Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Addition By Subtraction?

Shank is a no-show on 98.5 The sports Hub during his normal Tuesday 11 - 1 slot with Scott Zolak & Marc Bertrand. I can't help but wonder if this is CBS Sports Boston management finally realizing how little Shank adds to the show. If that's the case, good riddance.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Second Guessing, Ad Infinitum

Looks like that earlier call of Shank not being able to criticize the Patriots anymore was a bit premature:

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Super Bowl Shank

Just kidding - Shank's column is about... Shank:
Nineteen eighty-six. Thirty years ago. The first Boston Sports Renaissance.

Those were heady days here in the Globe sports department. And in the Shaughnessy household.

I got to cover, and travel with, two of the most exciting teams in the history of our town. Every day. The 1985-86 world champion Boston Celtics, a.k.a. the greatest NBA team of all time; and the 1986 Red Sox, the team that came closer than any team in baseball history to winning a World Series without actually winning the World Series.

I’m the dope who quit the Celtics beat and opted to follow the Red Sox instead. And I owe it all to Hall of Famers Peter Gammons and Bob Ryan, the two greatest baseball and basketball writers, respectively, who ever lived.
I can't wait to hear this column again Tuesday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub - riveting radio!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Shank At Springsteen?

Eagle-eyed reader Walter R. sends along this link about last night's Bruce Springsteen concert. The story centers on Governors Charlie Baker and Chris Christie being in attendance, but Walter points out a (possible) certain Boston Globe sports columnist, sitting behind the guy in the blue shirt in the upper right corner.

Two columns a week, a radio appearance, grueling one mile runs, going to concerts - how does he maintain this frantic pace?


Looks like Shank was indeed there:

Thursday, February 04, 2016


I'm checking out Deadspin this afternoon and read the weekly football column by Drew Magary. Drew's not exactly a fan of things Boston, and that includes Our Man Shank:
Sunday Afternoon Movie Of The Week For Browns Fans

Spotlight, which is a good movie EXCEPT for a scene at the beginning where Michael Keaton sees that Liev Schreiber is reading Shank’s Curse of the Bambino because Schreiber is new to Boston and is trying to UNDERSTAND THE CULCHAH OF SAWXLAND NATION. And then Keaton is like, “Hey, that’s a great fackin’ book!” Bullshit. All lies. How can I trust the rest of the movie when it starts out like that? Also, by law, any movie set in Boston must include the words THIS TOWN spoken by at least nine different characters. THIS TOWN… it’s nawt like othah fackin’ towns!
Shank's Curse of the Bambino - still winning rave reviews after all these years!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Change Of Pace Offered

Maybe Shank just became aware that he can't shit on the Patriots for three more weeks until spring training starts for the Red Sox, so now we get one of the local high school basketball stories, set in a time long ago, designed to not make Shank look like an asshole.
High school basketball tournaments start later this month. Championships will be won and lost. Memories to last a lifetime — good and bad memories — will be made.

This is about a championship lost. And a bad moment for a good kid.

Let’s go back to the 1970s, and Larry Bird and his high school teammate, Beezer Carnes. Beezer’s missed free throws knocked Spring Valley out of the prestigious Indiana high school basketball tournament 42 years ago. In a conversation with Dan Patrick last year, Bird said, “The dream was to be good enough to play against the big schools. Unfortunately, I played with a kid who kept missing free throws and we didn’t get there.’’

When Patrick followed by asking, “You’re not over it, are you?,’’ Bird snapped, “Never. It was a big loss. I was at a party about two years ago and this lady in her 70s looked at my friend and said, ‘What are you doing here? After missing those free throws back in ’74, you shouldn’t even show your face.’ ’’

Which brings us to Steve Hazard, my former Groton High School teammate who made a mistake in a big game 43 years ago and was never the same after it happened.
What Shank basketball column isn't complete without a Larry Bird sighting?

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Luck Of The Irish?

Here's a new one, folks!

Rehash Radio - II

That was a difficult prediction...

What's Old Is New Again - II

Why is Shank constantly looking backward?