Wednesday Wrap – 06.20.07

I got a rather disturbing email yesterday that suggested that Gerry Callahan’s throat ailment was more serious than anyone has reported thus far.

The emailer suggested that the seriousness of the condition is the reason why WEEI has not been making a ton of jokes and running excessive comedy bits about his absence.

I have been unable to confirm anything about this, as no one I’ve contacted is talking. (The emailer said that Callahan had requested that the nature of his condition not be made public at this time.) While that is understandable, people do want to know what is going on, and silence leads to speculation. Every day I’m getting emails asking about his condition, and the search term “Gerry Callahan” has dominated all searches on the site for the last few weeks.

I really hope it is nothing serious, that the email was just another rumor, and I certainly wish Callahan a complete and quick recovery.

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LeBron James and Jimmy Kimmel will cohost the 2007 ESPN ESPY Awards which will be held on Sunday, July 15, at 9 p.m. ET.

In addition, this year’s presenters will include Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck), Matt Leinart (Arizona Cardinals), Samuel L. Jackson (1408, Resurrecting the Champ), Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (The Game Plan, Get Smart), Michael Phelps (Swimming Star), Maria Sharapova (Tennis Star), Kate Walsh (“Private Practice,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Jamie Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”), T.I. (rapper/songwriter/producer/actor) and Vince Young (Tennessee Titans) with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Bob Ryan remembers Larry Whiteside. (He really didn’t know about the Black List?)

The Eagle in Atlanta blog has an interview with Dan Shaughnessy – mostly about his new book, but he is asked about blogging as well.

We got a look at the Kevin Garnett rumors on the BSMW Full Court Press.

Bill Simmons offers his draft advice to the lottery teams.

Jessica Camerato looks at whether there is anyone out there that can turn the Celtics around at picks 5 and 32. She also takes part in an NBA Draft Sleepers discussion and the Basketball News Team Draft.

Mike Fine looks at Coby Karl’s visit with the Celtics.

Teddy Panos chastises the worriers in Red Sox nation.

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Tonight on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, (10:00pm) Gumbel concludes the show with a few words about Gene Upshaw, the embattled head of the NFL Players Association. Here’s what he has to say:

“Rarely a day goes by now when you can’t find Upshaw’s name in your local newspaper, generally being verbally assailed by folks with legitimate grievances. A number of ex-NFL players find him cruel and callous, a variety of folks are taking exception to his definition of disability, medical people are questioning his seeming lack of regard for player safety, some veterans have filed suit claiming he’s denied them millions in licensing fees, Congress too wants some answers up on Capitol Hill.

“Now instead of being professional, Upshaw, in response to all this has adopted the turtle defense, choosing to explain himself to no one. At a time when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is rightly using an iron fist to upgrade the image of active players, the players’ union boss has become the leagues biggest embarrassment, even stooping to physical threats against one of his critics.

“As one whose low opinion of Gene Upshaw is a matter of record, I can’t say I’m surprised. History suggests you can only deceive so many for so long. One can only wonder when the active players will join the growing chorus of those crying out for new leadership. It is, after all, their union. It’d be nice to see them reclaim it before they become ex-players, and find out the hard way why so many are so outraged.”

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Tonight

7:00pm, ESPN2 – College World Series
7:30pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Braves