No, not better than Shaughnessy. Exactly like Shaughnessy. At Boston Sports Media Watch, Bruce Allen is running a Shaughnessy write-alike contest:
... Next week, the New York Mets come into town, and of course with them will be Pedro Martinez. We know Shaughnessy will write a column about the return of Pedro. You probably have a good idea what it is going to read... Read more
Over at Boston Sports Media Watch, Bruce Allen summarizes what he's learned about the local sports media in the four year's he's been following them. Among his observations: Local sports radio panders to idiots and Bob Ryan is a glorious exception to the rule that local sports writers are petty and thin skinned - especially his colleague, the Curly-Haired Boyfriend:
... [Shaughnessy] emailed me,... Read more
Bruce Allen puts off flying to California for his wedding and honeymoon just long enough to post results from the annual Boston Sports Media Watch best/worst columnists poll.
Yep, they have one, and it seems to be just the place for major-league snark. Just today:
Sheriff Sully genially notes that Dan Shaughnessy could not get basic facts about Matt Hasselback right - such as Shaughnessy having him winning a Massachusetts schoolboy award that doesn't exist.
For this one post, Beth could change the name of her blog to Cursed to Worst, because she skewers know-it-all sportswriters who have to rain on the parade of happy Sox fans instead of actually trying to discover new facts:
... I want to know the conversations Theo had, with John Henry, with his friends and family, with a player on the team, perhaps?... Read more
A lonely Nation no longer turns its eyes to you, Theo Epstein.
Charley on Blue Mass. Group: I don't know what he'll be doing, but I like having him around. Best sports news this winter.
Red Sox Soul:Welcome to Theopolis!
I can't WAIT to hear the new title, although I'm pretty sure it's not Larry's Bitch...
In today's deliciously snippy if ultimately irrelevant to 99.9% of us column by Alex Beam, we learn that Alex doesn't make $250,000 a year for writing two columns a week. Hmm, but how much, one wonders, does Dan "Five Columns in One Week" Shaughnessy pull down? Although one also wonders if he gets docked for recycling month-old columns.
OK, I swear this is the last Johnny Damon post (well, of the night, anyway). The Chief once again uses his photographic memory (or his Lexis/Nexis account, your choice) to play Dan Shaughnessy against himself - apparently, Shaughnessy doesn't think anybody will remember anything he wrote three weeks ago, let alone in April.
Dan Shaughnessy Watch is a new blog devoted to CHB fisking and dedicated to:
all those who find wrenching the mere presence of a mule like Dan Shaughnessy on the pages of a major city daily.
Globe ombudsman Richard Chacon concludes his two-part overview of the relationship between the Red Sox and the Globe without once mentioning the whole Larry Lucchino/Dan Shaughnessy thing. And then there's the whole accepting-World-Series-rings thing, on which he backpedals.
His first column was respectful but tough. This one is, uh, respectful.... Read more
Keeping his powder dry. In response to pleas to discuss Theogate and the role of the press, Mark writes, on his blog:
... I am keeping my powder dry, watching, reporting and preparing to do a major piece on this in next week's (not this week's) dead tree version of the Phoenix. This drama raises a lot of meaty issues and has not played... Read more
Bruce sums it all up with a note on what he learned from Theo and John Henry:
All the things that were NOT reasons why Theo resigned.
Shots and Sheriff Sully provide the second-by-second commentary of the Theo press conference, along with some pre-conference notes:
... I love how Globe writers haven't been allowed on WEEI for more than five years because the... Read more