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SUMMIT UP
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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column overhwelmed with O.J. jokes.We knew we were asking for this when we put the world’s most infamous football player on the cover of Friday’s paper. Some folks wrote us to complain about our lack of taste, and the “stars in our eyes.” Trust us, we knew what we were doing.How could we not throw it on the cover? It’s O.J., for Pete’s sakes. It’s not often you get a guy with that much character to come into our town and talk about our little hamlets. Some folks didn’t like how he bashed Breckenridge – but we thought it was funny, and we here at SU still love Breckenridge, if anyone was wondering.And yes, we also understood the more serious overtones. Historically, women have despised him, which he’s fully aware of. We even mentioned it in the story. And, while some reactions to the placement of the story were limited by downright shock and shame at this rag, others went another route.One guy wrote in and said, “Well, I’m glad O.J decided not to stay in Summit County. I suppose he choose to just cut and run!!”Ha ha, we say, that’s funny – unless you’re O.J. But jokes aside, O.J. definitely makes some folks uncomfortable, and made some of our newsroom staff feel a little, um, tweaked as well.But you still ask, how could we? We know our main job as a newspaper is to be a watchdog of government and a source for community bulletin boards. At the same time, we want to be entertaining as much as we can.

How could we not throw it on the cover? It’s O.J., for Pete’s sakes. It’s not often you get a guy with that much character to come into our town and talk about our little hamlets. Some folks didn’t like how he bashed Breckenridge – but we thought it was funny, and we here at SU still love Breckenridge, if anyone was wondering.And yes, we also understood the more serious overtones. Historically, women have despised him, which he’s fully aware of. We even mentioned it in the story. And, while some reactions to the placement of the story were limited by downright shock and shame at this rag, others went another route.One guy wrote in and said, “Well, I’m glad O.J decided not to stay in Summit County. I suppose he choose to just cut and run!!”

Ha ha, we say, that’s funny – unless you’re O.J. But jokes aside, O.J. definitely makes some folks uncomfortable, and made some of our newsroom staff feel a little, um, tweaked as well.But you still ask, how could we? We know our main job as a newspaper is to be a watchdog of government and a source for community bulletin boards. At the same time, we want to be entertaining as much as we can.

If that weren’t in our hemisphere, this column probably wouldn’t exist.***It’s birthday time!! And this comes from Mary, who wants to wish her special someone a special day.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful fiancé Randy Hills!!We will celebrate once I get back into town! I love you very much, love your beautiful fiancee.”***It’s Saturday, and our book name today is the “The Loneliest Bronco on the Interstate.” E-mail us at summitup@summitdaily.com, or call us at (970) 668-4618. We’re out …


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