Some NBA draft articles in

Some NBA draft articles in the papers this morning, Steve Bulpett focuses on the Celtics being unwilling to spend money. This years Celtics ride could be the best for some time unless the Celtics get very lucky. Other articles in both papers mainly focus on breaking down the prospects, none of which is really interesting to Boston fans unless the Celtics somehow swing a trade.

Speaking of Bulpett, reader Dave writes in:

You wrote this on Friday…

“OK…I realize that the Celtics do not have a first round pick. But is anyone trying to find if they’ve been working out any players? Perhaps a foreigner to take a flyer on, or some player with an injury (Sam Clancy) or troubled past (Lee Benson) who might slip down to them at #50?”

Almost as if in response to your questions, this blurb appears in Steve Bulpett’s article in today’s(yesterdays now) Herald (ya think he’s reading? naahh…)

First, he quotes Chris Wallace: “We’re not even bringing anybody in to work out.” Then Bulpett writes:

“Even if things were to turn out fortuitously for the Celtics in the draft, there is absolutely no expectation of assistance this year. Thus, the club is more than willing to take a flier on a player with question marks.”

Hmm…that wording sounds *awfully* familiar. Coincidence? 😉

I dunno, Dave.

Meanwhile, Manny returns tonight. “Duquette’s Folly”, as Bob Lobel dubbed him on Sports Final Sunday night, The Globe has articles by Bob Hohler and Joe Burris, while the Herald counters with Jeff Horrigan. Hohler’s is the best of the three, thus he gets the link. Michael Silverman drew the short straw and had to go cover John Henry William’s workout. At least the Herald has a picture of JHW carrying his own bag…something we know Roger Clemens wouldn’t do. Steve Buckley suggests a clown suit for JHW. Sean McAdam suggests things are looking up for the Sox. Bill Reynolds talks the Shaughnessy-induced doubters off of the bridge. Note to Sean and Bill…don’t you know all good members of the New England media are supposed to be writing about the “June Swoon” and that the curse has reared it’s ugly head again?

On a similar note… for those who love to insist about how often the Red Sox start fast and have had late season collapses, “Rough Carrigan” of the “Sons of Sam Horn” board gives a quick look at each of the last 20 Red Sox seasons.

John Molori broke the story yesterday of Dave Jageler being named Co-host with Eddie Andelman of the WWZN 12-3 show. Looks like it took 1510 less than 3 months to realize what Glen Ordway at WEEI figured out a long time ago. Eddie needs a straight man to keep him on-track. After discussions about Mexican food, wrestling and Senegal dominated recent shows, the need was apparent. Will Jageler be the new Dale Arnold?

I should have a page of Shaughnessy feedback up in the next week or so. Keep it coming in.

FOX25 has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00 (ATT3 in Western Mass) If I’m reading the Schedule right, it looks like the game will be on DirecTV and MLB Extra Innings as well. (FOX Ohio) TBS has Mets/Braves at 7:00.


Didn’t get to recap the

Didn’t get to recap the Sunday night shows, though I did tape a couple. Maybe later I’ll be able to put that up. No promises though.

Has the Boston Sports Guy, Bill Simmons gone Hollywood? If you look at Entertainment Weekly on page 106, (The issue with Bill’s hero, Keanu Reeves on the cover) you’ll see him profiled as the “IT Digital Online Sports Guy“. (thanks to superalbob for the scan)

Yes…the long awaited Shaughnessy Piece is up and ready for reading. The results of the latest poll here showed a Shaughnessy expose as the runaway winner for what readers wanted to see. While I wouldn’t exactly classify this piece as an “expose” it is rather revealing about him. The piece is also accessable in the right hand link column under “Features”

Some pretty good stuff in

Some pretty good stuff in the Sunday papers today. The Globe provides more coverage on the Darryl Kile tragedy, while the Herald only devotes one article to it. Michael Holley gives us a thoughtful article on it. Well done considering he likely didn’t have much time to put it together. Gordon Edes gives the interesting inside perspective about word of the tragedy spreading among the players during the game. Shawn Green came to plate and told Jason Varitek who turned and told the umpire.

Charlie Pierce has an article in the Boston Globe Magazine entitled “The Decline (and fall) of Baseball.” Lenny Megliola opines on John Henry Williams. Tom Curran skewers Drew Bledsoe. Sounds like Drew is reborn and it all of a sudden trying to be a verbal leader. If Bledsoe has a monster year this year, look for the comparision to Roger Clemens to be made in the media, mailing it in for the last years here, leaving and then recapturing past glory…

Tough day with the Darryl

Tough day with the Darryl Kile tragedy. Fox handled it quite well, keeping viewers updated while still showing all the action of the game. Tony Larussa appeared live with Joe Buck, who is still mourning his father, and was tearful and reflective. ESPNNews had live coverage of the press conferences of ones close to the situation. Cubs GM Andy McPhail, Cubs Manager Don Baylor and Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty were among those who spoke. Larry Walker was one of the most visibly distraught and went out and hit a homer and started tonight’s game 3-3. Ann Werner of ESPN did some really nice on location reporting in a tough situation. A totally professional, tasteful and somber effort.

Common, predictable themes through both

Common, predictable themes through both sports radio stations today. Manny and John Henry Williams. The JHW thing was so embarassing to the WWZN crew of Burton, Borges and Smith that they asked the callers to contribute to a collection of the most shameful, embarrassing events in sports. Among the suggestions: Eddie Gaedel–the midget batting, the US Olympic Hockey team trashing their facilities in ’98, Free beer night, Victor Kiam and the “Patriot Missles” comment, Zeke Mowatt, and many others.

FSNE’s show tonight gave the “Sons of Sam Horn” something to cheer about. Sam was on the panel along with his WSKO 790 broadcast partner Andy Gresh. Horn made the point that Manny isn’t making these decisions himself simply because he isn’t the type to speak up on something. Someone tells him to do something, he does it. As was mentioned here before, Sam was a teammate of Manny’s in AAA baseball…their team won the AAA World Series. On the JHW thing, Dickerson thinks the Red Sox didn’t do their homework and just don’t know what they’re in for here. He called JHW an “absolute fraud”.

On the WEEI Midday show

On the WEEI Midday show today, Dale Arnold talked about more renovations planned for Fenway. Apparently the new “dugout seats” on each side are going to be extended around and connect behind home plate. Even less foul ground in the ballpark. Another idea that is being kicked around is possibly dropping the playing field down by 18 inches. The idea behind this is to improve the sightlines for everyone in the park.

They had Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon on. He likes that there are Red Sox fans everywhere, all around the country in all the ballparks they’ve played in there have been tons of Red Sox fans, and it’s really cool When he was in Kansas City he was jealous of the Red Sox, that their fans were always showing up in the Royals ballpark. Asked about playing a big market team, if the added expectations and pressures and having many more reporters is something he or others like to avoid, Damon said he prefers winning. He said his biggest goal is winning a World Series. If you play for a big market team, you likely have more resources and are more likely to be a winner. The other stuff is something, dealing with the media more and so forth, is something that you have to accept if you want to be on a winner. Dale asked about his role in the clubhouse, he said the Red Sox were very nice to him, giving him a four year contract, and he’s been around 7 years now and knows alot about the game, and in Oakland, he learned to win, and a big factor was having a loose clubhouse, you can’t ever panic, and it’s been working here and he’s tried to contribute to that. Asked about Manny, it hasn’t bothered him. They need to have Manny ready to play at the big league level. He is looking forward to having him back in the four-hole and it’s important to make sure Manny is happy. He said sometimes they joke about it, that Manny is MIA, but they know he’s doing what he has to get back. As for as Pedro, last night he was so sharp and crisp, it was his best outing of the year. Asked about where he likes to hit in the lineup, he said he actually likes hitting second better. He said they have the best leadoff hitter in the history of the game in Rickey who can still get the job done and hitting after him and before Nomar is very comfortable. He is also very comfortable in the leadoff spot. Asked about whether he knew he’s hitting .429 against Hideo Nomo, Damon didn’t even know they were facing him tonight. He said he’s just been lucky against him, Nomo has been very tough. He just hopes to have continued success for himself and the team. He really hopes a strike does not happen, but he said Bud Selig does not want to talk. They’re open to talking, but Selig won’t, it’s almost like he wants to force them into action. They know it can be really damaging to the game. He really hopes that it doesn’t put a damper on the Red Sox season because they think this could be the year. He’s got the green light to steal at all times, but with all the good hitters behind him, he hasn’t taken as many chances this year yet.

They also had Dodgers GM Dan Evans on. Talked some about Vin Scully. Doesn’t use a color man is in the booth my himself in his mid 70’s, He’s a great guy, no one can say anything bad about him. In a poll last month he was voted the most popular Dodger of all time. Uses index cards, scours the newspapers for material to use in the broadcasts. Hideo Nomo has been consistent, just two or three shaky starts. Eric Gagne has been a great story as a closer. Didn’t have this velocity as a starter, but for 15-20 pitches a night, he can bring it Talked about Shawn Green, something like 20 homeruns in the last 30 games. Hottest player in the game. Evans wishes he could take credit for the Green/Mondesi trade, but it was a Kevin Malone deal. Laughed at the gaffe he made last night, forgetting how many outs there were. That led to a short discussion of Larry Walker and Casey Fossum mistakes too. Evans cracked sometimes you have to do that to keep the fans entertained.

Eddie Andelman has been broadcasting from the Barking Crab with Nick Cafardo. No one works a sponsor like Andelman. Not a whole lot of sports talk here today. The nation of Senegal is his theme of the day, along with some pretty lame comedians.

The Patriots have re-signed Roman Phifer. The media had this one right all along. Once the mandatory offseason conditioning program was over, he was back. This was so he could remain in California with his family and work out there and not be in violation by missing the mandatory workouts back here.

Bill Simmons answers reader e-mail on Page2.

The Media obsession with Manny

The Media obsession with Manny Ramirez continues. The lynchmob is gathering. The charges are being spouted everywhere. No desire, Prima donna, doesn’t hustle, selfish, not a team guy, lazy. The radio guys are all worked up over it, the TV guys too. Bob Rodgers on NESN Sportsdesk this morning chuckles as he provides “your Manny update”. Michael Holley is a voice of reason. He observes:

“Now his methodical return from the minors is supposed to be more proof that Manny is a slacker. What’s closer to the truth is that Ramirez probably returned too early from his injury. He began playing Triple A games when he still should have been taking batting practice. As his Pawtucket average proves, his timing is a mess. People want him to come back and help the Red Sox when he can’t even help the PawSox.”

Raise your hand if you just *knew* Shaughnessy would soft-shoe the John Henry Williams story. Of course he does. JHW has provided Dan with access to Ted, and fed him scoops on his dad’s health.

Bill Griffith and Jim Baker both remember Jack Buck, and look forward to the weekend. Griffith has the names of some local figures who are nominated for ESPY awards in the upcoming July 10 ceremony.

OK…I realize that the Celtics do not have a first round pick. But is anyone trying to find if they’ve been working out any players? Perhaps a foreigner to take a flyer on, or some player with an injury (Sam Clancy) or troubled past (Lee Benson) who might slip down to them at #50?

FOX25 has Red Sox/Dodgers at 10:00. (ATT3 Western Mass) TBS has Braves/White Sox at 7:30. ESPN Classic has a George Steinbrenner SportsCentury bio at 8:00 and 11:00. Reviews of this feature have said that it is far too positive about him and doesn’t give proper attention to the dark side of George. Much of the weekends programming on ESPN will be devoted to women’s sports in honor of Title IX.

Tomorrow’s Sox game is the Fox National Game, and will be on 25 at 3:00. NESN will also have the Pawtucket game at 6:00.

Sunday’s Dodgers/Sox game will be on NESN at 4:00. ESPN has Cardinals/Cubs at 8:00.