Weekend Watch – NHL Draft

The Red Sox are in San Diego for an interleague series with the Padres this weekend. The series features three pretty good pitching matchups, led off by Daisuke Matsuzaka facing off against Greg Maddux on Friday night. Saturday night is Tim Wakefield against Chris Young, and then Sunday afternoon features a beauty with Josh Beckett, (10-1, 3.14) taking on the Padres Jake Peavy (9-1, 1.98)

The NHL draft starts tonight using a model that the NFL is thinking about going to with the first round in prime time starting at 7:00 on Versus, while rounds 2-7 will be tomorrow starting at 10:00am.

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Gotta love the Big Show’s reaction to the post here Wednesday afternoon about Gerry Callahan’s condition. Rather than address or dismiss concerns about the health of the morning show co-host, Glenn Ordway attacked what was a side observation of the post and proudly exclaimed that they have indeed been making fun of Callahan, pointing out that they’ve made the sex change operation jokes almost every day! Good for them. There’s nothing like the “We’ve been making sex change operation jokes every day about him” comeback to shut up the critics…

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A reminder that my “headline dashboards” for each of the four major Boston pro teams are now finished, and you can use them at any time to check out the latest headlines from the local papers, national sites and fan blogs on the local teams.

RedSoxLinks.com (In San Diego this weekend)

BruinsLinks.com (Draft weekend)

CelticsLinks.com (Draft and Trade Rumors)

PatriotsLinks.com

Please update your bookmarks, as these are new URL’s and will be the permanent homes to these dashboards as I continue to add onto them.

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Former Globe sports staffer Dave Doyle, who couldn’t get off the high school beat at the Globe under Joe Sullivan and had left to carve out a nice role for himself over at FoxSports.com, is on the move again as he has accepted a position as Mixed Martial Arts/Boxing producer for Yahoo! Sports. In that role, he’ll be traveling around the country to the major UFC shows and boxing matches. Seems like he hasn’t done too badly for himself since deciding he wasn’t going anywhere at the Globe.

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Chris Jenkins looks at Red Sox fans invading stadiums all over the country, including this weekend in San Diego.

John Donovan of SI.com looks at the patience that the Red Sox have shown in Dustin Pedroia paying off in a big way.

Tony Massarotti looks at the risks involved in big-name free agent pitchers.

Tom Curran has Steve DeOssie leveling some harsh criticism at NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw. (Was this interview done in the WEEI hallways?)

Curran also lists the most complete safeties in the NFL. Rodney Harrison does make the list.

Sports Media Watch explains everything you ever wanted to know about the NBA television contract.

Clark Booth says that there is one standard for the NFL; another for all the other games under the sun.

Michael McCann of Sports Law Blog has an AP reporter publishing a scouting report that was found on dugout floor of the Arizona Diamondbacks prior to a recent game with the New York Yankees, which revealed how the Diamondbacks intended to pitch to the Yankees.

Josh Bacott & Pat Imig are back with another edition of the Media Circus.

Sports Law Blog also examines whether Kevin Garnett saying no to the Celtics is selfish or understandable.

Bill Simmons matches up Kevin Durant and Greg Oden.

Mike McMahon has a look at new Bruins coach Claude Julien.

Mike Loftus says that Bruins might find some Pat Burns in their new coach.

Win Bates has Providence coach Scott Gordon content for now to wait his turn for an NHL job.

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Sports Media Columns

New England/New York
Susan Bickelhaupt looks at Versus expanding its offerings and viewership. Phil Mushnick says that ESPN’s coverage of Sammy Sosa’s 600th home run was stunning for what it ignored regarding the Rangers slugger. Bob Raissman says that we can’t really blame the Mets for their over-the-top campaigning to have Paul LoDuca elected to the National League All Star team, the finger should be pointed at MLB. Richard Sandomir notes that this year’s Tour de France will be under the dark cloud of the doping scandal. He also has a look at the upcoming ESPN miniseries The Bronx Is Burning, which will debut on July 9. Neil Best has Tom Seaver getting into the wine business. Adam Reilly in The Phoenix examines why Dan Shaughnessy is the most hated man in Boston.

More East Coast
Michael McCarthy reports on ESPN tabbing Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic to lead the second game of their Monday Night Football opening night doubleheader. Laura Nachman has Philadelphia’s legendary Palestra as the subject of a documentary. Jim Williams has WUSA-TV 9 Sports Director Brett Haber garnering an Emmy over retired legend George Michael of NBC 4. He also notes that TV color analysts are becoming far more honest about the teams and the leagues that they cover. Chris Zelkovich has former Blue Jays outfielder Jesse Barfield launching a new career with CBC. Michael Hiestand has Kyle Petty serving as TNT NASCAR analyst while driving in this weekend’s Sunday’s Save Mart 350.

South
Dave Darling notes that MLB has a nightmare on its hands with Barry Bonds approaching home run 756. David Barron looks at Houston’s three sports radio stations vying for listeners. Barry Horn says that while San Antonio and the rest of Texas should be proud of the NBA champs, the rest of America doesn’t get the Spurs.

Midwest
Teddy Greenstein grades Chicago’s four baseball broadcast teams. Bob Wolfley looks at the Bucks options in next week’s NBA draft. Dan Caesar looks at KFNS’ rowdy and often bawdy morning drive-time show, “The Morning Grind,” on the verge of grinding to a halt. Judd Zulgad notes that the Gophers football team will be debuting on the new Bit Ten Network. Tom Dienhart says that the Big Ten Network will change football on TV.

West Coast
John Maffei looks at this weekend’s Padres/Red Sox series getting overlooked by FOX and ESPN. John Scheibe talks to ESPN’s Erin Andrews about the College World Series. Jay Posner has NBC already getting ready for next year’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Tom Hoffarth has Shaquille O’Neal talking about his new ABC reality show. Jim Carlisle does some sports media ranting and raving. He also notes that Wimbledon goes online this year in his notebook. Joe Davidson has “Dare Dave” finding a home at ESPN.