SporTView (sort of)

No daily links this morning, and really not a full version of SporTView. I’m out of town again today taking care of some details related to the next item.

I’ve made a couple references in this space recently about how May is going to be a bit of a different month here at BSMW. Some have inquired as to what that cryptic statement means. Well, I guess it’s time to fill you in. Simply put, I’m going to be away for pretty much the entire month of May, and likely without Internet access during that time.

So what’s going on? I’m getting married. It will be the first weekend in May, and since the ceremony will be out in California because that is where my bride-to-be is originally from, I’ll be leaving here a few days in advance of that date. Afterwards, we’ll be taking a three week trip through Australia. We’ll be getting back Memorial Day weekend.

So that leaves me with a month to fill on BSMW. I’m scrambling to try to provide something for the site almost every day that I’m gone. Some of the days will be filled with recaps of the BSMW Awards, others with original columns that hopefully won’t be dated by the time they actually run. I’m also trying to line up a few people to sort of be “on call” to post some links should anything significant happen in the world of Boston sports.

I’ll post more details as we get closer, if you’re interested in writing a column or being a “guest blogger” on this, or any of the other blogs please let me know.

This weekend brings us the NCAA Final Four on CBS Saturday evening and the Women’s Final Four (From Boston) on ESPN on Sunday Night. MLB also opens up on Sunday night with the White Sox and Indians being shown on ESPN2.

With opening day for the Red Sox coming on Monday, NESN is devoting this weekend to the team, with All Red Sox All Weekend.

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Today is the final day of the BSMW Awards poll. Please take a few minutes and vote if you haven’t already.

Here are the sections of the balloting:

2006 BSMW User Poll – General & Radio

2006 BSMW User Poll – TV & Game Broadcast

2006 BSMW User Poll – Newspaper & Internet

*This Sunday marks the debut of Eddie Andelman’s new “Sports Huddle” radio show on 96.9 FM. The show will air from 7-10 PM and Andelman will be joined by Billy Fairweather and comedian Mike Donovan. It’s hard to see this program becoming a success. Additionally, it’s too bad that this show had to lead to the demise of “Calling All Sports”. (As reported in John Molori’s Media Blitz)

*In other sports radio news, AM 900 in Nashua has been playing spots this week noting that they will no longer be an ESPN affiliate and will instead be a Fox Sports Radio affiliate. Apparently this move was against their wishes, but ESPN Radio informed them that they would be pulling out of the station, apparently in deference to ESPN 890 in Boston. Seems a bit of a curious move, especially since the ESPN Boston radio signal really does not do well in Southern NH.

*Next week marks an April tradition: The Masters. Here are some details from CBS on their coverage, which will once again be done in top-of-the-line High Definition TV:

For the fourth year, CBS

Celtics Beat Up Knicks

The BSMW Media Poll will close tomorrow. Please take a few minutes and vote if you haven’t already.

Here are the sections of the balloting:

2006 BSMW User Poll – General & Radio

2006 BSMW User Poll – TV & Game Broadcast

2006 BSMW User Poll – Newspaper & Internet

The Celtics went down to New York last night and found a team that made Doc Rivers’ crew feel much better about themselves, as Boston rolled to a 123-98 win over the hapless Knicks. Shira Springer says the Knicks looked as though they could not have care less about the game, while the Celtics came to play. Steve Bulpett notes that the Knicks have a ton of “names” but it didn’t translate into even a competitive game last night. You can check out all the games stories from the Big Apple on the New York Sports Pages.

Bulpett talks to Doc Rivers about the discipline being given to rookie point guard Orien Greene after his arrest Monday morning. It seems that the “indefinite” suspension could be just one game. Springer’s notebook has more on Greene, and news of a Celtics front office person leaving for a post with the Rockets. Bulpett’s notebook has Paul Pierce saying that the Larry Brown/Stephon Marbury daily soap opera is good for the NBA, because it creates interest.

Kelsie Smith has a feature in the Globe on Bill James, his work with baseball numbers and formulas, and how he came to work for the Boston Red Sox. The Globe also shares most of the original email from John Henry, inviting James to work for the Red Sox. Joe Haggerty has a nice piece on Alex Gonzalez, who impresses anyone who sees him play the field. Sean McAdam says that whining in baseball is already at mid season form. He singles out Tony Graffanino as an example of someone who would’ve been better served shutting his mouth. Lenny Megliola says that it will not be a pretty season for Barry Bonds. A lot of people are talking today about the feature by Bob Nightengale in USA Today about Bonds and whether this controversy around him has to do with steroids or racism.

Tony Massarotti has a look at Curt Schilling, who is trying to adjust his pitching style to make up for some lost velocity and is trying to keep hitters off balance more. David Heuschkel also looks at Schilling, who says he feels as good as he has in two years, but knows there are still questions as to whether he will the ace he was in 2004. David Borges says Schilling is ready to begin a new chapter to his career. Chris Snow’s notebook also focuses on Schilling. McAdam’s notebook has more on Schilling as well.

Borges’ notebook has Terry Francona very happy with the work and attitude of Manny Ramirez this spring. Massarotti’s notebook has Francona pleased with the state of his club despite their 9-17 record down in Florida. Heuschkel’s notebook has Schilling talking to Pirates manager Jim Tracy, more praise for Ramirez, and the note that Julian Tav

Greene Suspended

The Celtics have suspended rookie guard Orien Greene indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. This of course stems from the early morning speeding incident earlier this week.

Mike Fine says that even with his team likely out of the playoffs, Doc Rivers is not going to stop trying to make them better and improve their play.

Albert Breer takes a quick look at some options at wide receiver available to the Patriots. Today, John Tomase went around the NFL owner’s meetings asking everyone if the Patriots dynasty was dead.

Mike Loftus looks at the Bruins’ Marco Sturm, who is having the best season of his career, but still won’t see the postseason. Loftus’ notebook looks at coach Mike Sullivan needing to make a decision on the blue line for tonight.