Was mean-spirited, nasty

John Sleeper’s Nov. 20 column, “Husky fans are biggest ‘joke,’” was a self-indulgent and vitriolic piece that lacked journalistic integrity.

I don’t have the space to include all of his sour, bitter comments but a few include: “After all, these people spawn. They then teach their offspring the same behavior;” ” … its (UW) supporters have one of the worst reputations in the Pacific-10 Conference for geekdom.” “Yo, guys. You’re an embarrassment. A joke. And the biggest joke is that you don’t even realize it.”

There was a well-buried statement saying that he didn’t include all Husky fans in his comments, but even that statement concluded with ” … and owns purple caps with stuffed Husky faces on them.” Notice anything deprecatory about even that sentence? Otherwise it was a broad-brushed insult to all Husky fans.

What Sleeper doesn’t acknowledge is that Pullman is a very small town. So some Husky fans were rude or boorish. Would the same behavior by 10 times as many WSU fans even be noticed in Seattle?

A quick question for the Herald sports editor – is Sleeper covering the Rose Bowl for The Herald? No bias. Right?


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