Continuing something I’ve been doing more of lately, here is a reader email I received today from a longtime reader that I think is worth sharing with the BSMW audience.

From Jim S. (In Walpole)
To Boston Sports Media
Date Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Hey Bruce,

I haven’t emailed you in awhile but your recent comments regarding Felger sparked this email.

I guess first of all I do think Felger believes most of what he says-like most of these newspaper/media guys nowadays I think they feel a need to be a bit over the top to make themselves relevant and he is right at the top of that list but I do genuinely think he gives his ideas some thought before he starts spouting. Bob Ryan is probably at the very bottom of that list and I would strongly welcome any station giving him a show on the radio.

What surprises me is that you neglect the total mushball Mazz has become. He made his name on EEI by constantly going after Ordway and challenging his conclusions but now with Felger all you hear is “Yeah I guess you’re right” or “I hadn’t thought of it that way” or “You make a good point”. Keeping in mind those comments are directed at Felger and you wonder what he has been drinking. I honestly don’t remember the last argument those two had over anything related to sports and I think that is what will kill their show if they don’t at least once in awhile go at it with each other. And God help me if I hear one more time why he doesn’t hate the fans but he hates the “fandom” in Boston. Talk about someone who doesn’t talk about what he believes-its him by a long nose. What all these guys fall into their traps is that they really believe that the callers totally represent the average fan in Boston.
(And do we need Mazz to remind us every week that the Texeira signing will bite the Red Sox in the ass until the day he retires?)

What they don’t know is that there are a lot of fans who think that Belicheck can be overly arrogant at times, that Ortiz did steroids and got away with it, that Papelbon is an idiot who may be self-destructing in front of us and that Terry Francona and Doc Rivers may be two of the best coaches this town has ever seen. But because they think these thoughts they can’t conceive that there are any other people with the same idea. Most Boston fans are not Yahoos but when all you do is sit in a press box, take moronic callers and bitch about EEI I guess your view of the world becomes skewed.

Anyway still enjoying your site-still the best way to get caught up on all the local news with the home town teams.

Jim

The thoughts on Massarotti are right on, and I do think he has reduced himself to the “You’re absolutely right, Mike.” role.

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13 thoughts on “Another Good Reader Email

  1. Very well put.

    I’ve stated before that I enjoy Mazz’s Baseball program most nights.

    He sometimes has on interesting guests (Jim Palmer, Brian Cashman) and it’s interesting to hear a guy like Palmer talk about Bucholz and Lester as young starters. When Cashman was on it was great – he talked about how no one down in Yankee land was counting out the Red Sox.

    From 2-6 he’s an empty suit. The only time he gets animated is when he slips into his “Boston Accent Guy” voice and condescendingly makes fun of people and generalizes.

    For a year those 2 have shouted down any caller who talks about what a great pickup Randy Moss was for the Patriots. What they like to do is DISCONNECT the caller and than start shouting FACT NOT OPINION or THAT’S GREAT IF YOU HAVE HIM ON YOUR FANTASY TEAM – my particular favorite STATS ARE FOR LOSERS.

    Since Youk’s been out Tony has been banging the YOUR HAS ONE OF THE 3 HIGHEST OPS’s in the BIGS SINCE 08.

    I’ve tried calling, emailing and even texting (I need to get a life I know) to ask why doesn’t the STATS ARE FOR LOSERS argument apply here?

  2. Could not agree more, to a T. I second the notion on Felger – I truly feel that he believes everything that he says, and no matter how ridiculous he sounds, I can respect that.

    Felger and Mazz need to realize that they're talking to a broad audience and not everyone is an idiot Pink Hat that thinks they should trade Kevin Cash for Carl Crawford straight up. I'd even say that I think Sports Hub callers are far more intelligent than WEEI callers, for the most part.

    I'm sure all of the hyenas will come on and talk about how everyone in this town sucks and they don't listen to either station (yet know exactly what happened on every show every day), but cheers to Jim S. in Walpole.

  3. Very well put.

    I’ve stated before that I enjoy Mazz’s Baseball program most nights.

    He sometimes has on interesting guests (Jim Palmer, Brian Cashman) and it’s interesting to hear a guy like Palmer talk about Bucholz and Lester as young starters. When Cashman was on it was great – he talked about how no one down in Yankee land was counting out the Red Sox.

    From 2-6 he’s an empty suit. The only time he gets animated is when he slips into his “Boston Accent Guy” voice and condescendingly makes fun of people and generalizes.

    For a year those 2 have shouted down any caller who talks about what a great pickup Randy Moss was for the Patriots. What they like to do is DISCONNECT the caller and than start shouting FACT NOT OPINION or THAT’S GREAT IF YOU HAVE HIM ON YOUR FANTASY TEAM – my particular favorite STATS ARE FOR LOSERS.

    Since Youk’s been out Tony has been banging the YOUR HAS ONE OF THE 3 HIGHEST OPS’s in the BIGS SINCE 08.

    I’ve tried calling, emailing and even texting (I need to get a life I know) to ask why doesn’t the STATS ARE FOR LOSERS argument apply here?

    1. You don't need a reason for the "stats are for losers" argument. You already have it. They manipulate and cherry pick facts and stats to frame and support their arguments as they see fit. Never mind that, lets say, all of Moss's teammates say he a hard worker. Because he had 1 bad game vs. Carolina, that is evidence enough for chicken littles like Felger and Mazz.

  4. point was right on about how alot of these talk show hosts think thier callers are representative of the entire fan base (or at least they "act" that way)…….I mean really, how foolish is that?……. there is a HUGE SILENT MAJORITY out there that has a rational take on the Boston Sports scene. …….and when you think of it, who are these people that hang on the line for HOURS (unless you are a "celebrity" caller) just to get talked down to and then blown up?? (although I agree some of them deserve it)……

  5. Wow, things have changed. When 98.5 started one of my beefs was how Mazz always treated Felger like a moron and seemed to go out of his way to argue with him. I stopped listening about six months ago since I've discovered the great sports podcasts out there. Maybe people complained and he's now gone too far the other way. I liked Felger, who I see as the "little host that could". But I do think he needs a better, and smarter, cohost to play against his schtick. Mazz should stick with his baseball reporters show.

  6. Tony Mazz is Alan Colmes to Felger being Sean Hannity.
    Mazz knows his place and that is to kiss Felgers butt so when the next time when Merloni or Holley's contract is up,Felger will keep the little parrot around.

  7. That's too bad to hear about Tony Maz. I always liked him, but my hatred of Felger will not allow me to listen to their show. I was surprised that he agreed to do a show with Mr. D.B. He probably figured that Felger would crash and burn as he did on 890 and they'd get rid of him. Say what you will about Ordway, but he knows more about baseball than Felger ever did. I sometime wondered if Felger ever even played wiffle ball in the back yard.

  8. Remember this is the same Tony Mazz who encouraged the Sox to trade Buccholz straight-up for Saltalamacchia awhile back. Okaaaay!

  9. Felger believes what he says all right. He believes what he says tweaks most boston sports fans, and he's usually right. But stupid people actually listen to him, and get pissed off. I don't get it. He's not from Boston, or New England. He didn't grow up rooting for Boston teams. His Wisconsin teams all suck, so he gets off on pissing off Boston fans. And he's getting paid well to do it. I just don't get it.

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