We read him so you don't have to.
I wonder if this is a good thing for the Globe:Shares of NYT (NYT) dropped 29 cents today to close at $3.77. The Sunday paper goes for $4 at the newsstand.Maybe they could save costs by printing the paper on their stock certificates.And save the environment at the same time by reducing paper usage. It's a two-fer!
As for the article itself, I thought it was fair commentary. A-Rod as the foil makes it all the better.Shank may be a sanctimonious twat, but he's our sanctimonious twat!
I still have an issue with The Shank and his article.Sure we all know that A is a Fraud and can play ball. There are many others just like him.What concerns me is why wasn’t this Steroidgate crisis reported with more rigor in the past?I think it’s because The Shank has a vested interest in the game. He sides with the owners. And he, just like the billionaire owners, is in denial.They don’t want to admit that they are also accountable. I asked the question before – If steroids were banned from baseball as far back as 1991, why didn’t anyone monitor the problem? Did anybody really care? Probably not, given declining attendance, The Strike, and fewer offensive “exploiters”.I would give The Shank some credit if came clean and wrote an article along the line:“I screwed up! This is what I knew and why I did nothing.”g
Shank is flip-flopping again about who can be considered young. ARod at 24? No. Michael Phelps at 23? Why, a mere cherub!
BTW, check this interesting look at why Selena Roberts may be in big trouble with the law over this.
Darn it - got a link wrong so I have to rewrite my previous post -Anonymous #3 - you forget that the Players Association got a CBA that forbade MLB from punishing roiders. Baseball regularly got testing and punishment in the minors because they were allowed to actually do the job necessary here.What makes this whole issue so maddening are two things -1 - Players like A-Fraud, Balco Barry, Woger Cwemens, etc. won't come out like men and admit they cheated the game out of their own greed and selfishness, and they won't be punished for it.2 - They'll be able to keep playing because the Players Union still won't allow punishment. Shank as usual misses with his attacks on Patriots fans. Larry Izzo had long ago testified about steroids. Rodney Harrison was suspended by the NFL for using HGH. And citing Videogate continues to ignore that it wasn't about cheating (which was never there to start with), it was about an idiotic commisioner lashing out at a coach he thought was showing him up because that coach understood the rulebook better than he did.
Dammit, I did that link wrong again! Here is the right link.
Monkeefan ...I actually agree with regarding Players Union. They too are accountable.The point I make regarding The Shank and his A-Fraud article still stands:Blame the players for being childishly greedy.Blame the owners for being egoistically greedy.Blame The Shanks for not having the courage to "type" about the problem.Everyone, including many fans, knew there was a problem and all looked the other way.Now we point the finger at “The Frauds” of the world hoping it would cleanse us.What a typical Shankster move.g
I can't stand the subject anymore either. I watch sports to be entertained, it's not life and death to me and I don't lie awake at night thinking about the "sainted" baseball record book.....They can chow down on roids as if they were M&M's for all I care......PLAY BALL!
The idea that Roberts can be prosecuted is absurd. That professor in the link is contrary to everything I have read about journalists and leaks. The legal onus falls squarely and fully on the person that possessed the protected information.
Yet again, our guy Dan proves why he's such a douche bag-he can't stand to say I'm wrong. Hmmm, who does he have THAT in common with? Shaughnessy writes an article last week about "gee, why does everyone hate A-Rod?" Well the answer Dan, this week as well as last week, is because he's a pampered pussy who shrinks in the clutch and has everything handed to him on a silver platter, but proves time and time again that all he knows how to do when the moment gets big is to take drugs (enormous contract = need to cheat) or slap at a ball like a girl or yell at an infielder while running the bases, which is considered bush league at best. Translation: Alex Rodriguez is a big phony. (See his dramatic, Real World/The Hills/The Bacheloresque pause before saying "Thank You" to his teammates. Pass the barf bag.)The village idiot can see these traits in A-Rod before Dan can. Then he comes to the same conclusion that everyone else comes to. But, because he realizes he's wrong (like a week too late), he can't just say "I was wrong," (wow, who does THAT sound like?), he has to throw in a qualifier about Pats fans and Rodney Harrison & Larry Izzo. Sigh. Dan-you are effing asshole. You really are. Do you even like Boston athletes? Teams? Boston period?Izzo didn't really "help" New England get to anywhere. Yeah, he was part of the team, but really, had Larry Izzo been Steve DeOssie or fill-in-the-blank of any other "designated special teams player," would it have mattered? Would Brady have one less ring on his finger? The Yankees employed the following guys as they were winning division after division title and patting themselves on the back: Jason Giambi, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettite, Chuck Knoblauch, Gary Sheffield, A-Rod himself, Jason Grimsley (where this all started), Mike Stanton, and even Jose Canseco. You think one or two of those guys had more impact on the Yankees winning all those divisions or you think Larry Izzo had more of an impact on the Pats winning SB's? What do you think Dan?And as far as Harrison goes: he said he did after his knee injury, and I believe him. Would you rather believe Harrison or A-Rod? Hmmm....And stop with the SpyGate shit. It's over. It didn't matter when it happened, and I"m guessing that MAYBE the effing 19-1 destruction tour that was last season might have proved that videotapes really didn't have to do with all the winning.And if that didn't do it, then maybe the 11-5 season with the back-up QB may have proved a thing or two? I don't know.All I know is that once again Danny Bonadouchbag is one step behind everyone and can't admit mistakes. In a related story, day follows night.
Never saw this coming:NEW YORK (AP) - The board of The New York Times Co. has decided to suspend the newspaper publisher's quarterly dividend in a move to preserve cash as advertising spending continues to decline amid the recession. The suspension of the payout comes after New York Times slashed its dividend to 6 cents from 23 cents in November. "Today's decision provides the company with (that precious last gasp of air) additional financial flexibility given the current economic environment and the uncertain business outlook," said Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., chairman, in a statement. "We expect the suspension of the dividend, coupled with our other actions, will help us decrease debt and improve the liquidity of the company, a difficult but prudent measure in this operating environment."
You have to hand it to the headline-writer for this rather pointed bit of double-speak: "He really must change his tune."
Anyone know how much advertising revenue you can extract from a socialist society?
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