Cleaning Out the Sports Junk Drawer 7/24

Note: Patrick Scartelli has returned from vacation, but is taking a mental health day today. In his place is an excerpt from good friend of The Journal, sportswriter Mr. Stanislas Tecumseh Darden, Jr. , with an excerpt from his forthcoming book, ‘406 Little-Known Beantown (& Foxborough) Sports Facts!’


At one time, Yawkey Way was known as Jersey Street!

First baseman Bill Buckner’s costly error was in Game 6, not Game 7 of the 1986 World Series!

Celtics Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell was, in effect, traded for the Ice Capades!

And speaking of ice, the Bruins for many years played their home games at the Boston Garden, which has a smaller ice surface than the now standard 200′ x 85′!

Red Sox pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee was not an astronaut. The nickname derived from his ‘spacey’ personality!

The New England Patriots actually held a 3-0 in Super Bowl XX!

‘The Splendid Splinter” Ted Williams hit a home run in his final at-bat at Fenway Park!

Despite public perception to the contrary, Atlanta Hawks center Tree Rollins bit Celtics guard Danny Ainge, not the other way around!

The Boston Bruins won a deciding Game 7 versus the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship!

Tom Brady was drafted by the Expos in 1995 as a catcher!

The initial of Tom & Jean Yawkey are written in Morse code on the Fenway Park manual scoreboard!

Mr. Robert ‘Bob’ Kraft owned Foxboro Stadium before he bought the New England Patriots!

NBA great Shaquille O’Neal played his final season with the Celtics!

Prior to the 1994 MLB realignment and addition of a so-called ‘wild card’ team, the Yankees and Red Sox were unable to face one another in the playoffs!

Patriots star Troy Brown has received a TD pass and recorded an interception from Drew Bledsoe!

A ‘Bruin’ is an archaic term for a brown bear!

At one time, Jersey Street was known as Yawkey Way!

Celtics GM Arnold ‘Red’ Auerbach drafted Indiana State player Larry Bird an year early!

The Boston Braves baseball team, not the Red Sox, originally helped launch the Jimmy Fund charity!

Gillette Stadium was originally going to be named CMGi Field!

The Boston Garden had no air conditioning!

The left field wall at Fenway Park is know colloquially as “The Green Monster!” It is 37.2 feet high!

The ‘Spoked B’ Boston Bruins logo contains eight spokes!

Boston was the home for one season to a USFL team, called the Boston Breakers!

Former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel scored 8 touchdowns with New England, on 8 receptions!

Red Sox great Dennis Eckersley has won a Word Series, a Cy Young Award, and been named the AL Most Valuable Player; as a member of the Oakland Athletics!

In the 1980 NBA Draft, the Celtics traded their #1 overall pick in a swap that netted them center Robert Parrish, and a pick used to select forward Kevin McHale!

Hockey great Robert Gordon ‘Bobby’ Orr signed his first contract with a Bruins farm squad at the age of fourteen!

The now-New England Patriots actually debuted as an American Football League team in 1960, called the Boston Patriots!

Danny Ainge is a Mormon!

Red Sox great Ted Williams was the last major leaguer to hit over .400 for the season, when he hit at a .406 average back in 1941!

College and NFL footballs, or ‘pigskins’, are actually made from cowhide!

Drew Bledsoe, the Patriots #1 overall pick in the 1993 Draft, was replaced as starting quarterback due to suffering an injury on September 23, 2001 by Tom Brady!

Baseball great George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth played for both Boston baseball teams, the Red Sox at the start of his career, and the Braves at the end of it!

Soon available!

Follow Mr. Darden at @StdSportswriter on Twitter.


Cleaning Out the Sports Junk Drawer 7/17

Note: Patrick Scartelli is on vacation. And was rightly concerned about being Wally Pipp’ed by the wildly popular Mr. X from Framingham. So his guest column was a one-off. Today we have for a change of pace two different generations of sports fans, one, a member of The Greatest Generation, another, one of those oft-maligned Millenials. So without further ado, welcome Uppy and Starrfish:

Topic: The USWNT winning the Women’s World Cup:

Uppy: This is over US 2 Netherlands 0. Make sure the women get equal pay as the men who have done Nothing

The Women should get more. The men are absolute Failures in World Cup Competition

Starrfish: you say World Cup, all I hear is World Series

Megan Rapinoe should be empress of the universe or something

Topic: Rob Gronkowski’s rumored return:


U: Fools Gold.Thise who continue to discuss The Phony Rob Gronkiwski Comeback. He is playing you. Get on with the real Spirts world like The Red Sox Collapse this year and one of the great tennis matches in History Yesterday

S: Needed a win last night, but make no mistake, the quality of the game speaks just as loudly if not louder than the end result.

Not good: not scoring after the 3rd

Also not good: giving up 8 runs to the Blue Jays

Topic: The Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final Match.

U: Heart, Courage, Endurance. All things that you want to see in Sports we saw today. Bob Ryan is right there is nothing like it


S: I used to have panic attacks wondering if David Ortiz was going to leave us

U: After today don’t tell about Brady and Chara being in great shape for their age. Federer 5 HRs Of Pressure

S: Cora is just letting this happen

Topic: Do the Red Sox Still need another bullpen arm?

U: Why can’t we get Pitchers like Joe Kelly

S: You can be excited for Nathan Eovaldi to come back and still know the Red Sox need to upgrade the bullpen.

Actually, that’s how you should feel if you’re rational.

Topic: The late Boston Globe sportswriter Nick Cafardo.

U: I just heard about Nick Cafardo. He was one of the best human beings in the Business. It’s sad . RIP Nick


Nick Cafardo was my favorite sportswriter and a huge inspiration to me.

Topic: Steve Grogan

U: He wore a neckroll during his latter years with the Patriots

S: Everyone knows that.

Topic: Donald Trump

U: The British Ambassador is lucky he was uninvited by Trump to the Dinner tonight. It was the usual Dinner Burgers and Fries

S: He’s so uneducated and awful. 3 of the women were born in America and the 4th has been a citizen for decades.

He and his father made a habit of discriminating against minorities when they were building their real estate “empire” in NY. This is literally how he has always been, and it is so disgusting that he now represents our country to the world AND is emboldening racists here.

U: Trump’s Kristallnacht has started while children die at the Border

Every time I see Former GOV John Kasich I like what I see. If he was running for President he would get my Vote

Topic: Closing Thoughts?

U: Goodbye Coco it was a great run. You have a great future in front of you

S: We must protect Brock Holt at all costs

Thank you Uppy and Starrfish. Mr. Scartelli is scheduled to return next week.


BJBSJ Merch Store Clearance Sale

In April we launched the BJBSJ Merch Store and offered this shirt donning the King of Blocks, Chad Finn. Because in Boston, it isn’t a city, it’s a family of blocked accounts of people who criticize you on Twitter.

Sizes S-8X sold out, only 9X available, makes a great tablecloth!

Now we’re going CRAZY!!!!

Our first clearance sale has two very special items. First, a Lou Merloni autograph! Only $5.99! AKA more money than he made playing pro ball! Lou, how many more weeks until your format change to Country 93.7??

And finally, if you’re tired of all those fake bloggers who Tweet while sitting on their yachts selling way overpriced merchandise that only say big SAT words like “Cat” and “BASEBALL”, we’ve got the shirt for you!

Available in any color and font to make you the most obvious and deadpan person on your block! Run, don’t walk to the BJBSJ Clearance Sale today!


Cleaning out the Sports Junk Drawer 7/10

Note: Patrick Scartelli is on vacation. Filling in this week is Mr. X from Framingham. Our sincere thanks to Mr. X for not being deterred by the recent overblown controversy here at BJBSJ.

What up, Y’all?

This week is the dead week on the sports which. I need something big to the red sox trading Mollie Betts..that won’t happen…but it would be something

Can enes kanter have a open to the public cookout wherever he’s living in the Boston area

You know what would be great..if john smoltz would ask joe buck right now..what does government mean to you?

Here’s my problem with MLB They won’t change with the times Its not hard

The biggest takeaway from this past week in free agency is this..well two actually 1)the games next year will be entertaining as hell 2) the NBA for the first time in years has parity

My gosh can the L.A. angels week get any worse? Good lord

What the Lakers lost out on kwahi?

I’m trashing anybody still shooting off fireworks five days after the fourth of July is over..those people are begging to get jason Pierre pauled

Take a hike porcelblow..dfa him

Why? Doc can handle egos Brad cannot

Remember when Dwight was a big ticket free agent?

God speed Tedy will be back on your feet..because I know you will

Dfa barnes

Wow Tony Massarotti must have skipped his Prozac meds this boss and I are dying in the office right now..stay off of it the whole week mazz

CHRIS FAIL strikes the red sox are going nowhere

Alex Morgan..will you marry me?

So the celtics not exactly a great week..but it wasn’t as bad as the knicks

Can’t wait till the state run media tells up the red sox never gave up and gave it the good old college try for two straight games vs Yankees in London #fthem

You want a medal jared?

Hey John do you like them old fossil

Jackie Mac…she is becoming a favorite of mines..

I hate the British media

I’m praying felger walks into the studio with a Lakers jersey..just for one day

Apparently the white sox can’t catch routine fly balls

Here’s the bottom line..the bruins have to part ways with a core player this off-season..the nhl salary legit..and the bruins will feel it

I think the Mets and Knicks should hold a hot potato would be something to watch

Remember Fenway..booing is ok

A message to ProFootballTalk you can try to tell us Simms was not trolling all you want..I know this Simms didn’t make it in the NFL for a reason..

I am not listening to radio today….because I need to chill out. Things have not been well

I do not recall the last time..I have agreed with felger more than I do today..the celtics green teamers are frauds and I hope the Lakers win a title

I don’t like felger and do you actually have a point to make..that resembles a thought..cause I don’t have time for dumb people today

Message to the celtics…quit being so stagntic

And btw..can the media in this town stop going many times do we need to hear when someone like pasta fs up..we hear he is such a good kid…if I hear that one more time I’m getting my pistol..and going postal

Mr. X resides in framingham and lives rent free in you’re head..pal


A Postcard from the Edge

Our own ScartsyBJBSJ checks in from vacation. Unfortunately he doesn’t have enough consistent wifi to post from his present location.

h/t @patscartel


I am as surprised as anyone at this situation. I know what’s in my heart, and would never knowingly place items into the body of my column in such a cryptic manner. Words are my livelihood and l make it my business to be very aware of what words I can and cannot use. Nonetheless, I feel I have let down Mr. Almeida, Mr. Norton, Mr. Bosell, and the rest of my teammates here at BJBSJ. I look forward to a full and thorough investigation into the matter, and a subsequent full exoneration.

Patrick Scartelli


Statement Regarding Our Content From July 3rd


Late last night I became aware of an issue with Patrick Scartelli’s “Cleaning Out The Sports Junk Drawer 7/3.”

A reader called attention to the following literary anomaly during the holiday:

While we appreciate Mr. Rifkin’s keen eye and understand the concern about the appearances here, BJBSJ takes its responsibility seriously as a voice above the fray of politics. It’s not even in our purview. Our mission statement is clear:

BJBSJ is a news gathering association of concerned citizens designed to combat hottakes, specifically as it pertains to Boston sports.

To many, “stick to sports” has become a polarizing, toxic phrase. But we believe in it for this particular site. Make no mistake, we truly love and cherish our political system and freedom of expression here in America, but we won’t ever apologize for keeping this an ideology free zone. You can rest assured that great care goes into being the best coverage in the business. And for those who just want to be like a kid again and just watch the games without a care, we will continue to be your safe haven. That’s a promise.

That said, we pledge to do better anyway. An error of this nature will never be made again. We appreciate your readership and your trust.

*Mr. Scartelli is on vacation at Baxter State Park in Maine and could not be reached for comment.

Chris Norton is Director of Human Resources for BJBSJ, a position he has held since August 2018. He resides in Middletown, RI.

A Boston Baseball Twitter Disagreement


Cleaning Out The Sports Junk Drawer 7/3

Sweeping up the spent sports Roman candles, fountains, black cats, and M-80’s..

More empty desks at BJBSJ?

Alex Reimer also hates Giant Glass.

Get us a REAL closer Dombrowski!

Aw, I had that Angels pitcher on my rotisserie team!

I already love this Not-Kyrie player the Celtics acquired.

The Dominican Republic’s Attorney General just announced that the Baby Ruth bar was so named after a former US President’s dead daughter, and not the most famous baseball player in the world back in 1921.

Terrible showing overseas, Red Sox.

Relief pitching has been problematic.

Up for a competition at punter, NE?

Marshall Hook: poor man’s Wallach, or rich man’s Hardy?

Podcasting circles are buzzing about the potential of Marc James. Untapped!

Linda Pizzutti (newspapers) and Megan Markle (duchessing) are a great example to all the working moms out there.

Tomorrow should be a great day for fireworks and watching people barbecue, if you like that sort of thing.

Megan Rapinoe has spent more time in the box than Tie Domi.

Andy Gresh never got a fair shake.

Greg Bernard’s vanity project is still solvent?

Alex Reimer has had more columns taken down than the South Tower.

The late Sports Talk Barry was a system tweeter. There; I said it.

Cakes are cooking today for Kevin Bacon and Liv Tyler.

‘Taco Fall!’ sounds like something Sad Diabeetle Bertrand says when he drops his lunch Fiesta Pak.

Racecar spelled backward is racecar.

Unusually frantic NBA free agency start.

Marc James has more experience with HR than Sadaharu Oh.

Poor Brad is going to get his heart broken.

Alex Morgan > Piers Morgan.

Bon voyage and ciao, Noel Acciari.

Nike is contributing to global warming, what with the making everyone burn their gear in protest.

Mutnansky sounded like the 3rd man, on his own show. Bad Look!

Antetokounmpo’s a legit MVP.

Gotta find an Esplanade spot early.

Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company, anyone?

Dogs are in search of a quiet safe space this week.

Honk if you remember the Red Sox winning the 2018 World Series.

Best bet for the weekend? Traffic at a standstill by the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges.

Note- Patrick Scartelli will be on vacation until July 23. Guest columnists have been arranged. Cheers!


BJBSJ in Focus: Scott Kacsmar’s Nervous Breakdown

I was sunning myself on the Southcoast today, enjoying semi-retirement from the BJBSJ empire, when my phone started blowing up.

“Scott Kacsmar’s taking you down!”

“Kacsmar’s going after you guys! He’s got tweets.”

“Kacsmar’s got receipts on you guys”

In a word my friends?


Ironhead wishing death on Roger Clemens like he’s Bin Laden is like the sun coming up over Narragansett Sound.

Does @sofascout1 put human hair in mason jars, and hide it in the basement? Probably.

Will Scartsy always slide by with a wink and a nod?


It doesn’t matter. BJBSJ trucks in the mud with some of the most feckless human beings in the world: professional sports media. They count on you not being ready to get down on their level and crawl on your belly. Well, we will.

Although we’ll never wish death on a listener’s child, like 98.5’s Big Jim Murray did, we will happily keep Scott Kacsmar unemployed and heavy in his mother’s racist basement for as long as it takes.

Screenshot that one, Sugar Tits!


Important Announcement

It has been brought to our attention that several employees of The Journal have made one or more indelicate posts on their individual Twitter accounts. As a result, Managing Editor Steve Bosell has immediately fired the following individuals:

Craig Bernard, Head Writer



Hugh Patrick Sfanbut



Mr. Bosell has also fired Mr. Blonde, 14Grogan, and Sofascout1, which was difficult, as the don’t really work here.

These individuals were terminated thanks to a successful lobbying effort via a WordPress blog post by a Mr. Scott Kacsmar, a 33 year old man living in Pennsylvania.

Also thanks to Mr. Kacsmar’s yeomanlike effort, we are pleased to announce the hiring of PatriotsSBLII and scortes cortes, whoever he is. Due to the recent discoveries of their Twitter posting histories, we feel they are great additions and deeply aligned with our core values. (Neither writer is presently aware of their employment here.)

We expect no interruptions in the high-quality content you have come to expect from BJBSJ.