Weekly Media Columns – 5/18/07

It’s been a busy week here, and the late afternoon/evening postings have suffered. This one will as well.

Here’s just a few links and the weekly media columns:

Albert Breer has Al Groh talking about linebacking in the Belichick system.

Football Outsiders has an issue with Gil Brandt apparently using their research on NFL.com without giving them credit.

Bill Simmons has a few thoughts on the state of the NBA playoffs and a few links.

Paul Perillo has another offseason edition of Ask PFW.

Clark Booth offers up a number of thoughts and observations on the sports scene.

Curt Schilling analyzes his most recent start against Detroit on his blog.

Jordan Ellenberg on Slate examines whether Roger Clemens is going to be worth what the Yankees are paying him.

Sports Media Columns from Around the Country

New England
David Scott says that Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy really didn’t challenge MLB commissioner Bud Selig in his appearance in the NESN booth last night. Susan Bickelhaupt has a look at ESPN’s announcement earlier in the week about new programming for the network. Bill Doyle has Worcester Sharks announcer Jamie Smock hoping for a shot at an NHL job. Shawn Courchesne looks at a new TV deal for UConn.

New York
Phil Mushnick says the NBA got it right with their suspensions in the Spurs/Suns series. Richard Sandomir notes that Mets/Yankees is the king of the interleague matchups. Neil Best has a look at Lee Mazzilli’s foray into television this season with SNY. Bob Raissman says that this weekend’s Mets/Yankees is of great importance to the Yankees, who can’t afford to fall further behind the Red Sox.

More East Coast
Michael Hiestand notes that sports history has an odd way of finding Craig Sager, from Hank Aaron’s record setting home run, to Larry Bird’s 1979 NCAA tournament run with Indiana State, to a number of other interesting moments. Chris Zelkovich has CBC Sports rising from the grave with a new deal with the Blue Jays. Laura Nachman looks a number of announcers lining up for MLB jobs. Leonard Shapiro looks at Gold Channel’s search for the perfect pairing with Nick Faldo. Jim Williams looks at the Preakness coverage this weekend, and also has a look at the Nationals/Orioles interleague matchup.

South
Barry Jackson has a look at the amazing Jack Ramsay, who is 82 years old, battling lung and brain cancer, caring for his wife who has Alzheimer’s disease, swims in the Gulf of Mexico each in addition to his daily routine of 60 push-ups and 135 sit-ups and still analyzed 35 games this year for ESPN Radio. Looking ahead to next weekend, Dave Darling looks at the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, listing the top ten moments in the rivalry. David Barron has Jeff Van Gundy ready to call it as he sees it in his role as ESPN analyst for the playoffs.

Midwest
Teddy Greenstein has Cubs announcer Ron Santo red-faced after his comments about the pink bats used last Sunday to raise awareness of breast cancer on Mother’s Day. Judd Zulgad has the Vikings dividing up their team TV programming among three different stations. Bob Wolfley says that the debate between Dan Patrick and David Stern this week on ESPN radio made for a great listen.

West Coast
Tom Hoffarth has NBC getting ready to cover the Preakness without making too many references and mentions of last year. Larry Stewart also has a look at NBC’s plans for coverage of the race. Jay Posner has Padres announcer Matt Vasgersian calling it “ignorant” and a “disservice” to viewers to suggest that announcers shouldn’t mention a no-hitter in progress after a recent 5 1/3 inning no hit stint by Greg Maddox. John Maffei has baseball setting itself up for some cold weather games this fall. Jim Carlisle looks at ESPN’s coverage of sports the network has a stake in. Rhiannon Potkey looks at softball star Jessica Mendoza working the NCAA softball telecasts for ESPN. Joe Davidson has the NFL thinking about speeding up the draft a bit.