2011 Approval Ratings – Kevin Paul Dupont

Kevin Paul Dupont is the national hockey writer for The Boston Globe.

Dupont enjoys using nicknames for players and cities, and has been picking up steam on his Twitter account, which for awhile there seemed exclusively devoted to complaining about having to sit near small children and clueless parents on airplanes.

He  started his writing career with the Boston Herald-American back in 1977. He covered the Red Sox to start out with, and did more Bruins coverage as time went by. In 1983 he joined The New York Times and stayed there for a couple of years before coming on board with the Globe in 1985.

He was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame as a recipient of the 2002 Elmer Ferguson & Foster Hewitt Award. He has also covered 10 Olympic games for the Globe during his career at the paper.

In recent years there had been several rumors about Dupont leaving the Globe, either as part of one of the buyouts, or to join another site. I had people swear to me that he was leaving the Globe to join CSNNE.com when that site expanded. Through it all, Dupont is still at the Globe, and with the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, it’s good to have a reporter with his experience here locally.

Kevin Paul Dupont 2011 Approval Ratings
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Boston Is Once Again The Hub of Hockey

The Bruins have captured the attention of New England, and Boston is once again at the center of the hockey world with the Bruins getting ready to start the Stanley Cup Finals tomorrow night in Vancouver.  

Bruins facing balanced skaters – Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins will need a repeat of their Fen 26th performance in Vancouver.

Double trouble at Canucks’ core – With Vancouver a 1-2 favorite over the Bruins in this series, Mick Colageo looks at what makes them so dangerous.

Scouting report: Bruins vs. Canucks – James Murphy concludes that this is a pretty even matchup.

Mark Recchi’s great escape – Ron Borges has the 22-year veteran ready to call it a career with a Bruins win.

Thornton, Recchi share Cup experiences – Joe Haggerty has the two Bruins with championships lending wisdom to their teammates.  

Claude Julien’s way puts hit on critics – Dan Duggan’s notebook in the Herald has the Bruins coach answering his critics with his team’s success. The Globe notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins glad to have Dennis Seidenberg in this postseason.

Get all the Bruins news at BruinsLinks.com.

Jon Lester loses control in loss to White Sox – Mike Fine has the Sox lefty struggling through a poor outing against the White Sox.

Finding his voice: Don Orsillo has gone from rookie to respected broadcaster – Brian MacPherson has a feature on the NESN Red Sox broadcaster.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s seeing stars – John Tomase’s notebook has the Red Sox centerfielder headed for a All Star season. The CSNNE notes from Sean McAdam and Danny Picard have Adrian Gonzalez getting the better of his former Padre teammate, Jake Peavy. The Globe notes from Michael Vega have more on Gonzalez, The ProJo Red Sox Journal has the Padres liking what they’ve seen thus far from the prospects they received for Gonzalez. The Patriot Ledger notes from Mike Fine has the Sox actually getting a little lucky with injuries.

Undrafted And Locked Out: Rookie Free Agents Await The Call – Chris Warner of Patriots Daily talks to four undrafted players who he feels would be good fits for the Patriots to see what their life in limbo right now is like.

Local and National Stanley Cup Finals Coverage

Here is a roundup of the local and national coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals.

From the NHL:

2011 STANLEY CUP FINAL TO FEATURE VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS. BOSTON BRUINS

NEW YORK (May 27, 2011) – The 2011 Stanley Cup Final will feature the Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks and the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins.

Based on their superior regular-season performance, the Canucks will host Games One and Two of the Stanley Cup Final, as well as Games Five and Seven, if necessary.  Games Three and Four will be hosted by the Bruins, as well as game Six, if necessary.

NBC will telecast Games One and Two and, if necessary, Games Five through Seven of the best-of-seven series in the U.S., while VERSUS will broadcast Games Three and Four. In Canada, CBC and RDS will provide coverage for the entire series. All games also will be carried on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

NHL Network, the League’s 24-hour, all-access pass to the most comprehensive hockey coverage, will feature special programming surrounding the Stanley Cup Final.  NHL.com will continue to provide extensive digital coverage.

2011 Stanley Cup Final Schedule

Game                Date                 Time (ET)        Vancouver vs. Boston                Networks
Game 1                Wed., June 1        8:00 p.m.         Boston at Vancouver                CBC, NBC, RDS

Game 2                Sat., June 4        8:00 p.m.         Boston at Vancouver                CBC, NBC, RDS

Game 3                Mon., June 6        8:00 p.m.         Vancouver at Boston                   VERSUS, CBC, RDS

Game 4                Wed., June 8         8:00 p.m.         Vancouver at Boston                VERSUS, CBC, RDS

*Game 5        Fri., June 10          8:00 p.m.         Boston at Vancouver                CBC, NBC, RDS

*Game 6        Mon., June 13        8:00 p.m.         Vancouver at Boston                NBC, CBC, RDS

*Game 7        Wed., June 15        8:00 p.m.        Boston at Vancouver                 CBC, NBC, RDS

* – If necessary
All times listed are Eastern Time

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From NESN:
NESN ANNOUNCES PLANS TO EXPAND BRUINS COVERAGE FOR STANLEY CUP FINAL

Daily Live Coverage Begins Tuesday, May 31 with Series Preview

 

BOSTON, MA – NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, will expand its coverage of the Bruins during the Stanley Cup Final to include daily live shows beginning with a special series preview edition of Bruins Face-Off LIVE on Tuesday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. NESN.com, already the region’s most popular hockey site, will also enhance its Bruins coverage for the Stanley Cup Final with more daily reports, expert opinions, cutting-edge analysis, original videos and other interactive features.

 

“As NESN’s ratings have shown, New England’s sports fans are supporting the Bruins in record numbers this season while relying on our team of experts since training camp opened in September for the most knowledgeable and in-depth coverage,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO.  “With the Bruins now in the Stanley Cup Final we are excited to deliver an unprecedented amount of live coverage with up-to-the minute reports on NESN.com.”

 

NESN’s daily live Bruins programming will consist of pre and post-game coverage before and after every game along with special editions of Bruins Face-Off LIVE airing on the team’s off days.  For Bruins home games, Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by Hess will continue to originate from NESN’s TD Garden studio.  After each game, Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE will feature interviews and instant reaction from NESN’s team of hockey analysts.

 

NESN’s Bruins studio host Kathryn Tappen will be joined by studio analysts Gord Kluzak, Barry Pederson, and play-by-play voice Jack Edwards throughout the series. Bruins game analyst Andy Brickley, rink-side reporter Naoko Funayama and NESN.com beat writer Doug Flynn will travel with the team to deliver in-arena coverage from Vancouver.

 

NESN’s Bruins Stanley Cup Final Programming Schedule

Tuesday, May 31 Bruins Face-Off LIVE (30 min. preview special) 5:30 PM
 

Wednesday, June 1

Game 1 Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by HESS (90 min.) 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM
 

Thursday, June 2

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:30 PM
 

Friday, June 3

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:30 PM
 

Saturday, June 4

Game 2 Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by Hess 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM
 

Sunday, June 5

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 9:30 PM
 

 

Monday, June 6

Game 3 Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by HESS (90 min.) 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM
 

Tuesday, June 7

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:30 PM
 

Wednesday, June 8

Game 4 Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by Hess 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM
 

Thursday, June 9

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:30 PM
 

Friday, June 10

Game 5* Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by Hess 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM
 

Saturday, June 11

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:00 PM
 

Sunday, June 12

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:00 PM
 

Monday, June 13

Game 6* Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by HESS (90 min.) 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM
 

Tuesday, June 14

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:30 PM
 

Wednesday, June 15

Game 7* Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by HESS 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM

 

*= If Necessary

From Comcast SportsNet:

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO OFFER COMPREHENSIVE NIGHTLY AND GAME-DAY COVERAGE OF BRUINS-CANUCKS STANLEY CUP FINALS

BURLINGTON, MA – The Boston Bruins have returned to the Stanley Cup Finals and seek their first Cup since 1972. Comcast SportsNet will offer the region’s most comprehensive coverage of the series before and after the nationally exclusive telecasts on either NBC or VERSUS.
 Comcast SportsNet’s nightly coverage of the Bruins-Canucks series will begin every evening at 6:00 p.m. with Chevrolet SportsNet Central. Anchors/reporters Mike Giardi and Kevin Walsh and CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty will provide extensive nightly reports. The Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont, 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Bob Beers and VERSUS/NBC hockey analysts are expected to contribute to Comcast SportsNet’s nightly and game night coverage.

As a lead-in to NBC’s and VERSUS’ game-night coverage, Comcast SportsNet will also host a one-hour Chevrolet SportsNet Central Extra at 7:00 p.m. with Michael Felger and Tony Amonte in-studio previewing the game and Giardi, Walsh and Haggerty reporting live from inside the arena.  NBC is airing Games 1, 2 and VERSUS games 3 and 4. If necessary, NBC will provide coverage of games 5, 6 and 7. All telecasts begin 8 p.m.

Following every NBC and VERSUS national high-definition telecast, Comcast SportsNet will host a one-hour post-game Chevrolet SportsNet Central Extra, which will feature in-depth analysis and player interviews along with player and coach press conferences.

Comcast SportsNet’s coverage will also extend to CSNNE.com where Giardi and Haggerty will file post-game editions of the Great American Hockey Show after each Bruins-Canucks game. CSNNE.com will also feature an in-depth “Game Story” package following each game that features a game summary, player(s) of the game profile; analysis on the game’s “turning point” and a “by the numbers” breakdown.

The Comcast SportsNet live coverage surrounding NBC’s and VERSUS’ game telecasts is as follows:

Wednesday, June 1
6 p.m. –  SportsNet Central
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
8 p.m. – Bruins vs. Canucks Game 1 on NBC
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
12 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central

Saturday, June 4
6 p.m. – SportsNet Central (Live)
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra (Live)
8 p.m. – Bruins vs. Canucks Game 2 on NBC
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central (Live)

Monday, June 6
6 p.m. – SportsNet Central
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
8 p.m. – Canucks vs. Bruins Game 3 on VERSUS
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
12 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central

Wednesday, June 8
6 p.m. – SportsNet Central
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
8 p.m. – Canucks vs. Bruins Game 4 on VERSUS
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
12 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central

Friday, June 10*
6 p.m. – SportsNet Central
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
8 p.m. – Bruins vs. Canucks Game 5 on NBC
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
12 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central

Monday, June 13*
6 p.m. – SportsNet Central
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
8 p.m. –  Canucks vs. Bruins Game 6 on NBC
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
12 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central

Wednesday, June 15
6 p.m. – SportsNet Central
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
8 p.m. – Bruins vs. Canucks Game 7 on NBC
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
12 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central
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2011 Approval Ratings – Jack Edwards

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We wrap up what has been a “Bruins Week” with NESN play-by-play man Jack Edwards.

A New England native who went to both high school (Oyster River High School) and college (UNH) in Durham NH, Edwards has had a long and varied career, broadcasting many different sports at many different outlets.

He’s worked at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH, WRKO radio, WCVB-TV and WHDH-TV in Boston, as well as doing work for ABC’s Wide World of Sports in the late 1980′s.

In 1991 he joined ESPN and remained there until 2003, where he was a SportsCenter anchor, and did play-by-play for the Little League World Series, NHL games and soccer.

He’s found a home however, in his role on the Bruins telecasts, a role he began on a part-time basis back in 2005, and took over full time in 2007.

Edwards has gained notoriety on the national level with some of his outbursts and post game rants on the NESN telecasts.

He was the recent subject of a curious Saturday morning inquisition on WEEI last month, one which people are still talking about. (In this comment section, anyway.)

He’s clearly another guy that viewers either love or hate, and here’s your chance to say which side you come down on.

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Friday Megalinks Are Here

Time for some megalink action. This is turning out to be a busy day, but let me try to give you as many as I can. This being Memorial Day weekend, there’s plenty of sports action. Primetime viewing is kind of slim, but you can check out my Weekend Viewing Picks for the action.

Let’s get to the links. I’ll do as many as I can. I do have to leave early.

National

From yesterday’s Sports Business Daily, John Ourand speaks with outgoing NBC Sports President Ken Schanzer who is retiring at the end of the summer.

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable also writes about Ken Schanzer’s retirement from NBC Sports.

Multichannel notes that Time Warner Cable will have a presence to promote the Speed 2 channel at the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race in Charlotte this weekend.

USA Today’s Mike McCarthy and Michael Hiestand debate whether LeBron James as a villain is good for the NBA.

Mike McCarthy writes that former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen caused an uproar on ESPN Radio this morning by saying LeBron James could be better than Michael Jordan.

Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center delves into the ESPN book.

Fox Sports notes that this week, Ken Rosenthal’s bowtie will honor our troops during this Memorial Day Weekend.

The Big Lead interviews New York Times NFL beat writer Judy Battista and talks about how she covers the lockout.

Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid notes that Nike tried to put the screws on TNT’s Charles Barkley to be nicer to LeBron James.

SportsbyBrooks says ESPN management told its hosts what to ask James Andrew Miller about the book he co-authored on the Alleged Worldwide Leader.

Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing has a review of “Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN”.

Alyson Shontell of the Business Insider Sports Page says former Versus host Jenn Sterger is now working for an internet TV startup company.

Sports Media Watch says the NHL on Versus saw a ratings high for Boston-Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

SMW notes that the NBA Finals gets its earliest start in 25 years.

And SMW says the NHL Stanley Cup Final avoided conflicting with the NBA Finals.

Dave Kohl at Major League Programs has some complaints on broadcasters not providing the starting lineups when they’re supposed to.

Len Berman has his Top 5 stories of the day.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Mark Blaudshun of the Boston Globe reports that the Big East Conference has rejected ESPN’s “Best offer” to continue their 32 year relationship.

Chad Finn of the Globe says Bruins fans are finally getting the media coverage they’ve been yearning for.

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette notes that the local minor league baseball team gets a new media distribution to fans and it’s not what you might think.

Fred Contrada at the Springfield (MA) Republican reports that ESPN.com writer Howard Bryant has been sentenced to probation stemming from a domestic assault case back in February.

Phil Mushnick from the New York Post wants to know what Mets owner Fred Wilpon knew about Ponzi scheme scumbag Bernie Madoff and when did he know it.

The Post has five questions for Fox Soccer Channel analyst Eric Wynalda about Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says soccer continues to try to gain a foothold in the American psyche.

DCRTV’s Dave Hughes has his latest Baltimore-DC media roundup in Press Box.

In the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg finds an interesting Tony Kornheiser-John Feinstein tidbit from the ESPN tome.

Dan also recaps a couple of interviews DC NFL team owner Daniel Snyder conducted on Thursday.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks about the retirement of NBC Sports President Ken Schanzer a week after his boss, Dick Ebersol resigned.

Jim speaks with Fox Sports’ Curt Menefee about hosting the UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday.

South

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson goes over some of the more interesting tidbits from the ESPN book.

Greg Augman of the St. Petersburg Times writes about ESPN’s Desmond Howard blasting black college athletes for a sense of entitlement.

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel laments the probable end of the long-term relationship between Florida State University and Sun Sports.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Texas Rangers TV voice John Rhadigan was replaced Thursday and will return to hosting the pregame show on Fox Sports Southwest.

David Barron from the Houston Chronicle has his take on the ESPN book that has had the sports media talking.

In the Daily Oklahoman, Mel Bracht talks with ousted Rangers voice John Rhadigan.

Mel notes the local ratings for the series-clinching Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Finals.

Mel despite losing the series, the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook impressed ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy.

Midwest

Cincinnati Enquirer media writer John Kiesewetter says local sports talk show host Andy Furman is on the fast track for a possible new national gig.

John has a few more things on Furman in his blog.

The Waiting For Next Year blog loves Cleveland Browns voice Jim Donovan as do I.

Michael Zuidema at the Grand Rapids (MI) Press says ESPN/ABC is hoping some extra pomp and circumstance at the Centennial Indy 500 will draw viewers this year.

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the Indianapolis 500 just ain’t what it used to be.

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

Ed explains what Tiger Woods’ agent split from powerful IMG means for Tiger.

Dan Caesar from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that ESPN/ABC is hopeful that the Indy 500 can finally beat NASCAR outright for the first time in over five years.

West

Jim Carlisle in the Ventura County Star talks with ESPN/ABC IndyCar analyst Scott Goodyear about Danica Patrick’s impact on this year’s Indy 500.

Jim reflects on Dick Ebersol’s tenure as Chairman of NBC Sports.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says Jim Rome’s hiring in inaugural days of ESPN2 almost caused one network exec to quit.

Tom explains how ESPN/ABC will attempt to keep the Indianapolis 500 relevant with viewers.

Canada

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail looks at how Gary Bettman decided to buck ESPN.

That’s going to do it. Finished it all in one shot! Have a good weekend.

Bruins. Lightning. Game 7. That Is All.

The BSMW messageboard is down for a bit – I stupidly neglected to renew the .net domain that hosts the board. I did so this morning, but it will take a day or two for the board to come back. In the meantime, have at it here in the comment section below. (I might create a game thread for tonight) or at the BSMW page on Facebook.

The Bruins have another chance at history tonight, a chance to return to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990. A chance to get into position  for their first Cup since 1972. Is the Sixth time’s the charm for Cup-starved Bruins?

Bruins have a date with destiny – Mick Colageo thinks that one team is going to win big tonight, he’s just not sure which team it will be. Stephen Harris says that anything but a less-than-complete effort won’t do. Joe Haggerty lists out changes that the Bruins need to make tonight. Douglas Flynn says that the Bruins need to get more shots on the Tampa goal tonight. Barbara Matson says that the Bruins seem confident heading into tonight. Rich Garven looks at the winner-take-all scenario.

Factors in series all added up to a 7 – Bob Ryan looks at how we got here, and what this game means to the Bruins. Jackie MacMullan looks at whether the Bruins can get it done tonight. Steve Buckley says that both teams know what it is like to play a game 7. Bill Burt has Ray Bourque, who was 6-0 in game 7’s with the Bruins, giving some advice to the current squad.

Game 7 a fitting conclusion to East final – Steve Conroy says that it is fitting that things have come down to this for this Bruins team. Mike Loftus looks at the back-and-forth just in this series.

Bruins need Thomas’ best in Game 7 – Joe McDonald notes how huge it is that Tim Thomas have a big game tonight.

Making noise at end? – Matson’s notebook has Nathan Horton possibly squirting a Tampa fan with bottle of water Wednesday night. The Bruins notebook from Steve Conroy looks back at the power play woes of game six.

For the second straight day, the Red Sox pounded out 14 runs, this time in a rain-shortened afternoon in Detroit, with Carl Crawford again the catalyst with four hits in a 14-1 thumping of the Tigers.

Red-hot Carl Crawford settling in – Gordon Edes has the outfielder raising his average .32 points in two days. More on Crawford from Michael Silverman | Maureen Mullen | Peter Abraham 

Landing Aceves best ‘accident’ Sox have had – Tim Britton looks at the smart decision the Red Sox made in snatching up for the former Yankee.

Hazelbaker, Lin take one step up – Michael Vega’s minor league notebook has a pair of outfielders earning promotions.

Another stop for Josh Reddick – Scott Lauber’s notebook has the outfielder getting the call up yesterday, and feeling more prepared for the Majors. The CSNNE.com notes from Mullen have more on Aceves, as does the Globe Red Sox notebook from Abraham. Britton’s Red Sox Journal has more on Crawford.

Coverage has been slick – Chad Finn looks around at the local coverage of the Bruins.

Examining coverage of Bruins playoff run – Mike Shinnick has more on the Bruins coverage.

New on-air spin for Tornadoes – Bill Doyle looks at the broadcasts of the Worcester Tornadoes, which will not be on the radio for the first time in seven years. Instead, all 94 regular-season games will be broadcast online, at ustream.tv, and on the team’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, facebook.com/worcestertornadoes and twitter.com/worctornadoes.

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2011 Approval Ratings – Michael Felger

As polarizing a figure as there is in the Boston sports media right now, you either love Felger or hate him. (This should make it easier for those clamoring for a apathy option in the poll.)

Felger is the afternoon co-host of the Felger and Massarotti show on 98.5 The SportsHub. He is also host of CSNNE’s Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight and Sports Sunday.

Felger broke into the local sports scene with the Boston Herald in 1989. During the 90’s the worked his way up to the Revolution and Bruins beats, before becoming the Patriots beat writer. Around that time, he started to become a presence on local radio and television shows, his battles with Nick Cafardo and Ron Boges on WBZ’s Sports Final during the early part of the decade are legendary.

As the decade went on, Felger phased out his writing, dropping to a smaller and smaller role at the Herald while increasing his on-air gigs. He became a night host on CSNNE, and hosted his radio own show on the old ESPN 890, and then hopped over to WEEI.com for a short time before becoming the biggest name hire at 98.5 when it launched in the summer of 2009.

Felger’s Mohegan Sun bio reads:

As a self described impartial observer of the Boston sports scene, Mike Felger revels in his ability to play devil’s advocate and singe local sports fans for their unabashed homerism. Felger has been bringing that attitude to Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight and Sports Sunday. He pens weekly Patriots summaries, Patriots’ Report Cards and a weekly mailbag.

Interestingly, when we did this series the last time, the first reader comment on Felger’s post read “Secretly works for Patriots PR dept.”

My, how things have changed.

Felger is originally from Milwaukee and a graduate of Boston University. He is married to FOX25 reporter/anchor Sara Underwood.

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Bruins Can’t Close, Game 7 Tomorrow Night

The Bruins could not close out the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road last night, and thus will need a win tomorrow night at the Garden in game seven in order to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins dropped last night’s game 5-4, as both sides (even though they did score a goal on one) of the power play failed them. Get all the coverage at BruinsLinks.com.

After changing script, B’s must avoid unhappy ending – As the Bruins get ready for their 100th game of the season, DJ Bean says we need to know where they stand. Joe McDonald says that the Bruins have put themselves into a corner.

Here we go again – Joe Haggerty says that their experience in game 7 against Montreal can only help the Bruins. Douglas Flynn has the Bruins remaining confident, despite the setback in game six.

Power failure killing Bruins – Stephen Harris has the season-long Achilles heel of the Bruins doing them in again. Kevin Paul Dupont says that if the Bruins do manage to win the Stanley Cup, they should have an asterisk next their entry in the record books.  Steve Conroy says that conventional wisdom might be the downfall of this team.

Did Boucher’s comments sway refs? – James Murphy examines a hot post-game topic. Joe Haggerty also weighs in on the Tampa coach using his pregame press conference as a bully pulpit to critique NHL officials.

David Krejci gets trick, no treat – Matt Kalman has the hat trick from the Bruins center not enough for a win. Bill Burt says that Krejci’s performance should bring hope to Bruins fans. Derek J. LaRiviere has Krejci in no mood to celebrate his achievement following the game.

Lucic hopes to bring it home – Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook says that win or lose, Milan Lucic will be going home after tomorrow night. The Herald notebook from Conroy has Martin St. Louis coming up big again for the Lightning. The CSNNE.com notes from Haggery have more on Krejci’s performance.

The Red Sox scored seven runs in the first inning, and 14 overall for the game as they trounced the Cleveland Indians 14-2 yesterday afternoon. Get the complete coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Bats make statement – Michael Silverman has the Red Sox performance self-explanatory. Anthony Castrovince says that these surging Red Sox might just be getting started.

Going up? Pedroia looking to elevate his game – Alex Speier has the second baseman looking to get back on track at the plate.

Situation was advantageous – With Jon Lester staked to a seven-run lead before he even took the mound, Peter Abraham’s notebook says that the lefty was able to just relax and pitch. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has more on Pedroia.

Celtics wading into draft pool – Julian Benbow has a look at Danny Ainge’s draft prep.

Marquis Daniels rebounds from major scare – Mark Murphy has a health update on the former Celtic.

Nate Solder seeking assistance – Karen Guregian has the Patriots first round pick trying to prepare for the season as best he can.

2011 Approval Ratings – Joe Haggerty

If you missed it, see yesterday’s post for what this is all about.

Over the last couple of years, Joe Haggerty has blossomed into one of the most ubiquitous members of the Boston sports media. Web, Radio, Television, Twitter, Haggerty is everywhere.

Not bad for a guy not too long ago was doing his best to get noticed while working for the Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, Boston Metro, and even his own blog. Haggerty got a major break when he was hired by Rob Bradford for WEEI.com. He then moved onto CSNNE.com, where he has really thrived, becoming one of the real go-to-guys locally for Bruins and hockey talk.

The tagline on his Twitter profile reads I want people to see me walk down the street and say ‘there goes Joe Haggerty, the best sportswriter there ever was. That sentence is an accurate snapshot of the ambition with which Haggerty has taken his career.

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