Sunday Evening Links from Len

Sunday Evening Links from Len

David Scott has a Sunday version of Scott’s Shots.

It appears that Bob Ryan is at it again with his tasteless remarks. Mike Organ of The Tennessean has the story of Ryan’s Wednesday’s performance on ESPN Radio’s Tony Kornheiser Show where old Bob claims that Vanderbilt “has too many white guys” to beat Western Michigan. One would think that Ryan would learn from making these idiotic politically incorrect statements on the air. Would The Globe editors let this stuff get through? In any case, does Ryan even realize that European teams are winning gold medals in the Olympics these days? By the way, Vanderbilt is in the Sweet 16 and Ryan is just fortunate that he’s going to get away with this one.

CBS-4 actually showed two different games at the same time without splitting the screen. They switched the analog broadcast from the Kansas-Pacific game to the Pittsburgh-Wisconsin game and left the Kansas-Pacific game on its high definition broadcast.

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Sunday Links from Len Nancy

Sunday Links from Len

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell explains how the Bruins came back from 3-0 to beat Tampa Bay 5-4. Kevin Paul Dupont compares Michael Nylander to Adam Oates. Stephen Harris also has a look at Nylander who has missed most of the season with an injury and is just now trying to find his groove. Steve Conroy has a Bruins Notebook with a look at the slumping Brian Rolston who finally found the net yesterday and the hard hitting Nick Boynton.

Tony Massarotti contrasts Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez. We learn that Schilling doesn’t train “wicked hahd” during the off-season. Tony Maz also has a feature on David Ortiz, who is all business and looking great at the plate going into a contract year. Gordon Edes also has a look at Ortiz with favorable comparisons to Mo Vaughn. Perhaps the Red Sox should worry about keeping the very productive David in Boston rather than being so concerned with players with more marquee value. Michael Silverman has a Red Sox Notebook with a look at BH Kim who will begin the season on the DL and Keith Foulke who was roughed up in his second inning yesterday. Bob Hohler has the Globe’s Red Sox Notebook with the news that Bronson Arroyo will be starting the Fenway home opener and that active union members of the Mets are quite upset with Schilling’s statements about wanting steroid testing in baseball. Glavine and others will learn the same thing Red Sox fans are learning about Curt Schilling. That is that Schilling loves baseball and he loves to articulate his views on all aspects of the games to the fans. Gordon Edes has an excellent Notebook today with a more in depth look at Schilling, amontg other topics.

Ron Borges has an NFL Notebook focusing on Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis, and some ex-Patriots. Michael Smith tells us that John Lynch, who was not offered a contract by the Patriots, may not wind up with the Jets either. He could be headed to Denver. Michael Felger provides an analytical look at the value of Ty Law today with quotes from NFL personnel guys who don’t rank Law as the best cornerback out there. Felger also believes that the organization hasn’t forgotten about the incident in which Law embarrassed the organization in which he was detained at the Canadian border with the drug ecstasy in December 2000. By the way, today’s stops on the Hungry Man Tour are with Stephen A Smith of the Philadelphia Inquirer and ESPN’s Sportscenter with a featured interview which will be shown more than once today. This could be a new reality show for FOX – My Big Fat Obnoxious Cornerback. Vic Stellino has another outstanding edition of his NFL Confidential column for the Jacksonville Times-Union.

John Powers reports on the heartbreaking triple overtime 2-1 loss for UMass to Maine in the Hockey East Championship at the Fleet Center last night. March Madness finally produced some big upsets yesterday as we hit the second round. BC takes on Georgia Tech at 2:15 on CBS-4. Bob Ryan has a look at BC coach Al Skinner. Skinner has done an incredible, if unrecognized job at BC.

The Celtics continue their expected troubles on their Texas road trip. They were blown out by San Antonio last night. Shira Springer has a game story. Springer also has a Notebook with Paul Pierce hoping the Celtics bring Dennis Johnson back home to coach the team.

UPN-38 has the Red Sox-Orioles game at 1 PM. CBS-4 has March Madness all day. FOX-25 has NASCAR at 1 PM.

Bonus NFL Links from Len

Bonus NFL Links from Len

Barry Jackson reports that David Boston could be damaged goods and that Adewale Ogunleye may hold out.

Bob Glauber explains that John Lynch could be a Jet very soon.

Jeff Legwold says that the Falcons are tired of waiting and have withdrawn their offer to Billy Volek. That leaves the Bills as the lone suitor for Volek. Let the Bledsoe-Volek quarterback controversy begin in Buffalo.

Vito Stellino writes a very good NFL Sunday column for the Jacksonville Times-Union. In explaining the Tampa Bay situation with John Lynch a little more honestly than Ron Borges, he provides the following:

Naturally, the decision of former Raiders coach Jon Gruden and front office executive Bruce Allen to send Lynch packing didn’t go over well. A Tampa Tribune columnist wrote: “Sure, football is a business. But this was brutal. With all the delicacy of a Sopranos whacking, Raiders East stuck one of its growing collection of long knives in Lynch’s back. The Shock and Awe campaign rolls on.” Here

Saturday Links From Len BC,

Saturday Links From Len

BC, led by Craig Smith, beat Utah 58-51 to advance in the NCAA tournament. Next up is Georgia Tech on Sunday. Michael Vega and Mike Shalin have game stories. Bob Ryan writes about Jermaine Watson of the Eagles who plays with a lot of heart and is just a very good athlete. PC lost to Pacific. While it may be considered to be an upset, PC has been in a three-week slump and ending the season on a four game losing streak. Kevin McNamara has the game story.

Bob Hohler has a look at injuries to Nomar Garciaparra and Trot Nixon and the effect they will have on the Red Sox lineup. Pedro Martinez had another uneven performance but finished strong in his outing yesterday. Hohler has a look at Pedro, Gabe Kapler, and some cuts in his Notebook. Nick Cafardo has in depth look at injuries and points out that injuries to some provide opportunities for others like they did for . . . . . (shhhhh!!!) Tom Brady.

The Celtics were crushed at Dallas 120-104. Shira Springer has the game story.

Tom Curran provided the best analytical look at the Ty Law situation yesterday. It was a pretty measured response to the provocative Ron Borges column. But Curran points out that the biggest loss here just may be the loss of dignity for Law. Curran calls the current Law tour of interviews to be the “Hungry Man Tour” in light of Law’s statement about honoring his current contract, “Everyone’s gotta eat.” By the way, Borges would do better to bolster his credibility if he got the facts right. According to Ron, the Bucs offered John Lynch a paycut. Well, that’s kind of backwards. Lynch offered to take a paycut. The team refused and just cut him. Borges tried to compare this to the case of Lawyer Milloy. The Patriots did not want to cut Milloy. They continued negotiating with him and even thought they had a deal. The cases of Lynch and Milloy are apples and oranges. That is a foolish comparison by Borges.

NESN has the Bruins hosting Tampa Bay at Noon. FSN has the Celtics at San Antonio at 8:30 PM. CBS-4 has NCAA hoops beginning at Noon. NESN has the Hockey East Championship Game at 7 PM and that is UMASS in the game and not BC. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No links this morning due

No links this morning due to technical difficulties. Hoping to make up for it this afternoon by passing along some items of note in the sports radio world.

First, indications are that WEEI will most definitely be streaming on-line again, at some point. That actually should be sooner rather than later, but stay tuned for that. It may initially only be The Big Show, as I’m told that Glenn Ordway has a specific clause in his contract that calls for his show to be streamed/networked. If it doesn’t happen, there are penalties involved. They’re hoping to stream all the local programming, but it will probably start with the Big Show.

During times that the Red Sox or other games take the Internet stream down, they’re looking to fill the stream with Interviews and “Instant replay” type material.

Streaming is the first priority for WEEI, but there are number of other initiatives that the station is working on. After they get the streaming going they’ll focus on some other projects. These include syndicating (networking) the Big Show to other stations around New England. Another possibility, though not right on the front burner, is working something with FSN to get the Big Show televised like Mike and Mad Dog do on the YES network.

Some people have emailed and noted that the Whiner Line has seemed a bit more “tame” in recent weeks. Well, let’s just say that Howard Stern isn’t alone in struggling with the FCC. I’m guessing that WEEI is self-policing itself in this area, not wanting to provoke the wrath of the Feds, and have not actually been censored in any way…

As for WWZN, the new shows that are being added are not because the station is spending more money to improve programming. What the station is doing is selling, or even giving airtime to personalities (or producers or salesmen) and allowing them to sell advertising and try to make a few bucks off the endeavor. Not a sound strategy for long term success, but then again, the Celtics contract is about the only thing keep WWZN afloat these days. But who knows, they might even come across a discovery or two in the process.

While Ty Law continues to

While Ty Law continues to attempt to shoot his way out of town, he’s being ably assisted by his personal newspaper, the Boston Globe. You know, I could just go off on this again…but what’s the point? Pointing out inconsistencies and hypocrisy in Ron Borges columns is easier than shooting fish in a barrel. Today’s column by Foxboro Ron – Minister of Misinformation – has more holes than a Dunkin Donuts store. I’ll admit though, it takes some stones to say in the same article that reckless spending doomed the franchise in the late 90’s, and then say that not writing the exorbitant checks for Law, Woody, Washington, etc now will cause the downfall of the franchise this decade. You know what? I’ve wasted enough bandwidth on this subject already. Just ignore him. By the way, if you’re into viewing car wrecks on the side of the highway, here is a transcript of Law’s interview with James Brown. How bad is it for Borges? Heck even Buddy Thomas gets it. Michael Felger has a look at Mike Vrabel taking home a well-deserved honor from his teammates. Ian M. Clark has a look at Troy Brown visiting Manchester, where he didn’t really want to talk about Ty Law. He indicated that when his time comes, he’s going to go out with his head up and a smile on his face. Tom Curran has a quick bit noting that it appears that David Patten is still in the plans for the Patriots. Apparently the franchise didn’t try to cheat him out of his roster bonus. Borges’ notebook has a look at the visit to Foxboro by John Lynch.

By the way, after blasting D&C yesterday for the Butchie thing, they were enjoyable this morning in taking on Borges.

Tony Massarotti looks at Curt Schilling adding a cut fastball to his repertoire. Nick Cafardo says any Schilling outing on the mound is an event. Dan Shaughnessy is discouraged by his job today. It’s no fun reading about and reporting on the steroid scandal involving Major League Baseball. Sean McAdam has Red Sox reaction to Selig’s plan for steroid testing. The Herald also looks at the Red Sox skepticism to the proposed plan. David Heuschkel and David Borges say that Curt Schilling and Jason Varitek have met their match in each other when it comes to game preparation. Massarotti also looks at Lou Merloni, trying to make the Indians opening day roster. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the recovery process for Trot Nixon. Michael Silverman’s notebook says that there is a slot open in the Red Sox bullpen for someone to step in and claim. McAdam’s notebook has more on the outing by Schilling.

Kevin Paul Dupont looks at the outstanding play of the Bruins “rookie” goaltender, Andrew Raycroft. Karen Guregian looks at the play of the second line as a key to the Bruins’ success. Dupont’s notebook says Sergei Samsonov is itching to play tonight, Guregian’s notebook says that Patrice Bergeron might not be far behind.

Celtics came up with a win against Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets last night. The links and details are over at Fox Sports Net.

ESPN has Bruins/Wild at 7:30. TNT has Pistons/Nets at 7:00 and Timberwolves/Spurs at 9:30. CBS tips off coverage of the NCAA tournament at Noon.

This is one of the

This is one of the mornings where I’m glad I couldn’t listen to WEEI in the morning. I blissfully missed out on all the Butch from the Cape retrospectives on Dennis & Callahan. For a pair who loves to liberally use the word “scumbag” in their vocabulary when describing people, their devotion and praise of the late Tommy Speers is nothing short of hypocritically nauseating. For those who don’t remember, the Hartford Courant on October 18, 2001 ran a piece by Edmund H. Mahony, which chronicled Speers’ history of shady and illegal activities. The article is now in the archives, but here is a snippet from that piece:

During a number of interviews in the 1980s, Speers said he was hired by the newspaper in Waterbury to collate sports scores delivered to the newsroom by wire services. He was fired when the editors discovered he was doctoring the scores to cover bets he made with local bookies.

Tossed out of the news business, Speers embarked on a career that terrorized bookmakers and sports bettors in Connecticut for more than two decades. This is how he said it worked: He would assume a false identity. A favorite was "Terry Conlon,'' a banker new to the state. Then he set out to ingratiate himself with a bartender or bookmaker or anyone else who looked willing to take a bet.

He bet small to begin with, paying when he lost and collecting when he won. But as his credit increased with whoever was taking the bets, Speers raised the limit. Eventually, the bet was $5,000 or $10,000, a big sum in the 1960s and '70s. If Speers won, he collected. If he lost, he disappeared. It wasn't long before a lot of people in a lot of saloons were looking for Terry Conlon, a bespectacled banker in a conservative suit.

That’s just a little bit. There’s plenty more good reading if you’re inclined to plunk down $2.50 to purchase the article from the Courant archives. Good guy for D&C to honor each year on St. Patrick’s Day. So next time you hear John and Gerry rail on and make judgments against someone just keep in mind that these two characters themselves: 1) Were suspended for making racially insensitive remarks, and 2) Annually honor someone who had a background and history worse than many of the people they pass judgment on during their “headlines” segment.

The Bruins came up with a huge road win last night in Toronto, clinching a playoff berth in the process. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, Steve Conroy and Dan Hickling provide the details. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at progress made by Andy Hilbert. Conroy’s notebook looks at the huge game (both Bruins’ goals) by Travis Green. Hickling’s notebook has a look at PC Alum Tom Fitzgerald.

John Lynch will be visiting the Patriots tomorrow. Mike Reiss and Tom Curran look at what could be an intriguing player to the Patriots. Of course, the possibility is there that the Patriots are trying to drive up the price for the Jets, who are also rumored to be in the hunt. Speaking of the Jets, they have imposed a media silence upon themselves, especially Herm Edwards and Terry Bradway. It seems a feeling among the Jets organization is that they’ve spent too much chatting it up with the media, and not enough time on strategy. They’re also feeling a bit burned by the press. Another example of the Patriots style being emulated? Will there be fallout in NY from this? Michael Felger also has a pretty good notebook today, looking at the challenges facing Romeo Crennel and the defense, and publishing some very interesting quotes from Rodney Harrison, who takes a different stance then Ty Law when it comes to what he is looking for in goals and salary.

Nick Cafardo has a look at how Terry Francona is settling into his job as Sox manager. Michael Silverman says that with Trot Nixon still recovering, the Sox are thinking of putting Manny into right field, at least until Nixon is fully recovered. Bob Hohler takes a look at Anastacio Martinez, who seems to have a pretty decent shot at coming north with the big club, due to a couple injuries to other bullpen pitchers. Sean McAdam looks further at injuries plaguing the Sox and what they’re doing to patch holes. David Heuschkel looks at comments by Curt Schilling and Johnny Damon regarding steroids, breaking the gag order issued by Bud Selig. David Borges looks at whether David Ortiz can follow up last year with an encore performance. Tony Massarotti looks at Barry Larkin, who has never filed for free agency during his 18 year career. He’s all about the laundry. Jeff Jacobs spouts about “false prophets” who talk about wanting to bring the Expos to Connecticut. Hohler’s notebook looks at the possible move of Manny to right. Silverman’s notebook says that Bronson Arroyo might be the pitcher for the Fenway opener. McAdam’s notebook follows the same theme.

Things got a little “spirited” in practice for the Celtics yesterday. The links are over at Fox Sports Net.

FSN has Celtics/Nuggets at 7:00. ESPN has Blazers/Pacers at 7:00 followed by NIT action at 9:30 with LSU/Oklahoma. ESPN2 has NIT action with Purdue/Notre Dame. NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 1:00 and Hockey East playoffs at 5:00 with BU/Maine and 8:00 with UNH/UMass.