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.

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