No Ad Love for Pedro in Boston Dailies

July 29, 2015

Wait – in the course of three days pitching great Pedro Martinez is inducted into the Hall of Fame and has his number retired by the Red Sox, and no one runs an ad in the local dailies congratulating him?

Boston Celtics stalwarts Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett exited the local scene and they got tribute ads in both Boston dailies.

 

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Hell, Mass General tops some tricked-up U.S. News & World Report hospital ranking and it gets a full-page kiss in the stately local broadsheet.

 

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But Pedro Martinez joins the ranks of the immortals and . . . nothing?

Seriously?

Nothing from the Red Sox? The Globe? The Herald? The New York Mets? The Dominican Republic? Nothing from nobody?

That’s just wrong.


Olympicgeddon at Boston Herald!

July 27, 2015

From our Five-Ring Monte desk

According to Joe Dwinell’s piece in Sunday’s Boston Herald, it’s all over but the pouting for the Store 2024 Olympic bid.

Bid at Breaking Point

USOC could vote tomorrow

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The USOC will meet tomorrow on Boston’s shaky bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, where one board member told the Herald she won’t be surprised if the 17-day, $4.6 billion plan comes up for a fateful vote.

“We need to know how (Boston) is doing and if the people of the city are interested in hosting the games,” said Anita L. DeFrantz, a member of both the United States Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee.

“We need to get a report. I need to know,” DeFrantz told the Herald yesterday, voicing doubt about support for the games in the Hub . . .

As for speculation Los Angeles is poised to step in if the USOC backs away from Boston, DeFrantz said “L.A. is perpetually ready. It can host with only two years’ notice.”

 

Yow.

Crosstown at the Boston Sunday Globe, Mark Arsenault’s story was of course more nuanced.

USOC prods Baker, Walsh to help lift Olympic bid

The US Olympic Committee is pressing Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh to put more of their political capital behind Boston’s struggling bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, but neither politician appears ready to satisfy the USOC, according to a person close to the bid process.

With USOC members set to discuss Boston’s status at a board meeting Monday, the standoff raises new questions about the fate of a bid already in peril due to low poll numbers.

USOC members want the popular governor to endorse the bid, the person close to the process said, which could breathe new life and credibility into the city’s effort.

The board is also pressuring Walsh, an Olympic backer, to announce that he will sign the host city contract required by the International Olympic Committee, which would put city taxpayers on the hook if the Games ran short of money or suffered cost overruns, the person said.

 

Not gonna happen, according to Arsenault’s report.

More to come, obviously, today.


Actually, Someone WILL Partner with Boston Herald

July 25, 2015

Yesterday the hardreading staff noted the failure of the Boston Herald to cover – or even acknowledge – the (Not So) Great Boston 2024 Debate sponsored by FOX 25 and the Boston Globe.

Coincidentally, we had also received this note from a splendid reader:

Just a thought: Fox25 used to partner often for debates with the Herald. Not last night. The Herald used to partner with Suffolk to run [David] Paleologos polling. That’s gone.

Why won’t anyone partner with the Herald anymore? Afraid of catching something?

 

Well, another splendid reader subsequently sent this:

I’d just like to offer a tiny factual correction to your “splendid reader’s” premise that no one partners with the scrappy tabloid anymore for fear of [Herald] cooties. Or maybe Andy Card is a thrill seeker who likes to stare the danger of catching acute Heraldylococcus in the face:

http://franklinpierce.edu/about/news/Herald-Pierce-Innovative-Partnership.htm

 

Not to get technical about it, eh?

On a sad side note, this went out on the Twitters yesterday afternoon.

 

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No reporters affected, but bad news regardless.


Hissy Local Tabloid Ignores Boston Olympics Debate

July 24, 2015

Last night’s less-than-Olympian debate on Boston 2024 gets lots of coverage in today’s news media.

Co-sponsor Boston Globe, of course, has it top of Page One.

 

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The other cosponsor, FOX 25, showcases viewer reactions on its website. (Video of debate here.)

Other local news outlets also provided debate coverage.

 

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But not the Boston Herald. The hissy local tabloid had only some limp piece about area mayors feeling left out of the process.

Sort of like the Herald.

Coincidentally, we just received this from a splendid reader:

Just a thought: Fox25 used to partner often for debates with the Herald. Not last night. The Herald used to partner with Suffolk to run [David] Paleologos polling. That’s gone.

Why won’t anyone partner with the Herald anymore? Afraid of catching something?

 

Good question.


Boston Herald at a Medical DisADvantage

July 22, 2015

As you splendid readers no doubt already know, Massachusetts General Hospital has topped this year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings after being relegated to second place for the past two years.

 

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Now that Mass General has been restored to its former glory, it’s all over but the touting. Joining in the celebration is this full-page ad in today’s Boston Globe.

 

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Crosstown at the Boston Herald, no love from the Kraft Family. But the Herald did have this quarter-page ad exclusive.

 

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Of course, the Herald is one of the sponsors, so the ad – like the concerts – is free.

Hey, can’t have everything. Or in the case of the thirsty local tabloid, much of anything.


Is It Time to Forgive Pete Rose? No!

July 14, 2015

As the hardreading staff has disclosed elsewhere, we did seven years in Ohio during a former life. Specifically, we were in Cincinnati from 1967-1974, and . . .

the one thing that kept us sane was this miniature Brooklyn Bridge across the Ohio River to Kentucky.

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It’s known as the Singing Bridge because of the hum you hear as you drive across its metal grid roadbed. More important, it was John Roebling’s starter bridge before he (and his son and – especially – his daughter-in-law) built its lookalike in Brooklyn in the waning years of the 19th century. The Brooklyn Bridge was, at its opening in 1883, the tallest structure in the Western hemisphere and the longest span in the world: 1,600 feet from tower to tower.

(Fun fact to know and tell: On May 17, 1884, P. T. Barnum led 21 elephants over the Brooklyn Bridge to prove that it was stable. For the whole fascinating story, read The Great Bridge by David McCullough, who was once described as “the Herodotus of Hydraulics.”)

 

Anyway, the thing that drove us most insane during our exile in Porkopolis was The Big Red Machine, that insufferable 1970s incarnation of the Cincinnati Reds, which “a number of baseball historians [have claimed] were the second greatest team ever, after the famed 1927 Yankees.”

Nonsense. Everyone knows that was the 1961 Yankees.

Regardless, the Big Red Machinist we despised most was the reptilian Pete Rose, who’s back in the spotlight this week because the disgraced betmeister has been given a pass to tonight’s All Star game in Cincinnati by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who’s also said he’ll consider lifting the lifetime ban of Rose, which could make him eligible for the Hall of Fame. Support is also coming from some of the current MLB All Stars, and from Boston Globe sportswriter Nick Cafardo, who writes sympathetically about Rose in today’s edition.

Rose issue thorny

CINCINNATI — There is no debate in this neck of the woods. Pete Rose should be reinstated. Pete Rose is a Hall of Famer. Pete Rose is “Our Bad Guy.”

Despite revelations by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” last month that Rose also bet on baseball as a player-manager in addition to the Dowd Report saying he bet as a manager, Cincinnati has forgiven him for transgressions that got him banned from baseball 26 years ago.

 

So, apparently, has Cafardo.

When Rose is announced Tuesday before the All-Star Game as one of the Reds’ Franchise Four (along with Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Barry Larkin) the ovation likely will be spine-tingling.

And one wonders whether this might be the last baseball public appearance Rose will ever make.

Isn’t it time to forgive?

 

No it’s not. Never will be.


To Know Trump . . . Just Read the Herald

July 13, 2015

Donald Trump – the GOP’s one-man clown car – had a good weekend, as this piece from New York’s Daily Intelligencer notes.

A Guide to Donald Trump’s Weekend Circus

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Donald Trump, who is ahead or tied for the lead in three recent polls tracking GOP presidential candidates, had a very busy weekend. At campaign events Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix, Arizona, Trump delivered separate but equally rambling speeches that touched upon everything from legitimate national issues to Trump’s self-assessed intelligence to a joke about ISIS trying to compete with him by building a hotel in Iraq. Said Trump, who seemed to be improvising the speeches, “You know I don’t use TelePrompTers like the president — I speak from the heart.”

 

Right – a heart that’s filled with the buttermilk of human kindness.

On top of his good weekend, Trump is having a good Monday in the Boston Herald. Start with Joe Fitzgerald’s column.

The Donald adds something vital to ’16 prez race

Admit it, if he walked away from the presidential race this morning there is something about Donald Trump you would miss.

Perhaps not his politics.

Maybe not his temperament.

And certainly not his hubris.

Yet, there’s something refreshing about a candidate who doesn’t measure every word, who doesn’t wait to be told by parasitic handlers what his or her positions ought to be, and who doesn’t curry favor by pretending to embrace what special interests want to hear.

 

In her Lone Republican column today, Holly Robichaud sounds a similar note:

At a time when Republican candidates should be talking about the economy, the national debt, cyber-security and so much more, PC police have hijacked the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

They are having a collective hissy fit over Donald Trump’s candidacy and his comments about illegal immigrants. They have falsely accused him of being a racist for having the courage to speak out against 
illegal immigrants and the results of porous borders.

When Trump would not retract his statements, the media turned their focus on other GOP contenders, asking them to respond to the Donald’s comments. Now there is a push to kick Trump out of the debates.

As if it is dangerous to have free speech on the stage!

 

Free-of-common-decency speech, that is.

(The Unsinkable Adriana Cohen has also weighed in on Mr. We Shall Overcomb, but that reading is optional.)

One oasis of sanity in today’s Herald: Jerry Holbert’s editorial cartoon.

 

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Any way we can ground him until Election Day?


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