I'm not talking about reporting. They're all competent at that to be sure. As soon as Pam Anderson made her entrance outside the tournament area and into T.J. Cloutier and Billy Baxter into the Poker Hall of Fame, with last year's champion Joe Hachem on-hand to usher in the Main Event. It was followed by a Q&A period in which one of the new media arrivals stood up to ask Hachem a question. He started by gracefully congratulating the two hall-of-famers, but could not recall Billy Baxter's name and with an apology continued on to interrogate Joe Hachem.
Can you imagine a reporter forgetting Joe Montana's name while he was being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame? I hung my head in shame and fought the urge to exclaim, "His name is Billy Baxter! Don't you know who Billy Baxter is?" But I didn't.
In fact it was Joe Hachem who beat me to the next punch. Another media newbie asked Hachem what he thought of all the masses winning their seat into the Main Event via satellite just has he had done the year before. To which Hachem responded, "First of all, sir, you should really do your research. I didn't win my seat via satellite - I bought in," before continuing to address the question disconcertedly.
Thanks, Joe. I couldn't have said it better myself.