The Patriots wrap up their preseason slate tonight with a game against the New York Giants on WBZ-TV. (NFL Network nationally.)
Dan Shaughnessy (no link for this) isn’t pleased. Still bitter over a breakfast snub years and years ago, Shaughnessy blasts WBZ in his column this morning for having “officially sold its news soul to the New England Patriots.”
Dan doesn’t like that the “talent” wears shirts with Patriots logos on the broadcast, says if they make them wear those shirts, then they can’t be trusted to report anything real about the team. He then uses the fact that Ben Roethlisberger is a knucklehead and that the current news director at WBZ-TV once worked in Pittsburgh as further evidence of the stations duplicity.
He tries to pass off the Globe’s Red Sox ownership stake by referring to “our court-mandated NESN appearances.”
These preseason games are paid for and produced by the Patriots. (Through Kraft Sports Productions) It makes sense that they would push their brand in these telecasts. These are, again, preseason games, of which, at most, there are two or three that KSP actually does. How much “real” reporting or negativity is there to be gotten out of these meaningless (score-wise) games? Besides, with the Globe around, we know that there will never be a shortage of negative reporting about the Patriots.
Contrast that with the Red Sox-owned NESN, which broadcasts almost 162 regular-season (real) games a year, and at the same time, we’re supposed to believe that Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy are completely objective and not partial towards the Red Sox at all?
I know it was sarcastic, but Dan even managed to work in a plug for the new season of “Pocket Money” on NESN later on in the column. WBZ is by no means the only outlet or individual in the sports media who has sold out to a sports franchise or athlete.
Now to the real sports stories of the day.
Jon Lester struggled early, giving up four runs in the first inning, but settled down long enough for the Red Sox to post a 9-6 win over the Orioles last night. Lester stuck around long enough to pick up his 15th win on the season. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.
Don’t count out Red Sox rotation yet – Gordon Edes says that we shouldn’t worry that this rotation won’t be good in 2011.
Bullish on Beckett? Why the Sox see hope in struggles – Alex Speier has the Sox optimitistic that Josh Beckett can turn things around in 2011.
Beckett sees spoils to be won – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Beckett still hoping to take something out of 2010.
What to watch for Thursday against the Giants – Chris Price looks at tonight’s Patriots game.
What to watch when Pats face Giants – Mike Reiss has a few things as well.
How the Patriots 53-man roster projects – Karen Guregian takes her latest crack at the roster.
Hard Knocks Diary: Rex Ryan goes Knute Rockne – Kirk Minihane with a diary of last night’s show.
Patriots hoping to head into regular season on a positive note – Glen Farley has the Patriots looking to create some momentum tonight.
Celtics bring guard Delonte West back to Boston -Jim Fenton reports on the return
BC’s offensive arsenal improves – Eric Avidon continues his series on the BC Football team.