Tomase Talks on CSN Tonight

Boston Herald  Patriots beat writer John Tomase will make his first TV appearance tonight at 10 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet’s Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight to talk Patriots training camp, the Red Sox and to address the controversy over his walkthrough tape story.

Host Michael Felger and guest co-host Sean Grande will interview Tomase, who will comment on “tapegate” for the first time since he issued an apology in the Boston Herald after Matt Walsh denied taping the Rams Super Bowl walkthrough in meetings with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Sen. Arlen Specter.

Also appearing this evening on Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight is Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and NBC’s Tom Curran at 6:30 and former Patriots QB Scott Zolak at 10 p.m.


Approval Ratings – Dale Arnold

Dale ArnoldDale Arnold is the co-host of WEEI’s mid-day “Dale and Holley” show.

A Maine native, Arnold has been broadcasting games since he was 15 years old. He attended Bowdoin College, and began doing Maine Mariners games in 1979. In 1986 he got the same job with the New Jersey Devils. From 1988-1990 he was the voice of the New England Patriots.

In 1991, he joined WEEI, and in 1995 he started calling Bruins games for NESN, a post he held until 2007. On WEEI, he has had a variety of broadcast partners, from Eddie Andelman, to Bob Neumeier to his present partner, Michael Holley.

This year he also joined the Red Sox broadcast team, calling mostly Wednesday games while Dave O’Brien handled his ESPN duties. Arnold is the only broadcaster to have called games for the Bruins, Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Revolution.




Our Friday Megalinks

Ken from the Fang’s Bites blog here with your Friday media megalinks. Before we get to the links, we look at the weekend viewing.

Weekend Viewing Picks

This weekend is quite busy for the sports calendar. There’s interleague play in baseball as the natural rivalries come into play in New York, Chicago, Washington-Baltimore, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Wimbledon goes into its first weekend of its traditional fortnight, but without many favorites like Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick. Euro 2008 concludes on Sunday. The U.S. Olympic trials in several sports will take place over the weekend and the U.S. Women’s Open is being played in Minnesota.

The Red Sox will be in Houston to take on the Astros. NESN has all of the games starting at 8 tonight. On Saturday, game time will be at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, first pitch will be around 2:05 p.m.

The Yankees-Mets and Cubs-White Sox will be the focus of the national networks this weekend. Fox will carry both matchups as part of its regional Game of the Week coverage on Saturday. TBS has the fourth game of the Subway Series (Yanks-Mets) on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ESPN will carry Cubs-White Sox Sunday night at 8 p.m.

ESPN2 and NBC will combine for live and same day coverage of Wimbledon on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. NBC will pick up its coverage from SW19 at noon (7NBC, NBC10), then ESPN2 returns at 3 p.m. until the day’s conclusion of play. On the traditional vacant Sunday, NBC will have a review of the week’s play at noon.

The Euro 2008 final between Germany and Spain can be seen on ABC (WCVB, WMUR, ABC6) at 2:30 p.m.

NBC has coverage of the U.S. Olympic track & field trials this weekend in primetime on both Saturday and Sunday. The swimming trials will also be in primetime on Sunday.

The U.S. Women’s Open will be on NBC as well. Dan Hicks who normally teams with Johnny Miller won’t be at the Open, covering swimming instead. Johnny will be joined by Mark Rolfing in the 18th tower. This will be the last U.S. Open for Annika Sorenstam as she leaves the LPGA Tour after this season. NBC has 3rd and final round coverage at 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The PGA Tour heads to Michigan for the Buick Open. CBS (WBZ/WPRI) has coverage throughout the weekend at 3 p.m. ET, Saturday and Sunday.

For those who enjoy the Indy Car Series, the stop is in Richmond, VA for the SunTrust Indy Challenge. ESPN has it at 8 p.m. Saturday.

NASCAR’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series are in Loudon, NH. The Camping World RV Sales 200 will be on ESPN2 on ABC, Saturday at 3 p.m. TNT has the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 starting at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The WBC Lightweight title is on the line Saturday as David Diaz defends his belt against Manny Pacquaio in Las Vegas. HBO Pay Per View has the bout Saturday night at 9.

The complete listings for the weekend can be seen over at USA Today.

Now let’s get to your links.

East and Mid-Atlantic

David Scott of the Boston Sports Media Watch writes that Comcast SportsNet’s Laura Behnke is changing coasts, leaving the New England area to head for a new job in San Francisco.

The Boston Globe’s Nancy Marrapese-Burrell talks with Rhode Island’s own Alan Bestwick who will be working the NASCAR Nationwide race for ABC this Saturday.

The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick says WFAN’s Boomer and Carton took at a cheap shot at a Mets pitcher. Justin Terranova of the Post talks with YES’ David Cone about this weekend’s Subway Series. And Justin has five questions for ESPN/MSG Network NBA voice Mike Breen.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says Mets fans won’t be able to enjoy Ron Darling this Sunday as he’ll be part of the locally blacked out TBS telecast of the Yankees-Mets.

Newsday’s Neil Best talks about the agony of Personal Seat Licenses being sold in the new Giants/Jets stadium. In his blog, Neil says the middle class is the loser in the PSL sale. And Neil has a letter from the Giants to season ticket holders explaining the PSL’s. Finally, Neil writes that PSL’s are proving unpopular with Big Blue Nation.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes that a local sports radio talk show will hit the road starting next month.

Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun has a bunch of sports media news and notes leading off with the Big Ten Network’s agreement with Comcast.

Jim Williams of the DC/Baltimore Examiner writes that the Ravens will have to move their summer exhibition games from the NBC affiliate to the ABC affiliate during the Olympics. And Jim reports that starting tonight, the Washington Nationals will have Spanish language radio broadcasts. In his Watch This blog, Williams says CN8’s Lynn Doyle wants more women to love NASCAR like she does.


Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald feels ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Draft improved this year.

Jerry Greene of the Orlando Sentinel lists his Top Ten Favorite Summer Sports Movies.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says former Red Sox and Astros announcer Jerry Trupiano will be in town this weekend. And David reports that the Houston Rockets have a new radio play-by-play man.

Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram raves about FSN’s Baseball Golden Age series which premieres next month.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says Texas Rangers TV analyst Tom Grieve is happy to be back in the booth after being treated for prostate cancer. Mel also has some questions for Grieve about the Rangers. In his notebook, Mel has some various media news and notes. And Mel has his weekend viewing picks.


Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Bucks’ trade before the NBA Draft got ESPN’s coverage off to a rousing start.

Michael Ziudema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press writes about a local TV sports anchor who has received an award for hockey coverage.

Teddy Greenstein talks with Fox Sports’ Thom Brennaman about his dad’s comments about Cubs fans earlier this year. Teddy has his weekend viewing picks.

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune talks with the NBC Sports golf crew about the U.S. Women’s Open which is being played in Minnesota this weekend.


Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) Morning News says lightning problems asides, ESPN has done a very good job in airing the Euro 2008 tournament.

The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jay Posner writes that the Padres’ flagship radio station is not treating the team with kid gloves. Jay has the ratings from last weekend.

John Maffei of the North County Times says an ESPN-NFL Network deal could broaden the channel’s subscriber base.

John Scheibe of the Los Angeles Times writes in the Sound and Vision column that there will be plenty of backup generators to prevent a technical glitch at the Euro 2008 final on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth says the three cuts in coverage during Wednesday’s Germany-Turkey game at Euro 2008 gave viewers a shock. And Tom’s media notes seem even longer than normal which is a good thing.


William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that CBC’s proposed all-amateur sports channel may not get approved by regulators. And Houston talks about the new era in Canada as TSN will air all 77 games of the Canadian Football League on cable.

Alison Korn of the Toronto Sun says CBC is hoping some high profile athletes in the booth will help the ratings for the Olympics.

Kent Gilchrist of the Vancouver Province scolds TSN for not hyping the CFL a bit more.


CNBC’s Darren Rovell laments the loss of some potential nicknames during the NBA Draft.

David J. Warner of the AOL Fanhouse blog and Awful Announcing both get on ESPN for not sending announcers to Euro 2008 as the BBC did.

The Big Lead grades ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage.

SportsbyBrooks notes that newspaper sports departments are shrinking and lack in diversity.

That will do it. Enjoy your weekend

Approval Ratings – Mike Giardi

Mike GiardiMike Giardi is the weekend sports anchor at NECN, and also hosts the weekend edition of Sports LateNight at the station. He is also a contributor to the Boston Score blog.

He is a native of Norwood, and received a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Boston University.

He began his broadcast career at WIVT-TV in Binghamton, New York. There he served as Sports Director and Lead Sports Anchor. He joined NECN in 2000 as a Sports Reporter.



Celtics Give J.R. a Shot

In the unfamiliar (but welcome) position of having the last pick in each of the two rounds of the NBA draft last night, Danny Ainge made his two picks and dealt for a third, grabbing New Mexico guard J.R. Giddens in the first round trading for Kansas forward Bill Walker in the second round, and taking Semih Erden, a 7-1 project from Turkey with the final pick in the draft.

Julian Benbow says that Giddens was on Ainge’s short list for a while. Mark Murphy has the Celtics hoping that Giddens has moved on from some incidents in his past which showed him to be immature. Steve Bulpett says that Giddens is someone who can fill a need for the Celtics with his athleticism. Kevin McNamara says that Giddens is a pick to improve the team now, not just in the future. Bill Doyle has rebounding as one of Giddens’ strengths…both on and off the court. Jim Fenton has the Celtics believing that Giddens has put his troubles behind him.

Dan Shaughnessy looks back a year ago, to when Ainge’s moves were roundly mocked and criticized – by Shaughnessy himself. Bill Burt says that last night’s draft was another winner for Ainge, who capped the championship season by adding more talent to the roster. Bill Simmons has his annual draft diary for the first round last night.

Murphy’s notebook has Ainge staying busy in the second round once again. Burt’s notebook has Giddens’ happy to be a Celtic. Fenton’s notebook has the Celtics grabbing a potential lottery pick in Walker.

Red Sox

Amalie Benjamin has a minor league notebook, which looks at consistency being the message preached to the young pitchers in the organization. Steven Krasner has a look at the current status of a number of the Red Sox young pitchers. Alex Speier also looks to the minors, with a focus on Single-A power hitter Josh Reddick. Michael Silverman says that Theo Epstein has created his scouting and player development machine – but he has also created a future GM machine in the process.

Speier looks at the Sox position after finishing half of their schedule. He also looks at how it compares to recent seasons. Art Martone looks at the second half schedule, which presents many more days off than the past few years. Paul Doyle says that the Red Sox are in a different spot halfway through this season.

Joe Haggerty has Dustin Pedroia breaking himself out of his recent slump. Krasner looks at how J.D. Drew has picked up his game since David Ortiz has been sidelined. Ron Chimelis says that Manny Ramirez’s availability to play the outfield this weekend in Houston is unknown. Silverman’s notebook says that Kevin Cash’s home run on Wednesday night was a bonus.


Robert Lee says that the fire to compete still burns in Tedy Bruschi.

David Scott reports that Laura Behnke of NECN and CSN is taking a job out in the Bay Area for San Francisco’s KNTV (NBC11). He also looks at Will Leitch’s departure from Deadspin and a few other items. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has a look at ABC broadcaster Allen Bestwick about this weekend’s races in New Hampshire and growing up a sports fan in New England.

Kevin Paul Dupont has Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman filing for arbitration. 


Approval Ratings – Jayme Parker

Jayme ParkerConsider yourself flashed…

Jayme Parker is a NESN reporter for SportsDesk. She’s been with the network since November of 1996.

She has worked as a freelance news writer for WCVB-TV Channel 5, WHDH-TV Channel 7 and WBZ-TV Channel 4 in Boston. Currently, Parker serves as a sideline reporter for Boston College football radio broadcasts.

Parker also has a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College in Boston.

She has also filled in the flash booth at WEEI, where the opening line of this post is her trademark signoff.




Cash Money

Tim Wakefield (41) and Randy Johnson (44) hooked up last night in a pitching duel for and of the ages at Fenway Park. With the score 2-0 in the eighth inning, catcher Kevin Cash, who had actually been intentionally walked earlier in the game, hit a three run homer of reliever Juan Cruz to give the Red Sox the 5-0 victory.

As the Red Sox reach the halfway point of the season, Jeff Horrigan says things have gone well despite adversity for the Red Sox. Nick Cafardo says Cash is making people forget about Doug Mirabelli. Steven Krasner has Red Sox pitching shutting down the Diamondbacks in different ways last night. Joe Haggerty has Wakefield on top of his game last night. Bob Stern notes the intentional walk to Cash earlier in the night. Paul Doyle examines the contrast in styles between the starters, who share only their longevity. Ron Chimelis has Wakefield looking as good as ever last night. Paul Jarvey has the battle of the aged going to Wake.

Baxter Holmes has a closer look at the matchup between Johnson and Wakefield. Michael Silverman has Wakefield in the middle of one of his patented midseason rolls for the Red Sox. Lenny Megliola has more on the contrast between Wakefield and Johnson. Alex Speier has NASCAR drivers and Red Sox players getting to know each other’s jobs.

Stephen Harris has Cash paying dividends for the Red Sox. Joe McDonald says that Doug is forgotten around these parts. Silverman reports that David Ortiz is still weeks away from a return to the lineup. Haggerty has Ortiz saying that this is not a setback for him.

Despite his share of bad luck this season, Harris has Sean Casey feeling lucky to be with the Red Sox. Terry Nau says that Tampa Bay will continue to provide a bigger threat to the Red Sox than the Yankees do.

Silverman says that Curt Schilling may pitch again.

Kate M. Jackson examines why the Pink Hats are so despised around Boston. Jay Fitzgerald reports on the Red Sox 1912 World Series Trophy Cup going up for auction.

Cafardo’s notebook has David Ortiz feeling that his comeback is going to take a little longer than the two weeks reported yesterday. Horrigan’s notebook has Manny Ramirez getting ready to go back to the outfield this weekend in Houston. The Projo notebook has more on Ortiz.Stern’s notebook says that Ortiz is making progress. Doyle’s notebook has more on Ortiz. Chimelis’ notebook has Ortiz disappointed, yet encouraged. Jarvey’s notebook has Ortiz’s wrist still feeling weak.


Marc J. Spears has the Celtics getting the last word on the NBA draft tonight. Bill Reynolds has the inside track on how this draft will fall. Mark Murphy has Danny Ainge keeping a deep pool of possibilities for the 30th pick. Scott Souza says that the Celtics will be looking for some luck late in the draft. Bill Doyle says that the pressure is off of Danny Ainge on this draft night.

Bill Burt says that Gabe Pruitt should be viewed as the Celtics first round draft pick. Tim Weisberg says that there are plenty of options for the Celtics in this draft. Kevin McNamara says that the Celtics will need to do a lot of waiting and hoping tonight. Jeff Howe says that even though there is a lot of uncertainty in this draft, the Celtics have options.

Steve Bulpett notes that without Ainge’s drafting skills, there would have been no championship this past season. He lists out Ainge’s top five picks. Old Buddy Thomas says that this draft has a different feel for the Celtics. Jim Fenton has the Celtics just hoping for the best tonight. Jessica Camerato wonders if Ainge will even draft a player tonight.

Murphy’s notebook has free agency coming up fast for several Celtics. Fenton’s notebook says that P.J. Brown is likely headed for retirement.


Steve Conroy has Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli hoping to make a big move this summer. Mick Colageo has more from the Bruins GM on his summer plans. With the Celtics now becoming the third Boston team to win a championship this decade, the message is clear: You’re Up, Chiarelli.

David Brown remembers his friend and colleague, Dan Pires.

Danny Pires 1956-2008

Dan PiresIt is with great sadness that I post about the untimely death of another long time fixture on the Patriots beat.

New Bedford Standard Times writer Dan Pires passed away this morning at the age of 52.

Pires was a friend of BSMW, (as apparently he was of everyone else) often writing in and sharing little tidbits he had picked up from either online, or from Gillette Stadium.

Pires is survived by a wife and two children.

Colleagues of Dan Pires: please feel free to leave your memories of and comments about Dan below.

Approval Ratings – Dave O’Brien

Dave O'BrienDave O’Brien is in his second year alongside Joe Castiglione in the Red Sox radio booth.

O’Brien is another New England native, having grown up in both NH and Massachusetts. He broke into broadcasting in 1990 with the Atlanta Braves, and then was the voice of the Florida Marlins from 1993 to 2001. In 2002 he joined ESPN, where he has had a variety of assignments for the network. During 2003-2005, he was the television voice of the New York Mets.

His arrival in Boston last season was celebrated in some circles simply because it meant the end of the Jerry Trupiano era, but O’Brien quickly became a favorite with his strong presence on the broadcasts. He was still doing a large number of games for ESPN, a number which has shrunk this season, allowing him to be in the Red Sox booth more often.

There have been a couple of recent bios on O’Brien in New Hampshire papers such as the Portsmouth Herald and Nashua Telegraph.




Sox Roar Back In The Eighth

Trailing 4-1 in the eighth inning, the Red Sox slumping offense suddenly erupted for four runs, giving Boston a 5-4 lead, which Jonathan Papelbon closed out in the ninth for the win over the Red Sox first ever win over the Diamondbacks at Fenway Park.

Nick Cafardo has Jason Varitek, who was in the biggest slump of all, providing the key hit in the eighth. Michael Silverman has things finally getting back into order for the Red Sox last night. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox veterans coming through in the clutch last night. Jeff Goldberg reports on the Red Sox finally breaking through after being stymied by Doug Davis for seven innings. Eric Avidon has the Sox with a post-Neil Diamond comeback last night. Ron Chimelis has more on the eighth inning rally. Paul Jarvey and Joe Haggerty wrap up the game stories.

Rob Bradford has Mike Lowell campaigning for the Red Sox to get Varitek signed to a new contract. Sean McAdam says that perhaps the big hit last night will help Varitek get back on track. Alex Speier examines the defensive play of the outfield since Crisp, Ellsbury and Drew have been playing most of the time together out there. Mike Fine notes that the heroes of last night’s game had very different perspectives on the win.

If Curt Schilling’s career with the Red Sox is over, Lenny Megliola has no regrets. Bill Burt pleads with Schilling to just hang it up. Stephen Harris has Chris Smith picking up his first major league win last night. Maureen Mullen has more on the 27-year-old Smith finally getting that first win in the majors after being drafted in 2002 by the Red Sox. Barbara Matson also has Smith savoring that first victory.

Steven Krasner has Mike Lowell spoiling the Diamondbacks’ strategy last night. Haggerty has another look at the Drew brothers. Krasner also has Justin Masterson struggling a bit last night.

Bradford also has Manny Ramirez‘s high five to a fan in the stands in Baltimore paying off with an All Star vote – just as he wanted. McAdam has a report on the blurred vision being suffered by Kevin Youkilis after getting hit in the face with a throw Monday night. Krasner has Sean Casey lamenting the bad timing of his suspension. McAdam reports that David Ortiz is two weeks away from returning to the lineup. Krasner has a look at the stuff of Doug Davis, the Arizona starter.

Christine McConville has Red Sox owner John Henry receiving an Ernst & Young master entrepreneur award.

Silverman’s notebook has an update on Youkilis. Cafardo’s notebook has Terry Francona praising the effort of Justin Masterson last night. The Projo notebook has more on Smith picking up the win. Goldberg’s notebook has Youkilis making an appearance at first base in the ninth. Chimelis’ notebook has more on Youkilis returning to the field in the ninth inning. Jarvey’s notebook has Youkilis already on the mend.


Kevin Paul Dupont and Steve Conroy have the Bruins signing defenseman Mark Stuart to a two-year extension. Douglas Flynn also reports on the signing, as well as the Bruins acquiring blueliner Jonny Boychuk from the Avalanche yesterday.

Julian Benbow has UMass guard Gary Forbes hoping to hear his named called during tomorrow night’s NBA draft. Jim Fenton says that last year’s draft is a distant memory for the Celtics. Rich Thompson has more on Hall of Famer John Havlicek, who was honored at The Tradition last night.

Mark Farinella has more tidbits from Tedy Bruschi and a number of other thoughts.

Mike Loftus looks at the upcoming NASCAR weekend up in New Hampshire. Baxter Holmes has Martin Truex Jr trying to become the new face of Dale Earnhardt Inc. after Dale Earnhardt Jr left the team last year.

WBZ-TV has posted on their website the legendary Sports Final show which featured Larry Bird, Bobby Orr and Ted Williams.