Update to the Jamal Anderson signing on WEEI: Belichick and Anderson have both agreed that Jamal is not physically fit enough to play and thus he will not be signed at this time. The team may still try to sign him in the future.
OK….Raise your hand if you turned off the game after the Angels put up four runs in the eighth… *raises hand*. I was so convinced there was no way that they would come back that I didn’t even flip on NESN’s SportsDesk this morning for the final. In the car this morning, I hear a Johnny Damon clip on a WEEI sportsflash, and the score hadn’t been given yet, so I think to myself, he sounds awfully upbeat after another depressing loss, then Meterparel gave the score and I nearly hit a pedestrian. So that was my morning..
So back to reality….now the newspaper stories focus on this possibly being the spark that gets the team going. I thought that Nomar’s speech in the dugout was the spark. Well, Jackie MacMullan thinks this game is the spark, and the players seemed to be in great spirits after the game. Good ol’ Pedro even used the moment to take a shot at doom and gloom Shaughnessy, though it seems in good humor: “‘What’s the headline?” asked a jubiliant Pedro Martinez. ”Where’s Shaughnessy? I scared the ghost out of the [expletive] dugout [during the rally].” Gordon Edes says this is the biggest comeback in four years for the Sox. (Opening day, 1998..Mo Vaughn grandslam wins it) Sean McAdam opines that the Sox were in danger of falling out of the playoff race without this win. Jeff Horrigan chimes in, as does Bob Hohler. Horrigan’s notebook has all the Globe’s has, and more. Mark Blaudshun, continuing to get his writing arm in shape for the college season, looks at tonight’s starter, Casey Fossum, and also gives Manny some love. After last night’s game, Manny is hitting .344 now. Jackie MacMullan also checks in with Derek Lowe, who says the labor situation is affecting his performance. From yesterday, John Tomase looks at how this Red Sox team has managed to underachieve so much.
Kevin Mannix and Michael Smith look at the snags in the Jamal Anderson deal. Mannix has Pats spokesman Stacey James quoted as saying: “There’s no certainty that it’s going to happen.” Smith’s notebook looks at “Bad news Billy”. Mannix uses his to update us on Tedy Bruschi. Tom Curran looks at cutdown day.
Jim Baker finds it funny that Terry Glenn calls Bryan Cox “an idiot”. Baker also has Callahan reupping at WEEI for a cool half million dollars.(Did he check this information? Just busting your chops, Jim) Not bad for a part-time gig. With his WEEI job, his Herald job, and the appearances he does here and there, Callahan likely makes more than some of the “overpaid” athletes he writes and talks about. At some NFL ones anyway. Bill Griffith has extensive notes and information for us, he like many of us can do without Jerry Glanville on the Patriots preseason games, he gives us highlights from the 25,000th SportsCenter, and information on projects between NESN and the Globe, and ESPN and the Globe.
Sounds like NESN had a good Extra Innings segment with Bob Rodgers asking Tony Clark some tough questions on the labor situation last night, and not getting real satisfying answers.
Fox25 has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. TBS has Braves/Pirates at 7:00.
Haven’t been able to listen to WWZN on-line streaming today, but perhaps it’s just as well. Eddie has the WB56 sports team in studio, which coincidentally (or not) includes Eddie’s son, Michael. So now that’s two of Eddie’s kids that he’s managed to get onto his program in the last couple weeks. Thanks Dad.
With no streaming options available, I’m trying out the MLB game cast of the Yankees/Rangers game. You need to punch in a credit card number, even though they don’t charge anything to it, and claim that the number is not retained. This is to verify that you do not reside within one of the TV markets of the participating teams. The feed is from the Yankees YES network, annoying to hear the Yankees announcers, but the feed is clear, and image is pretty sharp. The screen size is small as you might imagine, but an interesting experiment.
Sean McAdam filled in for Dale alongside Bob Neumeier on the WEEI midday show. Much of the talk revolved around the Red Sox, and just what ails this current edition. Much finger pointing at Grady Little was done by callers, while McAdam pointed out that Jimy Williams had the Red Sox 17 games over .500 in August last year without Nomar, Pedro and Varitek, and that this team seemed to have plugged all the holes that it had, # two starter, defensive second baseman, etc, and still is seven games out of first. It is very strange that this team is at the top of all positive statistical categories, has a couple of stud starters, good set up guys in Howry and Embree, a decent closer in Urbina, has a nice lineup without any glaring holes, has speed at the top of the order and plays good defense, and yet struggles. Doesn’t make sense. McAdam again said that he thinks the labor situation will be resolved 11:30 Thursday night.
The Big Show was hosted by Greg Dickerson, and was broadcast live from Gillette Stadium as part of Patriots Monday. Dickerson was joined by Steve Nelson and Fred Smerlas.
Art Martone is back from vacation and breaks down some numbers on the Sox. ESPN.com has the first of its NFL Preview section up, with articles on Drew Bledsoe, and also team chemistry. Rob Bradford from the Lowell Sun checks in with Antoine Walker. E-mailer Kirk sent that article on to me and noted: “Not that this is the greatest story ever written, but compare it to the Globe on Sunday and it’s horrifying how bad Shira Springer is.” John Molori’s Media Blitz has Patriots prognostications, Radio rants and info on Jay Mohr’s departure from ESPN.