Boston.com — Glad to see John Krasinski hasn’t lost sight of his Bostonian roots.
The Newton-bred actor stopped by ESPN’s “His Hers” to promote his new Michael Bay-directed movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” out January 15 — and also apparently to be bombarded with rude questions like, “You do understand, as a Boston sports fan, why the rest of us consider you guys to be really annoying?”
“Um, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Krasinski told co-host Jemele Hill. “I guess you guys hate winning and legacy and dynasty teams.” …
Hill replied: “But Boston sports fans, you have a certain way about you.”
“I know,” Krasinski said. “We have this way of winning that’s really annoying. I think it’s in your blood when you come out, I think you have a ‘Good Will Hunting’ tattoo and a Patriots jersey on your back. I have mine, it’s wearing off.”
Way to go, Jim Halpert. Nicely done. Now I feel slightly bad about saying John Krasinski is miscast in the Benghazi movie, because he went on ESPN and showed them he can defend a wall with the best of them.
As happy as I am to give Krasinski the stick tap he deserves, I don’t want to bury the lead here. Because the larger point is that a couple of ESPN co-hosts just admitted that they find Patriots fans annoying. They have a celebrity guest on a happy-talk program to promote a movie, and use that as an opportunity to vent about what a bunch of insufferable, obnoxious dinks they think we are.
Roll that around in your head for a minute. Imagine for one second they have a celebrity New Yorker. Let’s say, Spike Lee. In a million years would they grill him about how annoying Yankees and Knicks fans are? Would they confront Jack Nicholson about how no one can stand Lakers fans? Or if they had an actor from Pittsburgh on would they make him explain why Steelers fans “have a certain way” about them?
It would be an outrage if it wasn’t so unintentionally funny. So, Bostonians are considered obnoxious by the same organization that has spent the last year slandering the best team in North American sports with outright lies? And they expect a true Masshole like John Krasinski to feel bad about it? Nice try. Guys like us wear that like a badge of honor. It’s the day the witch hunters down in Bristol don’t hate us that I’m going to be worried. And I’m proud to know that Jim Halpert is one of us. So let’s celebrate this auspicious occasion with a tribute to his best work:
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