Dan Shaughnessy calls second game ‘must win’ for Red Sox

Dan-ShaughnessyDan Shaughnessy is the resident pessimist of the city of Boston. The longtime Boston Globe writer has made a career out of overreacting and annoying Boston Red Sox fans by counting the team out before it’s over. After the Sox lost to the Baltimore Orioles on Opening Day, Shaughnessy was up to his old tricks.

In his Globe column on Tuesday morning, Shaughnessy wrote about how the Red Sox were “lacking championship intangibles” and failed to do all the “small things” that helped them win the World Series last season. He finished up the discussion with this gem:

Those were the things they did not do on Monday. Luckily, the Red Sox do not play in a town that’s likely to overreact to a loss on Opening Day.

Wednesday night, however, just became a Must Win for the Olde Town Team.

There is obviously some sarcasm in there. Boston fans overreact to just about everything, so Shaughnessy was being facetious with his claim that the Red Sox don’t play in a town that will overreact to a loss on Opening Day. We can only hope calling game two of a 162-game season a “must win” was also a sarcastic remark.

Even if it was, the column was written with a “sky is falling” tone. Red Sox fans may overreact, but no one is panicking after the first game of the season. In fact, no one will panic if the Orioles sweep John Farrell’s club. If Shaughnessy’s point was that the fans consider game two a must win, he’s still wrong.

Then again, the only time Shaughnessy expressed optimism for the Red Sox was in 2011, when their season ended in disaster. The team is at it’s best when Shaughnessy is at his worst.

H/T Hardball Talk

Arian Foster using Dan Shaughnessy’s Texans-bashing column as motivation

arian fosterArian Foster is using the disparaging words of a sports writer to motivate him for Sunday’s playoff game at New England.

A day after the Houston Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs, Dan Shaughnessy wrote a column for The Boston Globe that bashes the Texans.

Shaughnessy calls the Texans “frauds” and says Sunday’s game will be a “layup” for the Patriots. Here are the first three paragraphs from his column:

The 2012-13 New England Patriots just became the first team in NFL history to get back-to-back byes before advancing to the conference championship game.

Could this get any easier?

I mean, seriously? The planets are aligned and the tomato cans are in place. The fraudulent Houston Texans are the only team standing between the New England Patriots and a trip to the AFC Championship game. All the Patriots have to do is beat the terrible Texans. One week from today. At Gillette Stadium.

You can read the entire column here, though that gives you the gist of it.

Those first three paragraphs apparently caught the eye of Foster, because the Texans star running back has made it his temporary Twitter avatar.

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Dan Shaughnessy During Rain Delay: Red Sox Season Won’t End Tonight (Video)

Red Sox Nation may weep following the team’s September collapse, but at least they have a proper scapegoat to blame for Wednesday night’s improbable occurrences. While the Red Sox were in a rain delay and leading the Orioles 3-2, noted Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy proclaimed on NESN that “the Rays are not going to win tonight … the Red Sox season is not going to end tonight.” Here’s the video via Fan Phooey:

Of course we all know how that one turned out. I have to admit, I felt the same way as Shaughnessy. The only difference is that if I were on TV, I wouldn’t call a sporting event over well before it ends. That can only make one look foolish, and in Shaughnessy’s case, it will probably result in a lot of hate from Boston fans. Besides, if they want another scapegoat to blame (besides John Lackey or Carl Crawford), they can blame this guy. The Sox went 7-18 since he showed up at Fenway Park.