Ron Judd is a moron

Who is he, you may ask?

He is a staff writer for the Seattle Times sports section. And he can’t even get his Star Trek references correct, either!

I wish that I could post a link to his Sunday article about hating hydroplane racing, but the link (and promised poll) does not exist on the Times’ website. Theoretically, it does if you register to use the archives, but since this was yesterday’s paper, it is kind of strange that the story is no longer accessible. And when I did find reference to it and clicked on the link, it simply redirected me to the sports webpage. So, not only is Ron Judd a moron, but the website sucks.

There was a “love ’em, hate ’em” debate in the Times about the hydros yesterday, as it was Seafair weekend. Ron Judd took the hate ’em side. His whole philosophy – hydros are old, come into the 21st century, everyone, and get rid of this irrational attachment that we have to this tradition, because it’s too loud and noisy – “cut the cord, already,” he says.

The worst part about the article was that he then dragged a Star Trek analogy into it:
“For many of them (hydro fans), the cord remains, twisted around the cerebral cortex like one of those insidious cranial grub worms Ricardo Montalban stuck in Lt. Chekov’s helmet in that creepy scene from ‘Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.'”

Let us count the errors in this analogy, shall we?

First of all, he got the title of the movie wrong – it is ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.’ I know, a small detail, but obviously he was not paying attention. Also, Chekov was not a lieutenant in that movie. He wasn’t even a lieutenant in the original TV show – he was an ensign. Chekov’s rank in Star Trek II, as first officer of the USS Reliant, was commander – and he was referred to as “Commander Chekov” more than once in the movie. And they weren’t grub worms, they were ceti eels. But I’ll let that one slide, because the description of what they did is apt enough. Still, if you can’t use Star Trek properly – DON’T!!!

Anyway, I wonder if Ron Judd even grew up around here. He seems to have no respect for tradition or a sense of fun. He reminds me of all of these growth-management people who LOVE the great outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, and insist that they must be kept PRISTINE for city dwellers to go hiking in on weekends with all of their REI gear (apparently, his job is to write about the outdoors and outdoor sports/trails for the Times). No matter that private landowners might want to build anything – the land MUST be kept pure.

So what if Seafair gets kind of kitschy and weird and the boats are loud? Once upon a time, Seattle had a sense of community and fun as a blue-collar town that enjoyed this once a year festival as a chance to celebrate water, hydros, and the Blue Angels’ acrobatics. With Judd’s argument, he would strip all of that away in favor of a white-collar only Seattle of the 21st century, complete with crappy elections, a Starbucks on every corner, and light rail to nowhere.

God forbid we should have fun anymore in this town. And if you don’t like it, Ron Judd, feel free to take a hike. Literally.

One Response to “Ron Judd is a moron”

  1. efish
    August 8th, 2005 11:50

    Found the links…
    Rod Judd’s rant: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/PrintStory.pl?document_id=2002425149&zsection_id=2002115459&slug=hate07&date=20050807

    The arguement FOR the Hydros:

    Links are to the ‘print’ version so you should be able to view without registering.