It is Masters weekend 2007, but there is a whole lot more going on over the next few days in addition to golf.

Saturday night is an unusual evening for sports viewing for Boston fans. You’ve got the Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox, and Revolution all in action, and Boston College is playing in the NCAA Hockey Championship game. That’s five games that will all be going on at the same time.

Having the Red Sox open up on the road is good for not only the weather reasons, but it also allows for a week long “test run” of game stories and coverage. Look for the stories in the papers this coming week to tripe in quantity with the Red Sox coming home, and Daisuke Matsuzaka making his first start at Fenway Park. It’s going to be a busy week.

In a column from 2003, Alex Heard of Slate tells you how to watch The Masters on television.

HDSportsGuide.com passes along the following Masters TV notes:

Friday’s coverage of The Masters is available on multiple channels so get your HD-DVR remote handy, we have outlined all of the coverage below.

  1. It starts at 4pm ET on both Thursday and Friday.
  2. The non-HD coverage will be on USA.
  3. The high definition coverage will be on both UniversalHD and the CBS Television HD Network(Analog CBS will be showing normal programming at this time).
  4. Both CBS HD and Analog will have same day highlights at 11:35pm ET on both Thursday and Friday.

Adam Reilly has a look at how David Portnoy created Barstool Sports from scratch, and how the paper has grown to a circulation of 40,000.

Bill Simmons kept a running diary of Daisuke Matsuzaka’s first start with the Red Sox Thursday afternoon.

Much has been written about the death of Darryl Stingley the last couple of days. Probably one of the best articles ever written about Stingley was the one done by Ron Borges, back in August, 2003 – 25 years after the hit. The article is available for free through that link.

Mark Farinella also writes about the life and death of Darryl Stingley.

Dr Z also weighs in on the hit on Stingley.

Jim Rice didn’t do himself and favors with these comments at a PawSox luncheon.

Le Anne Schreiber introduces herself as the new ESPN ombudsman.

Jessica Camerato attempts to answer the question: Who is Kevinn Pinkney?

Deadspin.com has a blog entry on ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd urging his audience to unleash a DNS attack on TheBigLead.com, which he thought had written something that upset him. The attack then happened, which has resulted in the site being down since yesterday. Deadspin notes that Cowherd is infamous for taking items off of blogs and passing them off on the air as if he came up with then on his own. Something we have experience with here at BSMW.

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National Sports Media Columns

New England

David Scott is back with an all new edition of Scott’s Shots. Susan Bickelhaupt looks at ESPN and Channel 38 ramping up MLS soccer coverage. Bill Doyle has Golf Channel remaining on Charter Communications after an earlier threat to pull out. Andrew Neff reports on Clear Channel selling its Maine radio stations, and also some Maine fans missing out on remaining Celtics radio broadcasts due to technical issues.

New York

Neil Best has a packed edition of Sports Watch, with a look at FOX bringing back the Game of the Week, Turner introducing Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken as analysts for their new baseball lineup and a look at Masters coverage. Phil Mushnick says that now that ESPN has taken care of Joe Theismann, they need to do something about Joe Morgan. Pat Reichart has a look at Sports Guy Bill Simmons’ new deal with ESPN that keeps him there through 2010, though he may not write that entire period of time. Bob Raissman looks at Lee Mazzilli bringing a New York accent to SNY’s Mets pre- and postgame shows. Richard Sandomir has a look at the new book 7: The Mickey Mantle Novel, which has drawn much attention and criticism. Reichart also has Five Question with FOX baseball analyst Tim McCarver.

More East Coast

Michael Hiestand looks at Jim Lampley and Scott Hamilton getting a chance to do comedy in Blades of Glory. Chris Zelkovich look at the tough sell the Toronto FC has in getting ratings for the MLS matches. Laura Nachman has Mount Airy native Dave Sims joining the Seattle Mariners broadcast team. Bob Smizik says that Clear Channel didn’t distinguish itself in their Pirates opener this week. Jim Williams has ESPN gearing up for its biggest MLS season with David Beckham now in the league. He also has a talk with Nationals President Stan Kasten and a look at Cal Ripken, Jr joining the Turner Sports broadcast team.

South

Barry Jackson has University of Miami football coach Randy Shannon being dubbed “Randy Saban” by a local sportscaster for the restrictions he is placing on media access to his team and program. Dave Darling has a look back at what he calls “probably the most historic moment in the history of the game” – Tiger Woods’ victory in the 1997 Masters. David Barron has Extra Innings arriving back on cable in time for the weekend.

Midwest

Teddy Greenstein has broadcasters increasingly getting bumped from courtside spots in favor of high priced seating for fans. Judd Zulgad has the Twins opener getting higher ratings than the NCAA championship game. Bob Wolfley says CBS enjoys riding Tiger Woods to success. Dan Caesar reports on fewer Cardinals games being shown on free TV this season. George M. Thomas has MLB trying to make everyone happy with Extra Innings.

West Coast

Jim Carlisle has CBS taking a trip down memory lane with Sunday’s broadcast of Jim Nantz Remembers Augusta: The 1960 Masters. John Maffei has more on CBS adding color to the original footage of the event. Jay Posner has Nick Faldo preferring to talk about the Masters rather than play in it. Joe Davidson notes that finding A’s games on the radio is pretty much hit or miss in Sacramento. John Scheibe has more on Faldo choosing the talk over the walk.

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This Weekend’s TV Highlights

Friday, April 6
7:30pm, FSN – Heat @ Celtics (HD)
7:35pm, TBS – Mets @ Braves
8:00pm, ESPN – Cavs @ Wizards (HD)
10:30pm, ESPN – Mavs @ Nuggets (HD)

Saturday, April 7
3:30pm, CBS – The Masters (HD)
3:30pm, FOX – Mets @ Braves (HD)
3:30pm, ABC – DC United @ Rapids (HD)
4:00pm, 3:30pm, ESPN2 – NASCAR Busch Series Pepsi 300 (HD)
7:00pm, FSN – Celtics @ Pacers
7:00pm, ESPN – NCAA Hockey Title game – BC/Michigan St.
7:00pm, CN8 – Senators @ Bruins
8:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Rangers (HD)
8:30pm, TV38 – Revolution @ Fire

Sunday, April 8th

1:00pm, TBS – Mets @ Braves
1:00pm, ABC – Cavs @ Pistons (HD)
1:00pm, NBC – Sabres @ Flyers (HD)
2:30pm, CBS – The Masters (HD)
3:30pm, ABC – Suns @ Lakers (HD)
8:00pm, ESPN – Red Sox @ Rangers (HD)

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