Comcast SportsNet Launches New England Football Night on Thursdays

Beginning Thursday, September 9, at 7 p.m., Comcast SportsNet is debuting New England Football Night, a new night of on-air and online football coverage featuring three distinct shows that cover the Patriots from every conceivable angle.

Each Thursday night will lead with a new Comcast SportsNet original production – Quick Slants – which will give CSNNE.com’s Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran a weekly chance to sound off on the Patriots and interact with fans on the week’s hottest NFL topics.

Quick Slants will highlight Curran’s experience covering the Patriots and his passion for talking football.  Curran will share his insights, spar with fans, and speak each week with Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo.  Quick Slants will also feature CSNNE.com’s Mary Paoletti, who will incorporate web coverage of the NFL, fan Tweets, CSNNE.com and Facebook posts, and text messages into the show.

Following Quick Slants is a totally redesigned Patriots Football Weekly (PFW) that will bring to life the publication’s insider coverage of the three-time Super Bowl Champions. Shot entirely on-location at Gillette Stadium, Comcast SportsNet will make Patriots Football Weekly a highly visual and compelling TV news magazine show that focuses solely on the Patriots’ players and coaches.

The 2010 edition of PFW features an all new look to showcase the top stories from the pages of the popular team publication and the contributions of Fred Kirsch, Paul Perillo and Andy Hart.  As a weekly publication, PFW is well regarded by Patriots fans for its insider access and comprehensive coverage.  PFW can be seen each Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Completing the night is New England Tailgate hosted by WEEI afternoon host Glenn Ordway and featuring two NFL standouts Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie. Each week, Smerlas and DeOssie will use their NFL experience to provide an in-depth breakdown on each Patriots win and loss and a detailed preview of the upcoming game.

Following Quick Slants’ completion, Curran and Paoletti will interact with fans on CSNNE.com throughout PFW and New England Tailgate.  During the on-line version of Quick Slants, Patriots fans can chat with Curran and Paoletti and react to PFW and New England Tailgate with Tweets, posts and text messages. Curran will also highlight the best online feedback with live Quick Slants television cut-ins during the remaining hour of New England Football Night.

Fans can interact with Quick Slants by Tweeting @TomECurran, posting comments at CSNNE.com, posting Facebook comments on Facebook/CSNNE or texting.

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My thoughts:

I didn’t see the names “Michael Felger” or “Ron Borges” or “Gary Tanguay” listed with any of these shows, so to me, that’s a win for Patriots fans right there.

I’m intrigued by the new Curran show, as he’s got the ability to the informative and also engaging and funny. The PFW and Tailgate shows have both been around (off and on in the case of PFW) for awhile, so we know what to expect there. They’re solid shows.

I think if these shows can stick to football and avoid some of the other nonsense that tends to surround this team, this could be a very good night of programming for Patriots fans. I’m eager to check it out.

Plenty Of Blame, Moments To Point To For Sox

Whenever the Red Sox have a down year (and by “down year” we might mean 90 wins) there will always be over-analysis and blame handed out for the fate of the team. The media assigns themselves this job, and it is on display today.

I’ll sum it up for you so that you don’t need to read the pieces. Gerry Callahan blames the highly paid Texas duo of Josh Beckett and John Lackey for the Red Sox failure. John Tomase points to an early season sweep in Baltimore as a sign of a bad year to come. Dan Shaughnessy says that the team never had a chance because they weren’t built for winning, they were built as a bridge year team. Bill Burt calls the Red Sox fans quitters. Jim Donaldson wants to declare them dead, but is a little gun shy since 2004.

You get the drift.

On the plus side, there is now time to look at the future. There are some good articles this morning as well:

Alternative energy – Amalie Benjamin has a feature on Ryan Kalish, who many feel will be a fixture in the Red Sox outfield for years to come.

Rehabbing Westmoreland set for major personal milestone on Tuesday in Lowell – Daniel Barbarisi has Ryan Westmoreland continuing to make amazing progress.

Brian MacPherson checks in with three Red Sox prospects:

Power-hitting Anthony Rizzo climbing the ladder among Red Sox’ prospects

Jason Rice among those looking to make impact in Arizona Fall League

(Luis) Exposito still searching for his place in pecking order of Red Sox’ catching prospects

Five reasons to watch the Red Sox in September – Sean McAdam says there are still reasons to watch the Red Sox.

Owner touts Terry Francona, Theo Epstein – Scott Lauber has John Henry standing behind his manager and GM.

Patriots hurting for healthy bodies – Mike Reiss has the Patriots already dealing with injuries.

Reel world sets in after unsightly loss – Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has the Patriots getting served more humble pie while reviewing the film from the Rams game.

CSNNE To Replay BC Football Games

Comcast SportsNet New England announced their college football schedule today, which includes the anticipated Colonial Athletic Association matchup between UMass and New Hampshire from Gillette Stadium on October 23, and replays of 11 Boston College contests. (Only Syracuse is not included.)

“Comcast SportsNet’s college football schedule offers tons of exposure for the top New England schools in the championship subdivision and gives BC fans a second chance to watch the region’s most prominent college football program,” said Bill Bridgen. “The UMass-UNH game in Foxboro will draw significant attention for New England football fans. Both schools are strong contenders for the postseason.”

Here is the full schedule:

2010 CSN COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Saturday, September 4   

3:30pm            CAA #1:  William & Mary at Massachusetts

Sunday, September 5     

8:30pm            BC Replay: Boston College vs. Weber St (D-9/4/10)

Saturday, September 11 

12:00pm          Big 12 #4: Georgia Tech at Kansas

3:30pm            Pac-10 #1: Colorado at Cal

7:00pm            Big 12 #5: Wyoming at Texas

10:30pm          Pac-10 #2: Virginia at USC

Sunday, September 12   

8:30pm            BC Replay: Boston College vs. Kent St. (D-9/11/10) 

Saturday, September 18 

12:00pm          CAA #2:  New Hampshire at Rhode Island

3:30pm            Big 12 #7: Air Force at Oklahoma

11:00pm          Pac-10 #3: Houston at UCLA (JIP)

Saturday, September 25 

3:30pm            CAA #5: Delaware at Richmond

10:30pm          Pac-10 #4: Oregon at Arizona St. (JIP)

Sunday, September 26   

8:30pm            BC Replay: Boston College vs. Virginia Tech (D-9/25/10)

Saturday, October 2       

12:00pm          CAA #6:  Delaware at James Madison 

3:30pm            CAA #7:  Villanova at William & Mary

Sunday, October 3         

8:30pm            BC Replay: Boston College vs. Notre Dame (D-10/2/10)

Saturday, October 9       

12:00pm          CAA #8:  Richmond at New Hampshire

3:30pm            Pac-10 #5: Teams TBA

Monday, October 11      

8:00pm            BC Replay:  North Carolina St. vs. Boston College (D-10/9/10)

Thursday, October 14    

7:30pm            Big 12 #12: Kansas St. at Kansas

Saturday, October 16     

12:00pm          CAA #9:  Villanova at Maine

3:30pm            CAA #10:  New Hampshire at James Madison

Sunday, October 17       

8:30pm            BC Replay: Florida St. vs. Boston College (D-10/16/10)

Saturday, October 23     

12:00pm          CAA #11:  Delaware at William & Mary

3:30pm            CAA #12:  Massachusetts at New Hampshire

Sunday, October 24       

8:30pm            BC Replay: Boston College vs. Maryland (D-10/23/10)

Saturday, October 30     

12:00pm          Big 12 #17: Teams TBA

3:30pm            CAA #14:  Massachusetts at James Madison

7:30pm            Pac-10 #7: Teams TBA (D-10/30/10)

Sunday, October 31       

8:30pm            BC Replay: Boston College vs. Clemson (D-10/30/10) 

Saturday, November 6   

3:30pm            CAA #16:  Maine at Massachusetts

7:30pm            Big 12 #19: Teams TBA (D-11/6/10)

10:30pm          Pac-10 #8: Arizona St. at USC

Monday, November 8    

8:00pm            BC Replay:  Wake Forest vs. Boston College (D-11/6/10)

Saturday, November 13

12:00pm          CAA #17 New Hampshire at Villanova

Sunday, November 14   

8:30pm            BC Replay: Duke vs. Boston College (D-11/13/10)

Saturday, November 20

12:00pm          Big 12 #23: Teams TBA

3:30pm            Pac-10 #9: Stanford at Cal

Sunday, November 21   

8:30pm            BC Replay: Boston College vs. Virginia (D-11/20/10)

Friday, November 26     

3:30pm            Pac-10 #10: UCLA at Arizona St.       

Saturday, November 27 

12:30pm          Big 12 #25: Missouri vs. Kansas (Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO)

Saturday, December 4   

10:30pm          Pac-10 #11: Teams TBA