Thursday, March 20, 2008

NCAA Hoops: What Is Being Written About Omaha

With the Qwest Center Omaha hosting first and second round NCAA Tournament games Thursday and Saturday, Omaha is getting its share of attention from scribes around the nation.

Here's a sample of what they are writing:

J. Brady McCollough of the Kansas City Star, catches up with Omaha's most quoted economist.

The Kansas City Beer Blog says no trip to Omaha is complete for anyone with even a passing interest in good beer without going to the Upstream Brewery.

Tim Griffin of ESPN.com writes that Omaha hasn't had this much star power "since Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates were filming 'About Schmidt' here a few years ago."

"Amid railroad tracks, slabs of beef, Warren Buffett's mansion and any other local characteristics worth mentioning, two wonderful freshman players will showcase their skills," writes columnist Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Bob Lutz of the Wichita Eagle relates his five-hour drive to Omaha with three others in a rented Ford Expedition on "Bob's Blog."

Las Vegas freelance photographer Louie Traub writes that he "missed the memo that bars close at 1 a.m." Check out his photo-plentiful post here.

And even Omaha World-Herald reporter Dane Stickney touches on a few city and state stereotypes in "The Elite Eight things to do in Omaha."

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where is Parrault's blog?

W. Paige said...

My buddy Mariotti isn't very bright, doesn't he know Buffett doesn't have a mansion?

Hey, have you heard all of my jokes about corn and how great Colorado is because we have mountains and all you people have is corn? Aren't I funny, aren't I original?

Anonymous said...

How come none of these a-holes mentioned Omaha's rich wrestling history?

Just another example of media bias against the world's most intimate - er, I mean, intense - sport.

--Angry Wrestling Fan

Anonymous said...

The main problem with Omaha is how quickly Omahans apologize for the city. As a non-native transplant, I can tell you that Omaha is a vibrant, busy, cultural city that has the added bonus of being afforable. The Dan Stickney needs to get out more if all he can come up with is shopping, polluted water and a AAA stadium for tourist attractions.

Horatio Caine said...

Maybe they could get J-Dub to show them around town. She seems to know everything about Omaha because she worked for the mayor?

Has she told anyone that in the last five minutes? If she did, it may have been hard to tell because she obviously missed paragraph day in writing class.

More on that rant (see New York Times blog on this site) when time permits. That one's going to take awhile to properly dissect.

Anonymous said...

LOL. That comment about paragraph writing was priceless!

Rob said...

Upstream Brewery rules. Actually, there are a handful of breweries in town that are pretty good... thinking of the Jaipur on 108th and Center in particular.

Anonymous said...

Hey angry wrestling fan -- where's the article in the Weird-Harold about Nebraska being in 2nd after the first day of NCAA's?

Damn Omaha media -- all this frothing at the mouth over a bunch of punkin' pounders and they ignore a great story about a real Cinderella story -- Nebraska wrestling beating Iowa to win the national title.

Idiots...

Anonymous said...

how can they leave out that we are home to Union Pacific Railroad! We've got Hobo's!

Anonymous said...

who f'n cares?

Anonymous said...

Hey 8:38 --- lighten up, Francis

Jess said...

I don't know why people get so pissy about this. The rest of the world outside of Omaha has an idea of what Omaha is, regardless of what anyone says or writes, it will never change.

I will admit that it's not a HUGE metro full of things to do and crazy nightlife, but it has enough and it's nice here.

I can say that with a straight face considering I came from a town that really IS surrounded by corn stalks and doesn't have a stoplight.
I mean...as long as you don't go to North O, South O, head to Walmart after dark, or send your kids to Westside then you're good and the beer flows easy until 1 a.m.

Anonymous said...

Classic, Jess. WTG.

Anonymous said...

I get so tired of how local people always want to brag about Omaha and how great it is. I've lived here for over 20 some years now and I will say that it's your typical Midwestern town. It's pretty quiet, kind of bland, sometimes boring, and a good, safe place to raise a family. There are things to do and such, but it's nothing to scream and shout about. Like the Vegas photographer, I'd much rather pick a card that was sending me to Southern California, D.C., or Florida than Omaha, and so would most people. Omaha is a good city, but it's not this fantastic, amazing place that many of our locals want to drum up all the time.

Anonymous said...

3:32 -- you're right, Omaha and its relatively safe vibe are really lame compared to D.C. (political corruption), Florida (hurricanes) and SoCal (earthquakes, gang violence, overrun by illegal immigrants, etc., etc.).

Certainly nothing to crow about here in Omaha when you compare it to those sh*tholes...LOL.

Horatio Caine said...

More on this topic on this page of the blog - http://cityweeklymediawatch.blogspot.com/2008/03/new-york-times-features-omahas-film.html

Have fun.

Anonymous said...

Thank God the sports freaks are leaving town. Not everyone needs to relive their failed high school glories through others. Seriously, it is all over the front page of the paper, all over tv, super hyped by news orgs all past their own glory days desperate to get anyone to glance if only for a second. It's like I've had a steady stream of religious zealots knocking on my door to hand out literature.

Anonymous said...

Omaha - home of Matt Perrault!

How much more hick can you get than that?

Anonymous said...

I agree the Upstream is a great place with great beer....uummm, beer.

If anyone thinks Warren Buffett's house is mansion, then I've got a bridge to sell....however, compared to my home, I guess his is a mansion, but Terry Watanabe might disagree.

oh Omaha....

Anonymous said...

I have to be honest I came in for the college World Series from Irvine, CA and expected Omaha to be a dump. Boy was I wrong; the food; the people; and the atmosphere was amazing. I loved the downtown area with the shopping and restaurants. Will definitely go back if UC Irvine makes it!!

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