Borges Got Screwed!

The WEEI morning show today featured former Globe writer Ron Borges alongside Greg Dickerson.

It was largely a forgettable morning, dominated by Jon Meterparel, who increasingly has become the third co-host on the program and not just the flashboy. This isn’t a positive development.

One segment, shortly after 7:20 this morning, was noteworthy however. Dickerson teased Borges about the suspension issue at the Globe, and then said that Borges “got screwed” in the whole incident. Borges agreed.

They were talking about Asante Samuel returning to the Patriots as the Franchise tagged player after sitting out the first month of camp. Here’s the transcript:

Borges: Hey Walter Jones did this three years in a row, it didn’t seem to bother him one bit, he kept going to the Pro Bowl

Meterparel: It’s always back to Seattle for you, isn’t it?

(laughter)

Dickerson: it’s funny you say that Ron, I remember listening to a sports radio show out on K…KIRO radio in Seattle and I heard Mike Sando say the exact same thing.

Borges: Did you really…

Dickerson: I’m sorry…

Borges: Who’s he?

Meterparel: Ron, you’re never going to live that one down, admit it.

Dickerson: I’m sorry…

Meterparel: Some of us all have..

Dickerson: I hate to admit this, because I like you, actually because I don’t like you…but you got screwed…but I’ll leave it…

Borges: I did get screwed.

Meterparel: Railroaded.

Dickerson: I’m still going to make fun of you, because…that’s what we do on this radio station.

Borges: That’s all right – you can laugh at it, because you know, when you know the truth, you can laugh at it.

So there you have it. Ron Borges got screwed. He didn’t plagiarize – he is the victim. There’s got to be an upcoming lawsuit against the Globe, right?

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The NFL Network announced two new shows that will air Tuesday through Friday on the network beginning on September 4th. These shows will lead into the flagship offering by the network, NFL Total Access:

6:00 PM ET
College Football Now – Host Paul Burmeister; Analysts Mike Mayock, Charles Davis, and Terry Donahue

CFN is a studio-based information show providing viewers with up-to-the-minute news, match-up analysis and discussion of all the hot topics in college football including the latest Top 25 and BCS rankings.

Using expert college football analysts Mike Mayock and Charles Davis and former college coach Terry Donahue, College Football Now gives fans credible and independent insight from people who have played the game and follow the sport year-round. CFN will also include on-air appearances by the editors of websites which cover college football teams on a daily basis.

6:30 PM ET
Put Up Your Dukes – Host Jamie Dukes

Put Up Your Dukes is a 30-minute show starring former NFL offensive lineman Jamie Dukes tackling the headlines of the day in football. The show promises to inform and entertain and use Dukes’ engaging personality to bring the viewer inside the National Football League to share opinions and debate the issues people are talking about.

Each show will feature “10 Rounds” of discussion highlighting the players, plays and key topics of the day. An interactive component through NFL.com will allow viewers to submit questions for Dukes, who will answer some of them on air.

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Rob Bradford has three items on the Red Sox as they prepare to take on the Yankees starting tomorrow night in New York.

Joe Haggerty talks to Arizona State University baseball coach Pat Murphy about his former pupil, Red Sox rookie of the year candidate Dustin Pedroia.

Eric Gillin editor in chief of Esquire.com has a Patriots season preview for Deadspin.com.

Michael Silver has Edgerrin James back with a vengeance in his Morning Rush column. (A worthy competitor to MMQB)

Speaking of which, Peter King offers up three ways to fix the preseason in his Monday Morning Quarterback column.

Len Pasquarelli notes that the Patriots will be counting on Laurence Maroney to carry a huge load this season.

Hub Arkush reflects on how the NFL has changed in the 40 years that Pro Football Weekly has been in business.

Alex Belth says there will be no repeat of 1978 for the Red Sox.

Tim O’Sullivan thanks Reggie Miller for remembering that he is old and turning the Celtics down.

Marty Burns gives the Celtics an A+ for their offseason moves, but notes that they weren’t the only Atlantic division team to improve this offseason.

Bill Simmons talks to Suns GM Steve Kerr in his latest podcast.

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Tonight
7:00pm, NESN – Thunder @ Seadogs
7:00pm, USA – US Open Tennis
7:00pm, ESPN2 – Yankees @ Tigers
8:00pm, ESPN – NFL Preseason – Bengals @ Falcons
11:00pm, FSN – Basketball – USA vs. Mexico

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Sox Sweep Sox

The Red Sox finished off a four game sweep of the White Sox in Chicago with an 11-1 pasting yesterday afternoon. The Red Sox offense was dominant in this series, scoring in double figures in all four games.

Rob Bradford has the Red Sox bats waking up just in time for this week’s series with the Yankees. Gordon Edes notes that Boston “outscored the White Sox in the series, 46-7, almost matching the 46-10 beating the Bears laid on the Patriots in Super Bowl XX.” Sean McAdam notes that the hit parade marched on in Chicago for the Red Sox yesterday. Jeff Goldberg notes that it was appropriate that the White Sox handed out white towels to the fans as a promotion yesterday.

Tony Massarotti proclaims what I thought most experts had already proclaimed in June; The AL East race is over. Bill Ballou also declares the race over. I’ll never understand why media members feel the need to make these type of proclamations. Kevin McNamara observes that the Red Sox are the baseball version of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Lenny Megliola says that good times are ahead for Boston sports fans. Bob Halloran says that the 2007 Red Sox are the 2003 Patriots.

Amalie Benjamin has a piece on Bobby Kielty, who had a big day yesterday, getting on base three times and hitting a home run. Massarotti also observes that Bobby Kielty has already had a big impact on the Red Sox…perhaps already more than Wily Mo Pena ever did. Bradford notes that Big Papi might’ve figured out that the first pitch he sees in an at-bat might be the best one he is going to get. Maureen Mullen has Red Sox coaches talking about the dangers of standing on the field while coaching first or third base.

Bradford’s notebook has J.D. Drew glad to finally snap his homerless drought. Edes’ notebook has more on Drew, and has Julian Tavarez hoping for another chance to pitch in a World Series. McAdam’s notebook says that this weekend’s sweep was one for the ages. Goldberg’s notebook has a look at Tavarez and how his rubber arm has served the Red Sox well. Ballou’s notebook has Kielty making the most of his time in the lineup.

Patriots
Shalise Manza Young reports that Asante Samuel will sign his franchise tender and report to Patriots training camp this morning.

John Molori’s Media Blitz is back and this week he talks to Cris Carter about his former teammate Randy Moss and how he thinks Moss will do here in New England under Bill Belichick.

Mike Reiss looks at Heath Evans, whose willingness to do whatever is asked of him makes him asset for the Patriots. John Tomase says that there are only a few spots on the roster that are up for grabs. Robert Lee notes that wide receiver is one area of competition where slots are up for grabs. Christopher Price examines what a huge weapon Laurence Maroney can be for the Patriots. Mark Farinella has a piece on Le Kevin Smith and how he might surprise you with his athleticism and creative interests.

Christopher L. Gasper’s notebook looks at Maroney getting his feet wet against the Panthers on Friday night.

Scott over at Patriots Daily also weighs in on today’s Patriots news.

Misc
Steve Buckley writes about Junior Seau, Michael Holley’s next book, and Tony Conigliaro among other topics.

John Connolly looks at the first place New England Revolution getting a nice break, Frank Dell’Apa says that the break comes at a good time for the Revs, who have not been as sharp recently.

Mark Blaudschun has the Boston College football team ready and eager to get out and play a real game this coming Saturday.

Craig N. Liadis reports on WEEI expanding into NH with their recent deal with Nassau Broadcasting which will put their programming on stations in the Concord and Lebanon markets

A new server was installed for the BSMW messageboard this weekend. As many of you have noted there have been a lot of problems with the forum over the last several weeks and months. We’re hoping that the new server will be able to keep up with the demands of all those who enjoy reading and participating on the board.

Hot Summer Nights

The Patriots are in Charlotte taking on the Carolina Panthers tonight and the Red Sox are in Chicago, headlining this weekend’s local sports events.

The Red Sox play a doubleheader with the White Sox Friday on NESN, (though the weather isn’t looking good) while Saturday’s 3:30pm game is on FOX, with Matt Vasgersian & Joe Girardi calling the game. Sunday’s game is back on NESN. Keep up with all the Red Sox coverage on RedSoxLinks.com.

The Patriots are on CBS Friday night, where Greg Gumbel teams with Dan Dierdorf in calling the action from the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. This game will be shown in HDTV at 1080i lines of picture resolution along with 5.1 digital audio.

On Patriots Daily, we’ll have a wrapup of the game, and the coverage from the weekend, including the extensive Sunday Links posting.

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It was another eventful week in the Boston sports media, with the Boston Globe bringing on board former Denver Post NBA writer Marc Spears to headline what would seem to be a new emphasis on Celtics coverage at the Globe.

Local guy and former Boston Herald columnist Howard Bryant had his first column for ESPN.com this week, writing about the how the NFL Players Association has failed both Michael Vick and itself.

A pair of curious comments stood out this week in reading over sports coverage. Both statements appeared to be overreaction on the part of the writers. The first one was regarding the Patriots kicker when the Providence Journal Patriots notebook stated that “many Patriots fans started to lose confidence in Stephen Gostkowski” after the second year kicked missed some kicks in practice last week, and then missed a 33 yard kick and sent a kickoff out of bounds in the second preseason game.

Were “many” Patriots fans really losing confidence in a guy who made some huge kicks towards the end of last season (including the game winner in the San Diego playoff game and outkicking Adam Vinatieri in the AFC championship game- both road games, by the way)? It seems a little far-fetched that fans would be jumping off the Gostkowski bandwagon so quickly.

The other comment was from Worcester Telegram & Gazette baseball writer Bill Ballou, who led off Thursday Red Sox game story thusly:

This certainly isn't what the Red Sox expected when they shelled out $100 million, give or take a nickel, to obtain the services of Daisuke Matsuzaka.

They didn't expect him to be 13-10, just three games over .500 on a team that is 25 games over. And they didn't expect him to be 1-3 against the Devil Rays, the worst team in the AL East, especially when the rest of the Boston pitching staff is 8-1 against Tampa Bay.

Seth Mnookin tackled this ridiculous statement already in a post on his blog, which shows that if anything, Matsuzaka has actually exceeded expectations thus far in his first season in Boston.

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Many of those not in the Boston market this weekend will see the Mets and Dodgers on FOX, in a broadcast that will feature a special coming together of two prominent voices in the history of the New York Mets when Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner rejoins long-time broadcast partner Tim McCarver. In the third inning of Saturday’s game, Kiner will enter the Shea Stadium television booth named in his honor and broadcast with McCarver for the first time since 1998. Kiner, who has been a part of the Mets broadcast team since their inception in 1962, spent 16 seasons (1983-1998) working alongside McCarver, a span that covered the Mets incredible World Series run in 1986 and division title in 1988. During Ralph’s visit to the booth, McCarver will resume his old duties and call an inning of play-by-play alongside Kiner, just like the old days. “We spent sixteen great years together,” said McCarver. “I’m looking very forward to seeing my good friend.”

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Starting next Wednesday, at 7 p.m. ET, ESPN will feature 25 consecutive hours of college football-themed programming leading up to the #2 LSU at Mississippi State telecast Thursday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. also on ESPN.

The schedule will include six special editions of College Football Live, while ESPN’s regularly scheduled programming – such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, PTI, Rome is Burning, Around the Horn and Outside the Lines – will provide extensive college football content. Davis will host every college football show and segments in non-college football programs during the 25 hours of coverage.

They’re promoting it as a 25 hour pregame show leading up to the first televised college football game of the season.
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Jessica Camerato lists out five reasons that Reggie Miller should’ve come to Boston.

Pink Hat Hell reviews the fourth episode of Sox Appeal.

Kevin Hench says that we shouldn’t expect J.D. Drew to all of a sudden turn on the power switch.

Tom Pedulla in USA Today has the Patriots hoping for big returns from Wes Welker.

Steve Henson has an interesting look at Jim Bouton’s first Vintage Base Ball Federation World Series which took place last weekend in Westfield, Ma.

Tony Massarotti looks at the 16 MLB teams that are still in playoff contention.

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Nationals Sports Media Columns

New England
Susan Bickelhaupt has Doug Flutie insisting that he’ll be able to remain objective when analyzing a Boston College game for ESPN. She also enjoyed Dan Patrick’s co-host stint on WEEI Thursday. Bill Doyle talks to Evan Brunell, founder of the sports blog network Most Valuable Network. David Scott checks in with new Boston Globe Celtics writer Marc Spears, who seems thrilled to be here in Boston with everything that is going on in the world of Boston sports. Andrew Neff has Time Warner cable apologizing to viewers for going to a commercial just as the Angels were in the process of executing a walk-off win against the Yankees on Monday night.

New York
Phil Mushnick says that Tiki Barber may not have been correct in his comments about Eli Manning and Giants Sunday night, but he wasn’t far off, and his is now being paid to give him opinion, for better or for worse. Richard Sandomir has Bill Cowher settling into his new role as analyst on CBS’ The NFL Today. He also has Nike featuring 18 women in an ad that will debut tomorrow. Bob Raissman says that the Michael Vick story is going to linger throughout the NFL season.

More East Coast
Michael Hiestand has Keith Olbermann getting back into sports with his debut on NBC’s NFL coverage this Sunday. Laura Nachman has former NBA assistant coach and “Post Game Live” analyst Bob Salmi being hired as an analyst for Sixers games on Comcast SportsNet. Leonard Shapiro remembers the late Phil Rizzuto. Chris Zelkovich says that like it or not, mixed martial arts fighting is here to stay. Jim Williams notes that with the Redskins and Ravens playing their annual preseason game, viewers get to see dueling game broadcasts. He also notes that Michael Vick has become more than a sports story.

South
Barry Jackson has the sports radio wars in Miami heating up. He also says that Sid Rosenberg needs to stop telling guests how fabulous they are. Dave Darling notes that Roger Federer’s dominance flies under the public radar. David Barron has Jim Rome saying that the Michael Vick story tops all the hot button issues, from O.J. Simpson to Ray Lewis to Kobe Bryant and beyond. Barry Horn has Daryl Johnston noting letting his NFL job for FOX silence him from supporting retired NFL players’ gripes with the league and its players association over disability payouts.

Midwest
Teddy Greenstein has Comcast and the Big Ten Network battling over the channel’s placement on the cable system, and with the season getting close, no deal is on the horizon. Judd Zulgad also reports on the Comcast/Big Ten Network battle. Dan Caesar has Tim McKernan staying on the St. Louis airwaves rather than taking an offer from SportsNet New York. Bob Wolfley says that Tiki Barber’s candor was just what NBC hired him for. Jeffrey Flanagan has FOX planning changes to the Royals broadcasts for next season.

West Coast
Jay Posner notes that despite having the Padres leading in the NL Wildcard chase, this has still been a summer of discontent for San Diego fans. Tom Hoffarth says that the media has been on target in the Michael Vick case. He also has a collection of wiseacre media comments in his blog. Larry Stewart looks at the upcoming coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis championships. John Maffei has ESPN pushing hype to new levels with their upcoming “25 Hours of College Football” event. Jim Carlisle looks at a number of changes coming in NFL telecasts this season.

Fast Friday

I’ll be back later with a look at the national media columns, but here’s just a couple items to keep you busy until then.

David Scott has more on new Globe Celtics writer Marc Spears, who seems thrilled to be here in Boston with everything that is going on in the world of sports.

Scott over at Patriots Daily has a few things he’s going to be thinking about in anticipation of tonight’s third preseason game for the Patriots.

Reggie Miller is not walking through that door, folks.

The Red Sox were rained out in Chicago and will play a doubleheader today. Scan the latest headlines over at RedSoxLinks.com.

Where’s Helmet-Gate?

I’m rather surprised that no enterprising media person has grabbed onto Albert Breer‘s short item today about the Giants helmet at Patriots practice yesterday and presented it as evidence that Bill Belichick fully intends to bolt for the Giants at the end of this season.

And sadly, I’m only half joking. I’d think someone would latch onto the notion if only for the off chance that Belichick did end up leaving, they could point to how astute and ahead of the game they were way back in August. If he doesn’t leave, nobody will remember anyway.They could go a step further and say that Belichick had the helmet there for Patriots players he was planning on trying to take with him to try on.

OK, that’s stretching things a bit. But it’s not too far off from some of the wild speculation that takes place around here. Butch Stearns, are you reading? I just handed you your 10:00pm tease…

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Eric Wilbur compares the USA Today story on Red Sox Nation with the one by Bryan Marquard on the front cover of today’s Boston Globe.

Peter Gammons had a chat on Boston.com today.

Jon Heyman says that Curt Schilling is a better pitcher than he is an agent.

Tom Curran has Pete Carroll saying that JaMarcus Russell is paying a stiff price for holding out. He also mentions last week’s Drew Bledsoe quotes towards the end.

Mike Celizic thinks that Reggie Miller is “just plain nuts” to be thinking about coming out of retirement to join the Celtics.

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Tonight
8:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ White Sox
8:00pm, FOX – NFL Preseason – Jaguars @ Packers

Offense Lets Daisuke Down

The Red Sox took a step back last night, unable to plate more than a single run against the Devil Rays, despite stranding 14 runners last night in a 2-1 loss which dropped their AL East lead back to five games.

Jeff Horrigan has Daisuke Matsuzaka the victim of no support last night, as he only gave up 2 hits in six innings while striking out eight. Gordon Edes has more on a frustrating night for Matsuzaka and the Red Sox. Steven Krasner says that the Red Sox have no one to blame but themselves for last night’s loss. Jeff Goldberg notes that Matsuzaka has taken the loss all three times the Devil Rays have beaten the Red Sox this season. Bill Ballou says that this isn’t what the Red Sox expected when they shelled out $100 million for Matsuzaka.

Nick Cafardo has Eric Gagné confident that he is going to be able to contribute to the Red Sox before the season is over. Rob Bradford examines which spots in the batting order have done the most damage against Matsuzaka and receives some interesting results. Jon Couture looks at four teams that figure to be tough in the postseason. Joe Haggerty makes Dustin Pedroia’s case for rookie of the year. Bradford also talks to Don Zimmer about how the specter of ’78 still hangs over him. Goldberg looks at a 1918 World Series ticket and program being sold at auction to benefit charity. Last Friday marked the end of an era in Boston – Say It Ain’t So, Wily Mo. Bradford has a look at Mike Lowell’s specially padded batting glove, which may have saved him from injury the other night.

Paul White in USA Today examines how Red Sox Nation has become the new kings of the road. Cafardo looks at the Rangers scoring 30 runs last night in the first game of a doubleheader, with former Sox David Murphy, Kason Gabbard and Ramon (not Javier) Vazquez all playing large role.

Horrigan’s notebook says that we may see more of Jonathan Papelbon down the stretch this season. Edes’ notebook has more on how the Red Sox closer will be used for the last six weeks of the season. Krasner’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia and Eric Hinske each having to leave the game last night with injuries. Goldberg’s notebook has more on the injuries to the duo. Ballou’s notebook has Pedroia going for X-rays after being hit by a pitch on the elbow.

Patriots
Mike Reiss notes how Rodney Harrison showed Friday night that he still has the range needed to play safety in addition to the pop. Mark Murphy has Harrison working hard and feeling better than he has in a while. Mark Farinella has Harrison back in midseason form for the Patriots. Albert Breer has a look at Mike Vrabel, who seems to shine at any role he is placed in. David Brown looks at the role Sammy Morris is being trained for with the Patriots.

Robert Lee has the Patriots defense always striving to get better. Ian M. Clark has Heath Evans being appreciative to the Patriots for giving him another chance in his career. Murphy has Randall Gay staying right in the mix for the starting cornerback role. David Heuschkel has Randy Moss strolling through the Patriots locker room. Jennifer Toland looks at the competition at the wide receiver spot.

Christopher Price says that the starters will see plenty of time against the Panthers this Friday night. Breer has Tom Brady welcoming a baby boy yesterday. Breer also looks at why there was a New York Giants helmet at practice yesterday. Jackie MacMullan has Robert Kraft sympathetic to the plight of Falcons owner Arthur Blank. Chris Kennedy says that the offensive line needs to come together for the Patriots.

Farinella’s notebook has Bill Belichick talking about the preparation for the season that begins as soon as the schedule comes out in April. Reiss’ notebook has a look at Danny Baugher being the last man standing in the punting competition. Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has more on Danny Baugher winning the punting job. Toland’s notebook has more on Brady becoming a father. Breer’s notebook looks at the battle at right tackle for the Patriots.

Bill Doyle talks to Evan Brunell, founder of the sports blog network Most Valuable Network.

Spears In, Springer Out on Celtics Beat

Afternoons have been lonely here recently, I know. I’ll try to get back on a regular schedule here, I promise.

David Scott has the news of the Globe hiring Denver Post NBA writer Marc Spears and adding him to their Celtics coverage. Scott reports that Shira Springer will be taken off the beat and moved to feature work.

With the Celtics back among the ranks of the contenders, the Globe is wisely trying to shore up its hoops coverage. I’m a little confused by the move of Springer, (unless she wanted to get off of beat work) as Scott says that Peter May will not be impacted by the move. In my book, Springer has come along nicely in the beat writer role, and May is the one that needs to be moved off the Celtics coverage. But sports editor Joe Sullivan has done a pretty good job overhauling the sports department during his tenure, so we’ll see how things shake out.

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The Red Sox are featured in a Tom Verducci article in this week’s Sports Illustrated, which looks at how the team is keeping loose despite some tough losses recently and with the hard charging Yankees coming up fast behind them. Theo Epstein’s emphasis on the minor league system and the results that have been seen thus far are examined, with particular attention being paid to rookie second baseman Dustin Pedroia. The following story is told about Pedroia:

In 2002 Pedroia, whose parents own several tire shops outside Sacramento, had finished his freshman season while on a full ride at Arizona State when he heard the program had no scholarships available for a top junior college pitcher, Ben Thurman. So Pedroia volunteered to give his scholarship money to Thurman.

“I did it because I thought he could help us get to the World Series,” Pedroia says. “I told my parents just after I told the coaches. I knew they had put some money away before I got my scholarship. We lost in the super regionals, but it was definitely worth it.”

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We’ve got another look into the mind of Bill Walsh over at Patriots Daily, as the legendary coach predicts the future…

Tom Curran says that the Patriots are a team fueled by past adversity.

Eric McHugh notes that reserve linebackers Junior Seau and Eric Alexander are about as opposite as two pro players can be.

Chad Finn weighs in on Clay Buchholz, J.D. Drew, and Drew Bledsoe among others, in another edition of touching all the bases.

Eric Wilbur would love to see Curt Schilling pitching for the Devil Rays next season.

Kevin Thomas wonders if getting Chris Carter in the Wily Mo Pena trade is a sign that the Red Sox are planning to move on from Mike Lowell at season’s end.

Tony Massarotti has Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb knocking on the door of history.

Here is this week’s edition of Morning Rush from Michael Silver.

Roscoe Nance has Bill Russell talking Celtics and the Donaghy scandal.

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Tonight
7:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Devil Rays
7:00pm, ESPN2 – Padres @ Mets