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Why We Love the Stanley Cup Bakeoffs (Columbus Blue Jackets Edition)

The hardwatching staff has no idea why they’re called the Blue Jackets, but last night the Columbus hockey squad won their first Stanley Cup Playoff game ever in dramatic fashion. After squandering one power play in the first overtime and … Continue reading

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The Day Little Joe Cook Took Me to (Computer) School

Nice Steve Morse piece in yesterday’s Boston Globe about local blues fixture Little Joe Cook, who died last week at the age of 91. Little Joe Cook, at 91; his falsetto on ‘Peanuts’ a huge hit Standing just under 5-foot-4, … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to ‘The Captain Goes Down with the Ship’?

First there was Francesco Schettino, the idiot captain who literally showboated the Costa Concordia onto some rocks, then fell into a lifeboat before the ship sank. He was the Italian Captain Coward. Now comes the South Korean shipcarnation. From Friday’s Boston Globe … Continue reading

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Why We Love the Stanley Cup Bakeoffs (Triple Overtime Edition #1)

At 12:34 this morning the hardlyworking staff was standing in front of the kitchen TV and watching the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues skate into the third overtime of their Western Conference first-round faceoff. Twenty-six seconds later, this happened: … Continue reading

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Journalism Is the Second-Worst Job? Hah! Advertisers Are the Least Trusted!

Good news! Journalists are moving up in the professional world! Via MediaBistro’s FishbowlNY: Newspaper Reporter Now Only Second Worst Career Good news, newspaper reporters of the nation, your job is now only the second worst career choice a person could make. … Continue reading

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NYT Also Excels at Boston Marathon Bombings Coverage

As you all undoubtedly know by now, the Boston Globe has won a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize for its Breaking News Reporting of last year’s Marathon bombings. Less noticed locally is the New York Times Feature Photography Pulitzer for Josh Haner’s “moving essay on … Continue reading

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Our ‘Beat the Press Party’ Bakeoff (Stephen Colbert Edition)

The Thursday Curse struck again in the latest episode of the Great Boston MediaWatch Dogfight between the local hall monitors. Start with the Boston Herald’s Press Party, which featured this lineup in its Wayne’s World webcast on Thursday: On this … Continue reading

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What Can Brown Do for New Hampshire? (Pickup Truck Edition)

On Monday former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere) will launch the first TV spot in his Quixotic Quest to become a Two State Senator (pat. pending) by beating Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire. From Politico’s Morning Score: SCOTT BROWN … Continue reading

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Big Town v. Bean Town (Guggenheim Fellowship Edition)

Every year the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awards fellowships “to assist research and artistic creation.” And, as is its wont, the Foundation ran a full-page ad in the New York Times to announce its 2014 recipients.       Massachusetts artists, scholars, … Continue reading

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Quote o’ the Day (Jason Gay Ol’ Time Edition)

Difficulty is part of golf’s mystique; suffering is baked into the experience; exasperation part of the addiction. Humility is why golf is golf. Golf is not supposed to be always fun. If golf was supposed to be always fun, it … Continue reading

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