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Monday, May 12, 2008

CHB fact checking

I normally don't bother with Dan Shaughnessy. In fact it took me years to figure out what CHB stands for. I saw his contrarian streak a long time ago.

But as a native Clevelander (and a loyal, non-band wagon Celtics fan) I was drawn to his stuff recently -- especially Sunday's non-slap at the erstwhile Mistake on the Lake.

So I started out on today's column, and made it no farther the fifth paragraph:

The Celtics will be transported to the arena on a Duck Boat. The tour guide will tell them that Lake Erie is the Charles River. They'll be told Cleveland's historic Key Tower is actually the Custom House Tower. Jacobs Field? That's Fenway Park. Janet Marie Smith has really made the place over, no?

Historic Key Tower? Now I've been away a long time, so if it was built after I left, it ain't historic. Does that look historic to you? Does it look like the Custom House? Competed in 1991? He no doubt was thinking about historic Terminal Tower, built in the 1930s. That looks like the Custom House Tower.

OK, so he's not a history buff. But Jacobs Field? That's so 2007. Granted the home of the Indians was named after former owner Richard Jacobs when CHB last set foot in Cleveland last fall.

But now it's Progressive Field, named after the city's big insurance company. Personally I liked The Jake better, but money talks and well, Shaughnessy provides the rest.

The Prog (ugh!) is right next door to the Quicken Loans Arena. You know the place where Game Three was played. You might have seen it when you walked in the door on Saturday?

As for the rest of the piece -- well I do like the idea of the Celtics trying to create the comforts of home on the road. It's hard to understand why the best road team in the regular season has turned into this group of stumblebums. Anything to restore a sense of normalcy.

Go Celts!

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Blogger mibsphil said...

Ok, I give up: what does CHB stand for?

May 12, 2008 10:41 AM  
Blogger Ron Newman said...

"Curly-Haired Boyfriend". See explanation here.

But I think this is a bit harsh. I'd praise him, not damn him, for continuing to call Jacobs Field by its proper name.

May 12, 2008 1:37 PM  
Blogger mibsphil said...

Thanks! Now I can get some sleep...

May 12, 2008 2:35 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Thnaks for the explanation Ron. I rarely pay attention to him at all.

But I don't give him a pass for making a mistake. Even though The Jake was a much better name, it's simply wrong. Like calling Gillette Stadium CMGI Field, or calling the TD BankNorth Garden the Shawmut Center.

No, he doesn't live and work in Cleveland, but trust me the arena where the Cavs play and the Indians home are literally across the street from each other. He can read. Or he is just sloppy.

May 12, 2008 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Free Thinking Liberal said...

So I guess nobody should call TDBanknorth Garden "the Garden." And if some Clevelander refers to whatever the hell they're calling it now as 'The Jake,' they are to be mocked and derided.

A true liberal would go to any length to avoid corporate names for public structures, rather than have casual nomenclature dictated by profits.

Kudos to anyone who refuses to adapt to corporate-speak.

May 14, 2008 6:54 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

So my free thinking cousin, does that mean some reporting errors are acceptable and others are not? Who decides?

I may not like naming rights but they are facts. The name was changed. He got it wrong -- as he did the name of the Tower.

And personally, it's just easier to drop the TD Bank North and call it was it is -- the Gahdin. That is it's name. Not the Fleet Center.

May 14, 2008 7:29 PM  

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