Wednesday Quicklinks

On Patriots Daily this afternoon, Tyler Carter examines Matt Cassel’s first fouth quarter comeback.

The Patriots got two pieces of good news today, first the news came out that Vince Wilfork will not be suspended by the league and then LaMont Jordan returned to practice.

On the new-look BSMW Full Court Press, we’ve got a look at ESPN’s fascination with crowning the Lakers as NBA champs this season, and their decidedly flimsy reasons for doing so.

Brett Myers is still a scumbag, though I’m sure Dennis and Callahan still feel that Manny Ramirez is more of one.

Sports Media News has Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the Celtics/Cavs game last night. 

Tony Massarotti says that Tony Allen is very happy to put last season behind him.

McCarver A Hero Among Boston Sports Media

Tim McCarver, roundly mocked by the Boston sports media in the past for his work on the FOX baseball broadcasts, is now their new hero for his comments about Manny Ramirez as recorded by Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“It’s extraordinary – the dichotomy between what he was in Boston and what he is in Los Angeles,” McCarver said. “I mean, talk about wearing out your welcome in a town, and it was a long welcome with the Red Sox. But some of the things he did were simply despicable, despicable – like not playing, refusing to play. Forgetting what knee to limp on. And now it’s washed, it’s gone.”

Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus has a rebuttal to McCarver’s quote.

Hey, some guy named Bruce Allen is analyzing the Patriots/Chargers game with the NBC Football Night in America crew. (And its not the Tampa Bay Bucs GM.)

Nice article in the Baltimore Sun: Ex-Colts connecting again. It about legendary Colts receiver (and former Patriots coach) Raymond Berry reconnecting with Leroy Vaughn (Mo’s father) after the two were rookie teammates on the Colts over 50 years ago.

Comcast SportsNet has their Celtics broadcast schedule for the new season. The big news is that for the first time in 28 years, Tom Heinsohn will only be doing the home games with partner Mike Gorman. Donny Marshall will go on the road with Gorman, and Heinsohn will remain in the studio for those games. Greg Dickerson will again serve as the sideline reporter. All games this season are in HD.

Tony’s Top 5 reasons to root for a Sox-Dodgers World Series. Tony’s all about the Stoooorry Lines. Not whether the games would actually be good or not. I’m rooting hard for that series NOT to happen. I want either team in the series, but not both.

I’m occasionally accused of ignoring Boston College athletics, and I’ll plead guilty to that charge, not because of lack of desire, but a lack of time. Here are two good blogs for keeping up with BC, first, Eagle in Atlanta wonders if BC could host the ESPN Gameday set on October 18th. A second blog is BC All Access.

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Afternoon Update

Sporting News Cover The Sporting News has named Boston as the best sports city in America for the fourth time in seven years.

Interesting article by Jack Curry in The New York Times today about how the Red Sox knew the suicide squeeze attempt was coming last night. The Angels had tried it on Manny Delcarmen before…Tom Verducci says not to blame Mike Scioscia for the failure of the play. Gordon Edes has the Angels getting squeezed right out of the playoffs.

Here are a couple of relatively new blogs by local sportswriters, first there is Flynn’s Spin, by Douglas Flynn, who says that his intention is “going more for an opinion-based and hopefully occasionally humorous take on things, trying to come up with some offbeat ideas as well as insight and analysis rather than just posting who’s practicing or who’s in the starting lineup kind of thing.” It will have a Patriots and Bruins flavor, as those are the teams that Flynn covers the most, but he plans to weigh in on the Red Sox and Celtics as well.

Patriot Ledger football writer Eric McHugh has also launched the Ledger Pats Blog, which is naturally devoted to the Patriots, a team he can speak with authority about, as he covers them on a daily basis.  

Here are the Turner-released Notes from TBS’ Coverage of yesterday’s games.

From those notes:

(Buck) Martinez on Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester playing in the World Series in his first outing after battling cancer: “Last year when (Lester) was given the start in game four of the Worlds Series everything was the first. His first game back, his first start, his first postseason start, his first opportunity. Now he’s a regular, now he’s a pitcher again. He’s more than a cancer survivor, he’s an ace on a very good staff.”

Does Martinez think that Lester’s World Series start last October was his first of the season?

Boston sports tickets are in demand.

Ken Rosenthal says that the BoSox are baseball’s consummate winners

Mike Celizic says that Red Sox/Rays is going to add some juice to the postseason. Gerry Fraley says that the Red Sox are just another division foe to the Rays.

Tom E. Curran says that the Cowboys are missing some spine.

National Views

A few quick national views for the mid-morning…

Peter King is back with another edition of Monday Morning QB. The Patriots move up to number 6 on King’s Fine Fifteen.

Michael Silver looks at a rejuvenated Kurt Warner in his Morning Rush column.

John Clayton leads off his Last Call with a look at the 5-0 Tennessee Titans.

Clark Judge has his week five NFL judgements.

Cold, Hard Football Facts has a look at Bill Parcells’ latest reclamation project, the Miami Dolphins, who appear to be ahead of schedule.

Gordon Edes looks at the Angels finally breaking through against the Red Sox.

Jerry Crasnick has the Angels managing to win a game against the Red Sox despite still having not brought out their “A” game in this series.

Tony DeMarco in analyzing the Angels victory, gets a little bullet-point happy.

Danny Knobler says that this Angels victory could be a sign of things to come.

Jeff Goodman says that the Red Sox injuries could come back to hurt them in this series.

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A Rainy Friday Megalinks Session

Ken from Fang’s Bites with you again. With it raining heavily here in New England, nothing much is going on, so it’s time to give you your regular Friday megalinks.

As usual, we go over your Weekend Viewing Picks.

Baseball’s last weekend of the regular season is going down to the wire with pennant and wild card races. Now weather permitting, the Yankees and Red Sox play their final regular season games this weekend. Of course, Johnny Pesky’s retirement ceremony has been postponed to Sunday and I doubt tonight’s game will go off at all, but you never know with the Red Sox. If the game is played as scheduled, it’ll be at 7. Fox has tomorrow’s game at 3:55 p.m. with former TV-38 Red Sox voice Dick Stockton teamed with NESN’s Jerry Remy, then NESN will carry Sunday’s game at 1:30 p.m., all this of course, weather permitting.

As for the national TV partners, ESPN carries its final MLB game of the season, Cubs-Brewers tonight at 8. Fox has coverage of four games on Saturday, including Yankees-Red Sox. The entire slate and announcing assignments can be seen here.

TBS has Mets-Marlins, Sunday at 1 p.m.

College Football has some interesting games now that #1 USC was upset on Thursday by Oregon State. One of the better matchups takes place in the SEC with Alabama visiting Georgia on ESPN at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday. The College Football Viewing Picks will help you to sort out your schedule for a rainy Saturday.

The NFL goes into its first real bye week and it leaves us with a slim picking of games. Yes, there’s the AARP Bowl between Arizona and the Jets, with a matchup of older QB’s, Kurt Warner vs. Brett Favre and the lone late afternoon game will be on Fox, as Washington travels to Dallas at 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Of course, the NFL Viewing Picks has everything you need to know about announcing teams, coverage maps, DirecTV channel assignments and Sirius Satellite Radio channel assignments.

The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup culiminates this weekend with the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Golf Channel and NBC team up for coverage on Saturday and Sunday. Golf Channel takes the morning coverage Saturday at 10 and Sunday at 11. NBC then takes over at noon Saturday and then at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Golf Channel has same day coverage of the LPGA’s Navistar Classic, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

NASCAR’s Camping World RV 400 will be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. on ABC.

The Formula 1 circuit heads to Asia for the Singapore Grand Prix which Speed will have Sunday morning at 7:30.

Now to your links:

National

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says Fox has two games missing from its MLB schedule for Saturday.

The Sports Media Watch says one businessman is suggesting that Saturday’s Alabama-Georgia game be postponed. The SMW has some football names and notes. And the blog has some stuff on ESPN.

Christopher Byrne’s Eye on Sports Media blog has the first of a mult-part look at the setup of ESPN’s College Gameday at the University of Georgia campus this weekend.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell crunches the numbers from USC’s upset at the hands of Oregon State and finds that both schools may have made money on the deal.

Joe Favorito appreciates the planning behind the Montreal Canadiens’ centennial celebration for this season.

Erin Andrews Sexy Time. Deadspin is all over it.

East and Mid-Atlantic

David Scott goes in-depth into Red Sox beat reporter Sean McAdam’s departure from the Providence Journal and joining the Boston Herald.

Because of the recent migration by several Boston sports reporters, fearless leader Bruce Allen put together a Media Movement Scorecard.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe talks with NESN Bruins voice Jack Edwards.

The great Neil Best of Newsday touches upon a bunch of subjects in his Friday column including catching up with the stenographer who does the closed captionining for the Mike Francesa show on YES. Neil has a bit more with the stenographer in his blog. And Neil says Mets manager Jerry Manuel could hold a clinic on media relations.

The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick remembers the late New York Giants radio analyst Dick Lynch.

The Post’s Justin Terranova talks with ESPN’s Jesse Palmer and ESPN/ABC’s Craig James about Alabama-Georgia. Justin has five questions for SNY’s Ron Darling.

The constantly bitter and increasingly angry Bob Raissman wonders why the Mets aren’t on Fox tomorrow.

Laura Nachman says Phillies announcer Tom McCarthy has been tapped to do the Nationals-Phillies game for Fox on Saturday.

Over to the Baltimore Sun’s Ray Frager who writes that ESPN’s Ron Jaworski is impressed with the Ravens’ offense.

Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner writes that former DC sports radio talk show host John Riggins returns to Sirius NFL Radio starting today. And in the Baltimore Examiner, Jim writes that Fox NFL analyst Brian Billick feels his former team, the Ravens could make the playoffs.

Midwest

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press says FSN Detroit followed Red Wings forward Dan Cleary as he took the Stanley Cup to his native Newfoundland over the summer.

Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald grades the city’s baseball TV and radio announcers.

Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Fox’s Daryl Johnston likes Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the new sports radio station in town won’t stoop to low brow humor.

Jeffrey Flanagan of the Kansas City Star says last Sunday’s Chiefs-Falcons game was the lowest in the market dating back to 2001.

South

Doug Nye from The State says the TV ratings prove that the NFL is as popular as ever.

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson talks about TBS tinkering with its MLB postseason coverage this season.

The Orlando Sentinel’s Dave Darling talks with Tampa Bay Rays voice Andy Freed (formerly of the Pawtucket Red Sox) about the team’s amazing rise to the playoffs.

Eric Crawford of the Louisville Courier-Journal feels ESPN should end its Friday night college football games.

Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says ESPN has jumped on the Dallas Cowboys’ bandwagon.

David Barron from the Houston Chronicle tells us that Astros radio voice Dave Raymond will be working on the radio during the offseason.

Mel Bracht from The Oklahoman says FSN Big 12 analyst Gary Reasons will be on the field for the TCU-Oklahoma game tomorrow. Mel discusses ESPN’s plans for a 23 hour college basketball season opening marathon in October. And Mel has his weekend viewing picks.

West

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News says more and more Utah Jazz games are heading to cable and off free TV.

Jay Posner in the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the Padres radio broadcast team will remain intact for 2009. Jay also has the ratings from San Diego over the last week.

John Maffei of the North County Times is happy that Vin Scully is returning to the Dodgers for his 60th season.

Jim Carlisle in the Ventura County Star says the TBS’ staff feels the Dodgers despite their record cannot be taken lightly.

From the Los Angeles Times, Steve Springer writes that a local sports radio host is now looking for work.

Tom Hoffarth from the Los Angeles Daily News says coming up next week, the Tampa Bay Rays won’t be hidden from the national spotlight anymore. Tom has the first part of his media notes in his Farther Off the Wall blog. And here’s part 2 of his notes.

Gary Washburn of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says ESPN/ABC college football analyst Ed Cunningham is one of a handful of former NFL lineman who have lost weight to change his quality of life.

Canada

William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail looks at the Boston Globe’s new weekly sports publication.

Digital Home Canada says CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Radio returns to Sirius Satellite Radio on Monday.

The Montreal Gazette says CBC has added 10 Montreal Canadiens games to its Hockey Night in Canada schedule.

The Canadian Press says CTV/TSN has recorded a new version of the Hockey Theme which until last season, played the beginning of every Hockey Night in Canada game on CBC. And a preview can be heard at the TSN.ca site.

That’s it for now. Stay dry over the weekend.

Monday Roundup

Peter King has the Patriots still in the top 10 of his Fine 15 in Monday Morning Quarterback.

In Morning Rush, Michael Silver lauds Joey Porter as an athlete who actually tells you what he’s thinking.

John Clayton also goes around the NFL.

Sean Leahy looks at Week 3 in the NFL for USA Today.  

Clark Judge welcomes Bill Belichick back to earth.

John Czarnecki thinks that the Patriots might be in for a long season.

Tim Graham says that the dominant and defiant Patriots of the past few years are dead.

Mike Florio says that the Cowboys are now the clear Super Bowl favorites.

Ron Borges (yeah, him again) says that the media coverage of Tom Brady’s injury has been too much.

Yesterday Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union Tribune did his own “Mitchell Report” type list of NFL players who have used performance enhancing drugs. Rodney Harrison is the only Patriot connected to the list.

Here are your weekly notes wrapups from the TV networks:

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes – Week 3 (ESPN)

NFL Today’s Boomer Talks Turmoil in Cincinnati with Carson Palmer (CBS)

Bradshaw on Leinart: “He Should Be Starting But He Acted Like a Diva.” (FOX)

News and Sound Bites From Week Three Episode of NFL GameDay Morning (NFLN)

Notes from Sunday MLB on TBS – Sunday, September 21, 2008 (TBS – Red Sox/Blue Jays coverage with Dennis Eckersley)

Notes From Sunday’s Coverage

So, has the national media figured out yet that the Patriots have plenty of good players not named Tom Brady on the roster? Think they’ve realized yet that this team is going to be pretty good (better than the Jets I would bet) this season?

A run through the pre-game shows yesterday looked this way:

On FOX, Michael Strahan pronounced that “The Patriots Were Exposed During the Super Bowl.” He said that even without the injury to Brady, the AFC was going to be wide open this season.

On CBS’ NFL Today,  Shannon Sharpe pronounced the Jets the new favorites in the AFC East, while Bill Cowher picked the Bills.

On ESPN, Keyshawn Johnson took on Tom Jackson’s assertion that the New England offense was in trouble since 95% of it was designed for Tom Brady. Jackson also said that it was a “fallacy” to believe the Patriots could get to the Super Bowl without Brady.

There was plenty of Brett Favre love on NFL Network.

Michael McCarthy says that reports of the Patriots demise were exaggerated.

Tom Curran has the motivated Patriots teaching the Jets and media a lesson.

Michael Lombardi and Pete Prisco hand out some week two grades.

With the Red Sox on TBS nationally yesterday, announcers Chip Caray and Buck Martinez had plenty to say during the game.

Michael Silver goes around the NFL in his Morning Rush.

09.08.08 Afternoon

A few links while we await word at Bill Belichick’s 3:00pm press conference about the latest on Tom Brady’s injured knee…

In a Patriots Daily afternoon post, Britt Schramm says that, it might be In Brady, We Trust. But for now, it’s In Cassel, We Pray.

Chad Finn takes a look at what many of the national pundits are saying about the loss of Brady for the Patriots. One that Finn didn’t mention is Michael Silver and his Morning Rush column.

Pink Hat Hell has the latest recap of Sox Appeal.

Tony Massarotti says that in this series against the Rays, we’ll find out whether the Red Sox are serious about winning the decision, or are more concerned about getting into the postseason first. He also asks the obvious: Can Belichick win without Brady?

Cold Hard Football Facts tells us that the Patriots might be losing the single most important player in the history of the game. Football Outsiders has an interesting discussion on the impact of the Brady injury in their Audibles At The Line feature. Jonathan Comey tries to get some historical perspective on what Brady’s injury means.

Tom Curran says that the Patriots should’ve been better prepared for this situation. Dick Vermeil says not to count out the Patriots just yet.

Would Patriots fans cheer if Peyton Manning or Brett Favre went down?

Gordon Edes says that the Rays are coming into Fenw struggling at the exact wrong time.

The Pundit Review blog has an interview with Traci Taylor, the widow of James W. Taylor Jr., who was profiled last week by Stan Grossfeld in the Globe.

Bob Ryan says we shouldn’t worry about the Patriots…it’s still baseball season.

The Celtics will make seven appearances on NBA TV this season.

8.25.08 Afternoon

A few quick links for this Monday afternoon:

Tom Brady told Dennis and Callahan that he expects to be ready for the season opener, and wanted to play Saturday night, but it was a coaches decision to hold him out. Mike Reiss reports that Brady and Matt Light were both at practice today.

Peter King has plenty of New England references and items sprinkled among this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback.

Jason Cole had an interesting article this weekend about Tom Brady, and how on many plays, his receivers aren’t even sent on specific routes…a lot of the plays are freelanced.

Albert Breer has an extensive interview with Bill Belichick in the latest print edition of the all new Sporting News. This link is some material that didn’t make it into the article.

Ron Borges says that it’s still a little early to be worried about the Patriots.

Pete Prisco says that Brett Favre makes the AFC East a little more interesting, but the Patriots are still lock to win the division – as long as Tom Brady is standing.

Michael Felger has this week’s Patriots report card.

Jeff Goodman isn’t a fan of the Celtics signing of Darius Miles.

Pink Hat Hell has the recap of Sox Appeal, episode 4.

John Donovan looks at this week’s Red Sox/Yankees series, and the possibility that both teams could miss the postseason this year.

Michael Hiestand analyzes the Olympic ratings.

08.13.08 Afternoon

A trip around the afternoon stories:

Chad Finn has Kevin Youkilis arriving as a legitimate star.

Peter Gammons did a Q&A on Boston.com today.

Andy Hart has an Ask PFW Mailbag on Patriots.com

Gregg Easterbrook makes it through his first Tuesday Morning Quarterback with only a passing mention of you-know-what.

Don Banks says former BC QB Matt Ryan will likely be the opening day starter for the Falcons.

Tim Graham ponders whether John Lynch (who visited the Patriots today) would be a good fit for New England.

Lesley Visser gets a rare (for these days) interview with Bill Parcells.

Gordon Edes has David Ortiz quieting concerns about his wrist with his power display last night.

Albert Breer visits Bills camp as Buffalo sets their aim on moving closer to the Patriots in the standings.

Marty Burns has his first Eastern Conference rankings, with the Celtics still on top.