The way we hear it, it's only a matter of time before citizens of the greater Boston area seize up torches and pitchforks and march en masse on the Globe building, demanding the head and/or various other stubby, dwarfish body parts of Ron Borges. If there is a sportswriter more despised in his own local area we know not who he is; there has not been this much indignation here since the Stamp Act of 1765. And even then there were a few who sided with the British. Let's go to the vital statistics:
Name: Ron Borges
Writes For: Boston Globe
Formerly Wrote For: Martha's Vineyard Grapevine, Sacramento Union, Oakland Tribune, Baltimore News American.
Attended: Brandeis University (Judges).
Others Who Attended Brandeis: Jack Abramoff, Mitch Albom.
Most Often Heard On: WHDH-TV, New England Sports Network, ESPN Radio.
Nicknames: The Broadsheet Bully, RonBog, Borges George, Tony Banta.
Most Resembles: Oswald, from "The Drew Carey Show."
Best Quotes On A Message Board: "Ron Borges is a puny, bitter little man who is quickly losing control." — Norm Siebern.
"Ron Borges is the five year old who fires off his squirt gun at you every five minutes so he can receive your attention." — varitekdotcom.
Binkie: Don King.
Our absolute favorite Ron Borges moment came in June of 2004, when the Globe's NFL/Boxing columnist tried to beat up a cripple. During a boxing press conference in Las Vegas, Borges got into it with former New York Daily News Boxing writer Michael Katz, who is over 60 and uses a cane. Our favorite part, which we can't stop reading over and over:
"This really sent Katz over the edge. In Zorro-like fashion, he began waving his cane menacingly, poking at Borges' chest. The Boston writer advanced on Katz. And then the melee broke out. HBO Sports executive Kery Davis, trying to break things up, grabbed Borges' head. Four other guys jumped Borges from behind, trying to pull him back. Bodies were seemingly flying everywhere, one of them landing on Arum, knocking him down. Adding to the chaos, one of Arum's PR men, thinking he had heard gunshots, dove on his boss to protect him. 'Get the (expletive deleted) off me,' Arum screamed."
"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..."