Dale Arnold’s Final Show Bittersweet

For the first three hours of today’s Dale & Holley show, the hosts attempted to play it straight. Just another show, ho hum. In reality, it was the end of an era.

Earlier in the day, Dale had announced on Twitter that today would be the final edition of The Dale & Holley show:

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Dale Arnold has been with WEEI from the very beginning, and has had a daily show for most, if not all of that time. Today, his role changed, and going forward he will be an intermittent part of the radio station, filling in when other hosts go on vacation. He mentioned that he’ll be filling in for John Dennis the week of March 7, and will be doing multiple Red Sox and Celtics games during the first week of April.

But today very much felt like a “goodbye” to Dale. Co-host Michael Holley, who will be joining Glenn Ordway next week on the all-new “Big Show” paid tribute to Arnold during today’s program.

Then, in the final hour of the show, special guests called in – Terry Francona, Ray Bourque, Rosevelt Colvin – and clips from Dale’s play-by-play career were played, and intros from interviews with Ted Williams, Bill Russell and Larry Bird were teased. Recorded segments from the likes of Dale’s friend and mentor Doc Emrick also were played.

As the time came to sign off, a clearly emotional Arnold struggled to say anything, and there was a long pause before the show ended.

It was a nice tribute today, but only seemed to underscore how poorly Jason Wolfe and company handled this entire situation. Even those who are not fans of Dale seem to recognize that he got a raw deal in this whole episode.

Celtics, Bruins Impressive Out On The Road

The Celtics and Bruins were both victorious out on the road last night, with the Celtics posting a 115-93 win in Northern California over the Golden State Warriors and the Bruins scoring a 3-1 win over the Flames in Calgary.

Rondo leads Celtics over Warriors, 115-93 – A. Sherrod Blakely has the birthday boy leading the way for the Celtics with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Paul Flannery says we got a look at what it would be like if Rondo played in the Western conference every night.

Ainge ‘looking for help’ – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics director of basketball operations looking to add to his team before tomorrow afternoon’s trade deadline. Nick Underhill looks at some possibilities for the Celtics. Rich Levine says that the Celtics need to add something to get them through this stretch of injuries.

Shaq unlikely to play on trip – The Globe notebook from Julian Benbow has the big man back home in Florida, rehabbing his injury. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has Marquis Daniels’ future still uncertain.

Refreshed Thomas, Bruins douse the Flames – Fluto Shinzawa has a rested Tim Thomas leading the Bruins to victory.

Lucic, Krejci regaining their form – Joe Haggerty has a pair of key Bruins stepping up their games.

Milan Lucic’s pair perfect bookends to victory – Steve Conroy’s notebook has the big forward with a pair of goals last night. The Globe notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has Rich Peverley fitting in nicely with his new team.

Carl Crawford says he’s a base-stealer, and always will be – Rob Bradford has the Sox outfielder planning on remaining aggressive on the basepaths with his new team.

Red Sox, umpires come together – Joe McDonald has the Red Sox putting their issues with certain umpires aside for the new season.

Pitchers eat up K rations – John Tomase with an interesting look at the K Rate on the Red Sox staff.

Evolution of a pitcher: Jon Lester finds his groove – Brian MacPherson kicks off a three-part feature on the Red Sox lefty ace.

A year later, prospect Ryan Westmoreland’s comeback moves forward – Alex Speier has a feature on the Red Sox prospect a year into his recovery from brain surgery.

Sign of respect on manager? – Peter Abraham’s notebook has the Sox picking up the two-year option on Terry Francona’s contract. The Red Sox Journal from Brian MacPherson has  Matt Albers looking for a spot on the roster. The Herald notebook from John Tomase has more on the Sox and the Umps.

Devin McCourty Won’t Change Jersey Number for Superstitious Reasons and 19 Other Patriots Thoughts – Jeff Howe has 20 items, mostly about the Patriots rookie star.

Pete Sheppard Speaks Out

In a Facebook chat yesterday, former (and future?)  WEEI personality Pete Sheppard spoke out about his experiences dealing with 98.5 The SportHub program director Mike Thomas, saying that Thomas will not return his calls, and has even banned Sheppard from doing commercial voice-overs on the station.

Shunned Sheppard launches Facebook fury – Jessica Heslam has more on the chat.

Sheppard also said that he has had conversations with WEEI program director Jason Wolfe recently, though nothing seems to be on the verge of happening.

The Celtics return from the All Star break tonight with a game in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors.

Making the 18th Green – Steve Bulpett has 18 keys to the Celtics winning their 18th banner.

Green still have a ways to go – Gary Washburn has the Celtics focused on a stronger second half to the season than what we saw last season.

Celtics, Rockets deal for Battier not happening – For about an hour last night, Twitter was buzzing over a Marc Stein report that the Celtics were talking to the Rockets about swingman Shane Battier. A. Sherrod Blakely says the deal isn’t happening.

Battier, of course, would be an absolute perfect fit for the Celtics right now, but their lack of trade chips makes a deal virtually impossible for them to make. Julian Benbow looks at the Celtics needs for healthy bodies.

Kevin Garnett won’t change his style – Jackie MacMullan has a look at the swagger that KG brings to the Celtics.

Doc planning to keep Shaquille O’Neal off the court – Mark Murphy’s Herald notebook has the Celtics coach planning on sitting Shaq for this entire West coast trip.

Red Sox lineup cards all on the table – Ron Borges, John Tomase, Steve Buckley and Scott Lauber each try to figure out the best starting lineup for the Red Sox.

How David Ortiz might find life against lefties – Rob Bradford looks at what Big Papi is doing to improve his fortures against left-handed pitchers.

‘Pen moves should give Red Sox relief – Joe McDonald has the rebuilt Red Sox bullpen looking like a strength of the club.

Unassuming Adrian Gonzalez enters spotlight – Gerry Callahan looks at the humble new superstar of the Red Sox.

Andrew Miller hopes fog is lifting – Gordon Edes has a look at the still-promising lefty.

Rodriguez admires kid’s glove – The Globe notebook has A-Rod impressed with Red Sox minor league shortstop Jose Iglesias. The Red Sox notebook from John Tomase has Gonzalez swinging off a tee for the first time since his shoulder surgery.

I’m still wondering why NESN hasn’t yet created a reality series from Fort Myers called “Globe Condo.” You can see the hijinks and hilarity that ensues when Peter Abraham, Nick Cafardo, Dan Shaughnessy and others share a company-owned condo for two months during spring training! Huge ratings!

Is anything else brewin’? – Kevin Paul Dupont thinks that the Bruins could still use some tweaks.

Peverley brings skill up front – Stephen Harris thinks that the center acquired from the Thrashers has star potential.

NFL owner’s scorn bodes ill – Ron Borges looks at how hard line owners like Jerry Richardson could make the NFL work stoppage a complete disaster.