Week Log: Silver Lining To Black Sunday

Last Sunday’s Sox-Pats double-implosion has put everyone in a tizzy all week, and the media looking for clever ways to introduce ‘Black Sunday’ into Hub lexicon. Bleacher Report attributes the phrase to Gary Tanguay even as they insist all hope is not lost. Now, after several days of reflection, Tanguay appears to have found a silver lining in the cloud he named. Thanks For Playing lists ten cities in which Black Sunday would still be Dream Sunday. And sometimes you need an outsider like Michael Kay’s Successors to give you perspective.

Onto the Red Sox, whose season was the week’s only fatality.

Red Sox

Toeing The Rubber has the Sox going where death could not, even at a funeral. Fire Brand Of The American League told us so on this year’s failure – well, they would have if they could have accepted it themselves. Red Sox Dad looks back on his favorite 2009 memories.

The Faster Times suggests the Sox tactlessly tempted fate in the ALDS – and lost. Now that they’ve paid the Sox back, Year of the Sox says the Los Angeles Angels should find motivation in depriving one particular Yankee the opportunity to wear a ring.

Utility Lou looks through his rose-colored glasses and sees the Sox as an A.L. favorite again in 2010, even with no changes. Maybe you need a stronger lens prescription there, Lou. With or without glasses, 2009 looked a lot like 2005 to Red Sox Monster, which wonders if 2006 can be far behind. Boston Sports Blog thinks this group isn’t good enough anymore. Boston Dirt Dogs cuts the blame cake and there’s a slice for everyone. 38 Pitches says forget about wholesale changes and just start throwing some strikes.

Over The Monster tells us who should stay and who should go on the Sox pitching staff. Hacks With Haggs is sure that a no-longer indestructible Jonathan Papelbon will return more determined than ever next spring. Exploring a Papelbon trade is among Mazz‘s suggestions to improve next year’s club. Better Red Than Dead is intrigued by the possibility of trading Papelbon. I’m Just Sayin’ wants Paps in Boston for years to come, but would ship Clay Buchholz out this winter for a bat for the future.

Touching All The Bases has this anemic offense ready to redraw the Mendoza Line. Surviving Grady no longer believes those TNT impotence ads were directed at him but rather, at the Boston bats.

Full Count jump starts the Hot Stove League by reporting the Sox are looking at Japanese pitching phenom Yusei Kikuchi. Circling The Bases speculates that John Farrell may be Tito Francona’s heir-apparent after withdrawing from yet another managerial opportunity. Hit And Run guarantees Farrell will still be the Sox pitching coach next year.

Patriots

Patriots Daily is chatting with a Tennesse Titans blog about Sunday’s game.

Michael Felger is good with the Pats’ devastating OT loss in Denver on Sunday, and with Tom Brady gagging on the lay-up that should have been the game-winning drive near the end of regulation time. The Boston Score says Brady’s trademark accuracy is just not there, particularly on the long ball.

It Is What It Is has Bill Belichick plenty ascared of the 0-5 Tennessee Titans, who come into Foxborough this Sunday. Patriots Daily wonders whether the Titans, who went 3-4 to close out 2008, are really that good. First And Ten From Foxborough has the Pats without four key starters this week.

Meet the new No. 55, which, as NESN’s New England Patriots points out, is the same as the old No. 55. Pats Pulpit tries to figure out why Junior Seau is back in New England, but The Patriot Act says it’s for more 3-4. Pro Football Talk finds it remarkable that Seau can step off a surfboard and into a playoff chase so seamlessly. One If By Land thinks Seau’s return will open up the pass-rushing skills of Adalius Thomas, who crossed the scrimmage line less than Laurence Maroney last week.

AFC East Blog lists the Patriots as buyers before next Tuesday’s trading deadline. And Extra Points has Belichick looking forward to some fish & chips – and Brady some anonymity – next week in London.

Bruins

The B’s have started a little flatter this year, opening the season with a 2-3 homestand after Monday’s 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Mary Paoletti says a roller-coaster start doesn’t jive with Title Town expectations. Kathryn Tappen thinks hitting the road will be a good thing for the B’s. Naoko Funayama blames a grueling preseason for this tiresome start.

Big Bad Blog has Marco Sturm headlining some tweaks to the B’s top two lines. Stanley Cup of Chowder points to lethargic special teams play as a bigger problem.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun has Peter Chiarelli looking at a lottery pick given the Maple Leafs’ 0-5-1 start. Puck Daddy says this 9-year old created hockey magic in the TD Bank Mini 1-on-1 series that will run during Bruins intermissions this year.

Celtics

As the C’s get ready to open their 73-win campaign next Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Fernsten’s Follies wonders what has become of their humility. The Cavs may be printing up NBA Finals tickets, but NESN’s Boston Celtics says it is the C’s that pack the best starting five in the NBA. Celtics Central was first to bring us Rasheed Wallace’s well-aired 2009-10 predictions, while CelticsBlog analyzes the chances for a 73-9 season, only to throw in the towel.

Loy’s Place loves seeing KG get above the rim again, as Rondo-to-Garnett hit on three alley oops against the Raptors last night. Now, if we can only get that old Brady-to-Moss mojo revived up. Green Street has Paul Pierce cutting back on summer BBQs and returning to camp in a 20-year old’s body. Red’s Army speculates the C’s may not want an aging Truth around for three more years.

We’ll see you next week, but in the meantime, drop me a line at [email protected] if you have or know of any good Hub blogs we don’t visit.

Red Sox Look to 2010, Patriots Look at Oilers

The analysis of the 2009 Red Sox continues, even as the club prepares to move onto 2010.

Sean McAdam says that Theo Epstein may well once again load up on retreads this winter to try and fill holes. He’s got three possible pitchers that might be on Epstein’s list this winter. Joe McDonald says that the Red Sox starting rotation is a lot more settled heading into 2010 than it was going into 2009. Mike Fine has Epstein saying that changes will need to be made heading into 2010. Peter Gammons says there will be  some tough decisions to make this winter.

Amalie Benjamin says that there aren’t any minor league prospects that seem poised to make the full-time leap to the majors in 2010. Michael Silverman says that Epstein needs to figure out his plan of attack for shortstop very soon. Pedro Gomez has a position by position assessment of the Red Sox.

Stan Grossfeld has a feature on a Red Sox fan battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Nick Cafardo has Manny Ramirez and Pedro Martinez on opposite sides in the NLCS.

Patriots

Greg Doyle offers some first impressions of the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers. Ian R. Rapoport has the Patriots very aware of how dangerous Chris Johnson can be. Mark Farinella has Bill Belichick making giants out of the Titans in preparing his team.

Brian MacPherson looks at the official return of Junior Seau. Michael Vega has Seau ready to go. Karen Guregian has Seau jumping right into things, setting an example for his younger teammates. Rapoport says that Seau’s main goal is still that championship ring for his finger. Shalise Manza Young says that Seau can’t resist the call to duty. Andy Vogt says Seau has been through all of this before. Rich Garven has Seau once again ditching the surfboard for a playbook. Mark Farinella welcomes back the world’s oldest teenager. Christopher Price examines where Seau will fit in. Glen Farley has Seau having another senior moment.

Mike Reiss says that the Patriots offense is struggling to find itself.  Monique Walker has Tom Brady very aware of the struggles of his offense. Guregian has Brady looking for a big-play revival this weekend. Farley says that Belichick had a long talk with his offense yesterday.

Ron Borges has NFL retirees moving closer to getting more financial assistance from the league. Jeremy Gottlieb goes around the league. Michael Felger has his mailbag.

Rapoport’s notebook has Sebastian Vollmer set to fill in for Matt Light if needed. Young’s Patriots journal has more on Vollmer. Vogt’s notebook also has Vollmer getting pressed into action.  Garven’s notebook has the offensive line’s continuity being disrupted this weekend.

Celtics/Bruins

Paul Doyle has the Celtics looking sharp in Hartford last night. Mark Murphy has Rajon Rondo raising his game in the preseason. Jim Fenton says that it has been so far, so good for the Celtics in the preseason.

Bob Ryan looks at how Eddie House has found a home in Boston. Jeff Jacobs remembers when the Celtics playing in Hartford was a frequent occurance, even during the regular season.

Murphy’s notebook reports that KG took a hit last night, but kept going. Frank Dell’Apa has Rondo and KG hooking up last night like old times.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the Bruins looking to spark things up on the road. Stephen Harris has coach Claude Julien switching up some lines.

Globe Fills Reiss Hole By Hiring Albert Breer

albert_breerWhen The Boston Globe lost Mike Reiss to the new ESPNBoston.com a few weeks ago, it was a huge blow to the football coverage in the paper and especially on Boston.com.

Multiple sources have told BSMW that The Globe has made a strong move towards filling that hole by hiring Albert Breer away from The Sporting News, where he was a national NFL writer for them. At this point I’ve been unable to get a confirmation from Breer, but the sources I’m using have been impeccable in the past for these sorts of things.

This actually isn’t the first time Breer has followed Reiss into a role. When Reiss left the Metrowest Daily News to go to the Globe, Breer was the one who took his place, and made a name for himself with his analytical style of reporting. During the time the MWDN and the Boston Herald were sharing content and the-then Point After blog, Breer was quite prominent in that space.

Before the 2007 season, Breer was hired by the Dallas Morning News to work the Cowboys beat, and after a season there, moved to the national beat with The Sporting News before the 2008 season.

Though he has been a national guy for the last year plus, Breer has stayed local, living in the area, and appearing on local media outlets regularly.

Though I haven’t been able to confirm just yet, the lineup I’m hearing the Globe will trot out for the Patriots will have Adam Kilgore moving over from the Red Sox  to serve as the Patriots beat reporter, Breer as the NFL columnist, and Chris Gasper will move to the role of online columnist…similar to what Tony Massarotti has been doing.

Update: Adam Reilly has a copy of an email that Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan sent this morning, which confirms all my information above, plus welcomes Gary Washburn and Peter Abraham to the paper, and notes that Monique Walker will be working with Breer and Kilgore on the Patriots beat and Julian Benbow will be working with Washburn and Frank Dell’Apa on the Celtics beat.

The Return Of Junior, Part IV

The Patriots officially announced the re-signing of linebacker Junior Seau this morning. The 40-year-old linebacker will join the Patriots for his fourth season with the team.

Shalise Manza Young and Ian R. Rapoport have a look at Seau returning once again to the only club he said that he would play for. Mark Farinella has more on Seau set to begin his 20th season in the NFL. Andy Vogt has more on Seau.

Brendon Rosenau continues Patriots Daily’s celebration of the 50th season of the Patriots with a look at the 1985 team.

Kerry Byrne says that Bill Belichick has lost his mojo on defense. Michael Vega has Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees saying that his unit needs to improve. Rapoport has Pees particularly critical of the long drives the defense allowed. Glen Farley has Stephen Gostkowski moving on from his missed kick.

Christopher Price and Mike Reiss have their weekly Patriots mailbags. Reiss will be filling in on WEEI for Michael Holley this Friday alongside Dale Arnold on “Patriots Friday” from Gillette Stadium.

Vega’s notebook has more on the return of Seau. Young’s Patriots journal has Bill Belichick happy to have Jerod Mayo back out on the field. Rapoport’s notebook has some positive injury news on Matt Light.

Red Sox

Sean McAdam examines the lack of progress this year on a new deal for Jason Bay, and whether Bay might be headed elsewhere. He looks at some candidates for the Red Sox to sign if they can’t get a deal done with Bay. Johnny Damon? Rob Bradford looks at what lies ahead for these Patriots. Lenny Megliola says that a once promising season ended in disappointment for the Red Sox.

Joe McDonald says that Rocco Baldelli’s stint with the Red Sox might’ve been a one-and-done. Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox future is very bright, with a number of potential stars in the minors. John Tomase has Clay Buchholz looking forward to being a full time member of the rotation in 2010. Mike Fine says that Buchholz found himself this season.  Nick Cafardo says that the Red Sox and Daisuke Matsuzaka might finally be on the same page.

Mark Farinella’s pal, the Voice of Doom had a great time on Sunday.

Bill Ballou has the ever-quotable J.P. Ricciardi back home in West Bolyston and looking for work.

Silverman’s notebook has Billy Wagner considering retirement.

Celtics/Bruins

Mark Murphy has rookie Lester Hudson fitting right in with his veteran teammates. Frank Dell’Apa has Rajon Rondo putting on a show last night. Jim Fenton has Glen Davis back with the Celtics after a frustrating summer of inactivity on the free agent market. Paul Doyle has Ray Allen and the Celtics returning to the Hartford Civic Center tonight.  Murphy’s notebook has the Celtics putting together a reserved win.

Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins problems are mostly mental. Stephen Harris has the Bruins looking to regroup on the road.

Comcast SportsNet Adds Art Martone

According to Scott MacKay’s blog on WRNI.org, Providence Journal sports editor Art Martone is leaving the paper to join Comcast SportsNet’s new online venture.

The really interesting part of this post is the last paragraph, which reads:

For Martone, the new post is a good opportunity. Reportedly joining Martone in the new venture is Globe hockey sportswriter Kevin Paul DuPont, McAdam and former Journal sportswriter and football beat guy Tom Curran.

Those are three pretty big names in the local market that could be going to the new CSNNE.com. The site recently had a makeover, and has had Michael Felger providing Patriots content for the last few weeks.

Right now I don’t know if Dupont, McAdam and Curran would be leaving their current positions, though it would seem likely. Dupont has been with The Boston Globesince the 1970’s, making this a huge leap for him, if he is calling it with quits with the paper. McAdam is a good friend of Martone, and the two worked together for years at the Providence Journal, along with Tom Curran, who is currently a national football writer for NBCSports.com

Patriots Loss a Winner for WBZ-TV

The New England Patriots overtime loss on Sunday to former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and his Denver Broncos was the highest rated program of the week in the Boston market.

The game earned a household rating of 29.73 with a 57 share. The game averaged 1,156,900 viewers and peaked during overtime with 1,446,100 viewers.

It was the second highest-rated Patriots game of the season, trailing only the season opener on Monday Night Football against Buffalo.

Through five games in 2009, Patriots games are averaging a local rating of 28.88 with a 57.4 share.

By comparison, through five games of the 2008 season, Patriots games averaged a local rating of 25.62 with a 49.4 share.

Patriots Grade Out Mediocre

We’ve got one more day of looking back at the painful loss to the Broncos on Sunday before turning our sights to the Tennessee Titans this weekend.

The grades are in, as like the Patriots performance on Sunday, they’re pretty mediocre. There is a lot of room for improvement all around. Yesterday, Michael Felger said that the defeat to the Broncos wasn’t all that bad. Today, in his Report Card, he reserves the lowest grade, a “D” for quarterback Tom Brady. From Jeremy Gottlieb on Patriots Daily, there are a whole lot of “C’s” on the card. Ron Borges says that the Patriots defense has been “grossly overrated” in these parts, and says that Brandon Meriweather is closer to Donna Reed than Ed Reed, but saves his harshest grades for Brady, Belichick and the defensive backs, each of whom get a “D.” Steve DeOssie has “D’s” across the board, with the exception of special teams, which are given a “C.”

There were three columns from Patriots Dailyin the aftermath of the game,  Chris Warner has the Gut Check, Scott Benson has the PD Game Ball – QB Kyle Orton and Take a Lap – QB Tom Brady.

Mike Reiss says that Sunday was a role reversal between Tom Brady and Kyle Orton. Karen Guregian says that Tom Brady is clearly still not right. Monique Walker has the Patriots focused on improving their consistency on offense. Tedy Bruschi says that Sunday was about missed opportunities for the Patriots. Rich Garven has more on the need for consistency. Robert Lee says that the offense is the problem right now. Christopher Price has Brady taking the blame for the offense struggles.

Ian R. Rapoport says that the defense needs to work on tackling. Jonathan Comey says that there is still room for optimism in New England. Dan Duggan has Stephen Gostkowski already putting his 40-yard miss on Sunday behind him. Glen Farley has the Titans coming to Foxboro this Sunday hungry for their first win.

Walker’s notebook has Matt Light spotted on crutches yesterday. Rapoport’s notebook has more on Light. Lee’s Patriots journal has more from Gostkowski on his missed kick.  Farley’s notebook has the Patriots loss a total team effort.

Bruins

Fluto Shinzawa has mental errors proving costly to the Bruins in their 4-3 loss to the Avalanche yesterday. Steve Conroy looks at yesterday as the latest in a new, disturbing pattern for the Bruins. Mike Loftus has the Bruins as a pretty mediocre hockey team right now. Bud Barth has the Bruins continuing their shoddy play on special teams and defense.

Stephen Harris has the Bruins needing to get their heads back in the game.  Kevin Paul Dupont says that there is a lot that is not right with the Bruins right now. Joseph Gravellese has the Bruins looking to end their breakdowns. Joe Haggerty looks at the lessons to be learned from yesterday. Matt Kalman has the power play a huge concern for the Bruins right now.

Shinzawa’s notebook has Johnny Boychuk apparently gaining the confidence of the coaches. Conroy’s notebook has more on Boychuk. Loftus’ notebook says that there was no reason given for Tuuka Rask getting a second straight start in net. Barth’s notebook has more on Tim Thomas sitting for the second straight game.

Celtics

Jessica Camerato has Paul Pierce still feeling young as he turns 32. Steve Bulpett says that age is really only a number for Pierce right now. Jim Fenton has Pierce remaining at the top of his game as the Celtics prepare for another run.

Julian Benbow has a look at Marquis Daniels and the bond he shares with former Dallas teammates Josh Howard and Devin Harris. Scott Souza has the Celtics looking to develop roles and chemistry among the bench.

Frank Dell’Apa has Kevin Garnett taking another leap forward by converting a lob and dunk yesterday at practice. Bulpett’s notebook has more on KG’s improvement.

Red Sox With Offseason Work To Do

The offseason officially began for the Red Sox yesterday, following Sunday’s disappointing loss in game three of the ALDS.

Amalie Benjamin has an extensive look at the issues facing the Red Sox this offseason. The list starts with Jason Bay, who will test the free agent waters in a few weeks. Michael Silverman says that there will be big changes this offseason. Brian MacPherson lists out nine items on Theo Epstein’s plate this offseason. Daniel Barbarisi says that the warning signs for this ending were there all season. Jon Couture says that it is already next year for Red Sox management. Kevin Thomas looks ahead to what the 2010 roster may look like.

Sean McAdam examines the state of the Sox by category. Putting on his GM hat, Bill Burt lists 10 moves he’d make this offseason. Joe McDonald has more on the to-do list for Epstein. Jeff Goldberg has the Sox tasting the bitter pill they have to swallow with the end of the season here earlier than they expected. Bill Ballou has the Sox already looking to the future. Mike Fine has Epstein setting his offseason agenda.

Dan Shaughnessy looks at the futures of the four remaining holdovers from the 2004 championship. Gerry Callahan says that Theo Epstein cannot let his club’s offensive crisis go unsolved. Steve Buckley says that fans have the right to boo Jonathan Papelbon if they want. Bill Reynolds says that hitting, or a lack thereof, was this club’s undoing in the playoffs. Howard Bryant says that the 2003-2007 championship Red Sox are dead and buried, and the team will never quite be the same.

Peter Abraham says that it appears that Clay Buchholz’s place in the stating rotation for 2010 is secure. Fine has Jason Bay looking to see what he will be offered on the free agent market. Kirk Minihane puts together a season-ending report card. Joe Haggerty has Epstein citing team defense as a weakness of the 2009 Sox. Tom Caron wonders if there may be a chance at closer in the offseason.

Silverman looks at how Terry Francona feels health-wise at the end of the season. McDonald looks at Red Sox coaches Brad Mills and Tim Bogar, who are both under consideration for the Houston Astros manager’s job.

Adam Kilgore has Jed Lowrie looking to bounce back and prove himself next season. Buckley says that Lowrie will possibly face another surgical procedure on his wrist this offseason.

The Globe notebook has pitching coach John Farrell expected to remain with the club in 2010. Silverman’s notebook says that the Sox will talk to Jason Varitek about coming back in 2010. The ProJo Red Sox journal says that the Red Sox will be taking a hard line with Daisuke Matsuzaka about his conditioning going into next season. The T&G notebook says that David Ortiz simply looked overmatched in the playoffs.

Nick Cafardo says that it has been easy for the Yankees thus far, who will face their biggest challenge in the Angels.

Patriots and other links coming in separate post.

It’s a Friday Megalink Session

Looks like things have cleared up so I can do the Friday megalinks early and actually finish during the day which is a good thing.

Don’t forget to check out the Weekend Viewing Picks for the recommended sports and primetime TV viewing. In addition, there’s the College Football Viewing Picks, NFL Viewing Picks, and the League Division Series Schedule for good measure.

Now to the links.

National

Ross Nethery of the Sports Business Daily writes that the Professional Bull Riders are now weighing in on the DirecTV/Versus dispute.

Ronald Grover and Tom Lowry of BusinessWeek say Comcast’s proposed purchase of NBC might make sense especially for sports.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk says radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is getting support for his bid to buy the St. Louis Rams from the unlikeliest of sources, Keith Olbermann.

Bob Kimball of USA Today writes that despite some miscalls and many “FISTED” references, TBS stands by Chip Caray as its #1 announcer for the MLB Postseason.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell finds the person who put forth his network’s entry to name a new minor league baseball team.

David Tanklefsky of Broadcasting & Cable writes that the first day of the MLB League Division Series was the most watched since 2003.

Glen Dickson of B&C says CBS is conducting HDTV tests at Broncos games this season.

To R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News who says Philadelphia Eagle QB Michael Vick will star in a documentary series for BET.

Chris Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media reviews the new book by legendary Georgia voice Larry Munson.

The Sports Media Watch says NASCAR’s ratings are dropping again.

SMW has some various ratings news and notes.

From the Biz of Baseball, Maury Brown writes that TBS likes how the League Division Series started on its network.

And has the ratings for Thursday’s games.

Maury wonders why TBS had some picture problems during its LDS coverage.

And Maury has the updated LDS schedules through next Wednesday.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe writes that there might be room for two sports radio stations in Boston after all.

Kristine Leahy has today’s edition of The Five at WEEI.com

John Branch of the New York Times has a fascinating story on some footage of Babe Ruth that has been found and archived by MLB Productions.

And you can see that footage here.

Richard Sandomir of the Times goes after TBS’ Chip Caray.

Newsday’s Neil Best says long-time, but not first time WFAN staffers are a bit melancholy as they leave their original studios.

Neil has more on the ‘FAN move in his blog, and has some video of his conversation with Mike Francesa.

Neil also talks with rookie TBS MLB analyst David Wells.

Back to Neil’s blog, he also has some random ratings news.

Neil likes the earlier start times for the Yankees in the League Division Series.

Neil’s Newsday colleague Mark La Monica has all six covers of ESPN The Magazine’s Body issue.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News blames Time Warner Cable for not getting his Yankees in HD this week.

Phil Mushnick of the crosstown New York Post has more complaints about TBS’ Chip Caray.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says ESPNU may help Siena get more TV exposure.

Pete wonders why Dallas-KC is being shown to most of the country in Fox’s regional NFL coverage on Sunday.

Pete says perhaps MLB is embarrassed over TBS’ coverage by syncing Vin Scully’s radio call of last night’s Dodgers comeback to the network’s video.

And in his column, Pete talks with ESPN Radio’s Doug Gottlieb.

Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says Cablevision chose the wrong time for baseball fans to do a software upgrade.

Lance Venta of Radio Insight reports that Philadelphia is getting an FM sports radio station when the ESPN Radio affiliate moves next week.

Doug Miller of MLB.com says Phillies fans are missing the late Harry Kalas right now.

Laura Nachman says Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Michael Barkann will be busy on Sunday.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with NFL Network RedZone host Scott Hanson.

Jim writes that CBS Radio’s new FM sports talk station has upset the apple cart in DC.

And Jim looks at CBS College Sports’ unique Armed Forces college football tripleheader on Saturday.

Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post says the Maryland Terrapins are relegated to ESPN360 for the 4th time this season.

Midwest

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press says the Tigers-Twins one game playoff made for some good ratings.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that Fox is looking to move November 1’s Minnesota-Green Bay game to a later timeslot.

Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business has his weekly winners and losers in sports business and media.

Ed also provides his thoughts on golf officially getting into the Olympics.

The Chicago Tribune’s Dave Van Dyck says Cubs TV analyst Bob Brenly has talked with one team this season about a managerial position.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals might return to its old radio home, KMOX, albeit for one day.

South

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reports that for the first time in franchise history, the Florida Panthers won’t have Dennis Potvin as its TV analyst.

Sarah Talalay from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that Kobe Bryant’s jersey is the top selling NBA uni in Communist China.

Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram talks with former NFL QB Warren Moon about his new book and Brett Favre.

Barry Horn from the Dallas Morning News reviews last month’s sports radio ratings.

Barry previews his Saturday column on Troy Aikman having to analyze Tony Romo for Fox.

And Barry acknowledges that the Metroplex is not baseball territory.

David Barron from the Houston Chronicle talks with CBS golf analyst David Feherty who will be on the sidelines of the Navy-Rice game for CBS College Sports.

David says Cowboys-Broncos topped last week’s ratings in Houston.

Mel Bracht from the Daily Oklahoman says the NBA’s Thunder will split its sideline reporter position among two people this season.

In his notebook, Mel looks at the next documentary in ESPN’s “30 for 30″ project.

Mel writes that Fox Sports Oklahoma will replay the 1989 Red River Shootout that was only seen on TV once on pay per view.

West

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) Morning News says ESPN seems to be the fanning the flames of Mountain West conspiracy theorists.

To the North County Times where John Maffei writes about former Chiefs and Jets coach Herman Edwards feeling comfortable working at ESPN.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times has her highlights and lowlights of TBS’ production of Game 2 of Cards-Dodgers last night.

Diane says Angels radio voice Rory Markas has good reason to be happy calling the games.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News talks with the author of a new book on Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

Tom likes how TBS is helping fans to keep score of the game at home.

Tom has his usual news and notes.

Tom reviews ESPN The Magazine’s Body issue.

Josh Weaver of the Gilroy (CA) Dispatch says San Jose Sharks fans still can’t watch the team’s games due to a dispute between Charter Communications and Comcast SportsNet California.

Canada

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail finds that more women are listening to sports radio. I could have told him that.

Ok, those are the Friday megalinks. Have a good weekend.

Wrapping Up The Rest

In preparation for Sunday’s Patriots/Broncos game in Denver (where snow showers are expected), head on over to Patriots Daily, and check out Trading Places – Chatting With The Mile High Report.

We’ve also got a little piece entitled Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics – Pats at Broncos. Check in later today for the Worry Wart.

Mike Reiss is worried that Josh McDaniels might be able to exploit some Patriots weaknesses with his knowledge of their personnel and how they do things.

Fred Taylor had ankle surgery yesterday, and while some reports indicate it isn’t a season ending procedure, at the very least he’s going to be gone for most of the year, it appears.  All the coverage is available over at PatriotsLinks.com.

The Bruins were also dominated by a team from Anaheim last night, as the Ducks came into the Garden and laid a 6-1 whipping on the Bruins. Get the game stories over at BruinsLinks.com.

The latest set of radio ratings are out, and Chad Finn notes that the new WBZ-FM scored a 2.5 overall for the month of September, compared with a 5.2 for WEEI. Jessica Heslam notes the demographic breakdown, where 98.5 got a 4.0 share in the male 25-54 segment, while WEEI took the top spot in that demo with a 7.7.

I think the numbers by WBZ-FM aren’t getting quite the attention they should. Finn says it “wasn’t a massive leap” – but really it was. The numbers by WBZ-FM blow away any numbers that a previous WEEI competitor had ever been able to grab. Perhaps this was just a case of people checking out the new station, but I think it’s more than that.