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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Shaughnessy and the Bruins

Shaughnessy logs two article about the Bruins in today's paper. The first is a game recap with the angle that the Bruins are forcing fans to take notice and make a place in their busy calendars for tracking the Bruins plight through the playoffs. The second takes a look at the re-birth of Phil Kessel after being benched for half the series but then scoring a big goal last night. This is a lot of work for Shank churning out two article in one evening and you have to wonder if he will have to take another week off after this series is over to catch his journalistic breath.

Shaughnessy columns are pretty straight forward. It should be noted, however, that this is Shaughnessy's fourth straight article about the Bruins and everyone of them contains some reference to the Red Sox. Why he feels the need to do this, I don't know. There is a particularly odd one:

This young man [Kessel] works inside a cone of silence. It's easier getting Bartolo Colon to talk.
What? Colon has been with the Red Sox for a month and Shaughnessy is already commenting on his silence with the media? Maybe he has to bring up Colon because he has long since given up hope that any other established Red Sox will talk to him?

Yet again, he gets in a gratuitous shot at Belichick:

When he [Kessel] does speak, he slips into cliché-riddled bits right out of the Bill Belichick media playbook.

Turn on ESPN and you will get cliche' after cliche' from one athlete to the next but Shank feels compelled to call out Belichick as the standard-bearer for cliche'-speak? Belichick is not worse than any other coach or player but Shaughnessy can never just let it seem to go.

12 comments:

dbvader said...

Dan has been studying up on the Bruins.

A pair of good pieces that show some knowledge, unlike the pieces earlier this week.

Dave M said...

DB

I agree. I was nitpicking today and I neglected to give Shaughnessy credit because overall, they were pretty good articles.

Anonymous said...

I just wish Shank would leave town...not that I read him but I would still like to see him leave town and take "objective Bruce" with him

Chris said...

As long as people higher and higher up the totem pole take the buyouts, there is hope. It is indeed a joy to see continued stories about the financial misery at the NYT and ugly step-child Boston Globe. The metaphor is more than apt, because the Times adopted rather than give birth to the Globe, and the Globe IS ugly whether you speak about their people or their politics.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of people who absoltely suck at the Globe, what about Kevin Paul DuPont? He is their hockey "expert" (I put it in quotes because he knows nothing about hockey and like most at the Globe is smug and arrogant in addition to being ignorant), yet I see nothing from him yesterday OR today. So, nothing following the game 6 and leading up to game 7, in the first spring where it is EXCITING to be a Bruins fan in how many years???? Great work you lazy, useless bag of cowflop.

Anonymous said...

So how is it that Shank could write a better article than me or anyone who watched Game 7 on TV tonight when he is in LA this week doing spots on "Rome is Burning"... Boy, this journalism thing is great!

Monkeesfan said...

Shank ripping Belichick for cliche-speak is two-face writing squared. Shank, you are not owed anything from Belichick; please stop assuming otherwise.

Jerry said...

Dave M...

Looks like you were on the mark when you wrote that Dan might very well be worn out by writing two stories in a single day. If the bozo ever tried to work at a small daily, he'd learn how to write three, four or more articles a DAY ... day after day after day.

Dave M said...

Jerry

I have noticed with Shaughnessy that he will do a run of columns for a week (usually mailing them in) and then be off for days. Perhaps he has some agreement with his management but wouldnt it be nice to have a job where you can take one week a month off? What a life he leads

dbvader said...

KPD was out due to family issues. He was back at New England Hockey, the radio show he does on 890.

roger bournival said...

Is Dan on sabbatical now? Those two columns must've taken all the piss out of him...

Chris said...

NYT bond rating is BBB...one mere baby step above JUNK rating. And that would be reserved for the Boston Globe.