SporTView (sort of)

No daily links this morning, and really not a full version of SporTView. I’m out of town again today taking care of some details related to the next item.

I’ve made a couple references in this space recently about how May is going to be a bit of a different month here at BSMW. Some have inquired as to what that cryptic statement means. Well, I guess it’s time to fill you in. Simply put, I’m going to be away for pretty much the entire month of May, and likely without Internet access during that time.

So what’s going on? I’m getting married. It will be the first weekend in May, and since the ceremony will be out in California because that is where my bride-to-be is originally from, I’ll be leaving here a few days in advance of that date. Afterwards, we’ll be taking a three week trip through Australia. We’ll be getting back Memorial Day weekend.

So that leaves me with a month to fill on BSMW. I’m scrambling to try to provide something for the site almost every day that I’m gone. Some of the days will be filled with recaps of the BSMW Awards, others with original columns that hopefully won’t be dated by the time they actually run. I’m also trying to line up a few people to sort of be “on call” to post some links should anything significant happen in the world of Boston sports.

I’ll post more details as we get closer, if you’re interested in writing a column or being a “guest blogger” on this, or any of the other blogs please let me know.

This weekend brings us the NCAA Final Four on CBS Saturday evening and the Women’s Final Four (From Boston) on ESPN on Sunday Night. MLB also opens up on Sunday night with the White Sox and Indians being shown on ESPN2.

With opening day for the Red Sox coming on Monday, NESN is devoting this weekend to the team, with All Red Sox All Weekend.

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Today is the final day of the BSMW Awards poll. Please take a few minutes and vote if you haven’t already.

Here are the sections of the balloting:

2006 BSMW User Poll – General & Radio

2006 BSMW User Poll – TV & Game Broadcast

2006 BSMW User Poll – Newspaper & Internet

*This Sunday marks the debut of Eddie Andelman’s new “Sports Huddle” radio show on 96.9 FM. The show will air from 7-10 PM and Andelman will be joined by Billy Fairweather and comedian Mike Donovan. It’s hard to see this program becoming a success. Additionally, it’s too bad that this show had to lead to the demise of “Calling All Sports”. (As reported in John Molori’s Media Blitz)

*In other sports radio news, AM 900 in Nashua has been playing spots this week noting that they will no longer be an ESPN affiliate and will instead be a Fox Sports Radio affiliate. Apparently this move was against their wishes, but ESPN Radio informed them that they would be pulling out of the station, apparently in deference to ESPN 890 in Boston. Seems a bit of a curious move, especially since the ESPN Boston radio signal really does not do well in Southern NH.

*Next week marks an April tradition: The Masters. Here are some details from CBS on their coverage, which will once again be done in top-of-the-line High Definition TV:

For the fourth year, CBS

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Celtics Beat Up Knicks

The BSMW Media Poll will close tomorrow. Please take a few minutes and vote if you haven’t already.

Here are the sections of the balloting:

2006 BSMW User Poll – General & Radio

2006 BSMW User Poll – TV & Game Broadcast

2006 BSMW User Poll – Newspaper & Internet

The Celtics went down to New York last night and found a team that made Doc Rivers’ crew feel much better about themselves, as Boston rolled to a 123-98 win over the hapless Knicks. Shira Springer says the Knicks looked as though they could not have care less about the game, while the Celtics came to play. Steve Bulpett notes that the Knicks have a ton of “names” but it didn’t translate into even a competitive game last night. You can check out all the games stories from the Big Apple on the New York Sports Pages.

Bulpett talks to Doc Rivers about the discipline being given to rookie point guard Orien Greene after his arrest Monday morning. It seems that the “indefinite” suspension could be just one game. Springer’s notebook has more on Greene, and news of a Celtics front office person leaving for a post with the Rockets. Bulpett’s notebook has Paul Pierce saying that the Larry Brown/Stephon Marbury daily soap opera is good for the NBA, because it creates interest.

Kelsie Smith has a feature in the Globe on Bill James, his work with baseball numbers and formulas, and how he came to work for the Boston Red Sox. The Globe also shares most of the original email from John Henry, inviting James to work for the Red Sox. Joe Haggerty has a nice piece on Alex Gonzalez, who impresses anyone who sees him play the field. Sean McAdam says that whining in baseball is already at mid season form. He singles out Tony Graffanino as an example of someone who would’ve been better served shutting his mouth. Lenny Megliola says that it will not be a pretty season for Barry Bonds. A lot of people are talking today about the feature by Bob Nightengale in USA Today about Bonds and whether this controversy around him has to do with steroids or racism.

Tony Massarotti has a look at Curt Schilling, who is trying to adjust his pitching style to make up for some lost velocity and is trying to keep hitters off balance more. David Heuschkel also looks at Schilling, who says he feels as good as he has in two years, but knows there are still questions as to whether he will the ace he was in 2004. David Borges says Schilling is ready to begin a new chapter to his career. Chris Snow’s notebook also focuses on Schilling. McAdam’s notebook has more on Schilling as well.

Borges’ notebook has Terry Francona very happy with the work and attitude of Manny Ramirez this spring. Massarotti’s notebook has Francona pleased with the state of his club despite their 9-17 record down in Florida. Heuschkel’s notebook has Schilling talking to Pirates manager Jim Tracy, more praise for Ramirez, and the note that Julian Tav

Greene Suspended

The Celtics have suspended rookie guard Orien Greene indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. This of course stems from the early morning speeding incident earlier this week.

Mike Fine says that even with his team likely out of the playoffs, Doc Rivers is not going to stop trying to make them better and improve their play.

Albert Breer takes a quick look at some options at wide receiver available to the Patriots. Today, John Tomase went around the NFL owner’s meetings asking everyone if the Patriots dynasty was dead.

Mike Loftus looks at the Bruins’ Marco Sturm, who is having the best season of his career, but still won’t see the postseason. Loftus’ notebook looks at coach Mike Sullivan needing to make a decision on the blue line for tonight.

Paring Down

With opening day coming up next Monday, the Red Sox have some paring to do on their roster. Tony Massarotti looks at what the team’s roster will look like position-by=position to start the season. Chris Snow takes a little more detailed look at who will be staying on the roster and who will be heading to Pawtucket, or elsewhere. Sean McAdam notes that Hee-Seop Choi could be the only player on the fence in terms of making the roster. David Borges also has a breakdown of what the opening day roster is going to look like for your 2006 Red Sox.

David Heuschkel looks at Tony Graffanino heading back to the Kansas City Royals, the team that traded him to the Red Sox last summer. Massarotti looks at Matt Clement, who feels ready to begin the season and like he has more weapons in his pitching arsenal. Kevin Gray looks at preparations in Manchester for next week’s opening day for the Fisher Cats. Jason Remillard has a look at former Red Sox player and manager Butch Hobson visiting Smith College.

Snow’s notebook has MLB disciplinarian Bob Watson searching for some video of the Juli

Celtics Rookie in Trouble?

WEEI reports that Celtics rookie guard Orien Greene was arrested after a high speed chase at 3:30 AM. Celticsblog.com points to this Police log in the Daily News Tribune of Waltham, which has a 24-year-old Orien Greene being arrested last night. (CBS4 says it was the Greene of the Celtics.) In addition, Shira Springer on the Boston.com Celtics Blog says Al Jefferson could miss the rest of his season with his ankle injury.

Tim Bresnahan says that Jeff Gorton has already made a big impact on the Bruins with his work on the draft and the good young prospects the Bruins have from the last several years. Mike Loftus takes a look at one of those promising prospects, defenseman Mark Stuart, who has been impressing the Bruins in the short time he has been with the big club. Win Bates looks at the Bruins falling once again in a shootout. Loftus’ notebook has more on the Bruins losing another shootout.

Rob Bradford has a look at Julian Tavarez making friends and influencing people yesterday. Garry Brown looks at the Red Sox new second baseball, Mark Loretta . Kevin Thomas looks at David Wells as the lefty attempts to get ready for the regular season.

Glen Farley has a look at the opening weekend NFL National TV schedule which does not include the Patriots. Mike Reiss has a look at new Patriots receiver Reche Caldwell as well as the Patriots bringing in Eric Warfield for a look at cornerback. John Tomase in the new Herald Patriots blog “The Point After” seems angry that Bill Belichick was “the only head coach not in attendance at this morning

Celtics Gored By Bulls

After leading throughout the game, the Celtics sputtered down the stretch and coughed up a 101-97 home loss to the Chicago Bulls. Ben Gordon took over down the stretch for Chicago, who put another dent in the Celtics rapidly closing playoff opportunities. Steve Bulpett takes a look at the Celtics taking another step down the road towards the draft lottery. Shira Springer calls the game a “spectacular failure in a sold-out arena with so much at stake”. Shalise Manza Young looks at Paul Pierce getting shots swallowed up by Tyson Chandler down the stretch as a big reason for the Celtics inability to score in the closing moments. Scott Souza says that this loss may have been the one that finally locks the Celtics out of the playoffs. John Jackson and Bob Foltman report on the game for the Chicago papers.

Rich Thompson looks at Kendrick Perkins responding on the boards (14) and defense (5 blocks) after a talking-to from coach Doc Rivers. Tim Weisberg says that a trip to the lottery could yield good things for the Celtics. Thompson also looks at Ben Gordon scoring 8 points in the stretch run to help the Bulls to victory. Springer’s notebook has more on Perkins. Young’s notebook and Souza’s notebook also each look at Perkins getting a pep talk from Rivers and responding. Bulpett’s notebook looks at Pierce’s fourth quarter struggles against the Bulls.

Things got a little testy yesterday in Clearwater as the Josh Beckett of the Red Sox and Ryan Howard had a staredown after exchanges words in the Red Sox/Phillies spring training game. Chris Snow has a report from the game. Jeff Horrigan says that Beckett showed himself to be something of a younger version of Curt Schilling. Sean McAdam looks at Red Sox short-timers Tony Graffanino and Dustan Mohr, who are trying to make the best of an awkward situation. Horrigan also looks at Graffanino, trying to concentrate on impressing potential employers. The Globe notebook has the Red Sox checking out a 16-year-old catching prospect from Venezuela. Horrigan’s notebook has more on Dustan Mohr.

Stephen Harris looks at the Bruins management situation and wonders if Bobby Orr, among others could be approached for the General Manager position. Kevin Paul Dupont has Jeremy Jacobs disputing Mike O’Connell’s account of events. Steve Conroy looks at interim GM Jeff Gorton, who has a great interest in getting the job full-time. Conroy also has Harry Sinden pondering his own fate. Conroy’s notebook has the players voicing their support of coach Mike Sullivan. Dupont’s notebook has an injury update on P.J. Axelsson.

NESN has Bruins/Panthers at 7:00.