It’s a Boston – New York sports weekend, but unfortunately, the games won’t mean nearly as much as they have in past years. The Red Sox will be playing more for pride than anything else, as they hope to get a little payback for the five game sweep the Yankees delivered at Fenway Park a few weeks ago. The Jets are rebuilding under rookie head coach Eric Mangini, and the biggest subplot of that game will be the match up between Mangini and his longtime boss, Bill Belichick.
We’ve been busy on the Patriots Game Day Blog, with entries posted before, during and after the game. Check in there for the latest thoughts and news. We’re not reinventing the wheel here, but we think you’ll like it. If you need still more Patriots news, thoughts and opinions, you can get them on the Patriots Daily Links page. Since a New York team is involved, you’ll need to monitor those papers as well. Fortunately, we’ve got them all in one place on the New York Sports Pages, with delivers the latest headlines from the Times, Daily News, Newsday and Post all on one page.
For the on-air Patriots coverage, FSN’s Football Block, (New England Tailgate and Four Downs with Felger) which aired last night from 7:00 – 8:00 is repeated tonight at 7:00 and Saturday at 6:00 PM. The Deion Branch trade is heavily featured on both shows, as you might expect. On Saturday night at 7:00, Patriots All Access airs on WCVB channel 5. The show will feature a segment with Kevin Faulk back home in Louisiana, and safety Artrell Hawkins is mic’d up at practice. On the telestrator, Bill Belichick looks at how effective Chad Pennington and Laverneus Coles were in last week’s Jets victory over the Titans. The show will be repeated Sunday morning at 10:00. Later in the week, you can use your On Demand feature with Comcast to watch Coach Belichick breaking down the 3 key plays of the game each week, starting Wednesday.
ESPN radio also has Patriots programming with this afternoon’s Patriots Friday (with Jonathan Kraft at 4:00 PM) show as well as NFL Countdown on Sunday morning from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM with Kevin Winter and Russ Francis. Then on Monday nights they have Monday Night Countdown with Winter and Tim Fox from 7:00 to 8:30. WEEI has NFL Sunday at 9:00 on the morning of the game. This week there will be no Real Postgame Show after the game because the Red Sox are playing at night. Instead there will be a special edition of the Pete Sheppard-led program after NFL Sunday and before the game from 1:00 to 4:00.
CBS4 has the Patriots game on Sunday, the Patriots GameDay Pre-Game Show starts at 11:30, followed by the Bills and the Dolphins at 1:00 and the Patriots/Jets at 4:00. Patriots 5th Quarter will air on TV38 immediately following the game.
Note of the week from Patriots Football Weekly: In a sidebar discussion between Paul Perillo and Tom Casale on who will lead the Patriots in receptions without Deion Branch, Casale calls it a slam dunk that it will be Ben Watson, while Perillo thinks that Troy Brown has enough gas in the tank to rack up 75 receptions this season and lead the team.
The crew from Cold Hard Football Facts is back for another year of football and beer. They’ve expanded their focus to a more national level, and have added a number of new faces, including former New Bedford Standard Times sports editor Jonathan Comey. Founder Kerry Byrne is now working on the site full time, and has two other full timers working with him.
Someone want to get Clark Booth another helping of tapioca?
If you read through the media columns below, you’ll see that this is a HUGE weekend for college football. Find out when and where your team’s game is going to be shown on the College Football TV Schedule.
Yes, They’re Still Playing Baseball
Red Sox/Yankees as an afterthought? In September? Who would’ve thought it? Even with a Saturday doubleheader? That is the case, however as the series is overshadowed locally by football. NESN has tonight’s game, and tomorrow’s late game (8:00 PM), as FOX handles tomorrow’s 1:00 PM game and ESPN has the finale on Sunday night at 8:00.
NASCAR hits NH for the second time this year for the Sylvania 300, which will be broadcast in HD on TNT at 1:00 PM on Sunday.
Your week isn’t complete without reading Chad Finn, though I’ve got to say, he bums me out this week.
Here’s the weekly National Media Column wrap up:
Susan Bickelhaupt has a look at WCVB’s Patriots All Access program which has established its own audience in a market filled with Patriots related programming. Bickelhaupt talks to host Mike Lynch and producer Matt Smith of Kraft Productions about what goes into the preparation and taping of the program. David Scott has a look at smaller newspapers in the region teaming up to share content, and they hope, advertising revenue. Andrew Neff looks at Maine viewers saying goodbye to the NFL Network on Time Warner cable today because of the dispute between the two sides. The sides even having dueling websites, with Time Warner launching nflgetreal.com and the NFL Network responding with iwantmynflnetwork.com . In the Herald, Jesse Noyes has a quick report on former Bruin Tom Fitzgerald joining NESN for this upcoming season, and the network announcing three new Bruins-based programs.
Lots of love for Yankees broadcaster Jim Kaat, who is retiring after tonight’s Red Sox/Yankees game at the Stadium. Kaat has been in baseball for nearly 50 years, the last 23 as a broadcaster, and at age 67 wants to spend more time with his family, play more golf in Florida and tour the country in his RV. Good for him. The old Boston Sports Guy joke doesn’t hold true in this case, Phil Mushnick doesn’t hate everyone. He’s going to miss Kaat. Richard Sandomir has more on Kaat’s plans for retirement and why he’ll be missed. Neil Best looks at how Kaat is not a sentimentalist, so this week’s accolades and tributes have been uncomfortable for him. Jane McManus also looks at Kaat deciding to turn the page and open a new chapter to his life. Bob Raissman looks at Mets announcer Gary Cohen, and how the transition from radio to television has gone for him this season. Mike Forde notes that FOX will be making some adjustments to its NFL pregame show this weekend, after having a few technical issues last week, and also with Joe Buck having some issues hosting the show with crowd noise in the background. Forde’s Memo of the Week encourages Tony Kornheiser to make a few more fantasy football comments this week, despite the protests of Mike Tirico.
Michael Hiestand looks at FOX’s pregame show rating dominance faltering slightly last week. Impressive stat of the week: FOX “claims a 134-1-2 ratings record vs. CBS’ pregame show.” He also looks at former USC Coach John Robinson serving as a “broadcast spotter” for John Madden. Jim Williams has a newsflash: DC loves watching the Redskins. Laura Nachman has a roundup of all outlets where Eagles fans can get their fix on the latest news surrounding Donovan McNabb and company. Aaron Bracy has some thoughts on FOX’s NFL pregame show, as well as reflections about how his sports media blog at the Courier-Post has been going. Chris Zelkovich looks at how digital channels are working out for Canadian sports fans.
Barry Jackson reports on the bosses of Miami’s two sports radio stations, WQAM and 790 the Ticket trading pointed barbs in the local media. Jim Sarni looks at college football getting in high gear this weekend with what he calls “best Saturday of the college football season.” He’s also got Jimmy Johnson with some NFL week one observations. Dave Darling analyzes the week one returns in the NFL prime time battle between NBC and ESPN, with boths sides using their PR departments to trumpet their ratings and viewership. Barry Horn says that ABC finally realized the light and brought prime time college football to a national audience on Saturday nights. He also has comments from Jimmy Johnson, this time on the Cowboys. David Barron has ESPN’s Ron Franklin hoping that this weekend’s visit to Houston for the Rice-Texas game goes smoother than his last visit to the city, which was to call and Oilers game which didn’t take place.
Dan Caesar reports on Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell not being renewed as host of KFNS’ 10 a.m-1 p.m. weekday radio show. Ed Sherman says that people who think that Ken Harrelson jinxed Freddy Garcia’s potential no-hitter by talking about it on the air are way off base. He also looks at the Cubs as the focus of an HBO documentary, which if the Red Sox are any indication, should mean that the Cubs will win the World Series in 2007. He has a third piece this week which looks at Pat Foley, who, after calling Blackhawk games for 25 years, now has to find work calling minor league hockey game. Bob Wolfley has Jimmy Johnson knocking the Packers for signing Koren Robinson, as well as a number of other items. Judd Zulgad has Brian Sieman moving over from radio voice with the WNBA Lynx, to the NBA Timberwolves.
Jim Carlisle looks at how Notre Dame is able to command a national audience on both TV and Radio, year after year. Michael Lev looks at former USC Academic All-American and offensive lineman Jeremy Hogue finding time to talk Trojans football on FSN. John Maffei has a preview of what is being “billed as the best day in college football in 13 years.” Jay Posner reports on how Padres announcers are juggling their national gigs with the baseball team’s pennant race. Larry Stewart looks at ESPN’s “College Game Day” making more frequent visits to the west coast. Stewart also looks at ABC’s off-beat approach to their Nebraska-USC prime time broadcasting crew this weekend. Tom Hoffarth profiles Massachusetts native Dave Saraiva’s web creation The Brushback – which has spawned not only imitators, but also other projects for its creator.