Sox Hit Japan

A few observations on sports radio topics from the last few days:

Could there be just a little less griping about the trip to Japan? Even the media people who didn’t make the trip have been complaining and whining non-stop about the whole thing. (That’s what makes it the most annoying. I can understand any grousing from those actually making the trip.) Long flight! No power outlets on the plane! Body clocks messed up! It’s going to ruin the season for the Red Sox! We get it. Enough already. Business people go to the Far East all the time. (Rob Bradford seems to be having a good time so far.)

No really. The “Does Manny know they’re going to Japan?” jokes have been predictable and old since the start. Manny jokes in general are so 5 years ago, guys.  It’s time to laugh with Manny, rather than at him…right?

Michael Holley is much more entertaining when Dale is away. That’s not a knock against Dale Arnold, but Holley just seems much more energetic and fun to listen on the days he works with someone else.

 Some PM Links:

Ken Fang, who will be here with his Friday mega-links tomorrow, has a Thursday collection of media links.

If the Patriots have reached an agreement on a one year deal with cornerback Fernando Bryant, John Tomase says that the Pats couldn’t have signed a better guy.

Dan Shaughnessy has a report on the Red Sox first few hours in Japan.

If you haven’t seen it already, earlier this week Sports Business Journal had a huge article on a PowerPoint Presentation that has been making the rounds of the league offices and ad buyers. The presentation is entitled The Emperor’s New Clothes: How ESPN’s Multi-Platform Strategy Hasn’t Improved Ratings, and was apparently put together by TV networks trying to compete with ESPN.

SI.com has launched the SI Vault, which is a completely free and digitized history of Sports Illustrated since 1954. It contains 150,000 stories, 500,000 photographs and 2,800 covers as well as a Wikipedia search engine and links to related online video content.

Johnny Ludden says that if anyone in Minnesota tanked last season, it was Glen Taylor. Kelly Dwyer also comes to the defense of KG.

Bill Simmons has his NCAA picks.

Bob Ryan looks through the reaction to his March 9th column in which he wrote about being “Favred out.”

Ross Tucker has five noteworthy realities about NFL offseason conditioning programs that you should know.

FOXSports.com has their 2008 Red Sox Preview.

Mike Celizic applauds the Red Sox for their stand yesterday. Steve Henson also weighs in on the situation.

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  • Jerry

    The whinnying about the trip has been non-stop and is really tiresome at this point. I guess it could be a story about the players in a few depending on how well the Sox start off the season.

    Hearing the media complain about it though is unbearable. Many would jump at the chance to get to see another part of the world like Japan on the company’s dime. Also, if you are in a field such as sports entertainment, you should know this is just something that goes with the job.

    I still don’t think this is as bad as WEEI “Personalities” complaining about accommodations at the Super Bowl or Spring Training.

    As far as Manny jokes go.. They are equivalent to America’s Funniest Home Videos where someone takes a shot to the crotch. It’s easy, predictable, and now really old.

  • rick

    Holley needs to grow a set or get a show without Dale. (Maybe that always talked about, never going to happen, well-funded competitor to WEEI will give him his own show.)

    Holley with Michael Smith is what sports radio should (and never will) be.

  • justin

    Agree 100% on Holley- the ideal show would be him and Michael Smith, but him and anyone else is always a better show than Dale & Holley. Forget his name at the moment, but a few weeks back Holley’s show with one of the guys who normally does the news flashes was considerably better than the typical Dale show. The sole reason I’m not a daily listener of the show is Dale Arnold fatigue.

  • CCF

    Can’t disagree more on the Holley love. His incessant need to poke holes in anything that anyone, caller or guest, has to say in order to prove he’s the smartest guy in the room has reached Buckleyesque proportions.

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