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I think the ratings for 98.5 have more to do with the dislike of the big show than anything having to do with Felger or Mazz.
Espn smells blood.
And many here think you're very dumb. 98.5 copied what ESPN did. As has the Globe. I said this here in 2009 when Mazz came over from the Globe. It's hilarious that I have to spell this out for you.
Here's what happened, RKrap:
1. 2007. Spygate. BB was already hated by the media. The witch hunt is perpetuated by the Jets, Goodell allows it to flourish, Pats get strung up for 8 months behind lies, the Herald goes for the jugular, ESPN makes millions off of lies, has a live Walsh tape display that shows edited tapes which clearly corroborates everything BB has said, and they lie some more.
I was not at ESPN at this time. In speaking with others who were, and are still at ESPN, you are 100% wrong. 99.9% of the people I interact with, other than ESPN local staff care less about the Pats, which include mid level management. To insinuate that senior management even knows who BB is is also simply false. Bluntly stated, they could care less about the Pats and BB.
What does this provide? Major ratings dollars. The more they perpetuate the rhetoric, the what ifs, etc, the more the sensationalist "journalism" makes them money.
2. In 2009, the NY Times, desperate for money like all the others in a fledgling industry, decide to change how the Globe works. Many writers move on, retire, they go through a dozen editors due to cost cutting measures and they start asking their writers to become sensationalists. The Boston Herald then becoems the more legit paper in this town. The Herald aligns with WEEI, the Globe takes the ESPN model under NY Times orders, and 98.5 unfolds.
NY Times was mismanaged, plain and simple. The Globe was an asset to squeeze more money from, and the objective was to sell it. The senior writers could have stayed for less money, but many had other opportunities, so they left.
To call any entitity like the Herald that is owned by Murdock/Fox "legit" is preposterous.. Try reading some of the non sports stories in the Herald and tell me they are fair and take the middle road
3. In 2009, if you remeber, the onslaught via the Globe unfolded. They hired kids like Chris Gasper, who have ZERO experience, alongside Shalize Manza-Young, to be our lead Pats beatwriters. Super! Why? Because they were being told how to cover the Pats. Bashing BB at every turn, instead of being honest, is what makes money. Complimenting BB is seen as a non-moneymaker. ESPN found this out by 2006 with the national market sick and tired of hearing about how great the Pats are. Remember Albie Breer? The guy went out of his way to bash BB at every turn to the point he had to have Daddy get him a new job somewhere else. It's still fascintating to me he how get one at NFLN.
Explain how arguably the best sports town with arguably the premier organization by the lead newspaper in this town grants the fans Chris Gasper and Shalize Manza Young? A little odd, isn't it?
Dan Shaugnessy now knows football? Why is Ian Rappaport a MUCH, MUCH better beatwriter at the normally lame Herald? Since when did the Herald get better writers than the Globe? 2009. Hmm.
What you call bashing others call fair journalism. Even here at BDC, if anyone questions BB or comments on the Jets, you feel it is bashing. This is simply your warped mind at work.
I was never a fan of Shalise. Gasper is a good journalist. Bedard is very, very good and eventually will move on to bigger venues. Breer, I will leave it as no comment. We have had issues in the past.
Hey, wasn't the Herald the paper that had a writer who didn't corroborate the walkthrough tape to the point they could have been bankrupted if Kraft sued? Gee, no wonder why the Herald is fair now in analyzing the Pats, while the Globe sees a way to use it to their advantage.
Murock has the pockets to litigate for the next 25 years. Litigation is publicity for Murdock.
Mazz left the Herald because he could make more money being whiny, bald and lazy talking about more than just baseball. Super. The guy knows NOTHING about football and all of a sudden because the Globe wants to copy ESPN and go after BB for money, Tony Mazzy signs on with the Globe and gets a radio show as a sell out. SUper! What "journalism"!
Mazz at one time was an excellent journalist. It was h is choice to enter into broadcast media. The broad scope of broadcast shows his weakness on non baseball topics, and has allowed him to mail it in. You have to understand however, he is now in the entertainment business, not the journalism business. His ratings are forcing him to not change, and to continue to float away from journalism to entertainment.
It's amazing how dumb you are that you don't know how the business works that you actually have a career in.
I have been in and around the media scene here in New England for over 25 years. You couldn't be more wrong in your thoughts. You need to better understand journalism vs entertainment. Entertainment sells. Journalism is going broke quickly.
Your conspiracy theories wreak of a sick mind. Never, ever has anyone I have met, worked with or observed from close up shown any bias for or against the Pats. I will say that back in the day (only 10 years ago or so) Felger and Curran were the first 2 to understand confrontation and contrarian are a form of entertainment. Even the ex players I have worked with, simply see it as a job. There is no bashing, no conspiracy at all. I will also comment that every ex player I have come across speaks of BB with admiration, respect and revere, but never any fondness, othre than y our favorite whipping boy Bruschi. I find it amazing how someone can be in Charlotte, never, ever in Boston, never ever having met or spoken with anyone even remotely related to entertainment or media can think they are so correct, yet are so wrong. I seriously think this is a demented mind at work.
Ways to make money, market trends, how to achieve that, following a model, etc, means I have a conspiracy theory? This is another example of you proving there is no way you went to college.
Are you this stupid? You work in the business and don't know about these things? 98.5 and the Globe are partners, moron.
The Herald and WEEI are partners. Are we good there? The newspaper industry has been struggling as a whole for a while now, so the "news" had to change how it gathered and delivered news. If you changed, you survived and maybe made a profit. If you didn't, you're behind the 8 ball.
Each's model are different. IMO, and I don;t think it's an opinion at all, is that 98.5 follows the ESPN model as does the Globe. As DWhite just said in the post above mine, it's now the TMZ coverage of Boston sports.
That's what sells. They sold out.
Anyone taking Felger, Mazz, Gasper, Dan Shaughnessy, et al, seriously is a complete moron.
Barring the actual beatwriter position where it's your job to record the actual quotes and day to day actviity, ESPN, the Globe, 98.5, these are sensationalist entities. Period.
It's not a conspiracy.
You have this ridiculous notion that since you do some work for ESPN that you know all, know what their goals are as a corporation, sit in all the meetings, etc. You don't. You're a guy who hooks up cables from a truck when certains shows are produced. That's it.
You're absolutely daft if you think ESPN doesn't perpetuate stories, leave out important info, be irresponsible on purpose, to drive ratings. We;ve seen it MANY, MANY times. We've seen Chris Mortensen have to apologize on live tv for crying out loud. Other times, we've seen them totaly go unchecked and get away with it. Look at Rob Parker. Look at how far it takes ESPN to fire someone for being unprofessional or flat out wrong all the time.
Those talking heads over there are told to push certain angles to perpetuate stories, to keep them alive.
If they get hits on a blog more so than another, they finds ways to manipulate that story.
It's what sells nowadays. A circus. It's scary and sad, actually. The majority of people that you see out in public are utter morons.
As for Murdock, I am not a fan, but it's pretty sad that the Herald had more objective and informative Pats coverage than the Globe. You know why? They hired people who had a clue to cover it. Gee, what a novel idea! The Globe used to have first class coverage on everything until the older writers got attitudes and egos and they ran off the good writers.
Ian Rappaport at the Herald blew away Breer with the Pats coverage. Each is now at NFLN, but Rappaport shreds Breer to pieces. Breer is a namedropping daddy's boy. Kind of like you.
You like Chris Gasper? The kid doesn't know jack squat about any sport excpet maybe basketball. How insutlting to my intelligence to think that Chris Gasper can lecture me on hockey or football. The kid never played those sports, has no understanding of the finer points, etc, yet he's got the final word on the Pats in this town? You've got to be kidding me.
Who is in Charlotte? What are you talking about? You have the worst ability to retain info and your ignorance, inaccuracies, etc, is incredible to watch. You think because you can name drop as some eletrician at ESPN, this means you have better knowledge. It's never worked for you before, so get over it.
Cris Carter as a source absolutely is pathetic. The guy is a moron.
you are more wrong about this than you are about your football comments. The Pats are miniscule for ESPN with regards to news. Tebow is a bigger story than the PAts have been for the past 5 years. To think that ESPN even sees the PAts as a blip on the radar is simply uneducated.
You see how Reiss reports on the PAts. He breaks zero stories, speculates on nothing, and is the most careful person to report news. He has commentary AFTER the news breaks. Plain and simple as that.
You think the Globe follows ESPN and it is like TMZ? You are saying Bedard, Shalise and Reiss sensationalize the news? Rodak, Mr boring himself? Give me a break.
You can sit in your basement and speculate, throw insults and be wrong as usual. I work with these people, interact with many of them, and you couldnt be more wrong.
Mortenson, Parker...no comment. I have never even met them. I dont think either one of them has been further east of Bristol in 5 years. Breer, no comment, we had problems working in the past. Rappaport, never met him. Gaspar, you are 100% wrong. Extremely hard working. Extremely bright. Knows his stuff, and can articulate it clearly. Cris Carter knows the game inside and out. His opinions on players is held in high regard throughout the entire industry, not only ESPN. To listen to him disect plays and players is informative beyond belief.
It is wrong for a loser like you to sit there and wrongly criticize these hard working people, when you have zero clue what you are talking about.
You can sit here and go back and forth with me...I have said a number of times, I think your knowledge of football is terrible...the way you talk down and about people is down right pathetic. You can call me a guy who plugs in cables...but as I mentioned to you before, at the end of the day, I can buy and sell you 20 times over, so I must have done something right.
If you're still working and not wisely investing those supposed millions you claim to have as you look for leverage here, announcing people's names you know on a Pats board as a middle aged balding dweeb, how much you made with daddy's business you sold, etc, then clearly you aren't as successful as you think.
With regards to ESPN lying about the truth behind the witch hunt and it's behavior during that 8 month run, I am talking about ESPN THEN, dummy, not now.
Of course stories change over time and the Tebow, Mantei Teo, etc, whatever else pops up is what they will follow. I am not talking about that whatsoever. I am talking about the ESPN business model. They changed. It works. They get money. The Globe applied this same model.
I am talking about ESPN's slanted coverage of Spygate, the truths they left out on purpose, ignoring primary sources who corrborrated BB's position on the issue, and right on down the line.
Their perpetuation of that, right into the obvvious Walsh lies, actully prompted fat boy at the Herald to knee jerk his headline to the point that some morons out there to this very day believed there was a walkthrough tape from SB 36.
This stuff is all so far over your head, it's comical.
Tell us again how the Jets GM role is a "dream job" because Cris Carter told you so. Tell us how Lombardi is mulling over an offer from the Jets. Tell us how teams can "restucture" over a weekend with ease and cut "45 million in the blink of an eye". Tell us. lol
And, I never said Gasper wasn't intelligent nor articulate. I said he's a kid with limited experience and he's certainly not knowledgeable enough about the finer points of the game. He just regurgitates rhetoric, hoping no one is paying attention.
Bedard, while with a big ego (didn't take him long to go after BB here), is far more knowledgeable than Gasper, Felger or Mazz on football. Period.
Mazz is a baseball guy. Always has been always will be. I still can't believe I shook his hand back in 2005 in Chicago complimenting him on his baseball work with the Herald. Because with what he's become now, I wouldn't have said that to him. He's a disgrace, using his platform to seflishly go after BB at every turn.
Spygate was 2007. Move on and get a life. As far as ESPN is concerned, the Pats barely have a pulse. Never mind TMZ reporting on the Pats.
Look, you can bring up Lombardi until the Browns fire him (I give it 3 years). I know for a fact that he was interviewed, and $$discussed. He countered with double the offer. End of discussions.
I am telling you this as fact. Believe it or not, I dont care, as you will put words in my mouth for the next 3 years until he is fired.
I also already told you by March 12th the Jets will be $20-$30 million under the cap. I clearly spelled it out how they will do it. You refuse to understand, or maybe are incapable of understanding.