Julio, Julian Speak Up

Tony Massarotti has a look at new Sox shortstop Julio Lugo’s first day and camp and his thoughts on being part of the Red Sox. Steven Krasner has more from the dynamic shortstop, who is replacing Alex Gonzalez, and being compared personality-wise to Orlando Cabrera. Gordon Edes has NH native Kyle Jackson enjoying his time in camp, and looking forward to the day he can walk into Fenway Park through the player’s entrance.

Jeff Horrigan has Julian Tavarez talking about his pal, Manny Ramirez, and why he’ll be reporting on March 1st. Jeff Goldberg has more on Tavarez and Manny. Lenny Megliola says that Boston College will be the first live batters to Daisuke Matsuzaka on March 2nd. Massarotti has Mike Timlin expressing an interest in closing, but the Red Sox might feel he is more valuable in his set-up role.

Horrigan’s notebook has Coco Crisp still feeling the aftereffects of a broken finger suffered almost a year ago. Edes’ notebook has Terry Francona still waiting to hear from Manny. Krasner’s notebook has more on Manny’s likely late arrival.

Bruins

Steve Conroy and Fluto Shinzawa report on the Bruins 6-3 win in Philadelphia over the Flyers last night. As Conroy notes, whether the Bruins play the best teams or the worst, wins don’t come easy.

Shinzawa’s notebook says that this week’s GM meetings could produce some trade action. Conroy’s notebook has Petr Tenkrat breaking out of his 25 game scoring drought.

Celtics

Steve Bulpett has a mid-season report card for the Celtics, with higher grades than you might think for a team coming off an 18 game losing streak. Jackie MacMullan has a feature on the Celtics owners determined to stay the course with Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers despite the losing ways.

Shira Springer says that the Celtics may be going West starting tonight, but they could very well be going South again at the same time. Bulpett has Doc Rivers not expecting and not wishing for a trade to be made before Thursday’s deadline.

Patriots

Mike Reiss reports on the Patriots moving Nick Caserio from the personnel department to the position of wide receivers coach, replacing the departed Brian Daboll. John Tomase has more on Caserio, who was a college teammate of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Shalise Manza Young has a bit more on Caserio.

Dan Shaughnessy and Gerry Callahan weigh in on Bridget Moynahan’s announcement that Tom Brady is the father of her unborn child, and how they think Brady will handle things.

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Green Shows Celtics Pride

A few quick weekend notes.

We’ve got all four of Gerald Green’s dunks for you on the FSN Nothing But Net blog, as the second-year Celtic won the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk contest last night in Las Vegas. Green showed nice creativity while also paying homage to the past in his four dunks on the night. They’re worth a view.

Scott’s Shots also has a number of notes, links and videos from the contest.

Rob Bradford has been bringing it all weekend on his Bradford on Baseball Blog.

Globe Baseball Notes by Nick Cafardo.
Herald Baseball Notes by Tony Massarotti.

Globe Football Notes by Ron Borges.
Herald Football Notes by Michael Felger.

Globe Basketball Notes by Peter May.
Herald Basketball Notes by Steve Bulpett.

Globe Hockey Notes by Kevin Paul Dupont.
Herald Hockey Notes by Douglas Flynn.

Today’s TV Schedule:

1:00pm – CBS – Georgia Tech @ Duke (HD)
1:30pm, NBC – Champions: Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am (HD)
2:00pm – FOX – Daytona 500 (HD)
3:00pm – CBS – Nissan Open (HD)
3:30pm – NBC – Capitals @ Penguins (HD)
8:30pm – TNT – NBA All Star Game

Weekend Watch – Daytona 500 Weekend 2007

This weekend features the scandal-tainted Daytona 500 and the NBA All Star game from Sin City, Las Vegas. Good times.

FOX is going all-out in their coverage of the Daytona 500, which has been rocked this week with suspensions for cheating among some of the top teams in the circuit. This is the first major event of 2007 for NASCAR, which will see some unprecedented media coverage this season, as ESPN has picked up some of the races, and is already hyping their coverage.

Here’s a small section of FOX’s 20 page Daytona 500 Press Kit outlining some of the productions facts for Sunday’s broadcast:

EQUIPMENT
For its coverage of the 49th Daytona 500, FOX Sports is employing seven mobile production units, one graphics truck, one uplink transmission unit, two edit suites, one audio submix truck, and a quad generator capable of outputting nearly a megawatt of power. In addition, the FOX Sports production compound at Daytona International Speedway features six office trailers and support vehicles. This command center directs the following arsenal of production equipment: Daytona_500.jpg

  • 20 Manned cameras
  • 2 Super slow motion cameras, capturing 180 frames per second
  • Cablecam
  • 10 Robotic cameras
  • 16 In-car camera packages, each featuring three cameras
  • 6 Stationary POV cameras, including “Grass Cam” and “Wall Cam”
  • 3 Prerace cameras
  • 25 Video replay devices with over 72 channels of recording/playout
  • 43 Race team communication radios, one for each car on the track
  • Over 150 microphones placed along the track and throughout Daytona International Speedway

CREW
A staff of approximately 300 production, technical and support personnel are expected to consume approximately 13,000 bottles of water, 125 gallons of coffee, 5,000 bottles/cans of soft drinks and over 5,000 meals during Daytona SpeedWeeks.

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Gerald Green is the Celtics lone player representative at All Star Weekend, (Courtney of the Celtics Dance Team is there as part of the NBA All-Star Dance Team.) as he hopes to become the first Celtic since Dee Brown in 1991 to win the slam dunk contest. TNT has the contest as part of All Star Saturday night at 8:30pm. (Click here for a podcast with Dee Brown)

The festivities actually begin tonight at 9:00 when TNT will show the Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam. The game itself is on Sunday night at 8:30.

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Is anyone else already sick of the media complaining about being sick of the media coverage of Daisuke Matsuzaka? It cracks me up to see someone like Greg Dickerson (sorry Greg, but you made the mistake of putting yours in print.) complain about the Matsuzaka coverage. Dickerson is heading down to spring training next week for the FSN New England coverage, and you can be sure his station is going to have as much Daisuke coverage as anyone else.

In the Red Sox coverage this week, Amalie Benjamin brought something different to the Extra Bases blog on Boston.com. While she kept up with the news items going on, she also mixed in reports on Manny Delcarmen’s orange highlights and her morning jogs. It’s not for everyone, but from this view she’s been a refreshing change from reading Nick Cafardo write about his bunions. (OK, to my knowledge Nick never actually blogged about his bunions, but he may as well have been given the level of enthusiasm in some of his blog posts.)

Glenn Ordway today said that the local media is being too quick to build up Matsuzaka as being a captivating personality. Ordway said that Matsuzaka took too long (4 or 5 seconds!) to answer questions presented to him in Japanese at the press conferences, and that the local media is jumping the gun by presenting him as this dynamic/bold/affable personality. Apparently to Glenn anyone who takes 5 seconds to compose their thoughts and present them is just plain boring.

I’m thinking Glenn might need to take a moment and think himself before making a statement of this nature. According to the book Managing Cultural Differences: Leadership Strategies for a New World of Business it is part of the Japanese culture to think before giving a response.

To Americans, people who pause before replying to a question are probably dissembling. They expect a trustworthy person to respond directly. The Japanese distrust such fluency. They are impressed by somebody who gives careful thought to a question before making a reply. Most Japanese are comfortable with periods of silence. Americans find silence awkward and like to plug any conversational gaps.

You just KNOW that there is going to be a big cultural blow-up at some point this season as some Boston media member makes a comment that is offensive to the Japanese.

Mark February 16, 2007 as the first day that Steve Buckley wanted to talk about the potential playoff rotation for the Red Sox…

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Gary Tanguay hasn’t always been a favorite of this space, with his penchant for trying to create sensationalism with worst-case scenarios and Devil’s Advocate positions with whatever other topic he might be discussing, but I have to give him credit to stepping in for Mike Gorman on the FSN Celtics broadcast on Wednesday.

Gorman was stranded because of the storm and unable to make it to the Garden for the Celtics/Bucks game. Tanguay took Gorman’s place alongside Tommy Heinsohn and did a decent job considering he probably had a matter of hours at most to prepare for doing play-by-play of an NBA game. It may have been a one-game stint, but he showed he already had his own trademark phrase, as he said “Why not?” at a number of points during the game.

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Weekend Highlights

Friday
7:00pm, CN8 – College Hockey: Harvard @ Yale
7:00pm, ESPN2 – College Hoops: Winthrop @ Missouri St.
7:30pm, NESN – College Hockey: BU @ UNH
9:00pm, TNT – NBA Rookie Challenge

Saturday
Noon, ESPN – Georgetown @ Villanova
Noon, WCVB – St. John’s @ Providence
1:00pm, CBS- Florida @ Vanderbilt (HD)
1:00pm, TV38 – Florida St. @ Virginia
1:15pm, ESPN2 – NASCAR Busch Series: Orbitz 300 (HD)
3:00pm – CBS – Nissan Open (HD)
3:30pm, WCVB – UConn @ Syracuse
4:00pm, NBC – Champions: Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am (HD)
4:00pm, ESPN – Indiana @ Michigan
7:00pm, NESN – Bruins @ Sabres (HD)
8:30pm, TNT – NBA All Star Saturday night
9:00pm, ESPN – North Carolina @ Boston College (HD)

Sunday
1:00pm – CBS – Georgia Tech @ Duke (HD)
1:30pm, NBC – Champions: Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am (HD)
2:00pm – FOX – Daytona 500 (HD)
3:00pm – CBS – Nissan Open (HD)
3:30pm – NBC – Capitals @ Penguins (HD)
8:30pm – TNT – NBA All Star Game

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Rob Bradford and the Laurence Eagle-Tribune launched their new Red Sox blog this week, Bradford on Baseball.

Globe Celtics beat writer Shira Springer had a chat on Boston.com Friday.

Andy Gray of SI.com has a Slam Dunk contest preview.

Bill Simmons looks back at the most memorable All Star game ever, the 1987 game in Seattle.

The Media Circus is back this week with a look at ESPN’s cleverly named college basketball nights, DR Z’s broadcasting picks and quite possibly the dumbest thing ever said on the air.

Tim Hardaway apparently forced Mary Buckheit of ESPN Page2 out of the closet.

Michael McCann on Sports Law Blog has a look at the Peculiarities of Beer Advertising and Major League Baseball. This is a result of the Daisuke Matsuzaka beer ad that surfaced on YouTube recently. McCann makes a number of interesting points about MLB and Beer, and asks a succinct question at the end about smokeless tobacco.

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Sports Media Columns

New England

Susan Bickelhaupt as more on NASCAR coverage shifting into a new gear. Bill Doyle looked at Red Sox owner John Henry’s investment into Roush Racing, forming the new Roush Fenway Racing. David Scott has more on the partnership with NASCAR, as well as thoughts on Spring Training and college hoops.

New York

Pat Reichart has John Davidson figuring to get a little emotional in his first trip back to Madison Square Garden after so many years analyzing Rangers games. Phil Mushnick says that the NYRA treats horses and fans better than MLB treats fans. Richard Sandomir says a long friendship with the president and chief executive of NBC Universal is big reason why Tiki Barber chose that network over FOX and ESPN. Bob Raissman notes that Barber’s new career began by ripping his old coach, Tom Coughlin. Reichart also sits down for five questions with NBC new hire Barber. Neil Best looks at how ESPN is going into overdrive in their NASCAR coverage this season.

More East Coast

Michael Hiestand says that NASCAR viewers have more options than ever in the network telecasts of their sport. Jim Williams says that the coverage of NASCAR from all outlets – TV, radio and Internet, is the best of any sport. Williams has a second column on the Daytona 500 and the NBA All Star game on his blog. Hiestand also has a look at Bill Cowher joining the CBS NFL team. Laura Nachman has Phillies director of media and public affairs Scott Palmer learning from the mistakes he made in handling the Brett Myers situation last summer. Aaron Bracy has Cowher expressing sympathy for the situation that Andy Reid finds himself in at the moment.

South

Dave Darling notes that NASCAR, even though it is the second-most-popular television sport in America, is still coming back from an off year, with attendance and ratings down for many races. Barry Jackson has WQAM and 790 the Ticket sparring over Dolphins radio rights. He also touches on a number of other topics.

Midwest

Teddy Greenstein has a look at Chicago radio personality Dan Jiggetts, who is coming off a pretty rough year personally. Jeffrey Flanagan observes that the media tour conducted by Royals prospect Billy Butler was perhaps a bit premature. Bob Wolfley reports that Brewers fans will get to see 15 games over the air this season, a change from the last two seasons where all games were carried on cable. Judd Zulgad notes that the Twins opener has been picked up by ESPN.

West Coast

Larry Stewart looks at a busy weekend ahead for Charles Barkley during All Star weekend in Las Vegas. Stewart’s notebook has Fox’s BDSSP getting into boxing with a two-hour fight show from the Playboy Mansion. Jay Posner has channel 4 beefing up their Padres coverage with an expanded post game show. Joe Davidson reports on Sacramento getting a second all-sports radio station. John Mafferi has new CBS analyst Bill Cowher talking about the firing of his friend Marty Schottenheimer. Tom Hoffarth has Lakers broadcaster Stu Lantz still missing partner Chick Hearn, five years after the death of the legendary announcer. He also lists his top 10 and bottom 5 TV analysts in the Los Angeles area. Old friend Steve Lyons heads the bottom 5 list.

First Official Day of Spring (training)

Dice-K Speaks!

On the eve of the official start to Red Sox spring training, the $103 million dollar man, Japanese ace Daisuke Matsuzaka addressed the media for his thoughts on the newest and biggest chapter of his life. Tony Massarotti says based on his comments during the press conference, we’re going to like this guy. Amalie Benjamin notes that Matsuzaka showed a sly sense of humor and “an engaging personality that hardly required an understanding of Japanese.” Jeff Horrigan also took note of the comedic side of the pitcher. Steven Krasner says that if Matsuzaka’s performance on the mound matches his winning the personality, the Red Sox will indeed have found themselves an ace. Jeff Goldberg says Matsuzaka showed the poise that made him a winner in Japan.

Rob Bradford has a peek at how Matsuzaka mania is affecting everyone down in Fort Myers. Dan Shaughnessy gives his impression of the Daisuke press conference. Lowell Sun sportswriters Rick Harrison and Barry Scanlon square off on whether Matsuzaka will live up to the hype. Alan Greenwood says that the notion that the Red Sox have a top rotation is based more on wishes than reality right now. Gordon Edes has a look at the crew responsible for packing, driving and unpacking the spring training truck. Joe Haggerty says prospects might play a large role with the 2007 Red Sox. Massarotti has a few quick observations on the Red Sox deal with Funai Electric.

Benjamin’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis offering his thoughts on the team this year. Horrigan’s notebook has Youkilis finding a bright side to all the media coverage.

Bruins

Frank Dell’Apa and Steve Conroy report on the Bruins 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders, kicking off the longest road trip of the season.

Conroy’s notebook says backup goaltender Hannu Toivonen should get a chance to play sometime on this trip. Dell’Apa’s notebook looks at the storm causing the Bruins some troubles in getting into New York.

Celtics

Steve Bulpett talks to Dee Brown, who offers his thoughts on Gerald Green, as well as taking some time to remember his 1991 slam dunk title. Christopher L Gasper has the young Celtics displaying some bravado after finally winning a game. Steve Buckley examines why the Celtics have become lovable losers in a sports town that is “famous for its biting media and a demanding customer base.”

NASCAR

David Exum and Michael Vega report on a contrite Michael Waltrip apologizing for the scandal around the suspension of two of his team members for cheating.

Susan Bickelhaupt looks at NASCAR coverage moving into a different gear.

Exum’s notebook and Vega’s notebook have Jeff Gordon as the latest driver being dinged for rules violations.

Misc

David Scott is getting ready to head to Fort Myers in his latest edition of Scott’s Shots.

Ron Borges has boxing notes in the Globe.

Celtics Buck Off Streak At Last

The Streak is over.

After a shaky 1 1/2 quarters the Celtics finally came to life last night and turned a 15 point deficit into a 20 point win, 117-97 over the Milwaukee Bucks. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 32 points, while Gerald Green added 21, including 16 in the second quarter to help turn things around for Boston. Al Jefferson had another double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Steve Bulpett says that the win resulted in mostly relief for the Celtics, who had been a biblical 40 days and 40 nights without a win. Christopher L Gaspar notes that having both “Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak in the lineup for the first time since Dec. 16 and a sense of urgency befitting the playoffs, not the NBA draft lottery” helped the Celtics snap the record streak. Bill Doyle has the Celtics keeping things in perspective following the win, as they realize they have a long way to go still. We also had a live blog going on over at the FSN Nothing But Net page.

Peter May notes that for the second time this season, the Bucks may have saved Doc Rivers’ bacon. Matt Kalman has a look at Gerald Green, who was 6-7 from the floor last night, including 4-4 from three point range, after a talk prior to the game with Piece. This game gives Green a nice confidence boost going into the Slam Dunk contest.

Gaspar’s notebook and Bulpett’s notebook each look at Paul Pierce’s comments on WEEI yesterday, where the Celtics captain expressed frustration that he would be on a team this bad in his ninth season in the league. Doyle’s notebook has more on Green, who is looking forward to Las Vegas this weekend, but whom Doc Rivers wants to develop into a more complete player.

Red Sox

Tony Massarotti has a look at Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein, entering his fifth season on the job, and for the first time feeling a bit of heat for the performance of the team the previous season. Gordon Edes has a piece on Dan Okimoto, who has become Larry Lucchino’s top adviser over the years for anything that has to do with Japan.

Jeff Horrigan has a look at Craig Hansen, who would certainly like to take over the closers role, but would also just like to make the team out of spring training first. Jeff Goldberg has more on Hansen, who is in the Sox plans to the extent that they would not include him in a trade to Colorado for Todd Helton. Steven Krasner has a piece on Abe Alvarez, who is trying to reopen some eyes in camp after being taken off the 40 man roster this offseason and re-signed to a minor league deal. Alex Speier says health is the biggest question facing the Red Sox outfield.

Horrigan also reports on the Sox landing a partnership deal with a Japanese electronic equipment maker. Bill Doyle looks at John Henry buying into Roush Racing.

Horrigan’s notebook has J.D. Drew finally being added to the 40 man roster, but at the expense of Lenny DiNardo, who was immediately claimed by Oakland. Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has more on Hansen, who is hoping to get back to the success he enjoyed as a closer at St. John’s.

Boston College

Yesterday Jim Donaldson was worried that BC fans would get all cocky after their team defeated Duke last night, and he said that BC would win because Duke is in a down year.

So much for that.

Duke came in and smothered Jared Dudley to the point that the Eagles forward only attempted five shots on the night, and the Blue Devils beat Boston College 78-70 at Conte Forum. Mark Murphy says BC just doesn’t look like that can share the floor with Duke, even in an off year for Mike Krzyzewski’s crew. Mark Blaudschun says that Boston College may not be ready for prime time after all. Lenny Megliola says that if BC was ever going to knock off Duke, this was the time to do it.

Jackie MacMullan says that Duke shutting down Dudley made the game impossible for the Eagles to win. Steve Buckley looks at Boston College getting embarrassed in their own building, a place they hope to turn into their own home court advantage along the lines of Cameron Indoor Stadium. MacMullan has senior Sean Marshall looking to finish his BC career strong.

Murphy’s notebook says that Coach K has Dudley’s number. Blaudschun’s notebook observes that Duke is formidable even in a down year.

Misc

Mike Reiss reports on Patriots assistant coach Brian Daboll bolting the team in favor of Eric Mangini’s New York Jets. Yesterday Reiss looked at the free agent wide receivers in his blog, as did Albert Breer. Today Reiss has a look at the free agent safeties that might be available.

Barbara Matson looks at the Bruins as they get set to start their longest road trip of the season. Mat Kalman’s notebook says this is a make-or-break trip for the B’s.

Bill Reynolds has a piece on Brown coach Craig Robinson who is Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s brother-in-law.

Dice-K Day One

Dice-K played long toss!

Daisuke Matsuzaka arrived in Red Sox spring training around noon yesterday, and one of his first acts on the field was a session of long toss with minor league catcher George Kottaras (acquired in the David Wells trade last season). Jeff Horrigan says the shutters from all the camera for the events made it sound like a den of rattlesnakes. Gordon Edes has Kottaras getting his moment in the spotlight this spring, thanks to Matsuzaka. Steven Krasner has more on the meeting between Kottaras and Matsuzaka.

Tony Massarotti has a piece on Red Sox manager Terry Francona as he prepares for another season leading the Boston nine. Jon Couture goes through nine stories that figure to be big for the Red Sox this spring. Ted Panos says Spring Training is a wonderful time of year. Joe Haggerty has the Sox putting together an entirely new infield for this season.

Edes’ notebook has the Red Sox and Wily Mo Pena apparently headed to an arbitration hearing on Friday.

Keith Reed wonders if John Henry is buying into NASCAR too late.

Bruins

With a 3-0 win over the Oilers last night, Kevin Paul Dupont suggests that maybe the Bruins have begun to change their fortunes. Maybe. Steve Conroy says that the Bruins did not disappoint those who showed up last night to honor Johnny Bucyk. Joe McDonald says last night’s game could end up being a benchmark for the Bruins. Bud Barth has Brandon Bochenskiand Marco Sturm taking care of the scoring for the B’s last night.

Mick Colageo looks at how Johnny Bucyk has made his mark in a half century of service to the Bruins. Bill Kipouras has former teammates raving about the Chief.” Karen Guregian says that these Bruins could use a few like Bucyk. Dupont has more on Bucyk being honored by the Bruins last night. Guregian has Marco Sturm as the latest Bruin dealing with trade rumors.

Dupont’s notebook has Chuck Kobasew stuck in Calgary, a victim of immigration papers in limbo. Conroy’s notebook suggests that when Kobasew does finally get here, he’ll find a nice comfort zone in Boston. Barth’s notebook has Andrew Ference making a good impression in his first game as a Bruin.

Celtics

Mark Murphy has the Celtics hoping that having both Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak on the floor tonight will finally get them a victory. Christopher L Gaspar has more on the Celtics hoping their two best players can help them finally break the streak. Scott Souza says the size of the streak is starting to really hit home with some of the players.

Shira Springer has a mini-feature on Gerald Green and his preparation for the Slam Dunk contest. Green is getting help from his brother in figuring out what to do to win the contest, but also wants to be known as an all-around player, not just a dunker.

Dylan on the BSMW Full Court Press has a look at the Celtics competition for the top pick in the draft.

Murphy’s notebook has the Celtics realizing that if they don’t get a win tonight, the road ahead gets much tougher. Souza also asks Leon Powe for his favorite high school memory.

College/Misc

Mark Blaudschun has a look at BC coach Al Skinner, who “has pushed all the right buttons and prepared his team the best way he can — but with only the slightest touch of emotion.” Which of course, is exactly his style. Steve Buckley has Skinner with no intention of changing the way in which he does business.

Jim Donaldson wants to remind Boston College fans that if their team beats Duke tonight, don’t rush the floor – this is an off year for the Blue Devils.

Michael Vega has NASCAR suspending four crew chiefs for “unapproved modifications discovered during pre- and post-qualifying inspections last Sunday.”

John Altavilla says Tiki Barber’s new role at NBC fits him just fine.

Mark Farinella has another edition of Ask Fearless, with a few Patriots items thrown in the mix. Garry Brown hits to all fields.

Tuesday Wrap – 02.13.07

We’re well on our way to all Daisuke, all the time. On the web, anyway.

The Globe and Herald blogs both provide step-by-step accounts of the Japanese ace arriving in camp and playing catch. It might be me, but they at least seem to have a sense of humor about it, with Jeff Horrigan referring to the items as “scintillating tidbits.”

Meanwhile, we’re still getting plenty of Celtics talk on the radio airwaves, while Butch Stearns announced on The Big Show on WEEI that if HE were Bill Belichick, HE’D be looking into the San Diego Chargers now open coaching position.

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ESPN announced today that Dusty Baker and Fernando Viña are the newest Baseball Tonight analysts to be added to the network’s roster. While I wouldn’t want to lose Dennis Eckersley from the NESN telecasts, I just don’t get why he hasn’t gotten a chance with a national network.

ESPN also announced today the launch of a network of local ESPN-affiliate station Web sites that will integrate with ESPNRadio.com. These sites will provide more local content and news information integrated into each city’s location, as well as access to the ESPN Radio podcasts and streaming audio. ESPN Boston is not among the first round of cities, which includes New York City (AM 1050 WEPN ), Chicago (AM 1000 WMVP), Los Angeles (AM 710 KSPN), Dallas (FM 103.3 KESN) and Pittsburgh (AM 1250 WEAE). The Chicago site is the first one to launch and others will follow in the coming weeks.

It was a busy day for ESPN, as they also announced the purchase of the site Truehoop.com and the hiring of its author Henry Abbott as an ESPN.com employee. Abbott will continue to run True Hoop while also contributing to ESPN’s NBA coverage on the web.

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FOX Sports announced their MLB broadcast schedule this season and the Red Sox once again appear the maximum nine times. The dates:

  • April 14th Angels @ Red Sox
  • April 21st Yankees @ Red Sox
  • April 28th Red Sox @ Yankees
  • May 26th Red Sox @ Rangers
  • June 2nd Yankees @ Red Sox
  • June 16th Giants @ Red Sox
  • July 21st White Sox @ Red Sox
  • August 25th Red Sox @ White Sox
  • September 15th Yankees @ Red Sox

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Amy K Nelson has a feature on Red Sox pitcher Devern Hansack and his journey from Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua to a chance at the closer role in Boston.

Michael Gee feels that the Japanese media covering Matsuzaka needs to be treated with respect, and not “burlesqued as members of some odd cult by Boston media needing a cheap laugh.”

Scott Allen reports on the opening statements of Charlie Weis’ malpractice suit against the Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital after his botched gastric bypass surgery in 2002.

Gregg Easterbrook looks at another season of bad predictions in his Tuesday Morning Quarterback column.

Mike Reiss looks at the cornerbacks set to hit the free agent market.

Albert Breer analyzes the Patriots running back position.

Neil Best looks at Verizon’s fiber optic FiOS TV service slowly spreading across the Northeast. He also has a bit on Tiki Barber officially starting his TV career with NBC.
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TV38 (WSBK-TV) today announced that it has entered into a two-year, exclusive television rights agreement with The New England Revolution making TV38 the team’s only television broadcaster in the Boston market. The partnership is effective immediately.

TV38 will feature 22 Revs regular season games beginning with New England’s season opener at the Chicago Fire on Saturday, April 7 (8:30PM). Plus, TV38 will carry the Revolution’s only game against the Los Angeles Galaxy this season after the arrival of the Galaxy’s international superstar midfielder, David Beckham, on Sunday, August 12 (7:00PM).

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It’s easy to forget, but 1510 the Zone is still on the air. One of the weeknight shows is The Lew and Mike Show, which airs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8-10pm. The show has been on the air since May, and “has been dedicated to primarily 4 subjects….football, baseball, basketball, and any comments and/or criticisms regarding the Boston or national sports media.” The hosts note the frustration with national and local media and they promote their show as a “a platform to discuss those frustrations for us and the listeners/callers.” They’re not afraid to take shots at other radio shows on the air.

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Tonight

7:00pm, NESN – Oilers @ Bruins (HD)
7:00pm, ESPN – Kentucky @ Tennessee (HD)
9:00pm, Versus – Ducks @ Avalanche
9:00pm, ESPN – Michigan @ Michigan St. (HD)