Afternoon Quicklinks

A few links to share this afternoon:

Q&A With Patriots LB Tyrone McKenzie – Chris Warner scores an interview with the Patriots third-round pick of a year ago, who was injured in rookie camp, and missed all of 2009. If you’ve forgotten his story, it’s worth reviewing.

No Harm, No Foul With Nomar – My column in the Metro, written yesterday, hoping to get out in front of all the toxic waste spewed this morning.

A Tale of Two Dans – The blog YFSF (YanksFan/SoxFan) weighs in on Shaughnessy.

Do the right thing – ESPN Ombudsman Don Ohlmeyer weighs in on the Tony Kornheiser suspension, and the Tiger Woods coverage.

06.04.09 Afternoon

Due to conflicts with actual work, Bob Ekstrom’s Blog Links will not appear this week…

If you thought that the Patriots/Jets circus would simmer down a little after Eric Mangini was fired, think again. Rex Ryan is hear, and he’s not going to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings. Yes, he actually did say that. Check Patriots Daily for the transcript of the new Jets coach’s interview on WFAN yesterday, plus a little commentary.

After getting the NFL Network on board in its digital classic tier, Comcast has now moved NBA TV there as well. According to Sports Business Daily, this will add 8.8 million subs to the channel’s distribution, pushing it to more than 23 million. NBA Commish David Stern has said he hopes to get the channel to more than 40 million eventually.

The Red Sox are playing the Tigers as well speak. All sorts of ways to keep up with the game, from Dan Shaughnessy on the Extra Bases blog, to Amalie Benjamin on Twitter.  

Mike Reiss had a Patriots chat on today. Reiss, by the way, is scheduled to be an in-studio guest on NFL Network tomorrow.

Don’t forget, tonight is also the season three premiere of Burn Notice. You can still enter to win a Burn Notice giveaway by leaving a comment on Monday’s post.

Three Lunchtime Quick Links

Three columns to check out over lunch:

Curt Schilling goes after Dan Shaughnessy. Again. With great effectiveness.

Gary Andrew Poole with the Columbia Journalism Review has a very interesting piece on how sports writing can recapture its relevance.

Eric Dorval makes the case for Jim Rice’s Hall of Fame candidacy on

And a NESN note:

This Friday is the 30th anniversary of the Bobby Orr Retirement Ceremony when the Bruins raised # 4 to the rafters of the Boston Garden in a pre-game ceremony before an exhibition game against a team from the Soviet Union. The ceremony originally aired on TV 38 on 1/9/1979 and NESN will, for the first time, re-air this half-hour ceremony in its entirety on Saturday, January 10th at 9:00 PM.