Adrian Dater No Longer With The Denver Post: My Experience

By now, you have probably heard that Adrian Dater is no longer working for the Denver Post.  The latest issue was related to his use of social media, which has always been a contentious point with him.  He was brutal on twitter to even the nicer people who disagreed with him.  The dancing-on-the-grave seen on twitter over the loss of his job says a lot about his style there.  He blocked and bullied plenty of people.  They gave it back to him as well.

Let me tell you about my experience with Dater.

About five and a half years ago, an item came across my RSS feed from Dater that I couldn’t believe he posted.  This was after his rant about ESPN that he took down and apologized for.  This one was about women calling NBA games.  He was, to put it nicely, against it.  But when I went looking for the post on the Denver Post site, it was gone.  I tried to contact the Post about it, ask for a comment, but I got no response.  They already seemed to know about it.  I wrote Dater directly, and he responded, but he didn’t want to talk about it.  I wrote about his post, and later, he apologized in the All Things Avs blog on the Denver Post site.  That apology was later taken down.

Cut to a few months later.  Dater was meeting up with some Avs fans at my favorite Denver hockey bar, SoBo 151.  I went, and hung out for a bit.  I was trying to find a good time to tell him who I was, that I was the guy who wrote about him and his post, and it took a little while until I got the opportunity.  Finally, I let him who I was, and waited for the backlash.  There was a pause, and then he surprised me.  He was super gracious.  He was nice as hell about it.  I wrote something that gave him negative attention from a wider audience, and he was not mad at me, at least in the moment.  He joked a little about it, and he shared a few personal things.  It was not what I expected.

Let’s be clear.  I did not go to meet him to rub anything in his face.  I went because if you write something about someone, you take your licks.  I was ready to get my head ripped off.  I was surprised when I didn’t.

Later, on social media, he was a lot less gracious.  He was much more biting, much more aggressive, back to his old ways.  I wound up blocking him on twitter before he blocked me.  He blocked a lot of fans that relied on him for information.  He made a lot of things about himself that should have been about the team he covered.  His rudeness was celebrated by some, admonished by others.  I wasn’t interested in that game, and it made following the Avalanche harder.

What it seems like is there were two Adrian Daters, the one most everyone experienced on twitter, blogs, podcasts and other media, and the one people who saw him in person knew.  The stories about Dater from people who he had time for, who he helped, who he mentored and was friends with paint a very different picture from the one who wrote angry, biting, belittling and sometimes abusive things online.  He helped people who sought him out, including Jessica Redfield.  He was awful to people, and he was good to people.

It’s too bad the way things went down.  I feel bad for him and I feel bad for the people he hurt.  I’m glad that he doesn’t have the position he once had to lash out at people who wanted to know more about the team they loved.  I’m glad he is going to finally address some of his issues, ones he mentioned on facebook about no longer being with the Post.

And I hope that the culture that allowed this to go on for so long, that allowed the behavior that got this bad, is finally squashed.   I’ve seen some of it from other writers at the Post.  Perhaps it had something to do with the culture and people already there.  But then again, they have decent writers (Terry Frei, for example) who doesn’t pull the kinds of shenanigans we’ve seen.

For a long time, Avs fans have deserved better from the Denver Post and their beat writer.  It’s too bad it had to come to this to get there.

Reading Hockey Blogs the Easy Way.

The internet is awesome, isn’t it? I mean, we have all sorts of things to keep us occupied, like hockey blogs, and hockey podcasts, and… other hockey blogs! But clicking around the internet is tedious work, and disappointing when you visit a site over and over only to find it looks exactly the same as before.

Or what if the site itself just plain looks bad, makes it hard to read (fonts too small, bad color choices, eye straining or distracting flash banners and ads), or is so chock full of advertisements that you can barely tell the ads from the good stuff. An unreadable site isn’t going to keep you coming back, even if the writing is amazing.

This post is completely devoid of hockey content, but may help a few of you. From delivering content to you automatically to making the web easier to read, use any of these tools freely available to make reading hockey blogs simpler and more enjoyable. Even the experienced among you may find something new.

If you have something that helps people read hockey blogs, feel free to stick them in the comments.


The absolute simplest way to read hockey blogs, or find out when new content is available, is to use RSS. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary, but what’s the fun of that?), and it really is simple. RSS will deliver content to you, as it is updated. You don’t have to do anything special for the content to come to you. What could be easier? If you see this symbol on a website, or even in the address bar of your browser, that means the site has RSS available:


Note that the color of the symbol may be a little different from site to site, or browser to browser, but it looks relatively the same. Click on that, and you are on your way to the easy days of reading content.

Very few blogs, podcast, or websites that are dynamically updated (as in, new content producing sites) turn off their RSS feeds. Your browser should automatically detect if the site you are on has a feed available, and will show you the feed icon, making life super easy for you.

Some sites (like my sites) put the full content of their site into their RSS feed, and some only put a summary of their content into the feed. This is at the discretion of the site owner, but even so, you know that new content is available, and don’t have to waste your time going back to a site over and over to see if there is something new.

Feed Reader:

Now that you know about RSS – and how simple it really is – what do you do with that RSS feed? Stick it in an RSS reader, of course.

And RSS reader – or feed reader – updates periodically and checks for new content at set intervals. It’s much the same as the iTunes podcast feature (you do listen to podcasts, right?) in that it brings the content to you. There are a bunch of feed readers out there, some online and some as desktop programs. There are even readers for mobile devices. Here are but a few:


Google Reader – This is widely the most popular online reader, thanks to the google name. It’s also super easy to use, and has plenty of organization to keep your feeds in good shape. Best of all, it’s free. If you tell it the URL of a site you want to subscribe to, it will find the feed for it automatically, making it even easier to deal with RSS.

Bloglines – another popular choice.

Here’s a Google Search that will help you find more options.


Endo – I use Endo for my desktop feed reader. It’s easy to use, I like the organization, and it keeps things fairly organized. It’s not as well supported as it could be, but it works, and works well.

NetNewsWire – A popular choice.

Times – Not my favorite, but an interesting interface, and some people like it. Not as user friendly to set up, but once it’s set, it’s good to go.

Here’s an article with more mac based options.


Feedreader – Simple and efficient. I think this is what I used when I was PC based.

FeedDemon – From the same people as NetNewsWire.

Here’s a few more from

Keep in mind that most browsers (Safari, FireFox, etc.) can act as feed readers, as can many email clients. I like using a program dedicated to the task, but with all the options you have, it’s all about how you like to read your content.


Instapaper is a game changer. It’s a web based… it’s hard to describe. In fact, it’s so simple, it seems like it should have less impact than it does. But here goes.

Instapaper will save online content for you to read later. With a simple bookmarklet (a bookmark that sits in your browser and executes a function when you click it), Instapaper automatically saves the page for you to read when you feel like it, be that in an hour, a day, or a year. Think about it this way. With one click, I can save something I would normally have skipped over and forgotten, kicked to curb in a fit of tl:dr (too long, didn’t read).

This is from the Instapaper FAQ:

From a personal perspective, I appreciate great writing, but I’ve become frustrated with the quick-consumption nature of many devoted blog readers. Authors are encouraged to cater to drive-by visitors hurrying through their feed readers by producing lightweight content for quick skimming.

There’s no time to sit and read anything when you’re going through 500 feed items while responding to email, chatting, and watching bad YouTube videos.

As a result, popular blogs are now full of useless “list posts” with no substance or value.

Well-written content is out there, and we do have opportunities every day to read it — just not when we’re in information-skimming, speed-overload mode. But we can all read while waiting in long lines, commuting (although please not while driving), or sitting on the goofy chairs in the shoe area and being supportive while our wives are shopping.

The times we find information aren’t always ideal for consuming it. Instapaper helps you bridge that gap.

And how. Again, it’s amazing how a simple little button can change how you read on the internet, and how easy it is to come back to good writing. If something is too long to read in the moment, or you don’t have the time or mindset to read it right now, click the link, and move on. It’s that easy. Try it out for a while. Instapaper is free, and it may work for you too.


This is something new I found, and it’s helping me read more and more content, with less distraction and less aggravation. Readability takes a blog page, or other websites, and strips out the BS. It formats a page to bring you only the content, and eliminates sidebars, ads, images, footers, and headers. It changes the font and background into a more readable style. You didn’t go to that website to watch ads, did you? You didn’t start reading hockey blogs so annoying flashing banners would tell you about things you could care less about, right? You don’t have to watch the videos on the sidebar, or have rollover popup ads get in your way. You don’t have to squint to read unbelievably small font sizes, or suffer through poor site design choices just to get to what you really came for. Readability is the best thing to hit my browser in a long time. And again, it’s free.

Key commands on a Mac:

Two small helpful tips for Mac users. Command + and Command – will make the font size of a website bigger and smaller. Command 0 restores it to default (that’s command plus, command minus, and command zero).

Also, for a cool trick, try command-option-control-8. That turns the screen color negative. Instead of black type on a white screen, you get white type on a black screen, which can help take the strain off your eyes for a while. The same keys change the screen back.


Everything I posted here is free. Every program, every site, every trick, it’s all free. It’s designed to help you get to the content other people are producing, and get that content easier, better, faster, and in a more enjoyable fashion.

You want to read hockey blogs, right? You want to make it easier to get to those blogs, and the people who write the blogs want you to read. Why else publish it on the web? So pick up a few tools and start subscribing. You will find that you can read more in less time, and enjoy the experience even more.

Good luck, and get to reading.

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iPhone Test

Yes, I am moving away from the “famous” Treo, and am dealing with the iPhone. Not all is flawless, so I have to give this thing a tear. Sorry to annoy you.

To make up for it, I give you a picture I love. Enjoy.

New Site: JAHL Hockey Contacts

“Hey, Tapeleg, the blogging has been a little sparse lately, what’s the deal?”

Well, I’ll tell you what the deal is. I’ve been working on a little project that I just “finished,” and now that it’s done, I’m making it public.

The JAHL Hockey Contacts site has contact info for teams and league offices all over North America, and for the IIHF nations. Leagues included are:


The site is ad free, and is lightweight, so it loads fast, and it is accessible from PDAs and mobile phones. It is searchable by tags or by search form. If you want to see every team in a specific league, or all teams in a state or province, just click on the tag, and all those teams are displayed. Each contact page has a link to a Google Map to the team’s arena.

The address of the site is:

If you find any errors, or have some additions, let me know. There’s a contact form at the site.

I hope you find it useful.

Theodore Goes down

Theodore Goes down, originally uploaded by Tapeleg.

Theodore takes a knee to the head, bur is staying in. We’ll see what happens.

Avs Vs. Canucks: At the Game

Avs Vs. Canucks: At the Game, originally uploaded by Tapeleg.

Fireworks off the bat, here at Le Can, and you can guess who is getting the loudest cheers. Parker is checking, Hannan is fighting, Foppa is shooting, and the Avs are up 1-0. So far, so good. Lots of hockey left.

Avs Win at a High Price

Avs Win at a High Price, originally uploaded by Tapeleg.

The Avs win the game 5 -2. I have more photos to put up later, but for now, a good win with a cost that we won’t know for a few days. Let’s just hope Ryan Smyth and Marek Svatos are all right.

Smyth Goes Down

Smyth Goes Down, originally uploaded by Tapeleg.

Ryan Smyth is leaving the game on a stretcher, after being checked into the angled part of the boards at the Avs bench. Also suffering an injury was Marek Svatos, who has a knee injury, and his return is in doubt. That’s what was announced to the media, whom I am sitting in front of.

Avs vs Kings: At the Game

Avs vs Kings: At the Game, originally uploaded by Tapeleg.

So far, so good. It’s a party at Le Can tonight.

Go Avs!

End of 1st: No Fights Yet

End of 1st: No Fights Yet, originally uploaded by Tapeleg.

..but the Chiefs are winning.