• Ross

    The lack of Haggerty in this article disappoints me. He is a professional troll.

    • Paul

      Haggs is a huge homer, which will be his biggest downfall

  • Steve

    The lack of a lot of things is disappointing, like an understanding of the difference between newspapers and web sites.

  • Ron

    Well this article only half nails the issue. The real problem is that there are scores of miserable people just eating up what Felger, Mazz and all the rest have to say because we have a miserable fan base who is only happy when things are bad. The ones conditioned by years of Red Sox losing to only see the bad in all things sports related. Those guys, the REAL fellowship of the miserable. By watching and listening to this crap, we are getting exactly what we deserve.

  • http://soaringtoglory.com Kyle

    As a New Yorker who’s going to Boston College, I’ve had the displeasure of being exposed to the Boston sports media. I’ve read some of the newspaper articles, watched some of the talk shows and have literally found nothing interesting, except for the occasional Bob Ryan speech. Sure, the semi-decent writers here have turned to talk show blowhards, they can’t even be good at that. Felger and Mazz is seriously the most boring program when compared to something like Boomer and Carton on the WFAN in NYC. There are biases on that show as well, but they have reason, intelligence, and effective humor. Even Francesa without the Mad Dog is 10x more entertaining than anything Boston radio can produce. Another troubling facet of the Boston media is the non coverage of college football, especially with BC. After the Globe got rid of the bumbling Blaudschun, they have basically excised any coverage of BC athletics. Boston media’s problem is the fact that they are so full of themselves and their biases, that they have gotten away from journalism. Read the sports section of the NY Post one day, and you’ll see what Boston’s missing.

    • Tom

      I don’t know about that. I’ve seen the clip of Francesa falling asleep in his chair on air, so I think the idea of sports talk show hosts hanging on too long is universal.

      As for their lack of coverage of BC sports, that is not new. It has nothing to do with the Globe’s decline and everything to do with the fact that there are more people around here who simply don’t care about BC. The simple fact is Boston is not Gainesville or Ann Arbor, where one university is the only game in town. If you attended Harvard, BU, Northeastern, MIT or any of the dozen or so other schools in the area what happens at over in Chestnut Hill simply doesn’t matter. I know this is hard to hear for any BC student or alum, but it’s simple numbers – more people don’t care about the Eagles than people who do.

    • Nick

      Kyle, I’m glad to see you left the steroid laced/ chronic lying atmosphere that is A-rod. Welcome to Boston. I do hope however that you don’t really expect to see any BC games though. First off, they’re not very good. second, you go to the school! buy some discout tickets, go to the game and stop complaining. Lastly, those games count for NOTHING! if they meant something like a bruins or sox game they would be televised. I’d much rather watch professionals that are paid to be as good as they can for games that matter. Not college kids that are so terrible at their sport they won’t play another down of football in their life after college. Its an A-bomb! for A-Roid! I have a feeling you’ll fit in real well as a new yorker at BC. good luck with that

  • Bob

    I think Bob Neumeier tried to bring a lot of what you reference to WEEI but was chastised for going against the grain.

    • Paul

      Neumeier was/is terrible.

  • Derek Phillips

    Hello, Mr. Siegel:

    Please recall that the word media is a plural noun:

    The Boston sports media, once considered one of the country’s best and most influential press corps, [are] stumbling toward irrelevance.

    It’s disappointing that so many writers and their editors get this wrong so frequently – especially when trashing their professional compatriots.

    Thanks for hearing me out.

    Derek Phillips

    • Paul Bonfiglio

      Derek and everyone else,

      You are correct in this instance, but media can be both singular and plural.

      “… once considered one of the nation’s most influencial press corps” makes it plural.

      1: a medium of cultivation, conveyance, or expression; especially : medium 2b
      2a singular or plural in construction : mass media b plural : members of the mass media


  • Spats

    The vulgar language uttered on a daily basis by the likes of Ordway, Callahan, Dennis and the rest of the sports radio “boys club” of pompous, bloviating, sniping, self-important buffoons relegates them and their niche to the gabage disposal.

  • Dick

    A lot of these sports talkers and writers have their own little schticks and agendas. Felger is a contrarian. He will check the way the wind is blowing and always go the opposite way. Ron Borges has a pathalogical hatred of Bill Belichick. His articles have no credibility because of it. Shaughnessy doesn’t seem to have any friends with the local teams. A lot of people were surprised when Tito did a book with him.

    One thing they all seem to have in common is that once they take a position, they don’t want to budge from it, like Cafardo and Bobby V. It became apparent that the Red Sox were a train wreck yet he kept going out of his way to defend him.

  • KG

    Wow, nice piece. I’ve only been here since September so I haven’t gotten immersed in the sports culture (and probably won’t since I’ve got my own home teams to bitch and moan about). But this sounds fairly the sports scene back home where I was a reporter for a few years. Lazy reporters asking lazy questions and the “name” reporters resting on their past glory. Now can someone explain the two brain-dead idiots doing the Red Sox broadcasts? You’d think Remy, a former player would have SOMETHING insightful to say, but… nope.

  • http://twitter.com/notwallygm NotWally

    Often, it seems like members of the Boston sports media are simply there to serve as PR agents of the organizations that they are “reporting” on. To me, that answers the question of why a journalist from outside the circle of Boston sports media, like Jeff Passan, can break a big story on the Boston Red Sox — Passan isn’t dependent on the Red Sox for his paycheck.

    Pete Abraham and Nick Cafardo, on the other hand, serve as commentators on the FSG-owned NESN; making Red Sox ownership partially responsible for their income. They simply don’t have the independence to do honest reporting on the team.

    That fact, in and of itself, isn’t wrong — I’m not suggesting that we pull part of their income and take food out of their mouths (although a few months on Slim Fast wouldn’t hurt either of them), but people like Abraham and Cafardo shouldn’t be allowed to label themselves as “journalists”, either. They are not journalists, they are PR men for the Red Sox.

  • Phil

    Mr. Siegel, the great Ray Fitzgerald was also at the Globe in the 1970’s.

  • Jon

    Greg Bedard needed to be mentioned earlier in this story. His piece on the Pats’ no huddle is routinely mentioned as one of the best stories written this fall. If he keeps it up I’m sure he won’t stick around at the Globe for much longer. And Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston should have been mention. Anyone who takes the time to breakdown special teams snaps certainly isn’t going with the status quo.

  • berger

    This is great, but the author doesn’t seem to know that the Bruins exist. I don’t know what to say anymore when even the people covering the people covering the Boston scene are indifferent to the B’s. Really sad that with such a good/interesting team there’s no coverage (or coverage of the lack of coverage).

    • Pete

      Agreed that it’s disappointing that the author makes no mention of hockey. In my opinion, Kevin Dupont is a very good writer who flies under the radar.

  • stuck working

    While I generally agree with this analysis, I think it’s a bit unfair to Peter Abraham. He may have missed the story about players meeting with ownership about Valentine and he may be weirdly defensive about that even now, but he is being innovative in some ways. Unlike Cafardo, Abraham understands and uses both social media and advanced statistics, so I wouldn’t lump them together.

  • John Paul

    On behalf of the part of America that is not over 50, white, male and from Boston, may I please shrug emphatically and say, who effing cares? Not even sure how one shrugs “emphatically” but after reading this thumb sucking pile of Boston horse fart, I want to shrug at your face. Please do society a favor and spend a day at a soup kitchen.

  • giles

    I agree with most of this article. I kind of wish it had gone on for longer so we could criticize more of the lame Boston sports media. People in other parts of the country dont understand how bad our sportswriters are – especially because 25 years ago, all the country’s best sports journalists came from Boston.

    Surprised Gasper wasn’t mentioned. He is a hack.

    • Media Mogul

      Giles is right. Chris Gaspar is AWFUL. Nothing compelling or interesting about any of his columns.

  • Mike Benedict

    And the inevitable response will be, “Bloggers, get off my lawn!”

  • John Simmons

    I met Shaughnessy once in an airport bar after Sox game in Seattle. I had on a Schilling shirt. First thing out of the guy’s mouth “I can’t believe you walk around in a Schilling jersey” …. this 3 years after he pitched the shut down game 6 in Yankee Stadium. I’m from Boston, and I moved away to California, and the self-loathing, miserable we have it so rough and think we are so tough attitude of new englanders is why I moved away. On top of which the sports dynasty decade is now calling curtain close, we will see how these reporters fair. I was back in town the week before Pats/Ravens game, driving listening to the sports radio. Not one single person had even a shred of doubt Pats would win that game. That is ridiculous considering the Pats had lost 2 of lsat 3, and Brady has his worst QB rating against that team….nope doesn’t matter. Pats win. I agree, time to evolve.

    • Brian

      I don’t think that was particularly unique to the Boston media, though. The vast majority or national media picked the Pats and Vegas had them as 10 point favorites. Sometime everyone is wrong.

  • Jon

    This is right on with regard to the arrogance of blowhards like Shaughnessy, Dennis and Callahan, and well done for recognizing the talents of Bedard and Speier.

    On the other hand, there’s perhaps too much of a local focus here. Whatever the shortcomings of the Globe’s team, their sports section remains one of the best of any newspaper in the nation.

  • Paul

    How about mentioning Ryen Rusillo and his dealings with that dick on EEI’s morning show event?

  • Shelly

    Thanks to my XM radio I don’t have to listen to all the crap.

    I Got my horseracing,Blues,and Business channels.Beautiful!

  • JJ

    Boston media think they’re bigger than the sports teams . With ESPN and other outlets who always ask their opinion , they have begun to think they’re bigger than the sports they cover

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Farris/1476476891 Charles Farris

    Great article. Spot on.

  • NHLfarmteams

    Of all the Boston media types Haggerty should be the 1st mentioned in this article. He is nothing but a homer blogger that has been given the keys to the city. Unfortunately the city of Boston and Bruins fans get painted with the same brush because this moron gets a microphone.