Weekend Watch – Red Sox/Yankees Armageddon

It’s a busy weekend for sports, with Red Sox/Yankees, Patriots preseason football, PGA Championship Golf and NASCAR all on tap.

Today is of course the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon. Please take a moment and consider having a part in this wonderful event.

Most of the media coverage this weekend will focus on Red Sox/Yankees. We make it simple for you, check out the Red Sox Daily Links page for the articles and blog entries from around New England, and go to the New York Sports Pages for the articles from the four largest New York dailies.

The Patriots take on the Cardinals at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. WCVB has its first preseason game of the summer, kicking things off with a pregame show at 7:30. Keep up with the stories on the Patriots, including any movement on the Junior Seau front on the Patriots Daily Links page. We’ll also be blogging this weekend on Patriots Game Day, so be sure to check out the blog during and after the game for observations on the action.

The Little League World Series is also on ESPN all weekend. Portsmouth, NH plays at 8:00 PM on Saturday night, taking on Columbia, Mo.

Seth Mnookin had a great week on his blog. Entries included Free Rob Bradford from purgatory – an entry I am in 100% agreement with. I’ve basically given up on linking to articles on the Eagle-Tribune website. For a while they had the links changing every few hours, and now, even though the links seem to be more stable, most of the articles can only be accessed with a paid account. Mnookin’s Friday article is entitled “Jason Giambi is a gutless, steroid-using punk.” Makes you want to read it just by the title.

Chad Finn served up another great nine innings of Red Sox thoughts yesterday.
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And now, onto our weekly feature of looking at media columns from all around the country:

New England

David Scott broke the news that the Providence Journal’s Tom E Curran will be leaving the Patriots beat on the paper to join a revamped NBCsports.com page as a lead football writer. Susan Bickelhaupt checks in with NESN host Tom Caron about his rise from a journalism student in Vermont to his current role on the flagship Red Sox broadcasts. Jim Baker previews a sports weekend headed up by Red Sox/Yankees.

East Coast

Phil Mushnick has a look at Jim Kaat’s impending departure from the Yankees television booth, a move he feels will take perhaps the only voice of reason out of the booth. Andrew Marchand reports that FOX is in the process of developing 3-D Television and say that we can expect it sometime in the next 10 years. He also reports that Deion Sanders will be joining NFL Network as a studio analyst. Marchand’s Memo of the Week pleads with Jerome Bettis and other analysts to please reveal more private conversations. Richard Sandomir talks with Pat Summerall about his upcoming book “Summerall: On and Off the Air” in which the legendary announcer tells all, including his lifelong battle with alcohol. Bob Raissman notes that Bryant Gumbel is already doing what he does best…stirring the pot and causing headaches. Neil Best is heading out on vacation, but before he goes, he writes about tennis finding love on the tube.

Paul Farhi of the Washington Post wasn’t too impressed with his colleague Tony Kornheiser’s debut on “Monday Night Football” this week. Michael Hiestand goes a little easier on Kornheiser in his review. Kornheiser gave his own impressions the next day. Hiestand also writes about the Michaels brothers, Al and his brother David, both now working at NBC. Jim Williams goes over a full slate of sports action in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area.

Jane McManus looks at NBC bringing in Fred Gaudelli to produce the “Sunday Night Football” package. She notes that “Gaudelli is the guy behind the yellow first-down line, the rotating score box on the screen and the goal-post camera.” Aaron Bracy says that ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” debut wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t that great, either. He offers up some leftover tidbits from the column in his blog. Laura Nachman reports that WIP associate producer Mark Farzetta recently tried out for “American Idol”. Bob Smizik looks at the struggles of Fox Sports Radio in PA in relation to ESPN radio. Chris Zelkovich tries to make sense of the crazy way that Canadian television operates.

South

Jim Sarni previews two new television series based on high school football, MTV’s Two-A-Days and ESPN’s Friday Night Lights. Dave Darling offers up some suggestions to new NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for improving the TV viewing experience of fans. Barry Horn says that the ESPN MNF crew still have some kinks to work out. David Barron has some more on Al and David Michaels both working at NBC.

Middle America

Bob Wolfley reports on former Brewers announcer Matt Vasgersian getting the call to broadcast NFL games for FOX. Teddy Greenstein goes behind the scenes of CBS Golf coverage and has a few laughs. He also looks at how the TV Networks are forcing colleges to schedule football games on days and nights other than Saturday, leading to college football games almost every night of the week. Dan Caesar has a look at KTVI’s locally produced Rams preseason games.

West Coast

Jim Carlisle notes that Joe Buck is becoming to broadcasting in this decade what Brent Musburger was in the 1970’s and 80’s. He wonders if it could result in too much of a good thing and have things end up in the same way as they did for Musburger at CBS in 1990. Jay Posner has a a look at Buck’s CBS rival Jim Nantz, who currently carries much of the sports load for the network. Tom Hoffarth looks at what promises to be a terrific series from FSN West as they went to the Dominican Republic to shoot footage on a series of background stories on the Latin stars of the Angels and Dodgers. John Maffei reports on CSTV’s rights-fees battle with Cox Communications, which could lead to local college football games not being seen. Joe Davidson looks at what NBA TV has lined up in the next month, including a tribute to Wilt Chamberlain, who would’ve turned 70 this Monday. He also looks at Rick Barry’s exit from KNBR 680.

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