Approval Ratings – Mike Gorman

Mike GormanToday we’re going to rate Celtics TV announcer Mike Gorman.

Gorman has been calling Celtics games since 1981, and during that time has seen it all with regards to the NBA, from the great days of the Bird era, to the lows of the M.L. Carr and Rick Pitino eras. Through it all, Gorman has been there, steady as always, be it with SportsChannel, FSN New England or now Comcast SportsNet.

He and Tom Heinsohn make up TV’s longest lasting sports broadcasting duo.

For many years Gorman also did quite a bit of college basketball, and has been a regular guest on sports radio WEEI. He was won five Emmy awards and was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.

(Stepping outside of the neutral “narrative” voice here, Gorman is also one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet in your life.)

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Sox Walk Off With Win

The Red Sox got back into the win column after Kevin Youkilis singled in David Ortiz from second in the bottom of the ninth off Roy Halladay to score the one and only run of the ballgame last night. Jon Lester pitched eight shutout innings, but didn’t get the win, as Jonathan Papelbon came in for the top of the ninth.

Jeff Horrigan has the Sox managing to put an end to their slide, even if the offense hasn’t returned yet. Amalie Benjamin looks at the decision to send Ortiz for the winning run, and at the performance of Lester. Jeff Goldberg looks at an old-fashioned pitching duel at Fenway last night. Paul Kenyon says that great defense in the top of the ninth and clutch hitting in the bottom of the ninth meant a win for the Red Sox. Bob Stern has the losing streak getting stopped in style with the walk-off win. Ron Chimelis has the Sox pitching trying to hold the fort until the heavy lumber awakens. Paul Jarvey notes that we saw the Jon Lester that the Red Sox have been waiting for last night. Joe Haggerty has more on the Sox shutout win at Fenway.

Bill Burt says that Jon Lester passed a huge test with his performance last night. Steve Buckley looks at the gem thrown by Lester last night exactly when the Sox needed it. Lenny Megliola looks at Lester and the Sox rescuing Boston fans from a streak of losing misery. Sean McAdam looks at Halladay, who is a throw-back pitcher, finishing what he starts on the mound. Last night was his fourth straight complete game for the Blue Jays. Jon Couture has the Sox happy that this rough stretch is over for now.

Gordon Edes writes about the ups and downs of the life of Bryan Corey, who was designated for assignment again yesterday to make room for the return of Mike Lowell. Steven Krasner examines the decision not to pinch-run for a hobbled David Ortiz in the ninth inning last night. Alex Speier says that the Sox have needed to be resilient already in this young season. Buckley looks at Jacoby Ellsbury sitting out last night with a aggravated groin. Sarah Green says that the AL East is officially bizarro land now.

It took a lot for Nick Cafardo to write his article criticizing Roger Clemens this morning, I’m sure. Cafardo says Clemens has badly mishandled things since the Mitchell Report was released and could’ve avoided a lot of the negative publicity that keeps coming.

The Globe notebook has Kevin Youkilis praising Roy Halladay. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the return of Lowell to the Red Sox lineup. Goldberg’s notebook has more on the return of Ortiz and Lowell to the Red Sox lineup. The ProJo notebook has Corey having to go into limbo again with the return of Lowell. Chimelis’ notebook also focuses on the return of Lowell. Jarvey’s notebook has the Sox dropping down to 12 pitchers with Corey’s release. Stern’s notebook has more praise for Halladay from Youkilis.

Celtics

It would appear that the honeymoon is over for the Celtics. When Dan Shaughnessy and Gerry Callahan come after you on the morning of a playoff game, you can say that the team has officially arrived on the Boston sports landscape. Callahan in particular is harsh, talking about this being “the worst collapse in Boston sports history.” Tony Massarotti also wonders if the Celtics are just a collection of front-runners, rather than true champions.

On the BSMW Full Court Press, Kevin Henkin says that the Celtics are just Another Team in Search of Its Soul.

Marc J. Spears reports that there will be no suspensions for Monday’s night activities between the two clubs. Bill Doyle also reports on that topic. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics need to get back to what worked in the regular season. Scott Souza has the Celtics keeping cool, but almost sounding overconfident heading into tonight’s game. Tim Weisberg says that the Celtics need to show some poise the rest of the way and not get drawn into skirmishes with the Hawks.

Shira Springer feeds the obsession with the Paul Pierce gang sign.

Peter May assures us that Tony Allen is not the cure-all on guarding Joe Johnson moving forward. Mark Murphy says that the entire Celtics team needs to tighten up their defense, not just whomever is guarding Johnson or Josh Smith. Mike Szostak has the Celtics recognizing that their defense is the problem here. Mike Fine has the Celtics happy to be out of Atlanta.

Sarah Meinecke has the confident Hawks not at all surprised by their success. Jim Fenton has the Hawks handing the Celtics a major dose of adversity.

Spears’ notebook has Doc Rivers saying that his team needs more than just the home crowd to fuel them on tonight. Massarotti’s notebook has more on Garnett avoiding punishment from the league for his run-in with Zaza Pachulia. Szostak’s notebook also reports on the Celtics escaping any suspensions. Fenton’s notebook has more on the teams avoiding punishment.

Misc

Shaughnessy pays tribute to Bob Lobel, who signed off on his last Channel 4 sportscast last night.

David Scott has a few thoughts on HBO’s special edition of Costas Now, which focused on sports and the media. I hope to have something on this show when I get a chance to see more. Right now it’s on my DVR. In the short bit that I saw, I witnessed Mike Tirico say something along the lines of “The fans might just want to know about what’s happening in the game, but if we don’t explore every possible storyline and angle, we’re not being true to our journalistic callings and integrity…” That was enough for me to disgustedly turn away for the night.

Dave Heuschkel looks at entertainment value coming to Foxboro with Patriot Place.

Mark Farinella thinks that Bill Belichick might be doing some planning for the future, as well as building some insurance with the drafting of QB Kevin O’Connell.

Approval Ratings – Jackie MacMullan

Jackie MacMullanToday is your chance to vote on Jackie MacMullan of the (for now) Boston Globe.

This is another vote while you can, as MacMullan is among the latest round of buyouts at the Globe. It is also rumored that ESPN has been courting her aggressively – but what her role would be is unknown, as she was said to be agreeable to the Globe buyout because she wanted to spend more time with her family.

MacMullan is a UNH graduate, and played four years of basketball at the school. She joined the Globe in 1982, and remained there until 1995 as a general sports reporter with a focus on the Celtics and the NBA. She moved on to Sports Illustrated from  1996 to 2000 before rejoining the Globe as a sports columnist.

She is very visible on various NESN and ESPN programs. She is author of several books, such as Bird Watching : On Playing and Coaching the Game I Love with Larry Bird, Geno: In Pursuit of Perfection with Geno Auriemma and Magic & Bird: Basketball’s Awed Couple.

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