This is a quick overview of Boston Sports Review for September, 2007.
This is the 2nd annual “Power Broker” issue, listing out the 50 most powerful people in Boston sports.
David Scott has the cover story with the list. Somehow, I didn’t make the top 50. (A point that will be addressed in your annual review, Dave.)
Here’s the top 10:
1.) Tom Werner and John Henry
2.) Jonathan and Robert Kraft
3.) Mike Dee
4.) Larry Lucchino
5.) Glenn Ordway
6.) Jeremy Jacobs and Charlie Jacobs
7.) Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca
8.) Theo Epstein
9.) Bob Ryan
10.) Rich Gotham
Other notables include Tom Brady (11) Kevin Garnett (26) Brad Blank (28) Bill Simmons (34) Jason Wolfe (37) and Joe Sullivan (45).
Eleswhere in the magazine: In Media Monitor, Jim Baker looks at NESN’s “curious” decision to part ways with Dale Arnold on the Bruins telecasts this season. John Molori talks to NBC Sports’ Tom Curran.
Lenny Megliola has a profile of Red Sox executive vice president/public affairs Dr. Charles Steinberg, who was mysteriously missing from the top 50 list above.
Alex Speier has a look at Red Sox rookie second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who has shown all that he is the real deal. Speier also has a sidebar discussing fellow Red Sox rookies Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima and whether they should factor into the Rookie of the Year voting. Ian Browne profiles Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan. Mike Scandura looks at Pawtucket pitcher Craig Hansen and what his future looks like. David Laurila has a Q&A with Lowell catcher Dan Milano, who played collegiately for Northeastern. Scandura also has a sidebar on the 25th anniversary of the Mark Fidrych/Dave Righetti game in Pawtucket.
Albert Breer in the Patriots Preview says that the team made a lot of noise in free agency this offseason, but notes that the team is really built through the draft. He also lists out 10 items in his game plan for success on the road to the Super Bowl for New England. He also has thumbnails on the Broncos, Chargers, Colts and Ravens as the top competition in the AFC. Bob Halloran doesn’t play the contrarian for once, and says that the Patriots are the most talented team in the league and have built their roster for Super Bowl success.
Lenny Megliola has a preview for each of the major college leagues in New England.
Scott looks at the Celtics’ busy offseason in his Big Ticket to paradise article. He has a sidebar that looks at Kevin Garnett and Randy Moss being reunited in New England, and Megliola has a look at how Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are charged with rebuilding the Celtics tattered and torn reputation. Scott Souza looks at how Celtics rookie free agent Brandon Wallace was worth the gamble that the Celtics have taken on him.
Jim Baker talks with exiled Bruins PR executive Nate Greenberg, who found himself out of a job this year after 34 years with the franchise.
Scott also has a look at the Deutsche Bank Championship with his piece Tiger tale at TPC.
Sam Bernstein looks back 60 years ago, when Ted Williams won the Triple Crown, but not the MVP.
Scott wraps up the magazine, with his Closers column, which looks at “Power Jokers” – those who didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory over the past year. Those include Ron Borges, Charlie Moore, Peter Chiarelli, Asante Samuel and Jason Wolfe.