ESPN.com’s Joe McDonald is generally considered a solid beat reporter. Alas, he too has fallen under the apparent irresistible spell:
We're now in the clubhouse and there's no beer or chicken to be seen.—
Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) February 17, 2012
Reaction: Presumably, @ESPNJoeyMac is being tongue-in-cheek here. But it’s still discouraging, particularly on a day when CSNE’s Sean McAdam (perhaps the only other decent Sox beat guy) also fell victim to the ridiculous Chicken Narrative, penning a column outlining why Red Sox players need to apologize for 2011 before moving onto 2012. Boston fans have already been here, in 2012, for about seven weeks now. It’s a shame none of the sports media cares to join us.
Literary Devices Employed: It was a Tweet. So…zero.
Final Grade: F-minus. Next time, Joe, leave the low-hanging fruit for guys like Peter Abraham.
Third in a series celebrating the Boston sports media’s refusal to abandon a dead storyline. Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.