Saturday, January 22, 2011

Guess who's talking about the Hornets?

Posted By on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 11:08 PM

The front page of NBA.com is the only sports Web site that featured the Hornets.
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  • The front page of NBA.com is the only sports Web site that featured the Hornets.

It's an unfair question, really. Surely the Hornets are still taking people by surprise. What with their 11-game win streak to start the season. But that was soooo 2010. It's 2011 now. The Hornets are only 10-2 in this calendar year. Total weak sauce.

Yes, forgive anyone who hasn't yet noticed this plucky basketball team that's won eight-games in a row and just beat the best team in all of the NBA (the Hornets also recently beat the league's second-best team, Boston, but that was soooo New Year's Eve). If you're ESPN, you have bigger fish to fry (this just in: Carmelo Anthony is being traded to New York! No, Boston! No, it's Moscow at the wire!). The Worldwide Leader was at least able to make the Hornets its top news link:

The front page of ESPN.coms NBA site links to a story about tonights game
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  • The front page of ESPN.com's NBA site links to a story about tonight's game

Notice how this the top news link on ESPN's NBA site. Over on ESPN.com, the lead headline was about the NBA, but shockingly, not about the Hornets. And apparently, every other sports site of note has a rule saying they'll only talk about something at length if ESPN is (because, what else could they possibly have to say?) or how else to explain the Hornets' passing mentions on all these sites?

The Hornets get a passing mention on Sports Illustrateds site.
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  • The Hornets get a passing mention on Sports Illustrated's site.

Yahoo! Sports also gives the Hornets a brief mention.
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  • Yahoo! Sports also gives the Hornets a brief mention.

CBS Sports mentions that the Spurs lost, but not to whom
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  • CBS Sports mentions that the Spurs lost, but not to whom

AOL Fanhouse doesnt even mention New Orleans
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  • AOL Fanhouse doesn't even mention New Orleans

At least there is this:

NOLA.com is obliged to praise the Hornets. And check out Mitch Landrieu! Hes everywhere!
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  • NOLA.com is obliged to praise the Hornets. And check out Mitch Landrieu! He's everywhere!

Not that any of this should take away from your enjoyment of what the Hornets have been able to do so far this season. Eventually, people will start to take notice. And when they do, they'll understand what New Orleans fans have known all season long: the Hornets can put on a hell of a show.

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