Olympic-themed Friday Megalinks

Ken from the Fang’s Bites blog with your megalinks on this Friday. With the Olympics in full swing, the Games will be a major theme for the links and the Weekend Viewing Picks. Without further delay, let’s get to your viewing picks.

Weekend Viewing Picks

The Olympics head into its second weekend of action with Michael Phelps going for a potential record of gold medals. On Friday in primetime on NBC, he’ll swim in the 200 meter individual medley for his 7th gold medal in these games. And if he wins tonight, all Phelps will have to do is help his USA teammates swim for the 4 x 100 meter medley relay for his 8th gold medal. NBC’s primetime coverage on Friday begins at 8 p.m. On Saturday night, coverage begins at 7:30 and Sunday, it begins at 7 p.m. You can see the entire TV and online listings over at NBCOlympics.com.

Baseball continues as the pennant races kick into high gear. The Red Sox host Toronto in a weekend series at Fenway. NESN has tonight’s and Saturday’s game at 7 p.m. Sunday’s game starts at 1:35 p.m.

Fox will have three American League games on Saturday, the Angels at Cleveland, Chicago White Sox at Oakland and Seattle at Minnesota, all starting at 3:55 p.m. The regional splits and announcing assignments can be see over here. WGN has the Cubs at Florida both on Saturday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.). TBS’ Sunday baseball game has the Milwaukee Brewers taking on the Dodgers at 4 p.m. And ESPN’s Sunday night game pits the Phillies at San Diego at 8 p.m.

Exhibition football continues this weekend with the NFL Network picking up the Patriots visiting Tampa Bay, Sunday night at 8. WBZ-TV, Channel 4 will simulcast the game in the Boston market only.

Other games on TV this weekend has Fox has the Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans tonight at 8. NFL Network carries Brett Favre’s first game as a Jet live as his new team takes on Washington at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The PGA Tour’s final regular season stop before the exciting FedEx Cup playoffs (sarcasm dripping here) is the Wyndham Championship. CBS has weekend coverage beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The LPGA heads north for the Canadian Open. Golf Channel has tape delayed coverage at 9 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

NASCAR is in Michigan for both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. ESPN2 has the Carfax 250 race, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ESPN has the 3M Performance 400, Sunday at 2.

And the US Open Series continues with the ATP Tour’s Legg Mason Classic championship match on ESPN2 this Sunday at 5 p.m.

The full listings can be seen at USA Today.

Let’s get to your links.

National

Starting with Michael Hiestand of USA Today, he says NBC finally has gotten its primetime coverage of the Olympics right with plenty of live coverage.

Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Daily/Journal talks with NBC Olympics producer David Neal about his impressions of the Games to date.

The Sports Media Watch blog finds the reviews for the Tiki Barber and Jenna Wolfe-led Olympic Update on MSNBC are not very kind. And the SMW says NBC will not air Michael Phelps’ quest for a possible 8th gold medal live on the West Coast despite rumors to the contrary.

Joseph De Avila of the Wall Street Journal talks with the President and CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media which is the most successful of all of the four major sports new media ventures.

It may be summertime, but it’s never too early to think about hockey. Maury Brown in the Biz of Hockey looks at the release of the NHL national TV schedules in the US and Canada.

Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog catches up with Bill Pidto who left ESPN in June after 15 years at the network.

East and Mid-Atlantic

I’ll start this region with Bruce Allen who has his thoughts on noted plagiarist Ron Borges joining WEEI.com. The move is one of the strangest I’ve ever seen.

David Scott goes more in-depth into this crazy move and he has inexplicable reaction from WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan. David first explores the decision by Tony Massarotti to leave the Boston Herald for a role at the Boston Globe’s website.

Joanna Weiss of the Boston Globe says a budding US vs. China rivalry is helping NBC’s Olympic ratings.

Marc Blaudschun of the Globe talks with NBC’s Bob Neumeier who’s in Communist China for the Olympics and he also takes a shot at former employer WEEI.

Now to Neil Best of Newsday who is most likely basking in the glow of seeing a story he broke back in June come to fruition. In today’s newspaper, Neil writes about the end of WFAN’s two decade pairing of Mike & the Mad Dog, with Chris Russo leaving the station yesterday. Neil goes over the history of the show which began in 1989. And here are some memorable moments from the show. Jim Baumbach of Newsday says WFAN will not be the same without Russo. Also from Newsday, Katie Strang says Russo’s departure has polarized listeners.

And Neil has a story totally unrelated to Mike & the Mad Dog. He says the Olympics are an event that has esssentially become group viewing.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes that it’s now Mike without the Mad Dog on WFAN.

Over to the New York Post where Phil Mushnick says for better or worse, Mike & the Mad Dog made radio history. Eric Lenkowitz says WFAN and Chris Russo decided to part ways even though he had a year left on his contract. Mushnick feels sponsors are wearing the viewers out.

Justin Terranova from the Post talks with ESPN’s Ron Jaworski about Brett Favre’s adjustment with the Jets. And Justin has five questions for ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla about the US men’s Olympic basketball team.

The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman looks into the breakup of Mike & the Mad Dog. Raissman also talks about the rumored move by Chris Russo to Sirius Satellite Radio.

Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette also discusses Russo’s leaving WFAN and Ken also gives props to Neil Best.

Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says the split of Mike & the Mad Dog will draw attention from all over. And Ken talks with ESPN Radio’s Freddie Coleman who was a big fan of Mike & the Mad Dog.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer says the Philly-based Comcast is kicking off Big Ten Network programming as of today.

Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun says NBC is keeping things moving during its primetime coverage of the Olympics.

South

Doug Nye of The State in South Carolina talks about high school football getting more exposure on TV and radio.

One of the bigger stories to break yesterday along with Mike & the Mad Dog splitting up, the moves at the Boston Globe’s sports department and Ron Borges signing with WEEI.com, was CBS signing the longest college sports agreement in history, by agreeing to pick up SEC football and basketball for 15 years beginning next season. Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells us what this new deal means for college football fans and college sports in general.

Alan Schmadtke of the Orlando Sentinel says the SEC stands to make a lot of money from this new deal with CBS. Jeremy Fowler of the Sentinel says the SEC also wants to finish deals with ESPN and Raycom within the next two weeks.

Jon Solomon of the Birmingham (AL) News says the CBS/SEC deal runs through 2023.

David Brandt of the Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger says both CBS and the SEC have reasons to crow.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says the Olympics are striking gold with viewers.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says Oklahoma City is ranked 7th of all markets watching the Olympics. Mel lists the top ten markets watching the Olympics. Mel says these Olympics have become the multimedia Games. Among Mel’s sports media notes is CBS’ Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman calling Oklahoma University’s football season opener on pay per view. And Mel has his weekend viewing picks.

Midwest

George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal says compelling stories are helping to drive the ratings for the Olympics.

Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Michael Phelps’ drive for 8 gold medals has become must see TV.

Shannon Shelton of the Detroit Free Press feels it’s about time that Comcast has brought the Big Ten Network into the fold.

Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune writes about Michael Wilbon’s singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley Field this week and the issues it has raised. Teddy lists his five weekend viewing picks.

Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily News talks with sports radio talk show host Dan McNeil.

Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin says college football fans in Minnesota won’t be able to see the Golden Gophers as the Big Ten Network remains off Charter Communications.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says a former sports radio host will continue his wrongful termination suit despite having a judge rule against him this week.

West

Moving to the Western part of the country where many are angry over the fact that NBC is delaying the Olympics in the Mountain and Pacific time zones.

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) Morning News says NBC should stop using the “live” graphic during the Olympics when airing its primetime coverage in the West.

Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune says despite the tape delay, San Diegans are watching the Olympics.

John Maffei in the North County Times writes that West Coast viewers are being cheated by the taped delayed airings of the Olympics.

The Ventura County’s Jim Carlisle says no matter if the Olympics are live or on tape, West Coast viewers are watching.

Steve Springer of the Los Angeles Times writes that NBC is restricting its primetime Olympics coverage to beach volleyball, gymnastics and swimming with some diving thrown in.

Tom Hoffarth in the Los Angeles Daily News talks with NBC Olympics volleyball announcer Paul Sunderland. Tom has a bunch of media notes on the Olympics, baseball and other sports. And Tom says ;NBC will recap the women’s gymnastics all-around competition in the 8:00 hour of tonight’s primetime coverage as it ended at 1 a.m. today while many of you were asleep.

Canada

William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail gives his medals to CBC’s Olympic announcers. And Houston says the new TSN2 will be a boon to tennis and hockey fans.

Chris Zelkovich from the Toronto Star scolds CBC for leaving the Cuba-Canada baseball to go to water polo. And Zelkovich praises CBC primetime host Ron MacLean.

There you have it, your supersized Friday megalinks. Have a good weekend.

Chad Finn on New Gig

I asked Chad Finn for his thoughts on his promotion, and what his new job is going to consist of over at Boston.com.

Here are some of his responses:

On what this new job means to him:

Obviously, I’m ridiculously excited. I started the blog four years ago with the vague hope that it might turn into something bigger, but I didn’t have any huge expectations – really, I just wanted to write about sports again – and I certainly didn’t expect it to turn into something like this, which is essentially my dream job. I’ve known this was going to happen for a while, but I still can’t believe it, you know?

On what he’ll be doing on Boston.com:

…some parts are still vague, and there are some things I still want to pitch them, but right now my main duty will be to make sure we have breaking sports news accounted for on Boston.com as soon as possible. Sometimes I’ll be writing a bylined story, sometimes I’ll be writing a story that plugs until Reiss or Mazz or whoever files the actual story that will appear in the paper. It’ll also be up to me to stay on top of news other outlets are reporting – say, on a day like the MLB trading deadline, where there were 50 new rumors a minute flying about Manny.

On whether this will have an impact on his Touching All The Bases blog:

I’ll be blogging five days a week, Monday through Friday. Nothing on TATB should change, and I hope it improves now that I’m actually writing it on office time and not at the break of dawn after working a desk shift.

It’s refreshing to hear someone so clearly fired up about what they do, especially in this industry. I’m looking forward to the changes at Boston.com, and congratulate Chad on his promotion and Joe Sullivan for (finally) recognizing what he had right there under his nose.

Media Movement All Over The Place

Last night we learned about the changes at the Globe, which included Tony Massarotti moving over from the Herald, and Chad Finn earning himself a sweet promotion.

This morning, David Scott has more on the move, but also reports on new hires at weei.com, which include Jeff Goodman, Alex Speier and wait for it…Ron Borges.

Ron Borges? 

Seriously? Ken Powers wasn’t available? Mike Barnicle turned them down? Patricia Smith wasn’t interested?

My interest and enthusiasm in their new venture just sunk considerably. They were doing things right all the way up until that point. Michael Felger, Rob Bradford, Goodman and Speier are all relatively young guys who understand how things work in the new age of sportswriting. For the most part they have a fresh perspective on things, and don’t stir up stuff just to get noticed (well, except for Felger.)

Borges throws all that out the window. The quotes from Dennis and Callahan in Scott’s piece are just nauseating. Yeah, I’m sure Bill Belichick is shaking in his shoes at the thought of Borges back in Foxboro. That’s provided of course that he knows how to get there. He hasn’t been seen down there in a long time, even before his (wink wink) retirement from the Globe.

I had high hopes for this new weei.com. Borges just about kills it for me. You hire him, you lose your credibility. Simple as that.

Bad move, guys.

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The Red Sox hitters are surely sorry to see the Texas Rangers pitchers leave town. Boston finished off the sweep of the Rangers with a 10-0 victory at Fenway Park last night. The Red Sox scored 37 runs in 3 games off the Rangers…

Globe beat reporter Amalie Benjamin has the game story. Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox continuing their hot hitting since the Manny Ramirez trade. Paul Kenyon has the Red Sox finishing off their roundup of the Rangers. Jeff Goldberg has Daisuke Matsuzaka once again letting the runners on, and once again not letting them score. Bob Stern has the Red Sox pounding the Rangers one more time. Garry Brown has more on the demolition at Fenway. Phil O’Neill has another big inning leading the way for Boston.

Tony Massarotti has David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis proving to be a formidable 3-3 combination. Barbara Matson has Ortiz especially sorry to see the Rangers go. Ortiz has regain his power stroke in this series, and even enjoyed an early departure last night. Still, I can’t help but remember the reaction from the media when Pedro Martinez left the ballpark early after a start. I’ve got absolutely no problem with Ortiz (or Pedro) going home early, but it’s interesting to note the difference in reaction. Steven Krasner analyzes the lack of success by the Rangers pitching in this series. Massarotti says that the Blue Jays will provide a much stiffer test for the Boston bats.

Marty Dobrow has a minor league notebook in the Globe, and examines a rash of oblique strains in the Red Sox organization. Rich Thompson‘s minor league notebook has Bartolo Colon on the road back to the majors.

Benjamin’s notebook has Jon Lester trying to help out Clay Buchholz. Horrigan’s notebook has Dice-K once again walking a tightrope last night. The ProJo notebook has more on Matsuzaka. Goldberg’s notebook says that Kevin Youkilis is making a case for league MVP. Brown’s notebook has Paul Byrd getting ready for his first Red Sox start tonight. O’Neill’s notebook also makes the case for Youkilis as AL MVP.

Patriots

Over on Patriots Daily, Scott Benson examines whether the Patriots can or will carry five running backs on their roster.

Christopher L. Gasper has a look at the Patriots signing of veteran safety John Lynch. Christopher Price has more on the Lynch signing. Carolyn Thornton says that Lynch could end up being a big presence in the Patriots secondary. Eric McHugh thinks Lynch should fit well here. Jennifer Toland writes that Lynch could fill the void left by Tank Williams being placed on IR. Mark Farinella looks at this year’s carbon-dated addition to the Patriots roster.

Karen Guregian says that adding Dom Capers to the coaching staff might be the best move the Patriots made in the offseason. Thornton has rookie QB Kevin O’Connell doing all he can to learn from Tom Brady. Guregian has more on the rookie learning how to play the position in his first NFL camp. Farinella has a look at Kenny Smith, who gets a feature written about him for the second day in a row. Thompson has punter Chris Hanson secure in his role with the team.

Price tells us what to watch for during Sunday night’s game. Ian M. Clark has a Ruud family reunion on tap for Sunday night. Mike McMahon looks at former Boston Patriot Daryl Johnson going into the Morgan State Hall of Fame.

Gasper’s notebook has Jason Webster getting close to returning to action for the Patriots. Guregian’s notebook has more on the signing of Lynch. Toland’s notebook has Dean Pees talking about some of his young players on defense. McHugh’s notebook examines the impact on he safety depth chart that the Lynch signing will have.

Misc

Steve Bulpett and Marc J. Spears report on the Celtics signing first round pick J.R. Giddens.

Spears also has the United States’ men’s basketball team taking care of business with Greece yesterday.

Mark Blaudschun has a media column on NBC Sports reporter Bob Neumeier. Neumy mentions that WEEI wasn’t “fair” in their contract offer to him, which is why he left his show with Dale Arnold.  

Globe Shuffles Things Up, Adds Massarotti

The Boston Globe this afternoon announced in a memo a number of changes to the sports department. Adam Reilly has the memo outlining the moves.

The biggest is the addition of Tony Massarotti to the Globe in “a newly created position as he will become the face and voice of boston.com sports.” He will also contribute to the print edition of the paper. Massarotti starts his new job the first week of September.

Amalie Benjamin was officially named the Red Sox beat writer, replacing Gordon Edes, who recently departed for Yahoo! sports.

BSMW favorite Chad Finn also gets a promotion to a newly created position, that of “sports news reporter for boston.com.” Finn will be keeping the page updated throughout the day with “fresh and interesting items.” He will also begin this job in the first week of September.

The paper also announced that Corey Allen will be replacing Finn’s role as part-time copy editor.

Some interesting moves here by sports editor Joe Sullivan. The Globe takes Massarotti away from the Herald, and with Rob Bradford having already left for WEEI.com, this move further weakens the baseball staff at the tabloid. Massarotti loses his WEEI gigs, though he had already scaled them back considerably over the last year. The Globe needed a new columnist/voice under the age of 50, and they get that in Massarotti. I just hope that this sort of stuff doesn’t come over with him. Now that he’s not going to be writing for a tabloid that often uses sensationalism to sell papers, hopefully Massarotti’s style will stick to the analytical, smooth style that comes through in most of his columns. Besides, the Globe already has one Dan Shaughnessy.

Benjamin has her fans on the Red Sox beat, and this move was expected all along. She’s not spectacular, but is competent and enthusiastic for the job. Nick Cafardo likely didn’t want the full-time travel that goes with the job.

It will be most interesting to see what Finn does with Boston.com, and what, if any, design changes are in store for the site. It will be good to have more writing and content from Finn, who has certainly paid his dues, and now is being rewarded with what could be his dream gig. Finn’s obvious love and passion for sports, coupled with his humor make this a very good promotion for the Globe and boston.com.

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In New York sports media news, Neil Best reports that Mike and the Mad Dog is no longer, as Chris Russo has left WFAN.

Sox Offense on Track Again

With the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon kicking off today, Gerry Callahan confirms what had only been rumored about previously – his absence from the WEEI airwaves last year was in fact due to throat cancer.

Nick Cafardo has the Red Sox hitters once again enjoying themselves at the Rangers’ expense. Michael Silverman has Jon Lester giving the Red Sox a “perfectly sane start” last night. Paul Kenyon has the Red Sox continuing their destruction of the Rangers this season. Mike Anthony has Lester stabilizing things after the wild night on Tuesday. Phil O’Neill has Youk and Lester leading the way for the Sox. Garry Brown has Lester in control of this one. Eric Avidon has the Sox winning another beer-league game at Fenway. Glen Farley has three doubles from Kevin Youkilis providing the spark.

Tony Massarotti has the Red Sox once again chewing up Rangers pitching – which is something the entire league has been doing. Steven Krasner notes that Kevin Youkilis has done just find in the cleanup spot, and also hopes that Clay Buchholz can learn from Jon Lester. Barbara Matson has Lester once again taking control of the game from the mound. Massarotti says that the trade for Paul Byrd was in fact just a cash-only transaction. Maureen Mullen says that Youkilis has been the man of the moment for the Sox lately.

Bill Burt has Josh Hamilton taking things one day at a time for the Rangers. Hamilton also plans to call the troubled Jeff Allison, who has been trying to put his life back together. Steve Buckley devotes a column to a 16-year-old boy who was ejected from the Red Sox game on Tuesday night after a play was ruled fan interference.

Cafardo’s notebook has Mike Lowell headed to the DL, and Paul Byrd meeting the Boston press. Silverman’s notebook has a look at the roster shuffling done by the Sox. The ProJo notebook has more on the roster moves by the Sox. Anthony’s notebook has more on Lowell heading to the disabled list. O’Neill’s notebook has Byrd trying hard to leave his last memories of Fenway park behind. Brown’s notebook has more on Lowell. Farley’s notebook chronicles more of Byrd landing at Fenway.

Patriots

Karen Guregian has Tom Brady addressing the media in a state of the union style briefing. Mark Farinella has Brady looking forward to getting back on the field. Carolyn Thornton has Brady in a great state of mind as the regular season gets closer. Rich Garven has Brady looking forward to seeing some action this weekend against the Buccaneers.

Mike Reiss wonders if John Lynch could pull a Junior Seau and find the fountain of youth in New England. Eric McHugh has the Patriots big three of Brady, Moss and Welker looking forward to a second season together. Christopher Price talks to Joe Theismann about the role of being Tom Brady’s backup. Baxter Holmes has a good look at what happens on a tipped ball. David Brown has the Patriots focusing on the finish this season.

Farley has Kenny Smith hoping to carve out a spot for himself on the Patriots defensive line. Buckley has rookie Terrence Wheatley with a big opportunity in front of him due to injuries in camp. Garven has Wesley Britt making progress towards being a contributor on the offensive line.

Buckley says that Brady is underpaid in big way, and is “practically playing for free” for the Patriots. Guregian has ex-teammate Jeff Shoate saying that Lynch would be a good fit for the Patriots. Buddy Thomas is bullish on the Cleveland Browns this season.

Reiss’ notebook has Brady talking more about how much he’s looking to get on the field Sunday. Guregian’s notebook has Vince Wilfork earning his teammates a night off yesterday. Farinella’s notebook has the players and coaches getting into regular season mode. Garven’s notebook has Mike Wright getting back onto the practice field for the Patriots. McHugh’s notebook has more on Lynch’s visit to Foxboro yesterday.

Misc

Peter Gobis has the Islanders nabbing Providence Bruins coach Scott Gordon as their new head coach.

Steve Conroy has the Boston College defense well ahead of the offense at this point in camp.

Bob Ryan examines the Chinese domination of table tennis.

Marc J. Spears has the US mens basketball team out for revenge against Greece.

 

08.13.08 Afternoon

A trip around the afternoon stories:

Chad Finn has Kevin Youkilis arriving as a legitimate star.

Peter Gammons did a Q&A on Boston.com today.

Andy Hart has an Ask PFW Mailbag on Patriots.com

Gregg Easterbrook makes it through his first Tuesday Morning Quarterback with only a passing mention of you-know-what.

Don Banks says former BC QB Matt Ryan will likely be the opening day starter for the Falcons.

Tim Graham ponders whether John Lynch (who visited the Patriots today) would be a good fit for New England.

Lesley Visser gets a rare (for these days) interview with Bill Parcells.

Gordon Edes has David Ortiz quieting concerns about his wrist with his power display last night.

Albert Breer visits Bills camp as Buffalo sets their aim on moving closer to the Patriots in the standings.

Marty Burns has his first Eastern Conference rankings, with the Celtics still on top.

 

Sox Outslug Rangers

The Patriots Red Sox missed two extra points last night, but managed to hang on and defeat the Cowboys Rangers 19-17 at Gillette Stadium Fenway Park.

A wilder baseball game you will be hard pressed to find.

We’ll get you caught up on all the stories from this one over at RedSoxLinks.com this morning.

The Patriots continue getting ready for this weekend’s game with Tampa Bay. Asante Samuel says Bill Belichick “doesn’t have a personality” (but Andy Reid does?) – check out the coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.

Tracking the Ex-Globies

A couple of Ex-Globies lead off a brief session of afternoon links.

Gordon Edes finally is on board at Yahoo! and has a piece on Skip Carey, who passed away on August 3rd.

Ron Borges talks to Andre Tippett about his long road to the Hall of Fame.

Those are just two of those who have left the Boston Globe (for various reasons) in the last few years. You could create a “Where are they now” list just of Ex Boston Globe employees:

  • Gordon Edes: Yahoo! Sports
  • Ron Borges: Pro Football Weekly
  • Jackie MacMullan: ESPN
  • Michael Smith: ESPN
  • Peter May: Seen on Yahoo!
  • Chris Snow: Minnesota Wild front office

I’m sure I’m missing someone. For other locals, you can add Tom Curran, now with NBCSports.com and Albert Breer with The Sporting News.

Dave Doyle is actually another ex-Globe writer, he’s now covering UFC for Yahoo!

From someone still at the Globe, Mike Reiss has this week’s edition of the Ask Reiss Mailbag.

A mystery Boston sportswriter is doing some Olympic blogging from home.

Another reason for Gerry Callahan to hate Bill Belichick and the Patriots – John Czarnecki says that Belichick oversees the most liberal team in the NFL. 
 

Dennis & Callahan in 2018

If they’re still around in 10 years, I’m pretty sure the show will sound something like this…

6:00amJohn Dennis: On the show today we’ll talk with Patriots head coach Josh McDaniels, who is continuing to experiment with the two-quarterback backfield, still trying to fill the void from when Tom Brady retired 4 years ago. We’ll also talk to Brad Faxon from the Smithfield nursing home to get his thoughts on the PGA championship last weekend.

6:20am Dennis: Here’s Meterparel with the sportsflash…Meter, did you ever think you’d still be doing this job when you were 50 years old?

Meter: Of course, I owe Gerry my whole career…besides, the late Larry Lucchino assured me that if I paid my dues here, I’d get the Red Sox play-by-play gig.

6:45am Callahan: Manny Ramirez is a scumbag who quit on his team, and hates kids with cancer…

7:30am Callahan: So little Senator Chelsea Clinton from California thinks that she can follow in her father and mother’s footsteps and be President of the United States? God help us all. She’ll probably try to get the troops out of Iraq, like every Democratic liberal scumbag has tried to do since George W. took the heroic and decisive action of commited the US to 10 more years of occupancy back in 2008.

Dennis: Our best hope is that Senator Schilling from Arizona can keep his 4-day filibuster going for another couple of weeks. If anyone can do it, it’s him. Yesterday he told stories about every one of his former teammates. Did you know that a lot of Red Sox players wanted to punch Kevin Youkilis?

8:00am: Dennis: I know I couldn’t make it through the day without my new Dunkin Donuts tapioca pudding, loaded with an burst of energy to help me make it to 10:00 without nodding off and drooling on the microphone. Dunkin Donuts is the offical sponsor of the Dennis and Callahan morning show.

8:15am: Callahan: Manny Ramirez is a scumbag who quit on his team, and hates kids with cancer…

8:52am: Callahan: Josh, Bill Belichick used to tape opponents signals and then use those tapes in the same game to gain a competitive advantage, he also ran up the score on opponents and set a bad example for kids, being his protege are you going to do the same things?

Meter: Josh, Matt Ryan will be a free agent next season, how could you not be interested in bringing him here to the Patriots? As a BC alum, Matty Heisman would be the perfect fit to your team, even if he has suffered 6 concussions in the last two seasons.

9:20am: Dennis: Brad, two part question from me…since we last spoketh, the PGA champion has been, shall we say, cornated, and it happens to be one Tiger Woods, who continues to play golf at the highest level heretofore unseen in this antiquitious game, that being case, do you believe that he can continue said dominance for the forseeable future, or is this his faretheewell on this grandest stage for this legendary links master, now the secondary part of my query, if you accept that all these things to be true, that Woods now with his 23 Major championships has set a bar to which no mere mortal hacker may attain to, is the game of golf in, shall we say, serious trouble with no one to carry to torch on after the said Tiger Woods?

9:55am: Callahan: Manny Ramirez is a scumbag who quit on his team, and hates kids with cancer…

Beckett Aces ChiSox

With the Red Sox trotting out a lineup behind him that was less than intimidating, Josh Beckett needed to be on top of his game last night, and he was, going eight innings, giving up a single run and striking out eight. When he left the game, the score was 2-1, and Boston tacked on three more in the top of the ninth for the 5-1 victory.

Amalie Benjamin has Beckett winning the pitching duel – something of a rarity this season. John Tomase has the Sox once again avoiding getting no-hit, and this time managing to come out with the win. Sean McAdam says that it was better late than never for the Red Sox offense. Jeff Goldberg has Beckett finally finding himself on the winning end of a gem performance. Bill Ballou has Beckett looking sharp last night.

Brendan McGair has the long awaited call finally coming for Charlie Zink, who will make his major league debut tonight for the Red Sox. Joe McDonald has more on the call finally coming for the “other” knuckleball pitcher in the Red Sox organization. Joe Haggerty also looks at Zink getting the call. Daniel I. Dorfman has White Sox starter John Danks carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning, and a no-hitter into the seventh before seeing it fall apart for him. Michael Silverman has the Red Sox talking about the team they are chasing in the division, the Tampa Bay Rays, who show no signs of fading.

McAdam has a note on David Ortiz, who was given last night off to rest his wrist. Silverman has J.D. Drew enjoying his one night stint at DH. McAdam has Terry Francona and John Farrell meeting with Clay Buchholz yesterday to encourage the young righthander.

In the Olympic section, Marc J. Spears has former Sox outfielder Reggie Smith, who is serving as the hitting coach for the US team talking about the Games, and about his time and feelings for Boston. Lenny Megliola has Barry Bonds shamelessly stealing the spotlight from Willie Mays at AT&T Park on Saturday night.

Benjamin’s notebook has more on Zink getting the call tonight, and also has Clay Buchholz getting a pep talk from pitching coach John Farrell. Tomase’s notebook has more on Zink, as the Sox replace one knuckleball pitcher with another. McAdam’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia’s road hitting streak coming to an end last night. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Zink getting the call tonight. Ballou’s notebook also has the Sox replacing Wake’s knuckler with Zink’s.

Patriots

Christopher L. Gasper has a look at Pierre Woods, who appears ready to break into the rotation at outside linebacker for the Patriots. Shalise Manza Young says that Woods has developed into a viable option at outside linebacker for the Patriots. Karen Guregian has another young linebacker, rookie Jerod Mayo, proving himself to be a student of the game, spending all his free time in the film room. Mark Farinella says Mayo was not satisfied with his play in the preseason opener, which is why you should like this kid. David Brown has Mayo not taking it easy after his big hit and all around performance from last Thursday night.

Rich Garven has the Patriots entering Phase II of training camp this week. Jeff Horrigan has Richard Seymour putting his injury woes behind him. Christopher Price has Seymour feeling fully recovered after struggling through all of 2007. Horrigan has newly signed cornerback Jeff Shoate keeping his Giants Super Bowl ring under wraps in Patriots camp. Glen Farley says that at this point, Shoate merely brings a healthy body to the secondary. Farinella has Shoate hoping to stick around and contribute more to a Super Bowl winner this season.

Gasper’s notebook has Seymour feeling good about his physical condition, and looking good on the field against the Ravens. Guregian’s notebook has Woods talking about his passion for the game, and his development in the Patriots defensive system. Farley’s notebook has people still talking about Mayo’s performance in the opener. Garven’s notebook has more on Shoate and his ring.