You guys had to be expecting this from me, right? After being thoroughly called out by ESPN.com and Jeremy Benson about my article “Squaw & Alpine Sign Letter of Intent,” Squaw does in fact, not only sign the letter of intent, but goes on to actually purchase Alpine. So let it be heard loud & clear: “i told you so espn & jeremy…tee hee.”
The most spineless thing ESPN.com did actually happened today, when they changed the title of their reactionary post from:
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Merger Unlikely
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows To Merge
…pretty weak sauce to whole heartedly call us out like that, then cover your tracks, methinks.
So, what did Jeremy and ESPN.com do to prove I was wrong in their article?
“Could it really be happening this time or is UnofficialSquaw.com just blowing smoke? — so I decided to investigate.” – Jeremy Benson
OH, and investigate HE DID…by calling all the people in the industry that would obviously have no information nor clearance to even speak on the subject such as: PR personnel, media contacts, Troy Caldwell (who owns Whitewolf and has absolutely no association with neither KSL nor JMA’s business strategeries), and yeah, he actually only called 5 people. That’s kinda like calling the 1-800 number of Willy Wonka Factory to find out what their top-secret new candy will be.
“Based on my research, it would seem that there aren’t any negotiations taking place between JMA and KSL and consequently no letter of intent to start any deal…” -Jeremy Benson
Oh, thanks Jeremy. That was some “thorough research.” Very impressive. Can’t wait to see what you dig up next.
After that first “letter of intent” article came out, we were getting phone calls from all kinds of people including espn, powder, more. They all wanted to know if we just made it all up to drive traffic to our site. Nope.