Just the basics today as I try to scramble and get ready to head out West for a week of visiting family…

Today is the last official day of the BSMW Fund Drive. I’ll be leaving the donation boxes up over the next week however, as I will be leaving later this afternoon and won’t be able to change them out before I go. It appears we’ll come up short in this drive, but I do appreciate the support that everyone has given to the site. When I come back on Monday the 27th, we’ll have the drawing for the SlingBox.

While I’m gone, I’ll have at least something posted on each day next week, Monday through Friday.

You know the drill, the place to be on Sunday will be the BSMW Patriots Game Day page. Our Roundtable this morning was no row of chairs. The last two Sundays featured links to the Sunday football stories and the flagship post-game blog. This week, you might get the same, or something different. We’re not telling. You can also check the news coverage of the team on the Patriots News Mashup page.

Be sure to check in with the Patriots Game Day page tomorrow, as Bill Barnwell will have the most detailed look yet at the Ex-Patriots spread around the league and how they’re doing at this point in time.

Check in on the Packers coverage from JSOnline and OnMilwaukee.com. There is also Packersnews.com and Packer.com.

There is also the Red Sox News Mashup and the Celtics News Mashup for keeping up with those teams, both this weekend and while I’m away.

NFL Coverage Maps:

CBS Game One

CBS Game Two

FOX Single Game

Weekend Highlights

7:30pm – Celtics/Blazers FSN (HD)
8:00pm – Wizards/Pistons ESPN (HD)
10:30pm – 76ers/Suns (HD)

Noon – Maryland @ Boston College (football) ESPN
2:30pm – Army @ Notre Dame NBC
3:30pm – Michigan @ Ohio State ABC (HD)
3:30pm – Auburn @ Alabama CBS
7:00pm – Capitals @ Bruins NESN (HD)
7:30pm – Celtics @ Knicks FSN

1:00pm – Patriots @ Packers CBS (HD)
3:00pm – NASCAR Nextel Cup: Ford 400, NBC (HD)
4:00pm – Seahawks @ 49ers FOX (HD)
4:15pm – Colts @ Cowboys CBS (HD)
8:00pm – Bulls @ Lakers ESPN (HD)
8:15pm – Chargers @ Broncos NBC (HD)

Patriots All Access

This week on Patriots All Access (on WCVB after Ohio State-Michigan)

  • One-on-one with Patriots receiver Reche Caldwell.
  • Bill Belichick introduces us to the explosive Green Bay Packer receivers on the Belestrator
  • Hear what Tom Brady has to say about Green Bay great Brett Favre.

Weekly Media Columns:

New England

David Scott reports that WEEI might be considering adding their own Red Sox beat reporter, who would provide on-air reports and updates on WEEI.com. Susan Bickelhaupt looks at the type of media crush the Red Sox might expect should the team successfully sign Daisuke Matsuzaka to a contract. John Molori had a look at NESN’s reality show “Be a Bruin.” Bill Doyle had a look at the Red Sox changing radio outlets on Worcester. John Howell has Benny Parsons talking about the slight step back that NASCAR has taken this year with slightly lower ratings and fewer sellouts.

New York

Phil Mushnick looks at the admittedly annoying practice that TV networks have of promoting other shows and specials while the game is in progress. In talking about Monday Night Football, Mushnick notes: “The sell of Disney goods, this time ABC’s and ESPN’s new NASCAR contract, always comes first.” What’s fairly amusing to me is that thanks to internet advertising programs that search individual web pages and attempt to serve relevant ads, Mushnick’s article for me was accompanied by ads featuring Mickey Mouse advertising Disney vacations. The irony is fairly amusing. Bob Raissman looks at the interesting situation the YES network has with NL Manager of Year Joe Girardi joining the network and having to deal with Joe Torre and the Yankee clubhouse on a daily basis, especially as Girardi has been rumored to be a successor to Torre. Neil Best has part one of a two part series on the state of the new NFL TV landscape. Andrew Marchand looks at the Hot Stove season heating up for baseball broadcasting jobs as well. Marchand’s Memo of the Week to ESPN for pimping ABC’s Dancing with the Stars because of Emmitt Smith.

East Coast

Michael Hiestand talks with CSTV exec Tim Pernetti, who makes it an aim to have fun on the job. Chris Zelkovich notes that this Sunday’s Grey Cup has already broken several records. Laura Nachman reports on the ongoing battle between the NFL Network and cable companies. Jim Williams looks at the NFL Network’s new program which will count down the great Super Bowl teams of all time over the next 20 weeks. Aaron Bracy reports on the network gearing up for its first NFL game on Thursday night. Bob Smizik checks in with Bill Hillgrove, who “is in the midst of his 38th season of doing Pitt basketball, his 34th of doing Pitt football and his 13th of doing Steelers football” – as well as Ray Goss, who has been at his craft almost as long. Bracy’s blog, Beyond the Sports Page looks at the Flyers broadcast going dark last night on Comcast SportsNet.


Jim Sarni has an extensive column which leads off with a look at this weekend’s HUGE Michigan/Ohio State battle. He also looks at NBC’s final NASCAR ride this Sunday. Barry Jackson and Dave Darling note that will the NFL Network starting game broadcasts this Thursday, there are still huge areas of the country that cannot get the network and thus will have no way to watch the games. Barry Horn looks at Charlie Waters still trying to find his way as a rookie analyst on the Cowboys radio network. David Barron has Kirk Herbstreit insisting he’ll be objective about the Ohio State/Michigan game despite being a former Buckeye quarterback.


Bob Wolfley has members of the 1996 Packers talking about their Super Bowl victory over the Patriots as part of the NFL Network special on the greatest Super Bowl teams. Ed Sherman looks at Ken Harrelson being on the balloting for the Ford C. Frick Award from the baseball Hall of Fame. Judd Zulgad looks at the Minnesota Gophers men’s basketball team looking at having a number of games broadcast on tape delay because of conflicts with the Wolves or Wild. Jeffrey Flanagan looks at former Raider and Chief Rich Gannon getting the call to broadcast the game between those two clubs on CBS this Sunday.

West Coast

Larry Stewart talks to Keith Jackson about the Ohio State/Michigan game, which Jackson will be watching from the comfort of his home rather than in the booth. Tom Hoffarth talks to Paul Maguire about how the transition back to college football has gone after spending so many years in the ESPN Sunday night booth. John Maffei notes that one of the few times San Diego State football will be on local TV, they have to go up against the Michigan/Ohio State game. Jay Posner has more on the NFL Network’s lack of coverage around the San Diego area where only about 40% will be able to see the game on Thanksgiving evening. Joe Davidson looks at a spectacular Saturday of college football. Stewart has more on the network’s series about the 20 Geatest Super Bowl teams, as does Jim Carlise.