Changing Things Up A Little

So, as you can see, things look a little different around here. The design I had been using had been in place since 2008, I believe.

This is not a finished product, however. For one thing, the comment section is not working at the moment.  I’ve got a ticket in to troubleshoot that, and hopefully that will be resolved. I still need to move some things around in the sidebars and after the posts, so that will be done gradually.

I wanted a bit of a more modern look, with better fonts and to be mobile responsive, which this design is. On a desktop, this will look best on a widescreen monitor. For tablets and phones, the site should adjust to be easily readable on those platforms as well.

There’s a lot more to do, but I wanted to get the layout up and start the process of tweaking things around.

Suggestions are welcome. In lieu of comments, you can send me an old-fashioned email at [email protected], hit me up on Twitter @BruceAllen, or even text me at 603-513-2410.

Thanks!

Update: Comments are now working!

‘The Best Of’ For June 1st

The Red Sox are not a good baseball team right now. If Glenn Ordway were still on the air, he’d have broken out the THEY’RE RUININ’ MY SUMMAH!!!! line a thousand times by now.

The airwaves are poison right now, so we turn to the writers for some interesting and measured analysis and reporting:

Red Sox digging historically deep hole with horrible start  Timothy Britton notes that the Red Sox run differential through 51 games is the worst it has been since 1960. He also adds:

Only one team in the history of baseball, however, has made the playoffs after submitting this bad a performance through 51 games — and the 1981 Kansas City Royals required a split-season strike format to get themselves in. They are, without a doubt, the worst team in baseball history to make the postseason, as they finished just 50-53 on the season. The point is, the 1981 Royals don’t really count.

Veterans leading Red Sox straight to last-place finish – Scott Lauber says that the five players with the combined nine World Series and $80.5 million worth of salary for 2015 are the ones that are killing this team.

Boston Red Sox should feel shock and anger at themselves while flying home to Boston – Christopher Smith says that it this were high school football, the coach would’ve ordered silence for the trip home last night.

Don Sweeney’s year out of hockey was revealing – Amalie Benjamin looks at how a one-year sabbatical from hockey in 2005 made an impact on the new Bruins GM.

Stevens catches up, C’s consider a stash – Chris Forsberg has a really good Celtics notebook with a look at the role of Brad Stevens in the Celtics player evaluation and the process the front office takes when it comes time to draft players.

Ex-NFL QB alleges refs routinely overinflate footballs – Tom E Curran looks at a report from Daniel Leberfeld who has a 12-year NFL QB talking about the nonchalance with which the NFL officials actually handle the footballs prior to games.

Because there is no protocol or standard. I wanted my footballs like Tom. Legal, but on the low end. Right at 12.5 PSI. I knew on a hot day to tell [the] ball boy introduce them to officials at 12 psi knowing they would expand by time 4:30 ET game would start, they would be right as rain when officials tested them. But officials would always screw them up inflating them to ridiculous levels or leaving [the] opponents’ ball in play despite our offense being on field at a change of possession. You just knew as a QB to stay on their ass during the game and manage it.”

The prodigal son returns to Patriots – Mark Farniella looks at the Biblical return of Brandon Spikes to the Patriots.

Ex-Navy SEAL training Patriots defenders – Andy Hart follows up on a Mike Reiss tidbit from the weekend where he had the Patriots bringing in former Navy SEAL Dom Raso to work with the defense.

The not-so-good today?

Ron Borges thinks he has Bill Belichick pinned. The coach last week brushed off deflategate talk with a predictable “We’re on to 2015.” line. Borges column today is basically “DEFLATEGATE HAPPENED IN 2015!!!! WHAT  DO YOU SAY NOW, GENIUS???

Shaughnessy thinks we should care about Cleveland and hope they get their first championship since Lyndon B. Johnson was President.

Why should we do that, exactly?

Over the weekend, Steve Buckley fingerwagged Patriots fans and told us they’re not going undefeated this season. OK.

Former Boston Herald Columnist Tim Horgan Passes Away

Tim Horgan was one of the greats of the Boston Sports Media.

While I read plenty of Horgan’s stories towards the end of his career, most of my recollections of him are actually as a guest on sports radio shows in the late 80’s and early 90’s, but hearing him on those shows, and the history that he had in his 44-year run as a sports writer was a privilege. He could tell stories about Ted Williams:

From "Ted Williams: Remembering the Splendid Splinter."
From “Ted Williams: Remembering the Splendid Splinter.”

In the days before sports coverage was all about hotsportztakes, Horgan was in the business for another reason. Glenn Stout, in his forward to the 2010 edition of his The Best American Sports Writing series wrote:

Twenty years ago, in the forward to the inaugural edition of this book, I repeated an anecdote I heard Tim Horgan, long time sports columnist for The Boston Herald, tell at his retirement dinner. He said that when he was approached by aspiring students of sportswriting he always asked why he or she wanted to write about sports for a living. Invariably the students would respond to Horgan by saying, “Because I love sports.”

“Wrong,” Horgan would admonish. “You have to love the writing.”

Do modern sports columnists care about writing? Does Dan Shaughnessy? It’s a different era.

Tim Horgan passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

Tim Horgan penned a lifetime of memories – His friend and former colleague Joe Fitzgerald remembers Horgan. He closes the article with another sign of the changing times:

If he had a fitting epitaph it would be the one he gave himself: “I was a nag, a scold, and a great second-guesser, but I was never a hatchet man and I say that proudly.”

As news got around yesterday, various sports media figures paid tribute to Horgan.

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Derek Sanderson a fine subject for NBC’s documentary kickoff – Chad Finn looks at the first subject of NBC’s version of “30 for 30″ which will feature a Boston legend. He also touches on the passing of Horgan.

Holy Cross football, basketball are heading to WEEI – Bill Doyle reports on the games switching over to 1440 AM WEEI. Broadcasts will also be streamed live on weei.com/holycross.