Anybody working this week?

This much we know, the WEEI regular hosts aren’t. It was a full slate of fill-ins during the day today, with Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie joining Jon Meterparel on the morning show, Jon Wallach teamed up with Rob Bradford mid-day and Pete Sheppard sitting in the big chair with Steve Burton and Sean McAdam.

The Celtics introduced Ray Allen and their two second round draft picks today. FSN’s Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight will run an extensive interview with the seven time NBA All Star tonight at 6:30 and 10:00.

From an article by Jason Quick in The Oregonian yesterday, it sure appears that Danny Ainge made an immediate effort to get the number one pick from the Blazers after Portland won the draft lottery:

As he drove to Eugene to watch a play with his daughter on May 23, less than 24 hours after winning the lottery, Pritchard took a call from an Eastern Conference general manager, with whom he had past dealings.

The executive made an offer that was moderate in shock value: A five-time All-Star and this year’s lottery pick in exchange for the No. 1 pick and the Blazers’ 2008 first-round pick.

As enticing as the offer was — the Blazers in years past had made a run at the All-Star player — Pritchard declined on the spot.

Five time All Star…who the Blazers had made a run at before…sounds like Paul Pierce to me.
(Thanks, Bob)

NBC has fired 78-year-old Bud Collins from their Wimbledon coverage after 35 years on the job.

Michael Silver has Robert Kraft as the best owner in the NFL.

Skip Wood notes that the NFL preview magazines are almost all picking the Patriots to win the Super Bowl this season.

Mike Reiss and Albert Breer have transcripts of Bill Belichick’s appearance on the WEEI morning show today.

A couple members of the BSMW Full Court Press weigh in on the Celtics’ draft night moves.

Bob Ryan was on board with the Celtics trading the 5th pick for a veteran. He just wanted it to be someone born after 1980. (But who was available that would fit that description?)

John Clayton has Randy Moss as one of his five players who could make a big difference this season.

Adam Schein has Ty Warren as one of his under-the-radar stars.

Chad Finn offers up some thoughts on the Red Sox and Celtics.

Dayn Perry tabs this week’s Red Sox/Tigers set as the top series of the week.

Richard Deitsch has his media power rankings for the month of June.


7:00pm, NESN – Rangers @ Red Sox
7:00pm, ESPN – Twins @ Yankees
10:00pm, ESPN2 – AFL Playoffs – Utah Blaze @ Los Angeles Avengers