Newsflash -media members have agendas! It seems to have been confessional day today on WEEI, as both Michael Holley and Glenn Ordway announced on the air today that sports media members all have agendas and alliances.
The catalyst for these comments is the fact that we’ve got a Red Sox/Patriots, Herald/Globe rivalry going on here. Mike Reiss of the Globe gets access to Bill Belichick, while the Curt Schilling invites his own circle of reporters to his “private” press conference, leaving the entire Boston Globe out of the session.
Ordway lectured this afternoon that access to various people and teams depends a lot on comfort level. Belichick talks to Reiss because he’s comfortable with him. Schilling hates Shaughnessy, so he doesn’t invite the Globe. Ordway said that Shaughnessy should stop crying about it, because this sort of thing happens to everyone in the business.
The discussion was actually pretty good, as we know that all of this happens, but it’s nice to hear those involved admit that this stuff goes on. That all media people at some point “prostitute themselves for the story” as Tony Massarotti said.
Massarotti also made the good point that there are so many media people out there now, that the subjects can pretty much now pick and choose who they want to get the story, based on how much they kiss up to them, or donate to their charity. Ordway said that that is the reason they don’t have many guests on the Big Show. Not buying that part of it.
Dan Kennedy wonders if a compromise is possible in the Curt Schilling/Red Sox disagreement over his rehab.
Schilling himself weighs in on the status of things on his 38 Pitches blog.
Sean Gregory on TIME.com looks at the resurgence of the Celtics and why they have thrived while so many other quick-fix, star-laden clubs fail.
Bob Ryan wasn’t overwhelmed with the Slam Dunk contest. Wilt Chamberlain could do anything Dwight Howard can do…he also says Jackie Jackson was the greatest dunker he ever saw. No love for Gus (Honeycomb) Johnson, Bob?
Peter King in MMQB, Tuesday Edition, doesn’t believe Bill Belichick, though he says he has always found Scott Pioli to be truthful.
Tom Curran reacts to the Belichick comments as well.
Pete Prisco gives us his top 10 Restricted Free Agents in the NFL.
John Clayton has the Patriots as the top draft evaluators in the NFL.
Charley Rosen has an NBA midseason report card.
Bill Simmons gives his thoughts on New Orleans during All Star weekend.
Chad Finn goes Nine Innings.
Sean McAdam traipses over to the other side of Ft Myers to do a piece on the Twins for ESPN.com.