Make that "the team had one of the better beat writers in the sport." You see, Luke DeCock has graduated from his duties covering the 'Canes to the vaunted position of "columnist."
Good for Luke. Bad for 'Canes fans. Or at least so say the bloggers.
Here, for example, is the reaction over at red & black hockey from a post entitled "N&O takes two steps backwards":
In [DeCock's] place, the N&O has slotted former NC State Wolfpack beat writer Chip Alexander, who admits that he doesn't know a thing about hockey. This is a huge, huge mistake. There are other writers on the staff (I'm specifically looking at Lorenzo Perez) who are far more capable....People still subscribe to newspapers?
If I were a Raleighite and/or a subscriber to the print edition of the N&O, I would angrily cancel my subscription to the paper.
But the reaction of the day comes from The Acid Queen, who offers this typically restrained musing on the change:
[Alexander's] first post to Lord Stanley's Blog where he bragged about knowing the ACC and NCSU better than Luke has not exactly won friends and influenced people either. I mean, really–LSB is a hockey blog. WHO CARES ABOUT THE ACC OR STATE (unless you're talking about their damn fine hockey club), ya freakin' toolbox?Welcome to the beat and the hockey blogosphere, Chip! Keep your head up -- it's rough out there.