Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-02-28

Friday Megalinkage, Part II

I’m back with Part 2 of the megalinks. We’ll continue with some additional national links, then pick up where we left off with the Midwest region.

National

Joe Favorito takes a look at how traditional news outlets can remain afloat in these tough times.

The Sports Media Watch wonders if the NBA is truly in trouble. But even with the NBA’s credit woes, their ratings were solid for the Suns-Celtics game. The SMW notes that the NHL’s ratings are still on their way up. SMW says the Northern Trust Open got the PGA Tour’s highest ratings since Tiger Woods left last year due to injury.

Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball says the Los Angeles Dodgers are offering 11 Spring Training games for free on its website.

David Tankefsky of Broadcasting & Cable writes about HBO’s first foray into live tennis since it lost Wimbledon in 1999.

Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says Tiger Woods delivered ratings for Golf Channel on Thursday. Mike writes that YES Network saw record ratings for Yankees Spring Training as fans wanted to see Alex Rodriguez.

Midwest

Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News writes about ESPN’s latest silly gimmick that was ignored by this blogger.

Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has ESPN baseball analysts’ assessment of the Brewers.

In Chicago, Bulls fans are mourning the deaths of Johnny “Red” Kerr and Norm Van Lier. Both men died within hours of each other and both men became broadcasters for the team.

Melissa Issacson and K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune write that Van Lier died at home on Thursday.

Melissa writes that Kerr was a beloved ambassador for the Bulls.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business writes about his last interview with Van Lier. Ed also remembers Kerr.

Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin says fans will have a chance to watch two local athletes in action this weekend.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes about a new sports talk radio partnership. Dan has the Cardinals spring training radio and TV schedule.

West

Rocky Mountain News media critic Dusty Saunders writes about the death of his beloved Rocky. Rocky Mountain News sports columnist Bernie Lincicome says sports in Denver will go on, but without the RMN. There’s an entire section devoted to the end of the Rocky Mountain News.

Scott Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News writes that the mtn. has become quite popular with out-of-state Mountain West Conference fans.

Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune pleads with NBC to not go overboard with Tiger Woods mentions this weekend.

John Maffei of the North County Times says thanks to the MLB Network, there will be plenty of Spring Training games to watch.

Jim Carlisle in the Ventura County Star says the Tiger stimulus won’t help NBC this weekend.

The Los Angeles Times’ Diane Pucin writes that NBC won’t let us forget about Tiger.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says Jim Rome kept his streak of guests named Rex alive this week. Tom talks with the voice of the minor league Lancaster JetHawks and also lists his best and worst play-by-play men in L.A. Tom has his weekly media news and notes. Tom asks for reader votes on the best and worst play-by-play men.

Jeff Faraudo of the San Jose Mercury News talks with ESPN’s Jay Bilas about the Cal basketball team.

And that concludes Part II of the megalinks.

Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-02-27

Friday Megalinkage, Part I

Ken from Fang’s Bites with the Friday megalinks. I can’t finish them in one sitting so I’ll give you the second half tonight. Let’s start with the first part without further delay.

Weekend Viewing Picks

College basketball takes the lead for the weekend now that Tiger Woods is out of the Match Play Championship. CBS carries a tripleheader on Saturday and Sunday. ESPN’s Dan Shulman and Bob Knight head out west to call the UCLA-Cal game, Saturday night at 9. I have the complete national and regional TV schedule in the College Basketball Viewing Picks.

The Celtics play at the Garden on Sunday and host the Detroit Pistons as part of a national doubleheader. WCVB/WMUR/ABC6 have the game starting at 1. The second game of ABC’s doubleheader has the Lakers heading to Phoenix at 3:30 p.m.

The Bruins play a Saturday matinee against the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin. NESN has the game starting at 1.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series is in Las Vegas and Fox has coverage Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The network hopes that weather does not affect the race just as it has in the first two stops.

HBO’s World Championship Boxing has two fights at 10 p.m. Saturday, the WBA Featherweight title bout between champion Chris John and Rocky Juarez and a lightweight fight as well.

And there’s the Match Play Championship, sans Tiger Woods. Golf Channel has the quarterfinals Saturday morning at 10 ET, then NBC picks up the semifinals a few hours later at 2 p.m. and the finals on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Weekend Viewing Picks has the sports and primetime schedules for Saturday and Sunday.

Now to the links.

National

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks with Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones about a new show he’s hosting for the Travel Channel.

The Big Lead interviews Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz about the demise of the Rocky Mountain News and other subjects.

I have a column at Digital Sports Daily about NBC’s dashed hopes for the Match Play Championship after Tiger Woods’ loss on Thursday.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell likes the new Dick’s Sporting Goods ad featuring the Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins. Darren advises us not to look for General Motors’ executives at the Final Four in Detroit in April. Darren says the Mantle family bought the Mick’s infamous “F-bomb” ball. Darren reports that the NBA is adding some $200 million to its credit facility just in case. Darren says Nike Golf is carrying on as if Tiger Woods never lost this week. Darren says Citigroup will continue with its naming rights deal for the new Mets stadium. And Darren tells us that Bank of America still plans to spend money on sports sponsorships this year.

Diego Vasquez of Media Life Magazine says Tiger’s return on Wednesday set a ratings record for the Golf Channel.

East and Mid-Atlantic

David Scott emerges from book writing hiberation to surface with a one-time column reacting to Chad Finn’s column on WEEI and the retirement of long-time WCVB weatherman Dick Albert.

The Boston Globe’s Nancy Marrapese-Burrell writes about ESPN890 which canceled its local morning show earlier this month.

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette discusses Comcast SportsNet’s Celtics 6th Star Award.

The Sox & Dawgs blog wishes the Connecticut legislature would leave the Jim Calhoun issue alone.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says the Golf Channel set a ratings record with Tiger Woods’ return on Wednesday. Richard says Barney Frank is attacking Citigroup’s stadium naming rights deal with the Mets.

Newsday’s Neil Best says SNY’s Ron Darling is happy to be behind the mike for Mets games. In his blog, Neil mentions Cablevision’s plans to charge for Newsday’s web content. Neil says MLB Network will carry Yankees and Mets Spring Training games that won’t be picked by YES or SNY. Neil writes that HBO is putting together a quality crew to call Monday’s tennis event at Madison Square Garden. Neil reviews the first episode of Charles Barkley’s reality show on the Golf Channel.

The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick feels MLB Players Association head Donald Fehr has hid his head in the sand for too long on steroids.

Justin Terranova of the Post talks with ESPN’s Barry Melrose about the New York Rangers. Justin has five questions for NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union looks forward to ESPN’s Championship Week. Pete writes that golf has become relevant again thanks to Tiger Woods.

Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says the Big East Conference will stream the first round of its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments online for free. Ken says Universal Sports will stream the U.S. Curling Olympic trials.

Laura Nachman says Comcast in Philly will have extensive coverage of the high school basketball championships.

Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun says more guests and fewer callers would be better for sports talk radio. Ray enjoyed the Mel Kiper, Jr.-Todd McShay verbal fisticuffs on ESPN.

Jim Williams of the DC Examiner says NASCAR takes over Las Vegas this weekend.

South

Doug Nye in The State says South Carolina’s win over Kentucky this week had the announcers impressed.

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson does not like the interactive part of ESPN’s Tuesday night college basketball broadcasts.

Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel looks at Golf Channel’s new reality show featuring Charles Barkley.

Jerry Greene of the Sentinel talks with a Central Florida sports management professor on what the future holds for spectator sports in a bad economy.

To Ray Buck in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram who says Tiger Woods’ return was all too short.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News has highlights of an interview with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones conducted by a sports anchor who regularly bashes him. Barry has a look at the sports radio ratings in Big D.

The Houston Chronicle’s David Barron talks with HBO’s Jim Lampley who’s back in town for a championship boxing match.

The Daily Oklahoman’s Mel Bracht says Thunder TV analyst Grant Long is doing quite well in his role. Mel writes the Thunder are underperforming in the ratings for Fox Sports Oklahoma and KSBI. And Mel says a local TV sports anchor returns to work after suffering a severe head injury.

That’s going to do it for Part I. I’ll have Part II sometime around mid-evening.

Patriots Busy On Day One of Free Agency

So much for the Patriots not getting too involved in the opening days of free agency.

First it was Fred Taylor agreeing to come aboard. (Shalise Manza Young)

Then it was TE Chris Baker being nabbed from the New York Jets. (Herald)

The team has also hosted defensive back Leigh Bodden today. (Globe)

In a subtraction, long snapper Lonie Paxton is apparently heading to Denver. (Globe)

But the biggest news of the day is that the Patriots have traded stalwart linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs. (NFL.com) The deal has since been confirmed – Albert Breer and Christopher L. Gasper.

The Vrabel move is the most intriguing, as it just seems like there has to be another move coming…

Bruins Knock Out Lame Ducks

Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins continuing to get their act together, this time with a 6-0 thumping of the Anaheim Ducks. Steve Conroy says that home cooking is apparently just what the Bruins needed. Bud Barth has the Bruins finding the cure to all their ailments at home. Mike Loftus has the Bruins doing the pushing in this one. Joe Haggerty has the Bruins returning to the style that has brought them success this season.

Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins bringing plenty of punch to last night’s game. Stephen Harris has the Bruins very interested in landing Chris Pronger. Bob Ryan has a piece on Michael Ryder, who contributed two goals last night  in his second game back from surgery to repair three ‘broken facial bones.” Haggerty has the Bruins looking to pass a chemistry test at the trade deadline. Dupont has Petteri Nokelainen close to a return.

Shinzawa’s notebook has a minor league tuneup serving Matt Hunwick well. Conroy’s notebook has Petteri Nokelainen hoping to get back in action. Barth’s notebook has Milan Lucic setting the pace physically for the Bruins. Loftus’ notebook has Scituate’s Ryan Whitney having a rough debut for the Ducks.

Celtics

Marc J. Spears has an exclusive Q&A with Stephon Marbury, who is set to join the Celtics this morning and be in uniform tonight. Mark Murphy has Marbury’s former coach, Flip Saunders saying that the guard will be able to help the Celtics. Lenny Megliola says that signing Marbury is a bold, but correct move for the Celtics.

On the BSMW Full Court Press, Jeremy Gottlieb says that Marbury is NOT the answer. Robert Lee has the Celtics limping back home from a painful road trip.

Frank Dell’Apa in his notebook reports on the Gabe Pruitt arrest in LA. Richard Weir has Pruitt apologizing for his actions. Jim Fenton has more on Pruitt’s DUI arrest.  Steve Bulpett has the Celtics looking forward to getting some rest as part of the upcoming schedule. Get more Celtics news and blogs at CelticsLinks.com.

Patriots

Free agency began at midnight this morning, but the Patriots are expected to be fairly quiet this offseason. Mike Reiss says that the Patriots might make some moves, but don’t expect an Adalius Thomas-type splash in free agency. Christopher Price says that the team probably won’t even make any moderate sized moves.

Karen Guregian says that getting the Matt Cassel situation sorted out quickly will allow the Patriots to do more in free agency if they desire. Michael Felger offers four thoughts on free agency and what the Patriots should and could do.  Guregian’s notebook has James Sanders hitting the open market at midnight.

Red Sox

Dan Shaughnessy and Sean McAdam have Rocco Baldelli set to make his Grapefruit league debut against his old team, the Tampa Rays. Adam Kilgore and Maureen Mullen have Jon Lester working on his changeup. Joe McDonald says that developing prospects has been the key to the Red Sox success. Rob Bradford has John Smotlz using his good friend Tiger Woods as inspiration.

Michael Silverman has Brandon Moss still finding his place with the Pirates. Joe McDonald says that the trade has worked out well for both Moss and Jason Bay. Bill Burt says that the spotlight is on Jason Varitek and Josh Bard for all the wrong reasons. Dan Lamothe launches a weekly TGIF Red Sox grab bag feature.

McAdam’s notebook has more on Lester’s changeup.

Media

David Scott examines the fallout from yesterday’s Chad Finn OT column about WEEI. He also looks at Dan Shaughnessy playing mad-libs again.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at programming changes at ESPN Boston.

Bill Doyle has Comcast SportsNet making sure that only non-starting Celtics  are eligible for their 6th star voting . He also notes that Jerry Remy is out with an infection and will be replaced by a number of guest analysts while he recovers.

Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-02-26

Week Log: Grapefruits Are Back In Season!

Ours is a battle-tested lot in Red Sox Nation. We’ve overcome two 0-2 deficits in best-of-five ALDS, another two 1-3 deficits in best-of-seven ALCS, and the granddaddy of all, the 0-3 comeback in 2004. So, we probably shouldn’t get too hyped about dropping the opener of the best-of-five Mayor’s Cup to the Ft. Myers-rival Twins, but ain’t it good to see baseball back again?

Surviving Grady has the fever, while SawxBlog has dark thoughts of the season ahead. Even though we just got started, there’s no honeymoon on Toeing The Rubber, where Cyn goes mid-season ballastic over a Brad Wilkerson play. Brownie Points says Josh Bard did just fine handling Wake’s knuckler. Unfortunately, so did the Twins. Fictional Mike tries to keep Wakefield’s performance in perspective on The Soxaholix.

The Joy of Sox has Josh Beckett with a few changes in store for 2009. Where’s Trags? has Brad Penny at 100% after Monday’s session. Not as good for Matsuzaka, as Fenway West brings the ugly on Daisuke’s first outing. Fire Brand of the American League looks at Boston’s team defense.

Remember that Kevin Youkilis sighting in a Man vs. Food shoot, the one when Youk was all spiffed up in a burger joint? OuttaThePahk got the full scoop, and it turns out there’s a heartbreaking story behind it.

Caught Off The Wall has the early Florida returns on missing Manny, while Subway Squawker Lisa tries to put Manny’s name on a Mets jersey. Hot Stove Talk can still see him in pinstripes. Thanks For Playing muses over some non-comp issues that Manny is holding out for in this bad economy. Buster Olney says the judicial system of the free market is sentencing Manny for his crimes against The Nation.

Media talent takes some spotlight this week, as Hacks With Haggs has all the facts on Eck’s TBS extension and some speculation about who will join him in the NESN booth. The question Year of the Sox poses is, will anyone be watching? Standing Room Only bets you’ve never seen Felger in the same room with Dwayne Schintzius. BTW, you’d lose that bet. Tanguay’s Take says Gary will never be mistaken for Ritchie Blackmore. And our own Jack Edwards, widely acknowledged as Puck Daddy‘s favorite homer, is going national with Jack Bingo.

Bruins & NHL

Kathryn Tappen is happy to be back home, while Pucks With Haggs all but clicks his ruby red slippers together. Yes, TD Banknorth is open for business again, as the B’s ended a 2-5-1 stint with a 6-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Cornelius Hardenbergh and the Hockey Blogging Adventure runs through every Bitz of the win as only he can do. Old Bruins Fan hasn’t seen as dominant an effort in a long time. Fight Cub saw the Kobasew/Ballard undercard as more vanilla than thrilla, but Caveman Strong says it could have been the season’s turning point. Ghosts Of The Garden says it was awesome to see Kobasew fighting and, with Michael Ryder back, they wouldn’t want to be a Mighty Duck tonight. The Bear Cave previews tonight’s one-and-done contest with Anaheim.

Hey, if you think the B’s have hit a rough patch, Backcheck With The Bruins Buff wants you to remember 2006-07. Power Play also waxes historical, saying this losing spell may be the path to the Stanley Cup. We can only hope Tuesday’s win didn’t screw things up. Naoko Funayama says the B’s are working through this tough stretch together.

C’s & NBA

A bad closeout to a good road trip, as the C’s drop one to the hapless Clippers last night, 93-91, and go 0-for-LA on the season. Red’s Army lost another night’s slip, but says the C’s are tired. Loy’s Place serves up some humorous Comments From The Other Side after last night’s loss.

Celtics Stuff Live says the Stephon Marbury meeting of the minds seals the deal for an NBA championship – for either Kobe or Lebron. CelticsBlog is no fan of Starbury either, but they’ll root for him anyway. Touching All The Bases says Marbury doesn’t deserve the chance the C’s are giving him. Big Green Machine chalks up Gabe Pruitt’s arrest last night to Marbury. And it took a while to find, but Perk Is A Beast is a voice of support for Steph.

On The Hardwood remembers Mikki Moore, the snake enchanter. Courtside View has Moore bringing length to the C’s.

And, yeah, it’s not the NBA but it is my alma mater, so indulge me as I let The Crowe’s Nest whoop it up one more time for the PC Friars’ big win over #1 Pitt on Tuesday night.

Patriots & NFL

Reiss’s Pieces is liking new Pats’ Director of Pro Personnel Jason Licht’s institutional knowledge. It Is What It Is has a much thinner line connecting new WR coach Chad O’Shea to the Pats. The Patriot Act offers up some positional needs for the Patriot offseason. NESN’s New England Patriots blog has found some new homes for Matt Cassel.

Fanhouse has the story on Brian Mandeville, the Northeastern TE who was advised to give up his dream of playing in the NFL. Ray Lewis is this year’s new Pac-Man, as NFL Insider Report with Tom Curran reports on the latest big name salivating at the prospect of living his dream playing for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.

Some blogging notes

A couple of new adds ths week. Here, There and Everywhere started up this week; Rob Duca will be blogging on all matters with an emphasis on Boston pro teams. As you saw earlier, our friends at Power Play have lept back onto the B’s bandwagon. And don’t miss Terry Francona‘s inaugural Q&A blog, which will run on NESN throughout spring training.

Finally, Stanley Cup of Chowder‘s stock keeps rising. After moving from independent to SB Nation only last month, they’ll now be a feature on Yahoo! Sports as part of the new Yahoo!/SB Nation partnership. Over The Monster will be a Yahoo! Sports featured blog as well. Congrats, Stanley and Monster!

And thanks for stopping by. New blogs are being added every week so we’re guaranteed fresh, but if we can make it fresher let me know at [email protected]

Chad Finn Goes After WEEI

Brave man, that Chad Finn.

He’s ensured himself weeks of D&C and Big Show ridicule with his Globe OT column this week:

Sports talk radio-active

In the piece, Finn outlines the frustrations many fans have with WEEI’s format, all things that have been said plenty of times before, but giving them a much more visible platform. He also offers suggestions on how to make sports radio better here in Boston. Here are a few…and he expands on each point in the column:

  • Have a well-considered opinion and the knowledge to defend it in an entertaining manner
  • After you’ve beaten a story to death, please resist the temptation to beat on the corpse daily for another several weeks
  • No more celebrity callers
  • In order to qualify for airtime, a co-host has to be able to put two consecutive syllables together without his tongue tripping over his mustache
  • Hosts are not permitted eight-part questions so long and windy that they require a syllabus and stretch from one commercial break to the next
  • Enough with the drop-ins from comedians who’d bomb at the Ha-Ha House of Whiskey and Waffles

Finn has plenty of support in the comments of that article, but has also already drawn the ire of many WEEI supporters, who love everything about the station just as it is and cleverly say that Finn is just jealous.

Glenn Ordway will either ignore the column completely, or make vague references to it, trying to put down Finn by referring to him as a BLOGGER and talk about those “media websites” that think they know the business when they’ve never worked in it.

Related Entries at BSMW:

Things that have ruined sports coverage in Boston for me

How to be a Better Sports Radio Caller

Dennis & Callahan in 2018

Celtics Clipped In LA

On the final game of their West coast road trip, the Celtics just couldn’t put it all together, and lost to the lowly Clippers, 93-91 in Los Angeles.

Marc J. Spears has the Celtics unable to close out the Clippers in this one. Steve Bulpett has Doc Rivers displeased with his club’s performance last night.

Paul Flannery examines how the Celtics have fared without Kevin Garnett, and offers some thoughts on Mikki Moore.  Mark Murphy tries to look at both sides of the Stephon Marbury signing. Spears has Marbury choosing to wait until he is actually signed before he comments on joining the Celtics. Bulpett has the Celtics expressing optimism about what Marbury can bring them.

Spears’ notebook has Moore giving the Celtics a lift, and some reaction from around the league on Marbury. Bulpett’s notebook has Moore eager for a shot at a championship. Check CelticsLinks.com for more news and blog posts on the Celtics.

Red Sox

Amalie Benjamin has a healthy Josh Beckett able to throw his changeup several times yesterday in the Red Sox opening spring training game. Joe McDonald says that Josh Beckett back at full speed should be a welcome sight for the Red Sox.

Alex Speier has Daniel Bard hoping to follow Justin Masterson’s path to the majors. Maureen Mullen has more on Bard. McDonald has Tim Wakefield feeling fine physically in the nightcap. He also has Rocco Baldelli going hitless in his Red Sox debut. Joe Haggerty looks at how Kevin Youkilis has really stepped up since Manny Ramirez was traded.

Dan Shaughnessy looks at the tradition of the Red Sox playing Boston College to open the spring, and what it means to the students who get a chance to play against players they’ve watched for years. Carol Robidoux has a look at a NH man who feeds spring training fans in an unusual way.

Benjamin’s notebook has Josh Bard with a successful catching outing with Tim Wakefield in the night game against the Twins.

Bruins

Mike Loftus has the Bruins surprised at the struggles of the Anaheim Ducks. Haggerty says that there is no place like home for the Bruins. Barbara Matson has the Bruins bouncing back after their tough road trip. Steve Conroy says that in the win over the Panthers, the Bruins defensemen starting jumping into the attack again – something that had been missing during the struggles.

Patriots

Scott Benson wonders if we’ve totally overestimated the market for Matt Cassel and what the Patriots can get for him. Jim Donaldson thinks there will be no shortage of teams interested in Cassel.

Christopher L. Gasper has the team filling out a couple spots on the coaching staff and in the front office. Christopher Price has Dr. James Andrews giving a good prognosis on Tom Brady’s knee.

If you want to click through 20 pages, you can view Boston.com’s Patriots offseason overview.

Misc

Michael Felger has a new edition of the mailbag.

The Boston Globe won eight awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ annual contest.