2011 Approval Ratings – Stephen Harris

Continuing our Bruins theme, today we bring you Boston Herald Bruins writer Stephen Harris.

Harris is a Herald lifer, first covering the Bruins beat back in 1979. During a period in the 1980’s he was the Red Sox beat writer for the paper, but for the most part, he’s been covering the Bruins. Harris is the lead writer on the beat, doing the analysis and overview pieces for the paper.

He is also the closest that the Herald might have to an Olympic writer, having covered seven Olympic games during his career with the paper

You don’t see him on television, you don’t hear him on the radio (all that often anyway,)  so he might not be well known to you, but if you’re a longtime Bruins follower, you’ve surely read his work in the Herald.

He lives west of Boston with his wife and two sons.

Stephen Harris 2011 Approval Ratings
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  • NASCL

    Filled in admirably for Tom Hammond during his heart-related problems without anyone noticing. Been skating his lane admirably for decades.

    Would I knock back a few beers with him at the Penalty Box? Yes. "Approve!"

  • Angry Old Bastard

    "You don’t see him on television, you don’t hear him on the radio"

    That alone is enough for 1 large APPROVE!!

    • Tony

      Agreed!

      Harris actually had the keenest observation I've read in awhile when, after the debacle that was the 2005-06 Bruins season, he pointed out that Jacobs and O'Connell had so badly misread the tea leaves about what the post-lockout free agent atmosphere would be like under the new salary cap system, they ended up creating an "expansion team's roster" in Boston, with only 4 players under contract coming out of the lockout. The B's ended up overpaying for a lot of other franchise's leftover table scraps in order to put a team on the ice that year. O'Connell, of course, doubled down on stupid by giving away Joe Thornton in a panic move about a month after the new season had begun. Very keen observation that no one else in the media had. It's a tribute to Chiarelli and Neely that just 5 years after that mess the team is in the finals.

  • Peter

    I voted disapprove not because he looks like a combination of Archie Bunker and Slobodan Milosevic…it’s just that he’s never written anything that was interesting or thought-provoking. He also was a pretty soft touch when the Bruins were doing lousy a few years back.

  • Classless

    Complete homer. Read his stuff, people. He somehow spun game 7 vs. Philly last year as a positive for the Bruins.

  • Phil

    I just found out that the National Hockeypuck League has a stat called "hits". It seems that a "hit" occurs when one guy on skates runs into another guy on skates. This is the most pathetic excuse for a sport in the history of the world. No wonder it's the only sport where fighting is not only allowed but actually encouraged. Soccer on skates. Lame with a capital L.

    • Angry Old Bastard

      Don't know what to tell ya,Phil. Nobody is asking you to watch. Go kiss your Kevin Garnett or Big Papi poster and get outta here.

      • Jerry

        There are a lot of us who don't watch, but after decades of the sport being virtually invisible, it's now everywhere. I haven't listened to so much music on the radio since I was a teenager. They've ruined sports radio. I know it's called SPORTS radio, but they barely mentioned hockey since their inception and most of their listeners were fine with that. This league went on strike for an entire season and nobody seemed to care. Nationally it ranks a distant fourth among the major sports. Actually, calling it a major sport is being kind. NASCAR might be more popular. All of a sudden, because the media outlets don't want to be one-upped, it's ubiquitous. After two more losses, it will dissappear again. I can't wait.

        • Brian

          I hear you. I turn on the radio hoping to hear a debate about whether the Sox should re-sign a player six months from now and instead I’m forced to listen to talk about a local team playing for a title this week.

  • suckitCHB

    Oogah boogah.

  • NutCracker

    I didn't know anyone still read the Herald. Speaking of lame reading:
    http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Montreal+sh