Boston Herald 2018 Red Sox Preview Is On Autopilot

March 29, 2018

Today’s edition of the feisty local tabloid features its Red Sox 2018 Season Preview in advance of this afternoon’s Opening Day game in Tampa Bay.

 

 

The good news? Steve Buckley’s There’s still time for David Price to become beloved in Boston.

The bad news? NECN’s Fire Reported at Tropicana Field Ahead of Red Sox Opener.

The ad news? The thirsty local tabloid actually has a bunch of full-page ads in the special section. But oddly, 10 out of 11 are for auto dealerships. This is the other one ($99 for those of you keeping score at home).

 

 

Even odder, these are the only two ads that ran in Sunday’s Boston Globe Coming of Age season preview, one of which is a house ad.

 

 

In today’s edition Globe scribe Dan Shaughnessy asks, Are fans ready to embrace the Sox?

You tell us, but advertisers sure as hell don’t seem to be.

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A Bill Beli-check on Mr. Hoodie Coverage

July 30, 2015

Tell us again how long New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been stonewalling the press?

Oh, right – all 15 years he’s been here.

Yesterday’s press conference in the wake of the latest Act of Goodell was, of course, no exception.

Page One of the Boston Globe’s Sports section:

 

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The relevant part:

 

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Didn’t mince words? Not to get technical about it, but that’s all Belichick does.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, Steve Buckley gave a representative sample of Mr. Hoodie’s evasive maneuvers.

Media member: “Do you believe Tom Brady when he says that neither he nor anyone in the Patriots organization did anything wrong?”

Belichick: “We start training camp today. We’ll get ready for the 2015 season starting today.”

Media member: “Is there something flawed about the system here in the organization that you keep ending up in these cheating controversies? Can you explain why?”

Belichick: “It’s already been addressed.”

Media member: “Could you elaborate a little?”

Belichick: “No.”

Media member: “Why not?”

Belichick: “Because it’s already been addressed.”

 

And Herald columnist Karen Guregian gave the Globe a bit of an English lesson.

Robert Kraft’s on-again, off-again war with Roger Goodell and the NFL is back on . . .

There was no mincing words. Kraft believes he got screwed when he put his reputation on the line with Patriots fans by standing down and choosing not to fight the league’s unprecedented punishment of his team.

 

Grammar Fever Grips Hub.

Tell your friends.


Steve Buckley Is Dan Shaughnessy’s Caddy

February 6, 2015

From our Late to the Victory Party desk

In the wake of the New England Patriots’ improbable Super Bowl win, it’s all over but the touting . . . of Boston as Titletown.

The Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy on Wednesday.

How do Boston’s nine 21st century championships rank?

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Fifteen years. Nine duck boat parades. All four sports.

The New England Sports High Renaissance of the 21st century continues.

So many memories. So many datelines: New Orleans, Houston, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Denver, Vancouver, Glendale, and, of course, right at home in Boston.

No city has ever enjoyed a period of sports success like this. So let’s do what no one else can do: Let’s rank them.

 

And so he does.

And so does the Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley . . . a day later.

 

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Close-up:

 

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The Boston Herald: A day late, a dollar-fifty short.


Hark! The Herald! (Ray Rice Edition)

September 10, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

Those fine folks at the feisty local tabloid have done it again!

 

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That’s right – the Herald has nabbed yet another coveted Top Ten Front Pages nod from the Newseum. (No link to yesterday’s – they’re not archived as far as the hardreading staff can tell.)

This is the fifth or sixth time the paper has trumpeted one of these impressive victories, which leads us ask: If the Boston Herald garners a Top Ten but does not tout it the next day, did the award actually happen?

We’re thinking not.

 


Ortiz Selfie Same Old Samsong

April 2, 2014

Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Feh. Nowadays, it’s the unsponsored life that isn’t worth a damn.

Exhibit Umpteen, from Page One of today’s Boston Globe:

 

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Story inside:

Ortiz selfie with Obama a home run for Samsung

Staged selfies might be the name of the game.selfie

It started at the Oscars with Ellen DeGeneres’s epic picture of celebrities and now it appears David Ortiz himself may be in on the action.

Samsung confirmed that it had helped Ortiz take Tuesday’s selfie with President Obama. The mobile provider then promoted the picture on Twitter to the company’s 5.2 million followers.

Trade publication Sports Business Journal reported on Monday that Ortiz had inked a new endorsement deal with the cellphone provider.

 

So the president of the United States is just a prop for a cheap marketing stunt, eh? Crosstown, Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley missed the Samsung connection but bought the package.

The president touched on other, more emotional topics as well. He spoke of the victims of the marathon bombings and introduced MBTA police officer Richard Donohue, who was nearly killed during the pursuit of the alleged terrorists. He spoke of Boston firefighters

W2ST0037.JPGMichael Kennedy and Edward Walsh, who lost their lives battling last week’s Back Bay inferno. He introduced ailing former Boston mayor Tom Menino and his wife.

The president told us when it was time to be solemn.

David Ortiz told us when it was time to have a little fun.

 

And Samsung told us when it was time to buy.

 


Hark! The Herald! (I’s on the Prize Edition)

March 26, 2014

It’s all hands on deck at the feety local tabloid today. First sports columnist Steve Buckley decides to get into the Marathon mix.

BC scrapper inspires run for ALS cure

I wish I had video highlights of Pete Frates’ entire baseball career.

If I did, I’d seek out the longest home run he ever hit, the greatest catch, and the hardest, dirtiest takeout slide he ever made at second CE1_4810.JPGbase, and then I’d somehow combine them into one rock-’em-sock-’em, in-your-face Pete Frates Baseball Moment.

And even then, it would look like a game of backyard ring toss compared with the aggressiveness and determination that Pete is showing in his fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

That’s why I’m running this year’s Boston Marathon:

As he has done with so many others, Pete Frates, a Beverly native and former Boston College baseball captain, has inspired me to help him help find a cure for ALS.

 

A thoroughly admirable enterprise.

Several pages on, all-purpose columnist Jessica Heslam’s jumps feet-first into step dancing

Herald columnist kicks up heels with Irish dance cast

Who doesn’t dream of dancing on Broadway?

Until yesterday, the closest I came was a few birthdays ago when I went to see the rock musical “Hair.” At the end of the show, the cast DSC_7279.jpginvited audience members on stage to sing and dance to “Let the Sunshine In.”

I was in heaven.

So I was thrilled — and very nervous — to get yesterday’s assignment: Take part in a master dance class taught by the dancers of “Heartbeat of Home” — a new dance sensation by the producers and director of the Broadway hit “Riverdance” — opening today at Boston’s Citi Wang Theatre.

 

 

Thereby producing a nifty piece of newsvertising for the show.

Video evidence here:

 

 

Those crosstown Globeniks better step lively if they want to keep up.

UPDATE: Apologies to our Walt Whitman desk for not crediting it earlier.

 

 


Funny, Valentine Gives Exclusive to Herald Edition

September 8, 2012

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, who sometimes seems to be only half there, gets half the Boston Herald’s front page today (via The Newseum):

Inside, Steve Buckley has the scoop:

Bobby V plans to be back

Choosing to whistle past the Fenway Park [map] graveyard, a defiant Bobby Valentine said yesterday he plans to be managing the Red Sox [team stats] in 2013.

“I expect to be, of course,” Valentine said late yesterday afternoon at Fenway Park before the Sox’ series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. “Until I’m told that I’m not, why would I expect otherwise?”

Valentine, who is signed through 2013 and will earn $2.5 million next season, said he doesn’t “see any reason that I wouldn’t be in uniform, other than that they figured there’s someone better to do the job than I’m going to do here. Then maybe I’ll be in another uniform.

See your local bookmaker for the odds of that.

The hardreading staff’s favorite Bobby V pronouncement, though, appears in the pull quote:

As good as I am, I couldn’t even create this kind of mess.

Crosstown at the Globe, meanwhile, they seem to have already kissed Bobby goodbye. The broadsheet is all about John Farrell, the one that got away to the equally miserable Toronto Blue Jays. Michael Vega’s game report from the print edition (which led with a focus on Farrell) has largely been replaced, while a thumbsucker devoted to Farrell was added to the website today.

Back in the Herald, John Tomase says Farrell should stay put.

Farrell’s a keeper

No way Blue Jays should let Sox take their manager

The Red Sox [team stats] want John Farrell. Let there be little doubt of that. But here’s a question: If you’re the Blue Jays, why on earth would you give him to them?

The Red Sox are in disarray. Bobby Valentine is 99.9999999999999999999 percent certain to be fired, probably within hours of the season ending. If you’re Toronto, grasping for the tiniest thread of hope in the AL East, this is it:

Let the Red Sox keep flailing.

With Bobby V at the helm, there’s little doubt that’s just what will happen.