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For the Rocky Mountain News, the Post's boneheadedness is like a gift from above. Prior to this announcement, the hottest topic at the dailies was the prospect that the Rocky would lose its newspaper exclusive on Saturday -- but such talk was pushed to the back of the shelf by the new stadium-name guidelines. The Rocky got things just right in its enjoyably snotty August 9 editorial, "Invesco Field, Despite All" ("We'll be calling it Invesco Field, for the simple reason that we report the news and Invesco Field happens to be the name of the place"), and even Vince Carroll, who's not exactly Mr. Comedy, got off some funny lines at the Post's expense. The Post, meanwhile, is being made a journalistic laughingstock from coast to coast; as Rocky columnist Gene Amole wrote on August 10, even CNN gave the ridiculous brouhaha coverage.

Some will argue that the Post deserves praise for being pugnacious, but that would be true only if execs at the paper were up front about their motives, instead of yelping, as editor Glenn Guzzo did in an August 12 column, that they're going with the Mile High name largely because that's the way most people will refer to it. (Does that mean the Oakland Raiders will henceforth be known as the Oakland Bastards? Just wondering.) In every other way, though, the Post's choice looks reactionary, foolish, provincial -- the sort of thing that explains why so many people elsewhere in these United States continue to view Denver as a cowtown.

DenverRadio.net's new owner is Jimmy Lakey.
Phil Anson
DenverRadio.net's new owner is Jimmy Lakey.

Dean Singleton has said he wants the Post to be a great newspaper. Judging by this (and lots more), it's got one helluva long way to go.

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