We’ve got a huge sports weekend on tap, and plan on having posts both mornings here on BSMW, plus another guest post on Monday, which is a holiday here in the Allen household.
The Red Sox play game 2 of the ALDS with the Angels tonight at 8:30pm. TBS once again has the broadcast. Hopefully they’ll mix up the commercials a little more tonight, as I’m not sure how many more times I can see the guy proclaim his love for his GPS, or for the drunk guys to hitch a ride with the pizza guy because they’ve got a little captain in them. The Sonic commercials always amaze me…steak and bacon in a hot dog roll? And did you know there is a new show on TBS called Frank TV?
There is also the tremendously helpful College Football TV Schedule.
The Bruins open up their regular season tonight in Dallas. NESN has the game at 8:30.
Tomorrow will also be your first chance to get a glimpse of the new-look Celtics. Comcast SportsNet will have the pregame show at 2:00pm on Saturday with the first preseason game at 2:30.
Ian Whittell has Kevin Garnett firing up his new Celtics teammates in Italy.
Dan Shaughnessy had a chat on Boston.com today.
Jon Heyman says Joe Torre could be out if the Yankees don’t make it to the World Series.
Bob Ryan misses ‘Sportscope.’
Bill Simmons has his week 5 power poll and picks.
Ron Borges says that the Patriots could join the 1972 Dolphins in the undefeated club.
In Gameface, Michael Silver looks at a few blasts from the past getting back behind center this weekend.
Pete Priscogives Tom Brady the MVP nod at the quarter mark of the season.
John Clayton has his first and 10 for this week.
The Media Circus looks at some of the so-called fantasy football experts.
Mike Keegan from Inside Lacrosse has a piece on Patriots coach Bill Belichick and his passion for that sport.
With the whole mess surrounding the Dolan family and the New York Knicks, it makes sense why Bill Belichick was so wary of the prospect of possibly working for them with the Jets. Bob Glauber in his blog this week has a post stating that the fact that the Dolans were considered the favorites to buy the Jets was a huge reason why Belichick resigned so quickly from his job as HC of the NYJ. The point is also made in David Halberstam’s book about Belichick, page 205:
“Parcells decided to make Belichick the head coach. But Belichick was not entirely comfortable with the game plan: Would he coach in the shadow of Parcells? Would someone like Parcells, so driven and active, ever really decide to retire? Who would really be in charge of football operations? How much freedom would a head coach under Parcells have? In addition, who would the owner be? The choice seemed to be between a wealthy man named Robert Wood Johnson IV, an heir to a medical supply company, and the Dolan family, who ran the New York cable business and would go on to do a horrendous job with the New York basketball and hockey teams, both famous for inflated payrolls and poor performances. Neither potential owner impressed Belichick.”
But instead of any of this coming out at the time, we had Steve Gutman standing up and questioning Belichick’s sanity.
Media Columns From Around the Country
Susan Bickelhaupt looks at Jack Edwards getting to call the Bruins full-time on NESN this season with the network’s decision to part ways with Dale Arnold. David Scott has a look at NESN’s latest move, which is to replace Eric Frede with Kathryn Tappen as studio host of the Bruins games. John Molori chats with Monday Night Football producer Jay Rothman. Hector Longo says that the media let Rodney Harrison off the hook this week.
Richard Sandomir isn’t impressed with the postseason coverage from TBS. Bob Raissman goes a step further, calling TBS a Totally Bland Snoozefest. Phil Mushnick can’t believe how small and sick Madison Square Garden has become under the Dolan/Cablevision yoke. Justin Terranova has five questions for ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit. Neil Best has the Yankees getting early start times for the first round of the postseason.
More East Coast
Michael Hiestand has Frank Caliendo’s new show on TBS getting some huge promotion on the baseball telecasts. Chris Zelkovich says that Ron Jaworski is a good fit for Monday Night Football. Laura Nachman has Phillies announcer Chris Wheeler missing his good friend, John Vukovich. Bob Smizik has Pittsburgh TV stations going too heavy on high school football. Leonard Shapiro says that Nationals play-by-play man Bob Carpenter deserves a new contract. Jim Williams looks at Dan Patrick starting a new radio show in LA.
Barry Jackson says that Keith Olbermann and Tiki Barber have transformed the NBC pregame show on Sunday nights. Dave Darling has a look at ESPN’s upcoming Outside the Lines show about Jim Jones Jr.. who escaped his father’s infamous Jonestown murder-suicides, and whose son Bob Jones is a freshman forward at San Diego University. David Barron has Barry Switzer talking about Oklahoma alumni as compared to Texas alumni. Barry Horn has TBS bidding farewell to the Braves and going national.
Ed Sherman looks at the late start to the Cubs playoff game affecting the ratings numbers. Bob Wolfley has the Brewers TV numbers being the highest since 1994. Judd Zulgad is impressed with TBS’ first go ’round at postseason baseball. Dan Caesar says that the network upset longtime announcer Skip Caray after leaving him out of the first round broadcast crews. Jeffrey Flanagan has Royals announcer Paul Splittorff not sure he can do a full TV schedule next season.
Christine Daniels observes that critiques of Frank Thomas’ work on TBS have not been kind. Jay Posner has Phil Simms saying that this Sunday’s game against the Broncos is huge for the Chargers. John Maffei says that pushing Friday Night Lights to Friday nights is a mistake. Tom Hoffarth has a looks at a new Golf Channel reality series called “Fore Inventors Only.”
Following are the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of September 24-30:
Note: Since the Patriots played on Monday night, their game is not included in this ratings period. They will be on next week’s.