I’m convinced that the majority of these media people 1) only read the headline or summary of the column, namely that sportwriters shouldn’t root for teams, and 2) have no idea about some of the stuff Shaughnessy has pulled over the years.
I’m not going to launch into another 2000 word screed here. Just want to reemphasize a couple of things.
I keep hearing from media, while Shaughnessy goes on his media victory tour “Dan’s absolutely right, media shouldn’t be rooting for teams.” – as if that is the entire issue here. The enabling hosts cry “But it would be so boring if there weren’t brave people like Dan and Ron Borges around!“ They’re making this into “Shaughnessy makes fans mad because he picks against the locals!!!” As if that matters at all. I don’t care who he picks to win.
Let me be clear: I don’t think sportswriters should be rooting for the home team.
It is possible though, to write entertaining columns while remaining detached from the outcome and without completely trashing the locals.
I understand that Dan Shaughnessy is simply not a talented enough writer to do this. He’s no Ray Fitzgerald or Leigh Montville. He’s not Bruce Arthur. He only knows one way, and that is the misery way. Shaughnessy is utterly predictable.
Either that, or he’s just too lazy. Yeah, he’s not there to root. He’s there to troll the fans. That’s brave? That’s creative? When was the last time you ever learned something from a Shaughnessy column? The next time will be the first time for me.
This morning Shaughnessy said his not caring about the outcome allowed him to sit and write after the Patriots blew a 19-0 season instead of “wetting his pants” like the fanboys and presumably others in the pressbox were doing. Even on the air, he needs to bring that game up whenever possible.
How noble. How brave. Yes, Joe Sullivan, I know Shaughnessy is the bravest columnist you’ve ever seen.
I can see how others in the media just want to hold him up as a shining example of their profession.