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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Trip Through the Recycling Bin

Dan is tired. You have to give him some slack. After not working for a week he has been asked to write two columns for the baseball preview that must have taken him 30, 45 minutes in the library. And he has been writing about this long trip the Red Sox are on.

How do we know it is a long trip? Dan tells us every chance he gets.
3/25
"Tokyo is the first stop on an 18-day, three-country, 16,000-mile road trip"

3/20

"The 18-day, three-country, 31,000-mile sojourn"
(I don't know what happened to those 15,000 miles either.)

And Dan isn't done recycling material.
3/25
"closer Jonathan Papelbon was clocked at 151 (kilometers per hour)."

3/23
"Papelbon topped out at 151 k.p.h."


3/25
"there have been no Mike Mussina-esque complaints"

3/22

"I know Mike Mussina is still trying to recover from his 2004 trip to Japan"

2/18
"there are guys in New York (hello, Mike Mussina) still complaining about the Yankees' trip to Japan in 2004."

The rest of the column is similar laziness. "Matsuzaka cost a lot of money", lots of bland pronouncements about repeating. Stuff that really gets the fan excited about the upcoming season.

So, once again, the Boston Globe, in the face of declining circulation, has the lazy hack write one of the most important sports columns of the year instead of the much more talented and hard working Bob Ryan. A giant FU to the readers. That is a great business model. As the Tracing Grimace would say, "How's that working out for you?"

8 comments:

Objectivebruce said...

I'd respond, but the poster just phoned it in today, reverting his lazy and tired reliance on picking a current event and then complaining about more than one reference to a topic that is in the news.

Perhaps he is too tired from getting up early to watch six ayem baseball.

dbvader said...

Yes bruce, I was so tired that I pulled all those tired quotations.

So how do you explain all those tired phrases that Shank spews outs?

roger bournival said...

...and then complaining about more than one reference to a topic that is in the news.

They call it redundancy for a reason...

curious said...

Bruce, why is it that you hold an amateur blogger to a higher standard than the lead sports columnist for a nationally-known newspaper?

dbvader said...

OB,
When are you going to admit being wrong about other coaches stealing signals?

Chris said...

ObtuseBruce is being himself today, but we all owe him a debt of gratitude for continually being here without one shred of support from anyone. Of course he'll (again) be very 'confused' and his 'head will hurt' from reading this clear thought. But this just makes it all the more fun.

Anonymous said...

BTW OB, when you harp about stealing signals, how are you stealing something being broadcast out in the open?

Monkeesfan said...

BTW OB, when you harp about stealing signals, how are you stealing something being broadcast out in the open?