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The firing squad

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff November 14, 2008 06:40 AM

Sad day in the world of baseball blogs: Fire Joe Morgan is no longer.

In a post from yesterday, Ken Tremendous - aka TV writer Michael Schur of “The Office” - wrote:

We started this site with two purposes: to make each other laugh, and to aid and abet the Presidential campaign of Bob Barr. Although we failed in the latter goal, we gleefully succeeded in the first, and thanks to a grassroots internetty word-of-mouth kind of a deal, we appear to have positively affected the lives of actual citizens as well, which astonishes and delights us to this day. We really never thought FJM would be for anyone but us. We are thrilled and kind of humbled to have been proven wrong.

Schur cited professional and personal obligations as the reason for shutting things down. Or maybe they just felt their mission was somewhat complete. There’s percolating discussion that ESPN may be finally ready to pull the plug on the Morgan-Jon Miller tandem in the Sunday Night Baseball booth. The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman recently reported:

What's coming to light is how unpopular Morgan has become with many of his ESPN colleagues, who are less than thrilled with the way he prepares for a telecast. Some of them also don't respond well to what they call Morgan's haughty attitude, which he has displayed during some of his more outspoken performances in internal ESPN meetings.

Schur’s reaction to the news: “OMFHWOMSHIFHPSKSHHGCDOSAG!!!!!!”

Nobody did media watch dogging with the hilarity, vulgarity, and intensity of the FJM folks.

6 comments so far...
  1. I couldn't agree more. It's going to be weird going though a baseball season without those guys next year.

    Posted by JeffR November 14, 08 10:23 AM
  1. What a shame. Something a lot of us looked forward to. Hopefully they succeeded in their mission to get rid of him once and for all. AMEN!

    Posted by Clark November 14, 08 12:48 PM
  1. I'm going to miss those guys. I've relied on them for years to dissect the idiocy rampant throughout professional sports journalism.

    Posted by Jacoby Ortiz November 15, 08 08:12 AM
  1. I think they sometimes overdid the über-modern stats-bias take on baseball, but overall they cut through a lot of crap and were amusing and often enlightening. There will be a vacancy on my Sports bookmarks . . .

    Posted by OCB November 16, 08 01:28 AM
  1. The next target will hopefully be Joe Buck, an outstanding football announcer, who makes me turn the sound off every baseball he does.

    Posted by David November 16, 08 09:47 AM
  1. Eric, it's commendable how much reverence you have for these guys after they tore one of your columns to shreds last year. I'm really not trying to be sarcastic here because I really do admire you for it.

    Posted by J-Bone November 17, 08 01:24 PM
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