Globe Staff Going Whole Hog On Brady Holdout

C’mon guys.

The Boston Globe. Allegedly THE paper of record for New England sports, is embarrassing themselves with this Tom Brady holdout garbage.

Albert Breer’s lede on the Extra Points blog:

With all the noise of a Tom Brady holdout (which I hear pretty strongly isn’t happening … and was never happening), it’s worth asking this question: How could it really come to this?

Um, what? Yeah, How could it really come to this which was never happening? Does that lede even make a modicum of sense?

Breer then goes on to quote colleague Chris Gasper, who has a few gems of his own:

He shouldn’t have to threaten not to show up to camp to get a new contract.

What threats would those be? The ones solely created by the media to “move the needle?”

The Patriots are playing a dangerous game here with their most valuable asset.

As far as I can tell, they’re not playing any game here.

The CBA has become a rather convenient bit of CYA for the Patriots not to cut Brady a big, fat check.

Right. That’s really all it is. How stupid does he think they are?

Tony Massarotti took his whack at the situation earlier this week…practically begging Brady to hold out. Not only hold out, but not play the entire season.

Meanwhile, Peyton Manning sits in the exact same situation. The only difference being he’s getting a higher base salary than Brady. But isn’t he also risking $50 million dollars by showing up for Colts camp?

Congratulations, Boston Globe, for abandoning any real reporting in favor of trying your hardest to simply stir the pot.

WEEI’s Desperate Attempts To Spin The Ratings

Even though WEEI maintains a ratings lead in the local sports radio wars, they’re not comfortable. They’re feeling the need to manipulate, exaggerate, whatever it takes to appear even more imposing.

As Chad Finn points out this morning:

While certain WEEI hosts refuse to acknowledge that the station no longer has a sports-talk monopoly, there are occasionally subtle clues that the old familiar hubris is now accompanied by humility. There’s now an emphasis on including Boston listeners to 103.7, WEEI’s FM outlet in Providence, in the local ratings…

Evidence of this can be seen in what happened to Jessica Heslam’s report on the ratings in yesterday’s Herald. When I originally linked the article, this is what it said about the ratings:

During the spring ratings period, WEEI was No.1 among men in the coveted 25- to 54-year-old demographic with a weeklong overall 8.3 share. The Sports Hub, WBZ-FM, wasn’t far behind, scoring a 5.0 share and fifth place. The spring ratings run from April 1 to June 23.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” said program director Jason Wolfe. “The spring was chock full of great content, highlighted by the playoff runs of the Celtics [team stats] and Bruins [team stats]. They belted out great shows, and the listeners responded.”

In morning-drive, WEEI duo John Dennis and Gerry Callahan were first with an 8.9 share while the Sports Hub’s Fred “Toucher” Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb were fifth with a 6.2.

WEEI midday pair Dale Arnold and Michael Holley came in second with a 6.5 share while the Sports Hub’s Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak were sixth with a 4.4.

The race was close in afternoon-drive. Glenn Ordway’s “Big Show” on WEEI was second with a 7.9 share while rival Sports Hub duo Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti were third with a 6.4.

From 7 p.m. to midnight, Mike Adams and WEEI were first with a 13.3 share, while the Sports Hub’s Damon Amendolara was 14th with a 2.6.

Then sometime yesterday, without any note of the changes, the above text changed to the following:

During the spring ratings period, WEEI was No.2 among men in the coveted 25- to 54-year-old demographic with a weeklong overall 6.8 share. The Sports Hub, WBZ-FM, wasn’t far behind, scoring a 5.0 share and fifth place. The spring ratings run from April 1 to June 23.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” said program director Jason Wolfe. “The spring was chock full of great content, highlighted by the playoff runs of the Celtics [team stats] and Bruins [team stats]. They belted out great shows, and the listeners responded.”

In morning-drive, WEEI duo John Dennis and Gerry Callahan were tied for second with WZLX-FM (100.7) and WBUR-FM (90.9) with a 7.1 share while the Sports Hub’s Fred “Toucher” Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb were sixth with a 6.2.

WEEI midday pair Dale Arnold and Michael Holley came in third with a 5.1 share while the Sports Hub’s Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak were sixth with a 4.4.

The race was close in afternoon-drive. Glenn Ordway’s “Big Show” on WEEI was second with a 6.7 share while rival Sports Hub duo Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti were third with a 6.4.

From 7 p.m. to midnight, Mike Adams and WEEI were first with a 11.3 share, while the Sports Hub’s Damon Amendolara was 4th with a 5.6.

WEEI clearly fed Heslam the first set of numbers, which are a combination of the Boston and Providence numbers. I’m not sure of the reason for the descrepancy in the WBZ-FM numbers for Damon Amendolara, but the article was apparently changed after WBZ-FM spoke up about it. I heard Toucher & Rich say something about D&C lying about the ratings numbers, and apparently it was brought up later in the day as well.

One huge thing to note about the (apparently) gaudy numbers of Mike Adams – they reflect Red Sox and Celtics games aired in his time slot. The ratings slot is 7:00-12:00 PM- regardless of what programming airs in that slot. I felt much better after confirming that, as I was afraid for the future of mankind if people were actually tuning in to hear Planey Mikey in those numbers.

Also interesting in that Finn article is that Tony Massarotti’s Baseball Reporters show from 6:00 to 7:00pm is beating the official WEEI Red Sox pregame show, prompting WEEI to change up their pregame show, as outlined in Finn’s article. (and how much of a sleaze does Jason Wolfe come off as in the Finn piece?)

Clearly, WEEI is feeling the heat from their first legitimate ratings challenge, and is pulling out all the stops, (and more) in order to try and come out ahead. They’re desperate.

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John Lackey carried a no-hitter in the eighth inning before former Sox catcher Josh Bard broke it up. Leading 6-1, the Red Sox actually allowed the Mariners to tie things up in the ninth before scoring two runs in the 13th to pull out an 8-6 win.

Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Red Sox blow five-run lead in ninth, then rebound to beat Mariners – Daniel Barbarisi recaps the action from last night.

Kalish making major impact – Peter Abraham’s minor league notebook says that Pawtucket outfielder Ryan Kalish may soon be major league ready.

Lowell feeling good in rehab start with PawSox, looks forward to return – Brian MacPherson has Mike Lowell getting closer to a return.

Beckett’s return is eagerly anticipated – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook looks at Josh Beckett’s return to the mound tonight.

Setting the record straight on Brady – Leave it to Mike Reiss to make sense of all the Tom Brady speculation and rumors.

New England Patriots 2010 Season Preview – The Fifth Down, The New York Times’ football blog, previews the Patriots.

Positional Previews – Offensive Line – Patriots Daily looks at the O-Line. So does Tom E. Curran and Glen Farley.

Remembering your father’s Patriots – Jim Donaldson checks in with some old guys who used to cover the Patriots – Kevin Mannix, Mark Blaudschun, Carlo Imelio, Tim Murphy, Terry Price,  and Leigh Montville.

Increased Leadership Across Entire Patriots Roster Essential for 2010 Success – Jeff Howe examines the way the Patriots have address the leadership issue.

Robinson ready to bring energy next season – A. Sherrod Blakely has the guard looking forward to an entire season with the Celtics. The Celtics also re-signed Marquis Daniels last night.

Avery Bradley can’t wait to play – Dan Duggan has the Celtics first round pick eager to get back on the court.

And finally:

What To Do When The News Is Slow? Just Make It Up – I’m going to be doing a new weekly media post over at SBNation’s Boston site. The first one looks at a few topics this week on sports radio.

Week Log: Seven And Fading

Beantown Sports Observer gripes that after an early summer flood of interesting topics, there is zilch gong on now unless you count baseball. Fortunately, Week Log does count baseball so let’s get started there, where the count is presently at seven games back – eight in the lost column, five in the Wild Card.

Red Sox

With MLB-leading run production, yet middle-of-the-pack starters and the third worst bullpen in the A.L., SawxBlog calls 2010 the Year of the Strange. But as the deficit in the standings grows, Peter’s Red Sox Forever is just calling it a season.

Red Sox Monster stops short of calling Daisuke Matsuzaka’s gem on Monday his best start ever, but agrees it was just what the Sox needed to open a 10-game West Coast swing. The Soxaholix sees a favorable pattern developing when Dice-K walks two or fewah battahs.

When the Sox reward Surviving Grady‘s time and emotional investment with a spirit-deflating loss as they did on Tuesday night, everyone pays. Nor is there any joy at The Joy Of Sox after Terry Francona left Jonathan Papelbon in the pen during the extra innings loss. Tim Wakefield blew a four-run lead earlier that night, as The Bottom Line likens his knuckler to a box of chocolates. With Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett back, The Mighty Quinn Media Machine speculates it could have been Wake’s last start ever. I’m Just Sayin’ wonders if the returning Buchholz and Beckett are enough to make the Sox contenders again this year. Full Count has Buchholz off his game yesterday, struggling in each of his four-plus innings. Tony Lee has the oft-forgotten Jed Lowrie’s return the brightest spot in yesterday’s rubber game loss in Oakland.

Boston Dirt Dogs has Theo & The Trio’s administration denying they’re doing things on the cheap, while Touching All The Bases recalls the baseball vagabonds brought in during the Dan Duquette administration. And the baseball team might be fading, but Keep Your Sox On has the Remy/Orsillo broadcast tandem GQ‘s pick as best in the American League.

Patriots

All this speculation concerning a potential Tom Brady holdout makes Michael Hurley wonder if the NFL offseason has run its course. Extra Points has Brady’s name conspicuously absent from SI’s Fortunate 50 list that places Vince Wilfork at No. 38.

See how far down the list the Pats sit on the training camp edition of It Is What It Is‘s Power Rankings. NE Patriots Draft annoints the Packers and Patriots as bride and groom in their 3rd annual Ridiculous NFL Preview. Pats Pulpit explains why Randy Moss fared well in their preseason look at Most Valuable Patriot candidates.

Tom E. Curran sees the secondary as a serious tender spot in the Pats’ hopes of returning to the NFL’s elite. Patriots Daily looks at the shake-up among the big fatties on the defensive line.

On ESPN Boston’s New England Patriots blog, Mike Reiss explains how the Pats roster is 6th-oldest in the NFL despite including 24 draft picks from the last two years. The Rap Sheet has first-round pick CB Devin McCourty’s agent confident you can throw his client into the youth movement come the start of training camp. And Boston Sports Then And Now looks back on The Decision I, when Bill Belichick dissed the NYJ in LeBronian fashion.

Odds & Sods

Our weekly perusal of the Boston sports blogging community starts with Mass Hysteria, which is concerned about nicknames for a C’s team that could sport five guys over the age of 33. The Crowe’s Nest serves up another reason to root against the Miami Heat next season.

Jessica Isner has all the shootout action from last night’s Football at Fenway club soccer match. Better Red Than Dead can’t imagine how this event can be viewed as anything but a success, while Toeing The Rubber wonders what genius decided to screw with the Fenway Park field by scheduling non-baseball events in mid-season. Fenway Pastoral thinks this excessive whoring out of Fenway Park speaks to a new organizational arrogance on Yawkey Way.

ESPN Boston’s New England Revolution blog has Steve Ralston missing out on a swansong game with the Revs before retiring on Tuesday. Masshole Sports says Tim McCarver’s stand against George Steinbrenner is better late than never.

You can have your HBO, but nothing shall come between Boston Sports Blog and their HD sports programming. And finally, a shout out to SoxSpace News for getting some quality face time on NESN.

The blog ranks are a little light with summer vacations, and that’s where I’ll be for the next two weeks. Week Log won’t be back again until August 12, when we welcome all the new faces that Theo acquires between now and the trading deadline next week. See you then.

Red Sox Drop Series In Oakland, Head To Seattle, Fading Fast

Clay Buchholz came off the DL yesterday, but was rusty in his first start back in the rotation, as the A’s beat the Red Sox again, 6-4 out in Oakland. Adrian Beltre hit another home run and drove in three of the four Red Sox runs, but it wasn’t enough.

Now the Red Sox head to Seattle, where Michael Silverman says that Safeco Field could really shut down their offense.

The Red Sox have the pieces, but not the time – Rob Bradford says that it has to frustrating to Theo Epstein that his plan was on its way to working before all the injuries decimated the team.

Red Sox need deadline spark – Joe McDonald says that Epstein needs to make a move.

Sox are officially in free fall – Sean McAdam says that thing aren’t looking good right now.

Losses mount, but Sox confident they’ll turn it around – Daniel Barbarisi has the Sox feeling like they can still put it together, but will it be too late?

Not an All-Star performance – Amalie Benjaman’s notebook looks at Buchholz’s struggles, and the return of Jed Lowrie.

Remy agrees to contract extension with NESN – Chad Finn has more on Remy’s new deal with NESN.

WEEI on top in radio ratings – Jessica Heslam looks at WEEI again coming out on top in the sports radio wars, but I think the real story is that WBZ-FM didn’t exist a year ago, and now they aren’t too far behind in the ratings. The numbers can also be spun whichever way a particular station wishes. WEEI can claim they’re tops in a certain demo, while WBZ-FM in another.

Positional Previews – Defensive Line – Patriots Daily with a detailed look at the D-Line.

Hold the line, Vince – Tom E Curran does the same.

Brandon Meriweather Must Improve Tackling to Become Star Safety for Patriots – Jeff Howe looks at the fourth year safety, who went to his first  Pro Bowl last season.

…and the not so good…

Friendly match not good fit for Fenway – Ron Borges says that that lack of soccer pink hats led to empty seats last night. Frank Dell’Apa (a pretty good piece) remembers a 1968 match held at Fenway.

Houk, 90, had a major impact – Nick Cafardo remembers the former Red Sox manager. Couple of pretty glaring factual errors, however.

Houk won two World Series and three pennants in two stints with the Yankees. His first run ended after the ’63 season when he became the club’s general manager and was succeeded as manager by Yogi Berra. He eventually fired Berra and Berra’s successor,Bill Virdon, and named himself manager in 1966.

It was Johnny Keane, not Virdon that Houk fired and replaced in 1966. Its actually a pretty famous sequence because Berra went 99-63 in 1964, losing the World Series in 7 games to the Cardinals. Houk then fired him anyway, and replaced him with Keane, who went 77-85 in 1965 and then started 4-16 in 1966 before Houk fired him and made himself the manager.

Virdon was manager in 1974, and to start 1975. He went 53-51 that year before he was fired and replaced with Billy Martin.

The very next sentence reads:

He led the Tigers and lost 102 games in 1975, and managed the Red Sox from 1981-85.

Houk only managed the Red Sox until 1984 before he was replaced by John McNamara.

Little things yes, but important nonetheless. (Thanks, Steve.)

NESN Inks Jerry Remy to Multiyear Extension

Coming off the major health issues he went through last season, this is certainly good news.

NESN and longtime Red Sox color analyst Jerry Remy have agreed to a multi-year contract extension.

“I am truly fortunate to have been part of the NESN family for the past 23 years and that relationship will continue into the future,” said Remy. “I feel I have the best job in the world broadcasting Red Sox Baseball.

In 1988 Remy was hired by NESN as a color analyst to work alongside legendary Red Sox play-by-play voice Ned Martin. For the past 10 years Don Orsillo has been Remy’s partner in the NESN booth. A 4-time New England Emmy Award winner for sports play-by-play, Remy has also received numerous individual honors including being voted Massachusetts’ favorite TV announcer by Sports Illustrated.

The popular announcer will work his 3,000th Red Sox game this Sunday, July 25th.

Sox Can’t Go Extra In Oakland

With the Yankees and Rays having already lost, the Red Sox had a great opportunity to make up a game in the AL East standings. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Tim Wakefield gave it right back, surrendering four runs of his own in the third inning. The scored remained tied until the 10th inning, when with two out, Kevin Kouzmanoff hit an RBI single off Michael Bowden to send the Red Sox to a 5-4 loss.

Get the complete coverage over at RedSoxLinks.com.

Red Sox on wrong end of close calls in the 10th – Dabiel Barbarisi notes that a questionable balk call in the 10th inning help set up the winning run for the A’s.

Jonathan Papelbon still winning the game of results – The perception might be that the Red Sox closer isn’t as dominant as he once was, but Jon Couture observes that he results show otherwise.

Sox left with a sinking feeling – Alex Speier has a few noteworthy developments from last night.

Bowden has one get away – Joe McDonald has Michael Bowden talking about a bad pitch that ended the game.

Westmoreland fighting to get back to the field  – James Bessette of Southern Rhode Island Newspapers caught up with Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland at a Legion game, and talked to him about his recovery.

Lowrie might get activated – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook looks at the Red Sox infielder arriving in Oakland, possibly to be activated today.

The need for (trading) ‘Sheed – A. Sherrod Blakely tries to figure out the best fit for a Celtics trade of Rasheed Wallace’s contract.

Linebackers must carry Pats forward – Tom E Curran checks out the Patriots linebackers.

Positional Previews – Outside Linebackers – Patriots Daily examines the outside linebackers, a group that doesn’t appear all that impressive. When Tully Banta-Cain is the top guy on your depth chart, something’s missing.

Leadership an issue after Patriots’ way went wayward – Glen Farley has the Patriots looking for some guys to step up in the locker room.

Fade now is part of Woods’s game – Bob Ryan says that Tiger Woods is just an average golfer these days.

The ‘Decision’ dilemma – ESPN Ombudsman Don Ohlmeyer finally weighs in on the LeBron James show and says that ESPN damaged its credibility and raised ethical issues by getting involved in the program. Nearly 5000 words in this one, as Ohlmeyer pounds the network for it’s involvement. He cites internal conflicts at ESPN between the business and studio production side and the newsgathering side over whether the network should get involved with the program.

No matter how convoluted the intellectual gymnastics, ESPN “paid” for exclusive access to a news story.

As to transparency, ESPN failed miserably where it mattered most. Although there was no attempt to hide the Gray involvement or the inventory arrangement leading up to the broadcast, the viewers were not explicitly told at the most appropriate moments that conflicts existed. Before turning from the Bristol set to Gray, ESPN should have advised viewers that Gray had been selected by James’ team to do the interview

When trust is questioned, missteps are magnified. The previous day, on a conference call with media critics, ESPN said that the announcement would not be arbitrarily delayed to magnify suspense or fill out the hour — and that it would take place in the first 10 to 15 minutes of the program. But when the throw from the Bristol set — totally in ESPN’s control — didn’t happen until 9:22 p.m. and the announcement wasn’t made until 9:28 p.m., the network lost the benefit of the doubt. It wasn’t interpreted as a minor mistake or misstatement. It was perceived to be intentional, and the network’s candor and credibility were called into question by the mailbag and the media.

Pretty good stuff, and appropriate criticism of the situation, coming from the Ombudsman.

Dice-K, Sox Take A Tight One In Oakland

Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up just one run in 6 2/3 inning, and Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon closed things out for him as the Red Sox edged the Oakland A’s 2-1 out in Northern California last night.Adrian Beltre homered for the Red Sox in the win.

With the Red Sox out West, it’s once again a slim batch of material to work from today:

Daisuke Matsuzaka unpredictably masterful – Michael Silverman says that you probably didn’t see this one coming.

With Dice, Sox rotation is suddenly loaded – Alex Speier has Dice-K he is capable of being as good as just about any starter on the Red Sox in stretches.

Pedroia feels at home again – Joe McDonald has the Red Sox second baseman happy that he’s not getting death threats this year in Oakland.

Trade prospects a sore subject – Steve Buckley thinks that Del Harris, while coaching the 1982-83 Houston Rockets captured the essence of this Red Sox team.

Value of Cash has its limits - Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Kevin Cash getting the job done behind the plate but not at it.

Living in a dream world? – Got an extra $5.4 million sitting around? You can buy the cornfield-turned-ballfield used in the movie Field of Dreams.

Danny Ainge can only wait – Mark Murphy says that the Celtics can only sit and wait right now as they try to fill out their roster.

Maybe Shaq makes sense after all – Chris Forsberg set out to write a column against a possible signing of Shaquille O’Neal, but actually ending up doing the opposite.

Luke Harangody Soars in Summer League, Will Be Solid Addition to Celtics Bench – Evans Clinchy has a look at the Celtics second round pick.

Patriots are completely uncoordinated – Glen Farley looks at the Patriots coaching staff.

Also worth noting is Tom E. Curran shooting down John Clayton’s persistent rumors that Tom Brady might not show up for camp.

Postional Previews – Inside Linebackers – Patriots Daily with a look at the group headed up by Jerod Mayo.

Bruins, Savard may not part after all – James Murphy says that the Bruins center might end up staying here.

Where In The World Is Pete Sheppard?

Each Glenn Ordway vacation day that goes by this summer that results in WEEI’s Big Show being hosted by Mike Adams or Butch Stearns (although Bob Neumeier is an improvement) leaves me asking the same thing – what happened with Pete Sheppard, and why hasn’t he gotten another job yet?

I wasn’t always the biggest fan of Pete (and vice-versa), but the guy did bring something to the Big Show and WEEI – the perspective of a fan.  He didn’t hide the fact that he was a fan of the teams, especially the Patriots. I didn’t like the bully act, or the year he became a “Yankee fan”,  but I liked that he genuinely was a fan as well as a radio host. And I miss it.

On the occasions that Ordway was out, and Sheppard was his main backup, the Big Show still worked. Now, when I hear Adams or Stearns in the Dale & Holley crossover, I know that a full afternoon of Felger and Massarotti is on tap.

Since Entercom let Sheppard go earlier this year, he has yet to surface on another radio outlet. Chad Finn’s media column has reported a couple of times about interest between Sheppard and 98.5-FM, but to this date, nothing has happened.

Sheppard’s Facebook account  (which I believe is genuine) lists his current profession as  Professional Poker Player(for the moment)  and his wall lists out the tournament’s he’s been competing in. He also occasionally gives updates on his search for work in the radio field. He posted this last week:

I also wanted to update everyone on my next gig…Things are still being worked on right now, I can tell you all this, I won’t be going to 98.5 The Sports Hub any time soon…I am not going to get into any details because things could change in the future, but as of right now, it’s not happening….In broadcasting, timing is everything lets put it that way..

With so many ex-WEEI personalities (Jon Wallach, Mike Felger, Tony Massarotti, Jerry Trupiano, Ted Sarandis) already on their airwaves, is 98.5 hesitant to put another on?

Pete was strongly associated with WEEI. Could that tie be too much for 98.5 at this point? It would seem to be a silly hangup, but the radio business is a strange one.  

Sheppard would be entertaining as a third man in with Felger and Massarotti as the latter two prepare to spend the next six months trashing everything Patriots. He could also be part of the station’s Patriots broadcasts before and after the games.

Whether he ends up on 98.5 or not, Sheppard’s total disappearance from the sports media scene is pretty interesting. With so many TV and Radio outlets, you’d think he’d have appeared somewhere to keep himself in the public eye, but to my knowledge, he hasn’t been around at all.

I do hope we hear Pete Sheppard on the local airwaves again, and soon.

Staggering Sox Heading Out On The Road

The Red Sox dropped three of four at Fenway Park this weekend to the Texas Rangers, including yesterday’s 4-2 loss in which Jon Lester went eight innings, giving up three runs, but the offense couldn’t help him out, managing just five hits on the afternoon. 

 The Red Sox are in Oakland tonight, where they will kick off a 10 games in 10 nights West coast road trip in Oakland, Seattle and Anaheim.

It’s a pretty sparse morning for sports stories, so I’ll get you the best I can find this morning:

Red Sox face tough road ahead – Gordon Edes gives us 10 things to look for on this 10 day, 10 game West coast trip.

Why these are the Red Sox’ 10 most important games of the season – Rob Bradford examines why this is make-or-break time for the Red Sox.

Injuries catching up with Red Sox offense – Brian MacPherson looks at the the toll injuries to Pedroia, Martinez and Ellsbury are taking on the Red Sox.

As the Red Sox approach the trade deadline, more spending will be no luxury – Ron Chimelis says that money will not be a factor in whether the Red Sox make a big move this month or not.

Cape League memories – Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard remembers playing in the Cape League, and weighs in on the trade deadline.

Bowden likes move to pen so far – The ProJo Red Sox Journal ties up a number of open subjects.

New England may no longer be standing pat in the AFC East – Glen Farley opens his Patriots preview series with a peek at the competition in the division.

Patriots Will Have to Improve 1-6 Road Mark To Survive Tough AFC – Jeff Howe says that mark isn’t going to cut it this season.

Celtics Rookie Avery Bradley Primed to Lock Down Important Bench Role Immediately – Evans Clinchy says that the Celtics top pick can make a difference right away.

‘Oos’ and aahs deserved – George Kimball in the Herald looks at the dominant performance by South African Louis Oosthuizen in The Open Championship.

Let’s Get The Friday Megalinks Done

Ok, this shuffling between two offices is just killing me. No time to do anything, work or blogging. Let’s do some linkage now.

For the weekend viewing picks, you can go here.

Now the links from all over the country and Canada.

National

Michael Hiestand of USA Today says more big sports events will be migrating to cable from network TV.

USA Today Travel writer Barbara De Lollis reports that ESPN’s Erin Andrews is suing the hotel chains that gave out information to her stalker that allowed him to videotape her without her knowledge. 

Milton Kent of Fanhouse writes an open letter to ESPN Dictator George Bodenheimer.

Librardo Cardona and Frank Bajak of the Associated Press report that a Colombian TV network will not air ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, “The Two Escobars” based on a complaint from the family of Andres Escobar, the soccer player who was killed after the 1994 World Cup.

The head of Fox Sports public relations, Lou D’Ermilio writes an appreciation of former Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard.

Glen Dickson at Broadcasting & Cable says Fox Sports has renewed a deal with Sportsvision to digitally enhance its NFL, MLB and NASCAR broadcasts through 2014.

Diego Vasquez at Media Life Magazine discovers that sponsors really get their money’s worth with the U.S. Open in New York.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Tiger Woods’ sponsors need him to win and win now.

Joe Favorito says Spain has reaped the benefits of hosting the World Cup (1982) and the Summer Olympics (1992).

Emmett Jones at Sports Business Digest is counting the days until the NBA Lockout.

The Sports Media Watch says Fox Saturday Baseball hit the 2.0 rating mark last Saturday for the first time since May.

SMW feels ESPN granting LeBron James one hour of airtime wasn’t the worst thing the network has done.

And SMW has some ratings news and notes.

SportsbyBrooks wonders why Versus’ Jenn Sterger is taking shots at Danica Patrick.Nothing like a sports catfight.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe says NESN has finally found a vehicle for anchor Jade McCarthy.

The Bristol (CT) Press editorializes that ESPN bringing 125 Magazine jobs to the local area is good for the economy.

The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir writes that the Yankees’ limited partners have nothing but praise for George Steinbrenner.

Mike Hale of the Times reviews MLB Network’s new reality show, “The Club.”

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News depicts the give-and-take relationship between George Steinbrenner and Yankees announcer Suzyn Waldman.

Bill Madden of the Daily News writes that contrary to TV reports, no Yankees player attended the funeral services of former public address announcer Bob Sheppard. 

Frank DiGiacomo of the Daily News reports that YES announcer and ESPN Radio New York host Michael Kay has become engaged to former NBC News anchor Jodi Applegate in what seems to be a very mismatched pair.

Phil Mushnick in the New York Post feels ESPN didn’t provide enough live coverage during its live coverage of the Open Championship.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union how we watch sports continues to evolve even in this day of high definition TV.

Ken McMillan from the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says Time Warner will air the Empire State Games next week.

In the Baltimore-centric Press Box, Dave Hughes of DCRTV notes that Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will launch a Charm City sports news website next week.

Ryan Sharrow of the Baltimore Business Journal also looks at the new Comcast Baltimore website. 

South

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson says expect to see the Heat on national TV the maximum amount as allowed by the NBA.

Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun Sentinel says Sun Sports will re-air the Miami Heat’s welcome of LeBron James and Chris Bosh three more times.

Tom Jones in the St. Petersburg Times writes that TBS will honor George Steinbrenner through Seinfeld episodes next week.

Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Texas Rangers PA announcer Chuck Morgan got to work next to the Yankees’ Bob Sheppard for one game.

David Barron from the Houston Chronicle has a news and notes column today.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman also has some news and notes.

Midwest

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that local sports radio host Andy Furman will host a weekend Fox Sports Radio show.

John says the MLB All-Star Game was a hit in the Queen’s City.

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press is not a fan of the ESPY’s.

Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explains why the World Cup did not fare well in Suds City.

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

Dan Caesar in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals are mulling over two very strong proposals for its radio rights.

West

Scott D. Pierce in the Deseret (UT) News says the World Cup definitely brought in the viewers.

John Maffei in the North County Times talks about ESPN’s start-to-finish coverage of the Open Championship. John has an error in his column stating that Mark May will do play-by-play of ESPN’s Thursday night college football series. Rece Davis will be calling games, not Mark May.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star says SoCal is on the hook for the lowest All-Star Game ratings in history.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times says an Entourage storyline of the NFL offering L.A. a team is far-fetched in reality.

Dawn Chmieleski of the Times writes that the dispute between Time Warner and Disney could have sports fans reeling.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at Fox’s spin on the All-Star Game ratings.

Tom has his look at the week and adds some news and notes as well.

Gary Lycan of the Orange County Register says local radio sportscaster Chuck Madden has passed away.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says 3-D TV is the future of sports television.

Canada

Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail says the All-Star Game ratings are symptomatic of MLB’s problems.

Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star notes that a local sports radio station has hired a host to shake things up.

And we’re done with the megalinks.