D&C Locked Out At WEEI

If you got up and turned on your radio this morning to WEEI, you found out that Dennis and Callahan were once again not on the 850 airwaves. It seems that Entercom has decided to play hardball with the duo, and perhaps trying to avoid a repeat of the Howie Carr fiasco over at company owned WRKO, has “locked out” D&C until their contract situation is resolved.

At this point, the pair will not be on the air for the biggest day on the WEEI calendar, this week’s Jimmy Fund Radiothon. John Dennis, quoted in today’s edition of Scott’s Shots, says that “Gerry has an important story to tell this year” which would seem to strengthen rumors that have come into BSMW over the last few months that said that Callahan was suffering from throat cancer.

This episode could be Jason Wolfe’s Waterloo with Entercom, following as it is right on the heels of the WRKO mess. As mentioned, David Scott has a longer write-up on the situation over at Shots, with John Dennis on-the-record. In the Herald, Jessica Heslam and Laurel J. Sweet have the story, with the Entercom PR firm denying that a “lockout” is in place. The Herald does not have quotes from their colleague, Callahan.

Dan Kennedy also weighs in on Entercom’s latest disaster.

Stay tuned.

Red Sox
The good thing about the D&C mess is that it pushed the Red Sox down a bit on the page here. Eric Gagne blew two games over the weekend as the AL East lead has shrunk to four.

Michael Silverman has Gagne getting pounded once again yesterday as he blew a two run lead in the eighth inning yesterday. Gordon Edes looks at the division lead shrinking to its smallest point since May 1st. Bill Ballou has more on the Red Sox road trip ending miserably in Baltimore. Steve Krasner says that the Eric Gagne era wasn’t quite supposed to work out this way. Jeff Goldberg writes that it is time for the Red Sox to Cowboy Up after their dreadful performances in Baltimore.

Amalie Benjamin has Kevin Millar haunting his old team with the 11th inning home run that won the game for the Orioles. Steve Buckley has Gagne ticked off at himself for his performance and vowing to improve his game. Lenny Megliola says that thanks to Gagne, the Yankees could catch the Red Sox by this weekend. In an effort to remain positive, Bill Burt offers 10 reasons not to panic about the Red Sox as we hit the final six weeks of the season.

With Tampa Bay in town starting tonight, Mike Petraglia has a piece on Rhode Island’s Rocco Baldelli, whose fast-track career appears to have been derailed at bit. Buckley has Dustin Pedroia saying that Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima both deserve rookie-of-the-year consideration, even if they do cost him votes in that balloting. Chad Finn is dazed and confused after the weekend losses.

Silverman’s notebook says that Clay Buchholz could make his major league debut this Friday in a doubleheader with the Angels. The Globe notebook has more on Buchholz, and also reports on the brief confrontation between Josh Beckett and Melvin Mora on Saturday when the Red Sox pitcher accused the Orioles third baseman of stealing signs. Ballou’s notebook says that the team’s struggles cannot all be blamed on the bullpen. Krasner’s notebook agrees that the offense deserves its share of the blame. Goldberg’s notebooksays that lost in Gagne’s blowup was another strong start from Curt Schilling.

Patriots
Over on Patriots Daily, Scott Benson breaks down a piece in the New York Post, where writer Steve Serby claims that Eric Mangini has a “strategy for slaying (the) dragon” – Bill Belichick. Check elsewhere on the site for a look at the Sunday links and a recap of Friday night’s exhibition opener.

John Tomase profiles Kyle Brady this morning, as the massive tight end is revealed to be a civil war buff. Shalise Manza Young has more on Brady and his interest in the civil war. Daniel Malloy has a piece on Kevin Faulk in this morning’s Globe, as the running back enters his ninth season with the Patriots. David Heuschkel says that there was plenty to take from Friday night’s game, the most encouraging of which has to be seeing Rodney Harrison on the field.

Christopher Price has his 10 Things We Learned from Friday night’s game. Albert Breer has the Patriots injured tight ends trying to work their way back onto the field. Jennifer Toland has Bam Childress staying in the mix at wide receiver for the Patriots. Dan Pires looks at “preseason all-star” Matt Cassell. Jeff Howe wonders if undrafted rookie Matt Gutierrez could start a quarterback controversy in New England.

The Globe Patriots notebook has Kyle Brady participating in yesterday’s walk-through, though he is still unable to practice full speed. Tomase’s notebook says that the injury suffered by Ty Warren on Friday night is not considered serious. Young’s notebook says that it is like old times for Rodney Harrison in camp this year.

Revolution
David Beckham didn’t play for the Los Angeles Galaxy last night, depriving New England fans of the opportunity to see the soccer superstar in action.

John Powers looks at the importance of Beckham. John Connolly has the Revolution stealing the spotlight with Beckham sidelined. Carolyn Thornton says that no one can bend fan support like Beckham. Brendan A. McGrail has more on Taylor Twellman and the Revs stealing the show last night. Jon Couture says that soccer’s success in the US is just getting started. Peter Gobis has more on the Revs stealing the show.

BSMW’s Kevin Henkin was a guest on CelticsStuffLive last night.