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A bit of clarity in the Kelly chaos

By Todd Franko (Contact)

Published August 8, 2011

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I’ve stayed out of the Kelly Pavlik fray for more than a year. The dysfunction that is Team Pavlik became too much to watch professionally not long after the Rubio/Covelli Centre fight.

Note that when the rise to greatness all started, there was not enough of Pavlik for me professionally. I liked him for him and I liked him for the Valley. 

I won’t bore you with a list of how The Vindy got behind the Pavlik parade, and lead it in many ways — from the Butler museum to charity softball. It was significant enough that people would occasionally poke that “we never covered Ray Mancini like that” -- which I find amusing as I continue to bump into Mancini front pages and Rotogravures of him from throughout the 1980s.

But I honestly don’t care anymore — even to write this.

But I do want to extend a thank-you to the Vindy staff — namely sports guys Joe Scalzo and Rob Todor, managing editor Mark Sweetwood, and photo guys Bill Lewis and Bob Yosay — who have ridden a bumpy Pavlik roller coaster over the last two years.

It’s included being locked out of workouts, not being invited where other media were invited, being publicly chided for covering Pavlik legal issues as we do his sports issues. It included their work being chastised by Pavlik in national sports publications. It’s included the most important of Pavlik career conversations happening with other national media instead of the one that directly relates to the local audience that carried him to his big paydays.

And it continued to last week, when Pavlik cancelled his bout. As a phalanx of boxing media crushed the story, he claimed — for whatever reason — that The Vindy did not even call him for his opinion. A flat out lie.

Whatever ... It’s over in the eyes of most logical observers. 

I don’t wish ill on Pavlik; not a bad guy, but one caught in a vicious rope-a-dope of life, business and perspective. As I said, I honestly don’t care anymore — even if he manages to surprise us all and come back.

I just want to ensure that the hard work of local journalists should not get relegated to cheap shrapnel amid a Sheen-like demise.


1JerryP(19 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

If your motive was truly to just thank your staff for their work then why not do so and leave it at that? Better yet, why not thank them in private and move on instead of taking the low road and twisting the knife even further?

By injecting your personal opinions and commentary you made yourself look less like a professional journalist and more like a jilted ex-girlfriend.

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2walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Jerry P,

I believe the title of the piece is "A bit of clarity in the Kelly chaos" not "A Thank You to the Vindy Staff". It is also not opinion or commentary when a reporter lists the things that have happened to them in the past covering this slug. But, when you start telling lies to the public, the gloves are off in my book. The Vindicator has been extremely kind and accommodating for Kelly over the past. The statement "Whatever ... It’s over in the eyes of most logical observers" is opinion, but is accurate and rather tame criticism.

For me, I wouldn't go to see this bum fight his brother in a cage match in the St. Mathias parking lot by his parents house even if they gave away free sausage sandwiches and beer served in special "Kelly-sized" mugs.

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3Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Nice piece....

"As I said, I honestly don’t care anymore — even if he manages to surprise us all and come back. "

He burned way too many bridges.

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4computer_rick(137 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago


I would go to see him in a cage match, if like you say, there will be free beer and sausage sandwiches. But only if they are Dirusso's... Light on the sauce, with onions and peppers. No cheese.

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