The Globe changed things up this morning with the featured article Imagine all four crowns and the sub-features on all four major professional sports teams in Boston and their chances of winning the next championship in their sport.

While the notion of Mayor Menino struggling to decide whether to have the Bruins or Celtics parade first is a bit absurd, I like the spirit of the series – positive – something I’m not always used to getting from the Globe. For a while there, they seemed determined to drop a bomb just prior to every Patriots playoff game. This series reminds us to recognize what we have here, that this is a very special time in Boston sports.

Reader reaction however, at least in the comment sections of the articles, has consisted mainly of ridicule towards the Globe and the teams.

Examples:

Get real! We’re more likely to see a Starbuck’s in Havana, before we see another boston professional sports championships. Celts won’t get past the Cavs, the Sox will be out of it early, the Pats’ run is over, and the B’s will need the stars to align if they’re to reach the conference finals. But hey, at least we have the Terriers’ Frozen Four championship to savor.

Wow! Is the Globe brain dead? Celtics just got laughed out of Cleveland, the RedSox look terrible, the Bruins have not won in 37 years, and the Pats have not won with the pretty boy’s knee injury. To think I wanted Barrack to bail you out, no more.

wow…the globe should go away permanently with this kind of foolish reporting. the celts and bruins both need help to make it to the finals, the sox have shown they have holes all over their pitching rotation and you can pitch to ANYONE in the lineup without fear, and the pats…well, they aren’t the class of the AFC, let alone the team to beat in the AFC east. wishful thinking john powers, but its time for you to grab a cup of warm milk and take a nap.

Uh, the *New England* Patriots are based in Foxborough. A championship parade may be held in this city, but it’s not a Boston team.

And for 12 years after c. 1989, “none of them won a thing”? Eight years after that, the Patriots won the conference championship and played in (and lost) the Super Bowl. Granted, not banner-hanging material, but certainly fits in this wild-eyed, loose-standards concept of “civic euphoria.”

You get the drift. Also in the mix are several commenters suggesting that the Globe has disrespected the New England Revolution by not including them in the discussion.

Why the nastiness? I know, it’s par for the course on the internet, where cynicism rules, and comments such as the above are everywhere, on every topic.

A BSMW Messageboard poster has another theory:

I think it’s the Jim Rome phenomenon: you gotta have a take. And saying “ I’m going to trust the team to do what’s right based on past experience” or “the slow start doesn’t concern me since I know they’ve got a good team”…those aren’t strong takes. That’s pussy talk from a casual fan that doesn’t care about the team as much as me or else you’d have the fake outrage and ALL CAPS comments on boston.com and repeated phone calls to Ordway. THAT’S a fan. Rack it.

Sadly, I think there’s something to that. Not just Jim Rome, but the whole sports radio experience is about “having a take” and “bringing it.” That mentality is the same one exhibited in so many comment sections on websites of every topic. For me, it’s one of the less appealing things about the internet.

Can’t we just enjoy the fact that the Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots all appear to be at the very least, contenders for their league championship?

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16 thoughts on ““Sportstown USA” Meets Comment Ridicule

  1. People still care about SPORTS!?!?! ILL BE AT A TEEPARTY TOMORROW IN SOLIDARITY AGAINST SOSHALISM!!!

    1. Hey fishercat – if you have such a problem with the Sons of Sam Horn, why don’t you take it up them?

    2. Howie Carr posts here? Awesome. I didn’t recognize you without your unfunny repetitive use of the word “hack” in every sentence.
      Let me know when Jay Severin, the Putt Putt twins, and Tommy Fineran starts posting here as well so we can consolidate all the people I don’t listen to on the radio in one spot!

  2. Oh sweet irony. Here you have one of the most jaded, negative group of posters on the Boston sports scene trying to point the finger at sports radio and other websites as the source of all the sourness. Yeah, you’re all above that here. First they media is too stupid to embrace the internet, the media wave of the future, now they’re the chief source of all internet negativity? It couldn’t be the overall negative, cynical tone of internet posters, could it? Or the anonymous nature of the comments which seems to give anyone the balls to say whatever they please? No, its sports radio’s fault !

  3. It’s a well known fact that globe commenters are nothing but illiterate degenerates and angry white men who take Howie Carr waaay too seriously.

  4. These are the same people who call into WEEI and rip Francona or Rivers after a strategic move backfires in game 2. They are the reason (along with the hosts) I generally avoid EEI like the plague. I guess it’s safe to say I can avoid reading the comment section of boston.com as well.

  5. all four teams competitive and contending = sports Nirvana (which hasn’t stopped since 2001)

    all of this stuff is why I can’t listen to sports radio … ever

  6. lol…”having a take” and “bringing it” code words for loudmouthed blowhards who don’t have a clue what their talking about (that goes for media AND some fans)

  7. SO WE HAVE TO WORY ABOUT A PARADE I’LL TELL YOU WHERE THE PARADE IS IT’S THE PARADE OF CASH OUT OF MY WALETT XBOX XBOX360 THEY’RE BETTER NOT BE XBOX720 OR I’LL NEED ANOTHER MORGIGE!? OH YA I’M UPSIDE DOWN MAYBE MY WIFE CAN CONTRIBUTE WAHT DO YOU GET PAID TO WATCH JUDGE JOE BROWN? TRY NOTHING LOOK I LOVE OUR TEAMNS BUT LETS WORRY ABOUT WHA’TS IMPORTANT NOT DUCK BOATS BUT DUCKING COLLECTION CALLS. IT’S CALLED BRUINS? IT’S CALLED I;M FREAKIN BROKE!

  8. No matter your opinion regarding Pitino’s time in Boston, he left his legacy here with the phrase ‘Fellowship of the Miserable’. That sums up anyone who wants to post what they did on the Globe comment board. They ‘bring it’ all right…

  9. Okay, the C’s and B’s are far from certain contenders, the Red Sox are awful, and the Pats have a lot of work to do with their defense. But it’s a little ****ing early to give up on any of them.

    But if this isn’t the best 8 year stretch in the history of Boston sports, I’d like to know what is.

    1. Jon, we had a pretty good stretch around 1776. Other than that I can’t think of a time when a fan can realistically be happy about professional sports in this town and not seem naive. 4 championships? No, it won’t happen but this is the time when you find out which fans/media enjoy misery more than the actual sport.

  10. How exactly are the C’s and B’s far from certain contenders? Both teams are expected to contend deep into the playoffs. If that’s not contending I don’t know what is.

    Now are either of them an automatic leadpipe cinch to win it all? Of course not. But seriously, tell me that either team isn’t one of the top four teams in their respective league right now. The fact that they are both considered to be one of the last four teams standing in their leagues–not to mention that the Red Sox and Patriots are in the same boat–makes them all legit contenders for a championship. Doesn’t mean they will definitely win, but how many other cities around the country can proclaim this about their top four teams?

    Add in the Revolution if you want (they typically go deep into the MLS playoffs even though they are still looking for their first championship), BC & BU hockey too, and we are so spoiled around these parts that the weeidiots don’t even deserve to have teams all this good at the same time to root for.

  11. The problem with the C’s is that they haven’t show they can beat Cleveland on the road. And now the Cavs have home floor advantage.
    The problem with the B’s is that they’re facing the Flopping Toilet Seats in the first round. Ugh.

    I agree with the rest of your premise, but both winter teams have a while to go before I can breathe a sigh of relief.

  12. I’m just curious why people here seem to be feeling so negatively about the Patriots’ chances in 2009.

    I agree that the defense needs work, but Belichick has been addressing it in free agency and I’m sure he’ll address it even more in the draft in 11 days.

    Brady is healthy–or at least they think he’ll be healthy, otherwise they wouldn’t have dealt away Cassel. This is basically the same team that’s gone 29-6 over their last 35 regular and post-season games. And this is a league today where the rules are so skewed in favor of offense that a team with the 32nd-ranked (that would be dead last) run defense in the league in 2006 (the Colts) can still win a Super Bowl.

    If the Pats don’t win 12 games in 2009, I’d be very surprised, and 12 wins gets them to the playoffs. After that, it’s anyone’s title.

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