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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Time To Worry?

Shank's first column on the Boston Celtics this season comes after a brutal road trip:
The Celtics live a charmed life around here. Seldom is heard a discouraging word. It is as if the Auerbach-Russell-Havlicek-Bird decades pooled a reservoir of goodwill that quenches the thirst of fans and media tough guys deep into a new century.

The Celtics operate with relative immunity from the everyday noise and negativity that touches our other three successful franchises. Think about it: Nobody ever makes fun of the Celtics owners.
That's off limits to Shank, but Robert Kraft is fair game.
Nobody calls them cheap or complains about ticket prices. Basketball boss Danny Ainge is praised nonstop for his vision and brilliance, and coach Brad Stevens is universally hailed as a homespun Hoosier successor to John Wooden or even Red himself.

Meanwhile, the Patriots are held to an impossibly high standard,
Really hard to understand how that came to be the case, isn't it?
the Red Sox are questioned by a region of baseball know-it-alls, and proud hockey krishnas are ever-ready to carry pitchforks to Causeway Street if things are not swell with the Bruins.

But it’s always boola boola for the Green Team.

Which brings us to a surprisingly rough patch for the prematurely anointed 2019 NBA Eastern Conference champs.
I'm not sure too many people were saying that last month, but they're not saying it much right now, at a current record of 7 - 6. The rest of the column is readable, but just note the contrast of this column versus some of the Red Sox columns during their playoff run this year as well as every other column about the Patriots during the last fifteen years.

Monday, November 12, 2018

And Now For More Boston Globe Bashing - LXXIII

There's a few more empty desks at the Globe:

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Great Gameday Calls, By Dan Shaughnessy

Presented without comment:

DHL Dan - LXXVI

Asking the oft-repeated questions:
Could the Patriots have done more with Aaron Hernandez, and other thoughts

Picked-up pieces while wondering why everyone who coaches against Bill Belichick loses his football mind (your turn, Mike Vrabel) . . .
How'd it work out the last time the Patriots played against one of their former coaches, Shank? Care to revise your statement?
■ For those of you who were caught up in the Red Sox ride, or perhaps too busy to read the Globe Spotlight’s team’s six-part series on Aaron Hernandez, here are some nuggets you might have missed: Remember the “safe house” in Franklin where Hernandez stored ammunition and drugs, a few miles from the North Attleborough home he shared with his fiancĂ©e and infant daughter? Based on Belichick’s own statements when he was interviewed by the State Police after Odin Lloyd’s murder, the Patriots helped Hernandez find the flop house.
Shank has a habit of bringing up Aaron Hernandez every now and then when the need arises.

Friday, November 09, 2018

And Now For More Boston Globe Bashing - LXXII

A day that will live in infamy...
'Objective' Bruce is probably refilling his meds as we speak!

Monday, November 05, 2018

The Greatest Red Sox Team Evah!

Since the New England Patriots won in pretty convincing fashion last night, Shank is contractually prohibited from writing a column about that subject. Instead, he'll tell us which team is the greatest in Red Sox history:
It’s been a less than a week since the Duck Boats carried our 2018 Red Sox down Boylston Street’s Canyon of Heroes. We’ve basked in after-parties and watched the CoraMen visit Puerto Rico and flash bling at Celtics and Patriots games. We’ve ordered 119-win swag from the Globe store and await a stash of commemorative Red Sox stuff at holiday time.

The 2018 Red Sox are beloved and bejeweled, a role model for Team Above Self. New England will forever remember them fondly.

But you know what they are not?

They are not the greatest Red Sox team of all-time.

They are not even the best Sox team of this century.
Pretty strong words! He does make some very good arguments, but I feel he's just trying to get people riled up again. That's what he does.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Dan Shaugnessy, Wrong Again

Shank's trying to set the table for the New England Patriots in the same manner he's been doing for at least six years now:

Except for one small detail - he was back in the game two plays later:
Shank did note that Big Ben came back in the game, but you and I know that wasn't the point of the tweet. When the Patriots get to this point of the season and are one of the top teams in the AFC, he generally pushes that notion (every key player of our opponents and potential playoff rival will get injured) and / or this one:

I can hardly wait until the stupid 'coin flip' and 'double score' tweets in a few hours, but he did spare us the semi-predictable pregame 'Brady vs. Rodgers' column, for which we should all be grateful.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Rewriting History, Yet Again

Shank has another disingenuous post / column / podcast or whatever up today, where he continues to pretend he was in the 2018 Red Sox corner the entire time. Some credit may be given for his sheer brazenness, if it wasn't so completely counter to the majority of his columns about the team over the past nine months. Again - this guy is completely shameless.