Sorry, no links today, business

Sorry, no links today, business to attend to this morning. There are two major items of discussion among Boston fans and media today, Ted Williams tribute and the Celtics trade with Vin Baker, which is a done deal, with Seattle announcing the deal this afternoon and the Celtics tomorrow at noon.

NESN will carry the Ted Williams life celebration starting at 5:00 with a special tribute hosted by Bob Rodgers and Jim Corsi. WEEI will also carry the programming, starting at 6:00. The coverage from NESN will also be available nationwide as a bonus program for subscribers to Major League Baseball’s ”Extra Innings” package on DirecTV and iN DEMAND cable programming. The programming is expected to be aired without commercial interuption. WB56 is also expected to pick up at least a portion of the NESN feed with commentary from Eddie Andelman and Mike Ratte, they will also halve their ten o’clock news program to allow half-hour wrap up of the program at 10:30. Channel 5 will also devote it’s “Chronicle” time slot to the event, from 7:00 -8:00.

You will be hard-pressed to find to a Celtics fan or commentator who thinks the Anderson for Baker trade is a good one. Some fans in fact, call it the worst trade in Celtics history. All over bulletin boards, Newsgroups and websites you see fans panning the deal and openly mocking Chris Wallace. Glen Ordway says he has “no idea” what the Celtics are thinking with this. If you look at the situation, you can at least see the thinking of the Celtics. When Anderson’s contract runs out next year, the Celtics lose that salary slot. They would not have been able to use Anderson’s money on a free agent, as they would still be over the cap. This way, they preserve the slot by filling it with Baker, who at first glance fills a need for the Celtics, but needs to have his head on straight and be giving his best effort on both ends for this deal to work. Baker is an east coast guy, perhaps he’ll be rejuvenated playing near home and for a team that could go far in the weak east. Baker has said his favorite player to emulate was Kevin McHale. I don’t like losing Forte, but likely Gaston wanted to lose his salary too. The Celtics need a big man, and if Baker can deliver like he did in Milwaukee and in his first year in Seattle, this could be the type of bold move that puts the team in the finals. Preserving the slot on the salary cap could also pay dividends down the road depending on the team’s cap situation when the contract expires. Dennis Johnson came to the Celtics as a possible “cancer” and on the downside of his career. Kenny was previously thought to be bad for a team’s chemistry, and had a rep for not giving a good effort on “D”, but this coaching staff was able to reach him. Perhaps they’ll do the same with Baker. Most fans have this deal killing the Celtics, knocking them out of the playoffs altogether, or ruining them for the future. NBA “experts” are scratching their heads. We’ll just have to wait and see…of course, now the gaping hole is at the point guard, but with the system the Celtics have, do they just want a Delk-type defender at the point? Let Antoine run the offense? Who knows.

TBS has Braves/Marlins at 7:00. ESPN has Cardinals/Giants at 10:00.


Sports Sunday on FOX25 with

Sports Sunday on FOX25 with Butch Stearns opened with Butch claiming he was robbed and actually it was he himself who scored the first TD at CMGI. (In the Media game) Sox highlights from today…(Butch says he believes Tony Clark was put here for a special purpose) Stearns had Giambi scoring the tying run on the Nixon error. Well, Giambi got the leadoff hit, but was run for by Enrique Wilson. Quote from new Yankee pitcher Jeff Weaver saying he “pitched like he had to” today. Whatever. Next highlights were from the British Open. Celtics news…Jim O’Brien on Sundov: “He’s a hell of a three point shooter.” (He’s never made a three-pointer in the NBA) Chris Wallace says it’ll be tough to re-sign Rodney Rogers. He’d like to stay here, but they’re confined cap wise. He wouldn’t discuss a Vin Baker trade.

NASCAR led off the next segment, drivers complained about the new surface at the NHIS. Levan Reid sat down with Dale Earnhardt Jr. earlier in the week for “Reid between the lines”, and asked him about dealing with popularity, he learned alot from his father, he gave him some good guidelines. He said the racing after a couple years ages you quick. His passion is being in the car, he’s most comfortable on race day, getting into the car. He feels really good about what he does on Sunday.

The next segment was about the impending MLB strike. A look at the issues, Rob Nikoleski ran quotes from Nomar, Selig and sat down with Andrew Zimbalist, who is an expert in the situation. They looked at the differences in team income over the years, then ran quotes from John Burkett saying teams with low revenues can win, look at the Twins. Zimbalist said every year there might be one or two surprise teams, but consistently, it’s not the case, he puts the possibility of a strike at 50/50. Footage of Bob Ryan was run, talking about teams that will never recover from another work stoppage, Zimbalist says if they can solve it quickly and fix things, fans will be forgiving. If there is an ugly, extended work stoppage, likely more damage to the game is inevitable.

“Last Blast” Segment. Another big series, but Yankees came out on top, however Stearns feels the Sox are closing the gap. The question from last week was about a Mo Vaughn return, Stearns was in favor of it, but the voters outnumbered him greatly in the other direction. The show closed with footage from the media game at CMGI. Showed the participants in the locker room before the game, going out onto the field, and game action most of it centered on Stearns of course, including his called-back touchdown. You saw Sheppard, Burton, Holley and Felger among others.

NECN’s Sports LateNight hosted by Chris Collins followed Red Sox highlights with updates from teams around the Sox in the Wild Card chase. The Angels win tonight and the A’s lost. They never did show the actual Wild Card standings, however. (Sox are now 1/2 game behind the Angels) Extensive British Open highlights were up next.

Tour De France and NASCAR were covered in the second segment. Also a story about a Ted Williams memorabilia collector Jack Polidoro, who also happened to have published a book “Project Samuel” six months ago about a scientist who was able to successfully clone….Ted Williams. Interesting. US Women’s soccer highlights were included in this segment as well.

Bill Burt was brought in studio to talk Red Sox. Collins started off by pointing out Red Sox errors and mistakes by Burkett and Manny among others. Burt commented about them finding ways to lose. They’re a good team, not a great team, they’re missing something. The Red Sox are the dog that jumps out of the gate quick and then fades. Collins criticizes Offerman for attempting to steal third. Sure the Red Sox battled, and the came back, but they can’t finish. They don’t win games at the end. Oakland and the Angels are going to be really tough to beat out. Key pitching and Key hitting are the big issues. The team needs some leaders. Pedro isn’t a leader, it isn’t Nomar’s personality to do so either. Burt thinks the team is pretty far away from being a real contender.

Joe Amorosino hosted WHDH’s “Sports Extra” They had a short one-on-one with Kip Lewis interviewing Chris Wallace…asked any possible way Rogers could return….He can’t rule anything out, but would call the C’s the underdog in the race. No comment on Vin Baker. With trades, the numbers are just as important as the basketball side. Their needs; coaches were happy with their center play, but can get better, point guard is a need, Kenny is in his last year of contract. Talked about Sundov, and thinks he’s ready for a breakout season. He’s very skilled for a 7-3 player. Their roundtable was Kip Lewis and “Paul from Revere”. Low budget night, it seems. Gary Gillis had a NASCAR segment later in the show, getting into a car, trying a simulated racing game.

Steve Burton hosted WBZ’s “Sports Final” Buckley, Shaughnessy and Pete Sheppard were the first roundtable, talking about the Red Sox. Nixon wasn’t upset about being lifted after the error, he was more upset at the errors. Shaughnessy disagreed with loading the bases, says your pitcher needs to be a strike machine to do that. Shaughnessy wishes a ball was hit, wanted to see what would happen with so many infielders. Trot was devastated after the game, Nomar and Daubach had to console him. He did talk today after the game, unlike many guys who lose a game. (“He’ll retract it all tomorrow, Sheppard interjected, his only contribution thus far, other than saying the error was “a joke”) Pete also showed good insight by saying Weaver was awful today. Buckley talked about Torre’s gaffes yesterday, not having a reliever available in the 8th yesterday. Possibly leading to Rivera’s injury. Shaughnessy called “that second baseman” the “next Hank Aaron.” A look at the Ted Williams festivities tomorrow, with Dr. Charles Steinberg followed, showing some of the preparations. Emphasizing this is not a memorial service, no eulogies will be given, not against Ted’s wishes at all. The Red Sox are following their “obligation by conscience” in doing this celebration. Shaughnessy hopes this thing doesn’t do a Hindenberg and fall flat. Buckley says the Sox have good intentions with this, it’s a celebration of Ted’s life, not a memorial. A Ted Williams rendition of “Casey at the bat” was read by William’s friend Dick Flavin. “Teddy’s at the bat”.

An update on the fight over William’s remains was in the next segment. A taped roundtable with Dan Roche, Bob Lobel and Harry Manion discussed the matter. Roche talked about how adamant Bobby-Jo and her husband were that they would not take money from John Henry to go along with the cryonics. He said there really weren’t any negotiations between the partie and that the meeting was icy.(!) Manion described how easy it would’ve been for Ted to change his will to include Cryonics. He never did that. Why is John Henry fighting this fight? Roche doesn’t know, waiting for something document, video to be produced, but he thinks John Henry “needs help” and cannot let go of his dad. Roche and Manion both think that the judge will rule that the body is returned, cremated and ashes spread as he requested. Roche feels bad as a human being for John Henry and Claudia. Manion doesn’t. Calls this all a “silly issue” disposing of remains.

Sports Final Overtime had a Bob Lobel sitdown with the father and sister of Lou Merloni. Lisa Merloni called it exciting, but nerve racking having her little brother playing for the Red Sox, she’s a third grade teacher and all the kids know him and Lou comes into the classroom to hand out awards and so forth. Lou’s dad, just shakes his head in wonderment every time he sees him playing for the Sox. His greatest moment was Lou homering in his first game at Fenway. They could not believe they were there, watching their own kind play on the field, and when he came up, Dad was hoping just for a sacrifice fly, but he hit it out. They’ve had to unlist their phone number, getting calls all times of night, girls asking if Lou can come to their party, it’s hard reading the paper when he doesn’t do well, or when people come up and ask why he struck out, or whatnot. Lisa can have a bad day and no one knows about it, Lou has a bad day, everyone knows. But this is the greatest ride ever. Always a surprise and disappointment when he gets sent down to Pawtucket. Lou brings players to meet his family, they’ve become friends with some of the players and their wives. Lou had his sisters come to New York for games and spoils them, they like that. That wrapped up the show.

The Celtics have called a

The Celtics have called a 5:00 PM Press Conference. Speculation centers on the proposed deal with Seattle. But who knows – it could be just to introduce Bruno Sundlov to the media. UPDATE Celtics PR man Jeff Twiss confirmed to WWZN that the conference is just to announce the Sundov signing…

WEEI’s Big Show got Celtics GM Chris Wallace and WWZN got Leo Papile. Each said essentially the same thing. Sundov would be a lottery pick had he been in the draft this year. If I recall correctly, they said the same things about Mark Blount. Wallace on WEEI also compared Sundlov situation to Jermaine O’Neal, in only that he hasn’t really had a chance yet. They’ve been following him since ’98. Wallace said he likes working in an intense environment like Boston, where the fans really care about their team. They’re looking for Kedrick Brown to be a big part of the rotation this year. He said that even when Kenny comes off the books next year, they will still be over the cap and unable to sign big ticket free agents. They would actually have to dump 15 Million in Salary to have any chance to sign an impact player. (This to me, might explain going after Vin Baker. They might feel this is their chance to land a big man, to essentially swap Kenny’s salary slot for Baker’s. They will have Baker for four more years at the Max though.)

Somewhere, Dan Shaughnessy is having Heart Palpitations. Glen Stout, who already debunked the so-called “Curse of the Bambino” in his book “Red Sox Century – 100 years of Boston Red Sox Baseball” has a piece on, which is taken from his new book, “Yankee Century – 100 years of New York Yankees Baseball” in which he further tears down the curse, saying: “The Curse” makes a nice, neat story. But as fact, it makes nice fiction. For while “the Curse” is a good hook, it is not very good history.” He goes on to add: “First, it must be said that virtually every assumption that underlies “the Curse” is factually incorrect” (Ouch) The article goes on to discuss the topic and also gives us the interesting information that before Yankee Stadium was built, the Yankees nearly moved to Boston. Imagine that. How come our local baseball historians, Shaughnessy, Gammons and Buckley don’t mention this? Buckley can talk about the 1914 Boston Braves, but doesn’t talk about the possibility of the Yankees being in Boston all these years? Page2 has ten burning questions with Tom Brady, and also on Page2, David Halberstam recalls his first meeting with Ted Williams. The Columbia University website has a clip that is over five minutes long in which “English Professor Michael Seidel, who authored a biography on Ted Williams, describes how Williams entered the majors as a talkative and controversial young player but evolved into an astute observer of the game.” There’s also a link to the John Updike piece “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu” on the page.

Nick Cafardo , Michael Felger

Nick Cafardo , Michael Felger and Jim Donaldson all have stories on Bill Belichick’s film session for the media yesterday. The stories are little brief, but perhaps they have a longer feature planned for later on, but these stories just give us a tantalizing glimpse into the mind of the Patriots coach. Donaldson’s story is the best of the three. Felger additionally gives us a look at the tight end position for the Pats. Tom Curran gives an update on rookie signings, and has quotes from agent Brad Blank, who says the Patriots are the only team in the league that goes about signing their rookies the way they do.

Bob Hohler’s story on the Sox/Rays game yesterday is the most complete. Sean McAdam says the Sox are confident heading into the weekend series with the Yankees. He also writes about the Rays plunking Manny twice yesterday and looks at the history between the clubs. (I’m not going to say anything about the bold formatting…not a word..) Michael Silverman’s notebook also looks at the beanball wars, Pedro’s pitch count for tonight (he won’t be on one) and about he writes about the upcoming Yankee series. In Silverman’s notebook, he includes the line: “…and an eight-page reproduction of John Updike’s famous story, “Kid Bids Hub Fans Adieu.”” Actually, the title of the Updike story was “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu.” but who am I to talk? I can’t spell Rodney Rogers correctly… Meanwhile,Tony Massarotti says Tim Wakefield is valuable. (Some vacation down there, huh Tony? C’mon Maz, you’re capable of much better stuff than this…) Massarotti’s column on the Yankees series saying that the pressure is on the Yankees, is a bit better.

Shira Springer with a pair of Celtics articles. First on the signing of Bruno Sundov , and the waning possibility of Rodney Rogers returning and the second on JR Bremer and the summer league game from last night. Steve Bulpett gives more details about the possible Sonics trade mentioned in the Globe yesterday. He makes it sound like a very real possibility. A Seattle Times article says the deal could be completed by the weekend. (Wonder if their sources are more reliable than Butch Stearns’. Wasn’t that Jim Thome trade “All but a done deal”?)

Bill Griffith looks ahead to the weekend’s sports action on the airwaves. He also mentions that WWZN has received permission to change the direction of their signal to better serve listeners to the West and South. But as the Boston Radio Watch website says today, that will not help the signal at night.

Tom Keegan of the NY Post takes a nice shot at the Boston Sports Media towards the end of his column today, which is about the Red Sox new owners being cheap. The guy also says that Mo Vaughn is swinging the bat like the MVP he used to be. (!?)

FOX25 has Red Sox/Yankees tonight at 7:00 (And all weekend) TBS has Braves/Philles at 7:00. ESPN2 has Blazers/Jazz summer league hoops at 7:00. TNT has qualifying runs at the New England 300 at 3:00 this afternoon.

In between listening to the

In between listening to the Red Sox game on WEEI, you could hear Eddie and the Jag man on WWZN interviewing Dom Dimaggio, remembering Ted. They also spoke to Carroll Hardy, who many know was the only person ever to pinch-hit for Ted Williams. Some will also recall that he pinch-hit for Yaz a few times in the first year of Yaz’s career. Today was the first time I ever heard that he had also pinch-hit for Roger Maris once. Looking it up quickly on google confirms it. He also played a season with the San Francisco 49ers and was in the Denver Bronco’s front office for 20 years. Quite an interesting life he’s had. I was unable to connect to WWZN for internet streaming this afternoon, and at least a few of you have e-mailed me to say the same.

A couple cringe-inducing moments from Eddie:

He says now whenever he goes to the freezer for some ice cubes, he thinks of Ted. He sees the leg of lamb in there and thinks of Ted.

They will be broadcasting from the NHIS tommorrow…apparently Dale Earnhardt Jr will be on, and Eddie asked Jageler if he should ask Jr if he considered having his dad frozen too.

Peter May chronicles details about

Peter May chronicles details about a possible Celtics trade with the Sonics. Essentially Kenny Anderson and Vitaly for Vin Baker, perhaps some other cap fodder thrown in. May adds with the “Celtics apparently out of the Rodney Rogers hunt” Baker would be an excellent addition. Has May watched the NBA the last few years? At least the Globe is reporting on the Celtics. The Herald has no articles in its on-line edition.

Bob Ryan reports from the site of the upcoming British Open. I’m not much of a golf fan, but I would love to go to the British Open someday. The Globe has its special section on the British Open in the paper today.

Michael Felger reports that Offensive Coordinator Charlie Weis will miss the beginning of Patriots Training Camp next week. Nick Cafardo has a more detailed account on the surgery that Weis had, and as you can imagine, this was a big topic on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan this morning. They had people call in about the surgery, one guy who’s girlfriend weighed 375lbs before she had the surgery, Lenny Clarke called to say he considered doing the surgery, but opted for diet and exercise.
Cafardo additionally reports on the signing status of many of the Patriots draft picks. Felger has his second in the series of positional reports. Today’s is on the Patriots Wide Receivers. Cafardo furthermore submits a mini-feature on former Pats nose guard Tim Goad, who now works on a NASCAR pit crew .

Michael Silverman reports on new Red Sox trade rumors, Tony Massarotti tells us Manny’s hot. Then he tells us Derek Lowe pitched good last night. Tony mentions the heat outside the dome down there. Perhaps it got to him as these were two pretty lame articles. Bob Hohler’s Red Sox notebook leads off with news that the tribute to Ted next Monday is far from being sold out. He adds news about the Brewers GM job possibly being filled by someone on the Red Sox payroll, and gives a Dustin Hermanson update.

Dennis and Callahan also had Dr. Charles Steinberg on this morning, (Larry Lucchino was supposed to be doing a weekly show on D&C, he’s been sending his lapdogs more and more recently…perhaps he’s not as media-friendly as all thought? The changes seem to happen at the last minute, too.) Steinberg talked some about the plans for the Ted Williams tribute. Yaz will speak, discuss what it was like to follow Ted. Of course Pesky, Dom Dimaggio and Nomar will speak. Also Tony Gwynn. Plenty of Ted audio clips will be shown so it can be like the speakers are responding to Ted’s thoughts. All three children have been invited, but they’re not interested in creating a sideshow. He talked about possible plans to expand the ticketed Fenway area out onto the street to include shops, more restrooms for women and families, and of course beer and sausage would be available out there. Opposition from the neighborhood is expected. They’re trying to enhance the experience for fans and of course increase revenue. An planned experiment of this concept is detailed in the Projo.

Dale and Neumy discussed a Herald report where Bobby-Jo says her father told her he was broke. They also read directly from his Will, which clearly says in article 1.2 No Funeral, no memorial service of any kind. Dale remarked that the Red Sox ceremonies next Monday go against Ted’s wishes and put them in the same position as John Henry Williams. A violation of Ted’s last wishes. They didn’t know about this previously, as the Will was just released in the last couple days. Dale says their intentions are good, but this is still a violation.

FOX25 has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 12:15 today. ESPN has Diamondbacks/Rockies at 3:00. ESPN2 has Knicks/Nets summer league action at 2:00. At 7:00 on ESPN Classic, there is a Classic’s Vintage NBA show featuring former Celtic Dennis Johnson. weekly radio show PFW weekly radio show PFW in progress was on from 12-1 today. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, at least one of the panelists there feels the Pats are in for 8-8 season. It’s a good, informative show, that’s worth a listen. Send an E-mail and it’s almost guaranteed to be read.

Some golf talk mixed with baseball on WEEI’s Dale and Neumy. The Big Show had Buckley and Radatz alongside Ordway and the first segment talked about the upcoming “mediabowl” to take place tomorrow at CMGI field. The Print media against the Broadcast media. Should be a riveting matchup. If Scott Zolak suits up for the broadcast team as rumored, it could be a runaway for the Broadcast crew. They moved onto talking about the Red Sox, their hitting woes. Radatz boiled it down to Manny is not trying and Nomar must be hurt. Typical. Buckley gave a mocking, whining, “Manny being Manny” line as his “excuse” for his “not trying”. They then briefly discussed the strike. It appears to be certain and the date being bandied about is September 16. The Union feels that will be after the September 11 ceremonies and they won’t come under fire then. Plus the added advantage of only missing one paycheck. Ordway commented on those who say that they want the strike to be catastrophic and that all of next season is wiped out and they come back in 2004 under an entirely new system. Ordway disagreed with that, saying that many people will not return after that, and if you truly love the game of baseball you need to hope for a quick resolution. Ordway pointed out that this scenario is different because there are really three parties involved, the players, the have-owners and the have-not-owners.

WWZN’s McDonough Group had Mike Giardi with Gordon Edes and Kip Lewis. They had Tom Verducci of CNN/SI who appears to have been the one to put out the September 16 date. He didn’t say that would be the date for certain, could really be anytime. There is a long way to go, and a deal can be done, but they need to get together and do it. There really isn’t a whole lot separating the sides. They agree on alot, it’s just about getting the money close.

A question for you out-of-towners. Tell me your experiences with DirecTV and MLB Extra Innings. I’ve heard frustrations on this front. FOX25 isn’t part of the DirectTV network so that any games on there are not shown on DTV. How do you check to see if the game is going to be on and what channel? Is it often that a game is scheduled but not shown? I’m not too knowledgeable about this field, so as many as can fill me in, please do so.

Celtics news in the papers

Celtics news in the papers today, but curiously, no real recaps of the game. Instead, we have a depressing article from Peter May, who says “Rogers? All but gonzo, possibly to Philadelphia. Erick Strickland? Gonzo as well” The issue is the dreaded luxury tax. Darren Rovell who covers sports business for, writes that some owners would like to ditch the luxury tax and extend the current CBA another four years. He mentions that more teams in the west seem willing to go into the tax, and it’s part of the cause for the inbalance between the east and west. Steve Bulpett reports that the C’s might go into the luxury tax even without signing Rogers to the minimum. He also reports on the “Big O” Oliver Miller. Jackie MacMullan also writes about Miller. Bulpett also writes about J.R. Bremer , who the Celtics actually signed up yesterday, keeping him from other teams.

The Red Sox big bats finally awakened yesterday. Jeff Horrigan writes about Manny constantly contradicting himself. In that respect he is much like the media that covers him. In a minor-league notebook, Michael Silverman says that perhaps the Sox farm system isn’t as bad as everyone says it is. Mostly the result of “posturing” by opposing clubs. How about the local media? Could their hated for Dan Duquette have anything to do with their constant trashing of the farm system? Nah. The Globe has no less than five articles on the Ted Williams will/estate/cryonics issue.

Michael Felger debuts the first in a series looking at how the Patriots stand at each position. Today’s piece is the offensive line. With the impending MLB work stoppage approaching, it’s good to start getting football articles. CBS has their preseason look at the Patriots. Very thorough and very good. Be sure to check the “Notes, quotes, anecdotes” and “Inside slant” sections as well.

NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ESPN has Giants/Cardinals at 7:00, ESPN2 has Marlins/Braves at 7:00. ESPN also have Hawks/Bucks NBA Summer League action at 2:00.

Well, Kedrick Brown certainly looked

Well, Kedrick Brown certainly looked like Paul Pierce at times in tonight’s Shaw’s Summer League game against Washington on ESPN2. Brown hit threes, he dunked, he converted offensive rebounds, he stole the ball, he loudly blocked a shot to halfcourt, he pretty much did it all tonight. In 33 minutes he was 7-15 from the floor for 21 points, (2-5 from three point land) 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. He also guarded the Wizards top pick Jared Jeffries for much of the game, and Jeffries only managed 6 points in 28 minutes. Summer league, yes. Encouraging, definitely. Joe Forte had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Big (and I mean BIG) Oliver Miller made it into the game for 12 minutes and scored 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The guy is so big, but his skills are obvious. I hope they give him an extended look. Announcers Leo Rautins and Mark Jones did spend much of the game focusing on Brown and his unique skills.

FSNE’s New England Sports Tonight was broadcasting from the WEEI Celebrity Golf Classic, among the guests were Dennis and Callahan, (John Dennis wants an ugly MLB strike to make them start all over) Comedian Lenny Clarke and Andre Tippett from the Patriots.

Am I the only one

Am I the only one who turns down his speakers when the National Lumber commercial comes on WWZN? The one with everyone trying to sing the jingle?

Gary Tanguay and Greg Dickerson filled at the end for Dale and Neumy today who were at the WEEI Celebrity Classic golf tournament. There were numerous technical difficulties (constant signal cutting out, commercials in the middle of interviews, etc..), Gary & Greg were on towards the end with them to kill time .. also, Ted Sarandis, Big O, John Dennis, John Wallach were all there too and talked a bit on the air. On WWZN, Eddie Andelman continued his assault on Grady Little, who he says was separated at birth from Jimy Williams and who he compares for Forrest Gump. Dave Jageler did have a taped interview with Jim O’Brien, who said things like “I didn’t prepare much for the draft this year” and when asked about Rodney Rogers said “I don’t have anything to do with that, you need to get Chris Wallace on your show.” Eddie told Jageler at one point: “I think you’ve been watching Classical Sports”. A reference to ESPN Classic. Bill Simmons joined Sean McDonough on the afternoon show, broadcasting from the courtside of the Shaw Summer League. (The Kedrick Brown Invitational, Simmons has dubbed it.)