"In my view, every player has a right to remain silent. ... It’s not the guys who don’t talk that bother me."
So says The CHB today, maintaining a Lou Gehrig-like streak of consecutive columns of total BS.
Not every word of today's "effort" is false, of course. For instance, Shank writes, "Manny
Ramirez exercised that right [to ignore the press] for long stretches and we didn’t think any
less of him for it."
This is actually true. Shaughnessy hated Manny because he was 1) Hispanic, 2) paid $20 million a year, 3) beloved by fans no matter what he did, and 4) Hispanic. Whether he spoke with the press was moot.
He doesn't mention Nomar Garciaparra today (although he did yesterday) but Nomar would be another one. As The CHB wrote a few years ago, "What a fraud. Nobody
hated the media more with less cause than our guy Nomie." Yep, Nomar didn't talk much to the media either. He was completely
articulate about why, however, noting that while he recognized
the press had a job to do, that making their job easy wasn't his job." But again, Nomar was 1) Hispanic, 2) paid $15 million a year, 3) beloved by fans no matter what he did, and 4) Hispanic.
This is the best part: Four grafs from the end of the column, this little bit gets thrown in, sans transitions or explanation as to its relevance: "Lynch is 5 feet 11 inches, weighs 215 pounds, grew up in Oakland and
went to California. His mom’s name is Delisa Lynch and he has a brother
named Davonte. A couple of his cousins played professional football. He
played three-plus seasons with the Buffalo Bills and has been with
Seattle since the 2010 season. He rushed for 1,257 yards this year and
scored 14 touchdowns."
Thanks, Dan. Without you, I might never had known Marshawn's mother's name is Delisa. Delisa!