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Dan Shaughnessy

A few thoughts come bobbing up

Picked-up pieces while comtemplating the pros and cons of tweeting . . .

Elsewhere on these pages today, you’ll find a “farewell” column from the great Bob Ryan. Our commissioner is not really leaving the Globe for good; he’s still going to write for our Sunday section 30-40 times a year, and you’ll be seeing him on all of his regular television gigs. But he is “retiring” as an everyday player in the Globe sports section, which makes this something like the final days of Yaz. Ryan came on board with the inimitable Peter Gammons in June of 1968 when the country was in shock over the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. For 4½ decades, Bob Ryan has been our sports section’s passion and its institutional memory. He changed the way NBA basketball was covered in America. He can recite every World Series pairing (and winner) since 1903. He is a brilliant writer (Lawrenceville Prep taught him well) and has learned a thing or two about our region even though he’s from Jersey and has “only” been here since 1963. He is the best colleague and traveling companion you could ever have. If you had to be trapped in a car on the road to anywhere, Ryan could entertain with stories and trivia regarding sports, movies, literature, and history.

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