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Marianne Paskowski

Media Coverage: Boston’s Overkill

July 31, 2008 11:07 AM

If you live in the Boston DMA, you’ll be a very happy camper at 4 p.m. today. That’s when the revered Boston Red Sox will decide whether they will trade off their All-Star outfielder Manny Ramirez.

Beantowners have been inundated the past 24 hours with every stupid detail of this potential deal and will breathe a collective sigh of relief when it’s over. If you relied on Boston media, you would have no idea that Congress did not pass an offshore drilling bill or that the war in Iraq is still raging.

In a Cape Cod Times online poll today, 73.6% said get rid of the bum. Ramirez, who earns $20 million, is one of the reasons it’s impossible to get a ticket to Fenway Park.

Or maybe, just maybe, they’re getting as bored as I am with this story. With TV and print news departments shrinking, couldn’t they make better use of the reporters they still employ?

I think so.


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Comments (8)

Andy S.:

It's over - he's been traded. But if you're in the Green Bay or Milwaukee DMA, or an ESPN viewer from Anywhere USA, the Brett Favre fiasco goes on and on, with no end in sight. Almost makes a sports fan want to become a Lindsay Lohan or Jessica Simpson fan.

Marianne Paskowski:

Thanks for the news flash, I know Ramirez went somewhere, but I'm avoiding local media for now, they'll jawbone this trade to death.

Boston media is already covering Tom Brady's every move. He's the Pats' supero hero hunk with the illegimate baby.

The Boston DMA (Cape Cod, for me) is the strangest place I've every lived, they take sports so seriously.And so is the media coverage. It's a snore. The local media has very little to say about the dead bodies found recently at the Burger King or Stop and Shop.

Guess it's bad for tourism.So much for sanitized local news.

Good to hear from you, take care,


Yo, Blondie --

Watching John McCain drag the presidential campaign to the lowest depths we've seen in modern history, obsessing over Manny's future is the logical first choice in news for sensible Bostonians. Lighten up, and let baseball step ahead of blatant racism in the public consciousness.

Cruisin not bruisn

Marianne Paskowski:

Yo Cruiser,
Bostonians are sensible, except when it comes to sports. Actually got off the phone with an elderly neighbor who wanted to know what happened to Manny and have me look it up on the Internet.

AP reports, undisclosed source that he's with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Thanks for the reality check,

Joe Guerin:

Judging from the press coverage, Manny was the star with a big role in two Red Sox World Series wins, his eccentricities and bad attitude notwithstanding.
Now we can see how a real pro at handling bad-boy players--Joe Torre--will get Manny's head screwed on right.

Your Joe

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Joe,

So glad Manny is in the hands of the other Joe, Toree in LA, the Dodgers, let that DMA endure the BS we have endured here. Locals there probably need a diversion from the last earthquake.

Gotta tell you though, the local media is still in hyper mode in the Boston DMA over the trade. Yawn.

Upon reflection, I guess local TV coverage could be worse. Guess viewers, everywhere, need a distraction from an election process that is beyond their control, the war, the price of crude oil and the spill into the economy already ruined by the Bushies total lack of attention to the mortgage crises.

However, if people paid more attention to the above graph, we wouldn't be where we are--a total economic meltdown-- with eight years of Bush.

First election was stolen, the second was complacency, economy not that bad four years ago, and the second based on ignorance of the populace.

So I'm gonna watch Leno, in a bit and have a laugh, have yourselves one, too.


Chi-town Mike:

"However, if people paid more attention to the above graph, we wouldn't be where we are--a total economic meltdown-- with eight years of Bush.

First election was stolen, the second was complacency, economy not that bad four years ago, and the second based on ignorance of the populace."

Then again sports can be a good thing... For Boston Manny became the lightning rod so that everyone that's been upset with the economy, oil, etc... it gives people an escape from reality. In Wisconsin it's Brett Favre. In Chicago, it's the Sox and Cubs. The Cubs because of whether they will make it, and W.Sox fans are just never happy. Even when we won it all in 2005 many people the next day were complaining on how to make the team better for next year instead of enjoying the moment.

Then again are sports really that bad or even boring? Who can forget Whitney Houston singing the national anthem at the Superbowl during the gulf war? When USA beat Russia in hockey? When your favorite team won the championship? (I was out with a lot of friends when the south side took in 2005)

There are also times as well when sports can heal. Like him or not, I will never forget when Bush threw out that perfect pitch at Yankee Stadium as our nation watched on, and how therapeutic it was to actually watch baseball after 9/11. Yes in general women find sports just as exciting as men find any excitement watching a red carpet show. I do agree that the Manny situation was long and drawn out and moderation is the key with many sports stories. Just my 2 cents...

Anyway it's been less than an hour since I had my last Brett Favre fix of where he is or what he is doing today... J/K :)

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Chi,
Spoken like a true man:} If you're lucky Mark Cuban, Mr. High Def Net will buy the Cubbies. I hear, how can I miss it, that he's a potential new owner.

I'm sure Chicago media outlets have jawboned that news to death, too.

Thanx for your post,

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