Sunday Quicklinks

A few free moments for me, 10 quick links for you:

For Celtics’ voice Gorman, it’s been the ride of his life – Bill Reynolds talks to the Celtics announcer about his early days in the business, and how far he has come since then.

Schneider has Seahawks moving in right directions – Greg A Bedard has his first shot at the Globe NFL Sunday notes.

Tom Brady poised to quiet critics with breakout game – Karen Guregian says that the Patriots QB could be looking to make a statement today.

Focused Patriots ready for Vikings – Mark Farinella has the Vikings hogging all the spotlight this week, which is fine with the Patriots.

Percy Harvin is one Gator Bill Belichick couldn’t catch – Guregian has the Vikings receiver talking about how close he came to becoming a Patriot. She also has a few other interesting items in this, her NFL Notes column.

Bruins, Thomas veto the Senators, 4-0. – Joe Haggerty has the game recap from the Bruins win last night.

Well-traveled Guerin reaches career crossroads – Kevin Paul Dupont’s hockey notes have the former Bruin looking at career options off the playing ice.

Mind over age for Celtics – Andy Vogt has the Celtics not willing to use age (or as they put it, “experience”) as an excuse for anything this season.

James tried long shot to reconnect with fans – Gary Washburn’s NBA notes says that LeBron’s Nike commercial was an attempt to establish an understanding with his former fans.

Timing was right for Bautista’s breakthrough – Nick Cafardo’s Sunday Baseball notes look at the Toronto slugger’s unlikely rise in power this season.

Doing A Late Night Friday Megalink Thing

Time to do the megalinkage on this Friday. Lots of things going on today into this evening and let’s get cracking. Of course, we have the Weekend Viewing Picks.

Now let’s do the links.

National

USA Today’s Michael McCarthy wants to know who’s your favorite NFL announcer.

Mike says this year’s World Series ratings are down 26% from last year’s.

David Biderman of the Wall Street Journal says there’s too much laughter on the Sunday NFL pregame shows.

Mike Farrell of Multichannel News looks at Dish and Fox coming to a new carriage agreement which restores several of its cable networks and prevents the broadcast network from being pulled.

John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable says the FCC Chairman is pleased over the Dish/Fox agreement.

In Multichannel News, John says Cablevision is accusing Fox of conducting intimidation tactics.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell speaks to a sports executive who feels the Tampa Bay Rays should give away their all of their tickets next season.

At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Dave Kindred shares memories that shaped him as a sportswriter.

Marcus Vanderberg at SportsNewser says Game 2 of the World Series steered Fox to another primetime ratings win.

The Big Lead notes that not everyone at ESPN was thrilled with Hannah Storm’s ensemble on Tuesday.

Deadspin says The Daily Line’s cancellation really had nothing to do with the Brett Favre/Jenn Sterger story.

Jon Weisman of Variety says a long time CBS Sports Communications and PR person is leaving the network.

Sports Media Watch has an interview with HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg.

SMW says this year’s World Series is barely above 2008′s record low ratings pace.

Steve Lepore of Puck The Media notes that Versus will continue to carry UFC events.

Joe Favorito compares and contrasts the marketing approaches of the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets.

East and Mid-Atlantic

The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn talks with NESN’s Heidi Watney.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says ESPN will make a decision on the fates of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan after the World Series.

Richard wonders if the World Series can continue a head-to-head winning streak against the NFL this Sunday.

Stuart Elliot from the Times notes that Fox has sold out its inventory of Super Bowl XLV ads three months early.

Newsday’s Neil Best talks with former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath who’s embracing new and social media.

And Neil gives us some of his week in blogging and tweeting.

The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman says the viewers are the losers in the Cablevision/Fox battle.

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post says Jets fans are the next victims in the Cablevision/Fox dispute.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says the World Series is now dependent on market size than actual matchups. I totally disagree with this.

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says the DC NFL Team’s flagship radio station will add a delay so fans can sync up the TV broadcasts.

Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner says a CBS College Sports sideline reporter also pulls duty for CBS News.

South

Anne Blythe of the Raleigh News & Observer says several North Carolina news organizations are suing the University of North Carolina in regards to the NCAA’s investigation into the school’s football program.

The Dallas Morning News notes that ESPN Radio Hack Colon Cowherd blasted the Metroplex as a baseball area.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle previews the Monday Night Football matchup involving the Texans with ESPN’s Ron Jaworski.

The Daily Oklahoman’s Mel Bracht talks with ex-Oregon coach Mike Bellotti who will be with ESPN2 calling the Colorado-Oklahoma game.

Midwest

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike will be in town next month.

Mike Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press likes the early start time for Game 3 of the World Series.

At the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob Wolfley says MLB Walking, Talking Conflict of Interest Bud Selig isn’t worried about the World Series ratings.

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

Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune says a huge crisis was averted when Dish Network and Fox came to a deal on Friday.

Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin says Halloween is perfect for a primetime NFL game.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dan Caesar wonders if the World Series can beat the NFL head-to-head on Sunday.

Dan says Dish subscribers will be able to watch the St. Louis Blues and Missouri sports once again.

West

John Maffei of the North County Times says Saturday’s Armed Forces college football tripleheader on CBS College Sports could go a long way in deciding bowl games in December and January.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star writes that local Time Warner Cable customers can now watch ESPN online.

Jim notes that the World Series gets some direct NFL competition this Sunday.

Meg James at the Los Angeles Times looks at the Dish/Fox resolution.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News talks with director John Singleton about his new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on disgraced track star Marion Jones.

Tom has his extensive media news and notes in his blog.

Tom says with tickets unsold for Saturday’s Oregon-USC game and Sunday’s Chargers contest, can the NFL really consider re-entering the L.A. market.

And that’s going to do it for tonight. 

Patriots Prepare For Viking Invasion

Be sure to check the bottom of this post for a chance to win a prize pack that includes a screenplay and poster signed by Edward Burns.

The Patriots continue to prepare for the Gillette invasion of Randy Moss and the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. The Minneapolis Star Tribunereports that the Vikings are leaning towards sitting Brett Favre at this time, though I think we all expect to see him out on the field on Sunday.

Speaking of the MST, if you see Patriots Football Weeklyon the newsstands this week, pick up a copy for my interview with MST Vikings reporter Judd Zulgad, who talks about what it has been like to cover the Vikings circus since Favre arrived. He also notes how Favre doesn’t interact much with the local media, prefering instead to talk with the national guys (ESPN, SI.com, etc).

LeBron James And Brett Favre Make For Another Busy Week In Boston Sports - While I’m in the self-promotion mode, check out my weekly media column for SB Nation Boston, which has a look at the Celtics opener, and the Brett Favre/Randy Moss circus coming to town.

Watney has staying power with NESN - Smart (and lucky) man that Chad Finn, scoring an interview with NESN’s Heidi Watney for his media column in the Globe, which also looks at D&C’s upcoming simulcast with NESN.

Randy Moss shrugs off Foxboro return - With Vikings reporters complaining that Randy Moss won’t talk to them, and the NFL saying that it is looking into the matter, Karen Guregian manages to score a few words with the former Patriots receiver.

The Heraldsent Guregian out to Minnesota this week to cover the Vikings, and it has paid off. The Herald  has been consistently beating the pants off the Globe on Patriots coverage this season, though in fairness, the Globehas played the last few weeks a man down since Albert Breer left for the NFL Network. Guregian has been very good, Ian Rapoport might drive you crazy with his Tweets at times, but his reporting is solid, and he passes on everything he hears and sees – not always a good thing with some of his re-Tweets, but overall, the Herald has been very good this season.

Unheralded Deaderick making impact - Mark Farinella has the 7th round pick working his way into the lineup.

Post-Moss era lacks stats, but not wins - Dave D’Onofrio says that the Patriots stats might not look pretty the last two games, but one stat is: 2-0.

Around The League – Week 8 - Jeremy Gottlieb assesses the landscape in the NFL this week.

Moss removal leads to identity theft for Patriots offense - Tom E Curran has more on the offense.

Branch hopes New England is his last stop - Robert Lee has the Patriots receiver looking to stay here the rest of his career.

Branch refuses to get caught up in it - Michael Vega’s notebook has more on the receiver, plus a number of other items.

The Bruins scored a 2-0 shutout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night at TD Garden.

Tyler Seguin praised at Phil Kessel’s expense - Stephen Harris has the Bruins faithful delivering one of the great chants ever delivered by Boston sports fans last night.

Bruins’ blue line strong without Johnny Boychuk - DJ Bean with three items from last night’s Bruins win.

A touching tribute for one hard hitter - Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins honoring 92-year-old Milt Schmidt for 75 years of service with the Bruins. See also the stories from Stephen Harris and Mike Loftus .

Precocious Seguin shows he belongs - Bob Ryan notes that with many Bruins greats in attendance, the team might be hoping that experience rubs off on their young star.

Bruins look like big winners in Kessel trade - Joe Haggerty says that it seems the Bruins got the better of their rivals with this trade.

Celtics not taking loss, or foes, lightly - Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics are not happy with their performance in Cleveland on Wednesday night. A. Sherrod Blakely looks at why Doc Rivers is still confident.

David Ortiz explains why he wants more than a one-year deal from the Red Sox - Rob Bradford checks in with the Red Sox DH.

Celtics/Cavs Highest Rated Season Opener In CSN History

The home of the Boston Celtics, Comcast SportsNet, reports that the Boston Celtics-Cleveland Cavaliers telecast was the network’s highest rated first game telecast in history.

Celtics vs. Cavaliers achieved a 5.6 household rating and reached an estimated 246,000 homes in the region. The telecast peaked at an 8.6 household rating or 378,000 New England homes during the closing moments of the fourth quarter.

While the Celtics-Cavaliers telecast was the Celtics’ second game of the season and the game competed with the opening game of the World Series, the telecast outperformed any season opening telecast in the network’s 30-year history. The previous first game highs were 4.7 household ratings in 1999 and 2009.

Celtics Let Down In Cleveland, Fall To Cavs (With Contest!)

After the stirring opening night win over Miami, it seemed inevitable for there to be a letdown for the Celtics last night as they traveled out to Cleveland for the Cavs’ home opener. The Celtics led for much of this game, but the offense stumbled in the fourth quarter, allowing the Cavs to post a 95-87 win over the Celtics.

LeBron James-less Cavaliers win opener - Steve Bulpett has the Celtics letting this one slip away.

An inevitable letdown? - Paul Flannery says that the Celtics have no real excuse for this loss.

Celtics fall to LeBron-less Cavs, 95-87 - A. Sherrod Blakely has the Celtics making the Cavs fan base feel pretty good over the last two nights.

Five from afar: New season, old habits - Chris Forsberg has the Celtics getting into some old habits last night.

It didn’t take long for call to go out - Gary Washburn’s notebook has Shaq picking up a technical last night, and a number of other items from the game.

Tom Heinsohn’s antics unseen by Celtics’ viewers- Bill Doyle has Heinsohn and Mike Gorman talking about their time together, including what fans don’t get to see Heinsohn doing during the CSN broadcasts.

Randy Moss poses challenge for Pats - Mike Reiss says that the Vikings receiver just might get the better of his former teammates.

Position is clearly versatile - Michael Vega examines some of the different ways that the Patriots have deployed their front line this season. Christopher Price also has a good piece on the players up front.

Patriots’ Moss-less offense preaches patience - Ian Rapoport says that we’re going to have to be patient with the Patriots offense as they continue to adjust to life without Randy Moss.

Kyle Arrington to face hoop buddy Moss - Rich Thompson has the Patriots cornerback talking about Moss’ basketball skills, and how he plans to play him on the football field on Sunday.

Randy Moss passes on Patriots knowledge - Karen Guregian has the Vikings trying to get as much Patriots knowledge from Moss as possible.

Rookie Jordan Caron is ahead of the curve - Joe Haggerty notes that the teenaged rookie has already earned the trust of the coaching staff.

Boston Bruins’ rivalry with Toronto Maple Leafs becoming more intense - Mike Loftus says that things are personal between these teams. Joe McDonald says that these franchise have a lot of similarities.

Contest/Giveaway

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Sure, she can be a little overbearing sometimes, but baby-faced Johnny Rizzo loves his fiancée Claire, and he made her a promise: by the time he’s 25-years-old, he’ll trade his current dream job as a local sports talk radio host (even if it is the 2 a.m. slot) for something that’ll pay bigger bucks. And Johnny’s nothing, if not a man of his word.

Now he’s flying to New York to interview for some snoozeville job that Claire’s well-to-do father set up. Enter Uncle Terry, who lives in New York, a rascally womanizer bent on turning a day in the Hamptons into a final fling for his nephew. Nice guy Johnny’s not interested, of course, but then he meets the lovely Brooke…

Starring: Edward Burns, Matt Bush, Kerry Bishé, Anna Wood and Max Baker

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Heat Superteam No Match For Old Celtics

The Celtics played postseason defense last night as they clamped down on the Miami Heat, holding them to 9 points in the first quarter and 80 for the game en route to an 88-80 opening night victory at the TD Garden.

LeBron James led a second-half run that had the Heat as close as three with just over a minute to play, but the Celtics closed things out for the win. Ray Allen had 20 points in the win, while Paul Pierce had 19.

Celtics own the night, beat Heat, 88-80 - A. Sherrod Blakely has the game recap, and links to the other CSN coverage.

Celtics can enjoy, move on - Steve Bulpett says that with this one behind them, the Celtics can move onto the regular season.

Debut a slam dunk - Michael Vega has Shaquille O’Neal making an impact in his Celtics debut.

This isn’t a completely done deal - After writing yesterday about “Big Three” combinations in NBA history that won championships, Bob Ryan today looks at perhaps the most famous Big Three, which didn’t win a title.

An Icy Start For Heat; Celtics Win NBA Opener, 88-80 - Jeff Jacobs looks at the opener, and some head-scratching quotes from LeBron and Wade. Yeah, LeBron, you lost this one because you were too unselfish.

Buzz still has ears ringing - Chad Finn’s got a media column on the opening night coverage.

Not your everyday opener - Paul Flannery has a few things to take away from opening night.

Celtics show off their togetherness- Chris Forsberg has the Celtics giving Miami a chemistry lesson.

Rajon Rondo dishes out big helpings - Dan Ventura has a look at a big assist night from the Celtics point guard.

Big Daddy’s house - David Willis’ notebook has more on Shaq’s debut.

Favre soap opera is coming to town - We get our first look at new Globe NFL writer Greg A Bedard with this piece on Brett Favre this morning.

The Patriots are mysteriously elite - Glen Farley can’t figure out how the Patriots are 5-1 and among the league’s elite.

How will the Patriots go about defending Randy Moss? - Christopher Price examines how the Patriots might play against their former teammate.

Signals not crossed: Pats ignore Brad Childress - Ian Rapoport’s notebook has the Patriots not acknowledging Brad Childress’ attempts to stir up Spygate.

Young’s pitch has been well-received - Peter Abraham has the A’s pitching coach jumping to the top of the Red Sox wish list.

Sox looking inside and outside club for new pitching coach - Brian MacPherson looks at some other possible candidates.

Bruins have interest in Coyotes’ Yandle - Joe Haggerty reports on interest in the 24-year-old defenseman.

I’m actually looking forward to this World Series, which begins tonight in San Francisco. Some new blood in the series, and some more great pitching matchups, starting with Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee tonight.

The good news about the World Series being played this week, is that it means no Joe Buck on the Patriots/Vikings game Sunday. Yes, we get Thom Brennaman instead, but he’s the lesser of two evils here.

I enjoy the TNT crew last night, Marv Albert is always good, but having Steve Kerr actually criticise the officials on the blocking call against Paul Pierce when LeBron barrelled into him on the fast break, was refreshing. You don’t often hear national guys make that kind of strong statement.

Overnight ratings on the Heat/Celtics game  on TNT were at 5.6 nationally, up 75% from last year’s Celtics/Cavs opener.

Celtics, Heat Get It On At Garden Tonight

The moment the NBA world has waited for has finally arrived, as the new-look, self-appointed next superteam Miami Heat come to the TD Garden tonight to open the NBA season against the Boston Celtics. (Tickets still available.)

The Power of 3 - Julian Benbow notes that the Celtics top trio has their quirks, but they’ve managed to mesh well together.

Celtics chances look Shamrock solid - Steve Bulpett boldly states that “Given reasonable health, if the Celtics don’t win the championship, they’ve got some splainin’ to do.”

Some titles have been triple crowns - Bob Ryan provides your history lesson for the day with a look at various incarnations of “The Big Three” in NBA history.

18 Questions on the Drive to 18: Part Two - Rich Levine with the second part of his season preview.

Celtics say they can go deep with Heat - Chris Forsberg has the Celtics believing that their 15 can beat the Heat’s 3.

Who’s afraid of Miami? Not these Celtics - Paul Flannery has the Celtics OK with playing second fiddle tonight.

The Celtics at a glance - David Willis runs down the Celtics roster.

Miami hopes one plus two adds up correctly - Gary Washburn in the Globe has a good look at the Heat.

20 questions for the 2010-11 NBA season - The WEEI.com hoops team looks at issues around the league as the season begins.

It’s only October, but Celts-Heat opener kindles playoff atmosphere - Daniel Barbarisi says that it will feel like the playoffs right away tonight.

Report Cards for the Patriots performance against the San Diego Chargers are out, with grades all over the place. Here are the grades from Jeremy Gottlieb | Ron Borges | Kirk Minihane | Michael Felger.

Shades of 2001 for Patriots - Jonathan Comey says that this edition of the Patriots has recaptured the magic that was their original hallmark under Bill Belichick — the ability to somehow be more than the sum of their parts. I’m enjoying The Return Of The “Lucky” Patriots.

Pats to get Halloween visit from Moss - Glen Farley has the receiving coming to Gillette on Sunday dressed as a Viking.

Childress resurrects Spygate when talking about Patriots - Tom E Curran has the Vikings coach getting the attention of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Belichick scoffs at NFL ‘praise’ for Meriweather - From Paul Kenyon’s notebook, I enjoyed Belichick’s reaction to the league’s praise for the clean hits from Brandon Meriweather on Sunday.

Sergio Brown comes up big on defense - Ian Rapoport’s notebook has the practice squader making an impact after his call-up on Saturday. Rapoport reports this morning that Brown has been given a four year contract.

Patriots Survive Wild Sunday In NFL

It was just one of those Sundays in the NFL where crazy things were happening all over the league. The Raiders put up 59 points on the Broncos, The Ravens, after talking about how things were going to be rough on the Bills, needed a Buffalo fumble in OT to get a home win, Tennessee receiver Kenny Britt put up 225 receiving yards and three touchdowns, the Steelers beat the Dolphins on a controversial play in the end zone.

The Patriots game against the chargers was no exception. After jumping out to a 20-3 lead after three quarters, but needed to hold on to win 23-20 when Kris Brown of the Chargers missed a 5o-yard field goal attempt for the tie.  To get to that point, we had another 4th down decision by Bill Belichick, which is already being made the focus of the game by some in the media, and the Chargers – they of the horrible special teams needed to surprise the Patriots with an onsides kick in the fourth quarter.

Some will be quick to dismiss this win, others will look at Baltimore’s struggles with Buffalo and try to dismiss last weeks win as well. In my mind though, the 2009 Patriots lose both these games. The 2010 Patriots found a way to win them.

Ten Things We Learned Sunday: Different year, different players, different mentality – Christopher Price leads us off today by noting how the players are striving to separate themselves from the 2009 Patriots.

Pats’ gamble pays off — sort of – While Mike Felger was critical of Bill Belchick’s decision to go for it on fourth down late in the game, Mike Reiss says the choice was the right one. Tom E Curran says that the play just shows that Belichick is fearless.

These Patriots are lucky and good – Chris Gasper says that while the Patriots were very lucky yesterday, good teams make their own luck.

Take it and run - Mike Felger lays out where the Patriots failed, but calls this a very good win.

‘D’ comes through – Dave D’Onofrio dubs the Patriots unit the “New Name Defense.” Karen Guregian also has a look at the defense. The Patriots’ offense? Different story.

Toughness, smarts save the Patriots – Ron Borges says that the Patriots didn’t need to dominate this game they just needed to survive – which they did.

Patriots played to the whistle, and Chargers did not – Jim Donaldson notes the difference between the teams yesterday.

Meriweather plays it safe – Monique Walker’s notebook has the Patriots safety hitting hard, but legally.

Pierce: Most pain gone, some lingers - Jackie MacMullan talks to Paul Pierce, who is recovered physically from last season, but the sting of game seven still hurts.

The moment that changed Jermaine O’Neal’s life – Paul Flannery with a look at an important moment in the Celtics center’s life.

18 Questions on the Drive to 18: Part 1 – Rich Levine with part one of his Celtics preview.

Learning to deal without Perkins – A. Sherrod Blakely has a look at a big issue the Celtics will need to deal with.

In O’Neal, West finds key corner man – Julian Benbow has the Celtics notebook. No mention of the Delonte West-Von Wafer dustup.

Opening Night Leads The Way In Celtics Ticket Demand

As you might expect, Tuesday night’s season opener against the Miami Heat is the most in-demand game of the Celtics season, with Miami’s visit on 2/13 and the Lakers arrival on 2/10 close behind.

Right now tickets for opening night are at Patriots-level, fetching an average of almost $300 per ticket.

We’ve also got a new Celtics ticket buying page, which can be accessed by clicking on the image above or by visiting BSMW Tickets.

Time For Some Friday Megalinks

I haven’t given you a full set of Friday megalinks since October 1, so it’s time to do some now. Let’s get to them.

The Weekend Viewing Picks has your sports and primetime viewing.

National

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand and Mike McCarthy debate what can be done to improve baseball’s ratings.

Fanhouse says Jenn Sterger appears to be ready to talk with NFL Security about Brett Favre.

Georg Szalai of the Hollywood Reporter says the FCC is urging Cablevision and Fox to talk in good faith on Monday.

John Eggerton from Broadcasting & Cable says the FCC is calling both Cablevision and Fox on the carpet.

Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News looks at how Time Warner Cable customers can legally watch Monday Night Football and other ESPN programming online.

Mike Farrell of Multichannel says Fox is telling Cablevision subscribers to buy an HD antenna so they can watch network programming.

Kelly Ridell of Bloomberg says the Cablevision/Fox dispute is heading into its second weekend with no apparent end in sight.

Noah Davis at SportsNewser says ESPN Boston will webcast the Head of the Charles event this weekend.

Wayne Friedman at MediaPost explores the story that won’t go away, Timeoutgate, from the Monday Night Football game in Jacksonville.

SportsbyBrooks looks at Jay “The Rat” Mariotti deleting his Twitter account. Good riddance, Jay.

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that TSN has picked up 24 Montreal Canadiens games.

The Sports Media Watch notes that former NBA star Chris Mullin has apparently joined ESPN’s roster of analysts.

SMW says NLCS Game 5 received its highest ratings in three years.

Joe Favorito says a former New York Giant understands the value of a publicity stunt.

Emmett Jones of Sports Business Digest says NBC is asking in excess of $400,000 per 30 second spot for Sunday Night Football, up significantly from last year.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe profiles Celtics TV duo Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn who have worked together for 30 years starting with two seasons calling Providence College basketball.

Thomas Grillo of the Boston Herald says a Tweet from the New England Patriots helped to prevent a blackout of the team’s game in San Diego this weekend.

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette has TNT’s Reggie Miller singing the praises of the Boston Celtics.

Ken Belson and Richard Sandomir from the New York Times says former Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks is seeing his former team’s success as an outsider.

Newsday’s Neil Best talks with polarizing New York Yankees voice John Sterling.

Neil has his weekend viewing picks.

Bob Raissman at the New York Daily News feels YES’ and ESPN Radio New York’s Michael Kay has been speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

As expected, Phil Mushnick of the New York Post takes his newspaper owner’s side in the Cablevision/Fox dispute. News Corp. owns both the Post and Fox.

Pete Dougherty in the Albany Times Union says NBA fans will overdose on seeing the Miami Heat this season.

In the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg notes that DC sports icons got to tape new “This is SportsCenter” ads.

Andrew Beaujon at the DC-centric TBD.com notes that co-author of the new ESPN book, Tom Shales is leaving the WaPo after 39 years as its television critic.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with NFL RedZone host and former Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic anchor Scott Hanson.

South

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says the Heat have terminated their agreement with their flagship radio station and are now looking for a new home.

The Dallas Morning News’ Barry Horn finds a way to jab Newsday’s Neil Best. A couple of years ago, Horn and Best had a friendly war of words in their respective blogs.

The Houston Chronicle’s David Barron talks with NBC’s Rodney Harrison about his statements about hard hits in the NFL.

Midwest

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press talks about the Dan Patrick Show premiering on Fox Sports Detroit on Monday.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob Wolfley notes that the Big Ten Network will profile a Wisconsin defensive end tomorrow.

And Bob says Joe Namath on his Sirius XM show likes Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.

Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has his weekly winners and losers.

Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune writes that ESPN has postponed the airing of a 30 for 30 documentary on the infamous Steve Bartman.

Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports that Jenn Sterger won’t talk to the NFL if Brett Favre pays her off. Thanks to Robert Littal of Black Sports Online for the link.

Dan Caesar in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says ESPN’s College Gameday loves being at the University of Missouri.

Dan says the Missouri Attorney General has weighed in on the Dish Network/Fox Cable Networks flap.

West

Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune has CBS’ Phil Simms previewing this Sunday’s Patriots-Chargers game.

John Maffei of the North County Times gets Jim Nantz’s favorite San Diego sports moments.

Tom Hoffarth in the Los Angeles Daily News writes that even without a home team, LA still loves watching the NFL.

Tom has his extensive media news and notes.

I’m going to end it there. Have a good weekend.