NOW we’re in the dog days of sports viewing…pretty much just baseball and NASCAR this weekend for viewing on the tube.

In the name of further shameless self promotion, if you haven’t checked out the Manny Ramirez column I posted earlier in the week, you can find it here:

PDF iconManny – Perception vs. Reality (68k)

The Red Sox and A’s will continue their four game series at Fenway Park tonight and this weekend. You can check both all sides of the coverage on the Red Sox Daily Links page and the Bay Area Sports Pages.

NH will be the center of the NASCAR world this weekend with the New England 200 on Saturday and the Lenox Industrial Tool 300 on Sunday. Both will be on TNT in high definition. By all means avoid route 93 in NH this weekend…

Sunday night will feature the 14th annual ESPY Awards. This year will no doubt have less New England players and moments being honored in the show, which will be hosted by Lance Armstrong.

Media Columns

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Jim Baker, Nashua Telegraph – Fox keeps stronghold on MLB coverage.

Andrew Neff, Bangor Daily News – Patriots travel to I-95 this season.
(Dealing with Patriots Radio rights changing stations in Bangor area)

Phil Mushnick, New York Post – Truth Decay: Fudged Facts Plaguing Sports World.

Excerpt:

The NHL has asked the media to begin referring to OT goals as "skate-off" goals ... Reader Peter Berman of Forest Hills notes that in "Yankee Classics" on YES, the Yanks are 51-0.

Mike Forde, New York Post – Best ‘Wishes’ From ESPN.

Richard Sandomir, New York Times – Postseason Potluck May Return.

Bob Raissman, New York Daily News – Falling Stars: Classic gimmick strikes out on television.

Michael Hiestand USA Today – For ESPN, Mondays to be ‘Super’ NFL spectacle.

Excerpt:

This will be an NFL season on TV like no other. Prepare to redefine your definition of hype.

ESPN has detailed its plans to turn every regular-season Monday into the moral equivalent of a Super Bowl. It will deploy 30 on-air people for elaborate coverage that, after some warm-ups on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike In the Morning and ESPN2's Cold Pizza, begin in earnest with a two-hour SportsCenter Special Edition: Monday Night Kickoff at 3 p.m. ET

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