Dale & Neumy were joined

Dale & Neumy were joined by the touchdown twins to wrap up the Super Bowl and the NFL season. Looks like Neumy drew the short straw in the “someone has to take a stand on a ridiculous argument and stick by it hell or high water” pool. He is angry that the Patriots didn’t go after Simeon Rice. He lauded the “courageous” (His exact word) Tampa Bay ownership for signing Rice. (Rice was actually signed two years ago, and had a subpar year his first in Tampa.) Neumeier says teams should be praised for having the courage to spend money and sign free agents. He added that that is the reason why the Patriots are “mired in mediocrity”. When the New York Rangers were brought up to him, he waffled a bit. When Dale and the Twins tried to convince Neumy that the reason Rice was so much better this year was due in large part to the guys playing around him. Neumy said he was sick of hearing that “tired, lame” argument about the surrounding cast and wants to dismiss that idea entirely. Dale took a few hits from Bruins fans, one of whom wants him to trash the players more while on NESN. He thinks Dale should just say Steve Shields “stinks”. Dale ended the call with the gentleman by hanging up on him and saying “bite me”. Another caller later had the good humor to say Dale did a “serviceable” broadcasting job on NESN.

There is a blissful two week vacation from Eddie on WWZN. Today Jageler was joined by Nick Cafardo and Tony Massarotti. Their main topic morphed from the Super Bowl to the Super Bowl MVP to fan voting. Jageler says only “get-a-lifers” vote for those things. Massarotti and Cafardo say voting for MVP, All Star games etc should be taken away from the fans. Tony says there should be no emotion in the voting for these things. He says the media is unbiased and not involved emotionally in the games, so they’re the ones who should be doing the voting.

Sean McDonough jokingly today talked about how he’s a “company man” regarding the Red Sox now. When comments were made about the high ticket prices at Fenway, Sean made sure to joke that the Red Sox have many reasonably priced tickets and that they, not he were saying otherwise…

One of the few media members younger than Theo Epstein, Jon Couture says that Theo needs to pull a John Gruden with the Red Sox. A few tweaks here and there to an already established team. I think he’s a week early in his Spring Training schedule though. An article from the Philadelphia Inquirer looks at the Super Bowl’s move to February, and the reverberations that will have. From yesterday is Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback. Among the items in Gregg Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback is this gem: “After Oakland missed its third of three two-point conversion attempts and trailed by 13 instead of 10 points as it would have been had the Raiders taken singletons, John Madden reminisced, “When I was coaching in this league, I never went for two until the very end, regardless of the scoreboard. I believed in always taking one point unless it was the very end.” Surely, Madden is in sync with TMQ’s immutable law of the conversion: Take One Till the Fourth. But John — when you were a head coach, there was no two-point option. Madden ran the Raiders from 1969 to 1978. The old AFL two-point rule was ended when the AFL and old NFL merged in 1967. The deuce conversion option was not reinstated until 1994.” What’s this? A national article knocking Madden? Isn’t that sacrilege, or something? I only mostly hear local radio guys like Dennis and Callahan (rightfully) complaining about Madden. He seems exempt from criticism in most TV columns (Hi, Jim Baker) as well as national TV columns. (How ya doin’ Rudy Martzke?)

Eric Kane disagrees with the facts in the TMQ clip: “I think TMQ is one of the best things going…..but I think he’s wrong about Madden and the 2 pt. conversion. The merger may have begun with SB I, but the AFL and NFL remained separate until the 1970 season, when Pit, Balt and Cleve. joined the AFC. As such, 2 pt conversion remained alive and well in the AFL in the ’68 and ’69 seasons.”

The host I was using

The host I was using to create the website polls appears to have gone belly-up. I tried another host briefly, but the poll looked dog-ugly. I’m in the process of looking for another place to create polls with. I’ve looked at about 10 so far this morning, and none have been right. Most limit the amount of characters you can include in the question or answers, other have ads included in the poll, and others are just ugly. If anyone has a good poll software program, let me know. Then I’ll bump the Amazon box down lower on the page again. By the way…would there be any interest in an Amazon “store” here? I was thinking of putting together all the books and movies related to Boston sports and by Boston writers and creating a mini “store-front” type page. I would get some minor commission on anything bought through here. Not looking to get rich, just looking for more to offer. Any other site improvement suggestions are also welcome.

Ron Borges gets the story

Ron Borges gets the story of what happened to AWOL Raiders center Barret Robbins. From a quick look at sites around the country, Borges appears to be the first to have broken many of the details contained within his story. A good job by Borges, showing what he’s capable of when not obsessed with petty grudges. My favorite line from the story, one which actually made me laugh at the irony, comes from Bill Romanowski, who says of Robbins: “Obviously, the guy has a problem. He’s got to get some help…Hopefully for his sake, for his family, he’s able to get his life cleaned up, whatever there is.” Gerry Callahan can’t resist taking his favorite whipping boys -Raiders fans- out to the woodshed one final time this season. Dan Shaughnessy flashes the good side of his bi-polar columnist skills. I read the column waiting for the other shoe to drop, for a shot at Boston somewhere…it never came. Kevin Mannix warns us not to write off the Raiders yet. He says they’re still a contender…he fails to mention that according to some reports, the Raiders will be around 45 Million dollars over the cap heading into next season. The team you saw Sunday is likely going to be much different next year. My namesake in Oakland has his work cut out for him. Hector Longo says they’re 50 Million over the cap. Michael Gee comments on the piece Bill Belichick wrote for the Op-Ed section of the NY Times Sunday. I meant to mention the Belichick piece yesterday, but got way too busy in the afternoon. If you haven’t read it, register for free at the Times and check out the piece. It puts many of the “ramblings” type columns that local sportswriters love to do around here to shame.

Bill Reynolds hates the Super Bowl. Nick Cafardo looks at John Gruden struggling to find time to spend with his family. Michael Smith looks at Raider taunts that got Simeon Rice fired up for the Super Bowl. George Kimball and Jim Donaldson write about how Gruden ran the scout team as QB in practice so the defense could get familiar with Rich Gannon’s mannerisms. Ron Borges reports on how that paid off for the Buccaneers, as they were able pick up on some of Gannon’s habits. Michael Felger looks at how the Patriots need to improve on defense. Cafardo catches up with Damien Woody, who will now be going to the Pro Bowl in the absence of Robbins. Kimball also has that in his Super Bowl notebook.

Jackie MacMullan has an in-depth look at the relationship between Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce, how their competitive drive leaves them bickering at times, but that they’re determined not to let it effect their friendship off the court. The sparring came to a head during the Christmas day blowout in New Jersey. Steve Bulpett looks at the two of them as they wait to see if they’ll be selected for the All Star game. Peter May looks at former Celtic Chauncy Billups, settling in as a Piston. Carolyn Thornton says Paul Pierce is coming of age in Walker’s absence. Bulpett’s notebook says the Pistons aren’t out for revenge tonight.

Gordon Edes says the Kevin Millar soap still isn’t over. David Heuschkel also has a little bit on the situation.

John Molori runs down the Super Bowl highs and lows. Jim Baker breaks down the ratings numbers for the Super Bowl. Bill Griffith has the Super Bowl from A-Z and assorted media notes.

NESN has Bruins/Predators at 7:00. FSNE has Celtics/Pistons at 7:30. College hoops reign on ESPN, with Indiana/Michigan at 7:00 and Florida/LSU at 9:00. ESPN2 has Texas A&M/Oklahoma at 7:00.