Ho-hum redux. Another boxing match,

Ho-hum redux. Another boxing match, another Eddie Andelman remote. Today he was in Atlantic City. Jags was not alongside. How come only Eddie ever gets to go to these remotes? Does he pay his own way or something? Or does no one else want to go? Predictably the show was near-unlistenable. The Herald’s George Kimball was involved in the show, at least for a time. Butch Stearns, Nick Cafardo and Tim Fox made up the McDonough Group, Bruin Bryan Berard was one of the guests, meanwhile it was a Felger and Fred Football Friday with Ordway on the Big Showon WEEI.

Chad Finn digs up some interesting Bill James player projections from the past. Phil Plantier…A star for the 90′s….wow. But that was really the only one in the group he was way off on. (I also liked the back-handed swipe at Shaughnessy in there) Eric McHugh has a look at Bryant McKinnie. Tom King says Antowain Smith is ready – and raring to go. Chris Kennedy writes that Culpepper and Moss will be a tough combo to stop. McHugh’s notebook has Troy Brown hoping to bust out this weekend.

The Celtics announced today that the team has entered into a three-year partnership with Pepsi. The agreement features category exclusivity for all Pepsi soft drink products and also designates Pepsi’s Aquafina water brand as an official product of the Celtics. Can they now sign another player?

Several people have inquired about contributing articles to this site. I’m tossing around the idea of having a “fan guest column” maybe a couple times a week. The article wouldn’t appear on this front page, but it would be linked, and be archived as part of the site. I haven’t decided if I want to do this yet, but if anyone has input on this topic, let me know. What I do know is there are a lot of talented readers out there, who could produce some great stuff.

Ho-hum. Another win, another scant

Ho-hum. Another win, another scant crowd for the Bruins. The second lowest all time hockey crowd at the Fleet, (10,667) saw a team that Kevin Paul Dupont says might “actually have a shot at the Cup.” Stephen Harris says that this was the most impressive win of the season, given the decimated ranks. Dupont mentioned it, and Joe McDonald refers to the Bruins as a M*A*S*H* unit as well. Steve Conroy and Jim Greenidge look at Glen Murray, who scored the 200th goal of his career last night. Joe Gordon notes Brain Rolston’s value to the Bruins. Even Jackie MacMullen chips in with a hockey article, she profiles rising star Nick Boynton and his battle with diabetes. The notebooks are all filled with injury updates. Dupont’s in the Globe, Harris in the Herald, and McDonald in the Projo. I’m no hockey fan, I follow the team rather casually, just keeping up with their record in the standings and who the players are, that’s about it. But this team appears to have the grit, the pluckiness that should make it a favorite in this town, too bad for them that their owner and management continue to torque off their loyal fans. Karen Guregian praises the owner for his cheapness this past offseason, to her chagrin.

You’re Jim Donaldson. You can write short sentences. You can take a bunch of those sentences, string them together, and make a column out of them. You can submit that column to your editor and get paid for it. You’re getting a reputation as a guy who can’t write a decent column. Matt Light is under the spotlight today. Michael Felger and Kevin McNamara examine the second year tackle’s performance this year and compare it with what coach Belichick has to say about it, which is positive. Michael Smith writes about Vikings mammoth rookie left tackle Bryant McKinnie. Alan Greenberg gives the Patriots brass a “D” for last years offseason moves. If nothing else, Michael Gee is at least a prolific writer. Today’s column is that the last two weeks of November are the dog days for football. Christopher Price wonders if the Patriots can stop the Vikings big guns. Hector Longo writes that the Patriots have a few good men, but need more than that to turn things around. Smith’s notebook wonders what’s happened to Deion Branch. Felger looks at the double teams that Troy is seeing these days in his notebook. McNamara also looks at Brown and provides some Vikings material in his notebook. Elsewhere, Ian Clark reports that Antoine Womack will have to wait until next season to get on the field and that the Patriots will be wearing vintage uniforms with the old “Pat Patriot” logo on Thanksgiving day. Leigh Montville makes his picks wearing gloves.

Gerry Callahan decides this fine Friday before Thanksgiving that a column attacking Dan Duquette would be a good idea. This is after all, the time of year the Duke would be doing what Gerry says he did best, making poor free agent signings. He says these new owners, led by his hero Larry Lucchino won’t be making offers to over the hill free agents. They will, according to Callahan spend their money wisely, and not go after players like Roger Clemens. The words aren’t even out of his mouth before Tony Massarotti chimes in and says that the Sox have raised Clemens’ name in talks and have even spoken to his agents. Paul Doyle says, hmmm….maybe the Red Sox are going to make Theo Epstein their new GM. He notes that Epstein took the lead role for the Sox at the recent GM meetings. Not Mike Port. Jim Hennell catches up with NH resident Jim Beattie, who interviewed with the Sox this week.

Peter May writes that the Celtics are better equipped and prepared to handle a zone defense this year. Gus Martins expects the Hawks to present a stiff challenge to the Celtics this weekend. Martin’s notebook has Eric Williams preparing for the Hawks high scoring forward duo.

Jim Baker looks at the Albert family’s NFL broadcasts. Bill Griffith previews HBO’s coverage of tomorrow night’s Ward/Gatti rematch. Dan Shaughnessy writes a nice tribute to long time Globe and NBC Tennis commentator Bud Collins.

FSNE has Celtics/Hawks at 7:00. ESPN has Raptors/Sixers at 8:00 and Clippers/Nuggets at 10:30. NESN is showing the Globetrotters/Ohio State game at 7:30.

Drew Bledsoe was a morning

Drew Bledsoe was a morning guest of the James Brown show heard locally on WWZN this morning. Much of the conversation was about his foundation for good parenting, though he answered questions about Buffalo and New England. He was initially shocked by the trade, but then as he thought about it, and all the times he had been to Buffalo, he knew that he would really like it there. Last year, having to sit and watch really was a rebirth for him, as he realized how much he loves the game and how lucky he is to be doing this as his job. He said that Tom Brady is going to be a great player for a long time in this league. Eddie was joined by Tony Massarotti on his noon time show, (on remote at the Kowloon) the two of them had a spirited debate on whether Nomar wants to be here, and whether the Red Sox should try to sign him up right now for the long term. Hockey commentator Stan Fischler was a guest and things were hot for a few minutes as Eddie went head to head with him, mainly on the topic of Jeremy Jacobs. It seems Jacobs is very concerned about the struggles of the Buffalo Sabres, and is a major player behind the scenes in securing a stable ownership group. The reason? Jacobs owns the concessions in Buffalo and would stand to lose out if the franchise moved. They were late moving into that break period, and Eddie noted that he used to do a show “with that guy from Maine”, who was always on-time and getting on Eddie for that. He said it like it was a bad thing. Later the show was blessed by the lengthy appearances of two “Hall of fame” callers. At least one of whom will be co-hosting a program in the future. Can’t wait. Dale & Neumy bounced around a number of topics, ranging from Bruins, to Patriots, to the Victoria’s Secret show, to 007 girls. The Big Show’s first segment was highlighted by Steve Buckley evoking the name of Liza Minelli. Glen Ordway did some Celtics talk and praised the “brilliant” job that Jimmy O’Brien has done with the Celtics, he has taken a roster that was forced upon him, and crafted an offense around the parts that he has been given. He has gotten Pierce and Walker to buy into the scheme of having them pass more and find the open guys, usually Delk and Shammond Williams. Larry Johnson also praised the job Ftorek has done with an injury-racked squad. The McDonough Group had Butch Stearns as fill-in host, along with Kip Lewis and Pete Brock.

Eric McHugh looks at the visiting Vikings “triplets”. Tom King looks at what the Patriots are doing to get over the hump. Chris Kennedy says the Patriots know they need to start running the ball more. He also looks at Joe Andruzzi. McHugh’s notebook looks at the Vikings struggles on the road and provides injury updates. David Pevear looks at the 5-5 Patriots and asks around as to what they can do to repeat last year’s magic.

Mike Fine says that last night’s Celtics game was more beautiful and pleasurable to watch than the Victoria’s Secret special last or the Bachelor finale. Gary Fitz writes about last night’s dynamic duo for the Celtics. He also notes that this Celtics/Nets rivalry has potential, but it isn’t great yet. Rob Bradford has a look at the coming out party for Shammond Williams. Jeff Thomas says that this win was a total team effort. Fine’s notebook looks at the importance of last night’s win, and provides a few other notes of interest.

Aaron Schatz reviews the new “Pro Basketball Prospectus 2002″ for the Boston Phoenix, the book, which is written by John Hollinger, contains extensive statistical analysis as well as commentary. For local application, Schatz notices that “Hollinger writes that Antoine Walker

In light of twin 21

In light of twin 21 point (and lights-out shooting) performances last night, Bob Ryan decides Tony Delk and Shammond Williams can play a little. This no point guard, run the offense through Antoine deal might even work. Michael Gee is less impressed. The win wasn’t so much based on the Celtics playing well, the Nets just stunk last night. The Celtics got some “magic” and hit a few shots. Big deal. A few other things from Mr. Gee….some good, some head scratching. The good: “Their (the Nets) big trade for Dikembe Mutombo (that’s Swahili for “man turned to stone”) is an obvious disaster.” I know at least one person in Philly who’s gonna read that sentence and smile. The head scratching: “Loyal readers (stop right there..are there any “loyal” Michael Gee readers out there? If so I’d like to hear from you…) know what I think about an offense based on the 3. It’s boring to watch when it works, and sheer torture when it doesn’t.” I beg to differ with the rest of the sentence. When the three is going down, like it was last night, it is very enjoyable to watch. Pure shooting is an art that is diminishing in the NBA. When you can see a performance like last night, or even like Ray Allen’s in Milwaukee last week, you have to admire it. You ever stood behind that NBA three point line? Peter May devotes an entire article to the “calcified” Dikembe Mutombo and even says that his contract makes Vin Baker look like a steal. Steve Bulpett, Shira Springer and Carolyn Thornton have coverage of the game itself. Gus Martins has a further look at Shammond Williams. Brett Mauser examines the importance of the Celtics having more weapons. Martins also has a look at struggling former Celt Rodney Rogers, who is also the lead in Springer’s notebook. In that piece she also uncovers the bad feelings between Mutombo and Baker dating back for many years. In Thornton’s notebook, Byron Scott says these Celtics and Nets don’t yet know what a real rivalry is. Bulpett’s notebook says Paul Pierce wants back in the U.S. qualifying and Olympic teams. Christopher Price sums up the game nicely and quickly.

Nick Cafardo says that Tom Brady and Patriots need to turn things on, and now is the time. Tom Curran looks at the Vikings woes away from their cozy dome. Michael Felger says that no one on the Patriots is going to say anything bad about Randy Moss. Alan Greenberg knows that no one will ever question Joe Andruzzi’s toughness, but that you can question his effectiveness in playing with this injury. He also goes into some amusing examples of how the Patriots publicly address injuries. The Adrian Klemm example is a classic, when he hurt his knee a couple years ago while a rookie, he was asked by a reporter which knee it was. “I don’t know” was the answer. Mike Reiss put Charlie Weiss on trial in the court of public opinion for his play calling selection this season. Christopher Price notes the Patriots struggles from playing from behind. Curran’s notebook has some encouraging news on lost man Donald Hayes. Cafardo has a lengthy notebook in which he examines Cam Cleeland’s role and touches on Andruzzi and Hayes as well. Felger’s notebook has Charlie Weiss lighting into his offense at practice yesterday.

Just a couple of baseball notes….Gordon Edes files a story on former Expos GM Jim Beattie, in to interview for a variety of positions with the team. Edes also gives the Red Sox 2003 spring training schedule. Meanwhile Tony Massarotti notes that Charlie Manuel still wants to come to Boston and be a part of Grady Little’s staff. Massarotti also mentions that the Sox are interested in former Met Edgardo Alfonzo.

Jim McCabe has a nice feature article on the inspiring story of Bruins defenseman Bryan Berard

I’ve included some stories from the Boston Metro the last couple days. They have brought their paper on-line, and though at present the stories are the same short ones that you will find in the print edition, they tell me that they are planning “a ton of web-only stuff”, as well as “meatier” versions of the stories that appear in the paper.

NESN has Bruins/Hurricanes at 7:00. FSNE follows B.U./UMass-Lowell college Hockey (7:00) with NE Tailgate (9:30) TNT has Rockets/Mavs at 7:30 and Sonics/Blazers at 10:00. ESPN has Pittsburgh/Miami College football at 7:30 and ESPN2 has Sharks/Flyers at 7:30.ESPN Classic runs a Pete Maravich SportsCentury at 8:00 & 11:00

Red Sox and Bruins fans

Red Sox and Bruins fans in areas of Maine could be without an avenue to watch those teams according to a report in the 11/18 edition of Multichannel news, which reports: “Susquehanna Communications (SusCom), a cable operator in ME, “sent direct-mail questionnaires to 20,000 customers” asking them to “make a choice between accepting” a 9% increase in their $38.21 full basic service price or losing NESN and having prices increase only 3%, according to Linda Haugsted of MULTICHANNEL NEWS. If the net, which costs each subscriber $3.40 per month, is dropped, customers would lose access to about 150 Red Sox games and 80 Bruins games per year. SusCom Brunswick GM Patrick McCormick said, “I understand the value of the programming, but I’m concerned about the rates overall”

Dan Shaughnessy tries again to

Dan Shaughnessy tries again to peddle his fatalistic crap. We’re not buying. Sure, the Patriots might not make the playoffs. Would it represent a “colossal fall”? Well considering it’s not unheard of that defending Super Bowl champion teams miss the playoffs the next year, (The NY Giants did it twice) Dan’s argument here is nothing more than misleading vividness. (Or could it be an appeal to fear) These appear to be Dan’s favorite techniques to fall back on. I’m no expert on fallacies of logic, but it would be interesting to match writers in town with their favorite crutches. Sounds like a future project/column there. Shaughnessy uses several. In any event, the vast majority of New England fans are not eagerly awaiting the day they can declare the Patriots season over, nor do they love to do the same thing with the Red Sox. He indicates that all the signs point to a collapse. The Globe has a box in which it compares key stats from this year and last at the same juncture. They’re almost identical across the board, with most of the small advantages going in favor of this years team. The huge difference though, in which last years team had the big advantage is Red Zone defense. They can solve that, they’re in fine shape.

Michael Felger has a look at the recovered Bob Kraft. Michael Smith has a look at the suddenly dangerous and scary Vikings. Felger’s notebook follows Antowain Smith to a Roxbury school visit. That’s about it for Patriots articles this morning. Light day.

Despite a rash of injuries, the Bruins hadn’t lost since Halloween. Last night, they finally tasted defeat for the first time since then. Kevin Paul Dupont has the game, in which a defenseman ( Jonathan Girard) was forced into duty at forward. Stephen Harris observed that for the first two periods, the Bruins were clearly the better team on the ice. Dan Hickling also has a very thorough account of the game. Dupont’s notebook has Dafoe thrilled to be joining the Atlanta Thrashers, and notes wryly that Ray Bourque’s son Chris is “penciled in” to play for BU starting in 2005. Steve Conroy also has word and reaction on Dafoe. Hickling’s notebook has a Nick Boynton jersey headed to the hall of fame. Harris’ notebook has more injury news.

Gus Martins looks at the Celtics preparing for Jason Kidd and the Nets tonight. Shira Springer says the team is trying to downplay the significance of the game. Martins’ notebook looks at the Celtics strategy of drawing Dikembe Mutombo away from the basket. Tim Weisberg writes that tonight is a chance for the new look Celtics to prove themselves. Christopher Price says Paul Gaston might be the worst owner in the history of Boston sports.

Hope springs eternal for Butch Stearns. Sean McAdam reports that it’s looking more and more like Theo is the man. Gordon Edes says that Tom Glavine is a no-go for the Sox. I expected more uproar in the media over the Sox lack of interest in the hometown kid. Tony Massarotti has details of a snag in the Sox attempts to bring in Charlie Manuel as their hitting instructor. Alex Speier notes that the Bill James hiring brings the Sox a step closer to their new organizational blueprint.

FSNE has Celtics/Nets at 7:00. NESN has a replay of the Red Sox 2002 Hall of Fame Ceremony at 8:00. ESPN has continuing coverage of the Preseason NIT at 7:00 and Sixers/Grizzlies NBA action at 9:00. ESPN2 has West Virginia/Virginia Tech college football at 7:00 and Preseason NIT action at 10:30.

With a day to absorb

With a day to absorb it all, the loss Sunday night doesn’t look much better. Kevin Mannix explains that because of the late night, he didn’t have time to properly view the tape and do the normal report card, so he and a bunch of media cronies made one up on the plane home. The Union Leader also provides its weekly Patriots report card. Tom Curran assures us that a loss to the Raiders isn’t such a big deal, while Ron Borges contends otherwise. Borges believes the fact that the Patriots lose to teams with winning records is a bad harbinger. He takes a tough look at the team, he is cold, but objective. No joy in the loss, no “genius” cracks. Who staged the intervention with him? Conflicting opinions from the rest of the media crew as well. Alan Greenberg didn’t find anything encouraging about the performance Sunday and doesn’t seem too convinced that they can turn it around. Paul Kenyon says that not only do they have the same record as last year, but they’re in better position to make a run. At the end of his column, Bill Reynolds makes a very salient point. I’ve heard people say that this 5-5 record feels different from last years 5-5 record, that last years felt better….well, it all has to do with expectation. Reynolds notes: “maybe we’d be looking at this differently if last year had never happened. But it did. And it raised expectations. Expectations so high that 5-5 in late November is frustrating, even if the flip side is the Pats still are very much in the thick of the playoff chase.”

Gerry Callahan asserts that Brady still has time to learn the deep ball. Lenny Megliola seems to agree, but is a little more stressed over it. Nick Cafardo notes the calm demeanor of Coach Belichick yesterday. Steve Buckley observes that “miracle” teams usually don’t do too well the following season. Surprised he didn’t mention his personal favorite, the 1914 Miracle Braves, who the next season finished 7 games out of first. Deep Ball talk dominates the notebooks, with Mark Murphy discussing it, as well Cafardo in his notebook. Cafardo also notes the Falcons’ interest in Scott Pioli.

The Lowell Sun had reported last Friday in its article on Kedrick Brown that he had once suffered a “turf toe” type injury. The injury has returned. Peter May and Gus Martins have the coverage. May’s notebook looks at Paul Pierce attempting to get his three point stroke back, while Martins notebook focuses on a lack of execution hurting the team in it’s last two losses.

Gordon Edes reports that the Sox are in the thick of it for Cuban Ace Pitcher Jose Contreras, who one scout compares to Roger Clemens. Tony Massarotti leads with the interview of Jim Beattie and also ntoes that the team has contacted Tom Glavine.

Martin Lapoint’s first trip onto the ice since brekaing his foot was somewhat awkward, observes Steve Conroy. Meanwhile, Kevin Paul Dupont writes about the coming debut of 18 year old defenseman Shaone Morrisonn. Dupont’s notebook looks at Byron Dafoe’s options and the shortage of shots on goal.

John Molori writes about upcoming changes at NESN involving Red Sox Programming and “Sports Desk”. He also takes a jab at Jim Baker for disputing whether Heinsohn/Gorman is in fact the longest running duo in sports broadcasting. Baker looks at the numbers and coverage from the Patriots Sunday night, noting as I did yesterday about WBZ pumping up the ESPN coverage of the game. Bill Griffith also notes WBZ’s antics, and has a more detailed look at sports ratings numbers in Boston. He also caught Jonathan Kraft’s appearance on WBCN to address the issues Will McDonough keeps bringing up about over zealous stadium security.

Dennis and Callahan are railing against a good cause this morning, giving out the phone number to Paul Gaston’s offices in New York (212-644-3800) and encouraging people to call and question why Gaston has sucked every penny he can get out of the franchise, leaving it in horrible shape cap-wise, being the only team in the league with only 12 players on its roster, refusing to sign another even so they can hold a full practice. All the while he (Gaston) hides out and refuses to answer any questions put to him. Better watch out guys….don’t you remember that 100 million dollar lawsuit he was going after the Wall Street Journal for?

There have been updates to the Eddie Andelman page, including what may be the definitive list of Eddie miscues. Thanks to [email protected] for providing the list.

NESN has Bruins/Maple Leafs at 7:00. ESPN has a college basketball doubleheader with Florida/Louisiana Tech at 7:00 and Holy Cross/Kansas at 9:00. ESPN Classic has a Babe Ruth SportsCentury at 8:00 & 11:00.

On to the non-Patriots stuff.

On to the non-Patriots stuff. Michael Gee…well…you’ll just have to read it for yourself. While I actually agree when Gee wants to get rid of the “trade Manny, trade Nomar, trade Pedro” gang, Just once, I’d love for a media member to actually dump blame for the negative atmosphere that at times envelopes this area on his fellow media members, who exert more influence over certain segments of fandom than perhaps they even know. Yesterday, while doing a couple book reviews, Bill Reynolds compares Allen Iverson and Ted Williams. Art Martone had a lengthy look at the impact the Bill James hiring could have for the Red Sox. Gordon Edes explored possible reasons why Billy Beane backed out on the Sox.

Shira Springer addresses the Celtics struggles from the last two games. Steve Bulpett looks at the need for improvement in the defensive toughness department.

Jim Greenidge looks at Robbie Ftorek’s depth among the four lines he regularly uses. Steve Conroy looks at rookie Ivan Huml and the adjustments he’s made and lesson’s learned. Conroy also has a notebook full of injury updates.

Russ Conway has a detailed look at the high ticket prices in Boston sports. Keith Olbermann apologizes to everyone at ESPN and puts some serious blame on himself for his behavior while there.

Peter King has his Monday Morning QB column in which he looks at this very weird NFL season. WEEI’s Dale Arnold gets a plug in this column. King also lauds Rich Gannon: “I think Rich Gannon is turning into Dan Marino in terms of the commanding presence, the don’t-screw-with-me glare he gives his guys. What a leader.” While my pals and I were watching the game, we had other adjectives to describe Gannon as he barked at everyone. “Jerk” was pretty high up on the list. We also couldn’t believe someone hadn’t strangled the guy yet. While King and others might compare him to Dan Marino….Gannon is no Dan Marino, he has nowhere near the cache and respect that Marino commanded.

ESPN2 has a College Basketball doubleheader from the Preseason NIT with Penn St./North Carolina at 7:00 and Boston University/Stanford at 9:15. ABC has Rams/Bears on Monday Night Football at 9:00.

Did Ron Borges actually write

Did Ron Borges actually write this article? It’s level-headed, calm, and lucid. Borges has actually been on good behavior the last few weeks. I wonder if all the letters sent in to the editor have had an effect. Or perhaps a missing prescription has finally been filled. Or could Borges just hate the Raiders more than he hates the Patriots? In any event, Borges has likely the best article of the morning, at least from the view of Patriots fans. Game stories are filed by Nick Cafardo, Michael Felger, Alan Greenberg and Tom Curran. Tuck obsession is evident in many articles this morning, Kevin Mannix says this time a real fumble did the Patriots in, while Jim Donaldson says there was no tuck call to save them. George Kimball captures the Raiders obsessions pretty well. Dan Shaughnessy files another piece of junk, and Karen Guregian focuses on the rough night by Tom Brady. Will McDonough provides a voice of reason, noting the Patriots still have control of their season.

Michael Smith notes that despite a no-show by the offense, this game actually came down to an on-sides kick with under a minute left. Smith also managed to venture into the Black Hole and escape with his life. Interestingly, there are actual people in those zany outfits. Michael Gee says this team still has luck, it just isn’t very good. Jim McBride provides a group of moments from the game. Karen Guregian looks at the weird Bruschi interception. Jim Donaldson loves Jerry Rice. Michael Gee looks at Otis Smith learning from Rice and Brown. Max Twine reports on fans watching the game from Gillette. Cafardo’s notebook deals with Red Zone struggles and roster tweaking. Felger’s notebook looks at Patriots fans not identifying themselves in the crowd, and a look at that weird on-side kick, Curran’s notebook has a look at the key first half play, and more of Al Davis’ persecution complex. Ian Clark’s notebook again reiterates that the Patriots are in control of their destiny the rest of the way.

Bill Griffith has a look at the ESPN coverage last night. TV Viewers last night had a choice of three pregame shows to choose from with WCVB, ESPN and the ‘BZ crew taking over UPN38 all previewing the game. Afterwards was similar, as you could tune into immediate postgame coverage on WBZ, while WCVB had a segment later in it’s newscast. WHDH’s Sports Xtra I believe was shown at its normal time, which was actually while the game was still going. You could also tune the radio to WBCN or WEEI for postgame. If you were on a computer and couldn’t get a TV or Radio account of the game, you could go to NFL.com where, for a fee you could tune into the Raider’s radio broadcast and heard gems such as while complimenting the job the refs were doing: “If we had him last January, we’d have Super Bowl rings on our fingers!”

Another interesting note was WBZ’s tactics in promoting their product. During the 49ers/Chargers games, screen graphics were used (and kept on screen for long periods of time) to advertise that they would be having a preview show on UPN38 as well as promoting their own postgame show. They also encouraged viewers to watch the game on ESPN. While it’s understandable that they wouldn’t want to in any way promote cross-town rival WCVB which was also showing the game, they didn’t do Patriots fans who didn’t have cable any favors by not mentioning that the game would be available over air locally. Brings up in interesting point…at what price does the public’s best interest come? While it’s unlikely that very many Patriots fans who didn’t have cable were unaware that they would be able to catch the game on WCVB, it’s still a possibility, and if WBZ is going to go so far as to encourage viewers to watch the game on ESPN, and then tune into their own postgame show, why not at least make cursory mention that the game would be available in the local market, perhaps not even having to say where exactly?

I’ll have more links from the rest of the world of sports later in the day.

Eric McHugh looks at the

Eric McHugh looks at the similarities between the Patriots and Raiders. Christopher Price looks at the Raider mystique. McHugh also has a notebook with focus on J.R. Redmond. Mike Loftus says the Bruins are riding high…Rob Bradford chronicles Kedrick Brown’s history of ankle sprains. In the business section of the Globe, Steve Bailey writes about new Celtics owners attempts to bring in limited partners. The offering document spells out these benefits for potential investors: ”Special Members are entitled to: (1) be referred to as co-owners, (2) receive cash distributions as set forth below, (3) use the co-owners’ seating at the FleetCenter, (4) receive World Championship rings.” Yesterday, ESPN.com had a series of Articles on the Patriots and Raider. There is a comparison of Brady and Gannon. Mark Kreidler writes about Raiders with a grudge. Joe Theismann breaks down the key points of the game. Former Raider Eric Allen looks at the tuck rule call.

No incoming phone lines at the remote from the Harp that The McDonough Group was broadcasting from today, leaving almost all the talking to the hosts. They had people send in e-mails and they would call them back. Bill Simmons joined the program at 4:00 and while talking Celtics, made the prediction that the new owners will trade Antoine Walker away next offseason. He thinks the new owners do not want to pay the luxury tax either. Sean McDonough recalled meeting John Meterparel’s wife, and noticing that he married way over his head…