JonCoochBU

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Date registered: October 6, 2011

Latest posts

  1. Five 2015 Columns I Didn’t Hate — December 31, 2015
  2. A Moving Day Malaise — January 27, 2012
  3. The Wonder of Bobby Valentine — December 3, 2011
  4. Sometimes, Silence Is Smart — December 1, 2011
  5. On Heidi — November 18, 2011

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Dec
31

Five 2015 Columns I Didn’t Hate

By my count, I wrote 50 pieces for the print Standard-Times this year. (A man’s entitled to two vacations, apparently.) You can view them all here, but here’s a quick-and-dirty list — interspersed with some GIFs, because why not — of my favorites before the calendar flips. May 11:┬áPatriots fans, ask yourself, what would Pedro …

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Jan
27

A Moving Day Malaise

Interviewing for a job at the Boston Herald, for as life-changing an event as it was, doesn’t hold a particularly sizable chunk of memory bank. Deduction alone pins it to late August 2010, and I remember live-story editing tests involving UFC 118, MMA’s first big-time foray into Boston. (No. 143, live from Brazil, is a …

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Dec
03

The Wonder of Bobby Valentine

Bobby Valentine in "The 1988 Presidential Race"

For the Non-Facebook Audience: Far be it for me to start a Photoshop contest, but we’ve heard so much about all the great things Bobby Valentine can do. How come no one’s bringing up the time he ran for president? Speaking of military history, what about when he helped establish the republic? This is what …

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Dec
01

Sometimes, Silence Is Smart

Bobby Valentine, Mo Vaughn, Steve Phillips

While preparing my thoughts on Bobby Valentine for a column, I dug into the New York Times archives to read up on Valentine’s incendiary 2002 exit from the New York Mets — until Thursday, his last job in the major leagues. There’s far more to discuss about it than I care to get into here, …

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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
14

Calling Scoreboard, In November

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
08

Help Wanted

LinkedIn, it would be fair to say, is the social network most people belong to because they feel like they should. It is billed as the “world’s largest professional network,” and I have no doubt that many people have used it to achieve great heights in business and personal development. However, you can’t play “Family …

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Nov
07

Why We Are Here, Again

Hip-o-ween

A couple weeks back, I had to get an eye exam so I could get a new order of contact lenses. (As someone who — outside of my “Herald physical” — hasn’t been to a doctor since my early college years, being forced before medical professionals is something I appreciate.) While there, I noticed one …

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