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Friday, February 15, 2008

Sports Darius Miles + John Canzano

Posted by Ezra Caraeff on Fri, Feb 15 at 9:44 AM

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Anyone who has read the Oregonian’s hack Sports columnist John Canzano knows that the guy is unintentionally hilarious, a shrill localized version of the schmaltz of Mitch Albom plus the panicked sensationalism of Stephen A. Smith.

But Conzano’s column this morning is one of his finest works, and by “finest works,” I mean a shameless ride upon his majestic moral high horse in which he pointlessly demands the retirement of injured Blazer Darius Miles. While he touches on a few of the reasons Miles has fallen from grace, his primary rational is that Miles hangs out at the Dolphin II, and enjoys the “NBA lifestyle.”

How dare an NBA player enjoy the lifestyle that comes with the job. I’m sure Canzano’s enjoyment of the “sports journalist” lifestyle is totally innocent and pure.

Now, arguing in favor of Darius Miles is like convincing your mother not to get back together with your father, and instead stay with her new drunken boyfriend who drives a forklift and loves NASCAR.

No one likes Miles.

His mom probably likes Brandon Roy more. But he isn’t running for office, and he hasn’t done a goddamn thing wrong in the past few years. If you demand an injured Miles hang up the sneakers for not helping the current team, or living up to his potential, you might as well ask Greg Oden to retire as well. What has he done?

Instead Canzano rants about Miles’s alleged behavior in a strip club with the same tired moral superiority that is usually reserved for those clowns who stand outside the unbuilt Planned Parenthood on MLK with large photos of aborted fetuses. Strip clubs are not illegal. Young men—yes, even professional athletes—attending such clubs, and having a good time, is not something you should even mention in your column. It’s none of your fucking business. Act like a grownup and let Miles’ actions on the court decide his future, and please do not assume that your quasi-racist, puritan values, resonate with all Blazers fans.

As far as I am concerned Canzano, much like Miles, is fair celebrity game. So if anyone spots his shimmering bald dome doing anything morally reprehensible, let us know. We will then report it with the same condemning nature he usually reserves for Miles.

Also, if you want to read some of Canzano’s most appalling work, please check out his awkward attempt at a tear-jerker about a homeless man, and his “hip” take on urban rap music.

Comments

Regardless of whether or not he hangs out at Sassy's, the Oregon Zoo, or OMSI, Miles is a deadbeat and dead weight.

I thought I was the only one that read that guy and found myself laughing out loud at how out of touch the guy is. I remember reading that bit on rap music and feeling really awkward. Well, awkward for him.

Somehow, this is definitely a small penis issue.

sounds like somebody is yearning for the 2nd iteration of the Portland Media B-Ball Tourney at the rose garden. Count me in.

After losing a long list of kick ass players, I thought that Portland had grown out of trashing professional sportsmen during their time away from the job. Apparently, I was wrong because it still seems to be some sort of sick obsession with the town. It's so weird too, because we love our titties in this town, so what made Canzano think that we would hate on Miles because of that?

I'm glad somebody finally wrote about this tool's writing because I too thought that I was the only using his writing for a good laugh about how out of touch some people really are. How else could he keep a job.

Miles is simply an example of a talented kid hoodwinked into going pro before he was ready. Had he done 2-4 years in college (he committed to St. Johns), who knows what kind of player we'd be talking about. Canzano forgets that Miles 27.

Miles is just a lucky uneducated kid who won the lottery when the Blazers were suckers enough to sign him to $50 million. His blown out knee was like a winning Powerball ticket. Hey, if I fell ass backwards into $50 million I'd be a regular at my favorite Portland booby bars. What straight guy with a fist full of easy dollars wouldn't? It's one of the things that makes Portland a great town for guys-- that and the beer.

Calzano (I know I mispelled it, I did it on purpose), take your moral majority values back to Fresno. When you get there, drink a Budweiser at the church picnic.

Canzano is a borderline racist and full-time douchebag . . . why he has to attack a 25-year-old from the worst slum in America, East St. Louis, who has the audacity to try to attain his unrealized potential is as abhorent as The Oregonion's Sunday op-ed page.

I'm rooting for Darius Miles and hope he becomes a productive player again.

thank you for saying that. Con-zano's continued employment at the O is as big an indictment of that publication as any.

461398. John Canzano
by LDM2181, 2/15/08 14:04 ET
If you read his article today you might wonder why did he talk about a strip club with Dennis Dixon? I sure was...Why is that relevant to Darius not being able to play? Greg Oden had the same surgery, is going to meet the same fate as Darius? Are we going to write editorials about that famous picture of Greg drinking rubbing genitals with some coed? NO! It just keeps getting worse for Canzano...Darius had surgery, things happen when your an athlete, its the equivelent to John having head trauma and not writing for a while...we can only hope.
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This is easily the best piece I have ever read beneath the words "The Portland Mercury." Kudos, Ezra.

Canzano is a horrible slice of shit.

[THIS PORTION OF THE COMMENT WAS DELETED DUE TO UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS–ed.]

Wait, what? This is the same douchebag that went on a recent tirade about UO coach Mike Belotti's morals (or lack thereof) and how he would never let his kid play for the coach blah blah blah and how Belloti's ex-wife accosted him at a game blah blah blah and Dennis Dixon's ankle blah blah blah and Richie Incognito blah blah f'ing blah?!?!?

Add hypocrite to an ever-growing list of adjectives to describe that asshat (shit-stirring, sensationalist, self-righteous, and unprofessional are some of my personal favorites).

While I think Darius is not a good fit for team chemistry I do not think that this is any reason to ask for him to back out of a signed contract when he still has money left on the table. If Darius wants to stimulate the PDX economy by sharing some of P. Allen's money with some hard working service industry folks he has every right to. What I think is concerning is that the O continues to employ this chucklehead who is attempting to advance some B.S. moral agenda that wants to keep Portland the "land of the puritanical". Can-slouch-o has worked hard to run several players and divide the town from the team. He is a third rate journalist and first rate joke. What the hell is up with him bagging on D. Dixon? He created excitement for UO football by elevating the school to a national platform and played his final game for the university with a major knee injury only to have to see this hatchet job in the paper. John these men are grown and can do what they want to with their own money and time – this is still America, right?

This is stupid. The whole issue, I mean. Look, Darius Miles has found trouble in the past in strip clubs. I don't know how Canzano is racist here, I mean, he did rip into Bellotti in the past, so I guess he also hates white people.

Oh, and Darius is from East St. Louis, an absolute fucking shit hole by all accounts. So what? He can't learn? Does he have a learning disability? No, he is a lazy piece of shit who can't get off his lazy fucking ass to rehab.

He should be staying away from strip clubs, lest he smears the name of the TrailBlazers anymore. Like it or not, that is what fans have to worry about nowadays, after sheed, Damon, Bonzi and the rest of the clusterfuck bunch dragged the reputation of the franchise, and consequently the town, through the mud.

Canzano can absolutely be a wind bag, but with this piece (especially the making it rain part) he illustrates what the main problem with Darius is: He just doesn't get what he has to do to get back on the court. That is fine, ship his ass out to Boston for Leon Powe, Tony Allen, and a pick and watch KG kick his ass into shape. That, that I would love to see.

Canzano gave me crabs.

1) Darius is currently 25 pounds over his playing weight.
2) Darius' best most recent time in some conditioning drill is 30 seconds more than Lamarcus Aldridge's
3) 1 and 2 indicate Darius' playing days are over for a while.
4) If he retires, Darius gets to keep his contact money, but the Blazers get a break on the salary cap.
5) Why the love for Darius?

Great post, Ezra.

And for an even bigger laugh, everyone, check out what the no talent, bald-headed teat is peddling about the topic over at his blog:

http://blog.oregonlive.com/johncanzano/2008/02/darius_miles_meet_the_giant_el.html#comments

So glad someone is taking this hypocritical POS to task. [THIS PORTION OF THE COMMENT WAS DELETED DUE TO UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS–ed.] You stay classy, Canzano.

His self-righteous BS is getting old. They need to fire his hack ass. I'd love the opportunity to tell him what I think of him to his face. Such a punk.

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Back up your personal accusations with facts, people. These are verifiable facts: a) he is divorced; b)he has one kid, not "kids".

Leads me to take everything else in the above posts with a grain of salt unless you can provide proof, and not just rumormongering.

Canzano as Mr. Morality?
[THIS PORTION OF THE COMMENT WAS DELETED DUE TO UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS–ed.] and he's on Miles for going to a strip club as probably tens of thousands of other folks from this town do?
He is divorced now, wasn't then...
I don't care but don't act like Jimmy Swaggert.
Me thinks JC likes Darius and is jealous Darius won't shower the money on him.

For those that think slamming Canznocrap is standing up for Miles... no... it is slamming Canzono. I can't stand Miles... but I don't care what he does in his personal time.

For those that think that Miles being at a strip club "proves" he doesn't care about basketball... ask yourself what he did the other 22 hours of the day... maybe he worked out 3-4 hours in the morning. Spent soem court time in the afternoon working on his shooting and then did some time in a film room before heading off to the club...

Finally, how did Canzano find out about it? He was probably there drooling and engaging in self-gratification and "lucked" into his National Enquirer moment.

and what was the point of him throwing Dennis Dixon in? You mean a 23 year old kid goes to strip clubs... how dare him thats uncalled for.

Canzano has a thing for Oregon athletics and Darius Miles...

Fire Canzano

Hey, lets simplify this! His attitude/actions (if you were really following him, ah yrs. ago) before the newest blazers came to town, was "I got the money!!!". So, who hasn't thought "that guy won't play again". Sorry D., the body broke (again) and you fit right in w/the old crowd. Good Luck in retirement and try and keep yourself healthy, don't play with the kids.

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Canzano didn't cheat on his wife and he doesn't have kids.

Remember when the bald moron attacked the Blazers for looking for a corporation to pay money for naming rights to The Rose Garden?
Yeah this is a total hypocrite who makes a
6-figure salary at The O and a reported "high-5" figure salary at KXL...and how does The O and KXL make revenues? BY SELLING ADVERTISING TO CORPORATIONS. Canzano is a hypocrite, an imbecile, a buffoon, a liar and a moron. He's also a very poor columnist with high school level (at best) writing abilities.

[THIS PORTION OF THE COMMENT WAS DELETED DUE TO UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS–ed.] Strange that the Mercury would allow inflammatory and inaccurate and damaging information to be posted on its website.

Who again is the hypocrite?

Ezra sounds like the one with the jealous problem. Canzano is making $500k and winning national awards and hosting a radio program while Ezra is stuck at the PDX Mercury. Yuck. Must suck to be Ezra.

I don't necessarily agree with Canzanos take on Miles, and I do listen to his radio show, but the subsequent lies and venom that anonymous posters are putting on here are not very becoming of any of us.

Canzano isn't married. I work for a government agency, trust me.

What does Canzano's baldness have to do with any of this? Maybe all of you experts should get off your asses and submit some samples of your own writing to the Oregonian if you think you can do better.
Read the column carefully. He's not moralizing. He's questioning Miles' focus and commitment and opining that his lack of work ethic has led to wasted talent.
Players who really love basketball and have the work ethic and focus to make it at the NBA level normally do a lot better at the foul line than Mile's career 58%. They don't scream obscenities at their coaches. Their game doesn't go rapidly downhill after signing a new contract.
Canzano's pessimism is not so unreasonable given Miles' track record. We'll see if Miles can prove him wrong.

What does Canzano's baldness have to do with any of this? Maybe all of you experts should get off your asses and submit some samples of your own writing to the Oregonian if you think you can do better.
Read the column carefully. He's not moralizing. He's questioning Miles' focus and commitment and opining that his lack of work ethic has led to wasted talent.
Players who really love basketball and have the work ethic and focus to make it at the NBA level normally do a lot better at the foul line than Mile's career 58%. They don't scream obscenities at their coaches. Their game doesn't go rapidly downhill after signing a new contract.
Canzano's pessimism is not so unreasonable given Miles' track record. We'll se if Miles can prove him wrong.

Miles constantly attends strip clubs and chain smokes. So do I but I'm not getting paid millions of dollars to be in NBA playing condition.

Verdit: Blazers should cut Miles. Oregonian should cut Canzano.

Miles constantly attends strip clubs and chain smokes. So do I but I'm not getting paid millions of dollars to be in NBA playing condition.

Verdict: Blazers should cut Miles. Oregonian should cut Canzano.

What is the matter with you people? Jealous? Hate your life? What? The personal attacks on Canzano are uncalled for.

I know JC--have known him for years. [THIS PORTION OF THE COMMENT WAS DELETED DUE TO UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS–ed.] and as hard as this may be for you all to believe, he has never eaten his young.

Disagree with him if you like, dislike him if you must, but lay off the scurrilous and false personal attacks. It's sleazy, and wrong, and makes you look like the hypocritical moralist you claim him to be.

I have the luxury of sitting on the fans advisory board for the blazers and the one thing that they did say is Darius Miles will never play again. He has 3 different places of microfracture surgery and with that were load bearing areas. Greg Odens were not. I don't agree with bringing up the Dolphin II as many of them go not just Darius Miles. But yes Darius should just retire.

I know John as well. Great guy. None of the terrible and libelous things written about him here are true. I think people should check their facts.

I know John as well. Great guy. None of the terrible and libelous things written about him here are true. I think people should check their facts. I smell lawsuit.

I guess I touched a nerve with this post, I had no idea.

While I am definitely not a fan of Canzano's writing, I could care less about his personal life, and, obviously, I did not post those claims.

Same way I could care less if Miles chain smokes at the Dolphin II, or Steve Blake helps himself to extra free samples of 'Lil Smokies while at Costco.

It's none of my business.

It's a bit late to wash your hands now, Ezra. You may claim that you could "care less" about Canzano's personal life, but you invited the attacks by declaring him "fair celebrity game".

Why don't you grow up, already?

Reporting on John Canzano. Ah yes, with the same condemning nature that he usually reserves for Miles. Sweet.

Regardless of whether or not you posted the untrue and damaging comments here, Ezra, as an attorney I should tell you that you're liable for monitoring this space and any libelous and/or slanderous materials are your responsibility and the responsibility of the Portland Mercury.

That's basic law, and journalism.

You can't very well print letters to the editor or allow comments in a blog that is published as Portland Mercury property that are libelous/slanderous/damaging.

I'd suggest you re-think this. It's your can of worms.

I'm no lawyer, but I doubt this paper would be responsible if I said something like "Tom Cruise is gay" here on a blog comment. If that was the case, the entire Internet would launch a million lawsuites. Ever read YouTube comments? IMDB?

Take that lawyerman!

The unsubstantiated accusations made above have been removed. Sorry for being late to the game, I should've been checking this more diligently—but frankly? I really hate basketball. I'm trying to think of a sport that's more idiotic… okay, football is worse. But basketball is really ridiculous.

ANYWAY! Unsubstantiated accusations are not allowed on this blog. (Calling someone a douchebag is still okay. If it weren't I would be a very rich man.) Oh, and Mike? One could accuse Tom Cruise of being gay, but it is such an absurd accusation, who would believe it?

You hairy he-men can go back to stridently proving your masculinity now.

Well, better late than never, I guess. But despite the fact that you finally removed the unsubstantiated, ugly, potentially libelous, and for the record, untrue personal attacks on Canzano, the fact that they were posted in the first place is very troubling. And, Ezra, despite your belated attempt to distance yourself from the inflammatory posts, you have only to look at your own screed on Canzano to see where this all came from.

Look--no one is saying that Canzano is above criticism. He is a columnist--he writes his opinions. And people are free to agree or disagree with those opinions. And, people are also free to like or dislike Canzano. Call him a hack, or a gifted writer, or brilliant, or idiotic. It's your prerogative. However, blatant personal attacks, particularly those based in rumor and innuendo, are ugly, and hateful, and just plain wrong. So to all of you who posted earlier and made scurrilous remarks about Canzano's personal life, have the decency to knock it off and refrain from similar attacks in the future. Let's keep the discourse civil.

As with several of the posters above, I also know John. I have known him for many years. He is a good man, a good friend, and a very fine and decent human being. He is also completely innocent of the behavior attributed to him in the posts above before they were deleted. Regardless of what you all think of his writing or opinions, the personal attacks are wrong--so knock it off.

That you all turned a column about Darius Miles into an opportunity to spread false and nasty rumors about Canzano says a lot more about your morals and values than it does about his. And it ain't pretty.

Clearly Canzano can dish it out, but not take it. Hence the reason his "friends" are trolling here and trying to turn the tables on Ezra and The Mercury. Thanks for finally calling the guy out.

"Anyone who has read the Oregonian’s hack Sports columnist John Canzano knows that the guy is unintentionally hilarious, a shrill localized version of the schmaltz of Mitch Albom plus the panicked sensationalism of Stephen A. Smith."

I think that's the single greatest thing ever written about that bald faced prick.

Standing up for Canzano's character and saying personal attacks are bad is one thing, but it's very, very hard to stand up for his ability as a sports columnist. People are getting a little freaky here, so let's just step back and be clear about this: Ezra never said that Canzano kicks puppies, pisses in people's cereal, steals your lunch money, or any other evil, evil personal attack rumors. All he was pointing out is that Canzano is a shit version of a crap sports columnist and his column on Miles was laughable garbage. And Ezra is right. I stopped regularly reading Canzano two years ago because I couldn't remember the last time he had written anything insightful or interesting, and it seems the only time I read him any more is when he's getting attention for making an embarrassing ass of himself over and over.

Canzano has five Pulitzer Prize nominations and according to the Associated Press Sports Editors website (link provided), he's the nation's No. 2 sports columnist. On the other hand Ezra happens to work for a publication that sold its soul to the 1-900-Gay-Porn ads that support it.

The Ezra vs. Canzano debate pretty much begins and ends there. I do not know Canzano. I am not a dyed-hard sports enthusiast either, but I know who Canzano is because I'm a journalist who works for another media outlet in this market and he's well known in this state and his writing is extremely talented and he seems to have y'all right where he wants you, reading him and talking about him and writing about him. I can also perform a Google search where I learned why Ezra, who seems like a passionate fan, is probably suffering from some column envy.

Thanks for the interesting dialogue on ethics, but I agree with the attorney 100 percent. It's pretty simple; one of the factors necessary in a successful libel and/or slander lawsuit is reckless regard, and the author of this blog and the Mercury both acted recklessly in allowing unsubstantiated attacks and potentially damaging misinformation to be posted and perpetuated. Canzano can probably own the Mercury by the end of next week if he wants it. Ezra and his editors should have acted with more professionalism and responsibility.

Oops... Associated Press link from above post on Canzano.

http://apse.dallasnews.com/contest/2006/writing/writing.over250.html

Thanks for the lecture, MOM. Now why don't you jump in the mini-van and run to the store? We're out of Sunny D.

John Canzano is a P.O.S. The discussion starts and ends there. His record speaks for itself. If you are friends with him, I can understand sticking up for him as a friend. But sticking up for him as a sports columnist is unfathomable. Anybody who has a conscience and half a brain knows he is a hack, a terrible columnist, and a deep embarrassment to this city. I am ashamed we have such stupid people working as journalists in this town.

And as far as defending these supposedly libelous comments, Canzano is the same guy who wrote a column about a supposed "rape" committed by Zach Randolph from the perspective of the accuser as thought it were 100% true. That was, if anything, less credible than the comments I posted because an anonymous person can never have the credibility problems Randolph's accuser had (has).

Um, Randolph settled his sexual assault case by paying the victim $500,000. Canzano's column on the incident is easily found on the Internet, and was not only accurate, but fair to Mr. Randolph.

Canzano's column from that incident happened to be on the daughters. It appears that both Randolph and the victim/stripper had young daughters. Canzano wrote of irony, and urged both about their bad decisions and how that might affect the young girls.

I know, Canzano's column is still hanging on the precinct wall.

You have a selective memory "some guy."

Canzano's national reputation as a columnist is stellar, but within this community, he's been welcome if you ask me.

I could not find it "easily". What I "selectively" remember is Canzano employing a cleaver narrative trick where he related the details of the alleged incident from the perspective of the accuser in a manner that created the impression what she alleged actually happened. It was the accuser's perspective as fact.

Sure, there was some other "point" to what he wrote, but the salacious details were the real centerpiece of the column. Sound familiar?

Hey 48, why aren't Canzano's Pulitzer nominations on the Pulitzer website? His stuff must've just been entered.

Who knew Hacky Canzano had so many boyfriends in Portland. It seems like you have touched a nerve Ezra.

Except that Canzano is exactly right. You're a fucking Mercury writer, shut the fuck up about sports.

And the rest of you Darius supporters should take your idiotic selves, hold hands, and dive head-first off the Fremont. Darius is 27 years old and hasn't played organized basketball in 3 years after having major knee surgery. He's fucking lazy and he's fucking dumb. He ain't coming back. There's no interest from any other teams.

HE'S DONE. GET IT THROUGH YOUR FAT FUCKING HEADS.

Chris- you = retard.

You're one of those retarded retards who likes to screams in caps about fat fucking heads and such, but in fact, you = retard.

Anyway- Miles played in a game w/ the team as recently as March of '06, or less than two years ago. Your assertion that he "hasn't played orgnanized basketball in 3 years" speaks to your inherent retardedness. In short, Chris, you're a retard.

Mike--did you actually see any of the games the Blazers played in '06?

That wasn't organized basketball......

And by the way, calling someone a retarded retard doesn't exactly make you look intelligent either. Unless you're 10 years old--which it appears you may be. In that case, I apologize.

And just for the record, Canzano is exactly right--and you all are just jealous bitter people. He is an outstanding writer and columnist, and you can agree with his views or disagree, but there is no denying that he is very good at what he does. Always compelling, always a must read. And so much better than any of the writers at this fishwrap, or any of the other papers in this town--or state, for that matter.

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