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

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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.