Brilliant short program gives Johnny Weir has a shot at figure ...

There is hope yet. As long as Johnny Weir's bus is not late for Saturday's final, as it was when Weir found himself in this position - second place - before the free skate at the 2006 Olympics. Full Story
Richard Evans

Waterville, ME

#1 Mar 21, 2008
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Phil Hersh is a tool. He raves and fawns over Evan Lysacek, the most overrated US men's skater in history, but takes every opportunity to criticize and snark at Johnny Weir, even when Weir is winning. What possible reason could he have for bringing up the fact that Weir came in fifth at the Olympics in 2006? That lame, tired "he missed the bus, what a loser" story Hersh and a few of his cohorts have been harping on to bring Weir down for years is pathetic - Weir was at the competition in time (it wasn't his fault the bus schedule was changed), and fifth place just happens to be the same place that the LAST THREE Olympic men's skating champs finished in at THEIR FIRST Olympic games. If Weir wins a medal tomorrow, Hersh will just use it as another excuse to write some more trash about Johnny's losses from years ago, and if he doesn't, it will just be more fuel for Hersh to gleefully dump on him. Hersh's massive crush on Evan Lysacek is making him way too biased against Weir.
Philip Hersh

Chicago, IL

#2 Mar 21, 2008
Take a deep breath.

Johnny was very aware I was joking. We talked 10 minutes more after the joke.

Don't be so serious yourself. And take the time to read all the way to the end.

I think I made it pretty clear what I thought of his skating. I said in the 3rd paragraph he was absolutely brilliant. I said later he prepared well.

And I wrote this:``All his jumps were clean, flowing, effortless. His spins all were rated at the highest level of difficulty (level 4), his footwork sequences level 3. Add that quality of skating to his obvious artistic talents, and you had a compelling 2 minutes, 45 seconds.''

These were the final 3 grafs.

``He prepared wisely for that role, spending a week before worlds in his adopted "home" town, Moscow, to get over the time difference and get used to foreign ice.

"I took myself out of my element, and it helped," Weir said.

Rarely has he looked more in his element than Friday.''

I think anyone would call that unmitigated praise.
Richard Evans

Waterville, ME

#3 Mar 21, 2008
Poor Johnny wouldn't have much choice but to force a pained laugh at your very lame and not-at-all funny joke, Phil. You are a reporter and have full power to write whatever you want about him and he knows it. Seriously, you think he wanted to hear about his failure to win an Olympic medal from a member of the media yet AGAIN in the middle of a Worlds competition, when he is trying to maintain his concentration and morale? Get a clue. For two years now the US media has hounded him every time his name is mentioned for failing to win at the Olympics as if he personally failed them and his country. Interestingly, none of you ever say a word to Evan Lysacek for not medaling at the Olympics because he screwed up his short program - you just gush about what a "fighter" he was for doing a good long program afterward. It's almost as bad as the "Johnny is the gay ARTISTIC one and Evan is the straight ATHLETIC one" grotesque caricatures you guys keep forcing down the throats of the two of them and skating fans. Not that you would ever admit to any bias or anything - after all, you're the media, and never wrong about anything, right?

“... Addicted To Figure Sk8ng ”

Since: Mar 07

Long Island NY

#4 Mar 22, 2008
Richard Evans wrote:
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Phil Hersh is a tool. He raves and fawns over Evan Lysacek, the most overrated US men's skater in history, but takes every opportunity to criticize and snark at Johnny Weir, even when Weir is winning. What possible reason could he have for bringing up the fact that Weir came in fifth at the Olympics in 2006? That lame, tired "he missed the bus, what a loser" story Hersh and a few of his cohorts have been harping on to bring Weir down for years is pathetic - Weir was at the competition in time (it wasn't his fault the bus schedule was changed), and fifth place just happens to be the same place that the LAST THREE Olympic men's skating champs finished in at THEIR FIRST Olympic games. If Weir wins a medal tomorrow, Hersh will just use it as another excuse to write some more trash about Johnny's losses from years ago, and if he doesn't, it will just be more fuel for Hersh to gleefully dump on him. Hersh's massive crush on Evan Lysacek is making him way too biased against Weir.
I know what you mean, I was getting really peeved by his remarks as well, I love both Johnny and Evan. If you really have something important to say ( DON'T GET CROSS), just state your point, you can Email him, he will elaborate further and his explanations might even simmer down your fuel.

I still think he can report differently, but it is a businees and that's what sells. I am sure he is laughing to the bank every time one of the readers gets ticked off, I think that is the objective; and everytime "we" get upset by what he writes, his objective is reached

So email him,@ phersh@tribune.com DON'T GET CROSS, BE RESPECTFUL IF YOU WANT HIM TO WRITE BACK. AND DO NOT CALL HIM NAMES THAT IS NOT GRACIOUS
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“Pink Ponies of Justice”

Since: Sep 07

Moscow, Russia

#5 Mar 22, 2008
After ours Yagudin and Pluschenko left figure skating, there's no better figure skater than Johnny Weir.
And our TV commentators think he's almost Russian, because he can speak Russian and he visit Russia very often.
Maree

Burnaby, Canada

#6 Mar 24, 2008
Richard Evans wrote:
Poor Johnny wouldn't have much choice but to force a pained laugh at your very lame and not-at-all funny joke, Phil. You are a reporter and have full power to write whatever you want about him and he knows it. Seriously, you think he wanted to hear about his failure to win an Olympic medal from a member of the media yet AGAIN in the middle of a Worlds competition, when he is trying to maintain his concentration and morale? Get a clue. For two years now the US media has hounded him every time his name is mentioned for failing to win at the Olympics as if he personally failed them and his country. Interestingly, none of you ever say a word to Evan Lysacek for not medaling at the Olympics because he screwed up his short program - you just gush about what a "fighter" he was for doing a good long program afterward. It's almost as bad as the "Johnny is the gay ARTISTIC one and Evan is the straight ATHLETIC one" grotesque caricatures you guys keep forcing down the throats of the two of them and skating fans. Not that you would ever admit to any bias or anything - after all, you're the media, and never wrong about anything, right?
Very, very well said. I am sure that it would "sell" just as much if they wrote supportive, gushy articles about Johnny Wier as their trash does. If the country and the media started actually getting behind him instead of constantly haranguing him for being gay or for being different then hey, one less stress on Johnny's back and one less obstacle to the US getting gold. I am always amazed at how America treats some of its greatest heroes, just because they are different from the mainstream. Get over it already. Show some support for one of your national treasures. Jeezus.

“Pink Ponies of Justice”

Since: Sep 07

Moscow, Russia

#7 Mar 24, 2008
Last Cup of Russia results (top 5):

1. Johnny Weir 229.96
2. Stephane Lambiel 218.84
3. Andrei Gryazev 206.13
4. Jeffrey Buttle 201.77
5. Takahiko Kozuka 199.98

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