Afternoon Update

Couple of blogs and recent missives from some media critics to check out on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.

Dave Scott checks in on witih Scott’s Shots while John Molori’s Media Blitz column features Andrea Kremer.

Over the past few months I’ve found Chadd Finn’s Touching All the Bases to be a must read. Another blogger from Vacationland, Steve Mistler on his Outsde the Hub blog tosses his four cents in on Johnny Damon’s return. Sheriff Sully offers up his five most painful losses as a Boston sports fan. Lastly, the grandaddy of ‘em all, Bill Simmons, attempts to explain fantasy baseball to his wife in his latest column for The Magazine.

For those who haven’t read Bruce’s latest on the “Best and Worst of the Boston Sports Media”, check out below.

Entercom Wins Out

There’s a new leader in the clubhouse for 2006 Sports Media Story of the Year (see 2005 results below). Contrary to earlier reports, it appears Entercom (owners of WEEI and WRKO) has retained the rights to the Red Sox broadcasts with the broadcasts likely to move to ‘RKO (680) on the AM dial. Jesse Noyes of the Herald and Ken Tucker of Billboard Radio Monitor have the initial reports.

Cartel or No Cartel. That is the Question.

A little internecine warfare among the “cartel” this morning. While some have suggested that Vince McMahon might be behind this battle, Dan Shaughnessy comes out swinging today regarding the Red Sox relatively late postponement of Tuesday night’s game versus the Yankees. Dennis & Callahan picked up on the theme in their relatively aggressive interview with Sox President Larry Lucchino this morning.

The more significant issue brought to the fore by both Shaughnessy and D&C was the Page 1 advertisement for the Red Sox new travel services feature in yesterday’s Boston Globe.

From Shaughnessy

Speaking of no-win propositions, we've got a problem here at Daddy Globe. Those of you not living in caves know by now that the New York Times Co. owns us, and also owns 17 percent of the Red Sox. This conflict of interest taints everything we do on these pages and the Globe looks especially compromised on days like yesterday when we ran a Page 1 story entitled, ''Hit the road with the Sox and get . . ."Yesterday's journalistic wet kiss included a nifty graphic detailing exactly what Sox fans get if they purchase an official team VIP road trip package. The story contained no inside info that couldn't be gleaned by a fan with access to the Internet, but the timing was abysmal and the packaging worse. By any measurement, this was a Red Sox infomercial, a front-page story guaranteed to embolden those who believe the Globe is part of a Red Sox Cartel and certain to make life more difficult for Messrs. Snow, Edes, and all others who toil tirelessly to bring balanced coverage to our readers.

Notably, the Globe columnist uses the same metaphor (“wet kiss”) employed yesterday by blogging media critic Dan Kennedy with his quick take on the Globe feature. Boston Phoenix media critic Mark Jurkowitz also jumped into the fray. Kennedy follows up on the Shaughnessy angle today.

One loyal reader of the site made note of another phrase Shaughnessy chose to turn this morning.

Whatever happened to peanuts, Cracker Jacks, and Fenway Franks? You won't hear ''Kill the ump!" or ''Yankees suck!" in the EMC Club. It goes something more like, ''Pardon me, could you pass the Grey Poupon?"

With a quick search, the reader found the following from the Globe scribe:

Oct 3. 2003
Indeed, there was a decided dearth of acrimony. Saturday’s rowdiness yielded to “Could you pass the Grey Poupon?” as Sox fans remained under control and the ballplayers behaved professionally.

Aug 16, 2002
Civilization has come to Foxborough. Football games in New England used to mean “hide the women and children.” Now it’s “Praise the Pats and pass the Grey Poupon>.”

May 21, 1999
The bleachers last night had that old-timey, World Cup/hooligan atmosphere. So what will happen in the next ballyard? Will there be fights in the stands, or will Boston-New York rivals take on a “Pardon Me, Do You Have Any Grey Poupon?” attitude when the games are played in a clean, spacious, modern facility?

January 12, 1998
And, given the friendliness between the teams (there are 49ers with connections to the Pack, and vice versa), there was a “Pardon-Me-Do-You-Have-Any-Grey-Poupon?” atmosphere.

April 20, 1997
How boring. No board-room bloodletting. No Draft Day Altamont. No Parcells playing Keith Moon and kicking down doors. This time it was just the polite Carroll turning to Kraft and saying, “Pardon me, could you pass the Grey Poupon?”

May 8, 1995
There he was again, failing to be a braggart or a jerk. Lemieux is far too calm and thoughtful for this role as Hub Hockey Bad Boy. Next thing you know, he’ll be asking us if we have any Grey Poupon. No wonder everybody hates this guy.

Nov 20, 1994
We had none of that here in Allston-by-the-Charles. We Are At The Grey Poupon Bowl, also known as Harvard-Yale, also known at ”The Game.”

Aug 14 1993
Before Darwin left in the seventh, we saw Rickey take a called third strike, ground to third and fly out to left. Darwin stared at Henderson for a long time after the fly ball in the fifth, but none of Darwin’s pitches came close to Rickey. Instead of chin music followed by a flurry of expletives, we got “Pardon Me, Do You Have Any Grey Poupon?”

Ouch.

Sunday Morning Alert

The Artist formerly known as the Boston Sports Guy, Bill Simmons, crosses into the mainstream with today’s feature by Warren St. John in the New York Times Fashion & Style section. In Scott’s Shots, Dave Scott has a brief comment on the topic.

While you’re over at the New York Times, Murray Chass, in the role of the late Johnie Cochrane, continues his defense of Larry Lucchino. I’d like to avoid any references to any type of cartel, and its likely just a relationship between the two, but, either way, I found it a little unusual to have a column like this in a New York paper. The rough equivalent would be a column from Gordon Edes defending George Steinbrenner’s, or even Randy Levine’s, handling of Joe Torre. Certainly, I could picture Edes providing a synopsis of the goings on in New York but to dig this deep into the topic (including interviewing the candidates who declined the opportunity) in order to make sure everyone is clear that it had nothing to do with Lucchino fuels further questions regarding the Sox administration’s overall emphasis on “spin control” (which, if I’ve correctly digested all the ink spilled on the topic, was the underlying reason behind Theo Epstein’s departure).

A few other notable links from today: (from Bruce)

Tony Massarotti reports that the Red Sox are bidding against the Rangers for Marlins ace Josh Beckett.

BSMW Game Day previews today’s Saints/Patriots game. Check in with Mike Reiss for updates throughout the day. Jim McCabe has a look at the season of turmoil for the Saints. Tom E Curran has a profile of Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

CBS4 WILL show the Colts/Bengals game at 4:00 after all. They just announced it on the Patriots Gameday Show at 11:30.

Mark Murphy has a good profile of Celtics guard Delonte West this morning. Check the BSMW Full Court Press for recent Celtics commentary.

The BSMW Power Play has thoughts on the recent Bruins trade of Dave Scatchard.

Check the New York Sports News and Bay Area Sports for newspaper coverage from those areas.

Celts Pull One Out

As the Boston Sports Media Watch Fund Drive winds to a close, you can never forget the best nation in the world, the do-nation. Never too late to donate.

The Celtics picked up their fourth win against five losses last night at home against the winless Toronto Raptors. The 0-9 Raptors have some talent but enough weaknesses that a Celts team with weaknesses of their own could scratch out a win. Paul Pierce, Ricky Davis and Mark Blount were relatively consistent in leading the C

That One is Going to Sting a Little

Ouch. An exciting young Celtics team suffered a painful loss in Game 2 last night at home against the conference

Fall Back?? I Can’t Wait Another Hour for the Pats Game

It is a tough morning for those, including myself, who have chosen to focus all criticism on the Sox for suggestions Manny Ramirez might be traded. According to a report from Chris Snow in today

Some Cutdown Day Surprises

Check out Tom Curran

Beware of “the Turk”

A quiet 7-3 loss for the Townies last night as they opened a series at Fenway against the Orioles, a team that has become their nemesis in recent years. As has been their way recently, the Sox conceded their opponent a few early runs but, unlike the past three games with Tampa, the Sox bats were unable to make up the difference. The game was notable for the unusual mix of pitchers with Lenny Dinardo, replacing the suspended David Wells, making his first major league start followed by a couple of September callups and the return of Keith Foulke. The Herald

Got Pitching?

After a 9-8 win against the Tigers on Friday night and a 12-8 loss last night, coming home appears to have had its usual positive impact on the bats. No such luck with the pitching staff. With its 4.87 ERA, the staff is ranked 24th in the Major Leagues (11th in the AL) settled comfortably among the league’s weakest (and poorest) teams. In that the Sox are clearly the best offensive team in the majors, the team has somehow morphed into the late