Tuesday Wrap – 02.20.07

So the topics that sports radio and the newspapers can’t get enough of the last couple days are:

  • Tom Brady and Bridget Moynahan’s baby
  • Manny showing up late. (Though the mandatory reporting date isn’t until next week.)

It’s hard for me to expect more from the Boston sports media, so it doesn’t surprise me that these are the topics that we’re subjected to. But what about Curt Schilling’s conditioning?

What’s worse, showing up on time, but overweight, or showing up a day after the deadline and in good shape? Neither is preferable, of course, but Schilling is skating this spring for things that other players have been crucified in this city for – openly demanding a contract extension and showing up out of shape.

Since Schilling is articulate, a great soundbite and willing to challenge reporters, does he escape their withering criticism? It seems so.

Bridget Moynahan is taking more heat on WEEI than Schilling is.
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The Celtics owners didn’t do themselves any favors in Jackie MacMullan’s feature this morning in the Globe. Check out some of these quotes:

“They wore bags over their heads in New Orleans, and their [NFL] team ended up [almost] going to the Super Bowl this year,” said Celtics managing partner Steve Pagliuca.

What does that even mean? Almost went to the Super Bowl? When were the Saints fans wearing bags over their heads? 20 years ago? So in 20 years the Celtics will make the Eastern conference finals?

“You can’t make a judgment on Danny right now,” Pagliuca said. “It’s only been four years. If Delonte [West] becomes [Mike] Bibby and Al Jefferson becomes Karl Malone, I’d say Danny has done pretty well.”

Sometimes it’s better to just not to say anything at all.

Then there were the following from Wyc Grousbeck:

“Most trades are sideways,” he said. “I can take or leave them. They usually don’t work out quite the way you hoped. I’m in favor of drafting and holding.”

…because that strategy has worked out so well thus far…

“How long am I willing to wait?” Grousbeck said. “The rest of my life. That’s how long I plan to own this team. I’m not going anywhere.”

That’s reassuring.

Unfortunately these guys are pretty bulletproof in town as well, because they’re accessible. The Celtics owners make appearances at the Whiney Awards and have Lenny Clarke sit with them courtside. It would seem in every possible way the Celtics are the opposite of the Patriots. The Celtics have a horrible team, but a friendly management. The Patriots have a winning team, but uncooperative management.

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On the Dale & Holley show this morning, Dale Arnold read the following post from Eric Wilbur on Boston.com that suggested that Theo Epstein and the Red Sox owners were considering using Jonathan Papelbon as their closer this season after all.

Gordon Edes, who conducted the interview with Epstein, now says that the owner’s comments as posted by Wilbur were a joke.

Edes says the “blog universe got a bit carried away” by the original posting by Wilbur, and that the comments shouldn’t have been taken at face value as one website apparently did. Well, it wasn’t just the “blog universe.” As mentioned, Dale & Holley read the piece and had a discussion on it, Arnold even going as far as to praise Steve Burton, who had months ago on the Big Show proclaimed that Papelbon would be the closer.

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Geez, I take a day off and next thing I know, my message board posters are in the Inside Track. What is this world coming to?

Michael Gee is embarrassed for the Boston Globe.

Bill Simmons submits a marathon length recap of NBA All Star weekend in Las Vegas.

Albert Breer has a look at the Patriots Inside Linebacker position and free agent options.

Mike Reiss checks out the defensive line and available free agents.

So are the Feds going to take action against Dice-K for the Japanese beer ad, or not?

Richard Sandomir has a look at how commercials and the action merged into one during the Daytona 500.

Neil Best warns baseball fans buying tickets to baseball games that ESPN has the right to change up to three games a week to prime time.

Bob Raissman notes that Brian Cashman has the power he wants, further scrutiny will follow.

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Red Sox fans in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the team’s season home opener against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, April 10 through Comcast.

Fans will be automatically entered to win the Triple Play Sweepstakes when they purchase the Comcast Triple Play bundle of Digital Cable with ON DEMAND, High-Speed Internet and Comcast Digital Voice. Each product is available for $33 a month for 12 months when you subscribe to all three.

Existing Comcast customers and non-customers are also invited to enter the Triple Play Sweepstakes without making a purchase just by mailing a 3×5 postcard with name, address and daytime phone number to Comcast Red Sox Triple Play Sweepstakes, c/o Fenway Sports Group, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215. The contest will last until March 11, 2007 and winners will be notified before April 1, 2007. All contestants must be at least 21 years old to enter.

225 pairs of tickets are up for grabs in this promotion.

Comcast and the Red Sox today also unveiled “Triple Play Frenzy,” a new, interactive online Flash game where fans can test their skills and compete for the best score. Triple Play Frenzy can be played at www.tripleplayfrenzy.com.

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Tonight

7:00pm, NESN – Bruins @ Maple Leafs (HD)
7:00pm, ESPN – Wisconsin @ Michigan St. (HD)
7:00pm, ESPN2 – DePaul @ Notre Dame (HD)
7:00pm, Versus – Flyers @ Sabres
8:15pm, TNT – Nuggets @ Spurs (HD)
9:00pm, ESPN – LSU @ Kentucky (HD)
10:00pm, FSN – Celtics @ Kings
10:30pm, TNT – Suns @ Clippers (HD)