Red Eye

Just a few notes after getting home from Logan at 2:45 am…

Please be sure to check out the release from FSN below regarding their auction to benefit the Alan Greenberg Journalism Scholarship Fund.

Check in on PatriotsDaily.com for an overview of the major stories from camp yesterday. Can’t we play a game already?

Curt Schilling has his latest entry up on 38Pitches.

Over on the Metro web page, I offer you Confessions of a contrarian.

If you missed last night’s second episode of Sox Appeal, Pink Hat Hell has all the gruesome details.

Get your Red Sox coverage from last night’s victory over the Angels on RedSoxLinks.com.

FSN Holds Auction to Benefit Alan Greenberg Scholarship Fund

FSN is honoring the memory of the late Alan Greenberg with a special auction to benefit the scholarship fund that has been set up in his name.

Greenberg, who passed away suddenly earlier this year, was a passionate sports writer and his repartee with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick is legendary.

With support from Stacey James and the New England Patriots, FSN New England is auctioning off an Ultimate Patriots Training Camp Experience through next Monday that will benefit the Alan Greenberg Journalism Scholarship Fund that was established to assist students who would like to follow the same journalism career path.

Here are the details:

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FSN NEW ENGLAND AUCTIONS ULTIMATE PATRIOTS TRAINING CAMP EXPERIENCE TO BENEFIT ALAN GREENBERG JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP FUND

BURLINGTON, MA – In March, long-time Hartford Courant Patriots beat writer and frequent FSN contributor Alan Greenberg tragically passed away. Through the generosity of the New England Patriots, FSN is auctioning off an Ultimate Patriots Training Camp Experience to benefit the Alan Greenberg Journalism Scholarship Fund.

The Ultimate Patriots Training Camp experience includes:

  • Two press passes to Patriots practice on Wednesday, August 15
  • Viewing of Patriots practice with Gary Tanguay, Greg Dickerson and working media
  • Working as FSN microphone holder during on-field player interviews
  • Lunch with media
  • Attend Head Coach Bill Belichick’s Press Conference

To enter a bid, participants must click on the Alan Greenberg Scholarship Fund icon at www.fsnnewengland.com and send their name, address, email address, telephone number, age and bid. Nightly updates on the high bid will be provided during the 6:30 and 10 p.m. editions of Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight. The auction closes on Monday, August 13 at noon.

“Alan was a great writer and a great friend,” said Tanguay. “Through the Alan Greenberg Journalism Scholarship Fund we can ensure that a new generation follows in his footsteps.”

The Alan Greenberg Journalism Scholarship Fund will award an annual scholarship to a Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School senior who is pursuing a degree in print or broadcast journalism.

The high bidder must be 18 or older and must be available for the Patriots Training Camp session on August 15. No alternate date and/or compensation are available. To claim the prize, the auction winner must present a certified bank or cashier’s check by August 15 in the name of the Alan Greenberg Journalism Scholarship Fund. The Fund is not a registered 401c3.

Miller Time?

J.A. Adande reports that Reggie Miller is considering an offer from Danny Ainge to return to the NBA with the Celtics. Keep up with the rumors on CelticsLinks.com

Bob Ryan thinks that Miller coming to the Celtics is a long shot, but loves that we’re talking Celtics in August and that the team is a destination again.

Mike Milbury, who was in the running to replace Dave Lewis as head coach of the Bruins this summer, has been named a studio analyst for the Bruins games on NESN this coming season.

ESPN Ombudsman Le Anne Schreiber tries to make sense of the network’s dreadful Who’s Now offering.

Tom Casale has another edition of the Ask PFW mailbag.

Tony Massarotti prefers Miguel Cabrera and Hanley Ramirez to Jeter and ARod.

Gregg Easterbrook returned to Tuesday Morning Quarterback yesterday.

Matt Mosley has the Patriots atop his initial NFL Power Rankings.

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TNT will provide televised and online coverage of the 89th PGA Championship, live from Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, OK starting tomorrow morning. The network will air exclusive coverage of the first round from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET omorrow, with full round coverage of Phil Mickelson and his group, when they tee off at 2:50 p.m. ET.

Exclusive coverage continues with the second round from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET on Fri., August 10 featuring full round coverage of defending PGA Championship winner Tiger Woods when he begins play at 2:50 p.m. ET.

Coverage continues with the third and fourth rounds from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET on Sat., August 11 and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET on Sun., August 12.

Coverage is also available on PGA.com

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Tonight
7:00pm, ESPN – Braves @ Mets
10:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Angels

Sox Lead Down To Five

The Red Sox fell again out in Anaheim as Tim Wakefield was roughed up by the Angels and the Boston offense, which managed nine hits, could only plate four runs in the 10-4 loss.

Get the rest of the links and stories at RedSoxLinks.com this morning.

Michael Muldoon talks to people who played against 300 game winner Tom Glavine in high school here in Massachusetts to get their thoughts on how good they thought Glavine would turn out. Jon Couture says that even though is isn’t what he used to be, Curt Schilling can still be a strong contributor to the Red Sox down the stretch.

Barry Bonds broke the all time home run record previously held by Hank Aaron by hitting his 756 career homer last night. Check the Bay Area Sports Pages for all the coverage of the historic event.

The Patriots swung a minor deal with the Chicago Bears, who are frequent trading partners with New England, cornerback Dante Wesley was shipped to Foxboro for an undisclosed draft pick. Wesley figures to add depth to the position and play special teams should he make the club.

You can get more Patriots news and analysis at Patriots Daily and Patriotslinks.com.

A few stories that probably don’t make it on the links page because of the lack of RSS feeds: Mark Farinella has a look at Sammy Morris, who says that using over-the-counter decongestant Sudafed to treat some sinus issues was the reason for his 4 game suspension last season for testing positive for a banned substance. Now, he is looking forward to being part of a team he has admired for years. David Brown has the defensive secondary running wild against the offense at practice yesterday, even without Asante Samuel. Rich Garven has Eric Alexander not intimidated by all the decorated veterans around him at linebacker. David Heuschkel has Bill Belichick offering some strong praise to Don Koppen. Farinella’s notebook has Laurence Maroney eager to absorb some contact.

Jackie MacMullan talks to Rajon Rondo about his new role as distributor to Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Rondo has spent the offseason working on his jump shot, and the Celtics coaching staff is helping him to basically reconstruct his shot. Mark Murphy looks at the signing of Scot Pollard and what role the backup big man can play with the Celtics. Shira Springer has Danny Ainge saying that Pollard will provide offensive rebounding and post defense. Parquet Pride says that Pollard is the Celtics version of Manny Ramirez – except in terms of production.

If the BSMW messageboard remains down, you can chat over at the BSMW Social Network, powered by Ning. Registration is free. I believe the server is due for replacement on the BSMW messageboard and the hope is that doing that will cure some of the ails.

ESPN Happy To Have Bud Collins

Let’s just say that ESPN sounds pretty pleased at having brought Bud Collins on-board.

Here is their press release from today:

“Renowned newspaper and television tennis journalist Bud Collins has joined ESPN and will appear on ESPN2’s extensive coverage of Grand Slam events – the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon – beginning in 2008. He also will report for SportsCenter, ESPNEWS and ESPN Radio from the US Open starting this year and throughout the year as tennis news dictates.

Collins is a virtual institution in sport. Working for the Boston Globe since 1963, his first beat was boxing where he covered most of Muhammad Ali’s fights, including the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle.” He covered everything from baseball to hockey to dog shows, as well as the Viet Nam war. At the same time, he pioneered tennis coverage on television working for WGBH in Boston from 1963-1988 and later for CBS (1968 – 1972) and NBC (1972 – 2007) where he covered tennis around the world.

In 1994, Collins was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame and in 1999 was presented with the prestigious Red Smith Award, the outstanding award in sports journalism. His insights – along with his creative wardrobe; flamboyant delivery; and the unique nicknames he gives players, such as Lord of the Swings (Roger Federer), Mother Freedom (Billie Jean King), Brash Basher of Belleville (Jimmy Connors), Sisters Sledgehammer (The Williams sisters), Barcelona Bumblebee (Arantxa Sanchez Vicario), Chris America (Chris Evert), Fraulein Forehand (Steffi Graf), and The Siberian Siren (Maria Sharapova) – helped enliven and popularize the sport on television.

“Bud Collins is tennis, a truly unique sports television personality, and ESPN is proud to add his insight, wit and wisdom to our coverage,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production. “For more than 40 years, Bud has had a courtside seat at every meaningful event in the sport. He knows everyone, and everyone knows him. When the opportunity presented itself to add Bud to our tennis team, it was an easy decision to quickly reach out to him – his perspective, great storytelling and inimitable style will help further distinguish our Grand Slam coverage on ESPN2 and on SportsCenter.”

Collins said, “I’m stimulated and extremely pleased to be joining ESPN’s world-wide tennis coverage, and anxious to get started. I am also delighted to be reunited with my long-time partner, Dick Enberg.”

Enberg worked with Collins for 20 years at NBC, including the “Breakfast at Wimbledon” live broadcasts starting in 1979. “No one through the decades has been more important to the coverage of tennis than Bud,” said Enberg. “He is not just a historian – literally and figuratively the encyclopedia of tennis – but he has served as a docent. He has been immensely generous, sharing his incredible knowledge with anyone who has an interest in the sport. He is a rich resource…we are very fortunate at ESPN to have him join our team, and I especially am looking forward with great anticipation to working with Bud again.”

A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in his hometown of Berea, Ohio, Collins coached tennis from 1959 – 1963 at Brandeis University near Boston. He is also accomplished on the court, having won the U.S. Indoor mixed doubles championship with Janet Hopps in 1961 and was a finalist in the French Senior doubles with Jack Crawford in 1975. Collins, 78, has written several books, including The Education of a Tennis Player with Rod Laver in 1971, Evonne! On the Move with Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1974 and a memoir, My Life with the Pros, in 1989 and several editions of the Bud Collins Tennis Encyclopedia.”

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J.A. Adande looks at Paul Pierce out at his charity game in Los Angeles, and talking to him about the next step in his career with the Celtics, says he “saw Pierce at his best. Unselfish. With the program.”

Tedy Bruschi describes his stroke in an excerpt from his book Never Give Up on ESPN.com

Rob Bradford tells us that Wily Mo has cleared waivers and can now be traded without going through the claims process.

Gordon Edes has another edition of the Ask Edes Mailbag.

Eric Wilbur says that the Yankees’ hot streak is too little, too late.

Don Banks makes some snap judgments after visiting seven training camps. He’s impressed with the Patriots, and has Rodney Harrison saying that if the Patriots weren’t as good of a team as they are, he might’ve retired after last season.

Ron Borges is apparently taking the gigs where he can get them these days, as he writes a piece for the website of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tom Curran has the Bengals out to clean up their image.

Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders ranks the NFL coaching staffs.

Adrian Wojnarowski looks at the winners and losers of this NBA offseason.

Deadspin looks at the dueling opinions about Barry Bonds’ elbow armor and the size of his arms.

Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle, report on how former 49er head coach Bill Walsh planned out his own funeral in detail.

Red Sox Monster has the video of Coco Crisp nearly getting run over by the Mariner Moose.

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Tonight

10:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Angels

Sox, Schilling Fall In Anaheim

Curt Schilling returned to the mound for the Red Sox last night and pitched well, but some untimely mistakes kept the victory from the team’s grasp last night as they fell to the Angels 4-2. Their lead in the AL East is down to six games.

Rob Bradford has Maicer Izturis homering off Schilling in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and make Schilling a loser in his return. Gordon Edes has fielding lapses and the early ejection of Manny Ramirez hurting the Sox in this one. Tom Yantz has more on the Red Sox falling short in Schilling’s return.

Tony Massarotti says that even though Schilling got the loss, his return and performance was very much a positive. Dan Shaughnessy says that Schilling’s return is huge for the Red Sox, and his performance was the silver lining in last night’s loss. Sean McAdam says that the playoff field is rather crowded this season, and it is rather hard to pinpoint who is going to be there in the end.

Bradford has a look at Brandon Moss, who made his major league debut last night after Manny Ramirez was ejected from the game. Edes has the Red Sox coming to terms with Bobby Kielty, who chose the Sox over the Yankees and several other suitors. Massarotti notes that this series could very well be an October preview, as each team appears headed for the postseason.

Bradford’s notebook has the Red Sox signing outfielder Bobby Kielty, who will report to Pawtucket before coming to the Red Sox. The Globe notebook has Moss getting thrown into the fire right away after Ramirez got ejected. Yantz’s notebook has Manny inching towards career home run number 500.

Nick Cafardo has Nationals rookie pitcher John Lannan keeping Barry Bonds from reaching home run number 756.

Patriots
Mike Reiss has the Patriots doing some situational work, getting the club ready for various scenarios that could play out over the course of the season. Shalise Manza Young has James Sanders continuing to show improvement and impressing those around him in camp. Jeff Horrigan has special teams Captain Larry Izzo still steaming over the breakdown last season that allowed Pacman Jones to return a punt 81 yards for a score on his club. Chris Kennedy has Garrett Mills hoping to increase his value to the Patriots. Horrigan has a look at Mike Wright, who serves as inspiration for players who feel they might be a long shot to make the club.

Check in with PatriotsDaily for more on the Patriots throughout the day.

Karen Guregian has Tom Brady holding court yesterday and saying that even though he just turned 30, he’s far from finished, and would like to go for another seven or eight years. David Heuschkel has Brady feeling his age, but still feeling like he has a long ways to go. Christopher Price has more on Brady discovering life after 30. Mark Farinella has Brady unhappy with the progress of the offense to this point.

John Tomase has Brady and Donte’ Stallworth making a California connection with the Patriots. Kennedy has more on Stallworth hitting the practice field for the first time. Jennifer Toland has more on Stallworth getting on the field. Dan Pires has Stallworth getting to work with Brady for the first time.

Tomase’s notebook has Randy Moss missing from practice once again yesterday. Reiss’s notebook has more on Brady and Stallworth making up for lost time in establishing a connection. The Projo notebook has Brady glad to see Stallworth out on the field. Toland’s notebook has Brady to Moss being put on the backburner while Moss sits out practice.

Celtics/Misc

Shira Springer has the Celtics signing veteran big man Scot Pollard to a veteran’s minimum deal.

Ron Chimelis says that the future is now for the Celtics. Desmond Conner has Ryan Gomes ready to get started with the Timberwolves.

Bill Reynolds touches on a number of points, starting with Danny Ainge making the Celtics pertinent again.

Bob Halloran takes issue with the notion that these are the best of times in Boston sports.

Susan Bickelhaupt has ESPN snatching up Bud Collins for their tennis coverage.

The Metro is running a contest called “Wicked Cool Brackets” where you can vote for the top teams in Boston sports history.

Dog Days Of Summer

For a city that has so many sports media figures, finding some quality ones to fill in during the summer on WEEI is a seemingly impossible task.

This morning, listeners were “treated” to a weekday version of the Mustard and Johnson show in place of Dennis and Callahan. When they attempted the political/news talk that is a staple of the D&C show, it was some of the worst radio heard in these parts since…last week.

The Big Show featured Steve DeOssie and Fred Smerlas…by themselves. No host. I switched off after I heard DeOssie ask about Barry Bonds: “How long has he played for the Giants, five, six years?”

Meanwhile, Michael Felger on 890 ESPN was on the job and had Bob Ryan in studio for his entire show. Ryan’s take on the Celtics was a major topic, as Ryan stated that he does like the moves that Danny Ainge has made this offseason, but that the Celtics are still more likely to miss the playoffs altogether than they are to make the Eastern Conference Finals.

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We’ve got afternoon Patriots news and notes on PatriotsDaily.com

Eric Wilbur says that Curt “Schilling’s start in Orange County tonight against the Angels is the most important by any Red Sox pitcher at any juncture this season.”

Chad Finn has his national Nine Innings column for FoxSports.

Tony Massarotti says that Tom Glavine is the last of a dying breed.

Who has the best big three in the NBA? Jeff Howe looks at the top five trios in the league.

Jeff on CelticsBlog looks at why it is a very good thing that the Celtics will only have a 8 or maybe 9 man rotation this season.

Richard Deitsch has his media power rankings for the month of July.

Michael Hiestand looks at how streaming web video, such as for sports events, is taking a toll on the workplace.

Kevin Hench looks at the worst uniform number changes in history, starting with Kevin Garnett and Eric Gagne.

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Tonight

7:00pm, ESPN – Padres @ Cardinals
10:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Angels
10:00pm, ESPN2 – Nationals @ Giants

Sox, Crisp, Dodge Moose in Seattle

Playing in a place that had become their own personal house of horrors, the Red Sox managed to take two out of three games this weekend in Seattle, capped by yesterday’s 9-2 win over the Mariners. The win pushed starter Josh Beckett to 14-5 on the season, and Manny Ramirez hit his 19th home run of the season.


Rob Bradford looks at the Sox cruising to the win behind another dominating performance from a starting pitcher. Gordon Edes notes that the only scaring moment for the Red Sox yesterday was when Coco Crisp nearly got run over by the Mariner Moose, who was tearing around the field on an ATV. Sean McAdam has the Red Sox second win in a row in Seattle coming behind another strong starting pitching performance. Tom Yantz has the Red Sox putting their Seattle troubles behind them.

With Curt Schilling returning to the mound tonight, Tony Massarotti says that he and the Red Sox have the rest of the season to prove their worth. Dan Shaughnessy just wants the playoffs to start. Massarotti notes that soon the countdown will begin as Manny Ramirez approaches career home run number 500. Last night was number 489 for Manny. Kevin Gray looks through a few new baseball books to read if you’re dreading the prospect of endless “Sox Appeal” repeats for the rest of the summer. Jon Couture looks at the comments from Minnesota ace Johan Santana that got the attention of the baseball world.

Bradford’s notebook has Brandon Moss getting the call to replace Eric Hinske for a few days, as the latter leaves to join his wife for the last stages of a difficult pregnancy. Edes’ notebook has Javier Lopez being sent to the minors to make room for Schilling to be activated. Yantz’s notebook has more on Crisp’s close call with the Moose.

Steve Buckley says that Henry Aaron is the real winner in the Barry Bond’s home run chase, because it has brought his accomplishments back into the spotlight. Nick Cafardo has Bonds taking yesterday off after tying Aaron’s record on Saturday night. Massarotti says that the home run record is now as phony and worthless as a $3 bill thanks to Bonds’ steroid use.

David Scott talks to Red Sox radio announcer Dave O’Brien, who called Bonds’ 755th home run for ESPN on Saturday night.

Patriots
Christopher L. Gasper and Albert Breer have Donte’ Stallworth ready to come off the PUP list and practice full speed starting today. David Heuschkel has more on Stallworth getting in the action. Shalise Manza Young has rookie quarterback Matt Gutierrez putting in the work at camp to try and get his shot at sticking with the team. Michael Parente has Brandon Meriweather learning the ropes in camp. Hector Longo has Eugene Wilson on the comeback trail, at the tender age of 26.

PatriotsDaily.com weighs in on the big issues of camp this morning, and yesterday had a roundup of the stories from the Sunday papers.

Karen Guregian reminds us that the Patriots linebackers are really old. Rich Garven notes that Junior Seau has been the perfect fit in terms of team chemistry for the Patriots. Mark Farinella also has a look at Seau and his fit with the Patriots. Glen Farley has Seau happy to be back with the Patriots for another run. Julian Benbow has Sammy Morris focused and looking forward to a fresh start with the Patriots. Dan Pires has Rodney Harrison thinking of today only.

Guregian’s notebook has Adalius Thomas itching to hit someone for real in a game. The Globe notebook has Kyle Brady glad to be back on the field yesterday, even if it was just for a walk-through. Young’s notebook has the Patriots receiving corps at nearly full strength for yesterday’s light practice. Garven’s notebook has more on Stallworth getting ready for his camp debut. Farinella’s notebook has the pressure on Ellis Hobbs to produce while Asante Samuel continues to sit out.

Red Sox Head West, NFL Enshrines Six

The Red Sox hit the West coast yet again this weekend as they have three games with Seattle starting tonight,(10:00pm, NESN) followed by three in Anaheim against the Angels.

Jon Lester gets the start tonight in front of his home crowd. Keep up with the coverage this weekend on RedSoxLinks.com.

There is plenty of other baseball action going on as well, as three big milestones are still waiting to be reached. Barry Bonds continues his home run chase in San Diego (where the Padres announcer hopes not to have his call “repeated for generations” (See media columns, West Coast section, below). Alex Rodriguez is still seeking career home run number 500, while (Billerica’s own) Tom Glavine will again be seeking his 300th win. Glavine’s start can be seen on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball starting at 8:00.

ESPN2 has added the Giants/Padres games to their schedule Friday and Saturday night, both at 10:00pm. Red Sox radio announcer Dave O’Brien will be calling both games.

NFL Hall of Fame induction is this weekend as the six members of the Class of 2007 – Gene Hickerson, Michael Irvin, Bruce Matthews, Charlie Sanders, Thurman Thomas and Roger Wehrli are enshrined in the Hall. ESPN will present live coverage induction ceremonies Saturday, August 4 at 6 p.m. ET from Canton, Ohio. Trey Wingo will host the three-hour telecast – in primetime for the first time – with analysts Tom Jackson and rookie Emmitt Smith.

The weekend also gets us our first glimpse of live NFL action, as the Hall of Fame game between the Saints and Steelers is Sunday night at 8:00 on NFL Network.

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Susan Bickelhaupt‘s media column in the Globe today included a quick update on the status of WEEI morning host Gerry Callahan, who has now been out over three months with an undisclosed throat ailment that required surgery. Callahan says he hopes to be back “in a couple weeks” – but since the original premise was that Callahan was just taking “a couple weeks” off to rest his voice, does this mean we can expect to hear him in November sometime? We all wish Callahan well with his recovery, but the secrecy around the whole thing has been Belichickian. I hope Gerry makes it back, but never again complains about the Patriots coach not giving out injury updates.

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Rob Bradford promises to get back to regular updates on The Bradford Files, and also is going to try to add audio links into the page to add another dimension to the site, so that you can listen to his comments and thoughts on team as well.

Suuuurrre, Rob, I think you’re just trying to get out of a little typing…

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We’ve got a week of Patriots Daily under our belts. Today we’re looking at Stanley Morgan being elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame and looking at some numbers from our first week. Check back both days this weekend, as we’ll have links and commentary.

Bob Ryan wishes that we would Please sober up when it comes to the Celtics.

Kevin Henkin pens An Open Letter to the Wet Blankets (like Ryan) on the BSMW Full Court Press.

John Klima says that Eric Gagne should be examined in the same light as Barry Bonds as regards steroids.

Gelf Magazine talks to Grant Farred, who wrote a paper in 2000 praising ESPN for raising the sports IQ. He doesn’t feel the same way now.

Paul McNamara looks at StubHub becoming “the official scalper of Major League Baseball.”

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New England
Susan Bickelhaupt has FSN New England excited at the prospect of being able to feature Kevin Garnett for the entire season. She’s also got some advice for Jerry Remy on the NESN telecasts and has an update on Gerry Callahan’s recovery and return to WEEI “in a couple weeks.” Mark Murphy looks at the Celtics suddenly becoming a must-see attraction for the national networks. Bill Doyle checks in with FOX25’s Butch Stearns, who can’t hide from Boston fans while on WEEI. David Scott has a look at the Theo Epstein Line of The Week regarding NPR vs WEEI, the Pats stealing revenue stream ideas from the Redskins and news of the pending FSNNE re-branding.

New York
Richard Sandomir says that while the YES Network is indeed for sale, the 37% ownership stake of the Steinbrenner family is not, and will remain under the control of the Yankees. Bob Raissman says to forget about James Dolan and Cablevision getting involved in the sale, but looks at the possibilities for Comcast. Phil Mushnick wonders if ESPN is finally figuring out just how bad Joe Morgan is as America’s lead baseball analyst. Neil Best checks in with the new ESPN Monday Night Football crew, and observes whether the chemistry between Tony Kornheiser and Ron Jaworski will be better than it was between Kornheiser and Joe Theismann.

More East Coast
Michael Hiestand has a look at the NBA national broadcast schedule, which will make TV stars of Kevin Garnett, Greg Oden and Kevin Durant. Leonard Shapiro has an extensive talk with Joe Theismann, who still cannot understand why he was fired from the Monday Night Football analyst role. Jim Williams looks at Washington D.C.’s Legg Mason event becoming a key stop on the tennis tour for ESPN2. Chris Zelkovich has quasi-sports talk radio station AM 640 taking a run at the bigger FAN 590. Richard Deitsch talks to Dan Patrick about his decision to leave ESPN.

South
Barry Jackson looks at the NFL Network getting moved to a sports and entertainment tier by Comcast, which will charge an extra $5 per month. He also looks at some troubling media musings on the Michael Vick dog-fighting case. David Barron has longtime pre and post game host finally taking his act to the field as the Texans’ new sideline reporter for KILT. Barry Horn has more on the maturation of the NFL Network.

Midwest
Judd Zulgad has a look at how the Twins announcers had to tread a very difficult line on Wednesday night between calling the game and keeping up with the tragedy of the Interstate Hwy. 35W bridge collapse. Teddy Greenstein has Joe Buck bullish on the Cubs chances and hopes to be calling Cubs postseason games in the fall. Dan Caesar catches up with a number of sports radio moves in the St. Louis market. Jeffrey Flanagan has channel 41’s Jack Harry hoping that his 2005 prediction that Priest Holmes would never again play for the Chiefs is proven wrong, but he still stands by it.

West Coast
Larry Stewart chats with Sal Masekela, host f ESPN’s Summer and Winter X Games. Stewart’s notebook has the Lakers front and center in the national NBA TV broadcasts for next season. Tom Hoffarth looks at the Summer of Beckham dragging on, and also talks with Paul Page, an X Games announcer who doesn’t quite fit the demographic of the audience, but is still well liked. Jim Williams has FSN Bay area joining the Comcast family. John Maffei has Padres announcer Ted Leitner hoping that Barry Bonds doesn’t break the home run record with him behind the mic. He says: “I don’t even want to be a part of it. I don’t want my call repeated for generations.” Jim Carlisle looks at ESPN trying to bounce around and keep up with the milestones, between the Bonds chase, Tom Glavine seeking win number 300, and David Beckham playing in the U.S. Carlisle’s notebook has a peek at the NBA schedule.

Sox Head West On Up Note

Jeff Horrigan has a look at an eventful day for Doug Mirabelli, who was gunned down on a sacrifice fly, but made up for it in his other at-bats yesterday. Amalie Benjamin also has Mirabelli atoning for his baserunning gaffe. Joe McDonald notes that yesterday’s win was a team effort. Jeff Goldberg has more on Mirabelli helping Wakefield to the milestone after messing up earlier on. Rom Chimelis has the Red Sox recovering from early mistakes to overtake the Orioles. Paul Jarvey also look at Mirabelli erasing his earlier mistake.

Steve Buckley has Tim Wakefield celebrating his 41st birthday with his 150th career win with the Red Sox. Carolyn Thornton has more on Wakefield showing the consistency that has gotten him this far. Daniel Malloy has J.D. Drew talking about the situation with his son and how the seriousness of it has affected him the last few days. Jim Donaldson has Doug Mirabelli saving face yesterday after messing up on the basepaths.

Stan Grossfeld has a feature on former Red Sox cult figure Rich Garces, now pitching for Nashua and dreaming of a return to the big leagues. Steven Krasner has a look at how Coco Crisp’s 20th steal of the season served as a spark for the Red Sox in the 7th inning.

Michael Silverman has Eric Gagne seeing his first action with the Red Sox yesterday.

Horrigan has David Ortiz talking about the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, which he used to cross every day on his way to the Metrodome when he played for the Twins.

Buckley has Dustin Pedroia talking about getting meet Bobby Doerr and what advice the Hall of Famer had for him about playing second base for the Red Sox. Malloy also has a look at the two generations of second basemen meeting up yesterday. Chimelis has more on the day honoring Doerr, 60 years after the first time the club did it.

Silverman has a minor league notebook in which the Red Sox director of player development talks about losing players that the organization has worked so hard to develop. Benjamin also has a minor league notebook, and examines the struggles of 2006 first round pick Daniel Bard.

Horrigan’s notebook has J.D. Drew putting things in perspective as he talks about the surgery his 17-month-old son needed this week. Benjamin’s notebook has more on Wakefield getting win number 150 with the Red Sox. The Projo notebook has Eric Gagne getting a chance to show the fans what he can do. Goldberg’s notebookhas more on the issues with Drew’s son. Chimelis’ notebook has more on Gagne’s debut. Jarvey’s notebook also looks at the seriousness of the issue with Drew’s son.

Nick Cafardo has the Dodgers able to deny Barry Bonds home run number 755 on a night in which they held a steroids awareness clinic for little leaguers at Dodger Stadium. Hank Seaman says that Bonds may not be a role model, but there’s no one better at the plate.

Patriots
John Tomase has Vince Wilfork embarking on a new eating lifestyle, hoping to avoid the health problems that plagued his parents and led to their early deaths from diabetes and high blood pressure. Tomase also notes that regardless of the Celtics latest deals, the Patriots boast Boston’s best Big Three on the defensive line. Jackie MacMullan agrees that defensive line is one area in which there are no questions about the Patriots. Rich Garven has top backup Jarvis Green putting in extra work to help his technique. Glen Farley looks at emerging star Ty Warren. Mark Farinella has Adalius Thomas working on getting the right chemistry with his new club.

On the other side of the ball, Albert Breer looks at Logan Mankins becoming one of the best guards in football. Christopher L. Gasper has Benjamin Watson working on, and improving his blocking abilities. David Heuschkel says that Watson could benefit from the Patriots new weapons on the outside. Karen Guregian says that Randy Moss’ injury is not a good sign. Tomase talks to Moss’ college coach, Bobby Pruett who says that Moss will be back soon. Dan Pires has Tedy Bruschi talking just as intensely as he works on the field.

Paul Kenyon looks at Jabar Gaffney’s efforts to stand out from the crowd at wide receiver this summer. Guregian also has a look at Eric Alexander, who burst into the limelight with the start in the AFC championship game last January. Michael Parente looks at Laurence Maroney now becoming the main man at running back for the Patriots. Mike Reiss has Bob Kraft offering a few thoughts on the state of his team. Christopher Price has old reliable, Kevin Faulk, gearing up for another campaign as the Patriots secret weapon.

Tomase’s notebook has Bob Kraft checking out camp and weighing in on a few items. The Globe notebook has more on Moss sitting out both practices yesterday. Robert Lee’s notebook has more on Moss and a number of other items. Garven’s notebook has more on Moss, and also updates on Troy Brown and Chad Jackson. Pires’ notebook also updates the situation of Moss. Farinella’s notebook is also on Moss.

Celtics
Susan Bickelhaupt has FSN New England excited at the prospect of being able to feature Kevin Garnett for the entire season. Mark Murphy looks at the Celtics suddenly becoming a must-see attraction for the national networks. Desmond Conner has season ticket sales going through the roof since the announcement of the Garnett trade. Scott Souza has the Celtics embarking on a national television tour next season. Shira Springer also looks at the Celtics getting the national attention.

Jeff Clark says that Kevin Garnett is the winning ticket for the Celtics.

David Scott has a look at the Theo Line of The Week regarding NPR vs WEEI, the Pats stealing revenue stream ideas from the Redskins and news of the pending FSNNE re-branding.