Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Immortals of the Mediocre

Giving awards to yourself and your friends is understandable, I suppose, albeit in a pathetic way. It's like when you see a horribly ugly creature of nature, and you realize that while it has no idea how digusting it is, you sort of feel sorry for it anyway.

Is the blobfish nature's version of the sportswriter?

Last month, as we noted with some ridicule here, The CHB received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. That's the award sportswriters give to other sportswriters for ... well ... we are still not sure. After all, they are sportswriters, right? They aren't exactly known for their talent.

Is this talent? (At least he can breathe underwater.)
But anyway, they dole 'em out, and they (happily) receive them. Call it the peak of a mediocre career.

What that means, however, is The CHB now has his name listed somewhere in Cooperstown. Not that he's learned anything along the way, as Bryan Curtis at The Ringer learns.  The CHB writes long, biased, negative, nasty, racist and possibly untruthful bile-filled columns about men playing kids' games, then claims, “It’s not personal.” He defends his slough by asserting anything approaching civilty is tantamount to rooting.

So much for journalistic reponsibility to truth and fairness.

And it's awesome to see Larry Bird, whom The CHB can't mention enough in his own (shoddy) work, saying about Shank's crappy sourcing: “He just won’t admit he’s wrong.”

Curtis does a nice job drawing The CHB out, getting him to admit that it's all about Shank: "I’m rooting for myself." Of course he is.

And we learn that Shank is a major prima donna: When he goes to Red Sox spring training, he has the Globe overnight him copies of the paper "so he doesn’t have to read the paper online."

As for Shank, perhaps becoming joining the Immortals of the Mediocre comes with a curse of its own. Since winning the Spink Award in 2015, Tom Gage has lost his job  twice.


ObjectiveBruce said...

More stupid stuff from Mike.

The Boston Globe is available on newsstands and for home delivery in Fort Myers from the start of spring training to about opening day. The paper is printed by either the Fort Myers Press or the Naples News, I'm not sure which, but there is no need for papers to be overnighted. Data for printing plates can be sent via Internet; the Wall Street Journal has been doing it forever, last I heard, that New York based daily was printed in Mass, maybe Globe, for home and office delivery in Boston

mike_b1 said...

You would know, OB, since you have a house down that way. (,L&shading=hill&og=126&n=z&key=AijbFhynMi9YlUoC5sbBKfrfbnkcMJ34sYBEORQwbsviodnw8nTkkgh5se5COtMs)

The problem with your thesis is that it is the author of the linked piece who reports that The CHB (aka Prima Danna), demands the overnighted deliveries. Perhaps there's no newsstands within his daily one-mile run loop?

I'm actually surprised he doesn't have the Herald sent too, since he seems to spend a lot of time studying it as well. (

Roger Bournival said...

You know what they say about Florida, Mike - it's God's waiting room. Fitting in this case, isn't it?