I would like to quote two pages from your Jan. 20 issue. On page 13, Matt Pulle criticizes The Tennessean: ”Typical of the overly boosterish nature of most dailies, The Tennessean has practically sublet its front page to the NFL team....“ Yet on page 28, your half-page ad states, in rather large print, ”Be Part of the Excitement! Tennessee Titans Special Pull-out Section Coming Next Week.“ The Tennessean does not get paid for news items on the front page, yet you are seeking advertisers for your special Titans section. So who is really profiting off the hype surrounding the Titans?
Reading the editorial from the Jan. 13 issue, I was nearly brought to tears. For a minute there I thought I was reading The Tennessean. I was going to write earlier but your own Matt Pulle beat me to the punch. To use his quote, that editorial was ”silly“ (”Desperately Seeking the News,“ Jan. 20).
Far be it for me to douse cold water on the Titans’ bandwagon. Hey, if it helps galvanize this city, I’m all for it. But the glowing terms in which Bud Adams was described made me sure that his name was spelled M-O-T-H-E-R T-E-R-E-S-A.
Lest we forget, this is the same man who left a loyal fan base because they wouldn’t give in to his demands, then proceeded to play Memphis against Nashville in a game of ”Whose Bid is it Now?“ which Nashville just happened to win. After which he severely scarred the psyche of his organization by making [the team] play its home games in the backyard of the losing bidder. Oh, and he decided that ”Oilers“ should remain as part of the moniker, presumably for the sake of history.
It was a smart business decision on his part to know that football is pretty close to religion in this region. But Bud Adams is, well, Bud Adamshis philanthropic charitable eyewash notwithstanding. Let’s keep this in mind when a few years from now he sings a few familiar verses from a song he wrote in Houston.
Green with envy, that’s how I would describe your paper. How can you say that the attention given to the Titans ”has perpetuated an unhealthy emphasis on professional sports“ (”Desperately Seeking the News,“ Jan. 20)? I think your paper has perpetuated an unhealthy emphasis on slanted journalism and bad news. Just because one person was injured at the airport, you feel that should take precedence over the many thousands of people who didn’t get hurt: the thousands who welcomed, unselfishly, the players of a team that seems to have united the community. I think you’re jealous because that is what you wish your paper could do. But, oh, wait a minuteeveryone getting alongI forgot, that would be too positive for the Scene. I also think that it’s pretty hypocritical to denounce all of the fanfare, yet still capitalize on the success of the Titans by running ads like the one found on page 28 of the Jan. 20 Scene and inserts like the one found in the Jan. 27 edition. I think you guys are just upset because you didn’t get on the moneymaking bandwagon sooner.
I'm Your Newest Fan
I didn’t want this football team. I didn’t want this stadium in my neighborhood. I voted against it in the referendum. I was wrong. This team has done a lot for Nashville and it’s only the first year. I still hate what a home game does to the traffic but I think I can live with it.
There has been a Super Bowl for 34 of my 35 years. I have never seen a better game than the one [Sunday]. You boys have nothing to feel bad about. The heart of this team and the support of the fans have brought us further than I ever expected. My hat is tipped to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of the Tennessee Titans. Anyone know where I can get a Frank Wycheck jersey? See y’all opening day.
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