I thought seriously about avoiding the radio completely today, and probably should have. Nothing fuels sports talk radio like an opening day Red Sox loss. They’ve lost six of their last seven openers, so we should be pretty used to this drill by now.

Interviews with Kevin Youkilis and Josh Beckett helped break up the afternoon a little bit.

Tomorrow marks the debut of WEEI’s new “Red Sox Wednesday” – a day that the station vows to totally dedicate to the Red Sox. (Does that include the entire morning show?)

Jerry Remy joins Dennis & Callahan each Wednesday at 9:00am, Red Sox Manager Terry Francona will join Dale & Holley at 12 noon, and a Red Sox “player of the week” will be on the Big Show with Glenn Ordway and crew.
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WNNZ-AM (640) in Springfield/Westfield has dropped their all-sports format and gone to a news/talk format drawing on news and information programs produced by National Public Radio. WNNZ had been broadcasting Yankees games, as well as Mike and Mike in the Morning, then FOX Sports, and then their “Press Box” show with Marty Tirrell in the afternoon.

It would seem that WEEI’s new Springfield area affiliate, WVEI 105.5FM had a big influence on this move.

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John Kelly should start the MarkMurphyWatch.com website. Here is John’s email to me today, and he’s sent in several in the past about Murphy as well:

Hey Bruce. If you’re interested, here are three errors in three different pieces from Mark Murphy (He seems to be good for one per piece). Here he is on March 24th talking to Avery Johnson about the 95-96 Spurs that only won 20 games. Now is probably a good time to mention that the 95-96 Spurs won 59 games. It was the 96-97 Spurs that won 20 games.

Here he is on March 31st claiming that Duke and UNLV played in two straight championship games. What actually happened was that UNLV beat Duke in the 1990 national championship game, then they had a rematch in 1991 in the national semifinals, where Duke stunned UNLV and then went on to beat Kansas in the national championship game.

And now today he is referring to Florida as the sixth team in history to win back to back titles, when on the page right next to his column in the Boston Herald, there is a list of back to back title winners. If you notice, Florida is the 7th team to it, not the 6th. Oklahoma St., Kentucky, San Francisco, Cincinnati, UCLA, & Duke all did it before Florida.

Here are the teams to win back-to-back titles:

  • Florida — 2006-07
  • Duke — 1991-92
  • UCLA — 1964-65; 1967-73
  • Cincinnati — 1961-62
  • USF — 1955-56
  • Kentucky — 1948-49
  • Oklahoma State — 1945-46

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The blog Yanksfan vs. Soxfan thinks that Boston.com grabbed their idea for a Daisuke Matsuzaka-themed Haiku contest.

Tom Verducci offers his predictions for the 2007 season, plus a look back at 2006.

Ken Rosenthal has his thoughts on opening day around the majors.

Eric Wilbur also has some opening day observations.

Tom Casale has an Ask PFW mailbag on Patriots.com.

Leonard Shapiro says that the firing of Joe Theismann was “classic weasel television executive at its best.”

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The New Hampshire Union Leader has an opening for a sports editor. After six years as Deputy Managing Editor-Sports, Vin Sylvia is taking the even more rambling title of Deputy Managing Editor-Sunday and Features. The job listing for his current position will be posted nationally, but anyone who wants to inquire about the job in the meantime can e-mail Vin at vsylvia@unionleader.com

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Tonight

7:00pm, Versus – Sabres @ Penguins
7:30pm, NESN – Bruins @ Canadiens
8:30pm, ESPN – NCAA Women’s Title Game – Tennessee/Rutgers

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