The Boston media corps gets a let of crap, not only locally but nationally (and even internationally). As a group, the media corps is sometimes viewed as snarky, vindictive and always willing to carry water for the hometown teams.
In their defense, it's not always true. There are plenty of men and women who are great at their jobs, from the Bruins' beat to Celtics reporters.
However, there's one tradition, a tradition as old as time, that you can always count on the Boston media to carry on: the smear campaign!
If a player or coach is shipped out of town in a move that is remotely controversial, you know how it goes:
- Prior to the move, there are general rumblings from "sources" who "mention" that a player or coach might not be very well-liked.
- Once those seeds are planted, opinions are floated by columnists and talking heads that confirm these rumblings.
- The trade/firing/whatever is made. This is followed by strict reporting, nothing else.
- A few days later, the "reports" from "team" and "league" sources begin to trickle in. These are then reported as fact.
- The reporters then claim that they knew about these "reports" all along, but just didn't want to report it because it wasn't relevant, man.
“It was surprising,” said one NHL assistant GM. “It’s obvious there’s something going on that we don’t know about. From what I’ve heard behind the scenes, his teammates don’t like him. I heard he’s a loner and sort of an uppity kid, and that his teammates don’t like him and it was unanimous.”
- Unnamed league source: 5 pts
- "Behind the scenes": 2 pts
- Caused problems in the locker room: 10 pts
- The implication of the team having no choice: 10 pts
- Dougie Hamilton never shared his lunch with Claude Julien
- Hamilton once passed Cam Neely in the hallway and didn't genuflect
- Hamilton once kicked the bench after a rough shift. The bench was injured. Hamilton never apologized.