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He’s Back!

Posted by Mike on September 24, 2008

Bill Belichick’s favorite columnist, Ron Borges is back as a sports columnist for the Boston Herald, according to Scott’s Shots. If your not familiar with Borges, he’s just about the most hated columnist in Boston, even more so than Dan Shaughnessy. When the Patriots were set to play the Rams in the Super Bowl, Borges picked the Rams to beat the Patriots 72-0. The new Herald columnist has a strong dislike for Patriots coach Bill Belichick. When Belichick is called a “genius” by his peers and many other members of the media, Borges is someone who constantly criticizes every move Belichick makes.

Classic Borges quotes about Belichick courtesy of Cold, Hard Football Facts:

On a day when they could have had impact players David Terrell or Koren Robinson or the second-best tackle in the draft in Kenyatta Walker, they took Georgia defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who had 1 sack last season in the pass-happy SEC and is too tall to play tackle at 6-6 and too slow to play defensive end. This genius move was followed by trading out of a spot where they could have gotten the last decent receiver in Robert Ferguson and settled for tackle Matt Light, who will not help any time soon.”

This fellow (Belichick) has cornered the market on convincing people with the help of his friends that no one has ever worked harder than he does and he’s out, uh, you know, when everyone else is sleeping, he’s working, when everyone else is eating, he’s working, uh, I could say something, but I won’t … about uh, how at least some of his time is being spent… ”
Borges specialty. On May 5, 2005, Borges was on sports radio 1510 in Boston when he had this exchange with a caller.
Caller: “Well, I just have the feeling that Belichick … we all trust him at this point…”
Borges: “We don’t all trust him …”
Caller: “Most of us trust him … three Super Bowls, he’s got a little bit of a track record around here.”
Borges: “Yeah, well, you know, Emperor Hirohito had a big lead in the early days too…”
Oh, he also called Hideki Irabua “fat jap”, and he also got into a fight with fellow sports writer Michael Katz while covering a Oscar de la Hoya and Bernard Hopkins fight. The Boston Herald is in serious need of a columnists after a bunch have bolted over the past few months. And the to create the biggest wave and create some PR for the paper they went with Borges to get everybody going. It’s a move of desperation to get the paper some much need publicity. He makes himself just as much about the story as the event that he is covering. It’s a shame he is back covering sports after his plagiarism fiasco, which should have been his death sentence as a writer in Boston. More for Scott Shot’s: editor Rob Bradford has confirmed to Scott’s Shots that part-timer Ron Borges is leaving the site for a full-time gig at the Boston Herald.

When reached on his cell phone Tuesday night in the 7 p.m. hour, Borges hung up on me after I identified myself. I took that as a classless way of saying “no comment.”

But Bradford indicated Borges would be done with on or about October 3 and that it is likely Borges will be writing for the Herald when the Patriots return from the bye week in San Francisco.

Bradford said he has no regrets in what turns out to be a month-long rental of the former Boston Globe writer who “retired” after his suspension from that paper for what the Globe termed plagiarism.

Since then, Borges has been on a road to redemption with frequent, paid TV spots and several writing gigs, in addition to a weak attempt at personal blogging. His short, but effective stint at may have helped remind locals what “Good Ron Borges” can offer in terms of expertise and insight. It’s the “Evil Ron Borges” that adds the intrigue to the whole package.

It’s unclear whether the move will wind up being good for the Boston Herald and sports editor Hank Hryniewicz. The hire comes at a pivotal time for the scrappy tabloid, especially on the sports desk where recent defections have left the ranks of Hank’s Heroes very thin. Beyond the personnel losses, the Borges hire signifies a calculated risk by Hryniewicz, who finds himself only four months removed from the mid-May maelstrom over the John Tomase matter.

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