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Approval Ratings – Eddie Andelman

Eddie AndelmanThe Godfather of Sports Talk Radio may be in semi(mostly)-retirement, but he still deserves a day on the approval ratings!

Eddie Andelman is a pioneer in the sports talk radio arena. The original Sports Huddle show back in the 1970’s was one of the first of its kind on the airwaves.

Andelman was a fixture on WHDH radio during the 80’s, and moved over the WEEI in the 90’s. He was best remembered on the station for his show with Dale Arnold, dubbed “The A Team.” Andelman left the station in December, 2001 right in the middle of the Patriots push to their first Super Bowl title.

He reappeared on sports radio 1510 The Zone, where he opened his show blasting his former employer and partner. He took many more shots over the years at the station, and WEEI to this day continues to blast right back at him with whiner line callers and various skits.  

He’s had an intense rivalry with Glenn Ordway over the years, angry that Ordway had taken his time slot on WEEI and also canceled his son Michael’s weekend show on the station. With Ordway’s recent family crisis, it is thought that Andelman might’ve been one of the one’s Ordway referred to when he expressed gratitude for support from people he never thought he’d ever hear from.

Andelman currently hosts a show on Sunday nights from 7:00 to 10:00pm on talk radio WTKK, named the New Sports Huddle. These days however, Andelman is chiefly known for his annual Hot Dog Safari to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis/The Joey Fund.

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Celtics Go For The Title, Take Two.

Can they get it done tonight?

The Celtics will get their second crack at winning the NBA World Championship tonight, this time at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Steve Bulpett has some simple instructions for the Celtics to follow if they hope to win tonight. Bob Ryan has a number of observations about the series, but would like to see one good game between the clubs that is worthy of the rivalry. Mike Szostak also lists out the reasons why the Celtics will win tonight. Jennifer Toland has the Celtics coming back to the Garden looking to put the series away. Jeff Howe has the Celtics coming home, one win away from their goal.

Um, let just say you probably don’t want to read Dan Shaughnessy today. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. You clicked on it anyway, didn’t you? *sigh* Steve Buckley might not be a good idea either if you don’t like the media talking about and giving away championships before they’ve been earned. Bill Reynolds reminds us that winning an NBA championship is not supposed to be easy. Lenny Megliola says that victory tonight will not come without a fight.

Mark Murphy points out that without Kendrick Perkins, the Celtics failed a physical test in game five. Marc J. Spears has Kevin Garnett determined to bounce back from a poor performance in game five. Jim Fenton says that the Celtics need more from KG tonight. Bill Burt insists that Garnett deserves a pass for his game five performance, and that tonight will be his night.

Paul Doyle has Paul Pierce looking to earn his place in Celtics history among the greats with a win tonight. Ben Larsen has Pierce etching his name among the best with his performance in these finals. John Tomase looks at how the pick and roll has been a big part of the Celtics success. Howe points out that both teams will likely be fighting fatigue tonight. Bob Halloran says that the Celtics have been proving themselves all season long.

Jessica Heslam has ESPN.com Page2 columnist Jemele Hill apologizing for comparing the Celtics to Hitler and nuclear war.

Dennis and Callahan will be proud of the Globe this morning, as Christopher Baxter and Maddie Hanna have a piece on people (and children) who can’t stay up to watch the games because they’re on too late.

To the best of my recollection, all of these games have gotten over close to or before midnight, ET. I don’t hear the same type of uproar for Red Sox playoff games, which many times start at 8:00 or 8:30pm and last past midnight (especially games against the Yankees). Sure, some people complain about those times, but nowhere near the level of what has gone on with the NBA Finals. Many times the baseball games are back-to-back, while the NBA games are spread out a little more. I guess I’m just not seeing why the 9:00pm start times are a huge deal. You stay up and watch the Red Sox, or let your kids watch them…what’s the difference here?

Murphy’s notebook has the Celtics finally getting into Boston at 10:30 last night, and also reports that Ray Allen is expected to play tonight. The Globe notebook has more on Allen’s family situation, reporting that it is Allen’s youngest son who is ill, and was in a Los Angeles hospital. (Not his daughter in South Carolina as purported on WEEI and other outlets yesterday.) The Projo notebook has more on Allen. Fenton’s notebook has Doc Rivers expecting more from Rajon Rondo tonight.

Shira Springer has the Lakers focused on making history. Springer’s notebook has backup point guard Jordan Farmer benefiting from an aggressive approach in game five.

Check out the coverage from LA in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register.

Red Sox

The Red Sox were routed last night by the Phillies, 8-2. Bartolo Colon had to leave the game in the fourth inning, having already given up four runs, due to back stiffness.

Jeff Horrigan has both Colon and the Sox left hurting after last night’s loss. Gordon Edes has the Phillies flaunting the power of their lineup last night. Bill Ballou has the Phillies taking round one of the battle of the beasts of the East. Steven Krasner has Colon and the Sox hurt by the long ball last night. Jeff Goldberg has Colon having to leave after taking an “over-aggressive” swing at the plate.

Keith Groller and Tom Robinson report on Daisuke Matsuzaka’s rehab start for the PawSox last night.

Rob Bradford has more on Colon’s injury, and what happened the last time he felt something like this. Nick Cafardo looks at the Phillies triple MVP threats in Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. Bradford also talks to Pat Burrell, who had the same injury that David Ortiz currently has.

Horrigan’s notebook and Edes’ notebook each report on David Ortiz having the hard cast removed from his left wrist yesterday. Ballou’s notebook has Manny Ramirez returning to the outfield last night. Krasner’s notebook has more on Ortiz shedding his cast. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Ortiz and Dice-K.

Misc

Jim McCabe and Tony Massarotti report on Tiger Woods holding off Rocco Mediate in sudden death following 18 holes of dead heat playoff action to win the U.S. Open. Jim Donaldson kept a running diary of the afternoon. Massarotti has Woods savoring his latest major win.

Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins set to sign free agent winger Blake Wheeler from the University of Minnesota, who was originally drafted No. 5 overall by the Coyotes in 2004.

Game 5 Ratings Continue Trend for ABC

From ABC/ESPN:

Based on fast national ratings, Game 5 of the best-of-seven NBA Finals on ABC – the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics – last night, Sunday, June 15, averaged 17,257,000 viewers (P2+), an increase of 21 percent compared to Game 5 in 2006 (there was no Game 5 last year), which averaged 14,318,000 viewers for Dallas at Miami. The Lakers/Celtics game averaged 11,393,000 households, an increase of 13 percent over 10,049,000 households in 2006, and a 10.1 rating, up 11 percent over a 9.1 in 2006. It was the most-watched NBA Finals Game since Game 7 of 2005 (18,997,000 viewers).

Through five broadcasts, the 2008 NBA Finals are averaging a 9.0 rating, up 45 percent over the four-game series last year (6.2).

Los Angeles avoided elimination with a 103-98 victory that sends the series back to Boston for Game 6 with the Celtics leading 3-2 on ABC tomorrow, Tuesday, June 17 Coverage will begin at 8:30 p.m. with GMC NBA Countdown at 8:30 p.m. The games are also heard nationally on ESPN Radio.

For the fifth consecutive broadcast, the NBA Finals sparked ABC to “win the night” among all television networks. The NBA Finals averaged more homes and viewers than any other show, with ABC winning primetime overall among all networks. Game 5 was the most-watched program on television since the season finale of American Idol (May 21). Excluding the Academy Awards evenings, ABC garnered its highest Sunday numbers across key male demographics in more than two years (best since February 6, 2006 (Super Bowl XL) in Men 18-34; and best since March 12, 2006 in Men 18-49 and Men 25-54.

Additionally, viewership peaked in the 11:30 p.m. to midnight (8:30 – 9 p.m. PT) half hour. Following are half-hour household rating details:

Broadcast half-hours (all times ET) HH Rating
9:04-9:30 p.m. 7.6
9:30-10 p.m. 9.1
10-10:30 p.m. 9.3
10:30-11 p.m. 10.0
11-11:30 p.m. 11.2
11:30-11:55 p.m. 12.5

Approval Ratings – Glenn Ordway

Glenn OrdwaySince the 1970’s Glenn Ordway has been stirring things up on the Boston Radio airwaves.

After a short stint as a General Hospital actor, Ordway turned his attention to radio as the Sports Director and talk show host of WMEX/WIS. In 1981 he moved on to WRKO, hosting the popular “SportsCall” radio show and serving as sports director. It was during this time that he also joined Johnny Most in the Celtics radio booth, where he remained for 13 years.

When the Celtics moved to WEEI (Then AM 590) in 1987, Ordway followed, and has been at the station since. The Big Show began in 1995, and has become a staple on the Boston airwaves.

Earlier this year, Ordway had a scare in his personal life during the birth of his daughter Mia. Both his daughter and wife suffered severe complications during delivery, which took Ordway off the air for a couple of weeks. Both mother and daughter are doing better, and Ordway is back in his familiar spot on the afternoon drive.

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Celts Can’t Close It Out, Head Back To Boston

They had their chances. Once again the Celtics fell behind early, this time by 19 points in the first half, before coming back to take the lead. Then in the fourth quarter they trailed by 14 points, and came back to take a lead, and you might’ve thought “Game six Pistons, all over again.” But it wasn’t to be. This series is headed back to Boston.

Mark Murphy has missed opportunity haunting the Celtics in this one. Marc J. Spears has the Celtics unable to close to deal in L.A., despite another big performance from Paul Pierce. Kevin McNamara has the Lakers staying alive by making all the tough plays down the stretch. Dan Shaughnessy says that the Celtics have all the numbers on their side for tomorrow night’s game. Bill Doyle has the Lakers managing to stave off elimination with the win. Jeff Howe says that the Hollywood ending wasn’t in the cards for the Celtics last night.

Kevin Henkin of the BSMW Full Court Press calls this one “a damned shame of a heart-breaking loss.”

Bob Ryan says that this one was there for the taking. Tony Massarotti says that the Celtics MUST win game six as they should want no part of a game seven, even at home. Steve Bulpett examines the one man gang effort of Paul Pierce last night. Christopher L. Gasper also looks at the big game from Paul Pierce going to waste in the loss.

In contrast, Steve Buckley examines a lost night for Kevin Garnett, which was marred by foul trouble, poor shooting, and missing three of four free throws in the clutch. John Tomase looks at Garnett’s habit of blocking shots that are launched well after the play has been called. Jason Whitlock again kills KG, saying he could be the first player to damage his reputation by winning a championship.

Frank Dell’Apa has Sam Cassell, who had a brief run in the fourth quarter last night, saying that the Celtics need to get off to a fast start tomorrow night. Gary Dzen has Rajon Rondo struggling once again in this one. Bulpett has a look at the three Celtics – Scot Pollard, Brian Scalabrine and Gabe Pruitt – who have been inactive for most of the postseason, and what their role on the bench has been. Howe has the Big Three still hoping to begin and end their season in a Duck Boat. Dell’Apa says that the difference between Boston and Los Angeles fans is simply interested fans vs. glitz.

Gasper’s notebook has Ray Allen having to leave last night immediately after the game to tend to an illness to one of his children. Murphy’s notebook has Kendrick Perkins doubtful for game six as well with his shoulder injury. McNamara’s notebook has a look at the Celtics recent improved road performance in the playoffs, and at PJ Brown’s increased role with the team. Doyle’s notebook has more on Perkins’ injury, has a quick look a the draft, and reports that James Posey plans on becoming a free agent this summer.

Lakers

Shira Springer has Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol dominating the Celtics in the paint last night. Jeff Jacobs has Kobe turning the finals into his personal NCAA tournament. Massarotti has a look at the coaching breakdown, and says that Phil Jackson has not distinguished himself in this series.

Steven Herbert has Kobe Bryant finishing off this one by knocking the ball away from Pierce. John Tomase has more on Kobe’s big steal. Spears’ Courtside chatter has Lakers forward Ira Newble trying to raise awareness of issues in China’s involvement in the conflict in Darfur.

Check out the coverage from LA in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register.

Red Sox

The Red Sox won 9-0 in Cincinnati behind Josh Beckett and four home runs yesterday. Check all the coverage on RedSoxLinks.com.

 

The Edge of Seventeen

This morning’s links brought to you by guest blogger Bob Ekstrom. Contact him at bob02878@yahoo.com.

In 1986, a gallon of gas cost less than a quart of Schlitz, and Saturdays were dutifully spent picking up the VCR at the corner electronics repair shop. As one-half of a DINK relationship, the only thing in my pocket thicker than my wallet was my beeper. That spring, my first child was conceived. It was just after a C’s playoff victory on the way to their 16th banner, though I still can’t say for sure which one. Today, she readies for her third year of college and I, the next Celtics championship, as elusive as it has proven to be.

Bob Ryan stops just short of raising Banner No. 17 himself after the C’s historic comeback. Tony Massarotti is still buzzing about Ray Allen’s nail-in-the-coffin bucket Thursday night, and takes us on the roller coaster ride that is his 2008 postseason. Mark Murphy marvels at the adjustments Ray Allen has had to make this postseason. Bill Reynolds puts the Game 4 comeback in its proper perspective among Boston sports lore. Jeff Jacobs calls it a golden moment as sustaining in Boston as it is unrelenting in LA. Kevin McNamara breaks down a comeback for the ages, while out in LA, the Times’ Chris Dufresne comes back with a breakdown for the ages. Bill Doyle has Captain Pierce a key component in the two greatest comebacks in Celtics’ postseason history. Bill Plaschke continues the Times’ attack, with the Zen Master in his scope.

In his Celtics Beat, Steve Bulpett has Doc Rivers providing to the Green what his father has instilled in him. Steve Buckley has Doc still bullish on Kobe Bryant.

Mark Murphy’s Celtics Notebook reports Kendrick Perkins’ status as uncertain for Game 5, while Paul Pierce’s right knee continues to bother him. Christopher L. Gaspar suggests green shamrocks be replaced with red crosses as the C’s get some much needed recuperation time before Game 5.

Red Sox

Those Road Warrior Kill Red Sox were at it again last night, falling to the Reds in Cincinnati, 3-1. Jeff Horrigan has both teams rushing to get this one in as lightning filled the sky. With Boston now 14-21 on the road, their sense of urgency certainly seems misplaced. Bill Ballou has the Sox bats making a three-game winner out of Reds’ 20-loss candidate, Aaron Harang (3-9). Gordon Edes recounts some of the woes that befell the Sox on the way to Cincy and their 11th loss in the last 15 road games. This was a homecoming for rookie pitcher Justin Masterson and Rob Bradford has his night three pitches short of a complete success.

Horrigan’s Red Sox Notebook has Dice-K a week away from rejoining the parent club. Bradford’s Red Sox Beat has Jonathan Papelbon continuing his verbal assault on the Rays. CEO Larry Lucchino reflects on the passing of Tim Russert in Ede’s Red Sox Notebook.

Odds & Sods

Jim McCabe has Tiger Woods turning in a Celtics-like second round to get himself back in the 108th U.S. Open yesterday.

And fnally, again from LA, Mike Bresnahan reports that, although he lost the MVP balloting to Bryant, KG has taken over Kobe’s top spot in jersey sales. Now we know what is near and dear to Hollywood’s heart.

To all you dads out there, have the greenest of Father’s Days.