Time To Be AccountaBILL

Has anyone else used that god-awful headline yet?

Sometimes I’m envious of the sports-radio host mentality. It must just be so awesome to sit in judgment, move goalposts and criticize an outcome no matter which way it goes.

I loved Felger yesterday attempting to make the point that since all the Belichick toadies said he shouldn’t talk, that they should now be pissed at him because he is going to talk. That makes total sense. Except that I don’t care if he speaks or not. I personally hoped he wouldn’t just to infuriate the media even more, but since he’s going to, I’m certainly not going to pissed at him.

There is a ton of sarcasm and speculation over how this afternoon’s press conference is going to go. Many are taking the approach that he is not going to say anything at all, other than “we’re moving on” “we’re going to do what’s best for the football team” and “it is what it is.”

I think you’ll see more than that. I don’t have any special insight or knowledge here, but this is my guess based on how things have been handled in the past in various media situations.

First, a few things to consider:

1) This does not involve a competitive situation, so the “coach-speak” is less likely to dominate. He’s not going to fear losing any competitive edge in talking about this. Thus, he may appear a bit more “human” – a cry that has gone out among many sports radio hosts who are interested in Accountability.

2) He will be limited from a legal standpoint. He can’t stand up there and openly discuss particulars of open murder investigations. Not even to discuss the character of Hernandez.

3) Since this press conference was scheduled aside from the actual start of camp, it’s clear it is to be about the Hernandez with the aim of putting as much of it behind them as possible and moving on to the start of the season.

I expect a statement to begin, with sympathy expressed to the families of the victim(s) and basically repeating much of what Robert Kraft has already said. There will be some questions taken, but most of the answers will be limited and the legal issue being given as the reason.

Will he go into a discussion of their internal operations and how they will assess players moving forward? Perhaps in general terms, but again not specifics and nothing that can be used against him or the franchise in the future.

I do expect it to be somewhat thorough, again with the aim of being able to state, going forward “I’ve already made my statement on that particular issue. We’re here for football.”

Patriots best served if Bill Belichick addresses Aaron Hernandez’s arrest – Dan Wetzel had one of the best pieces I’ve seen on the subject thus far. Of course it takes a national guy to give the proper perspective.

Make no mistake, Belichick owes the media nothing. Perhaps he owes a little more to New England fans, but even that’s debatable. It’s not like he ever made himself out to be the sage of the region, counted on to lead the masses in times of uncertainty.

He’s the local pro football coach. He’s there to win games. He delivers, and then some, on that task. If he wants to say nothing, it’s his right.

Still, Belichick will do plenty for his reputation if he takes inquiries into such an historic story with at least a modicum of patience and perspective. Belichick is highly intelligent and, contrary to his news-conference demeanor, is mostly engaging, charismatic and interesting. The say-nothing approach is as much a coaching tactic as anything else.

Meanwhile the video of Gary Tanguay and Kirk Minihane on CSNNE last night has made the rounds. I don’t recommend watching it. These screencaps should tell you why.

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Yes, this is what passes for sports “journalism” in this town, in this day and age.

CSNNE Presents “Remember Reggie: The Reggie Lewis Story” on Sunday 7/28

COMCAST SPORTSNET PRESENTS:

“REMEMBER REGGIE: THE REGGIE LEWIS STORY”

DEBUTING JULY 28TH AT 8PM

COMCAST SPORTSNET PRODUCES IN DEPTH 90-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY ON THE EXCEPTIONAL LIFE OF REGGIE LEWIS SURROUNDING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH

BURLINGTON, MA, July 23, 2013 – Reggie Lewis lived an exceptional life in the limelight as a basketball phenom, from his younger days in Baltimore, MD to his exemplary college career which put Northeastern University on the basketball map, to his drafting by the Boston Celtics and receiving of the captain’s torch from Larry Bird – no doubt that Reggie’s was a life of talent and promise.  In July of 1993, as the young star was quickly becoming the face of the Celtics franchise, Reggie collapsed and died of heart failure during a team practice. (BSMW Note – this is inaccurate, Lewis collapsed and died while shooting around at Brandeis University.) For Boston sports fans, Reggie was a touchstone figure in the city’s sports history, but the full story of his life and untimely death on the court has never been told with great depth – until now.

On Sunday, July 28th at 8PM, ComcastSportsNet will debut a 90-minute documentary “REMEMBER REGGIE: The Reggie Lewis Story” presented by New England Ford Dealers, recounting the life of Reggie Lewis on the same weekend of the 20th anniversary of his death. The program, produced fully by Comcast SportsNet, will be narrated by Boston media personality Glenn Ordway and will feature in-depthinterviews with some of the most important and iconic people in Reggie’s life – family, friends, teammates, coaches, colleagues, doctors, and more, including: HS classmate and NBA colleague Muggsy Bogues; Northeastern Coach Jim Calhoun; Celtics teammate Dee Brown; respected journalists Bob Ryan, Jackie MacMullan, Dan Shaughnessy; Reggie’s mother; his sister; and many more.

“In my office I always had a picture of all my kids — and Reggie. I’ll miss him forever, he was like a child of mine,” said former Northeastern Coach Calhoun in the documentary. “I remember Reggie hitting game winners. I remember Reggie being drafted. I remember Reggie being captain of the Celtics. I remember so much positive and great things about Reggie Lewis that nothing in this world can ever take that away from me, until the day Idie.”

“You know, people just don’t understand — life can be taken away from you just that quickly,” said former teammate Bogues in the film. “He reached the highest pinnacle that he had envisioned for himself which was the NBA. I just miss him.”

Starting the story back in Baltimore where Reggie’s basketball days began and journeying through time to that unforgettable day on July 27th, 1993, Comcast SportsNet will tell the story that has never been fully told in this exclusive documentary.

Immediately following the documentary, Comcast SportsNet will feature a special live edition of Sports Sunday which will be Reggie Lewis themed and will feature a cast of panelists talking about Reggie’s life.  The panel will include Ordway and Michael Holley, among others, discussing Reggie’s history, his rise to fame, and “what could have been”.

Additionally, CSNNE.com will feature exclusiveweb-only content surrounding the 20th anniversary of Reggie’s death and will offer viewers and opportunity to provide online feedback about both Reggie and the documentary.  For viewers outside of the Comcast SportsNet New England viewing area, they can watch the program on CSNNE.com as well.

Following are some of the people from Reggie’s life who are included and interviewed in the documentary:

Players and Coaches:

Jim Calhoun – Northeastern – Head Coach (1972-1986)

Dee Brown – Boston Celtics – Guard (1990-1998) Celtics Teammate 1990-1993

David Wingate – Charlotte Hornets – Forward (1992-1995) (teammate at Dunbar High)

Muggsy Bogues – Charlotte Hornets – Point Guard (1988-1997) (teammate at Dunbar High)

Kendall Gill – Charlotte Hornets – Small Forward (1990-1993)

Karl Fogel – Northeastern – Head Coach (1986-1994)

Bob Wade – Dunbar High School – Head Coach (1976-1986)

Relatives and Acquaintances:

Inez “Peggy” Ritch – Reggie’s Mother

Sheron Hughes – Reggie’s Sister

Michael Bivins – Hip-Hop / R&B Artist

Celtics Officials and Broadcasters:

Jan Volk – Boston Celtics – General Manager (1984-1997)

Jeff Twiss – Boston Celtics – VP of Media Relations (1981-present)

Dr. Arnold Scheller – Boston Celtics – Team Physician (1987-2005)

Tommy Heinsohn – Celtics Color Commentator

Bob Neumeier – Sportscaster

Mike Gorman – Celtics Broadcaster

Journalists, etc:

Bob Ryan – Sports Columnist

Jackie MacMullan – Sports Columnist

Dan Shaughnessy – Boston Globe – Sports Columnist

Ron Suskind – Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist (Wall Street Journal)

Andrew Brandt – ProServ Sports Representative (1986-1992)

Sgt. James Crowley – Former Brandeis University Police Officer

Late Night With Mike Napoli

The Red Sox and Yankees played until almost 1:00 am last night, going back and forth until Mike Napoli won the game in the bottom of the 11th inning with a solo home run for the 8-7 win.

Napoli’s 11th-inning home run gives Sox 8-7 win – Sean McAdam has a look at an up and down night for the first baseman, who had two home runs, but also two strikeouts and killing a rally by grounding into a double-play with the bases loaded in the eighth.

Red Sox keep good times rolling – Gordon Edes has Napoli ending an “exhausting, exhilarating, maddening, compelling, interminable, sloppy, surprising and dramatic” game with his homer.

Talented Rays a big test for the Red Sox – Nick Cafardo has the red-hot Rays coming into Fenway looking for some payback.

Extension rumors show Red Sox, Pedey meant to last – Michael Silverman looks at what the possible long-term extension means.

Clay Buchholz to meet Dr. James Andrews – Pete Abraham’s notebook has the Sox pitcher going to see the specialist. Buchholz, the faker, is likely looking to see if a burning desire to win can be surgically implanted into himself.

Things to watch at Patriots camp – With New England starting training camp at the end of this week, Mike Reiss takes a look at some things to look out for.

Counting out the Pats after a tumultuous offseason? You might want to rethink that – The new Peter King website, themmqb.com launched today, and former Globe NFL writer Greg A Bedard has his first piece up this morning, a look at the Patriots ability to and history of blocking out distractions.