Weekend Watch – Playoff Preview?

Another holiday weekend is upon us and I’m once again out of town for the weekend. I won’t be back until Wednesday so I hope everyone enjoys your time off over the next few days.

David Scott checks in today with a year end look at who has been naughty and nice in the sports media world here in Boston and beyond.

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The Patriots travel to Florida this weekend to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon in what could be a possible first round playoff preview. The BSMW Game Day Roundtable has been convened and we’re looking back at the Texans game, ahead to the Jaguars and at the always popular Mediot of the week.

For the rest of your Patriots news over the next few days you can rely on the Patriots News Mashup to get your coverage, columns and blogs on the Patriots. We’ve even got a mirror site if the first one should be down for some reason.

Check in at WCVB Friday night at 7:00 or Sunday morning at 10:00 for Patriots All Access. This week’s show includes:

  • One-on-one with Tedy Bruschi
  • Tight end Daniel Graham and Celtics captain Paul Pierce battle it out on the hardwood in a game of H-O-R-S-E
  • Bill Belichick details the physical play of the Jaguars
  • The finals of Patriots Bowl 2006; who is the Madden video game champion on the team? Rodney Harrison or Tully Banta-Cain?

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As if the loss of Paul Pierce for the next couple weeks wasn’t bad enough, now we learn that Tommy Heinsohn will also be out of action. Greg Dickerson will fill-in for Heinsohn as Celtics color analyst during the Boston Celtics upcoming West Coast road trip.

Heinsohn is unable to travel on the road trip due to a back ailment. Heinsohn will call in from home during the road to the FSN Celtics telecasts to give his input on the action.

Keep up with the Celtics news of the hour on the Celtics News Mashup page.

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FSN NE Special To Run On Christmas and New Year’s Day

Three of Boston’s most successful sports personalities, Celtics Captain Paul Pierce, Red Sox manager Terry Francona, and Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, sit-down with Gary Tanguay and Greg Dickerson to talk about the challenges of living and working as professional athletes in Boston on a Special Edition of Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight Presented by the Boston Herald.

The half-hour special will premier at 6:30 and 10 p.m. on Monday, December 25. The special will run again at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Monday, January 1, before the Celtics tip-off against the Portland Trailblazers at 10.

Francona on managing in Boston…
“I thought my last name was you suck…As a manager you don’t expect to walk out to the mound and get applause…You are here to help the players win games.”

Vrabel on meeting fan expectations…
“(Pierce) knows he has to come to the gym and score 30… I have to go out and be consistent, not 15 tackles, a sack and forced fumble… (Pierce) has got to know going in that he has to score 30 or they don’t have much of a chance.”

Pierce on life off the court…
“You are a sports figure and you are a target when you leave the house.”

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Check in with the Red Sox should they finally get J.D. Drew signed, or make any other news on the Red Sox News Mashup.

Bill Simmons weighs in on the Iverson trade, catches flak for his Rocky Balboa review and makes his NFL picks.

If you’ve got some time, the Wall of Dreams feature on ESPN.com is well worth the read.

The Toronto Star reports on several handwritten notes, letters and documents from basketball inventor James Naismith about the game, being placed into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame after being found by Naismith’s granddaughter.

Monday Night Countdown on ESPN will feature a segment on former Jet Dennis Byrd, who had his NFL career ended 14 years ago, paralyzed in a collision with a teammate. Now, he’s walking again and working as a high school coach. There will also be a “soundtracks” segment with Bill Parcells putting the Cowboys through their paces in practice.

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NFL Coverage Maps for Sunday December 24th

CBS Game 1

CBS Game 2

Fox Single Game

Pro Sports Highlights

Friday December 22
8:00pm FSN – Sixers @ Celtics (HD)
8:00pm ESPN – Rockets @ Spurs (HD)
10:30pm ESPN – Wizards @ Suns (HD)

Saturday December 23
7:00pm NESN – Canadiens @ Bruins (HD)
8:00pm NFLN – Chiefs @ Raiders (HD)

Sunday December 24th
1:00pm CBS – Patriots @ Jaguars (HD)
4:00pm FOX – Cardinals @ 49ers (HD)
4:15pm CBS – Bengals @ Broncos (HD)

Monday December 25th
2:30pm ABC – Lakers @ Heat (HD)
5:00pm NBC – Eagles @ Cowboys (HD)
8:30pm ESPN – Jets @ Dolphins (HD)

Tuesday December 26th
7:00pm VS – Bruins @ Blue Jackets
10:00pm FSN – Celtics @ Nuggets

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As this was written on Thursday, I’m missing out on many of the sports media reporters this week. (Many of them are on vacation the next two weeks anyhow) Here’s a few that I did find from this week:

Judd Zulgad talks to Bryant Gumbel about getting back into the broadcast booth. The 58-year-old Gumbel says he doesn’t really know why he took the job and says he doesn’t review his own work. Ed Sherman has a look at Chicago’s dueling sports radio stations as they go back and forth in the ratings. Lynn Henning looks at how the Tigers’ success in 2006 will effect their radio and TV broadcasts for next season. Chris Zelkovich notes that the CBC’s half century tradition of carrying the Grey Cup will come to end next year as TSN will pick up the game starting in 2008.

Michael Lev talks to 27-year-old Lakers announcer Spero Dedes, who in three days next week will go from calling basketball to football to basketball, from Orlando to Houston to Charlotte. Bob Smizik looks at how a no-news announcement from Bill Cower was huge news on Pittsburgh television. Michael McCarthy has Mark Jackson looking to step into the spotlight with ABC’s Christmas Day coverage of the Heat and Lakers.

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