Patriots Items on NFL Pregame Shows

A couple of notes from the NFL Pregame shows today involving the Patriots.

From the NFL Network NFL Gameday Morning:

Adam Schefter had the following report:

Based on the hard-line stance the league is taking on cheap shot and Vince Wilfork’s prior record of controversial hits, the New England defensive tackle is staring straight at the possibility of being suspended for next Sunday night’s game at Indianapolis for a hit he delivered Monday night vs. Denver. During the first quarter of Monday night’s win over the Broncos, Wilfork threw a blatant elbow at Jay Cutler after Patriots S Rodney Harrison knocked down the Denver quarterback. As Cutler attempted to get up, Wilfork drilled the quarterback in the head with an elbow that caught the attention of the Broncos and the NFL. Ironically, the only penalty called on the play came against Broncos OT Ryan Harris – who defended Cutler, knocked down Harrison and drew a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. ESPN cameras failed to capture Wilfork’s hit. But the coaches’ tape caught it and the league noticed it. Disciplinary action against Wilfork could come as early as this week for a player who has another controversial hit on his resume. Last September, the NFL fined Wilfork $12,500 for landing his right elbow on Bills QB J.P. Losman’s left knee. The elbow drew a penalty and knocked Losman out of the lineup, paving the way for Bills QB Trent Edwards to take over and the league to be monitoring Wilfork. This time Wilfork could be facing a fine and or a suspension.

On CBS’ The NFL Today, Charlie Casserly had the following to say on reports this week that Tom Brady’s knee surgeries weren’t going well:

I talked to someone who is very familiar with the specifics of the surgery. They told me first of all, he had his ACL repaired using his own patellar tendon. An open repair on the MCL, just like Carson Palmer had. Five days after the surgery, there was swelling around the MCL incision. A few days later the whole knee swelled up. They then went in and flushed out both incisions. The second flushing out was just precautionary. Right now everything looks like it’s a go for next season for him to be able to play. Now if the graft doesn’t take and they have to redo the surgery, that would happen in January. We had a player with the Texans, exactly the same time frame. October surgery, graft doesn’t take. January surgery, he played that year. All is not lost if Brady has to have another surgery. I believe he will play next year.

The Friday Megalinks. It’s About Time

Ken from the Fang’s Bites blog providing your Friday megalinks technically on a Saturday morning. Work issues prevented me from putting this up at my usual time, but they’re up and it’s time to get to the Weekend Viewing Picks.

The Patriots host the Rams at Foxboro on Sunday. Fox25 and Fox 64 will carry the game locally Sunday at 1 p.m. Chris Rose, JC Pearson and Nishelle Turner will be on hand for the call. Gil and Gino are alternatives on radio. In addition, there’s no Sunday night game because of the World Series. One of the games of interest will be San Diego and New Orleans and it’s not because of the matchup, but of the location, Wembley Stadium in London. CBS has that game at 1 p.m. Fox has the featured late game, the New York Giants at Pittsburgh at 4:15 p.m. NFL Viewing Picks are here for your review.

Boston College will be in action on Saturday against North Carolina. Raycom will syndicate the game to TV38, CW28 and a whole host of ACC TV stations at noon. Comcast SportsNet will air Towson visiting UNH also at noon. Charter customers in central Massachusetts will see Lehigh at Holy Cross at 1 p.m. Plus, College Football’s big game this weekend is Penn State at Ohio State. ESPN’s College Gameday will broadcast live from Columbus, OH starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Then ABC will have the game that night starting at 8. CBS has Georgia at LSU starting at 3:30 p.m. The entire national TV schedule can be seen in the College Football Viewing Picks.

The Bruins will host the Atlanta Trashers at the Garden on NESN at 7 p.m. and the Kathryn Tappen-hosted pregame show can be seen a half hour earlier.

The World Series resumes on Saturday in Philadelphia, weather permitting. If the Series can be played on Saturday, it’ll be on Fox25 and Fox 64 at 8:29 p.m. And Game 4 would be played Sunday night at 8:29 p.m. as well. However, with a Nor’easter expected on Saturday, there’s a 70% chance of rain. I guess watch the Weather Channel to see if it actually gets played on time.

Horse racing’s last big event of the season, The Breeders’ Cup will be run at Santa Anita on Saturday. WCVB and ABC6 have the races starting at 1 p.m., then ESPN takes it to the conclusion starting at 3:30 p.m.

NASCAR heads to Atlanta for the Pep Boys 500 which ABC will carry at 2 p.m. on Sunday Indy Car heads Down Under for the Indy 300 on ESPN Classic, Saturday night at 10:30.

UFC 90 is on Pay Per View Saturday night.

The PGA Tour has the Open this weekend on Golf Channel, Saturday and Sunday at 4.

And if you want to watch figure skating, NBC and Universal Sports have coverage of Skate America throughout the weekend.

Now to your links.


USA Today’s Michael McCarthy looks at the brewing feuds between Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer and ESPN and between Boomer Esiason and Troy Aikman.

The Sports Media Watch says the ratings for World Series Game 2 were the lowest ever in history.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell says the Tampa Bay Rays’ Jason Bartlett stands to make some money thanks to the Taco Bell stolen base promotion. Darren wonders if the slow sale of Jets Personal Seat Licenses is due to the economy. And Darren reports that the Boston Red Sox have won the “Sex Rod” case.

The Big Lead looks back at the five best players coached by former Arizona coach Lute Olson.

Christopher Byrne’s Eye on Sports Media looks at 90 year old Furman Bisher’s blog.

Joe Favorito looks at the impact of David Beckham possibly returning to Europe on MLS.

Awful Announcing discovers that ESPN’s Erin Andrews is looking at a move to cover Hollywood down the line.

Simon Thiel of Bloomberg talks about ESPN’s plans to bid for the German Bundesliga and may start a local version of its network.

East and Mid Atlantic

The Boston Globe’s Nancy Marrapese-Burrell talks with Comcast SportsNet’s Greg Dickerson about his role as Celtics sideline reporter.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks inside the lower ratings for Game 1 of the World Series.

New York Post curmudgeon Phil Mushnick goes after ESPN for something.

The Post’s Justin Terranova talks with Ohio State and Penn State alumni Cris Carter and Todd Blackledge about the game involving their respective schools on Saturday. And Justin has five questions for the YES Network’s Howard Cross about his former New York Giants team.

Newsday’s Neil Best speculates on the possible new sidekick for WFAN’s Mike Francesa. In his blog, Neil says New York was listed in the top 10 markets viewing Game 2 of the World Series. Neil talks about two new shows premiering on the World Fishing Network. I kid you not.

The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman talks with Tampa Bay Rays TV voice Dewayne Staats.

Will Leitch and Joe DeLessio of New York Magazine says ESPN is making up editorial policy as it goes along.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says the local Fox affiliate has permission to break away from the Rams-Patriots game to go to the Giants-Steelers game. Pete says there’s a silver lining to the lower ratings for the World Series.

Laura Nachman says America is just not catching on to her Phillies.

Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun talks about the ESPN directive not to report Jay Glazer’s Brett Favre-talking-to-the-Lions story.


Doug Nye of The State wonders why sports radio talk show hosts criticize the South Carolina fans.

Barry Jackson from the Miami Herald says fans of the U won’t be able to watch Saturday’s game against Wake Forest because Comcast doesn’t carry ESPNU. And Barry writes about the latest Arbitron ratings for the sports radio stations in South Florida.

The Orlando Sentinel’s Dave Darling says the Fox Sports Florida-Bright House cable dispute is getting uglier. An editorial in the Sentinel says the dispute hurts Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Rays fans.

Ray Buck in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa have developed a great chemistry despite not being in the booth.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle writes that Fox is spinning its World Series ratings.

Barry Horn from the Dallas Morning News enjoys his beat. And Barry gets a tidbit on the Cowboys from Siragusa. Barry says a majority of Americans aren’t watching the World Series.

Mel Bracht of The Daily Oklahoman writes that ESPN/ABC’s Brad Nessler is happy to covering his first Big 12 game of the season. Mel looks at what the national media is saying about the new Oklahoma City Thunder. In his media notes, Mel says Marv Albert did some extra work for the NBA Live video game thanks to the Thunder. And Mel has his weekend viewing picks.


Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News says a popular sports anchor is leaving. And Chick Ludwig of the Daily News says he’ll miss her as well. And Marc looks at the 60 years of the World Series on TV.

Michael Zuidema from the Grand Rapids (MI) Press writes that three Red Wings prospects get a chance to be on TV next week.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the ratings for the World Series locally were quite good.

Ted Cox from the Chicago Daily Herald writes that length matters to Fox.

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune says sports radio station KFAN has fired one of its hosts after he was arrested on drug possession charges.

Dan Caesar in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes about the sports radio ratings in the Gateway City.

Jeffrey Flanagan of the Kansas City Star says there’s another casualty for sports radio station KCSP.


Scott D. Pierce from the Deseret (UT) News says Utah’s football coach made the rounds on ESPN earlier this week.

Jay Posner in the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that CBS Sports is looking forward to producing the Chargers-Saints game from London. Jay has the ratings from San Diego from last weekend.

John Maffei from the North County Times says CBS Sports has some challenges broadcasting from Wembley Stadium in London.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star says ESPN is dealing with its NBA personnel making some career choices this season.

Steve Springer at the Los Angeles Times says ESPN is going to try to make a big deal out of the Breeders’ Cup.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is the subject of Tom Hoffarth’s Friday column in the Los Angeles Daily News. In the first part of his extensive media notes, Tom looks at the start of the NBA season on TV. And Tom has more media notes here. Tom also has the ratings of World Series Game 2 in Philly and Tampa-St. Pete.

Gary Washburn of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says NBA’s national voices feel Seattle will be back in the game soon.


William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail says the Dallas Stars’ Sean Avery is causing TV analysts to rightfully trash the very annoying pissant of a player.

CBC Sports has announced its figure skating schedule.

That’s going to do it. Have a great weekend.

Kudos To Globe For Brady Coverage

I singled out WEEI and the Boston Herald  this morning for their sensationalistic and doomsday coverage of Tom Brady’s knee situation.

I should’ve also mentioned that I’m pleased with the even-handed way the Boston Globe has covered the matter. Yesterday, when WEEI was “reporting” every 20 minutes that the Patriots were upset with Brady for choosing a West coast doctor, the Globe never published that rumor on I applaud them for that.

Their coverage of the infection in Brady’s knee has been similarly even-keeled. The piece by Shira Springer this morning pointed out that “When doctors wash out a septic joint, a similar action often must be done two or three times to help clear out the infection.”

This is a change from most reports that just hysterically report that Brady needed multiple procedures to clear out the infection. Springer’s report points out that flushing the wound multiple times is a common practice when there is an infection. (Though I’m a little unclear about the comment about his return being delayed a couple months in the “best case” scenario.) The Reiss’ Pieces blog has only devoted one post to Brady’s knee condition in the last couple of days, and it was a post this morning pointing readers to comments by Dr James Andrew in the Los Angeles Times this morning which indicates that Brady is winning the infection battle.

Contrast that with this headline banner on

I got an email from this morning pointing out that the screaming headline was an actual quote from the Doctor in the report.

“What will probably have to happen is that they will have to go in, remove everything–including the screws, everything—because everything has to be sterile and clean for (the repair) to take,” Kremchek said.

What does that mean in terms of timetable?

“Next year, I have to think, is seriously in doubt,” Kremchek said.

Now it becomes clearer why so many people are concerned.

Worst case?

“His career could be in jeopardy,” Kremchek said.

OK, so Dr Kremcheck did say Brady’s career could be in jeopardy.

In the Worst Case scenario.

If you read the Doctor’s comments in the report, his opinion is quite different from what others have said about the situation. More pessimistic, for sure. chose to run with this approach to the story. The “worst case” angle, and play it up accordingly. That’s their perogative, and they likely will get a few more people to click over to the story by doing it that way.

Ron Borges in the Herald also chose to run with the worst case scenario, comparing Brady’s situation with a boxer who had surgery from the same Doctor that Brady did, and who never returned to the ring.

I’ll take the cautious, even-keeled reports in the Globe yesterday and today over the panic-mongering style shown in this incident by and the Herald any day.