Athletic Sports Site Completes Boston List
Among those who will write for The Athletic Boston are Fluto Shinzawa, who is leaving The Globe to become editor of the site’s Bruins; Jen mccaffrey (currently MassLive) and Chad Jennings (Boston Herald), which will cover the Red Sox; and King Jay (MassLive), who will be the Celtics reporter. The location of the Patriots from the site will be evident in the coming days.
It is not known who will be the local publisher of the site. The writers who were hired handled Paul Fichtenbaum, National Content Manager for The Athletic and former Editor-in-Chief of Sports Illustrated.
Bad choice of words
The schedule hasn’t arrived in April yet, but we’ve already endured a year of heinous sports radio segments between the two major local stations, 98.5 The Sports Hub and WEEI 93.7. The debate of Johnny manziel and his demons on Wednesday’s “Felger and Mazz” show on The Sports Hub may have been the worst so far, even though it’s still early days.
Hosts Michel felger and Tony Massarotti and third voice Jim murray were discussing Manziel and whether his history of alcohol abuse should keep him from going to a nightclub. Manziel, the former Browns quarterback who is trying to make his comeback, was recently spotted at a – sober, by all accounts – in Los Angeles. Here’s how the conversation went:
Felger: Doesn’t that concern you at all that he was going to a club?
Felger: Come on.
Murray: No it’s not.
Felger: Murray. . .
Murray: Mike, no! You don’t have to go to a club and have it all [messed] up.
Felger: If you’re an alcoholic and recovering? If you’re an alcoholic and recovering, you don’t go to clubs.
Murray: Who says who? What if you wanted to test yourself?
Felger: Who says who? AA [Alcoholics Anonymous].
Murray: What the hell do they know? You have to test yourself.
Felger: Do you really feel that way? Frankly?
Murray: It works for some people, yes. Different shots for different people. It may be different for Manziel. He didn’t need to go through the program – presumably AA’s 12-step program – and he’s clean and decides it’s time for me to have a second act here, but I still want to have fun. a little bit, so I’m ‘I’m going to take me, fiancée, we can go to the club and have a little fun, and I’m going to sit here with sodas all night long.
Massarotti: You see, generally the teaching is to stay out of the environments in which you are vulnerable.
Murray: Yeah, if you’re sweet.
Felger: Oh my God, Murray.
Massarotti: The point is, you are gentle.
Felger: You are sweet. Exactly. This is why you are an addict.
Massarotti: It is recognizing your weakness and staying out of environments in which you are vulnerable.
Murray: Maybe it’s like that for some people. But for Manziel, it might be different. Maybe he says, you know what, I’m going to try to test myself and put myself in this environment where I was weak before. Look at me, now I’m strong. So strong that I can be the New England Patriots quarterback.
Felger and Massarotti’s point was reasonable: it’s at least curious, if not alarming, that Manziel still goes to clubs. It was actually Murray who pushed the envelope to the heinous edge. But the choice of the word “sweet” – a word they all seemed to approve of – to describe someone struggling with addiction was callous and ignorant. They should know better. The sad part is that they probably do, but they went down this route anyway.
Time of hearing
NBC Sports Boston Steps Up Search For Replacement For Kayce smith on “Boston Sports Tonight”. Smith left the network for Barstool Sports in late February. Among those who will audition to join the remains Tom curran, Michael holley, and Tom Gilles on the program is Emily austen. Austen is known locally as a former reporter in the arena for the Celtics. She was noticed for all the wrong reasons in June 2016 when she made racist comments during a Facebook live chat on Barstool Sports. Austen lost his job at the time as a Rays and Magic reporter for the Fox Sports regional networks in Florida. Austen has spoken often to college athletic programs in recent years about the dangers of social media and how quickly a moment can ruin a career. Others who should audition include Elika Sadeghi, Mr. J. Acosta, Chantel mccabe, and Danielle Trotta.
Patrick has had enough
Patrick patrick explained on his Thursday morning radio show why he decided to quit as host of the studio show “Football Night in America” on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” shows. Patrick, who has hosted the show since its launch in 2008, said NBC offered him a five-year contract extension but decided not to take it. “I didn’t know if I wanted to make it five more years,” he said. “I decided that I wasn’t going to spend Sundays playing football on TV anymore.” Patrick said he didn’t know who would succeed him but assumed that Mike Tirico would make the most sense. . . Joseph maar, vice president of programming and production of NESN and executive producer since July 2012, left the network at the end of April. Maar, who has had a say in the network’s programming and personnel decisions for the past six years, leaves to pursue “interests in sports technology and content production,” according to a spokesperson for NESN . The network has already started its research to find a replacement.