A few observations on sports radio topics from the last few days:
Could there be just a little less griping about the trip to Japan? Even the media people who didn’t make the trip have been complaining and whining non-stop about the whole thing. (That’s what makes it the most annoying. I can understand any grousing from those actually making the trip.) Long flight! No power outlets on the plane! Body clocks messed up! It’s going to ruin the season for the Red Sox! We get it. Enough already. Business people go to the Far East all the time. (Rob Bradford seems to be having a good time so far.)
No really. The “Does Manny know they’re going to Japan?” jokes have been predictable and old since the start. Manny jokes in general are so 5 years ago, guys. It’s time to laugh with Manny, rather than at him…right?
Michael Holley is much more entertaining when Dale is away. That’s not a knock against Dale Arnold, but Holley just seems much more energetic and fun to listen on the days he works with someone else.
Some PM Links:
Ken Fang, who will be here with his Friday mega-links tomorrow, has a Thursday collection of media links.
Dan Shaughnessy has a report on the Red Sox first few hours in Japan.
If you haven’t seen it already, earlier this week Sports Business Journal had a huge article on a PowerPoint Presentation that has been making the rounds of the league offices and ad buyers. The presentation is entitled The Emperor’s New Clothes: How ESPN’s Multi-Platform Strategy Hasn’t Improved Ratings, and was apparently put together by TV networks trying to compete with ESPN.
SI.com has launched the SI Vault, which is a completely free and digitized history of Sports Illustrated since 1954. It contains 150,000 stories, 500,000 photographs and 2,800 covers as well as a Wikipedia search engine and links to related online video content.
Bill Simmons has his NCAA picks.
Bob Ryan looks through the reaction to his March 9th column in which he wrote about being “Favred out.”
Ross Tucker has five noteworthy realities about NFL offseason conditioning programs that you should know.
FOXSports.com has their 2008 Red Sox Preview.