Weekend Watch – Sox Playing for AL East Title

By Monday we’ll know if the Red Sox were able to capture their first AL East crown since 1995 and will know for sure who they will be playing in the first round of the playoffs next week.

A two game lead with three to go sounds like good odds to me. We’ll see how it turns out. Keep up with the coverage on RedSoxLinks.com.

The Patriots play on Monday night, so this Sunday we get to sample of the other action from around the country. Locally, we’ll be watching Bills/Jets on CBS and Rams/Cowboys on FOX for the early game, and the late CBS game is the intriguing Colts/Broncos matchup NBC has Eagles/Giants on Sunday night. If you’re outside the New England area, you can see what you’ll get for games on the coverage maps: CBS Game 1, CBS Game 2 and FOX Single Game.

Patriots Daily will keep you covered with College Scout on Saturday and the Sunday Links. You can also check in at PatriotsLinks.com.

For your college football viewing this weekend, there is the invaluable College Football TV Schedule.

While we’re at it, we might as well point out CelticsLinks.com and BruinsLinks.com.

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Guest Bloggers Needed

You probably have noticed the frequency of the afternoon posts has again been on the decline. I’ve been completely swamped with a number of items recently and haven’t been able to create those posts regularly. In addition, I’m going to be needing to take some days off here and there over the next few months. Therefore, I’m putting a call out for anyone who might be interested in contributing some afternoon posts during the week, (Mostly links, TV schedule, maybe a sports radio or media update from that day) and the occasional morning post when I’m away.

I’d also be open to anyone who’d like to contribute on the weekends. There’s plenty of Boston sports media items to discuss, and I’m not able to do it all by myself at the moment. There’s no pay involved at the moment, but it’s a great chance to get some exposure on a nationally recognized sports blog.

If interested, drop me an email.

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The Media Circus checks out Sean Salisbury’s rather odd web site.

Tom Danyluk looks at how NFL broadcasters continue to spew clichés.

John Clayton has his first and 10 heading into the weekend.

Don Banks looks at the NFL’s most competitive division, and guess what? It’s not the AFC East.

Tom Curran was sick of Brett Favre back in 2002, but he’s starting to enjoy him again.

Dr. Z tries to figure where Favre fits among the all time greats.

Jason Whitlock says that now that he has Randy Moss, Tom Brady might be able to prove that he is a better quarterback than Peyton Manning.

One I missed from earlier this month, Tony Massarotti looks at Carlos Pena enjoying a second life in baseball with the Rays.

Mike Dunshee on the BSMW Power Play compares Martin Brodeur and Dominick Hasek.

Bruce Allen thinks that the Patriots Town/Red Sox Town argument isn’t worth the debate.

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National Sports Media Columns

New England
David Scott checks in with a weekly edition of Scott’s Shots. He’s suggests once again that it just might be time for the Patriots radio duo of Gil Santos and Geno Cappelletti to hang it up. He also however, has a number of other media notes today, including a new Sunday night show for channel 5. Susan Bickelhaupt has more on WCVB channel 5 launching a new Sunday night sports show. She also looks at NESN continuing Red Sox pre and post game shows in the postseason, even though they will not be broadcasting the games as they’re all national. Bill Doyle has Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs launching a commercial career.

New York
Phil Mushnick looks at the Mets slide, and has shots at Chris Russo, John Sterling, and others. Neil Best says that the Mets TV crew has been doing a fine job calling the Mets collapse this month. Bob Raissman says that Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca has become the voice of the fan. Justin Terranova has five questions with MSG Ranger analyst Joe Micheletti.

More East Coast
Michael Hiestand checks out Fox Sports Net’s Sport Science. Chris Zelkovich has Bill Clement, Craig Simpson and Jeff Marek playing musical chairs. Leonard Shapiro says that Comcast SportsNet dropped the ball in its recent interview of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

South
Barry Jackson has sports radio 790 The Ticket owner Joel Feinberg displaying some decidedly weird behavior. After his station lost the rights to the Dolphins games to WQAM for this season, Feinberg has apparently been sending emails to the GM of WQAM, gloating about the Dolphins 0-3 start to the season. Dave Darling has the Braves signing off of TBS after 31 years of national broadcasts. David Barron notes that there will be no HD for Texans fans this weekend, and they won’t be able to see the Cowboys at all in Houston. Barry Horn looks at why we see the Cowboys so much on Sunday Night Football.

Midwest
Bob Wolfley says that if Brett Favre sets the career touchdown passing record on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, there won’t be any elaborate celebrations, even though its is the equivalent of Barry Bonds passing Hank Aaron on the all time home run list. Judd Zulgad looks at the mayor proclaiming today “Minnesota Big Ten Network Day” in Minneapolis – even though most people in the city do not have access to the channel. Jeffrey Flanagan wonders if there will be room for Fred White when the Royals TV and Radio teams are shuffled this offseason.

West Coast
Tom Hoffarth has more on Sport Science, as well has a look at the crazy travel schedule of Kirk Herbstreit for ESPN. Jay Posner and John Maffei has Tony Gwynn getting ready for a busy three weeks of postseason work for TBS. Christine Daniels has a review of what’s on this weekend. Jim Carlisle also looks at TBS taking over the MLB Divisional Series, and also has a notebook leading of with a look at the Presidents Cup coverage this weekend.

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NFL games were the top ranked program in 28 of 30 national markets last week. Here’s a look at the numbers:

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