A few afternoon items while still sitting in stunned amazement at the popularity across the Internet of the pizza-throwing incident at Fenway Park yesterday.

Having the telecast of the Boston Marathon all to themselves resulted in a ratings winner for WBZ-TV. The elite section of the race on WBZ-TV was #1 in the time period delivering 274,000 households (11.5 rating/ 29 share) and peaking at 12:00 noon with 373,000 households.

From a year ago, WBZ-TV shows triple digit growth across households and all key demos with 249% increase in total viewers. In addition, WBZ-TV had more total viewers than the combined average of WBZ and WCVB in 2006 (250,000 viewers), 2005 (270,000 viewers), 2004 (266,000 viewers), and 2003 (269,000 viewers). The post race coverage from 12:15-3PM was up an eye-popping 82% in total viewers from a year ago.

Mike Reiss has a busy offseason edition of the Ask Reiss Mailbag.

He also reports today that the Patriots have signed free-agent cornerback Tory James to a one year deal. James has 21 interceptions over the last four seasons and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2004.

In the SI.com Power Rankings, the Red Sox jumped from 12 to 3 this week.

In grading the NBA Eastern Conference, Charley Rosen doesn’t give the Celtics the lowest grade. The Cavs, Bucks, Knicks, Nets and Pacers either had the same grade or worse than the Celtics.

Jessica Camerato has five players on the Celtics who shouldn’t want to see the season end.

Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post looks at the Orioles playing hardball with WNST’s Nestor “Nasty” Aparicio, who has been critical of owner Peter Angelos and Orioles management.

Bob Raissman isn’t a big fan of what Mike and Mad Dog have done as replacements for Don Imus on WFAN.

Neil Best looks at Tiki Barber going to Virginia Tech as his first assignment with NBC.

Richard Sandomir has a look at a pair of older movies which help put the current events of Don Imus and Jackie Robinson in focus.


7:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Blue Jays
7:00pm, Versus – Senators @ Penguins
10:00pm, Versus – Red Wings @ Flames