Cafardo on WWZN just reported that he just talked to Drew Bledsoe, who was on a golf course in Montana, and NOT in Buffalo.
Surprisingly, (or not) “Dale and Neumy” have dedicated almost 4 hours to “Hockey Talk” today. I believe this to be a record for WEEI. They also were giving away a pair of Tickets to the opening game today, which has resulted in likely all time highs in E-mails and Faxes to the show. Alot of closet hockey fans out there. This is the time for the NHL shine. Playoff hockey is a superior brand to the regular season variety.
Just heard John Holt on WWZN report that Vitaly Potapenko suffered a partial tear of his ACL during last night’s game and will be be unavailable to play against the Sixers. Potapenko had twisted his knee a bit earlier in the game, and then cane back in and hurt it again. Announcers Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell questioned the wisdom at that time of putting “V” back into the game, and in hindsight, it appears they were correct in that questioning. Coach O’Brien came on with Eddie at 2:30 and reported they’re going to try to rehab “V” for 10-14 days and see where he is at that point.
WWZN also reported that Drew Bledsoe is in Buffalo today. Separately Nick Cafardo could not confirm this, he would only say he has a feeling something will happen before or on Saturday.
So now it is onto the playoffs for both the Bruins and Celtics. Ironically both play their oldest and most bitter rivals in the first round. Bruins start up their series with the Montreal Canadiens tonight at 7:00 on NESN. If you’re outside of the New England area the game is being broadcast on ESPN2. The Celtics will start with the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday at 12:30 on NBC. Not a good matchup for the Celtics. Steve Bulpett offers a quick preview of the series.
If you’re not a hockey fan and want a fix of the Celtics, ESPN Classic has two Celtic related programs tonight. First at 7:00, there is “Classic NBA” Featuring Tommy Heinsohn. That is followed at 8:00 by A “SportsCentury” feature on Larry Bird.
It was reported on several 11:00 sportscasts last night that Drew Bledsoe has rethought his position about coming back to the Pats and is now open to the idea of returning and competing for the starting QB job and being the backup if Tom Brady wins the job. Not sure how that reflects on Drew. If he is a competitive athlete, wouldn’t he settle for nothing less than a starting job? Should be interesting to see how the weekend plays out with the NFL draft.
Sean McAdam was on 790 the Score this morning and flatly said that Jose Offerman would be released sometime soon in the roster moves that need to be made to get John Burkett and Michael Coleman onto the 25 man roster. He said Lou Merloni and Carlos Baerga were safe. Looks like Sunny Kim will stay as well, because of his strong performances lately. Grady Little wants to have the best 25 players on the roster, regardless of the size of their contract. What a concept.
The Patriots continue their tour of New England with the Lombardi trophy with a stop in Concord, NH. WMUR channel 9 will have coverage of the event this afternoon.
In another example of the hysteria that the media covering Boston teams loves to create, we have the case of Michael Coleman. Yesterday it was all over he radio waves that Coleman who has seemingly turned his attitude and direction around from his “Prime Time” days, had missed a flight and would not be reporting to Pawtucket on time for his rehab assignment. Hosts, callers, were jumping to judgement on the guy, convicting him before the facts came out. In the Providence Journal today, Paul Kenyon reveals the real story, and Coleman comes off looking even better. Wonder if any apologies to Michael Coleman will be forthcoming from the airwaves today. Don’t hold your breath. By the way, it still looks like the Projo is having formatting issues with its pages.
Hasn’t really been reported on in the Boston Media yet, but David Wells gave the Red Sox some serious disrespect in an interview on WFAN – New York yesterday. The segment is archived on WFAN’s web site and is available for listening. The good stuff doesn’t appear until almost 6 minutes into the piece, so skip over to that point if you wish. Wells basically says the Yankees were not impressed by the Red Sox this past weekend, that the Sox only have a couple decent pitchers, and that he thinks there are other teams out there that the Yankees will end up worrying about more than the Red Sox. Way to go, Boomer. Sure that isn’t sour grapes for all those times you’ve been bombed at Fenway? Wells is the one who thinks Fenway should be blown up because of his lack of success there.
Celtics finish up the season tonight at 7:00 on Fox Sports Net. Red Sox look to continue their recent success with another game with the Blue Jays tonight at 7:00 on NESN.
Boston seems to again be the Hub of the sports world. In our eyes anyway. The Patriots are SuperBowl champs, have a pro-bowl quarterback they’re trying to trade, and another Pro-Bowl quarterback who was on the cover of SI last week and who also is the reigning Super Bowl MVP. The Red Sox just took 3 of 4 from the Yankees, and are looking much better than the team that finished up last year. The Bruins are the # 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and the Celtics just wrapped up their best road record since their last championship season of ’85-’86, and are looking to catch the Pistons for the second best record in the East.
It wouldn’t be Boston though, without something to complain about. Gerry Callahan has to focus on the admittedly shaky Ugueth Urbina Dan Shaughnessey feels it his personal duty to remind us that the season is a marathon, not a sprint, and that Heartbreak Hill is still ahead. Steve Buckly though, manages to find some positive in the situation.
The Boston Marathon was yesterday. All the local news stations provided coverage, meaning there was really nothing else on local TV and Radio besides the marathon. Is there a need for this? Bill Griffith furthers the point, with reviews of the coverage, including the pretty vital detail that due to the fog, there was virtually no live footage of the runners. Why don’t the stations just rotate the coverage each year? Unless you know someone running in the marathon, do you even care about it? Does every local outlet need to provide start to finish coverage?
For those of you interested in Conspiracy Theories, If you went to NBA.com this morning, and looked at the Playoffs 2002 page, you could see that the outcomes of several first round playoffs series had been determined. According to them, The Celtics swept the Hornets 3-0 in the first round. The page was quickly removed. Likely someone working on the formatting, and getting it to “look” right. But if the C’s end up sweeping Charlotte, remember where you heard it.
A weekend spent helping friends move, is a weekend lost to new posts.
This afternoon, on the called third strike that ended the game in the favor of the Red Sox, the Boston and New York radio stations had, as you would imagine, different opinions of the call by the umpire. What you probably wouldn’t imagine is that the Yankee Broadcast team of John Sterling and Charlie Steiner thought that it was “a pretty good pitch” by Urbina, while on WWZN and WEEI, the hosts of the shows immediately following the game both agreed that the call was bogus. Dave Jagler of WWZN said that the pitch was “maybe” in the same area code as home plate.
We’re not huge on numbers here, but some things need to be brought out by the media. Both Michael Smith and Jeff Horrigan talk at length today about Darren Oliver’s success against the Yankees. (5-1 lifetime, 2-0, 1.39 ERA last year) Well, there’s an Oliver twist to this story. This year’s Yankee’s lineup is almost totally different from one that Oliver might’ve faced in the past. Namely, the presence of Jason Giambi and Ron Coomer in the Yankee lineup. Check out these stats lifetime against Oliver:
In 36 plate appearance Giambi is hitting .581 with a 1.413 OPS
In 32 plate appearances Bernie Williams is hitting .440 with a 1.483 OPS
In 24 plate appearance Ron Coomer is hitting .348 with a 1.071 OPS
Ouch. The good news is, those are the only 3 that have had success against Oliver in the past. But to leave those out of the above articles is curious.
While you’re watching the Red Sox telecast on NESN tonight (6:05PM) don’t be surprised if you see them trying to find former Sox and Yankee Pitcher David Cone in the bleachers. Cone sat in the Yankee Stadium Bleachers last week, and according the the NY Times, he will do the same tonight at fenway.
You can also catch the Celtics against New York, tonight at 7:30 on Fox Sports Net. (7:30PM)