01/11/07 Afternoon

Just a few links this afternoon, as most of the talk on the airwaves today has been rather tame.

I think WEEI should do the simulcast with the San Diego radio station, but they seem to have a rather high and mighty attitude about it, feeling that the other station would just be riding them to better ratings.

Get off the high horse and connect up with them, guys. Stop the charade of horrible San Diego callers to WEEI, most of whom I can’t tell if they’re real or plants.

So when is the Patriots rally? Eric Wilbur has a look at the Chargers rally yesterday, as well as the war of the airwaves heating up between Boston and San Diego.

Ron Borges had a chat on Boston.com at noon today. The chat is informative and shows that Borges really does know a thing or two about football – which makes some of his columns and radio shows all the more unfortunate.

Football Outsiders knocks the practice of starting rumors and then reporting them as “stories.”

It appears that Major League Baseball is having talks with DirecTV to become the exclusive distributor of “MLB Extra Innings.”

John Clayton has his First and Goal preview of the weekend’s games.

Dr Z has reviews the Wild Card games and previews the Divisional matchups.

SI.com has a Scout’s Take on the weekend matchups.

Kevin Hench says that Bill Belichick can’t fluster the Super Bowl bound Philip Rivers and that Martyball no longer exists.

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Jesse Noyes in the Herald Messenger blog reports that the Boston Globe is in for some big cuts:

According to the memo, the New York Times New England Media Group will see a cut of about 125 employees. The New England Media Group includes the Globe and The Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

He has copies of memos from publisher Steve Ainsley and editor Martin Baron.

About 19 editorial jobs will be slashed at the Globe.

We’ll try to keep up with how that might impact the sports department over there.

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Michael Felger continued to attach the names of Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli to the New York Giants on his radio show yesterday, saying that since the consensus seems to be that Belichick has one year and possibly an option that the Giants move yesterday of announcing that Tom Coughlin will return next season was just done to keep the seats warm for another year until Belichick and Pioli are available.

I’ll put this in the category of that Donovan McNabb “rumor” addressed in the Football Outsiders link above.