Approval Ratings – Mike Adams

WEEI's Mike AdamsToday we vote on WEEI evening host Mike Adams.

Adams has had a long and colorful career in both radio and television since the 1970′s in the New England and New York areas. in the 1990′s he was best known for his NECN show Mike Adams’ Sport World. He was also working part-time at WEEI during that span. After the NECN show was canceled, Adams bounced around a little bit, including a job in New York, and a forgettable stint as morning drive host at sports radio WWZN in Boston. Interestingly, this part of Adams career is left off of his WEEI Bio.

Adams seems to have at last found the perfect fit and time slot for his unique talents on the evening Planet Mikey show on WEEI.

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Celtics Turn Up the Heat on Miami D-League Squad

We’re Playing Catch Up over at Patriots Daily this morning with a recap of the offseason thus far, some thoughts going forward, and a new version of the Patriots Draft Rumor Inventory.

The Celtics had an easy one at the Garden last night, brushing off the pathetic Miami Heat by the score of 88-62 before another sellout crowd. Leon Powe led the way for Boston with 17 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.

Marc J. Spears has Paul Pierce and company handling their business against the squad of D-Leaguers that the Heat put out on the floor last night. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics holding the Heat to just 17 field goals – a record in the NBA shot clock era. Robert Lee has the Celtics sending a message to the rest of the teams on their schedule last night. Scott Souza has the Celtics handling their business last night. Bill Doyle says that last night’s lopsided outcome was certainly no surprise. Jim Fenton has the Celtics getting into the record books with their defensive performance last night.

Kevin Henkin offers thoughts on the good, the bad and the really ugly from last night’s game. Bill Burt has a look at second year point guard Rajon Rondo, and notes that he as already exceeded whatever expectations that many had for him. Tim Weisberg says that KG for MVP isn’t going to happen this season.

Spears’ notebook has Doc River and Pat Riley taking different approaches to scouting the NCAA tournament. Bulpett’s notebook observes that with a veteran roster like the Celtics have, their time is now. Doyle’s notebook has Paul Pierce improving his free throw shooting in order to get his mom off his back on the matter.

Red Sox

The New Hampshire Union Leader is doing a six-part series on the Red Sox player development system, written by the very capable Alex Speier. Yesterday saw the first part of the series, Productive farm system allows Sox flexibility while today’s second part, Boston’s now-bountiful farm system had gone fallow examines the state of things when the current ownership group took over in 2002.

Dan Shaughnessy has the Red Sox looking a little wobbly yesterday as their long road odyssey hits day number 12. Sean McAdam has the Red Sox getting ready for a tough April schedule to begin the season. Tony Massarotti says that Clay Buchholz is on the clock now, needing to prove that he was worth holding on to, rather than being included in a package for Johan Santana. Jeff Goldberg has Buchholz ending camp with a 10.03 ERA. Bob Stern says that the Red Sox bullpen is set in ink.

Jeff Horrigan and John Connolly have Tim Wakefield and Kevin Cash appearing to be in sync as a new battery combination.Joe Haggerty says that Alex Cora provides the Red Sox stability with his utility play. Massarotti says that Kevin Youkilis‘ home run on Saturday night deserves an asterisk. Goldberg says that the Red Sox owners will do anything to please fans. Nick Cafardo believes that the A’s could be a dangerous team this season.

Neil Swidey had a feature on Jacoby Ellsbury in the Boston Globe Magazine yesterday.

Gordon Edes’ notebook reports on Bobby Kielty taking his time on deciding whether to report to Pawtucket or exercise an out clause in his contract and seek another job. Horrigan’s notebook has more on Kielty exploring all his options. McAdam’s notebook also focuses on Kielty who says he has an major league offer from another club.

Bruins

Kevin Paul Dupont looks at the playoff picture as the Bruins dropped a 2-1 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres last night. Steve Conroy notes that the point earned by the Bruins puts them in a three-way tie at the bottom of the playoff standings.

Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has Jeff Hoggan making his 2008 debut for the Bruins last night. Conroy’s notebook has more on Hoggan’s debut.

Patriots/Misc

Mike Reiss has the Patriots lining up a Foxborough visit with Arkansas running back Darren McFadden. Karen Guregian says that camera-gate is a hot topic at the owners meetings. John Tomase has Tom Brady’s right ankle feeling fine these days.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and John Connolly have Boston College getting back to the Frozen Four with a 4-3 win over Miami (Ohio) yesterday. John Powers has more on the Eagles heading to Denver.

Shira Springer has a Globe front page story on the issue of air quality for the summer Olympic games in Beijing.

Bill Belichick And His Not-So-Archenemies

I’m pleased to bring you a guest post from former Boston Herald sportswriter Michael Gee, who examines the relationship between Bill Belichick and the New England sports media.

Bill Belichick And His Not-So-Archenemies 

By Michael Gee

Maybe it’s different these days. The last time I was part of the relationship between Bill Belichick and New England’s sports journalists was April, 2005. Three years is a long time, and people change, even football coaches. Maybe Belichick and reporters exist in the state of mutual loathing that is imagined by both sports fans and a large number of out-of-town journalists.

I doubt it. People don’t change that much, and the “Belichick and the media hate each other” meme was a standard part of the NFL discussion back in my increasingly bygone day, just not such a loud one. It’s a simple thought, and hence bound to appeal to many. It’s reinforced by the tight-lipped, grim persona Belichick presents to the world on game days, which, after all, is the only time most of the world sees him.

But it’s hooey. “Belichick v. Media” is one part fact to ten parts urban legend. Based on my own professional observations of one hell of a lot of coaches, managers, front office types, owners, etc., I would grade Belichick’s relationship with the press as average. Some reporters like him, some loath him, and the vast majority peacefully co-exist with the coach they cover in varying degrees of mutual frustration.

Off the top of my head, I can think of a half-dozen NFL coaches and press corps over the last 20 years whose relationships were far, far worse than were Belichick’s and New England reporters on my watch. Some wouldn’t surprise you (Hi, Mike Shanahan!), and some might (Bill Cowher was DESPISED by many Steelers reporters). Because success brings scrutiny, Belichick’s behavior gets more attention than, say, that of this month’s coach of the Atlanta Falcons. What looks to a casual observer as a devious schemer at daggers drawn with a bloodthirsty pack of tormentors is, in fact, the natural order of NFL journalism.

The relationship between an NFL coach and those who cover him is not and cannot be a normal human interaction, because when they’re on the job neither side is normal. Reporters, good ones anyway, are a pain in the ass. They’re paid to be snoopy, skeptical and impertinent. Football coaches, good ones anyway, are secretive, manipulative, and paranoid. That is the only logical reaction to their impossible life’s work. Those two realities create friction. The friction, however, need not be personal. With the one obvious exception of Ron Borges, Belichick’s conflicts with New England reporters were just business as usual in football.

When a coach gets hit with the largest fine in NFL history for a mysterious rules violation, as Belichick was, and he won’t discuss it, reporters are going to go crazy and try every means short of waterboarding to draw a comment out of the guy. At the same time, said coach would have to be a supreme nitwit to make that comment. Only a nitwit scribe would hold Belichick’s silence against him once the article ripping him for it was filed with the desk. All in a day’s work for him and us.

Belichick loves to talk about football. He just doesn’t like to talk about specific issues which affect the future performance of the New England Patriots. Getting such information becomes an exercise in interpretation and analysis of Belichick’s football theories. That’s risky, but it can be done. Mike Reiss of the Globe certainly finds out enough stuff about the Pats’ operation to satisfy the most detail-obsessed fan. He does this through the sneaky trick of having earned the coach’s respect.

Reiss emulates Belichick’s approach to football. He was, and I assume is, always at Gillette Stadium. I never once walked into the press room without Reiss already being there, and this was when he was at the MetroWest News, far down the press corps pecking order. As a rule, people give access to reporters in direct relationship to their news organization’s audience numbers.

If Belichick had been a reporter, that’s the kind of reporter he would have been, diligent, prepared, relentless. By the same token, Bill Parcells’ favorite member of the press was my former colleague Kevin Mannix. Kevin was a wiseacre and a ball buster, and that surely would have been Parcells’ approach to journalism.

The other sportswriter with whom Belichick had notably good relations could not have had a more different approach than Reiss-the late Alan Greenberg of the Hartford Courant. Belichick’s stonewalling didn’t bother Alan. He spent several years covering the Raiders, so I believe he felt the Pats were amateur paranoiacs.

Alan was, however, also Belichick’s most persistent questioner when the coach did stonewall. He had a sneaky trick, too. Alan could make Belichick laugh. He phrased his efforts in humorous ways whose subtext was “this is a ridiculous thing for both of us to be doing, but we gotta, so here goes.”

I believe that is very close to what Belichick believes about press relations. It’s a silly but inescapable part of his job, so he does it in as good a spirit as he can muster. What the hell, maybe he can teach some of them something about football along the way.

(For the curious, if I had to guess, I’d say Belichick saw me as an erratic pupil, more than occasionally dim, but every so often able to grasp some elementary or even intermediate football concept.)

Another guess. It pleases people to think Belichick and reporters hate each other because it pleases them to think Belichick hates everything and so does the press. The coach of the dominant team in the NFL is going to have enemies who’ve never met him, but are sure they know him. You learn people hate reporters about your second day on the job.

But reporting is about facts, the building blocks of truth. Facts do not create understanding, but they should at least point you in the right direction. And the right direction for understanding Belichick’s relationship with reporters comes from facts I read, but did not get to experience, as they took place after my days at the Herald..

Friday is the best day to cover any NFL coach. It is when they are most relaxed. The work of preparation for the game is pretty well done, and the anxieties of game day are still remote. Not coincidentally, it’s also the weekday with the fewest reporters present.

One Friday in I think the 2006 season, Belichick treated the press to a football history lesson. He brought in and showed films of his father’s games in the early 1940s, then engaged in a wide-ranging discussion of the game’s evolution from those bygone days. I am as big a sucker for old football films as is the coach, so I read of this event with real regret for my former life.

Belichick of his own volition was bringing up two of the subjects he cares about most in this earth, his relationship with his father, and his relationship with football. Those relationships are inseparably intertwined, and the Pats’ coach was laying them on the table for all to see, if not perhaps to grasp.

That’s a very high level of emotional honesty, no less honest for being implicit. It is not the action of a man who believes that reporters are stupid swine incapable of normal human sentiment. It’s not how anyone deals with an enemy.

I’d love to watch a game with Belichick some day. That’s not something I’d do with an enemy, either.
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Related Posts: Bill Belichick and the New England Media (April, 2005)

Approval Ratings – Mike Lynch

Be sure to check out Ken Fang’s mega-media-links for this week, in the post directly below this one.
Mike Lynch
Today we’re going to check the approval ratings of WCVB sports anchor Mike Lynch. The WCVB-TV Channel 5 website has a bio of Lynch, and tells us that he has been the principal sports anchor for the station since 1985. He was a full time employee there for two years prior to that, and a part-timer for another year before that.

The bio also tells us that Lynch has hosted the weekly sports program “Patriots All Access,” since 1995. During the NFL pre-season, Lynch serves as a broadcast commentator during Patriots games. For 11 years, he hosted the Boston College weekly football coach’s show “Eagles Preview” on Channel 5.

Lynch is also known for the weekly NewsCenter 5 report “High Five” which he created in 1985 as a way to bring attention to the achievements of high school athletes.

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You can also go back and check the Approval ratings from all the media figures we did this week:

Michael Holley
Amalie Benjamin
Gary Tanguay
Michael Silverman

Voting is closed for those folks, but you can still go in and add comments.

It’s the Friday Media Links

Ken from Fang’s Bites with your Friday media links today.

For your viewing pleasure of local interest this weekend, the Red Sox are back in the Continental 48 States and will take on the Dodgers this weekend in a three game exhibition series. NESN picks up Saturday’s broadcast at the LA Coliseum at 10 p.m. WRKO and WEEI-FM will have all of the games on radio.

The Celtics come off Wednesday’s blowout of Phoenix with two games this weekend. They’ll take on the New Orleans Hornets tonight at 7:30 and try to avenge last Saturday’s loss in the Big Easy. On Sunday, the C’s host the woeful Miami Heat at 6 p.m. Both games are on Comcast SportsNet.

The Bruins continue their playoff push with two games. They’ll host Ottawa on Saturday afternoon at 1 and travel to Buffalo on Sunday night, facing off at 6. NESN picks up both games.

Of course, the NCAA Tournament continues as the Sweet Sixteen will be reduced to the Elite Eight tonight. And after Sunday, we’ll have the Final Four. CBS has your coverage of the Mens’ NCAA Tournament throughout the weekend.

The NCAA Women’s Tournament is also in its Sweet Sixteen and the ESPN family of networks will have coverage starting on Saturday.

The PGA Tour is in New Orleans for the Zurich Classic. The Golf Channel will conclude its early round coverage today, then NBC Sports picks it up on Saturday at 3 p.m.

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup took the Easter holiday off and is back with a vengeance on Sunday with the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 (just how does NASCAR come up with these names?) on Fox at 1:30 p.m.

The NBA continues with the Bulls taking on Milwaukee on WGN Saturday night and a Texas two step of Houston facing San Antonio on ABC Sunday at 1 p.m.

And the NHL has its playoff push, NBC showing the Rangers and Pittsburgh for the umpteenth time this season on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

As always, we begin with Michael Hiestand of USA Today. He says NBC Sports should ignore Tibet and other political issues when covering the Olympics in Communist China. Here’s your sports on TV for the weekend.

This week we’ll go East to West. No time for playing around.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe talks with ESPN’s John Buccigross who realizes a dream as he gets to call the NCAA Hockey Tournament this weekend for ESPNU.

From the New York Post, Phil Mushnick predicts that the Mets’ Billy Wagner will say something he will regret during his weekly interviews on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York. Also from the Post, Justin Terranova talks with SNY’s Ron Darling about the Mets’ chances this season. And Justin has five questions for the Shark, Jerry Tarkanian about the NCAA Tournament.

The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman is a bit leery about SNY’s plans to take phone calls during Mets games. That’s right, during Mets games.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times doesn’t like SNY’s new late afternoon lineup of talk shows. And Sandomir has a blurb on TBS Sports’ announcing lineup for its Sunday MLB games.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has the tip times for Saturday’s NCAA Tournament games.

Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun says MASN’s Gary Thorne and Buck Martinez will be doing double duty this season for other networks.

South

Doug Nye of The State writes that Time Warner Cable is confident that it will pick up 45 Atlanta Braves games that will be on Peachtree TV.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says a local sports radio station is shuffling its lineup.

Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel wonders why the WWE is still popular.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says CBS’ Jim Nantz and Billy Packer will be looking up at the court tonight at Reliant Stadium.

Ray Buck in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes about an experimental 3-D HD telecast.

Mel Bracht of the Oklahoman says baseball fans will have plenty of viewing options this season. Mel has his media notebook which includes a blurb on ESPN interviewing coaching buddies Bill Parcells, Bob Knight and Tony La Russa this Sunday. And Mel has his viewing picks for the weekend.

Midwest

The Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein talks with ESPN’s Brent Musberger who will call the Cubs season opener on Monday. And Teddy has his top five viewing picks.

George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal says AT&T U-Verse customers won’t get Sports Time Ohio in HD.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talks about ESPN2 picking up the Brewers opener against the Cubs.

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Judd Zulgad writes that FSN North will be able to interview Minnesota Twins players immediately following a loss.

Paul Christian in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin says it’s time for baseball to take over your TV and radio.

Jeffrey Flanagan of the Kansas City Star says CBS’ Kevin Harlan was not being a homer for the University of Kansas during the NCAA Tournament last weekend.

West

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) Morning News likes CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Tournament.

The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jay Posner talks with the new producer of Padres games on Cox 4. Posner for some reason is not credited for his media notebook this week, but believe me, it’s his and he writes about ESPN’s Jamele Hill laughing at Chargers’ Shawne Merriman for having his car stolen and torched. And here are the ratings from San Diego from last weekend.

John Maffei of the North County Times writes that an affiliate switch in San Diego will cause confusion for viewers looking for Fox Sports programming.

Christine Daniels from the Los Angeles Times has her weekly Sound and Vision column.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has Hall of Fame Dodgers announcer Vin Scully recalling his broadcast perch at the Coliseum where the Red Sox and Dodgers will play an exhibition game this weekend. In his Farther Off the Wall blog, Hoffarth has his extensive media notes and he has a picture of where Scully used to broadcast games from the LA Coliseum.

Canada

Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star talks with Blue Jays TV analyst Rance Mulliniks who picks his team to win the World Series. Ok.

William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail has Don Cherry condemning the incident in which former goalie Patrick Roy cheered his son to fight during a Junior League game last week.

Blogs

Awful Announcing has the video of a switching glitch during last night’s NCAA Tournament action.

And in that technical glitch, Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog noticed someone familiar.

Joe Favorito talks about social networking and Gillette reaching for the stars in his Sports Marketing and Public Relations blog.

The Sports Media Journal is now in the Final Four of its Sports Radio Madness contest.

That should do it for now. Enjoy your weekend.

Bruins Bolster Playoff Chances

The Bruins took a big step towards the playoffs last night with their 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Garden.

Fluto Shinzawa and Steve Conroy have the details of the win. Bud Barth and Bob Stern also report on the victory.

Stephen Harris has a look at Milan Lucic, who received the 7th player award last night and appears to have been born to be a Big Bad Bruin. Barbara Matson has Peter Schaefer stepping in and contributing last night with all the injuries to his teammates. Douglas Flynn has the Bruins doing more with less in the last two games. Tony Lee has the Bruins besieged by the injury bug. Mike Loftus has a number of Bruins notes.

Conroy’s notebook has Chuck Kobasew out 4-8 weeks with a fractured left tibia, courtesy of a Zdeno Chara blast the other night. Shinzawa’s notebook has more on the injury, noting that the shot hit the only unprotected spot on Kobasew’s leg. Barth’s notebook and Stern’s notebook have more on the mounting injuries for the Bruins.

Celtics

Kevin Henkin has a piece on Celtics rookie Glen “Big Baby” Davis in a new posting on the BSMW Full Court Press.

Marc J. Spears has MVP candidate Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets coming into the Garden tonight hoping to sweep the two game season series from the Celtics. Steve Bulpett notes that a win tonight for the Celtics would push them over the franchise record for the biggest one-season improvement. Scott Souza observes that with a win, the Celtics will have beaten every team in the NBA this season.

Jim Fenton examines the Celtics success against the Western Conference. Tim Weisberg says that Bill Russell has been a winner his entire life, something that is still clear even in the speeches he gives today.

Patriots/Red Sox

Karen Guregian and Mike Reiss report that Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson recently had ankle surgery which could put his availability for the start of training camp in question.

The Red Sox are out in Los Angeles for three exhibitions with the Dodgers. Check all the coverage on RedSoxLinks.com.

BSM Approval Ratings – Michael Silverman

Michael SilvermanToday we look at Boston Herald Red Sox beat reporter Michael Silverman.

Silverman isn’t a guy who stands out a whole lot. He’s done more multi-media work on TV and Radio over the last few years, but he still isn’t a constant presence on the airwaves, and he doesn’t inject his own opinion too much into his stories, which is actually pretty refreshing.

Silverman has been with the Herald since 1989 and started covering the Red Sox in 1995. He had a very good relationship with former ace pitcher Pedro Martinez, which got him a number of interviews and stories with Martinez. He’s gotten his share of scoops while on the beat as well.

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Celtics Settle In, Take Down Suns

The Celtics were letting the Suns have their way on offense in the second quarter last night. It needed to stop. Phoenix had scored 57 points by halftime, and Doc Rivers let his club know at the break that they needed to play a little defense. They did, holding the Suns to 40 second half points, and cruising to a 117-97 win at the Garden over Steve Nash, Shaquille O’Neal and company.

Marc J. Spears has both Kevin Garnett (30 pts) and Paul Pierce (27pts) submitting MVP-type performances last night. Mark Murphy has Pierce making up for his worst performance of the season in the first game against the Suns with a strong outing last night on national TV. Bill Doyle says that the Celtics didn’t do anything new on defense in the second half, they just tightened down and did the same things they’ve done all season. Jim Fenton has the Celtics getting back on track for the league’s best record. Jessica Camerato kept a blog of the game for Hoopsworld.

Bob Ryan says that Garnett won’t win the NBA MVP award, but he is the Celtics Most Vital Presence, and Most Valuable Acquisition. Steve Bulpett has Rajon Rondo again holding his own against a top point guard, something he has done time and again over the last couple of weeks, and all season. Matt Langone has the Celtics getting back on track against Shaq and the Suns. Mike Fine has Kendrick Perkins taking another giant step forward with his tough play against Shaq last night.

Kevin Cullen jumps on board the idea of changing the name of Causeway Street to Red Auerbach Way.

Peter May has Shaq giving his MVP vote to Kobe Bryant, and dismissing Garnett because: “Garnett doesn’t play defense.” Yeah, read that again. As May asks, What games have you been watching this season? Garnett doesn’t play defense? Bulpett has the Suns saying that Shaq makes them better equipped to go deep in the playoffs and match up better against teams like San Antonio. Lenny Megliola says that this type of game at the Garden whets your appetite for the playoffs. Kevin McNamara has many hands making the load light for the Celtics last night.

Spears’ notebook has the Celtics offering some thoughts on the impending Sonics move to Oklahoma City. Murphy’s notebook has Pierce and Garnett propping each other up as the MVP. Doyle’s notebook has Pierce and Doc Rivers both saying that Garnett is the MVP for how he has changed the entire culture of the Celtics in one season.

Red Sox

The Red Sox ended up with a split in Japan of the two regular season games they played. Gordon Edes says that the A’s were the home time in name only during this series. Michael Silverman has the Sox moving on to LA after the game for three exhibitions with the Dodgers. Jeff Goldberg has some thoughts on yesterday’s game, as well as on the impact of the trip on the Red Sox. Bob Stern has Theo Epstein at the top of his game right now.

Gerry Callahan says Jacoby Ellsbury was everywhere yesterday. Everywhere except where he should have been, namely in the starting lineup and playing centerfield for the Red Sox. Callahan says that playing Ellsbury over Coco Crisp should be a no-brainer for Terry Francona. Dan Shaughnessy is caught up in the time travel aspect of leaving Tokyo and returning to Los Angeles. Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox enjoyed their time in Japan. Jon Couture says that the loss yesterday doesn’t mean much in the long run for the Red Sox.

Amalie Benjamin has lack of control once again coming back to haunt Jon Lester. Rob Bradford says that Lester was underwhelming right from the start yesterday. McAdam has Lester struggling right from the start yesterday, and putting himself and the team in a hole. Silverman has J.D. Drew iffy for the Dodger series this weekend because of his back. McAdam has more on Francona putting Coco Crisp in the lineup yesterday ahead of Ellsbury.

The Globe notebook has Brandon Moss getting sent down to Pawtucket following the game. The Herald notebook has Josh Beckett making progress in Florida and getting ready to rejoin his teammates. McAdam’s notebook has Bartolo Colon set to start against the Dodgers tomorrow night.

Bruins/Patriots

Fluto Shinzawa has David Krejci proving himself an able fill-in for Marc Savard in Tuesday win over the Maple Leafs. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins still have a lot of work to do in in the final six games if they hope to make the playoffs. Mike Loftus has the Bruins 4th line coming up big when needed.

Mike Reiss has Jabar Gaffney preferring to stick around Foxborough rather than shopping his wares on the open market this offseason. Karen Guregian has Matt Light saying that the offensive line shouldn’t be kicked to the curb for one poor performance.

Over in the Metro I’ve got a short piece entitled On Bill Belichick’s secret service.

David Scott has an update on the ESPN.com Cory Lidle transaction gaffe from yesterday.

Buddy Thomas isn’t pleased with the coverage of March Madness.

03.26.08 Afternoon Wrap

Just a few afternoon links today:

Michael Silverman and Gordon Edes report on today’s 5-1 loss to the A’s in Japan for the Red Sox.

Dan Shaughnessy writes about the rise and fall of Brandon Moss, who was the hero yesterday and sent down to Pawtucket after the game today.

Chad Finn has a few thoughts after the opener in Japan. He also looks at the Tom Verducci piece in this week’s Sports Illustrated, which is about 2005 baseball draft, which has already proven to be one of the most talented in a long time. The Red Sox grabbed both Clay Buchholz and Jacoby Ellsbury in that draft.

Mike Sando has Randy Moss listed as the second greatest wide receiver in NFL history.

Jonah Keri tells us not to count on a Red Sox dynasty.

Scott Miller says that the Red Sox and Yankees using the draft to develop young talent is bad news for the rest of the league.

Mike Reiss has his latest Patriots Mailbag.

Peter King applauds Roger Goodell’s “tough guy” stance.

BSM Approval Ratings – Gary Tanguay

Gary Tanguay of CSN and WBCNToday’s subject for your approval (or disapproval) is CSN’s Gary Tanguay.

The well-coiffed Tanguay is a busy guy, co-hosting Mohegan Sun’s Sports Tonight for CSN alongside Mike Felger as well as the pregame and postgame shows for the Celtics broadcasts on the network. He has been with CSN since 2000.

In addition, Tanguay is the host of the pregame and postgame shows on the WBCN Patriots radio broadcasts.

Prior to joining CSN, Tanguay worked at WBZ-TV, and also did radio work with WEEI, WVEI and WTKK, where he hosted “Calling All Sports.”

Tanguay has also been posting on Wicked Good Sports, a blog affiliated with CSN.

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