I won’t even bother saying his name…

June 24th, 2007 → 11:44 pm @ // 5 Comments

I know, I know — I’ve been forsaking my duties. And I’m still behind on my work, so I’ll be forsaking some more. But I’ll duck back in for a couple of quick posts, the first of which…is about Murray Chass! Many of you will remember that it was less than two weeks ago when Chass wrote, “At the rate at which the Yankees are slashing into Boston’s lead in the American League East, they will pass the Red Sox in the standings by July 4.” At the time, the Sox led New York by a mere 7.5 games. After today’s Sox win/Yankees loss, the Yankees are back below .500, stuck in third place, and 11.5 games out of first. Oh, and the Sox have the best record in all of baseball. For the Yankees to overtake Boston by Independence Day would truly be miraculous: each team only has 8 games between now and then.

Murray so consistently displays an almost total lack of awareness about the game of baseball — how it’s played, what it means, how to write about it — that it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he remains one of the very few New York Times columnists the paper doesn’t make you pay for reading online. (I will admit that even I was somewhat surprised that the paper didn’t even put him on the front page of its sports homepage.) (Oh, and want a rich combo of delicious irony and total boneheadedness, check out today’s column, in which Chass bitchslaps ESPN for not bringing up steroids during a discussion of whether or not Sammy Sosa would make it to the Hall of Fame. Murray, the man has more than 600 home runs. The only reason they were even having that conversation was because of steroids!)


Post Categories: Murray Chass & Sports Reporters

5 Comments → “I won’t even bother saying his name…”


  1. branatical

    10 years ago

    Priceless! Is that Chass playing the role of Clemens in that funnyordie spoof?

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  2. Mude

    10 years ago

    Stop apologozing when you write about Chass. It’s some of the funniest stuff on your blog.

    Sammy on steroids is assumed, just like Murray on stupid.

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  3. mtalinm

    10 years ago

    Chass and Shaughnessy are twins separated at birth. Both beat up the Red Sox at every turn.

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  4. Daniel W. Drezner

    10 years ago

    Pinch-hitting for Seth Mnookin…….

    One of Seth Mnookin’s favorite pastimes is beating up on the New York Times’ Murray Chass (click here for one example). Seth appears to be MIA today, so for the general good of Red Sox Nation, let’s have some fun……

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  5. […] 1. It’s patently ridiculous for sportswriters to declare in May (or June, or July) that a race is “over” unless it’s actually, mathematically over. Nevertheless, that’s what lots of people were doing, from the folks over at “Baseball Tonight” to almost every newspaper in the greater New England area. (That tendency is excusable; it takes someone with a true dedication to stupidity to posit the opposite.) […]

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