Boston Herald Is the Local Line King in Sports

January 31, 2016

Ever since the Boston Globe dumped the Tank McNamara comic strip from its Scoreboard page last year (a move the hardreading staff roundly denounced), the hately local broadsheet has been shrinking its agate-type offerings at an alarming rate.

Exhibit Umpteen: Saturday’s edition of the Globe, specifically the top of the Scoreboard page.

 

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Look at all those college basketball games. Then look at the anemic Latest line.

That’s just sad.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, meanwhile, there was this:

 

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And that’s just the half of it. Literally.

Today’s editions bring more of the same. Globe Sports:

 

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Herald Sports:

 

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Hey, Globeniks: Get your sports guys in line, eh?


Not Just the Globe: Herald Has Stripped Comics Too

April 16, 2015

For the past several days, the hardgrieving staff has lamented the loss of Tank McNamara, the comic strip the Boston Globe dropped from its Sports pages last week.

But now splendid commenter Mark weighs in with his own lament.

What about the carnage in the Herald comic pages? You could see the handwriting on the wall for The Knight Life when the cartoonist took strong anti-cop positions after Ferguson. But what did Lio do to piss off the Howie Carr Fan Club? He’s been dumped for the long-dead Charles Schultz and 45-year-old Peanuts strips!

 

For the uninitiated: The Knight Life and Lio.

(To be frank graf goes here.)

To be frank, we had no idea all that was happening; the hardchuckling staff hasn’t read the Boston Herald comics page since it dumped Mark Parisi’s Off the Mark umpteen years ago.

Regardless, here’s the current incarnation of the flighty local tabloid’s comics pages.

 

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Carnage, indeed.

We feel your pain, Mark.


Why the Boston Globe Dropped ‘Tank McNamara’

April 15, 2015

As the hardreading staff noted the other day, the Boston Globe Sports section no longer features the Tank McNamara comic strip.

In its place, the stately local broadsheet runs something like this:

 

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Distressed, we contacted Globe editor Joe Sullivan and Bill Hinds, the pen behind Tank McNamara, to ask what happened.

And both of them graciously replied.

Joe Sullivan:

Our goal was to provide a comprehensive weekly calendar for sports fans and to find the correct landing spot for it. We decided it should be one the scoreboard page and we felt that it would be more valuable to our readers than to continue to run Tank.

Joe Sullivan
Sports Editor/Boston Globe

 

Bill Hinds related much the same story, but a bit more plaintively.

I’m told that they need the space for other things. They may have cut back on pages. The editor says they like Tank, and he likes me personally, but it was just a matter of math. Breaks my heart. Boston was one of my big clients. Hopefully someone will write a letter.

 

Consider us that someone.

Regardless, here’s what we’re missing today:

 

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Tanks for the memories, Bill.

P.S. We’ll especially miss Tank’s Sports Jerk of the Year awards.

The 2014 nominees:

 

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And the 2014 big loser – er, winner.

 

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Richly deserved.


Globe Sports Section Goes in the Tank (McNamara)

April 13, 2015

The hardreading staff is a longtime fan of Bill Hinds’s Tank McNamara comic strip, which has run in the Boston Globe for a . . . well, for a long time.

Until last Friday. When the Globe apparently dropped the strip.

In its stead, this appeared:

 

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Ditto Saturday and Sunday.

So Globe readers missed this, in particular:

 

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Rest assured, the headscratching staff is contacting Bill Hinds and Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan.

We’ll keep you posted.


Boston Globe Is in the Tank for Bill Belichick

February 6, 2015

Actually, that’s not entirely accurate (hey – we all need clicks). Today’s Boston Globe features this in the Tank McNamara comic strip:

 

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Haters gonna Hatriot, eh? They’re the New England Cheaters for as long as Brady/Belichick are around. Not to mention the Kraft family.

Then again, now that we have mentioned them, the Krafties finally did the right thing and ran this ad in today’s Boston Herald.

 

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The thirsty local tabloid plastered it on Page 3. Cheers, yes?


Big Papi Goes in the Tank!

April 25, 2014

From our Home Run Dumby desk

For starters, let’s stipulate that when it comes to home run showboating, David Ortiz can’t hold a candle to Manny (Let Manny Be Money) Ramirez. But Ortiz puts on a pretty good showboat himself (see especially from 1:11).

 

 

So it was no surprise when Big Papi showed up in Tank McNamara on yesterday’s Boston Globe Scoreboard page.

 

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And today:

 

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Given his White House selfie, neither is David Ortiz.