Special “All Access” Covers Tippett’s Hall Induction

From Kraft Sports Productions:

A four-day celebration honoring Andre Tippett’s induction into to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which began with a raucous sendoff from fans at Patriots Training Camp on Wednesday, will conclude with a special “Patriots All Access” Saturday night at 10 p.m. on WCVB, when Kraft Sports Productions airs “A Call to the Hall” live from Tippett’s post-induction party in Canton, Ohio.

All Access cameras were in Arizona in February to catch Tippett’s emotional reaction upon hearing the news of his induction, and will be in Canton with Tippett on Saturday when he joins John Hannah as just the second career Patriot enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In the interim, All Access followed Tippett home to New Jersey, interviewed a number of former opponents and teammates and captured heartfelt congratulatory addresses from Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick and linebacker Tedy Bruschi.

“A Call to the Hall” will feature interviews with Tippett’s legendary high school coach, Frank Verducci, Hall of Famers Raymond Berry, Jim Kelly, Eric Dickerson and Joe DeLamielleure and former teammates Steve Grogan, Steve Nelson and Don Blackmon.

Other highlights include rarely seen high school and college footage and live interviews with Tippett and his hall of fame presenter, Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft.
“A Call to the Hall” airs live from Tippett’s post-induction party Saturday, August 2 at 10 p.m. on WCVB and will be streamed live on Patriots.com.

Bye Bye Manny?

We’ll know by the end of the workday today whether Manny Ramirez will be with the Red Sox for the rest of the season, or if his act will be taken elsewhere.

Sean McAdam has been in front of the rumored three way deal with the Marlins and Pirates and makes his report on the situation this morning. Gordon Edes looks at the Marlins interest in Ramirez, and how the situation with the slugging outfielder has reached a boiling point. Jon Couture has Red Sox nation once again awaiting word on Manny. Tony Massarotti has Ramirez letting all know how miserable he is and how he feels the Red Sox don’t deserve him as a player. Rob Bradford says that the Red Sox are at a crossroads right now.

Mike Fine has the Red Sox working hard to find a new home for Manny before today’s deadline. Alex Speier looks at the all-around stress that the trade deadline brings to clubs. Massarotti says that there are still plenty of snags in the potential Marlins/Pirates/Red Sox deal. Brendan McGair looks at how the trade deadline even has an impact on the minor leaguers.

Steven Krasner has the Red Sox once again missing on all cylinders last night as the Angels finished up a Fenway sweep. Mike Anthony has the Angels finishing off a three game sweep of the lackluster Red Sox last night at Fenway. Edes has the Sox on the search for answers after another dreadful performance at Fenway. Ron Chimelis has the Sox falling three games behind the Rays in the AL East with the loss. Phil O’Neill says that the Angels have made a statement with their eight straight wins against the Red Sox.

Michael Silverman has the Sox holding a team meeting after perhaps their worst performance of the season last night. Michael Vega has Josh Beckett taking his share of the blame for the loss last night. Massarotti has Beckett unable to rescue the Sox from themselves last night. Bradford has David Ortiz weighing in on what the Red Sox need right now.

Bill Burt says that these Angels are a lot like the 2007 Red Sox. Vega has Mark Teixeira happy to joining the high-flying Angels. Kevin McNamara has the Angels making Teixeira feel welcome immediately.

Anthony’s notebook has Manny all for a trade to the Marlins. Edes’ notebook has Coco Crisp hitting his first Fenway homer of the season, and has Alex Cora showing skepticism over the ESPNDeportes rendition of Manny’s quotes. Silverman’s notebook has the Sox still in search of bullpen help. Couture’s notebook has the Sox searching for consistency from the guys that are already in the bullpen. Krasner’s notebook has more on Beckett’s poor outing. O’Neill’s notebook has more on the trade possibilities.


Christopher L. Gasper says that the fires are still burning within Rodney Harrison. Karen Guregian has the veteran safety making his presence felt in his first practice off the PUP list. Bud Barth has more on Harrison, who is getting ready for his 15th NFL season. Robert Lee notes that Harrison has lost none of his passion for the game after all of these years.

Mark Farinella has Victor Hobson learning the Patriot way. Glen Farley has Kelley Washington hoping to land a role with the offense this season in addition to his special-teams duties. Baxter Holmes has punter Chris Hanson a lonely man in camp, with no competition for his job. Steve Buckley has Robert Kraft offering a few thoughts on his team.

MARK FARINELLA has Andre Tippett ready for his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. John Tomase has more on the Patriots’ send-off for Tippett heading into his big weekend. Douglas Flynn has Tippett recognized as a revolutionary linebacker. Shalise Manza Young has more on the send off for Tippett, who was someone that Bill Belichick had his linebackers, including Lawrence Taylor, watch film of.

Gasper’s notebook has more on the team sending Tippett off to Canton in style. Farinella’s notebook looks at Tippett’s use of martial arts as a training method for his playing career. Guregian’s notebook has Tom Brady getting yesterday off from practice. Barth’s notebook has the Patriots getting ready for their first preseason game, a week from tonight. The Projo notebook has Kraft optimistic about his team’s chances.

On a media note, Patriots Football Weekly  writer Tom Casale appeared determined to burn all bridges on his way out of Gillette, as he posted a screed on the message board of his new employer, an online sports handicapper, with several allegations and insinuations about members of the Patriots. A couple of the items have been removed from the original item. In a follow up comment on the site, Casale told a poster that the reader should hope Casale doesn’t go to “Arlin Spector,” with what he knows, warning “You don’t want to open up that can of worms.”

The entire episode left Casale looking rather unhinged, and may do damage to his former colleagues at PFW. Way to leave with class, Tom.

See also: Things That Make You Sad To Be A Fan by Scott Benson over at Patriots Daily.