The Red Sox hope to at least clinch a playoff spot this weekend in Tampa as they got back on the winning track Friday night behind Josh Beckett’s 20th win of the season. The Sox throw Daisuke Matsuzaka on Saturday and Tim Wakefield on Sunday in their efforts to try and clinch a postseason berth.
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The Patriots entertain the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon handle the broadcast for CBS. Patriots Daily is your home for football coverage this weekend, as Saturday Greg Doyle looks at some of the top college games with an eye to the Patriots draft, focusing in on Northwestern/Ohio State and Purdue/Minnesota, with a few others to watch as well. For a full college football TV schedule click here.
Over on the Patriots Buffet Table, the staff eschews the traditional Buffalo Wings for this week’s menu choosing instead another specialty from the Buffalo area, Beef on Weck. There is also a selection of beers to choose from to go with the sandwich.
Larry Mahoney has the original “Big O” – Oscar Robertson – talking about the new-look Celtics.
Ian Thomsen says that Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown was offered the job as an assistant to Doc Rivers this offseason, and he was 90% sure he was coming at one point.
Mark Murphy has more from Ray Allen on his move to the Celtics.
Marc J. Spears talks to some Eastern Conference stars about how the Celtics stack up in the East.
Bill Simmons has his weekend NFL picks.
Tom Curran has a look at who are the frauds and who are the real McCoy’s early on in the NFL season.
Michael Silver has The Gameface for the weekend, and notes that last year’s darlings, the Saints, are already old news.
National Media Columns
David Scott reports that Glenn Geffner’s role with the Red Sox radio network will be greatly reduced (if not eliminated) next season. Susan Bickelhaupt has a look at Tommy Heinsohn reducing his role slightly on the Celtics TV telecasts this season and has more on the FSN/Comcast SportsNet move. Bill Doyle looks at how several TV commentators really took it to Bill Belichick last weekend. John Molori says that Belichick’s punishment is a beginning and an end.
Phil Mushnick says that thus far, Ron Jaworski, sounds like an imitation of Joe Theismann on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Neil Best has a look at WFAN’s new morning show with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. Bob Raissman examines the NFL’s efforts to track down how the Patriots tape got leaked to FOX last weekend. Justin Terranova has five questions with Steve Phillips.
More East Coast
Laura Nachman has Ron Jaworski and Suzy Kolber enjoying their homecoming to Philadelphia for Monday Night Football this week. Bob Smizik says that WPKI has the best Steelers coverage on the 11:00pm news. Leonard Shapiro has Pete Medhurst living a dream in his role with CSTV. Michael Hiestand has TBS getting it’s baseball postseason roster in order. Chris Zelkovich says that Hockey Night in Canada will sport a revamped look this season. Jim Williams says that Bob Carpenter will be missed on Nationals broadcasts next season.
Barry Horn has 77-year old Pat Summerall enjoying his weekly internet radio show. Dave Darling examines FSN’s new series Sport Science. David Barron has Solomon Wilcots and Ian Eagle looking forward to calling this Sunday’s Colts/Texans matchup.
Judd Zulgad says that Charles Barkley gave the ESPN telecast a breath of fresh air on Monday night. Dan Caesar has KSDK throwing golf fans a bone by dropping a Cardinals postgame show to go directly to the final round of the PGA Tour’s Playoffs. Bob Wolfley has ABC’s Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit coming and going for Saturday night’s Wisconsin/Iowa matchup. Jeffrey Flanagan has the Royals pondering a return to the powder-blue uniforms.
Christine Daniels takes over Larry Stewart’s sports media column in the Los Angeles Times. Actually, it’s reclaiming old territory in a way, as Daniels had this role in a previous incarnation. Jay Posner has Phil Simms urging Chargers fans not to panic. John Maffei takes a look at every baseball TV broadcast team around baseball in his column. Jim Carlisle says that the hype is not quite as strong this year for the high school football game between Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure which was shown on FSN last year. Tom Hoffarth has DodgerTalk host coming under fire in Los Angeles. He also has media overtime in his blog.