Dan Shaughnessy: Taking a dump in your mouth one column at a time

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Always liked how much respect he showed Earl Weaver. On the other hand, if Weaver was the Sox manager he'd have skewered him for losing 3 World Series, 2 of which his team was heavily favored (69 and 71, before he covered the team)...and the third one, where his team blew a 3-1 lead (79, which I believe he was on the scene for).
I think that he respected Weaver because he came up as a Baltimore beat writer when Weaver was probably the best manager in the league. He was also one of the best when Shank was a kid.

Shaughnessy has a weird reverence for old timers that he liked when he was a kid: Auerbach, Cousy, Williams, Weaver, etc.The only player that broke that mold was Bird but anyone born after 1960 is a punk who would get his ass handed to him in the era when men were men, the late 60s and prior.

He gives these guys a lot of latitude because deep down Dan Shaughnessy is a little boy who desperately wants to prove to his elders (ie Dad) not only that he can hang with them but that he can be like them.

It’s more than a little pathetic.
 

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You played at the top level till you were 45, just as you pledged all those years ago. You hold all the records and you’ve won everything there is to win. You’re Michael Jordan, Tom Cruise, and Benjamin Button. You gave us so much joy here in New England for all those years and we can never thank you enough.

But here’s hoping you don’t succumb to the hubris and neediness of getting back out there with yet another team next year. There’s no need to try to do this again with Josh and the Raiders. The 49ers and Dolphins are pretty much set, thank you, and we all know you can’t come home again.

A half-century in this biz has taught me that it’s not up to media, or fans, to dictate when a player should retire, and I’m pretty sure you are determined to keep playing, but anyone who truly cares about you would tell you that it’s probably time to stop. "

On this rare occasion, he made a solid point w/o going off on one of his typical cynical tangents. My only disagreement w/him in this case is that Miami has an unsettled qb situation and, right or wrong; could see him ending up there.
 

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You know the best thing about Shaughnessy?

I never think about him or his columns any more. He's irrelevant. I can get 1000% better takes, analysis, and humor from a cursory review of here, reddit, Twitter, or Fangraphs.

The fitting end he deserves.
Amazing & well said. He's only still relevant in my life because of two older family members who still try to send me his takes sometimes. And then I immediately pop onto SoSH to gather info to take a steamy dump on said takes.
 

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You played at the top level till you were 45, just as you pledged all those years ago. You hold all the records and you’ve won everything there is to win. You’re Michael Jordan, Tom Cruise, and Benjamin Button. You gave us so much joy here in New England for all those years and we can never thank you enough.

But here’s hoping you don’t succumb to the hubris and neediness of getting back out there with yet another team next year. There’s no need to try to do this again with Josh and the Raiders. The 49ers and Dolphins are pretty much set, thank you, and we all know you can’t come home again.

A half-century in this biz has taught me that it’s not up to media, or fans, to dictate when a player should retire, and I’m pretty sure you are determined to keep playing, but anyone who truly cares about you would tell you that it’s probably time to stop. "

Ah, projection. This snippet could easily be re-written to address himself as a writer (minus joy from his decades of contributions).
 

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You know the best thing about Shaughnessy?

I never think about him or his columns any more. He's irrelevant. I can get 1000% better takes, analysis, and humor from a cursory review of here, reddit, Twitter, or Fangraphs.

The fitting end he deserves.
He loves being a troll towards the fans, the problem is that's 90% of local media these days and a sizable portion of the national media too. So him doing it is nothing interesting or unique. I generally forget he exists outside of this thread.
 

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He used to do a weekly spot on Zolak & Bertrand but he's been gone from that gig for over a year I think. Assume there was some form of financial impasse.
And with his column being behind a paywall I wonder what his viewership is now, he's pretty invisible all things considered.
 

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The best part is you know he draws deep distinctions between himself and the rest of the frothy trolls, but they’re all very much the same.
 

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When I need a pick-me-up, I like to think about how much Simmons's and Russillo's success must grate on Shank and John Dennis.
 

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Callahan does a one hour podcast five times a week "The Gerry Callahan Show" but Dennis has long since retired to sunny southern Florida.
I wonder how popular this podcast is? I'm sure 99% of his listenership have no idea what a podcast is, much less how to download one.

As far as Dennis goes, that's another reason to stay clear of the Sunshine State.
 

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Has he deliberately scaled back his radio and TV work the past decade plus? You don’t see the guy anywhere.
Even when he was on the radio the big show had a meme of ‘I’m contributing’ for how little he would talk or being anything of meaning to the show. Now that the Red Sox have won a few he doesn’t have the books to sell or sow the misery of the curse. Guy is hopefully living his golden years in a farm upstate tilting at windmills to an audience of one.
 

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I wonder how popular this podcast is? I'm sure 99% of his listenership have no idea what a podcast is, much less how to download one.

As far as Dennis goes, that's another reason to stay clear of the Sunshine State.
Feel like there are plenty examples of right wing podcasts that are popular that Gerry shares an audience with.. it’s not only old people that like listening to hateful shit.
 

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Have the Bruins or Celtics won since he wrote this?

DAN SHAUGHNESSY
The way the Bruins and Celtics are
going, something very rare could
happen in June
By Dan Shaughnessy Globe Staff, Updated January 25, 2023, 8:15 a.m.


There has never been a winter like this winter for our Boston Garden teams.
They play just about every other night. They win just about every other night. We are more than halfway through the Bruins and Celtics 2022-23 regular seasons, and they have the best records in their respective sports.
So we must ask ... can both play here in the Finals in June?
Imagine. The NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Final unfolding simultaneously in
the Hockey/Hoop Hub of the Universe. A Bull Gang Bacchanal. The Larry O’Brien Trophy and Lord Stanley’s chalice sitting side by side in the bowels of TD Garden. Past champions Johnny Bucyk and Robert Parish — Chief and Chief — walking hand in hand on Causeway Street. Bobby Orr as Banner Captain one

night, Larry Bird handing out the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP trophy the next.
No city has ever won both winter sports titles in the same spring, but a duck boat doubleheader is possible for Boston in June.


(Please forgive my formatting. Posting from my phone)