On Monday, to our great amusement, members of the Boston media stumbled across the I Watched This Game recap of the Bruins/Canucks game and, unfamiliar with the way we do things, made the mistake of taking the writing completely seriously. The result was hilarious, as both a Boston sportswriter and two Boston sports radio hosts ripped us for points that, clearly, they did not get.
Our first stop is a quickie blog post from Eric Wilbur, who writes for a number of different New England outlets such as The Boston Globe, NESN.com, and Boston.com. Wilbur took particular exception to the following point from the IWTG:
It’s not surprising that [Henrik Sedin] dislikes the Boston faithful. They can seem…uninformed. (Of course, when you consider where they get their information, you can’t blame ‘em.) For example, Cory Schneider got the start in this game, but the crowd jeered Luongo five times. Ridiculous. Only once did they get it right, chanting “We Want Luongo,” proving that their relationship with him is akin to a kindergarten crush. They pick on him because they secretly like him.
Again, for those of you who read the IWTG on the regular (and heck, even for those of you don’t, but use your heads on the regular, at least), you probably realized we had our tongues in our cheeks on this one, especially since the bottom half of the point makes it fairly clear that we’re well aware the TD Garden crowd knew Luongo wasn’t playing. But Wilbur reads it straight. This is his response:
Wow. Does Mooney really believe that the crowd thought Luongo was in net? I don’t know what to think. It’s either a lesson in the etiquette of taunting, or another desperate attempt to make Boston fans seem like uneducated neanderthals. I know we didn’t burn Causeway Street after the game, so maybe there is work to do before being considered true hockey fans. Sorry, Vancouver.
In fairness to Wilbur, the tired riot joke is proof positive that he’s not quite expending a lot of mental energy while writing this (as if you needed further proof after he insinuated that Sami Salo was faking his concussion, because Sami Salo isn’t just a head-hunter, he’s an injury-faker, apparently). Still, we found this pretty amusing.
It’s not just that he missed the subtext — it’s that the subtext was a shot at guys like him presenting information poorly.
It’s like he just turned state’s evidence.
But Wilbur wasn’t the only member of the Boston media to wind up laughing with us in an attempt to laugh at us. The IWTG also earned itself a whole segment late in the fourth hour of Boston sports radio program “Toucher & Rich.” (We’ll try not to take offense to being buried late in the program.)
Now, before we point out a few things from this clip that made us laugh, we should establish that we’re just as unfamiliar with Toucher & Rich as they are with PITB. That in mind, we don’t have a firm enough grasp on their craft to know if they’re actually as daffy as they sound, or if it’s some kind of act, and we’d hate to undermine our own credibility by trying to pick apart something we don’t understand. That’s a one-way street.
If you have 10 minutes to spare, here’s the audio:
If not, here are the highlights: