Here’s a handy landing page for the recent Boston sports media decade in review series that wrapped up yesterday.

#10 Media Free Agency

#9 Curt Schilling Arrives, Joins SoSH, Starts Blogging

#8 Manny Ramirez Becomes The Easiest Target Ever

#7 A-Rod is Coming…Wait, No He’s Not…

#6 The Death of Will McDonough (and others)

#5 The Brady/Bledsoe Decision

#4 Plagiarism Scandals

#3 The Dominance of WEEI, the Decline of Newspapers

#2 Spygate

Top Sports Media Story of the Decade – Red Sox win 2004 World Series

Others worthy of mention:

Patriots win first Super Bowl in Franchise history –  February, 2002. (Despite Ron Borges picking the Rams to win 73-0)

The death of Ted Williams, and the surrounding media circus with the cryogenics lab.

Dan Shaughnessy’s role in Theo Epstein’s resignation in the fall of 2005. (Theocracy & Theo, Explained – by Scott’s Shots and More Theo from BSMW)

Part of this was covered in Spygate, and the Brady/Bledsoe entries, but the overall theme of Bill Belichick and the New England Media this decade is a story in itself.

The Dennis and Callahan METCO Gorilla incident/suspension.

Howard Bryant’s return to Boston, his time here with the Herald, and what he had to say upon his departure.

The New York Times Co/Boston Globe’s 17% ownership stake in the Red Sox. 

Shaughnessy labeling David Ortiz “A giant sack of you-know-what”  before he had ever played for the team.

What else will you remember about the Boston sports media this decade?

15 thoughts on “Decade In Review Recap

  1. Clearly, this decade marked the not-so-insignificant shift in the way we all consume news in general and sports news in particular.

    Ten years ago this very day (Y2K scare, anyone?), I’m guessing that the majority of us still read a hardcopy newspaper and watched the local news at least once during the day. Today, that sounds so quaint and antiquated, like when my parents used to tell me that they could go to the movies for less than a buck, or when gas stations had personnel that actually, you know, pumped gas for us instead of just sitting behind a glass booth and collecting money.

    It’s also the decade that saw the dramatic fall and loss of power of “traditional” sports writers, columnists, and local TV sports anchors from their heretofore lofty and untouchable perches. For decades, many of these were of the somewhat “must read” or “must watch” variety. Today’s media landscape — with the proliferation of so many vertical and niche cable outlets, sports radio, TV shows, web sites, blogs, “Tweets” (don’t even get me started on that!), etc. — has pretty much obliterated all the old media types. The fact that this all happened in a relatively short period of time compared with the entire history of print and broadcast journalism is nothing short of astounding.

    I wonder what changes we’ll be looking back and talking about in 2020?


  2. I think you touched on all the major stories. But as an overall “theme” I guess what stands out is how 98% of the sports media turned into a bunch of ANNOYING ASS CLOWNS over the course of this decade.


    1. I think “revealed themselves to bea bunch of ANNOYING ASS CLOWNS ” would be more accurate than “turned into a bunch of ANNOYING ASS CLOWNS “


  3. The rise of web writers challenging mainstream thought. Bill Simmons, Fire Joe Morgan, Boston Sports Media Watch, Sons of Sam Horn, and so on. Before, a writer or announcer could say something stupid and it would barely get challenged and turn into “fact.” Now they can’t get away with it (and are pretty grumpy because of this). And fans that would like a different opinion –thoughtful, insulting, fanboy, whatever– have a place to go.


  4. The internet has given these formerly mysterious writers faces and celebrity. Now, someone can write a sourceless rip job on any player, coach, or team, post it online, and reap the attention it gets. Radio (especially in Boston) makes these goons even more pompous, self rightous, and famous.

    The bottom line is they’ve become the story. And that’s sad.


  5. The anti-sports-media crusade will continue in 2010. None of these entities will see their fortunes reverse as long as advertising is either (A) scare or (B) cheap. Some will even wave the white flag and give it up altogether. The Washington Times, supposedly, is jettisoning their whole sports section entirely. Which is a whole lot more newsworthy than, say, the Quincy Patriot Ledger doing so. Those entities that don’t wave the white flag will pay lip service to sports, which is OK. We don’t depend on their contributions anyway.


  6. Great work on the list, Bruce. Personally I would’ve tried to fit the Kevin Garnett trade somewhere in the top 10, but I understand it’s been a pretty eventful decade and there are going to be some major stories that are left out.


    1. Thing was, the Garnett trade was just a basic deal…..The media really didn’t have anything to do with it, nor was it viewed as a “controversial” trade…and that’s what this list is about, The “Boston SPORTS MEDIA decade in review”…..NOT “Boston Sports in review”


        1. ….ahhhh no….the whole Brady/Bledsoe thing was VERY controversial at the time. The Media taking sides on the issue etc. etc. I don’t think anybody in the media was against the Garnett trade. It was a big trade but media wise it was just a trade….


        2. With Brady/Bledsoe, as the post on that topic showed, we had weeks/months/years of second guessing and outraged columns and radio/TV shows by members of the sports media. They even involved themselves in the affair as Borges did when he “advised” Bledsoe prior to the QB meeting with Belichick.

          The only controversial thing said or written around the time of the Garnett trade was when Bob Ryan said that now the Celtics “might” make the playoffs with Pierce, Allen and KG.


  7. Great list, Bruce. What’s disappointing, to me, is that there was no mention on the list for strong investigative pieces _ or even well thought-out opinon pieces, because there really weren’t any examples of either in the Boston media last year. We were overwhelmed with endless self-bloviating, often badly researched stories that tended to lower our opinion of the individuals that wrote them. This was one of the worst years ever for that. Which saddens me.


  8. It’s funny to listen to Dennis and Callahan whenever Howard Bryant’s name comes up. Both of them act like a couple of badasses and mention that every time they see him Bryant lowers his head like he is afraid of them. Keep dreaming boys, keep dreaming.


  9. Bruce,
    The one story I think that needs to be mentioned by itself is the rise of the internet in regards to sports media. You brushed on this with #’s 10, 9 and 3, but I think that the internet deserves it’s own mention because it has most changed how we all can get news & views about our teams.

    For example, 10 years ago the thought of the Herald and the Globe going to a pay service pissed me off. Now, I don’t care because I have BSMW, Patsfans, etc. Some of the best (and worst) thoughts about the games I’ve gotten from these fan websites. I eventually realized that some of these fans know a lot more than these “reporters” do, and they are willing to post their views online for free. Even better, I can discuss this with them on the boards and probably get a response vs. some prima donna columnist who will simply file all complaints in the recycle bin.


  10. There was Felger labeling Randy Moss a turd before he played a game here. And then refusing to just come out and say “I… was… wrrrr….wrrrr…wrrr…”


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