not going to stop us from going to a party or to the bar, so why should it be any different for NHL players?" And the next day, I tried to post a comment and it said banned til June 30th, 2008
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