Note: also see Media Roundup: The Year That Was In Boston Sports Media – my SB Nation Media Column this week.
Hard to believe that another year is almost in the books. We’re also closing in on 10 years of BSMW, which will happen in April.
Looking back at 2011, what do you think were the biggest stories in the Boston sports media for 2011? Here is a look back at some of what happened this year, along with some of the most visited posts on BSMW:
In an effort to stymie lagging ratings, WEEI shuffles their lineup, booting Dale Arnold off the mid-day show, teaming Michael Holley with Glenn Ordway on a new “Big Show” and inserts Mike Mutnansky and Lou Merloni on the mid-day show. Dale Arnold’s final show on the mid-day was bittersweet.
NESN’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Executive Producer Joel Feld left the network after five years on the job.
There was a silly Gary Tanguay/Michael Felger dustup over CSNNE’s coverage of the Celtics.
The Sports Media’s Guide To Twitter - Some media members still believe they are in-demand content producers when tweeting about Jersey Shore.
Remember when Bill Belichick had the audacity not to show up for a media breakfast at the NFL owners meetings?
NH Sportswriter Blames Prostitution Arrest on Newspaper Cutbacks - The economy hit everyone hard.
Twitter wars between morning sports radio hosts are always entertaining.
WEEI’s D&C Strike Out at Competitors, Media Reporters - When they attack media reporters, it’s even more entertaining.
After trying the Ordway-Holley experiment for a few weeks, WEEI got even more desperate and added Mike Adams to the show.
In the midst of the Bruins playoff run, Jack Edwards agreed to a multi-year contract extension with NESN.
Apparently Mike Adams thinks I kiss Felger’s ass too much. Really.
The Bruins added to Boston’s championship decade by winning their first Stanley Cup since 1972.
Former Boston Herald columnist George Kimball passed away after a long battler with esophageal cancer.
98.5 crushed WEEI in the spring ratings.
It was reported that the Celtics would Acquire Up To 20% Stake in CSNNE. That deal has not yet been officially announced.
Guest Column: The State Of The Media – 2011 - Former Channel 7 Sports anchor Roy Reiss wrote this guest spot.
Former Pats LB Tedy Bruschi Joins WEEI’s Patriots Monday - This was announced with much fanfare, Bruschi appeared on a few shows, and then stopped appearing. Efforts to find out why have been unsuccessful to date.
Guest Column – The Rise Of Armchair Sports Commentary - Former Boston Herald columnist Michael Gee wrote this one.
A reckless blogger claimed that Bob Kraft bullied the utility companies into restoring power to Gillette stadium first after the August hurricane. Oh wait, it was an actual newspaper reporter?
Old friend David Scott landed at ESPN in charge of PR for news content.
NESN Daily host Jade McCarthy announced she was leaving the network.
Barstool sports posted pictures of Tom Brady’s son at the beach, which kicked off a giant battle with WEEI, where El Presidente, David Portnoy had been appearing regularly. First Jason Wolfe denounced Portnoy, (In the same post, plans were announced for the Dan Patrick show to simulcast on CSNNE) and then Glenn Ordway talked the subject into oblivion, prompting An Open Letter To Glenn Ordway from this address.
Guest Column: This Just In - George Cain kinda-sorta-in-a-way saw this whole Red Sox September collapse brewing.
It was announced that the Felger and Massarotti show would be simulcast on Comcast SportsNet New England.
When the Bills beat the Patriots in September, the Buffalo media cheered and taunted the New England media. Seriously.
NFL Films featured Patriots coach Bill Belichick in a two-part documentary as part of the A Football Life series. Some wondered why the Richard Seymour trade and “lategate” from the 2009 season were not included in the film. I asked director Ken Rodgers that very question.
Losers All Around In Globe Article - I wasn’t a fan of the Bob Hohler Boston Globe expose with painted Terry Francona as a drug-addled philanderer who lost interest in managing the team. Another notch on Joe Sullivan’s lipstick case.
Bizzaro Boston: Shaughnessy Is On Point - Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
Sports Media Musings: The Sports Lodge Is On Fire! - One of the most popular posts of the year, from Ryan Hadfield.
John Henry Speaks Out On Felger and Mazz - The Red Sox owner had enough of the trashing from the 98.5 afternoon show and showed up in their studios.
BSMW In The New York Times - Got a mention and some quotes in The Gray Lady.
Don Orsillo re-signed with NESN through 2015, while Heidi Watney was the latest departure.
John Dennis and Gerry Callahan talked for 12309474 straight hours about Jerry Sandusky, while inserting creepy jokes at least a couple times a show.
Michael Felger has a weird obsession with the New York Jets. If they don’t make the playoffs, is their way of doing things still the better way?
Remember the old 1510 The Zone? I caught up with a few of the cast members from that era.
Rumored Replacements For Heidi Watney at NESN - An announcement isn’t expected until next month on this.
BSMW Enemies List – Edition 1 - A lot of discussion spawned here.
John Dennis’ assertion that Jeff Green’s aortic aneurysm is a result of Danny Ainge’s arrogance might be a new low in sports media.
As the year winds down and the Patriots are the main topic of discussion, we have worries about Team X, complaints that you’re not allowed to criticize the Patriots and a handy flowchart of coverage options.
What does 2012 hold? I can only imagine.