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Date registered: October 6, 2011

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  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. The Enigma of Whale City — November 28, 2011

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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: Patriots fans, ask yourself, what would Pedro …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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