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I need your help. Again.
Especially you old-timers.
I’d like to create a list of the best all-time sports columnists here in Boston. The list of potential names is impressive, but who is the best of the best? Who represents the pantheon of Boston sports columnists?
Some potential names you might consider…and this is by no means a complete list. I really need more suggestions, in fact.
- Clif Keane – Boston Globe
- Larry Claflin – Boston Record/American/Herald
- Harold Kaese – Boston Transcript
- Austen ‘‘Duke’’ Lake – Boston American
- Bob Ryan – Boston Globe
- Will McDonough – Boston Globe
- Tim Horgan – Boston Herald
- Dave Egan – Boston Record
- Dan Shaughnessy – Boston Globe
- Ray Fitzgerald – Boston Globe
- Leigh Montville – Boston Globe
- Joe Haggerty – Woburn Daily Times
The list is sort of subjective, so I didn’t include Peter Gammons, as I think of him more as a baseball writer than a general columnist, while Will McDonough did mainly focus on football, but wrote columns about all sports as well, so he’s on the list. Maybe you have your reasons for putting Gammons on the list. Maybe Tim Horgan doesn’t deserve to be considered, so don’t include him, there are no rules here other than they need to be the best.
What I’d like you do is place a comment below in which you list your top three Boston sports columnists of all-time. I’ll use that feedback to compile another list, from which we’ll vote on the all-time best.
Here’s my list, which are all guys I’ve actually read: Fitzgerald (You need this book.) Montville and Ryan.
Feel free to include any stories or reasons why you feel the way you do about your list.
I’ll also have a prize for a random commenter in this list, but I haven’t picked out what it will be yet. (Businesses: Want to donate a prize and get mentioned? Send me an email.)
Ken from Fang’s Bites doing the Friday megalinks well into the late night.
As usual, we have the Weekend Viewing Picks for you.
The U.S. Open has been pushed back a day and possibly more with some rainy weather expected in New York this weekend. NBC has announced it will start its Saturday coverage of the second and possibly third round at 10 a.m., four hours before it was originally scheduled to come on the air. Should the weather cooperate and the final round is played as scheduled on Sunday, coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. WHDH and WJAR will air what NBC produces throughout the weekend and possibly beyond.
Interleague baseball continues this weekend. NESN has the Braves/Red Sox, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 pm. Fox’s Saturday matchups include Tampa Bay at the Mets. MLB Network has the Civil Rights Game in Cincinnati. Check out what your national baseball games are in the “Baseball This Weekend” post.
NASCAR heads to Sonoma, CA this Sunday and TNT has the race at 5 p.m.
The IndyCar series is on ABC, Sunday at 1 and the Formula 1 circuit, most likely on its last legs, is in the UK for the British Grand Prix. Fox has same day coverage starting at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Soccer fans have the Confederations Cup with the US taking on Egypt on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
And for fans of Ninja Warrior, there’s the weekend marathon taking place all weekend on G4 leading up to the new Sasuke 22 competition that airs Sunday night starting at 6:30 preceeded by the American Ninja Challenge at 5:30.
The Weekend Viewing Picks have everything in sports and primetime you need to see.
Starting with USA Today’s Michael Hiestand, he looks at a new ESPN2 show to be co-hosted by ESPN Radio no-talent hack Colin Cowherd.
Darren has an interview with Tiger Woods’ agent.
Joe Favorito likes the move to set up a new office for Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport.
Leo Baraclough of Variety says the English Premier League has terminated its relationship with Setanta Sports after it failed to meet a deadline to pay part of its rights fee. ESPN is now the frontrunner to pick up Setanta’s 23 game package that begins next season.
Marc Graser of Variety says the WWE punked the media with a fake press release saying Donald Trump purchased “Monday Night Raw”.
Claire Atkinson of Broadcasting & Cable writes that Tennis Channel is gearing up to air Wimbledon starting on Monday.
The Sports Media Watch looks at the ratings for the PGA Tour this year to date. The SMW says the ACC Football Championship Game heads to primetime, but will be on ESPN after spending its first four years on ABC. The SMW has some various news and notes. SMW also has news on various sports personalities.
The Big Lead interviewed ESPN SportsCenter anchor Josh Elliott.
Steve Lepore of Puck The Media has some suggestions on how to improve the NHL Awards Show.
Chris Byrne of Eye on Sports Media wonders why NBC Sports used baseball lingo to promote the U.S. Open. Chris notes that there’s the same small group of volunteers who help the media at the U.S. Open every year.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe looks at Matt Millen’s two NFL broadcasting gigs this upcoming season.
Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette hears from the NBC golf crew about the U.S. Open.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says there was little for ESPN and NBC to do when the rains started falling at the U.S. Open on Thursday.
Newsday’s Neil Best says NBC is set to start its U.S. Open coverage early on Saturday morning. Neil namedrops from his day at Bethpage Black. Neil says a scheduled Friday appearance by Sid Rosenberg on WFAN was nixed at the last moment.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News is amazed at how Mets manager Jerry Manuel manipulates the media.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post weighs in on the Joe Buck Live/Artie Lange controversy.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says the U.S. Open provides plenty of intrigue for the viewer.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette writes that a local New York-Penn League team will have its games webcast on the internet this season.
Michael Klein of the Philadelphia Inquirer also writes about Papa’s death.
The 700 Level blog also pays tribute to Papa.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner writes about NBC starting its U.S. Open coverage some four hours earlier than planned on Saturday.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle talks with ESPN/ABC’s Jeff Van Gundy about his experience calling the NBA Finals with his brother on the sidelines.
Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram doesn’t feel this year’s U.S. Open and Wimbledon tournaments will be as dramatic as last year’s.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News unveils the identity of the mysterious quarterback in 4th and Long.
James Corley of The Oklahoman writes that ESPN will showcase former OU Sooner standout Blake Griffin during the NBA Draft.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Fox Sports Ohio plans limited commercial interruptions for the Civil Rights Game on Saturday.
Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids Press says HBO generated the wrong type of buzz for Joe Buck Live.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob Wolfley talks with author Curt Smith about his new biography about Dodgers voice Vin Scully.
Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business lists his winners and losers of the week. Ed also sets the record straight about who broke the story about the now-defunct Windy City internet sports radio station.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad says TV is the most likely step for former Timberwolves General Manger Kevin McHale.
Paul Christian in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin writes that rain will make for interesting viewing at the U.S. Open this weekend.
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dan Caesar says Joe Buck might have taken hits for a bad show and the Artie Lange controversy, but his show did pull viewers for HBO.
Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret Morning News says the only ways to catch the Salt Lake Bees are on the radio or the internet.
Jay Posner from the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that long-time local personality Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton returns to the area airwaves for a week.
John Maffei of the North County Times says rain or shine, the U.S. Open will go on.
Diane Pucin from the Los Angeles Times also writes about the waterlogged U.S. Open that’s wreaking havoc with ESPN and NBC.
Austin Knoblauch of the Times feels the NHL shot and missed by holding its Awards show in Las Vegas.
Bruce Dowbiggin from the Toronto Globe and Mail says NBC’s Johnny Miller is honest to a fault.
And we’re done.
No matter what you do for good or for bad, someone can always top it. The last time I golfed was at something called the 19th Laing Invitational, a collection of the worst golfers to ever graduate Providence College. I hit a shot that went backwards. It had to do with undercutting the ball and creating a sinkhole it couldn’t roll out of. I later bragged that no one hit a ball backwards further than me, but a reader challenged that. It seems that Phil Mickelson can. It has to do with his natural ability to create super loft and backspin – yes, a trick shot! Other than the fact that we’re both left-handed, I’ve never been compared to him since.
It’ll be all forward for Lefty this weekend, as the U.S. Open returns to Bethpage Black. While I’ll be pouring seed patch on the divots in my backyard, Mickelson will play his last major before wife Amy has surgery, and he’ll be America’s sympathy favorite. It’s only fitting that Devil Ball Golf starts us off with a reminiscence ten years back, as Mickelson took Payne Stewart to the 18th at Pinehurst on Father’s Day, one day before Amy gave birth to their first child. Kathryn Tappen is looking forward to NYers welcoming Mickelson back for his 16th straight Open.
On The Tee remembers the last time the Open was at Bethpage Black in 2002, when he helped Tiger Woods get dressed. Going For The Green offers a scouting report on the black course, which comes equipped with its own warning sign. Are we scaling mountains here or smacking little white balls around? Hey, Thanks For Playing says Black’s difficulty is like everything else in New York: overrated.
Hooked On Golf will have proof he was at Bethpage, even if he never sniffs the East Coast. Out And Back has the squeegees Mayor Guiliani chased out of Gotham needed over at Bethpage this rain-forecasted weekend. Golf Digest’s Local Knowledge reports those squeegees have already been pressed into service this morning.
Boston Dirt Dogs has all the madness on Red Sox Nation’s 500th consecutive sellout in the 6-1 win over Florida last night, but it does come with an asterisk attached. Justin Masterson is impressed that The Nation has generated the longest non-NBA sellout streak in U.S. pro sports history. Eric Ortiz has the Chicago Bulls at 515 in his cross hairs and says another 500 straight is possible, while Boston Sports Blog casts doubt on the streak that is. However, SoxSpace News exercised some gubernatorial privileges, taking up residence at Fenway during the week and personally vouching for the streak’s authenticity – at least for No. 500.
Toeing The Rubber delights in Wake’s performance on Tuesday night, even as she rips Red Sox wives. The Bottom Line has Wake breathing down Roy Halladay’s neck and canvasses The Nation to make the knucklah their Final Vote selection in this year’s All-Star Game. Over The Monster has Daisuke as this year’s version of 2008 C.C. Sabathia. Fighting Words says Yawkey Way has never been big on official announcements, so just expect a six-man rotation to evolve on its own. SportsCenter 5 Overtime Blog lays out this historic rotation for you. NESN’s Boston Red Sox blog says a six-man rotation is taking the easy way out of dealing with the problem of too much pitching.
When’s the seven-man rotation talk gonna start? It might have to come soon. Full Count has Clay Buchholz getting booed during his outing last night in Pawtucket. Forget seven men, as Hacks With Haggs has Buchholtz wanting to go someplace where he can pitch every five days.
Ever watch Comcast SportsNet on Friday and hear about Felger getting his beauty rest for Saturday’s The Baseball Show? Apparently, as Tanguay’s Take can attest, it’s still not enough.
It Is What It Is remembers Patriot great Jim Nance on the 17th anniversary of his passing. Blogging Fearlessly has the Hall at Patriot Place looking for a few good men . . . provided they’re from South Dakota.
Green Scene interprets Danny Ainge’s Big Three contract manipulations as a sign that LeBron is coming to Boston. Celtics Stuff Live doesn’t like either the Kendrick Perkins or Bill Walker components of the rumored trade with Memphis involving the No. 2 pick. Not surprisingly, Perk Is A Beast reacts violently to the rumors concerning their namesake.
To all the dads out there, may your weekend be far-removed from honey-do lists . . . and may all your shots roll forward.