Last week, I asked for your help in coming up with some of the worst Boston sports columns of recent memory. 100 comments later, we’ve got quite a pool to choose from.
Here are some of the ones you mentioned:
Dan Shaughnessy from January 10th, 1999 – “As the Jets take off, let’s get on board - Foes have familiar faces” In this column, just two seasons removed from Bill Parcells leaving the Patriots, and a year after Parcells took Curtis Martin from New England with a “poison pill” contract, Shaughnessy tells Patriots fans they should root for the Jets in the playoffs.
Jackie MacMullan from September 26th, 2006 – Body betrays a mental slump - reading Tom Brady’s Body language.
Bob Halloran, date unknown. Unfortunately don’t have a link for this one, This one was actually on ESPN.com and this was in the height of the Brady/Bledsoe debate, and Halloran compared Brady to a sneeze guard at a buffet.
The infamous Ron Borges draft analysis of 2001…you know the one:
“On a day when they could have had impact players David Terrell or Koren Robinson..they took Georgia defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who had 1 sacks last season in the pass-happy SEC and is too tall to play tackle at 6-6 and too slow to play defensive end. This genius move was followed by trading out of a spot where they could have gotten the last decent receiver in Robert Ferguson and settled for tackle Matt Light, who will not help any time soon.”
Sadly, Borges can’t even blame Mike Sando for that one.
Jim Donaldson, May 6, 2005 – Ainge Code may be hard to decipher. Yikes.
Michael Muldoon (Lawrence Eagle-Tribune) Feb 5th, 2008 – Time for classless Belichick to eat some humble pie.
Dan Shaughnessy, June 10th, 2008: Smoke and mirrors - Red takes me through his looking glass
Ron Borges, January 20th, 2002 – Ruling Keeps It From Being A Just Win, Baby. Quotes from Ben Dreith about how bad Walt Coleman’s “tuck rule” call was.
Tony Massarotti - March 16th, 2009 – The Bostonian’s guide to sports injuries
Bob Halloran – Coach is Not the Saint He was Portrayed to Be - “He took the feel-good story of the autistic high school basketball team manager, who came into the game and kept hitting 3-pointer after 3-pointer, and decided to play contrarian by viciously ripping the coach.”
Kevin Mannix – Boston Herald, 09/05/04 – the “Consumer Fraud” article.
Will McDonough, Feb 16th, 1997 – “An Inside Look At Parcells-kraft Here’s How They Came To The Breaking Point In A Tumultuous Year.” The one that starts with “This is my story and I’m sticking to it because I lived it and know it is right.”
Shaughnessy pretends to be Curt Schilling: Famous guest blogs in - Given ‘invite,’ Schilling issues direct answers March 25th, 2007.
Shaughnessy’s one-mile per day column, Jan 6th, 2003.
Tony Massarotti, June 2nd, 2006: Hey fake fans: Make like Damon and leave. Contrast that with his column last year about New England being “the official home of yahoos, hero worshipers and gutless suck-ups.”
Shaughnessy, Oct 20, 2004: Now wait just a minute: Series still must be won. “The Curse isn’t over until I say it is, dammit!”
The sad thing, we’re still not even scratching the surface here.
(Yes, there have been plenty of GOOD sports columns too, we’ll discuss those in a future session here.)
So here are 20 nominees for the worst Boston sports column in recent memory:
- Borges on Patriots 2001 Draft
- Borges quotes Ben Dreith
- Halloran on Austistic Kid's Coach
- Halloran on Brady as a Sneeze Guard
- Donaldson on Ainge's Plan
- Donaldson on Brady's Marriage
- McDonough on Parcells/Kraft
- MacMullan on Brady's Body Language
- Shaughnessy's Mile-a-day
- Shaughnessy as Schilling
- Shaughnessy talks to (dead) Red
- Shaughnessy "Curse Isn't Over"
- Shaughnessy on Rooting for 1998 Jets
- Massarotti on Injuries
- Massarotti on Fake Fans
- Massarotti on Real Fans (Yahoos)
- Kevin Mannix Consumer Fraud
- Gerry Callahan Manny Hates Kids with Cancer
- Bob Ryan Celtics Might Make Playoffs
- Muldoon Classless Belichick