The Red Sox and Yankees meet up again this weekend, and while this series seems to lack some of the luster of previous matchups due to the separation in the standings between the two clubs, you can be sure that something will happen to catch everyone’s attention.
Here’s a couple links that should keep you up to date on all the happenings:
This weekend’s Red Sox/Yankees games will be split across three networks, with NESN showing tonight’s game at 7:00, FOX taking on tomorrow’s matchup at 3:30pm and ESPN broadcasting the finale Sunday night at 8:00.
Other sports highlights this weekend:
8:00pm, NBC – Ducks @ Senators Game 3, Stanley Cup Finals
8:30pm, TNT – Pistons @ Cavs Game 6 Eastern Conference Finals
1:00pm, FOX – NASCAR Nextel Cup: Dover 400
Emails continue to come in asking about Gerry Callahan’s continued absence from the WEEI morning show. This was in Susan Bickelhaupt’s media column in the Globe last week:
Like him or not, you can't help but miss Gerry Callahan on WEEI's morning "Dennis and Callahan." Callahan took some time off at the beginning of the month to rest his ailing voice, but what was expected to be a two-week break has turned into twice that. Jason Wolfe, the vice president of programming for Entercom Boston, said Callahan was out for a "minor surgical procedure." Wolfe said Callahan "is recuperating well, but that the best way for him to heal is to rest his voice." The station has used other WEEI hosts to fill in...
I think we’ll be hearing Gerry back on the WEEI airwaves at some point in the near future. It is curious though to hear the Dunkin Donut spots that John Dennis does where he only mentions himself and Jon Meterparel…not Callahan.
This week’s New York Post cover shot of Alex Rodriguez with an unidentified woman has certainly sparked a lot of discussion. A Chicago media columnist (linked below) notes how this event seems to have marked a change in the way in which media and specifically tabloid papers cover the personal lives of professional athletes.
On the Big Show this week, Glenn Ordway declared the Post’s coverage “unbelievable” and “invading someone’s privacy.” He seemingly criticized the paper for what they did, but then proceeded to read almost the entire article over the air (including naming ARod’s kid). Ordway claimed to be disgusted by it, but when Steve Buckley pointed out that it didn’t stop him from “breathlessly” reading the article over the radio, Ordway simply said “It’s out there, now.”
As posted here last night, WWZN 1510 the Zone will not be changing formats with their new ownership. They plan to continue sports shows, and their business of brokering time to introduce new shows to the market.
The Hartford Courant has appointed David Heuschkel to take over the Patriots beat job from the late Alan Greenberg. Heuschkel had previously been the Red Sox beat writer for the Courant from the years 2000 to 2006.
Bill Burt says that a billion dollars doesn’t buy what it used to.
Clark Booth weighs in on Red Sox/Yankees.
Mike Fine says that ARod is a “schlemiel.”
Kevin Hench reminds us that this is not 1978.
Jessica Camerato catches up with Doc Rivers in Orlando.
Bill Syken says that Keyshawn Johnson is going to be a better rookie broadcaster than Tiki Barber.
Len Pasquarelli has former Patriots lineman Joe Andruzzi diagnosed with a treatable form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Chad Finn promises a new post today.
Richard Deitsch has an interview with the former NFL player now known as Jordin’s Dad.
Pete Prisco looks at the overrated and underrated on each NFL, and singles out Ty Warren for praise.
National Media Columns
Susan Bickelhaupt looks a few of the niche sports networks finding their audience. Jeff Jacobs says that the media has strayed just as much as ARod has. Bill Doyle has radio host Hank Stolz bolting WTAG, but coming back for the fifth annual WTAG Worldwide Wiffle Ball Classic.
Phil Mushnick gets on Willie Randolph for allowing his players to loaf to first base. Richard Sandomir notes that Alex Rodriguez is getting the Lindsay Lohan treatment from the tabloids this week. Neil Best looks at the challenge facing YES if the Yankees continue to go down the tubes this season. He also looks at Don Cherry on NBC, Mike Francesa working the morning drive for the next month, and HBO’s “Barbaro.”
More East Coast
Michael McCarthy has Tim McCarver not wanting to hear the Yankees excuses for not starting Roger Clemens at Fenway this weekend. Jim Williams says that Sir Charles and King James are keeping the NBA playoffs interesting. He also has Joe Buck saying that the Commissioner should be there when Barry Bonds breaks the home run record. Chris Zelkovich has CBC resurrecting the three-man broadcast booth for the Stanley Cup finals. Laura Nachman looks at the overrated and underrated in Philly sports media. Leonard Shapiro says that the NBA’s harsh ruling against the Suns in the last round has made these NBA playoffs feel hollow.
Barry Jackson has morning host Joe Rose of 790 The Ticket conflicted about his future. Barry Horn says that Dallas’ 2011 Super Bowl will look a whole lot different than the current versions. Dave Darling has ESPN2 debuting their coverage of the MLB draft this week. David Barron has former KILT talk show host John Granato returning to the airwaves with KILE.
Judd Zulgad says that no matter how Gary Bettman spins it, the NHL ratings are horrible. Teddy Greenstein says that the media’s coverage of ARod this week shows that the media has changed their rules on players personal lives. Bob Wolfley has more from Joe Buck on his opinion that Bud Selig should be there when Bonds breaks the home run record. Dan Caesar has midwest native son Greg Amsinger grabbing the lead host role at CSTV at the age of 28.
Larry Stewart has Ducks announcers John Ahlers and Brian Hayward on the sidelines for their team’s biggest moments. Stewart’s notebook has Ducks critic Brett Hull in the NBC analyst role this weekend. John Maffei looks at the University of San Diego baseball team getting some ESPNU exposure this weekend. He also has a number of other media notes. Jay Posner has ESPN2 preparing for its first MLB Draft coverage. Tom Hoffarth notes that Los Angeles sports radio became all Kobe all the time following the Lakers star’s trade demand this week. Jim Carlisle has a look at Kobe’s waffling on his trade demand, while Carlisle’s notebook looks at HBO’s documentary, “Barbaro.” Joe Davidson has Rick Barry enjoying his new career as a broadcaster.