A Wednesday wrap after a disappointing 9-7 Patriots season…

Wait, they went 12-4 and went to the AFC Championship game? You’d never know it reading many of the stories from today and listening to a lot of what is being said on the airwaves.

Then again, when I find myself agreeing with the viewpoint of the Big Show, it’s time to take a look in the mirror.


The NHL All Star game is on tonight. On a Wednesday night. On Versus. No disrespect to Versus here, but tell me again how this is the same league that Orr, Gretzky and Lemieux made great.

The league actually has a head of TV operations in senior vice president for broadcasting John Shannon. Richard Sandomir talks with Shannon about his plans for improving the TV broadcasts of the league.


Looking over Dan Shaughnessy’s column this morning, I get the distinct impression that Dan was bound and determined to run his Boston vs. Chicago paragraph no matter what. He just threw a few “No’s” in there here and there.

Getting a glimpse of some of Shaughnessy’s storylines for the two weeks of Patriots/Bears hype should surely make us thankful for small favors.


The Media Circus is back for another week of incredibly stupid and inane things said by national broadcasters this week, such as:

”We’re not supposed to cheer, but I did.”
”I’ll be honest, I could never be more proud of a player than Manning.”
– Sean Salisbury

”Understand how much (Peyton Manning) wants to win, how hard he works at it, how much he loves the game… And then you’ll feel like I feel right now. Like justice has been served.” – Peter King

Getting to the Super Bowl must be much more gratifying for Manning knowing that various mainstream media members are willing to offer the chance to make hot sweaty love to him.

They devote their rant of the week to how the sports media world went into complete chaos when Bill Parcells announced his retirement on Monday.


I meant to post this last week, but totally spaced it. The Phoenix had a feature entitled Bad Boston, on 27 things that drive us crazy about the city. Nestled in right after a complaint about the lack of lesbian bars in the city was this:

This town dearly loves its sports teams. So why do so many in the media seem to hate them so much? Boston’s POISONOUS SPORTS MEDIA can’t seem to get in enough licks.

Exhibit A: Dan Shaughnessy. Whether it’s Theo Epstein (a “boy wonder” whose hand was “held” by Larry Lucchino during his “wonder years”), Pedro Martinez (“The Dominican Diva”), or even David Ortiz (whom he purportedly called a “giant sack of you-know-what” on TV before Big Papi had even taken a swing in a Red Sox uniform), the Shank takes evident glee in skewering this team and typifies the worst impulses of the bitter Boston sports fan. At least he can’t keep flogging that “Curse of the Bambino” crap.

Sort of a Shaughnessy-lite, Steve Silva, proprietor of BostonDirtDogs.com also traffics heavily in petty negativity. He exhorted fans last June to boo Martinez, perhaps the most transcendent pitcher ever to wear a Red Sox uniform, for defecting to the New York Mets. Interestingly, when Johnny Damon returned to Fenway in a Yankee uniform, he pleaded for people to cheer long and loud. Curious, that.

Meanwhile, the Globe’s Ron Borges is a fine boxing writer. But his football columns are tainted by his consuming, unquenchable hatred for the New England Patriots, especially head coach Bill Belichick, who’s won us three Super Bowls in the past five years. Then there’s WEEI, the powerhouse sports-talk station that’s all but antithetical to nuanced and knowledgeable sports discussion. Whether they’re running clueless blowhard Glen Ordway or crass bigot Gerry Callahan, the station caters to the lowest common denominator, whipping listeners into a racist, sexist, homophobic lather. Stop listening. Stop reading. Write letters and ask for offensive on-air “talent” to be fired. Support the city’s good sportswriters — Edes, Ryan, Silverman — and keep tabs on the bad ones at Boston Sports Media Watch and Dan Shaughnessy Watch. Get your news from Sons of Sam Horn. And if you need sports radio, tune in online to New York’s WFAN. Sure, they mostly talk about Yankees and Mets. But you learn more any time Mike and the Mad Dog spend even a half hour on the Red Sox than you do listening to an entire week of 1440 AM.

Even if they didn’t mention this site, I’d be applauding that section.


Dr Z doesn’t want to see Parcells go back into the TV analyst role.

Bill Simmons read both new Pete Maravich biographies in a week and offers his thoughts on the books, and on Pistol Pete’s brief stint with the Celtics.

Globe Sports editor Joe Sullivan read one of the books on his way out to Indy last week and offers his thoughts on it.

Michael Hiestand has a number of media notes, including the first Baghdad Bowl, played by U.S. Soldiers set to air during the Super Bowl pregame show.

Dallas Morning News sports media writer Barry Horn has more on the NHL All Star game.


7:00pm, ESPN – North Carolina @ Wake Forest (HD)
7:30pm, FSN – Hawks @ Celtics (HD)
7:30pm, ESPN2 – DePaul @ Georgetown (HD)
8:00pm, Versus – NHL All Star Game (HD on INHD)
9:00pm, ESPN – Rockets @ Spurs (HD)