2011 Approval Ratings – Gerry Callahan

Gerry Callahan is the co-host of the Dennis and Callahan Show on WEEI.

It’s easy to forget that at one time, Callahan was perhaps one of the best sports writers in the country.

Callahan grew up in Massachusetts, graduating from Chelmsford High School and UMass Amherst. He started his career with the Lowell Sun in 1983 and then moved on to the Boston Herald five years later. In 1994, he moved on to Sports Illustrated, where was a senior writer for the publication.

He was a frequent Big Show co-host in the early days of the program, before getting his own show with John Dennis starting in 1997. After leaving SI, he rejoined the Herald as a columnist.

In 2007, Callahan missed several months of work on the show with a throat ailment. By the time he was healthy enough to return, his contract as well as that of co-host Dennis was up for renewal, which resulted in a brief lockout for the pair which had them returning in time for the first “Patriots Monday” of the 2007 season on September 10th.

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Sox Had Their Chances, Couldn’t Break Through Against Yankees

The Red Sox left 16 runners on base last night as they fell to the New York Yankees 5-2 at Fenway Park.

Left turn – Peter Abraham has CC Sabathia finally able to break through and beat the Red Sox, throwing 128 pitches in the process.

Yankees Finally Get What They Needed From Their Ace – Jeff Jacobs looks at a much-needed outing and result for Sabathia.  Gordon Edes has more on the Yankees ace, while Nick Cafardo says that the Red Sox still don’t fear Sabathia.

As beatings go, it wasn’t that bad – Bob Ryan has the Red Sox at least making it hard on the Yankees last night.

Sox living up to dream-team tag – Jon Couture says that the Red Sox have lived up the preseason hype. A couple nice little digs at the media, as well.

A tough time for Gonzalez – Michael Vega looks at a dreadful 0-5 night from the Red Sox slugger, who looked overmatched against Sabathia.

Drew and Youkilis hit it off in the minors – Jim Mandelaro has the Sox veterans rehabbing with the PawSox in Rochester, NY.

Fire up the rivalry – John Tomase has things getting tense between the clubs last night. Sean McAdam says that despite the fireworks, the rivalry remains uninteresting.

Salty ignores Cervelli – Scott Lauber’s notebook has the Red Sox catcher keeping his cool last night. The Globe notebook from Peter Abraham has Tim Wakefield getting his next start bumped. The Red Sox Journal has Clay Buchholz testing out his injured back. The CSNNE.com notes from Maureen Mullen have more on Buchholz. The MetroWest notes from Eric Avidon have PGA Champ Keegan Bradley throwing out the first pitch last night.

Chad Ochocinco continues to talk openly about his struggles picking up and getting adjusted to the Patriots offense. While this may be refreshing to the print media (no less than five articles were devoted to it this morning), it could backfire on him, as the radio hosts are already running with his quotes as evidence that he just won’t cut it here.

Patriots Make Wrong Decision in Cutting James Sanders and 19 Other Patriots Thoughts – Jeff Howe doesn’t agree with the decision to part ways with James Sanders.

Belichick credits elder DeOssie with changing snapper position – Paul Kenyon has the head coach going off on a discussion about how the role of long-snapper has changed in the NFL, and how Steve DeOssie broke the mold.

Pats Pregame Points: Preseason Final Vs. Giants – On PD Chris Warner looks at what we hope to see tomorrow night, while Dan Zeigarnik says last week was a needed reality check.

Welker feels fine, but he’s awaiting orders – Monique Walker’s notebook has the Patriots receiver claiming that he feels OK, but is waiting doctor’s permission to return to practice. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has Sergio Brown already missing his mentor, James Sanders. The Patriots Journal has more on Welker.

A major problem with bloggers is that they post irresponsible content without checking into things first. Here’s an example:

Whatever Bob Kraft wants …
I was told as of 9:13 p.m. Monday night, the Bass Pro Shops at Patriot Place had power again.

The rest of Foxboro? No such luck.

It’s not hard to see where the priorities are. National Grid is telling people they may have to wait for the weekend to have their power restored, but with a Patriots preseason game scheduled for Thursday, the repair crews had to shake a leg to do the bidding of one property owner while the needs of thousands of others went unheeded.

Go Pats.

So the blogger is saying that the Patriots got preferential treatment from the power company, in fact, suggesting that Kraft bullied them into restoring power to Gillette first. Who is this reckless blogger? What? A newspaper reporter? Yup. A newspaper reporter, whose own paper this morning reported:

Many residents expressed anger at the Kraft organization and National Grid when they learned Gillette Stadium started getting power Monday night.

However, none of that power came from the Foxboro substation that serves the rest of town, according to James Nolan, a senior vice president with the stadium and Patriots.

Monday afternoon, buildings in the Route 1 complex were powered by generators, he said. The stadium returned to outside power around 8 p.m. Monday from electricity that came through a special line to the Wrentham substation. The Patriots spent millions of dollars when they built Gillette stadium to ensure the backup power, Nolan said, after suffering a blackout during the 1996 AFC championship game in the former stadium.

At 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Patriot Place began receiving power, along with some other businesses on Route 1, through that dedicated line from Wrentham.

 Also:

But selectmen Chairman Larry Harrington and Fire Chief Roger Hatfield said the stadium and Patriot organization did not jump the line to get power, and were taking extraordinary steps to help the town. “From everything we can find, the Patriots and the Kraft organization did nothing wrong,” Hatfield said. “In fact they’ve done everything right as a good neighbor in getting resources that we could not get. This has been a huge asset to the community.”

The Kraft Group has offered to provide the town with two large generators, which will be installed at the Carl Annon Court and possibly Centennial Court senior housing complexes.

 Meanwhile, the reporter continues to grumble about his condition: Fearless Held Hostage, Day 4.

Reckless bloggers! 

Look, all of us who have had to endure power outages have been inconvienced, and some, such as the elderly are in a potentially life-threatening situation without power. But hopefully most could refrain from suggesting that Bob Kraft bullied National Grid to restore power to Gillette Stadium ahead of others.

Sox, Yankees Set To Fire Up Fenway

Today and tomorrow, WEEI and NESN are holding the 10th annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon. There are few more worthy causes than this one. I highly encourage you to contribute, if you are able.

With the stretch run approaching this week’s Red Sox/Yankees series at Fenway Park takes on added importance to both teams, even though they are each reasonably assured of a postseason spot.

Dynamic duo: Ellsbury, Granderson embody game’s new superstar class – Alex Speier looks at the the new superstar outfielder in this rivalry.

Weighing the scales on Cano vs. Pedroia – Christopher Smith looks at the battle of the star second basemen of the two clubs.

Sox vs. Yankees: A battle of matchups – John Tomase looks at those two matchups, plus a few more, including Gonzalez/Teixeira.

Playing well is Sox’ 1st priority – Michael Vega says that even though both teams seem assured of a playoff spot, playing well against each other is still very important.

Red Sox need just 176 wins to catch Yanks – Bill Ballou has the Sox slowly making up ground in the all-time matchup.

Sox look to maintain complete control over Yanks – Mike Fine looks at the Red Sox dominance of the Yankees this season.

Likely to be pitched battle – Vega’s notebooks has John Lackey looking to  keep beating the Yankees.

The Patriots announced their first wave of cuts yesterday, and among them was veteran safety James Sanders. He’s a guy I’ve had a lot of respect for, and who has been a steady guy for them in the secondary. The reaction from the media on Twitter about the cut tipped you off that he was also a favorite of theirs, and likely a good source for many of them.

This cut has deep impact – Karen Guregian notes that this move means Brandon Meriweather no longer has a safety net.

Stormy start to a critical week for Patriots – Tim Britton looks at a rough start to the week for the Patriots.

Shooed from darkened stadium, Pats release 11 – Mark Farinella hopes that Bill Belichick gave his released players enough cab fare to get back to the stadium to pick up their belongings.

Deion Branch: Zero concern about no catches – Rich Thompson has the Patriots receiver not concerned about his catchless preseason.

Those missing need to be seen – Monique Walker’s notebook has the Patriots still needing to get a look at several players before making the final roster decisions.  The Herald notebook from Dan Duggan has the Patriots moving their Monday meetings because of a power outage at Gillette. The Patriots Journal has more on Branch.

Belichick to star in two-part documentary on life – Jimmy Toscano looks at the NFL Films Documentary on the Patriots coach which was announced yesterday.

The irrelevance of the sideline reporter – Kirk Minihane wonders if there is any value to the sideline reporter anymore.