I didn’t get to hear it, but “tagboard reporters” provided updates on Shaughnessy’s appearance on Mike Barnicle’s WTKK show. Bob Lobel also appeared on the program. Dan feels he’s been misunderstood, and was talking all about the same stuff despite last night stating that he was disgusted because the show was just “us talking about us”. He said the sports media in Boston takes itself too seriously, make themselves part of the story (hello, Buckley) and claimed that he didn’t know that his tiff with Buckley would be the focus of Sports Final last night. Seems that Shaughnessy wanted to get the last word in after not being able to on Sports Final last night, because of his hasty departure. A poster described Barnicle’s questions to Lobel as “softballs”. Could that be because Barnicle is also a Sports Final/Red Sox this week panelist? Dale & Neumy also touched on the topic at the beginning of the show, for Neumy’s part on the show. Neumy stated that he is sworn to secrecy as to what happened off camera last night. On the Big Show, Glen Ordway claims that that show will have it’s best ratings ever. However, it wasn’t promoted as the WWE type production it turned into. But think about it…WBZ had the Grammys as a lead-in. Even though Sports Xtra usually beats Sports Final in the ratings, Sports Final might win last night, not based so much on the content, but just as much on the lead in. Ordway thinks last night’s events are good for the show. (Obviously its getting a lot of publicity.)They replayed many sound clips from the program. Pete Sheppard went off on Shaughnessy. Ordway says the writers need to suck it up and take their lumps. He defends Buckley by saying the guy just made a mistake in getting some wrong info on the Nomar error thing. They then went on to talk some Celtics. In an Andelman parody, Ordway decided a soul food night for Vince Carter’s arrival in town on Friday would be fun. Eddie did his much-hyped show from the Kowloon this afternoon. Not much to say about it. Bob Halloran was host of the McDonough Group, (Someone please keep track of the number of days Sean hosts his own show during the course of a month.) and was joined by Ryan Risillo and Kevin Paul Dupont. Their first topic was Sports Final as well. Halloran’s contention is that these guys are public figures and the public is interested in hearing what they have to say, especially when they say it about each other. Halloran feels the media can dish it out, but can’t take it themselves and targeted Buckley as one of those.
Mike Fine previews tonight’s Celtics/Rockets matchup. Fine also has his notebook, in which he reports on Antoine shedding his knee brace, and Mark Bryant likely never seeing the court. Bill Simmons reviews the Grammy Awards. John Tomase recalled the MLB debuts of a few Red Sox members, including Pedro Martinez. Chaz (Charles) Scoggins gives his thoughts on Pedro’s contract wishes, and night games on Saturdays. No mention of Nomar/Buckley though. Chad Finn recalls three unsung Boston athletes from the past. Mike Loftus says the Bruins won’t be getting any breaks in the schedule anytime soon.