Dan Shaughnessy wrote a piece the other day (yes, he still writes a column) about those losers in Kansas City who cheered when Matt Cassel got injured. He blames their despicable behavior on two types of people: fantasy football players and “fanboy bloggers.” I shit you not.
It’s an issue about civility in America today. It’s about accountability. It is about angry fantasy football players who do not know how to look someone in the eye, or hold a face-to-face conversation. It is about fanboy bloggers who kill everyone and everything under the brave cloak of anonymity. It’s about instant tweets fired from the safety of your basement. It is about anonymous bullying with the World Wide Web serving as the new bathroom wall.
You cant make this shit up. The dude actually blamed the atrocious behavior of those fans on fantasy football players and bloggers. Come on, dude.
First of all, he is probably just pissy because nobody has ever asked him to join a fantasy football league. Second of all, there is no way he really thinks that bloggers are the reason a bunch of idiot fans in Kansas City cheered Matt Cassell getting injured. That just doesn’t make sense.
He just seems to have an irrational hatred for independent bloggers and I think Ive figured out where this irrational hatred comes from. You know that he wrote the book The Curse of the Bambino right? You know that he invented that phrase right?
Although it had long been noted that the selling of Ruth had been the beginning of a down period in the Red Sox' fortunes, the curse was publicized by Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe in his 1990 book, The Curse of the Bambino The term "curse of the Bambino" was not in common use by the press during the 1920s, nor can it be found through the 1970s, as a search of historical newspapers will illustrate. In fact, the New York Times did not use the term until 1990, and the Boston newspapers do not seem to have begun using it until Shaughnessy's book and a Boston Globe article about it were published.It all makes sense. Before 2004, he had this town by the balls. He spoke and people listened. Now he is nothing more than a name. His words dont have the influence they used to have and he is nothing more than a recognizable name.
Want to know how bad its gotten? The dude makes a weekly appearance on The Sports Hub's Gresh & Zo show. Yea, it has gotten that bad.
Shit, the man who once set the sports agenda in this town is now the old man in the nursing home whose relatives dont come and visit. I kinda want to give the dude a hug and tell him, “its ok grandpa. Everyone still loves you.” It would be a lie…but it seems like he needs the ego boost right about now. Poor bastid.