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Dear Boston: You have completely lost your f*cking minds about the Tom Brady case. Please rejoin the rest of us on Planet Earth. ‘ Bart Hubbuch (@BartHubbuch) September 3, 2015
I’m going to begin by stating facts that don’t need to be stated and the fact that I have to is a damning commentary on the piss-poor state of public discourse in this country.
Kirk Minihane was joking. Kirk Minihane didn’t have to say he was joking in order for anyone to know he was joking, but he did. Bart Hubbuch cut off the part where Kirk Minihane said he was joking. And Kirk Minihane has, on the whole, been generally anti-murdering a sports executive because you don’t like the way he conducts his business. I mean, Minihane’s not an absolutist on the subject. I’m sure there are cases where he’d make exceptions…
Wait! I don’t mean it! Neither Kirk nor I, nor WEEI management would ever condone the killing of anyone, no matter how clueless and incompetent he is or how much he’s tolerated heinous acts of domestic violence in the past.
With that business out of the way, this is what we’ve come to. This is what passes for media in 2015. Guys who make their living expressing themselves in public laying in the weeds for other people who talk in public to say something that they can take out of context and twist in such a way that it turns a harmless, sarcastic, throwaway, absurdist punchline into a murder-for-hire plot.
Bart Hubbuch knows Minihane was just making a point about how preposterously overblown Deflategate is. He knew it when he took the video, edited out the “joking” part and posted it. For sure he knew it when New Englander’s did what we do best: Took to the Internet like monkeys flying out of the witch’s castle, landed on his Twitter feed and tore the stuffing out of his straw man argument.
And therein lies the problem when you’re a person who writes for a living. If you’re going to lay in the bushes looking for a chance to smear somebody as advocating murder, your own record better not just be clean, it better be antiseptic. One Masshole found a tweet in which Hubbuch tried to illustrate the sorry state of the Washington Redskins. The problem is, he chose to make his (stupid, unoriginal) point using a news photo from an actual house fire in which a police officer was killed. Now I’m not about to suggest that Bart Hubbuch is pro-cops dying in raging infernos, because I don’t play that game. It’s sleazy and cheap. And worse, it’s the kind of thing that is destroying free expression and turning us all into automatons who are terrified to say anything in a creative way anymore. I just wish the Hubbuch’s of the world would give the same consideration to others.
For instance, earlier this week I wrote a goofy blog about a man in Mexico who has the world’s largest penis and claims it’s ruined his life. Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe, a guy I’ve done TV with and have had no problems with, tweeted the link suggesting it wasn’t appropriate for the website of the flagship station of the Red Sox. As if his own company, which is owned by the Red Sox, doesn’t include Boston.com which has tons of similar, PG-13 humor content. But even if they didn’t, my job is to give people something to laugh about. And penises are funny. And life is too short not to have fun. Lighten up, Francis.
Here’s an instructive, moral tale to make my point. In my early days of doing stand up, there was a Catch a Rising Star in Harvard Square. It was notorious in the comedy business because the manager made no secret of the fact he only wanted comics who pushed a progressive, liberal agenda. Literally, he did not care if you were funny. In fact, some comics would go there and crush and he’d accuse them of pandering to the crowd. So he created this cabal of comics who did unfunny jokes about the evils of sexism and unintentionally ironic bits about how everyone down south is a redneck who stereotypes others.
Around that time I was working Nick’s Comedy Stop listening to a Boston guy who was hilarious and extremely nice to newer comics and went on to huge success nationally. He was doing a bit about the terrorist groups that offered a $3 million bounty on the head of Salman Rushdie. The upshot of the joke was that he thinks that’s awful, but on the other hand, when he thinks about how much he could use $3 million bucks…
Sitting next to me was a “Catch” comic who told me how much the people who work over there hate that joke. I asked why? “Because we are comedians. We rely on freedom of speech for our livelihoods!”
So I told him, “Well that is true. But more to the point, as comics we rely on people having a sense of f***ing humor. It’s a joke. Get over yourselves.”
The point being that it’s easy to sit there, warp people’s opinions, miss what they actually mean and accuse them of evil intent every time they crack wise about something. Granted it’s lazy and kills anyone saying anything in an entertaining way, but it does allow you to pretend you’re on some moral high ground above the guy who made the joke.
I just know that if this is how it’s going to be, where the Hubbuch’s and uptight comics succeed in making it so no one will say anything in a colorful way without being accused of advocating homicide, I don’t want to live in that world.
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL preseason: Giants at Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV)
NFL preseason: Eagles at Jets, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)
NFL preseason: Raiders at Seahawks, 10 p.m. (Fox)
College football: Colorado at Hawaii, 12:59 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: North Carolina at South Carolina, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Florida International at UCF, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Oklahoma State at Central Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Michigan at Utah, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College football: TCU at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Duke at Tulane, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Giants at Rockies, 8:40 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Sky at Liberty, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Mystics at Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Euro 2016 qualifying, Italy vs. Malta, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN), 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
— It’s been a rough season for Red Sox fans, and not just because the team is struggling to another last-place finish in the American League East. Fan safety has become a major issue this summer, and every time things start to quiet down, another incident occurs. During Wednesday’s 13-8 loss to the Yankees at Fenway, a man was injured trying to catch a foul ball and was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to be evaluated for a concussion.
According to reports out of Fenway, the fan was sitting in the last row of lower box seats when he reached for a foul ball in the seventh inning and flipped backward over a railing. He landed on a concrete walkway that separates the lower and upper boxes.
The fan was treated by emergency medical personnel before being taken away on a stretcher, leaving a blood-stained shirt behind.
The Red Sox released a statement indicating the man was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday night.
Earlier this season, a woman was seriously injured when she was hit in the head by a broken bat during a game against the Blue Jays. During a July game against the Yankees, a Sox fan was hit in the head by a foul ball and needed stitches to close a gash on her forehead. On Monday, Yankee Brian McCann lost his bat on a swing and it hit a woman in the arm.
In Atlanta on Saturday, a 60-year-old man fell to his death from the upper deck, reportedly while booing Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.
Amid reports that the front office is divided about parting ways with Robert Griffin III, the oft-injured quarterback who lost his starting job to Kirk Cousins, McCloughan’s wife accused ESPN reporter Dianna Russini of using sexual favors to gain information.
Jessica McCloughan on Wednesday issued an apology, although the statement did not mention Russini by name.
“I deeply apologize for the disparaging remarks about an ESPN reporter on my personal Twitter account,” the statement read. “The comment was unfounded and inappropriate, and I have the utmost respect for both the reporter and ESPN. I regret that my actions have brought undeserved negative attention to the [Washington] organization and its leadership. My comments in no way reflect the opinions or attitudes of the organization and I regret that my behavior has in any way negatively impacted the team and its loyal fan base.”
Responded ESPN: “Dianna is an excellent reporter who should never have to be subjected to such vulgar comments. We are obviously extremely disappointed by today’s developments.”
Jon Schuetz was hired earlier this month after the school fired Patrick Combs following Combs’ arrest on suspicion of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly women. Schuetz in turn was let go just weeks after his hiring. He said he understands the school’s decision, while declining to discuss his since-deleted post.
“They were correct to do it,” said Schuetz, who has been an Omaha sportscaster for the past 15 seasons. “I own it. It should be a lesson to everybody: Be very careful what you say on social media.”
Added Schuetz: “There were people who went to bat for me to get me into the mix for this. I feel like I let them down.”
The post called athletic director Harvey Perlman a “disgrace” and wondered, “When will he be held to account?”
Said the school in a statement: “After reviewing the post, highly critical of university leadership and, after thorough internal discussion, we visited with Jon, who was extremely apologetic and agreed with our decision that he cannot represent the university in such a public capacity.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 3, 2005, which Red Sox reliever picked up the save in a 7-6 victory over the Orioles and in the process became the first pitcher in team history to appear in at least 70 games three years in a row?
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Mets batter Ruben Tejada gets an inside-the-park home run when Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown falls head over heels into the stands after failing to catch the looper down the line.
Orioles left fielder Steve Pearce races back to the wall and leaps over it to steal a home run from the Rays.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the state of the Red Sox after a 13-8 loss to the Yankees. Pablo Sandoval and other notable fat ballplayers are discussed, in addition to some of the positives with the team
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.