Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ted Leonsis's War On Hearing

By Finesse

[Apparently Ted has responded to this post in his blog, presumably to point out that the man on the screen is Alex Semin and not Boyd Gordon, as if we didn't know that.  You may have taken our hearing, but we can still see that the picture of Alex Semin that says "Alex Semin" is actually a picture of Alex Semin.  Good luck trying to find a picture of Boyd Gordon scoring a goal.  Anyway, here's our response.  Also, follow us on Twitter].

You'd probably expect Artistry to be the first one of us to do a post about hearing loss given his extraordinary oldness, but this isn't about Super-Olds like him complaining about the good 'ole days.*  It's about the health and safety of citizens in the District of Columbia.

If you've ever been to a Caps game at the Verizon Center, you have surely noticed the near-fatal volume of the scoreboard speakers, particularly if you sit at ear-level with them.  You'd rather stand with your head in the space shuttle engine than listen to the monster truck announcer tell you to get ready to watch a video of Matt Bradley and his wife at Whole Foods.

This full-scale assault on hearing is only getting worse, as Ted Leonsis announced on his blog:
Also the Verizon Center has installed and will continue to refine during the next few weeks an upgraded sound system and we are also hard at work on modernizing a bunch of suites in the building.Scratch some more To Do’s off our list. Thanks for the support!
This is a call for action.  To the regulators who found that Leonsis's Verizon Center was the dirtiest in the business -- a finding that Leonsis scoffed at because the D.C. laws are stricter, as if that's a valid reason for violating them -- step up to the plate.  If you can hear me.

HEEEYYYYYYYY CAPPPPPPPPSSSSSSSS FANNNNNSSSSSS!!!!!! HERE'S BOYD GORDON TELLING YOU WHAT HE'S LISTENING TO ON HIS IPOD!!!!!!!!!! 
*The man took some swings at me this morning.  Two way street, buddy.

30 comments:

  1. Are you a Penguins fan? Or do you just hate Hockey?

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  2. Um, you are an idiot. Please see Ted's correction here: http://www.tedstake.com/2011/07/21/actuallyno/

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  3. You don't like Ted, so you write a pissy blog post about the sound system? Grow up. I have no problem with the sound at Verizon center.

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  4. Can't believe I just wasted 2 minutes of my life reading this pile of sh!t.

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  5. Learn about acoustics before posting this garbage.

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  6. You know you've made it big when Fat Teddy gives you a link! Congrats guys!

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  7. Haha, looks like the Caps fans have found this blog...too bad. All they need to do now is get rid of their Monster Truck-Style PA Announcer.

    And seriously, does Ted Leonsis google his own name all day to respond to these things? That has to be one of the quickest responses...ever.

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  8. Are you seriously this whiny? I've had season tickets for 5 years and never thought the arena was too loud, what a stupid complaint post.

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  9. This is kinda awkward but haven't I seen you guys working out at Vida before? Hope your hearing is getting better.

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  10. Thin skin much? I love how Choke Slam Ted linked to the blog just to sic capitals fans on it.

    And good job correcting something that obviously didn't need corrected.

    Both are right though. The PA is too loud, which contributes to making it impossible to understand.

    I wonder if the guy who wrote he "never thought the arena was too loud" is actually Ted. Because the complaint about the sound is centered on the PA system, not the arena at large. Shows about the same level of attention to detail that Ted did with his "correction"

    Anyways, enjoy your rat poop filled food!

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  11. As a Pittsburgher living in DC for the last 9 years, I've been going to games at the MCI/Verizon Center about 6 years longer than any of these idiots, and can vouch, the PA is terrible and absolutely needs replacing, and the volume turned down.

    I don't know why arenas feel the need to blast their sound systems over the crowd. Unless they are KC or Indy who pump noise into the stadium.

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  12. Go back to PA and get a job there if you don't like it.

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  13. Allofmywords.com --

    I'm a HUGE Pens fan but I HATE hockey.

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  14. Mom-in-dc --

    Who's watching the kids?

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  15. Anonymous --

    Great advice. Any recommendations on where I can take night classes about acoustics?

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  16. Anonymous --

    Glad you've had season tix for 5 years, but that makes you like 95% of Caps fans.

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  17. Anonymous --

    Normally I would quit my job and move to another state in protest of a sound system at an arena that I go to 3-4 times/year, but not in this economy.

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  18. Boyd Gordon: scoring a goal.....down a man.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERkNOMgWL9c

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  19. I don't get the joke, sorry. Obviously you know it's Semin, and I'm not sure why TL would think you didn't but why say it's Boyd? Sorry if this is obvious...

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  20. Still not convinced that the picture is of Semin. Need more evidence.....

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  21. Brought my secretary over to look at the picture. She said, "I could see why someone might think it's Semin, but he looks more like a baseball player to me."

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  22. It's pretty clear why Bruce makes so many excuses for his team in the "We won't make excuses, but..." vein. It is the culture of the organization, starting at the top.

    If Ted weren't so thin skinned he either A) wouldn't have addressed some random blog or B) would have simply stated it is about acoustics and not increasing volume.

    However, please decrease the volume. The PA is annoying and unintelligble (which I think is the word you were looking for when you said 'illegible') and has been for the 9 years I've been here.

    I'll now let you return to blocking 412 area codes. Which, doesn't work, idiot, because you sell so many tickets to brokers to pump your "sellouts" and thousands are available on Stub Hub for each game.

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  23. @Finesse
    The whole basis for this article is really a reach. An "upgraded sound system" does not necessarily equate to a louder sound system. Louder could be a byproduct of an upgrade, but an upgrade really equates to better, clearer sound.

    Also, it wasn't Teds fault that you captioned your photo poorly. I would assume you noticed it was Semin also, but inexplicably you made the decision to type in Boyd Gordon underneath a photo of Alex Semin.

    The article about mouse droppings is pretty nasty, but so is arena food. Just keep it out of my beer please.

    @Ced - Apparently you don't understand how Linkbacks or Google Alerts work...

    @Anon 1:14 - The sound system isn't the best, but I also wouldn't describe it as too loud or unintelligible. During the intermission segments it can be, but I think that's more due to production quality. Either way, I believe that was the point of upgrading a sound system.

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  24. Wait ... are you saying that is Semin? Now I'm confused.

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  25. It sounds like you're just at a loss for any quality responses after getting called out for a sloppy blog post.

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  26. One day you'll get it. We're not giving up hope on you yet, Anonymous.

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  27. Pen's Troll Blog = pissy moners. go to a caps game when you're not hiding you under your seats trolololololololol

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  28. They put captions on the scoreboard during intermission. Why? Because it is unintelligble. The loudness is a contributor to, but not the sole cause of, how crappy the sound is. Ted implicitly acknowledges it is crappy.

    Ted's "correction" was lame. His feelings were hurt and he grasped at anything, anything at all, to correct, as his way of fighting back, regardless of whether it needed correcting.

    The point is that he addressed it at all. This is not the Washington Post, and Ted is a m(b?)illionaire. Why does he care? He clearly has issues.

    @3:02 - Are you serious? The Verizon Center has been invaded by Penguins fans for years and years. Only for the last 2, have Capitals fans finally shown up.

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  29. Not even a caps fanJuly 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    he is one of the best in the biz and it's too bad you attack him on something that really DOESNT MAKE A HUGE DEAL. You clearly don't enjoy the sport of hockey if you're focusing on the PA system. Hop off your soap box bro, in the end Ted's on top. He owns an arena in nation's capital, sells out games each season, and is a mogul himself. you, you're just pathetic.

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  30. Your proper use of apostrophes is impressive and, truthfully, unexpected.

    And you're right. I hate hockey because I hate monster truck announcers screaming at me to text "Ov is gr8" at the scoreboard.

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