When Did Carl Start Writing For MSNBC?

We all pretty well understand that New York is better than Boston at many things — theater, culture, nightlife, cramming people into places you never thought people could live. But little did we know.

Speaking of subways, have you ever wondered why in New York the subways are identified by letters and numbers, while in Boston they go by colors? Could it be that when they built their systems, people in New York could actually read and count? Just asking.

Considering the column doesn’t even have a single "Sully" reference, I can’t give it any better than a B+.

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  • Ha. Can’t remember the last time I was looking for some dope sportswriting and thought, “I better head over to MSNBC!”.
    I think Murray Chass just found his new bestest friend!

    SF January 25, 2008, 8:44 am
  • Nevermind the fact that colors are easier to identify at first glance and at long distance! Anyone who has ever been running late in the underground knows how convenient this can be.
    Did anyone else see that the Sox signed Danny Kolb to a minor league deal? He had two great years in Milwaukee, but aside from that I’m not very excited.

    Atheose January 25, 2008, 8:50 am
  • And by “dope sportswriting” I mean dope as in “cool”, not dope as in “a dope”. But I suppose here the line is blurred.

    SF January 25, 2008, 8:52 am
  • The commenter actually is just showing his ignorance of New York City history. The older subway stations in NYC have ceramic emblems among the tiles of animals and other symbols, one unique to each station, which were put there so illiterates and new immigrants could know at what station they had arrived.

    Hudson January 25, 2008, 9:21 am
  • Meanwhile, in the Globe:

    The Yankees did finish first in something last year — spending.
    While their streak of AL East titles ended at nine, the Yankees wound up with a record payroll of $218.3 million.
    The World Series champion Boston Red Sox were a distant second at $155.4 million, according to information received by clubs from the commissioner’s office. The Los Angeles Dodgers were third at $125.6 million, followed by the New York Mets ($120.9 million), Chicago Cubs ($115.9 million), Seattle ($114.4 million), Los Angeles Angels ($111 million), Philadelphia ($101.8 million), San Francisco ($101.5 million) and the Chicago White Sox ($100.2 million).
    At the back end were Tampa Bay ($31.8 million), Florida ($33.1 million), Washington ($43.3 million) and Pittsburgh ($51.4 million).
    In all, teams spent $2.71 billion on players last year, up from $2.49 billion in 2006 and $2.35 billion in 2005.

    Link

    Hudson January 25, 2008, 9:26 am
  • Wow, I just read the MSNBC article, it’s not even written in good humor, it’s full of classic arrogant asshole NY fan venom, a stereotype this site does a great job dispelling.

    LocklandSF January 25, 2008, 10:19 am
  • It’s why I didn’t provide a link, Lockland. It’s like he just wanted to get his column emailed all over and receive nasty emails from Boston fans.
    But it’s so terribly written, it really just made me laugh the whole time I was reading it. And the downright factual errors are hilarious.
    Someone also noted on FJM that from the Patriots’ inception in 1960, Boston actually outnumbers NY in professional sports championships…

    Paul SF January 25, 2008, 10:24 am
  • This article is so horrible that its really not worth commenting on. I was actually very disappointed to see it on this site as I believe that it only reinforces negative stereotypes that hurt the dialogue on this site. I dont think that any of the regular YFs would stand by any of the comments made by this article. I have pride in my home city but i dont need to go spout a bunch of BS to show it.

    sam-YF January 25, 2008, 10:45 am
  • I put the Humor tag on it for that very reason, Sam — it’s not to be taken seriously in any way, on its face or as a representation.

    Paul SF January 25, 2008, 11:02 am
  • I understand the point of the post and Im not faulting you Paul. Its just such a POS article and not every one can separate “humor” from reality….

    sam-YF January 25, 2008, 11:06 am
  • Boston had the first subway in the country. Just sayin’….

    no sleep til brooklyn SF January 25, 2008, 11:07 am
  • Thank goodness for the fine folks at Fire Joe Morgan. Some of the best writing on the Web, for my money. (Though I pay $0 for it.)
    “Hat guy” (as FJM calls him) must have had a fit before last year’s Super Bowl. A made-up sample:
    “The good people of Chicago have the venerable El trains to whisk them to and from their important meetings, whereas the yokels in Indianapolis must rely upon the “Indygo”. What a bunch of rubes.”

    FenSheaParkway January 25, 2008, 12:10 pm
  • In the immortal words of Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H: “That stuff comes right off the stable floor.” That’s exactly where this column belongs.

    The Omnipotent Q January 25, 2008, 1:20 pm
  • A pretty comparable article from the opposite end of the spectrum:
    http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/football/patriots/view.bg?articleid=1068889
    Funniest part is the photo next to the text which shows a Patriots ‘superfan’ looking like a buffoon.

    AndrewYF January 25, 2008, 8:45 pm
  • Actually, I don’t know if that article is supposed to be a joke or not. It reads like an Onion article. If it is a joke, it’s pretty entertaining.
    “Giants tailgaters are conspicuous consumers who party off the backs of Land Rovers and showy BMW SUVs. Pats fans are more likely to tailgate off the back of an understated Lexus or a sturdy Volvo SUV.
    When Pats revelers aren’t watching football, they’re hitting the slopes skiing or going for a sail. They’re also more likely to belong to country clubs.
    When Giants fans aren’t booing Giants coach Tom Coughlin or punk quarterback Eli Manning in that New Jersey stadium they call home, they’re out practicing their tennis backhands in the backyard.”

    AndrewYF January 25, 2008, 8:47 pm

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