Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov
28

The Enigma of Whale City

Kirk Gibson Says "Buy!"

Fear, As Motivator: The Arizona Diamondbacks, who would be a great team to call your home team if that didn’t mean you had to live in Arizona, are building their holiday ticket sales strategy around the idea that manager Kirk Gibson is terrifying. I’m really hoping that there’s a video/commercial campaign to go with this, …

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Nov
26

Classics, When You Lose

Tuukka Rask - Upper Deck 2011-12

Today’s Moment in Card Collecting: Upper Deck, in what’s a pretty solid move compared to the current trend of hacking jerseys to pieces and shoving them in cards, is running a “Day With The Cup” insert in this year’s hockey packs. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be idling rifling through pictures of hockey players …

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Nov
21

The Money Pit

The Latest Project I’ll Never Complete: Assisting Bruins play-by-play man Jack Edwards in his transition into full-on parody by offering up a full list name-specific celebrations to go with “A Johnny Rocket!” for Johnny Boychuk, “Isn’t that Rich?!” for Rich Peverley and “Two U’s, two K’s, two points!” for Tuukka Rask. Reasons for failure will …

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Nov
18

On Heidi

Heidi Watney - Oct. 2, 2010

In the pantheon of Heidi Watney photos available on the Internet, this has to be one of the worst. And yet, it is the one I think of as she departs for her native California, her inevitable and long-discussed departure somehow making the Red Sox fallout hurt all over again. Last summer, Julie won an …

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Nov
17

The Moose Played For The Moose

Ryan Miller, Milan Lucic - Nov. 12, 2011

The Bruins, In Brief: Tuesday night’s Bruins game was about as exciting as one could expect for a game in November, and for one that didn’t feature what happened in their previous game: Excellent play in goal, end-to-end action, several lead changes and a Bruins victory. Also, we were sitting next to a girl who …

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Nov
15

A Life Lesson

“I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.” — Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, to Bob Costas on NBC’s “Rock Center” Far be it for me to start throwing around pronunciations from the mount, but I think it’s safe to say there’s never a point in anyone’s life where they’re going to get disagreed with …

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Nov
14

Calling Scoreboard, In November

Wade Megan, pretzel goalie. Pretzel goalie, Wade Megan. (Boston Herald photo)

Back in the old days, I would often break out posts for BU hockey coverage, coming as close to writing professionally about the beloved Terriers as I really have much care to do. (I’d overcome my bias issues, but it’s much more fun not to.) I was not at Sunday’s game*, which is a tragedy. …

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Nov
12

Jonathan Papelbon: In Brief

Oct. 10, 2008 - The Standard-Times

“God blessed me with my right arm. That’s all you got.” — Jonathan Papelbon, during the 2007 World Series Yeah, you could say that. A couple nights after he said that, the Red Sox won their second World Series in four years. The team had a core of guys who, thanks to their youth, were …

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Nov
11

Videos That Have Not Aged/Will Not Age Well

The impetus for this was discovering the text of the radio call on the Cardinals broadcast for Mark McGwire’s 61st home run. “Mike Morgan is the pitcher. Here’s the pitch to McGwire … SWING … looky there! LOOKY THERE! Looky there! McGwire’s number sixty-one! McGwire’s flight 61 headed for Planet Maris! History! Bedlam! What a moment! …

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Nov
10

Sports At Its Worst

Joe Paterno, Patriot-News

When Joe Paterno announced on Wednesday that he was planning to step down from the job he’s held since my father‘s teenage years, my writing gears started turning. There’s something reassuring about things that have been in your life since your earliest memories, be it a grandfatherly football coach who appeared to get where sports …

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