Another big night for Boston. 3 games, 3 wins. First of all, it seems the outage on Fox Sports NE was limited to the seacoast area of NH-ME. Viewers in Massachusetts had no such issues. The feed was not restored until close to 11:00 PM during some post-game activities. The picture going out was during the streak in the 4th when they fell behind, and was about the same time Kyle McLaren decked Richard Zednick. During the Red Sox game yesterday, WEEI.com also had it’s on air stream going for at least the first 3 innings of the game. It’s supposed to be cut off and only MLB subscribers able to listen, but we’re not going to complain about being able to hear Pedro.
Sports pages are busy this morning. The legendary Red Fisher calls McLaren’s hit “The mother of all cheap shots” Kevin Paul Dupont says the rivalry is once again bitter. Steve Buckly somehow manages to compare McLaren to Carl Everett.
Dan Shaughnessy thinks he’s back in the old Garden. Bob Ryan says Pierce is a good guy to have on your side“. Ya think, Bob? NBA Commish David Stern claims to be happy that the Celtics are back. Stephen A. Smith reports that after the game Celtics broadcaster Cedric Maxwell made a throat-slashing gesture and declared the series over.
Jim Baker examines the trend of putting sportswriters all over the airwaves. He suggests that they are on because they’re cheap programming. TV’s answer to Sports Talk Radio.
Oh yeah, Pedro pitched a one-hitter and struck out 10 in 7 innings yesterday. Gordon Eades says he’s back in perfect rhythm. It speaks volumes of how far things have come, that Pedro’s comeback isn’t top news these days.
Instead of talking about all this sports action last night, D&C is devoting multiple segments to Michael Chiklis, appearing in studio. The Massachusetts native and star of the “Commish” is currently starring in the FX series “The Shield”. While Chiklis is interesting, WEEI is a “sports” station, and after last night, you’d think they would stick to what they’re supposed to be all about. People want to talk sports this morning. Should be interesting to see what spin Dale and Neumy put on the McLaren hit, as you know they’ll devote much of their 4 hour shift to it.
Seems the people at Fox Sports NE had some problems up in Southern NH during the 4th quarter of the Celtics game tonight. Big Problems. No picture. Seemed to coincide with the Celtics hitting a cold streak in the the 4th. With the game blacked out on TNT, there was no picture available to Celtics fans during the biggest game in years. If you had digital cable, you could tune to NBA.comTV and at least hear the TNT audio.
A lot of time this morning on WEEI is devoted to the National Anthem “scandal” in Montreal. It’s thought by some that the rendition of the U.S. Anthem played before the Bruins/Canadiens Tuesday was done sub par and notes missed on purpose. They’ve even replayed the US anthem and the anthem for Canada that were played and compared them, and there does seem to be a difference in quality. Whether it was done intentionally is another story. It seems unlikely that something like that could be done. The fear expressed is that something in “retaliation” could be done in game 5 back at the Fleet.
A babbling appearance by Bill Walton affirms his place as the weirdest figure (should that read “eccentric”?) in broadcasting. He went on and on, waxing poetically about the Celtics, Larry Bird, The Dead, His sons, his injuries, his current tour of 30 NBA games in 30 days, and living in Boston.
Another big Boston sports day is on tap. Starting with Pedro Martinez attempting to snap a two game Sox losing streak in Baltimore. Game starts at 3:00 on Fox 25. Then we have both the Celtics and Bruins in critical playoff matches. It might be reasonably safe to say whomever wins each of these games tonight is going to win the series. Catch the Bruins in Montreal on NESN at 7:00 and the Celtics at home on Fox Sports New England and TNT at 8:00.
I was watching the WB56 Sportscast last night, and the lead for the sports was the Red Sox with the big captions “Wheels are falling off”. Just a tad cynical. The team drops two games in a row, both of which ended with the tying or winning run at bat or on deck, and the “wheels are falling off”? This is a typical example of how the Boston media loves to stir up the fans and be negative. The team is off to a tremendous start, I don’t understand the need for this sort of thing.
A Parade…Marching Bands…School let out early…Buffalo LOVES Drew. Ralph Wilson speaks to roaring crowds welcoming Bledsoe to Buffalo, telling Drew he’s “given the whole area a spark.” Presented him with his official number 11 jersey…Bledsoe comes to the microphone…a very exciting day for him and his family, has always admired the Buffalo Bills and their organization. His first regular season game was in Buffalo, coming full circle now, hopes to end his career there, enjoyed his 9 years with the Patriots, his treatment there and experience and now looking forward to the next stage of his career. He’s coming there for one reason…to win football games.
Questions from reporters…comparing coming into the league as a rookie with joining this Bills team. Drew thinks this situation is better, the Bills are better than those early Patriots teams…When the trade happened, he was in the Hospital with his son, and there was a “range of emotions” Very excited when he found out he was going to be a Bill…Feels great to be wanted coming in here after not being able to get his starting job back last season…Had confidence all along that he would end up in a good situation, that’s as far as he’ll comment about the trade process…Extremely excited to get back on the field, know’s he can still play at a high level, can’t wait to answer critics (Read:Belichick) …refused to talk about comments made by NE players regarding certain things Brady brought to the team that Drew didn’t….said the answer he’s going to give is his play on the field…a ton of talent on that Buffalo team, he welcomes the high expectations, expects the team to win alot of games and expects to be held to a very high standard of play…looks to be “very successful very quickly”…Thinks the weapons the Bills have are probably more than the Patriots have….defenses can’t take away one guy and stop the team….no lasting effects from injury last year…then the media was dismissed to go out to the “rally”
This was all broadcast on WEEI
NFL Films will be producing an additional special video just for Patriots fans.
“We thought that a record half million copies of our Super Bowl XXXVI highlight would satisfy the hunger that Patriots fans have for their team,
Bob Ryan has a well done tribute to Dick Schaap, who will be honored posthumously at the True Heroes of Sports Awards Banquet. Schaap, a giant in the world of Sports Media did not confine his interests or talents to just sports. He