- BSMW Network Post: The Friday Megalinks! http://tinyurl.com/dh72pj #
- BSMW Network Post: Celtics Get Strong Ratings For Game Three Win http://tinyurl.com/d5rdn2 #
- BSMW Network Post: Get Your Patriots Draft Picks Live on Twitter http://tinyurl.com/d3mt6a #
- BSMW Network Post: Patriots To “Tweet” Draft Picks http://tinyurl.com/d22df6 #
- New England Patriots to Tweet Draft picks – perhaps even before they are announced on TV: http://tr.im/jDhJ #
- Michael Holley (who called Jerod Mayo last year) Predicts that the Patriots move up to #9 or 10 and select Alabama OT Andre Smith #
- Notes From TNT’s Broadcast of Celtics/Bulls last night: http://tr.im/jCWo #
- Peterson: Leon Powe is at his best when fighting adversity: http://tr.im/jCKu #
- Ken Rosenthal – Red Sox/Yankees subplots to watch: http://tr.im/jCIO #
- Peter King: Patriots eyeing spot in top 10 and Five (more) Things He Thinks He Thinks: http://tr.im/jCxQ #patriots #
- BSMW Network Post: Celtics Win Big In Chicago http://tinyurl.com/c7x5bg #
- BSMW Network Post: The Give and Go: Game 3 Breakdown http://tinyurl.com/d7aaay #
Ken from Fang’s Bites with your megalinks.
As usual, we begin with the Weekend Viewing Picks. This is a busy viewing weekend for sports.
The NFL Draft takes precedence this weekend complete with a later starting time, 4 p.m. ESPN and NFL Network will have gavel-to-gavel coverage. ESPN actually begins its coverage of the Draft at 11 a.m. Saturday with a 5 hour pre-Draft SportsCenter On The Clock special. It switches to ESPN2 at 1 p.m. while ESPN has an NBA Playoff game. Then barring any trade, the Detroit Lions will be on the clock at 4 p.m.
Chris Berman and a cast of millions including Erin Andrews will on ESPN. Rich Eisen anchors the coverage for NFL Network. The first day will run until 11 p.m. and then Day 2 begins on ESPN and NFL Network at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The NHL Playoffs are in full swing and NBC has coverage of at least one game this weekend, Game 6 of the Flyers-Penguins series on Saturday at 3 p.m. If necessary, NBC will have Game 6 of Washington-New York Rangers on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The NBA Playoffs continue this weekend and the game we care about, Game 4 of the Celtics-Bulls will be aired on WCVB and ABC6, Sunday afternoon at 1.
The Yankees-Red Sox begin the 2009 version of the rivalry this weekend. NESN has tonight’s game at 7. Then Fox 25 and Fox 64 will have Saturday’s game at 4 then on ESPN Sunday night at 8. The Fox announcing assignments can be seen here.
MLB Network has Phillies-Marlins Saturday night at 7, while TBS has the Sunday game at noon. WGN has the White Sox hosting Toronto at 7 p.m. Saturday and Cubs-Cards Sunday at 2 p.m.
NASCAR is at Talladega for the Aaron’s 499 on Fox, Sunday at 1 p.m.
Formula 1 heads to Bahrain Sunday on Speed at 7:30 a.m.
Indy Car is at the Kansas Speedway Sunday on Versus at 4 p.m.
The PGA Tour is in the Big Easy for the Zurich Classic, CBS has third and final round coverage at 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
The full Weekend Viewing Picks has all this and more along with primetime programming.
Now to your links.
In the Sporting News, Dan Shanoff tells us why we love Erin Andrews.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says the fact that there’s no shoe endorsements coming into this year’s NFL Draft shows that companies are getting smarter in this sluggish economy. Darren looks at one prospect who could be one of the more amazing stories of year’s Draft.
Ryan Saghir of the Orbitcast satellite radio blog says Sirius XM will be all over the NFL Draft.
Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball writes that MLB Extra Innings customer service is referring calls about silly blackout rules to him.
John Eggerton of Multichannel News reports that there will be not be a decision by an FCC judge in the Comcast-NFL Network dispute until June 11.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel writes that the New York Jets and SNY have extended a programming agreement that gives the regional sports network greater access to the team.
John Daly of the Daly Planet NASCAR blog wonders what happened to a NASCAR-centric reality TV series.
Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog looks into a rumor that Fox may shake up its NFL announcing and production teams. Chris writes that ESPN’s attempt to challenge Wikipedia has gone live.
East and Mid-Atlantic
The Boston Globe’s Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at Mchael Felger’s expanding media presence.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says the Yankees need seat fillers. Richard says the battle is just beginning for athletes and collectors who donated items to the now-bankrupt Sports Museum of America.
Judy Battista of the Times looks at the mom-and-pop NFL Draft business run by Mel Kiper, Jr. and his wife, Kim.
Also from the Times, Jeff Z. Klein says ratings for the NHL Playoffs in the U.S. are way up from last season.
Neil Best of Newsday has an extensive review of the MLB Network. Neil adds that MLB Network serves diehard fans while ESPN is good for the general fan. Neil asks ESPN to stop harping on the West Coast references during the L.A.-based late night SportsCenter. Neil talks with CBS’ Dick Enberg who will be honored with the Vin Scully Award at Fordham University next month.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick wishes SNY wouldn’t beat around the bush when it comes to the Mets’ less than stellar play.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes about ESPN’s five hour warmup for the NFL Draft.
Laura Nachman writes that Philadelphia viewers preferred seeing the Harry Kalas memorial on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Inquirer advises Eagles president Joe Banner to stop going on the radio.
Don McKee of the Inquirer says Mel Kiper, Jr. is so identified with one event.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says NBC is once again putting the kybosh on outdoor viewing of Saturday’s Flyers-Penguins game.
Tricia Lafferty from the Trib-Review writes that part of last night’s Pens-Flyers game was blacked out due to a lightning strike at FSN’s technical operations facility in Atlanta.
Ray Frager from the Baltimore Sun says pre-NFL Draft programming is almost equal to the Super Bowl pregame show.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says a DC sports radio station has its own pre-draft special today.
Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids Press writes that a local TV news reporter returns to the sports desk.
Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says only ABC saw a ratings bump for NBA regular season games.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business wonders if the Draft will be anti-climatic for Bears fans.
In the Chicago Sun-Times, Dan McNeil says as the Bulls go further into the NBA Playoffs, he truly misses analyst Norm Van Lier.
Paul Christian of the Rochester Post-Bulletin says ESPN will be all over the NFL Draft.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution publishes dueling op-ed pieces by Comcast and the NFL Network on their dispute.
From the Miami Herald, Barry Jackson says in its 30th year of covering the Draft, ESPN is always looking to improve.
Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that Texas Rangers TV voice Josh Lewin tries to cram in as much trivia as much as he can.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says the Cowboys finally have a deal in place with a new flagship radio station. Barry looks at the hour-by-hour breakdown of the local sports radio ratings. And Barry says the ratings for the Mavs-Spurs series have been good in Big D, but even better in the Alamo City.
Mel Bracht from the Daily Oklahoman talks about ESPN going deep into the NFL Draft. Mel wonders why Fox stuck with last week’s Indians 22-4 blowout of the Yankees and would not switch to Cards-Cubs. Mel bids farewell to ESPN’s Steven A. Smith.
Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News says the national NBA analysts are being fair when it comes to the Jazz.
Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes there’s been little to no feedback on new Padres announcer Mark Neely.
John Maffei from the North County Times feels Herm Edwards will be a good addition to ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star writes that new Dodgers TV announcer Eric Collins had a short, but sweet start to his gig this week.
Diane Pucin from the Los Angeles Times wonders how anyone can keep up with all of the NFL Draft talk.
From the Los Angeles Daily News, Tom Hoffarth says the real drama at the NFL Draft is where USC QB Mark Sanchez will land. Tom says an ESPN.com story on Lenny Dykstra is a must read. Tom has his usual extensive media notes which include a review of new Dodger announcer Eric Collins.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star says a deal between Rogers Cable and TSN 2 might be near.
And that will do it for the megalinks.
The New England Patriots are jumping on the social media bandwagon and will use Twitter to announce their 2009 draft picks in real time.
Each of the Patriots’ picks during the NFL Draft this weekend will be announced at Twitter.com/realpatriots, the official Twitter feed of the New England Patriots.
Following the draft, the “RealPatriots” Twitter feed will be used to distribute official Patriots information, including player transactions, player appearances and other official announcements from the team’s public relations staff.
Patriots fans following the Twitter feed might even get the picks before they’re announcing publicly:
“We might even get a few draft picks out via Twitter before they are announced on TV, so any Patriots fans following the draft closely are encouraged to begin following RealPatriots on Twitter,” said Patriots Vice President of Media Relations Stacey James. “Of course this is the first time we are attempting this, so it should be interesting.”
Patriots.com, the team’s official website, also has a Twitter feed available at Twitter.com/patriotsdotcom, where fans can get additional analysis and updates from the Patriots Football Weekly staff along with links to updated content.
Next Tuesday’s edition of ESPN’s E:60 will have a feature on Stephon Marbury. The show airs at 7:00pm.
E:60’s Lisa Salters explores the conflicting sides of Boston Celtics guard Stephon Marbury as he opens up about the most tumultuous chapters of his life. Topics covered include his public divorce with his hometown New York Knicks last winter, his feud with former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, and his shocking testimony in Thomas’ sexual-harassment trial. More intimate matters are also discussed, leaving Marbury in tears and exposing a side of him hardly anyone has seen.
What could be better than a spring afternoon that finds the grass greening, the birds singing, and the Habs golfing? It’s almost as good as Yankee Elimination Day – especially given the manner in which the Bruins dispensed with them – but that’s half a year away and this is now, so let’s talk some hockey.
Caveman Strong is whooping it up big-time after the four-game hurt the B’s laid on Montreal. Kynch’s Korner says the B’s swept away a decade’s worth of playoff futility along with the Habs. Looks like Puck Daddy has to eat a little crow, while NESN’s Boston Bruins blog has Habs GM Bob Gainey trying to bring civility into his barbaric franchise. He’ll have the summer to try . . . maybe.
Last night’s win took all the suckiness out of Wicked Bruins Fan‘s day. The Two-Line Pass thought it poetic that it should be the B’s who put the Bleu et Blanc et Rouge out of their misery. Now maybe The Spoked B won’t fear those colors anymore. Stanley Cup of Chowder conjures the frightening image of a French-speaking Bob Lobel. Here Come The Bruins! says we’re playing with house money now. The Big Bad Bruins pays tribute to his pepe, who was surely smiling down on the Black & Gold last night.
Kathryn Tappen isn’t naming names, but she is still fielding questions over the B’s legitimacy. And, in a puzzling move, Big Bad Blog chooses Schneider as poster boy for taking everything One Day At A Time. Apparently, Valerie Bertinelli downloads weren’t available; either that, or Haggs, like buddy Felger, knows gay.
Maybe it’s water under the bridge now, but The Bruins Report calls NHL discipline czar Colin Campbell pathetic after his suspension of Milan Lucic. Jack Edwards thinks Campbell would make a lousy Connecticut state trooper.
Now to the C’s where Ball Don’t Lie tries to simplify the chaos that is this first-round series with the Bulls. Green Street has the series moving to Chicago, where the C’s will be walking through the doors of United Center but Michael Jordan won’t be. Red’s Army has found a new object of scorn and he hails from Chicago.
Basketball Prospectus lists both Rondo games as among the top point guard performances this postseason. Celtics 17 places Rondo well up on their list of the NBA’s top point guards. Celtics Stuff Live has the C’s needing Brian Scalabrine and Scals wanting to contribute, but at what risk to his health? NESN’s Boston Celtics blog puts the Scalabrine-for-Powe swap as a net loss for the C’s. Green Street traces Powe’s left knee woes back to his high school days.
Somehow, they got two in yesterday and the Sox took them both, making it seven straight now. Red Sox Monster officially pronounces the boys el scorcho and turns in the first tale-of-two-seasons account of the year. Given the weather in a typical New England spring, Surviving Grady has some good ideas for NESN to fill time during rain delays.
Justin Masterson looks to be the next Curt Schilling, discussing his morning start against the O’s on Patriots Day, a week after his blogging debut on Wicked Good Sports. Full Count has O’s LF Luke Scott ripping everything after his team was unceremoniously swept at Fenway. Boston Irish advocates enjoying the losses, as hard as that may be for O’s fans.
Fenway Pastoral has the economy tough on Moriarty the Scalper, as he tries to hold his night job to support a philanthropic side. Bill and Mike over on The Soxaholix are feeling a little greenwashed with all the Earth Day hype. Hey, napkins for your hot dogs may be a thing of the past as Hacks With Haggs looks at Fenway’s Go Green efforts. But not all of Red Sox Nation is green as Fenway West observes.
Finally, the upcoming weekend series will have all Bronx eyes on Boston, not that they’re ever anywhere else. Take Subway Squawkers, where dear Lisa still hasn’t gotten over Beckett’s little Easter incident. Can you say deflection? Don’t worry; Boston Dirt Dogs everywhere will be awaiting Joba’s arrival.
No, it’s not the best economy to be making up stories, but in an early sign that Obama’s stimulus package may be working, Tom Curran has upgraded Tom Brady from ‘significantly behind schedule’ to ‘participating without limitation.’ It Is What It Is catches up with Randy Moss giving back to his hometown community.
Shutdown Corner says SI hasn’t done enough to unring the bell for B.J. Raji, and he’s got some ideas on how they can make the BC D-lineman whole in this year’s draft. National Football Post offers one player’s tale of a gut-wrenching draft weekend, as he was stood up twice before St. Louis selected him . . . just ahead of Tom Brady. Think the Rams would like to re-ring that bell?
Should be a great weekend, as the C’s look to extend their season, the B’s wait to see who’s next, the Pats build for the future, and the Sox take on the Yankees. Catch all the action at a blog near you, and we’ll see you back here next Thursday.