Dale Arnold had Ron Hobson

Dale Arnold had Ron Hobson in studio with him for today’s WEEI midday program. Along with the Patriots, a major topic was talking about the Red Sox 4-41 record this season when trailing after seven innings. Dale also wonders if there is something afoot because he’s noticed that every player that ends up with the ball from the third out of an inning throws it in the stands now. An edict from above? Up at WWZN, Eddie and Jags went through a show that consisted mostly of Eddie breathlessly promoting an appearance by Bobby “the brain Heenan. (the guy didn’t come on until 2:52) Andre the Giant’s popularity among women was also discussed. Nick Cafardo was on the show as well, and Eddie and Nick both agree that there is little chance the Patriots will beat the Steelers on opening night. Eddie wonders how you order a coffin for a Giraffe. Glen Ordway was joined by Sean McAdam and Michael Felger on the Big Show. Sean McDonough was joined by Bill Simmons and Butch Stearns. They started out talking about 4-41 stat. McDonough doesn’t think it’s a huge deal.

Bill Simmons gets behind the idea of fan action against the baseball strike. Patriots.com has a transcript of todays Bill Belichick press conference. Ed Cossette has information on an HBO documentary on the Curse of the Bambino legend. The producer of the program is looking for fans to provide interviews for the show. (not so fast Mr Shaughnessy….)


Gerry Callahan indicates that baseball

Gerry Callahan indicates that baseball has an exaggerated sense of self-importance if it thinks the country needs to see games on September 11. Lenny Megliola agrees. Bob Ryan looks at how Tiger has changed how we watch golf. Stan Grossfeld has the story of a 1955 team that was not allowed to play in the Little League World Series.

Gordon Edes’ article today has a few interesting tidbits. Good-guy Johnny Damon’s knee problem has been well chronicled in the press, but Edes, a recipient of Carl Everett’s wrath in the past, notes that’s Damon’s injury is “eerily reminiscent of Carl Everett’s knee injury, sustained when he banged the turf in St. Petersburg last season, which was pooh-poohed by management and media alike but ultimately required surgery in December.” Also, with all the uproar recently about Manny not producing runs, Edes makes another good point by noting that Ramirez went 10-22 on the road trip with 2 homers, but only has 7 RBI this month. Why? Edes notes that Damon is 7-35 (.200) Nixon is 7-37 (.189) and Nomar is 4 for his last 23. Hard to drive in runners that aren’t there. How many times have we seen Manny leading off the second inning, or any inning for that matter? The guys in front of him are not keeping the inning alive long enough for him to get to the plate.

Jeff Horrigan looks at the friendship between Shea Hillenbrand and Everett, Hillenbrand claims management tried to prevent the two of them from hanging out, and Horrigan says it must’ve been a “paranoid, controlling, out-of-work former general manager.” Tony Massarotti says the players have no one to blame but themselves. There are no major injuries, no clubhouse strife. An unnamed player said :”We’re the best worst team in baseball.” Edes’ Notebook today features Jason Varitek’s slump, and the fact the John Henry Williams has not given up his dream to play baseball. David Heuschkel writes that Alan Embree could become the Sox closer next year and be the most intimidating since Lee Smith. Quotes from Mike Port in here don’t seem to indicate that the team has much interest in Urbina for next year.

Nick Cafardo looks at how much Troy Brown means to the team. Kevin Mannix checks the progress of Daniel Graham. Cafardo has the better of similar notebooks. Paul Kenyon has details of Joe Andruzzi’s struggles to get back on the field.

Bill Griffith returns from vacation to provide notes on WBZ’s Saturday ratings bonanza, Little League world series coverage and various media notes.

I’ve started putting together a page of all the Eddie Andelman submissions. If you have any tales or funny moments or anything else you want to say about Eddie before it goes up, e-mail to mediawatch@attbi.com.

NESN has Red Sox/Rangers tonight at 7:00, following the all new Boston Globe pre-game show at 6:30. TBS has Braves/Padres at 10:00. HBO’s Real Sports at 10:00 has a long segment on Terry Glenn.

Bill Belichick was on the

Bill Belichick was on the Big Show for his first Patriots Monday appearance this season on WEEI. Joe Andruzzi practiced today, he’s showing slow improvement. Rohan Davey was out today, attending a funeral, so Steve DeOssie’s son filled in as a third QB. The first two preseason games have been not bad. Not great, but there are a lot of positives. Deion Branch has flashed some playmaking ability. Anyone can go out and have a few good plays or a good preseason game, they need to get consistency out of him. Graham is working hard, coming around on the running game, he has a ways to go, but in the long run he’s going to be ok. He has the most to learn and furthest to go of all the tight ends, but is also moving the fastest. Tylski retiring might’ve been a blessing actually as it has given Adrian Klemm a chance. Belichick said he has really blossomed and really come on. The defensive line additions are looking good, they’re probably “a player, player and a half” deeper at that position than they were a year ago. Neal has made more progress than any other player in camp, but he also has had the furthest to go. He now knows how to put his pads on correctly. He’s learning more everyday, great athlete, good instincts, needs more discipline. Rest of conversation was about preparation for opponents, and the new building, nothing particularly noteworthy….

Predictable….Ron Borges came onto WWZN

Predictable….Ron Borges came onto WWZN during the Eddie and Jag man show, and gave his defense for his shot at Belichick in his Globe column this morning by saying that Bobby Grier set up the draft board in 2000, so essentially it was Grier that picked Greg Robinson-Randall, not Belichick. By that logic, Belichick should be trying to get Tom Brady out of here too, since he was taken in that same draft…

Andelman opened the program with a shouting tirade over the Red Sox. He is not taking it anymore from the Red Sox. Down the dial, WEEI is having its first edition of “Patriots Monday”, though since D&C have just returned from being on vacation, they didn’t have Tom Brady on. The Big Show was manned by Smerlas and DeOssie alongside Ordway. Much of the first hour was spent discussing the Borges and what DeOssie said to him last night. A caller, “Pete” spent time trying to defend Borges, but was shut down by the hosts. On WWZN, Rico Petrocelli and Michael Smith joined Sean McDonough at 3:00.

In his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Peter King writes that Terrell Davis should not be in the Hall of Fame. Peter May, in his side gig for ESPN.com, targets Orlando as his team to watch in the NBA’s Atlantic division. He opines that the Celtics might have taken a step back this offseason. Michael Silverman, moonlighting for The Sporting News, files his Red Sox team report. Marty Steeves takes an in-depth look at Gillette Stadium and some of its imperfections. Steeves, (Aka The Mooseman) does so while still appreciating what a marvel this new facility really is.

Dan Shaughnessy has a poignant

Dan Shaughnessy has a poignant remembrance of Dick O’Connell. Articles like this show that when Dan plays it straight, he’s a very gifted writer. He gets quotes from Red Auerbach, Jim Lonborg and Mike Port among others. Tony Massarotti also has a piece on the former Sox GM, Tony gets much of his material from Johnny Pesky. Massarotti also writes about Grady Little having a bit of an edge to his voice last night. Gordon Edes’ game story has many members of the Sox wondering why they can’t get going.

Tom Curran looks at the Patriots offensive struggles. Kevin Mannix says there are reasons for the lack of production. Michael Felger says if called on, Damon Huard will do the job just fine. If Mannix and Ron Hobson are the “touchdown twins”, then does that make Globe scribes Ron Borges and Nick Cafardo the “touchback twins”? In Borges’ effort today he can’t resist getting in shots at those who “breathlessly anointed rookie receiver Deion Branch the next Cliff Branch.” and also at Coach Belichick:

“Some inside the organization whisper putting Jones ahead of Robinson-Randall is one of the game’s dirty little secrets that everyone knows but few acknowledge. It is simply this: The new guy will quickly install the guys he drafted ahead of the guys his predecessors drafted because, after all, he’s smarter than they were or he wouldn’t have their job.”

Guess what, Ron…Belichick drafted BOTH Robinson-Randall and Jones…Why does Borges hate Belichick so much? To quote Borges himself…Nobody knows…but Steve DeOssie probably came closest to defining why on Sports Final last night. Meanwhile the second half of the touchback twins, Nick Cafardo writes that Belichick isn’t happy with the teams performance and will be keeping them in Rhode Island, rather than breaking camp.

John Molori’s Media Blitz looks at efforts to honor Tom Heinsohn and Mike Gorman as the longest running broadcasting duo in sports. Bob Halloran lists out things that he does not know. Except for a few gratuitous shots at the old Red Sox management, Peter Gammons is pretty much dead-on in his appraisal of the labor situation.

ABC has Broncos/49ers preseason football at 8:00 tonight. Last chance to see the retiring Terrell Davis. ESPN Classic has game 5 of the 1999 divisional playoff between the Red Sox and Indians at 9:00. If you’re feeling down about the Red Sox, that game is sure to lift your spirits.

Fox25 started out Sports Sunday

Fox25 started out Sports Sunday with a look at AL contender’s records on May 31 and then since then. Sox had best record back then, and by far the worst record since then. Host Butch Stearns comforted us after the depressing Sox highlights from the day with highlights of Clemens losing today. Football was up next and the first thing mentioned was the traffic problems at the game last night. “Reid Between the lines” was about the players needing to get adjusted to the “fast grass” at Gillette stadium, and the struggles last night of the first team offense.

An Interview with Yaz, done by Ron Nikoleski was in the next segment, Yaz said the first few years in Boston was tough, usually under 10,000 fans a night, more emphasis on the individual than the team. 1967 changed it all, they thought that was just the start of a run, but the losses on Lonborg, Tony C. and Jose Santiago really hurt. The loss of Ted Williams is tremendous, they were close. On the labor front, Yaz says neither side should be out just to win, they need to get together and get it done. Yaz would like to see Fenway park stay. It’s historical, fans so close to the field, different from every other ballpark, it’s alive, great, great ballpark to play in. Remembered how the Wall used to be, rivets sticking out, ball could bounce anywhere, wishes it was still that way.

Lenny Megliola was in studio for the next segment. Why have the Red Sox been so bad? Lenny says the middle bullpen, Howry is not the answer, this is the “curse of el guapo”. Lenny puts blame on Manny for something missing with the team. He’s not producing. Butch agreed and brought up Nomar’s slide and emotional jump up as noteworthy. Lenny says the team is too laid back, he’s never seen Nomar do that, more of that sort of thing is needed. On to football, Lenny says the honeymoon is almost over for Tom Brady. Lenny wants to be ahead of the curve in promoting Huard, but he does think a new contract for Brady will get down before the season. As for the baseball labor front, Lenny is optimistic, he thinks an agreement will get done. His prediction is no strike.

“Sunday’s best” remembered Elvis’ movie roles in which he played an athlete. Roles as a boxer, race driver, and cliff diver were shown. “Last Blast” was a thumbs down from Butch for Terrell Davis as a Hall of Famer. Didn’t play long enough and was injured too often.

Chris Collins hosted NECN’s Sports LateNight. Highlights from the days events were followed by a look at the Patriots last night, and Patriot reactions on playing at Gillette Stadium for the first time. Mark Ockerbloom caught up with Patrick Pass. and Mike Giardi had a piece with Rohan Davey. There were no guests on this 1/2 hour edition.

Channel 7’s Sports Xtra with Gene Lavanchy had the news of former Sox GM Dick O’Connell passing away. Tim Fox was in to analyze the Patriots from last night. He isn’t too worried about Brady. When asked about Brady/Bledsoe, Fox thinks that as long as Belichick and that system is there, that Brady is the right QB. Fox says in the last two preseason games look for the Patriots to try to get the ball into the end zone more. Going for it on 4th down instead of kicking the field goal, getting the extra reps in. Michael Smith and Michael Holley were both in to talk baseball and football. Nomar’s pitch selection and his career pattern of low strikeout numbers were talked about. Holley called him an “unconventional great hitter”. Strike talk. Brilliant PR move on Monday by not setting the strike date, now with the talks breaking down midweek, it makes the owners look bad. An interview with Lawyer Milloy wrapped up the show.

WBZ’s “Sports Final” was hosted by Bob Lobel. The tact was to get the Red Sox out of the way first. Trying to figure out what is the problem. Steve Buckley and Sean McAdam were the first panel in to discuss this topic. The numbers do not compute, says McAdam, some “x factor” is working against them. Lobel said once they got rid of Everett wasn’t that supposed to solve all the ills? Buckley wants to blame Duquette for the problems and wants to know if he’s still going to be showing up at the games if they fall completely out of the race. Lobel brought up Grady Little — too laid back? McAdam says the firey manager doesn’t work these days. Dick O’Connell’s place in Red Sox history was discussed. Buckley waxed poetic in calling O’Connell as the greatest executive in team history. He was responsible for putting together the ’67 team which turned around baseball in Boston. Will McDonough appeared in a tape interview, and called him to most underrated GM in the last 50 years. McDonough talked about O’Connell the man, and that he had a huge role in planning the Pacific strategies during WWII. Jean Yawkey hated Dick O’Connell, because as Lobel said, he know who she was and where she came from. As soon as Tom died, Jean made the moves to oust O’Connell.

A look at the new stadium overlaid with vintage Gillette ads was up next. Dan Roche got reaction to the new stadium. The first football panel was Ron Borges, Steve DeOssie and Scott Zolak. Borges says defensively the Pats are ok, but on offense they don’t score touchdowns. Against Carolina next week they should score 50 points against that team. DeOssie said you don’t worry about the offense right now, this past game was all about the Stadium. Lobel asked what if Bledsoe threw those interceptions, and Borges jumped in right away…”get him out of there, he’s throwing off his back foot…” Zolak said Brady hasn’t hit a guy in stride since hitting Patten in the Indy game last year. He doesn’t have enough RPM’s on his ball to hit the long sideline routes. Borges has it all figured out about how Defensive coordinators are going to play Brady, take away the underneath routes and dumpoffs, he talked about the Rams having him all figured out in the Super Bowl. Zolak wants to see more of Huard. Thinks he should get more time with the first team. Borges said if you base things strictly on performance from the first two preseason games, then Huard should be the starting QB, but you wouldn’t say that, of course. DeOssie asked if Borges was saying that last year when Brady outplayed Bledsoe, Borges said no, you don’t say those things. DeOssie is a Belichick fan…he’s all about winning. Doesn’t care about egos. Borges says just one…his own. DeOssie said that Belichick is smarter than Borges, tougher than Borges and better at his job than Borges, and that Borges is just upset because he was wrong last year. Borges tried to say something about writing a column last year saying he should be coach of the year, but it was a week defense. Zolak says Pittsburgh is going to be 12-4 easy, and the Patriots have to get back to the Big game for this season to be successful.

A copy of Nick Cafardo’s new book “The Impossible team” was first on the next segment with Cafardo and Michael Felger. Felger hopes there’s a whole chapter in the book on all the things Cafardo and Borges got wrong last year. Drafting a WR over Seymour, can’t win without Terry Glenn, can’t win with Brady…just a few things. Cafardo says there is no way that Brady comes out of the starting lineup this year. He’s Belichick’s guy, Belichick will be loyal to him. Felger agrees with DeOssie who said if Brady is throwing interceptions in the end zone and not getting the job done, Belichick will take him out. Felger wonders what Brady thinks about being the lowest paid QB in the league. Cafardo thinks that notion is ridiculous, Brady doesn’t need the money, he’s got plenty of endorsements. Felger says they run the risk of Brady getting ticked off. Cafardo says the Krafts are going to pay him.

The next segment was the same participants, Lobel led off saying this could be a better team and not do as well. Felger agreed, they had alot of things go right, coaching, momentum, mojo, etc. Cafardo wanted to know what mojo was. Felger put forward that this team has more talent than last year. The baseball aspect was brought up, with the impending strike more and more attention is going to be paid to the Patriots. Felger says the Red Sox are the anti-Patriots. Big payroll, superstars, too comfortable etc.

The baseball guys were brought back to talk labor situation and possible strike. McAdam says he has previously been the prince of darkness with regards to this situation, but he now thinks this thing can be salvaged. The sides know something must be done, it’s just a matter of numbers now, no great philosophical divide. Buckley agrees. He again evoked Glavine’s comments from Monday that the players recognize the damage that was done “to the game of baseball” back in ’94. Owners have too much to lose right now, hardliners who want to get back all they’ve lost in labor from the last 30 years will not prevail, the union cannot be broken, they can’t blow up the game and start over. McAdam talked about football taking over, that they always get their labor situation resolved, they’re always there on Sunday, fans can make the emotional investment. Buckley thinks there divisions within the players association, McAdam disagrees, there are more divisions among the owners. The players will always present a united front. As for the Red Sox, they need a streak. Lobel asked if they need a clubhouse fight…McAdam said that is overrated. Buckley is encouraged by Wakefield. He thinks with Wakefield, Lowe and Pedro they can rip off a streak. Team hasn’t won three in a row in over a month. Interleague play sent them into a funk that they haven’t recovered from since.

Sports events on TV today:

Sports events on TV today: Fox25 has Red Sox/Twins at 7:00. CBS (WBZ4) has Patriots/Eagles at 8:00. Yankees/Mariners at 4:00 on Fox. TBS has Rockies/Braves at 7:00. ESPN Classic has “The Flutie game” the BC/Miami classic matchup at 6:00.