Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Whatever, Shank

Reaching into the bottom of the barrel for a silly thing to write about the upcoming Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, Shank pulls this theme out:
‘Beat LA’ doesn’t work for Patriots-Rams — it’s strictly for Celtics-Lakers

I’m having trouble getting into the “Beat LA” mind-set as we begin the endless preparation for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Feb. 3. Much as I’d like to go all Magic Johnson/Dancing Barry, East Coast vs. West Coast, gritty Boston vs. Showtime LA, it just isn’t working for me.

The Patriots are playing the Los Angeles Rams, but does this feel anything like Celtics-Lakers? Would the prospect of Trey Flowers sacking Jared Goff remind anyone of Kevin McHale’s clothesline takedown of Kurt Rambis?

We tried to push the Boston-LA theme when the Red Sox played the Dodgers in the World Series just three months ago, but it never really took hold. Certainly Sox fans enjoyed booing Manny Machado, but there was no deep-seated Hub hatred at the sight of Dodger blue. There was no Fenway Park vs. Dodger Stadium, no Joe Castiglione vs. Vin Scully, no Yaz vs. Sandy Koufax.

Everybody in Boston loves Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, and we never got caught up in the substance-vs.-style comparisons that marked Celtics-Lakers wars through the decades.
A good column, actually, I just thought the whole thing a bit silly, but that's the nature of a fair amount of Super Bowl stories.

Tweet Of The Day

Monday, January 21, 2019

Dishonest And Misleading Headline

The New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium last night, 37-31 in overtime. Naturally Shank has hijacked the bandwagon, but the headline for his latest column is what stuck out for me:
Once dissed and dismissed, the Patriots are back in the Super Bowl
Not included in his column is any mention of one of the local newspaper columnists who repeatedly 'dissed and dismissed' the New England Patriots throughout the regular season.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Douchebag AFC Championship Tweets, By Dan Shaughnessy

Expecting something new?

A Decent Column By Shank

How many times do you see that said about one of his pieces?

Remember how Shank, in the runup to a major playoff game for one of the Boston pro sports teams, would make an effort to antagonize both fanbases, whether it's Houston or Atlanta in football, or Cleveland in baseball? This is NOT one of those columns.
No one thinks the Patriots suck, they just want them to lose

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tom Brady has it all wrong:

It’s not that America thinks the Patriots will lose. It’s that America wants the Patriots to lose.

The AFC Championship game will be played Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium, hours before a super blood moon lunar eclipse. It will be a celestial event in every way. Planets are aligned and the whole football world will be watching.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

When Was That?

The correct answer being - never!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dan Shaughnessy Headline Watch

What a difference a month makes - December 16, 2018:
Is this the end for Patriots dynasty?

PITTSBURGH — Have we reached the expiration date on the Patriots dynasty?

We’ve wondered this before.
But not today - January 16, 2019:
Tom Brady and the Patriots as scrappy underdogs? Give me a break
What a bandwagon hijacking fraud - read Shank's latest, if you want tired sports cliches and your intelligence insulted.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fake News?

What the hell is this?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Back On The Bandwagon - XIX (At Least)

After spending at least half of the season questioning them in many different ways, he's back on the Patriots bandwagon.
FOXBOROUGH — A million years ago the great Muhammad Ali was involved in a fight vs. Ernie Terrell that reminded me of the Patriots vs. the Chargers Sunday.

The 1967 championship bout is remembered for its dominance and downright cruelty as Ali pummeled Terrell, throwing 737 punches and allowing the challenger to stick around for a 15-round beatdown. Ali, born as Cassius Clay, was angry because Terrell refused to recognize Ali’s Muslim name, and the champ spent 15 rounds hollering, “What’s my name,” as he pounded Terrell into a bloody pulp.

This is what we got Sunday at Gillette as Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the ever-mighty Patriots put a stop to months of noise about Brady falling off a cliff and the final days of a crumbling dynasty with a 41-28 playoff beating of the estimable Los Angeles Chargers. (Pay no attention to that final score. It could have been 59-7.)
How's that for back on the bandwagon?

The only question for the upcoming week - is Shank dumb enough to attempt a troll on Kansas City like he's done to Houston, Cleveland and St. Louis in previous situations? Stay tuned!