The Patriots are a team unlike any other team, playing in a league unlike any other league. They have changed the concept of spectator sports for us, extracting the time-tested notion of what might happen on any given Sunday. For Patriots fans, every week is Groundhog Week.Covering and writing about the Patriots must have become boring for Shank, so he'll try to fool the rubes with a few phony suck-up columns.
I got out of bed Monday morning to the sound of radio guys talking about how great the Patriots are and how stupid the Raiders were on Sunday. I heard that the Patriots are 17-point favorites against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday at Gillette. I picked up the morning rags and saw where Tom Brady is being compared to Michelangelo. I heard humble Tom deflecting all credit on his contractually obligated weekly radio gig. I heard more radio commentary where hosts submitted an edgy, hot-take poll question forcing Pats fans to make a choice:
1. Are the Patriots awesome?
Or . . .
2. Are the Patriots, like, really awesome?
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Chiefs gonna lose. Cutler appears out for next week. Everything going Pats way again as usual.— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) November 19, 2017
Some followers weren't buying it:
Yeah, the way the Pats lost their number 1 receiver before season started, now Hogan out, one of better d linemen out, special teams cap out. It all just lines up for them. Imagine if they had skill, talent and coaching. Cause only opposing teams have hardship.— Peter Prodromou(@petepro2) November 19, 2017
Yes because God knows if only the Great Jay Cutler were healthy it would make all the difference— Greg Temmallo(@MarlboroGMan) November 19, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
And, of course, Shank doesn't appear to quote Sun Tzu - it's more like the Napoleon Bonaparte quote may have aped a Sun Tzu quote, but that's it. Second - I have trouble believing Shank's read The Art of War or much of anything else.
The Celtics in Boston at this hour are more popular than free food. They are the biggest story in the NBA, their TV ratings are off the charts, and we cover them the way Fox News covers Donald Trump, the way CNN covered Barack Obama.You're not supposed to acknowledge media bias, Shank! Didn't they teach you that at Holy Cross?
Never is heard a discouraging word. Normally skeptical reporters turn to jelly around this team. Everything is awesome. We are all Baghdad Bobs. We are all Tommy Heinsohn.Impressive command of the French language!
Je suis Johnny Most.
Truth be told, it has me a little off my game.I wonder if Shank's ever heard of the 1986 Celtics?
The scalding Celtics play the world champion Warriors at the Garden Thursday, and New England is agog. The Celtics have won 13 in a row and the Warriors are the greatest team on the planet, perhaps the best ever assembled. Our parquet floor is suddenly the center of the NBA universe. Everything is coming up Green.
Decades of covering teams in this town have trained me to be cynical.No, you're just a natural born asshole.
Lord knows we’ve had a lot of championships, but there’s usually some case to be made about questionable coaching, nasty personalities in the locker room, buffoonery in the owner’s box, or a team that is more lucky than good.And we'll always have Cynical Shank to point all of these negative things out
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
On today with Zo and Beetle @ZoandBertrand from 11-1. Plenty of Sox in first hour. Plenty of Tomato Can talk, too.— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) November 14, 2017
One commenter blew that one right out of the water:
Too bad AFC East is tied for 2nd in wins per division and is the only division w/ all teams winning at least 4 games and is playing NFC South who is 1st in wins— Dudley DooRagz (@DudleyDooRagz) November 14, 2017
I'm willing to bet that if you look here from this point forward, to the end of the regular season, this point will be borne out. Remember that Shank first started using the 'tomato can' insult against the other three teams in the AFC East division (Buffalo, Miami and the New York Jets). He's since expanded it to include all NFL teams not named the New England Patriots. I'm not sure if Shank would continue to use the phrase even if you hit him over the head with these numbers (because he hates numbers), but I wouldn't put it past him.
There's also a commenter here that pointed this out - this fact (AFC East win totals being greater than all others) has held for the past ten years (the end year being 2015 or 2016) even if you adjust for removing the Patriots / other top division winner from this total. Unfortunately I can't find that post right now. To some extent, Shank is oblivious to certain facts, especially the numeric ones.
Monday, November 13, 2017
DENVER — Pay attention, Patriots fans....insert a paragraph or two of predictable responses by coach Bill Belichick:
You want Bill Belichick to stick around? I think I have the solution.
Belichick is climbing the ladder of NFL coaching legends. The Patriots’ stunningly easy 41-16 victory over the once-tough Denver Broncos Sunday night was Bill’s 270th career win, tying him with Cowboys legend Tom Landry for third place on the all-time list. The only guys ahead of him are George Halas (324) and Don Shula (347), whom Belichick hates.
An hour after it was over, I tried and failed to get Bill to talk about the meaning of his new ranking among the elite NFL coaches....and voila!
“Look, it’s flattering, but honestly, I don’t think that’s the story tonight,’’ he answered. “The story tonight is the way our team performed. To win games in this league you need great players and I’ve been fortunate to have some great players and a lot of great assistant coaches and great staffs. That’s really what it’s about. The players are the ones that make the plays and they did it tonight.’’
Saturday, November 11, 2017
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.’’Who knew Shank was a history buff?
— Napoleon Bonaparte
DENVER — Here we are. Midseason. The Patriots are coming off their bye week, and everything is teed up for another Super Bowl run.
Despite all the stuff that has happened to the Patriots, they have the best record in the AFC (6-2, tied with Pittsburgh, but who ever worries about them?) and the best path to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.
Once again, while the Patriots were not playing, everything that could possibly help them is what happened. The Chiefs lost to the Cowboys. The Bills lost to the Jets. The Dolphins lost to the Raiders. The Ravens lost to the Titans. The Texans lost their young star quarterback. Green Bay gave up on tight end Martellus Bennett, who was quickly snapped up by the Patriots.
Little Tomato Cans sitting in a row. They all fall down.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
There's no 'which is it?' - the fans hate the media, simple as that. Then I look at the comments and confirm this 'theory':
Would B nice if we didn't have media celebrating Belichick crapping on media. Scribes R there to represent fans. Same fans who want info, celebrate when Belichick gives media finger. So which is it?— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) November 8, 2017
40 years ago Eddie Andelman's Sports Huddle exposed the lie that you guys represent the fans. We probably loathe you more than we loathe fat cat owners & players. You're parasites.— WalterMcKinleyBetts(@HuckBetts) November 9, 2017
F the media, especially fools like you. Basically all good things are ruined by writers just trying to get clicks. Film, sports, politics, everything. Sadly the media shapes our society with their bias. I’d be fine without the dumb post game questions.— Mark E. (@markEmarkSJS) November 9, 2017
Agree on some of these points. But was borgesrepresenting the fans when he was crapping all over Bellichickfor years?— Jeff Metzgar(@JeffMetzgar23) November 8, 2017
So what you’re saying is only media can crap on athletes and coaches, not fair for them to do it back. Gotcha.— Joey Gloster(@JoeyGloster) November 8, 2017