OK….lets lay out all the evidence on the Nomar column by Buckley. Last Sunday, the 15th, John Tomase wrote an article for the Lawrence Eagle Tribune in which he pretty said that it seems Nomar doesn’t want to be here, despite being adored by the fans and given a free pass by the media, and that he would perhaps welcome a change of address. The next day the article was discussed on Fox Sports New England when Buckley was on with Bill Burt, who also works at the Eagle-Tribune. Buckley then put together his article, which has the same premise, uses many of the same points, but is just much more over the top then Tomase’s piece. Check out the similarities in the major points:
But some guys just aren’t cut out to play in Boston. And the onion-skinned Garciaparra is one of them…Despite being adored and exalted by the press and fans, Garciaparra feels persecuted.
Hey, Nomar Garciaparra, do you want something to really complain about? Here goes, hotshot: You don’t deserve to play in Boston.
Garciaparra is no exception. He operates on the assumption that the media and fans are out to get him, often carping about the negative atmosphere in Boston
Never mind that he’s one of the most revered athletes in Boston history, that he’s known nothing but standing ovations and positive press. He carries a chip on his shoulder the size of the Green Monster.
Sorry, No. 5, but you don’t deserve to play in a region whose fans have revered you, respected you and cheered for you since the day you arrived in the big leagues.
Negative media? The knights of the keyboard have rewarded you with journalistic bouquets. We have tiptoed around your locker, seeking out the Johnny Damons and Lou Merlonis for postgame quotes, and we only talk to you when you deign to speak to us. Out of respect, we have left you alone.
Garciaparra seethed yesterday at press accounts that he blamed third base coach Mike Cubbage for getting picked off second by Baltimore second baseman Jerry Hairston in a crucial situation Friday night.
Ditto with last week, when you – Mr. I Just Care About Winning – threw third base coach Mike Cubbage under the bus after getting picked off second base. If you really cared only about winning, it wouldn’t have made a difference if Cubbage had been sitting in a rocking chair in that third-base coach’s box, sipping a latte and reading “Heidi.” If it was winning that was on your mind, Mike Cubbage would not have been a postgame topic.
The Garciaparra myth appears to be crumbling. It can be summed up in one sentence: “I don’t care about stats.”
For a player who doesn’t care about stats, take a look the next time he’s charged with an error. First he’ll sneak a glance under his left armpit at the scoreboard. If an ‘E’ appears, he glares up at the official scorer between pitches and as he runs off the field.
Because he doesn’t care about stats.
Oh, and do you remember a few years back and you were flirting with .400, and the writers asked you to talk about it? You waved everyone off, told everyone to get lost with those questions, and made it clear that you only care about winning, not numbers.
Yet just last week, you picked up the phone and called the press box and whined to official scorer Charlie Scoggins about getting an error turned into a hit.
So it’s not plagiarism, but it seems like ol’ Buckshot couldn’t even be bothered to come up with his own points for the story. Idea theft? It sure looks like he just took the stuff from Tomase’s article, put it into a different order, and put a harder edge on it. Is it a coincidence that this story came out Sunday, was a prime topic of a show that Buckley was on Monday, and then appeared in the Herald two days later? Is it any coincidence that he timed its publication for the same day he was working a four hour shift on WEEI’s Big Show? Raise your hand if you think that Buckley would’ve dared to publish this column had not Tomase already published his…Last night on Sports Final, Buckley feigned surprise over all the uproar that his story caused, and talked about how it had turned into “media covering media” and had some harsh words for those who were getting on him. He also said he was using a “columnist’s device”. Is that what they call this? Shaughnessy was also there for moral support for Buck. Am I going to far in drawing these conclusions? Apparently not, as I mentioned this morning, I have it on good terms that Tomase plans to go to Buckley about this.
Peter King looks at the Bledsoe/Roger Clemens analogy. Bledsoe also provides this quote: “‘Now I know what Bill Parcells wanted me to do. I was just too young to do it.'” King also curiously names Tebuckey Jones his defensive player of the week, mostly it seems, for Jones’ efforts against the Jets last week. Way too much stuff on his daughter field hockey team, too. Eric McHugh writes about a reality check for the Patriots. Mark Farinella writes about the Pats being bruised up. Glen Farley writes about “Adam and leave” — Bob Lobels’ catchphrase for the Pats kicker. Dan Pires has the Patriots coming back to earth. Ron Borges writes how impressed he is with the Saints for MSNBC.
Troy Brown gave his status as “day to day” on his visit with Dale & Neumy. They reported that he came in without a limp, or being all bandaged up, so that is a positive sign. Quite a bit of talk about whether the Chiefs should’ve gone for 2 and the win on the final possession — and whether the Pats could’ve stopped them. Fred Smerlas and Steve Nelson joined Glen Ordway for the Big Show. Something I forgot to mention from Friday was Mark Malone’s appearance on the program where he was slightly uptight with the boys. When the talk slightly deviated from football, Malone impatiently asked “You guys want to talk football or are you going to BS around?” That of course led to non-stop mocking of Malone for the rest of the program after he got off the phone. On today’s show Ordway joked about the rest of the league figuring out the Patriots now, how ridiculous that premise is.
E-mailer Rich offers this analysis: “Regarding the CBS coverage, Dick Enberg is like Cal Ripken and (according to Peter May) Hakeem Olajuwon – retired a few years ago but does not know it yet. His bungling of names and facts (“Incompletion by Brady” on Faulk halfback option pass) ranges from comical to irritating, but his and Dierdorf’s total disregard for the story line of Pats missing 2 starting linebackers – both of
whom are sideline to sideline guys who are more suited to stopping a Priest Homes than TJ – was inexcusable. Another complaint about CBS, when a guy gets injured, tell us who replaced him!”