Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-04-22

Monday Ratings Info

I’m a little late on this, but here goes:

With the Bruins and Celtics going head-to-head on Monday night, the Bruins (according to what I heard on D&C yesterday morning) did an 8.9 on NESN.

The Celtics, did a 9.0, combined between CSN and TNT.

Nationally, the Celtics did well for TNT, according to Sports Media Watch:

Game 2 of the Bulls/Celtics series, featuring a game-winning shot by Boston’s Ray Allen, drew a 2.5 U.S. rating from 7:07-9:53 PM Monday night, up 39% from a 1.8 U.S. rating for Wizards/Cavaliers Game 2 in the comparable timeslot last year.

Teams Take A Breather

The Boston sports teams and their fans got a breather last night, as the Bruins and Celtics were off, while the Red Sox had their game with the Twins rained out.

The Celtics did get more bad news yesterday, as it was revealed that forward Leon Powe suffered a torn ACL, and because of that, is obviously out for the remainder of the playoffs, making Boston’s thin front line even thinner.

Marc J. Spears has Doc Rivers noting that Powe played an additional three minutes in the game after tearing the knee ligament. Mark Murphy has the Celtics receding in their efforts to get healthy. Robert Lee has Rivers and the Celtics devastated by Powe’s injury. Scott Souza looks at more hardship for Powe.

Steve Bulpett says that of all the people who don’t deserve such an injury, perhaps Leon Powe doesn’t deserve it the most. Bill Reynolds is excited about the NBA again. Bill Burt gives us a few things to look for starting tomorrow night. Jonathan Comey says that Doc Rivers deserved more consideration for coach of the year.

Bulpett reports that any surgery for Garnett has been put on hold, at least for now. Lenny Megliola is still amazed by Ray Allen’s game winning shot on Monday night. Kevin Henkin attempts to offer up a little junk food for Celtics’ fans souls on the BSMW Full Court Press. Frank Dell’Apa explores the deep New England basketball roots of Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro.

Dell’Apa’s notebook has Rondo leading the Celtics in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals in the playoffs thus far. Murphy’s notebook has Rondo hampered by a sprained ankle, but still ready to go tomorrow night.

Bruins

Fluto Shinzawa has Bruins coach Claude Julien pondering his game four lineup for tonight. Stephen Harris has Bruins holding the past as a reminder of why they should not let up on the Canadiens. Mick Colageo has the Bruins gearing up to play 60 strong minutes tonight in pursuit of their first playoff series victory in 10 years. Nick Cammarota looks ahead to tonight. Joe Haggerty reminds us that the fourth win is the toughest one to get.

Kevin Paul Dupont checks in with rookie defenseman Matt Hunwick, who is still holding out hope he might be able to play in a Stanley Cup Finals this season. Steve Conroy has Dennis Wideman showing off his newfound composure. Mike Loftus has the Bruins gladly paying the price needed to take control of the series. Colageo says that elevated play has put the Bruins in the driver’s seat in this series.

Shinzawa’s notebook has veteran Aaron Ward helping the Bruins guard against overconfidence. Conroy’s notebook has defenseman Steve Montador fitting right in since being acquired at the trade deadline.

Patriots

Over on Patriots Daily, the draft board is coming together, as today the First Day Quarterbacks and Running Backs and the Second Day Quarterbacks and Running Backs are examined.

Mike Reiss also checks out the quarterback position, while Mark Farinella looks at the receivers, at the same time saying that the Patriots likely won’t be looking for one. In the Herald, Karen Guregian scouts the Offensive Line, the Tight Ends and the Defensive Line

Andy Vogt says that with all the flexibility that Bill Belichick talked about yesterday, the Patriots might be looking to make a splash in this year’s draft. Ron Borges even seems to admire the position the Patriots have put themselves into for this draft. Christopher Price says that Patriots fans should be prepared for anything this weekend.  Karen Guregian has Belichick with plenty of options at this point. Shalise Manza Young says that Belichick is ready to wheel and deal this weekend. Rich Garven agrees that the Patriots will be able to do just about anything they want this weekend. Farinella notes that Belichick himself is still studying up on this draft. Glen Farley says draft picks are pawns to the Patriots.

Garven has Syracuse guard (and Leominster native) Ryan Durand hoping to get picked in the later rounds. Farley notes that Pierre Woods won’t be going anywhere this season.

 Red Sox

With the rainout last night, the Red Sox and Twins will play two today. Get all the coverage and chatter at RedSoxLinks.com.

Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-04-21

Jack Edwards Gets Attention for “Red Coats” Rant

With yesterday being Patriots Day and all, Jack Edwards decided to compare the Bruins to “rag tag farmers” fighting off the “red coated” Canadiens last night:

It’s generating a little buzz around the intertubes.

Quick DISH Network Rant

Last summer, my wife and I built a house out in the country. We’re so far out there that Comcast cable isn’t an option for us, so we had to go with Satellite TV. After comparing and going back and forth, we settled with DISH Network over DirecTV, mostly because of equipment and pricing. Before signing up, I made sure that DISH had NESN and Comcast SportsNet in HD, because obviously if they didn’t offer those channels, it would’ve been a dealbreaker.

So we got it installed, and come to find out, NESN is only in HD for the actual Red Sox and Bruins telecasts, and some of the pre and post-game shows. All the other programming is shown in standard def. I’ve dealt with this, mostly because obviously the most important thing is getting the actual games in HD.

Then the Celtics season started, and it turns out that only the Celtics home games are in HD. The road games and all other programming on CSN is in standard def. Not cool. Still, I dealt with it, mostly because I didn’t have a choice. I commited to a two year contract to get a free HD-DVR. I guess I could break the contract, but I’m too cheap to pay the penalty for doing so.

However, after last night, it might be an option. Last night’s game was shown on both CSN and TNT. However, only the TNT broadcast was in HD. I guess their reasoning is that they don’t want to waste bandwidth by showing the same game on two HD channels, but it still stinks. I obviously had to watch the game on TNT, but I did switch over a few times to CSN to see if Tommy was ranting about particular calls during the game, but overall, I’ve got to say I’m very disappointed with the NESN and CSN offerings from DISH Network.

In an unrelated note, this could have an impact on CSN’s ratings for the games. I think the same situation happened on Saturday, where only the ESPN game was in HD. This would result in at least a small amount of viewers being taken away from CSN, and over to the other network, which is offering the game in HD.

End of rant.

WEEI Announces Weekend Lineups

Comcast SportsNet announced their new weekend simulcast with WEEI last week, and the radio station finally got around to announcing their end this week. They also announce that Mike Mutnansky and Rob Bradford will be on Sunday mornings, and no longer called the WEEI.com show, but instead “Red Sox Baseball Today.”

The WEEI Sports Radio Network today announced the addition of three programs to its line-up with an increased focus on Red Sox related programming.

Beginning on May 2, WEEI and Comcast SportsNet will partner on a new program called “The Baseball Show,” to be hosted by Michael Felger, host of CSN’s Sports Tonight and regular contributor to the WEEI Sports Radio Network. ‘EEI regulars Lou Merloni, Sean McAdam, and Steve Buckley will play major roles on this program. “The Baseball Show” will provide the most comprehensive analysis of the Red Sox each week using the full resources of both WEEI and Comcast SportsNet, in addition to featuring live calls from Red Sox fans across the region. The show will air from 9 AM until noon each Saturday during the season.

On Sunday morning, WEEI is pleased to announce that Mike Mutnansky and WEEI.com editor Rob Bradford, will host a new version of “Red Sox Baseball Today.” The four-hour broadcast will air Sunday mornings from 9 AM to 1 PM leading directly into Red Sox baseball. Preceding home games, the show will air from WEEI’s Landsdowne Street studios. For road games, Mutansky and Bradford will be at the station in Brighton. “Red Sox Baseball Today” will cater directly to Red Sox fans throughout New England, and will contain a mix of calls and pre-game sound from the park to get fans ready for each game.

Additionally, WEEI will launch Red Sox Rewind, airing immediately after each Red Sox broadcast with John Ryder. The one hour show will feature post game analysis, including sound from the locker room and call-ins from the park from the WEEI.com team.

“The WEEI Sports Radio Network is committed to providing the best coverage of the Sox and with the addition of our simulcast with Comcast and the continued tradition of Red Sox Baseball Today, we will do just that,” said Entercom New England Vice President of AM Programming Jason Wolfe. “I’m especially pleased that we’re able to have Rob’s consistent presence as part of our baseball coverage this season. He provides incredible content to WEEI.com and will be an outstanding contributor to our overall package. ”

A Three-Pack of Victories for the Locals

Marathon Monday 2009 was a success for Boston sports, as the Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics were all victorious yesterday.

The Celtics needed a three-pointer from Ray Allen with two seconds remaining to secure a 118-115 victory over the relentless Chicago Bulls, who got 42 points from Ben Gordon, as he and Allen (30 points) put on a second half show. The series is now tied at a game apiece and headed to Chicago for game three on Thursday night.

Frank Dell’Apa has Paul Pierce and the Celtics happy with the split, knowing that they have yet to play their best game. Mark Murphy has the Celtics lucky to escape, with Chicago once again dictating the pace of the game. Robert Lee has Ray Allen picking the perfect time to break out of his shooting slump. Scott Souza has Allen getting redemption for his poor game one. Bill Doyle has Allen putting a quick end to his shooting slump. Jeff Howe has game two at a glance.

Steve Bulpett has Ray Allen fulfilling every kid’s dream with a last second shot to win a playoff game. Mike Fine says that Allen lives for these moments.  Julian Benbow has Ray Allen stepping up big in the second half after struggling for the first six periods of the series. Alan Siegel has Allen helping the Celtics avoid disaster with his huge second-half performance. Lenny Megliola says Allen’s performance showed a shooter at his finest.

Marc J. Spears says that the Kevin Garnett speculation just goes on and on. Steve Buckley has Rajon Rondo taking complete control of things last night for the Celtics. Paul Flannery looks at the 12 minutes that saved the season, and a number of other things from last night’s win. Tim Weisberg has more on Rondo taking control of the game.

Dan Shaughnessy has Allen’s jumper as the perfect ending to the perfect Boston sports day. Kevin McNamara says that the win last night can’t mask the fact that the Celtics are in big trouble. Mike Petraglia says we should buckle in for  a wild ride.

Gary Dzen has the Ben Gordon/Ray Allen UConn duel going down to the final shot. Jessica Camerato has Allen getting the last laugh on his fellow Husky. Bulpett has John Paxson thinking of his son on Patriots Day. Ryan Paxson enlisted in the Marines last year.

Dell’Apa’s notebook looks at another virtuoso performance from Rajon Rondo, who tallied a triple-double last night, (19-points, 12-rebounds, 16-assists) and added 5 steals. Murphy’s notebook has Leon Powe injuring his other knee in last night’s win, and having to go to the hospital for an MRI. Lee’s notebook  has Big Baby (26 points) continuing to prove his doubters wrong. McNamara’s notebook has more on the Gordon/Allen duel. Souza’s notebook has Danny Ainge paying a surprise visit to practice yesterday. Doyle’s notebook observes that Celtics coach Doc Rivers grew up in Chicago rooting for the Bulls, while Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro grew up in Massachusetts rooting for the Celtics. Jim Fenton’s notebook has Rondo bouncing back from a sprained ankle to post his impressive line for the night.

Bruins

The Bruins pushed their hated rivals to the brink last night, recording a 4-2 victory in Montreal that puts them up 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Steve Conroy has the Bruins brushing off the Canadiens’ best punch last night. Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins slamming the door on Montreal last night even without the services of Milan Lucic. Joe Haggerty has a few things he picked up from last night’s win. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins are proving too deep for the Canadiens in many ways.

Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins absorbing a furious first period by the Canadiens. Stephen Harris has Michael Ryder getting skillful revenge on his old team. Mick Colageo has Byron Bitz doing more than just filling in last night. Sean Farrell has the Canadiens just about beaten…but not quite. Harris gets Jacques Demers to weigh in on the Bruins. Nick Cammarota has plenty of emotion on display last night.

Conroy’s notebook has Lucic accepting the blame for his suspension. Shinzawa’s notebook has Byron Bitz doing quite well in his playoff debut filling in for Lucic.

Red Sox

The Red Sox wrapped up a four game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles yesterday afternoon with an 12-1 smackdown at Fenway Park. It was the fifth win in a row for Boston.

Paul Jarvey has David Ortiz showing signs of life in yesterday’s win with a triple and a double. Maureen Mullen has Justin Masterson looking strong and using all his pitches against the Orioles. Ron Chimelis has the bats coming alive for the Red Sox yesterday. Amalie Benjamin has David Ortiz coming alive and using the wall twice yesterday. Michael Silverman has the Red Sox bats and Masterson sweeping away the O’s. Daniel Barbarisi has Masterson looking comfortable and efficient on the mound.

Chimelis has a look at Masterson, who does the job – any job for the Red Sox. Nick Cafardo says that the flexible arm of Masterson is coming in handy for the Red Sox right now. Paul Kenyon has Masterson saying that he is comfortable in any role that the Red Sox want to use him in. Sean McAdam has a look at David Ortiz shifting into gear. Dan Lamothe has Ortiz showing that he is alive and well. Barbarisi has a Tweak in mechanics helping Ortiz get back on track.

 Bob Halloran looks at this Red Sox team the way that Red Sox fans used to back in the old days before 2004. Matt Tempesta has the top of the Red Sox lineup finally showing what it can do. Brian MacPherson says that the Red Sox showed us this weekend that we had nothing to worry about with this team. Jim Donaldson has the Sox taking a holiday against the overmatched Orioles. Barbarisi has Jason Bay turning into an on-base machine for the Red Sox. The Projo reports that Rocco Baldelli could be headed to the DL.

Jarvey’s notebook has the early start not impacting Masterson at all. Chimelis’ notebook says that wrist surgery is probable for Jed Lowrie. Benjamin’s notebook has the Sox hoping that Lowrie will be back by July. Silverman’s notebook has more on the surgery for Lowrie.

Patriots

Chris Warner on Patriots Daily stacks the board with Day Two Defensive Linemen that might be of interest to the Patriots. Mike Reiss and Michael Vega also look at some defensive line prospects, with the latter checking in with BC’s B.J. Raji and Ron Brace.

Christopher Price looks at what to watch for from the Patriots this weekend. Karen Guregian has Vince Wilfork sounding happy with the way his contract talks with the Patriots are going. She also looks at the Wide Receivers prospects in the draft. Mark Farinella says that this draft is plenty deep in offensive line prospects.

Check the Marathon Coverage from Boston.com and the Boston Herald.

Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-04-20

Game One Ratings Battle

For last Thursday night’s Bruins/Canadiens game one, NESN scored a 9.4 rating.

The post below this one outlines the national numbers ESPN got for Celtics/Bulls, but locally, Saturday’s Celtics/Bulls game one scored a 9.5 rating, which was split between CSN (4.8) and ESPN (4.7)

It is striking how similar the ratings were, despite a number of factors – the difference in the dates/times of the games, the networks involved, and the “buzz”  for each team heading into their playoff series. The Bruins had a positive vibe, while the Celtics enter the playoffs reeling from the news that Kevin Garnett will likely not play in the postseason, and Danny Ainge suffering a heart attack.

It’s unfortunate for CSN that ESPN split the ratings. It’s probably safe to assume that those who watched the game on ESPN would’ve also watched it on CSN, which would’ve given them the entire 9.5 number.

I’ll be interested to find out how the numbers work tonight. The Celtics game is again split, this time between CSN and TNT. The Bruins again have NESN all to themselves.