NESN Trimming Back

David Scott reports on NESN quietly letting go two of their anchors. He also looks at more newspapers writers jumping to internet jobs, a trend that seems to be growing quickly. He winds things up with his usual assortment of notes and observations.

John Molori’s Media Blitz has a look at ESPN’s “The Contender 2″ coming into New England this weekend with a fight between Peter Manfredo, Jr. and cross-town rival Joey Spina. He also reports on 1510 the Zone landing the Boston College Hockey broadcasts and Revolution announcer Brad Feldman and Revs goaltender Matt Reis finding themselves in the roles of villains down in DC.

The Patriots Game Day Roundtable will be posted as soon as I get my portion of the answers back to the boss.

Mike Reiss and John Tomase report on the Patriots taking care of some business during the bye week, inking center Dan Koppen to a new five year contract. Michael Felger has an interesting look this morning at Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees, and suggests that Eric Mangini’s defection to the Jets may have actually been a good thing for the Patriots. Dan Shaughnessy looks at the relationship between Bill Belichick and Tony LaRussa.

Mark Murphy notes that the Celtics are still at the stage of trying to find an identity, and while there have been impressive stretches in the first two preseason games, especially from rookie Rajon Rondo, it is still October, and the team is more sizzle than steak at this point. However, Shira Springer seems convinced of the rookie’s skills, saying that “the Celtics have someone special in Rondo” and that “Rondo is for real.” Murphy’s notebook has Doc Rivers being patient as Delonte West works his way back from injury.

Michael Vega and Steve Conroy report on Boston College’s impressive 22-3 domination of Virginia Tech on ESPN last night.

Check back later for media links and a weekend preview…

Random Quote

This is the ultimate dilemma. Of course fans want the Red Sox to win the World Series, but the dilemma is be careful what you wish for because you might get it. And if the Red Sox played the Cubs in the World Series, one of those two franchises will be permanently and forever altered. One of them will never be the same. So remember, while winning is the ultimate goal. If you’re a Sox fan or a Cubs fan, it carries a steep price tag. Life will never be the same.

— Bob Lobel, Boston.com chat 10/9/2003