Weekend Recap

If you didn’t get to check out the papers over the weekend, here are some of the highlights:

Bryan Marquard and Russell Nichols had a report on Boston saying goodbye to Curt Gowdy.

One week into camp, Tony Massarotti said that the Red Sox don’t have much personality. Gordon Edes Baseball notes had a number of interesting items, including a look at a member of the Australian national team trying to make it with the Red Sox, an Edgar Renteria update, Darren Daulton predicting the end of the world, and lots of other stuff. In Massarotti’s Covering All Bases, he looks at Bill Lajoie leaving the Red Sox to join the Dodgers, the Mets thin rotation and Barry Bonds. Edes Sunday notebook reported that Curt Schilling is in line to start the season opener in Texas…a sign that the ace is healthy. David Heuschkel says that health has not been an issue for Schilling this spring. Steve Buckley had a feature on Hyde Park’s Manny Delcarmen.

Ron Borges reports on the NFL labor situation, and is decidedly pessimistic about the outlook. He also wrote a column on the subject for MSNBC. Borges also had Pro Football Notes, which lead off with Ricky Williams, and includes more on the labor situation, including speculation that Richard Seymour could make out huge in an uncapped season. John Tomase reported from the combine, where the Patriots met with USC back LenDale White. Tomase also broke down the labor problems into four major issues. Tom E Curran also had a nice breakdown of the situation.

Mark Murphy’s NBA Notes looked at the curious fascination that NBA players have with pit bulls. Peter May’s Basketball Notes examines the ongoing mess Isiah Thomas is creating in New York, as well as Antoine Walker returning to Boston this week with the Heat.

Jeff Goodman’s The ACC looks at the final weeks at BC for Craig Smith.

Pierce, Celtics outlast Bryant, Lakers.

The Celtics capped off a 3-1 West coast swing with a dramatic 112-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on national television last night. Shira Springer examines the game, which featured a superstar matchup of Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant, who went for 39 and 40 points respectively on the night. Steve Bulpett notes that even though the Celtics needed to survive some dramatics at the end, this game and trip is one that they an feel very good about. In LA, Mike Bresnahan chastises the Lakers for falling to the “hapless” Celtics. Ross Siler claims towards the end of his game story that Ryan Gomes should’ve been called for a loose ball foul on the Paul Pierce missed free throw which set up the Lakers final shot. John Nadel of the AP looks at Pierce capping off the finest month of his career with his 39 in his home town.

Tim Weisberg is surprised that Danny Ainge showed restraint at the trading deadline. Bulpett says that the Laker rivalry with the Celtics is still alive and has a certain amount of mystique attached to it, even after all of these years. Springer’s notebook has a look at Ryan Gomes, who continues to fill up the stat sheet for the Celtics since being placed in the starting lineup. Bulpett’s notebook reports that Wally Szczerbiak has taken over for Paul Pierce as being the go-to guy for shooting technical free throws. He also notes that Al Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins remain out with their respective injuries.

Jeff Horrigan reports that the Washington Nationals could be a potential trade partner for the Red Sox after they lost one of their starting pitchers until at least August. Gordon Edes looks at utilityman Willie Harris as he attempts to latch on with the Red Sox after winning a title with the White Sox last fall. One of the angles Edes’ pursues is the fact the Harris is from the same town in which Jackie Robinson was born. Steven Krasner looks at Craig Hansen who is prepared should the Red Sox need him to close games sooner than is expected. David Heuschkel looks at Jonathan Papelbon as a youngster who is sure to play a huge role with the Sox this season.

David Borges has an interesting look at the three catchers who are battling for the right to be Jason Varitek’s backup this season. Rob Bradford has a look at a couple of Doctors whose job it is to test and monitor the players eyesight in spring training. Jon Couture says Pedro Martinez’s ailing toe is making the Red Sox decision not to re-sign him look wiser by the day. Tony Massarotti looks at Theo Epstein promising some high school girls he’d show up at their prom.

Horrigan’s notebook reports on Josh Beckett putting on a show while throwing batting practice yesterday. Krasner’s notebook catches up with Dustin Pedroia, who was one of those who batted against Beckett. Edes’ notebook looks at David Wells taking a pass on photo day.

John Tomase looks at the clock continuing to tick on the Adam Vinatieri contract negotiations. Albert Breer has had a two part series on the Patriots offseason needs, yesterday he examined the offense, today he looks at the defense. Michael Parente says that the release of Duane Starks could be just the beginning of an offseason makeover for the Patriots. Tomase wonders if a linebacker might be in the Patriots draft future.

John Molori looks at Greg Dickerson taking some shots at Ed Berliner, previews the Whineys and talks boxing with Ron Borges.

I’m hoping to have an update later today with some highlights from the weekend articles…

SporTView

It’s another fairly slow sports weekend, with the Winter Olympics, NBA and College basketball making up the major events. This will be the last weekend of the Winter Games, as the closing ceremonies will air on NBC at 7:00 Sunday night.

Olympic TV listings can be found on the NBC Olympics website, as well as on the simplified MSNBC TV listings page.

We have a somewhat brief edition this week, with not much going on outside of Manny talk on the airwaves during the past 4 days. The Manny stuff cracks me up because it’s clearly just a time-filler for talk radio. The new theme regarding Manny for the on-air hosts goes something like this: “I love Manny and want him on this team, I don’t want to trade him, but he needs to be held accountable for his actions.” Sounds good. Except no one actually offers to explain HOW the team might be able to make him accountable for his absences, lapses and incidents. I’m not going to argue that what happened this week isn’t newsworthy. It is. What is annoying is the “analysis” offered by the media experts who seem to just repeat the same phrases 3-4 times an hour.

Some notes from the week:

  • I checked in with former Globe sports media writer Bill Griffith, who has been in Italy since January 31st. He’s been working with NBC for the Olympics in their Research Room and putting out a daily in-house newsletter during the Winter Olympics. He notes that it’s been interesting to see the magnitude of the operation from the inside.
  • FSN’s coverage from the beach in Spring Training has been garnering attention from the locals. Laura Ruane in the Southwest Florida News-Press has a look at the broadcasts and the influx of Red Sox fans to the region. The same paper has a pretty decent Red Sox blog by Glenn Miller, who has been making entries from Fort Myers each day.
  • FSN will keep the buzz going next week as they unveil a new stadium themed set for the newly renamed Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight. The new set features four distinct zones – the Dick