The Oregonian’s “Negative Nancy” came to us from the Bay Area and Indiana daily newspapers. Historians* have placed his Indy beat writing days during the tenure of Bob Knight. Don’t blame Canzano for developing the knack to rip apart storied sports teams, since Knight’s relatively well known for providing journalism nuggets. But as his craft for “investigating a story” grew in strength, he needed greater journalistic challenges.
As a native Oregonian and lover of all sports teams north of Junction City, I have spent countless hours exposed to his venom. Trust me, it’s difficult to avoid him. Canz is the LEAD sports columnist. In the world of journalism that means he gets first dibs on breaking news. It also means he appears on 1080/750 AM during our afternoon drive-time home. What I don’t share in Big Suke’s love for LA Weight Loss, I do share in his knack for rebutting Canz’ comments. On 1080 “The Fan”, Big Suke becomes the voice of Portland to Canzano’s spew of discontent. No doubt Canz haters have their own extension on the “Whiner line”.
Unfortunately, people want to hear what is broken about something that appears perfect. We hate perfection (19-0), but LOVE adversity (18-1). As much as we want our teams to BE perfect, their imperfections are what make them tangible to us. Our precious Trailblazers, Ducks, Beavers, Pilots, Vikings, etc. can never be as perfect as we want them to be. Canzano points out that bald-faced truth to us, which is why he sucks.
*Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia