When the separation of Boston.com and BostonGlobe.com was made, it seemed the aim of Boston.com was to become something of a buzzfeed clone. A whole lot of clickbait, not a lot of substance.
Over the last year, many changes have been made. Bloggers have been let go. More recently the layout of the site has been undergoing changes – right now if you want to read Chad Finn’s latest columns, you don’t go to the Chad Finn page. Last night another shoe dropped when Bill Speros, better known as “Obnoxious Boston Fan” on Boston.com made the following Tweets:
Was in Boston all weekend only to be told I was fired by @BostonDotCom via email once I got back to Orlando. At least my luggage made it.
Was told site wants "much stronger emphasis on narrative and reported stories." It's a business. I will let my record stand on its own
Interesting. Seems like they’re looking to get out of the clickbait business. Which is a positive.
However, the title “Obnoxious Boston Fan” was something of a misnomer. That wasn’t how Speros wrote most of the time. He was thoughtful, capable of great storytelling and reporting. Seems odd that they would cite what they did as the reason for letting him go.
It will be interesting to see what is next for Boston.com. The current content seems to revolve around Finn and Eric Wilbur, with Adam Kaufman and others chipping in.
Boston Red Sox have history with first-rounder Andrew Benintendi; GM Ben Cherington: ‘It was obvious who we were taking – Jen McCaffrey with a look at the Arkansas outfielder that the Red Sox took with the 7th overall pick last night in the MLB draft.
Junichi Tazawa has come a long way, on and off field – Enjoyed this Peter Abraham look at the Red Sox reliever.
Don’t look now, Red Sox might have discovered their next All-Star shortstop – Rob Bradford pegs Xander Bogaerts as a potential All Star – this season. Scott Lauber also looks at the development of the 22-year-old.
Celtics aren’t as smitten with Kevin Love – Steve Bulpett is bumming me out a little bit. Not because I’m high on Kevin Love, but because of his comment that the Celtics may actually be further from contention than they were a year ago.
Patriots’ signing of CB Derek Cox sparks memories of solid Bill Belichick trade – Mike Reiss revisits a 2009 trade that allowed Jacksonville to draft Cox, but also netted the Patriots two cornerstone players.
What does Carl Soderberg’s upcoming departure from Bruins mean for Loui Eriksson? – DJ Bean examines what breaking up a duo that was almost always on the ice together last season means for the Bruins.
Michael Felger hates the NBA so much, he can simultaneously trash the Warriors, Steph Curry and LeBron James all at the same time. THAT’s talent.
Is Shaughnessy actually being ironic?
On with @ZoandBertrand today from 11-1. They seem to enjoy mocking the Red Sox. What's up with that???
No, I refuse to believe he’s self-aware enough to be ironic.