From someone who claims to know: Yesterday’s photo of Dan Shaughnessy watching himself on TV which appeared on Barstool Sports is genuine.

However, there’s a little more to the story than might meet the eye. According to someone who was also there, Shaughnessy had been attending a fundraiser for children with Down Syndrome in the neighborhood. One of the men with him that night was his brother.

Dan’s son was apparently also spotlighted on the NESN show and he took his brother into the establishment so he could see the segment of the show. Obviously Shaughnessy himself was also on the program, leaving the impression that Dan was in there simply checking out his own appearance.

While I’ve taken my shots at Shaughnessy over the years, this scenario is at least plausible, (I haven’t confirmed the fundraiser or that his son was on the show) so perhaps in this instance, Shaughnessy wasn’t there simply being narcissistic.

Hey, it’s a pretty slow news day. You can take it or leave it.

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ESPN announced a number of new programming initiatives today, with details being given on five new original content offerings. ESPN Reports (Which is only a working title at this point.) is described as a “primetime news magazine shot in high definition and dedicated to cutting-edge sports journalism.” Tom Farrey, Rachel Nichols, Lisa Salters, Jeremy Schaap and Michael Smith will serve as correspondents/reporters on the show, while Bill Simmons and Chuck Klosterman will also have featured roles on the show.

SportsCenter Minute will start airing hourly during ESPN on ABC programming in September .

The Moto X World Championships are a new annual event from the ESPN X Games team, the first will be held in April, 2008.

This is SportsCenter 300 is a series of specials airing Tuesdays in September to celebrate the 300th This is SportsCenter ad promo. These commercials have been running for 14 years now, and the specials will look back at some of the most memorable spots and talk to those involved in making them.

Finally, ESPN News will have a weekly one hour program focusing on Fantasy sports, starting in August.

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Celtics broadcaster Sean Grande (who co-hosted with Dale Arnold on WEEI mid-day today) has a column on Celtics.com saying that there is more to the 2007 draft than simply Greg Oden and Kevin Durant.

Eric Wilbur looks back to the last time Tim Wakefield was this hot with the Red Sox…1995.

Richard Sandomir looks at the cable operators scoring a victory against the NFL Network.

Leonard Shapiro says that Nick Faldo needs the perfect foil on Golf Channel.

Bob Raissman addresses the sad situation of 84-year-old Ralph Kiner’s deterioration in the Mets booth.

Neil Best says New York listeners don’t have much to choose from on their two midday sports radio offerings.

Mike Dunshee looks at candidates for the NHL Hall of Fame on the BSMW Power Play.

Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback, Tuesday Edition, looks at King fave (or obsession) Brett Favre.

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Tonight

7:00pm, NESN – Tigers @ Red Sox
8:00pm, TNT – Bulls @ Pistons
9:00pm, Versus – Red Wings @ Ducks
10:30pm, TNT – Warriors @ Jazz

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