Chad Finn on New Gig

I asked Chad Finn for his thoughts on his promotion, and what his new job is going to consist of over at Boston.com.

Here are some of his responses:

On what this new job means to him:

Obviously, I’m ridiculously excited. I started the blog four years ago with the vague hope that it might turn into something bigger, but I didn’t have any huge expectations – really, I just wanted to write about sports again – and I certainly didn’t expect it to turn into something like this, which is essentially my dream job. I’ve known this was going to happen for a while, but I still can’t believe it, you know?

On what he’ll be doing on Boston.com:

…some parts are still vague, and there are some things I still want to pitch them, but right now my main duty will be to make sure we have breaking sports news accounted for on Boston.com as soon as possible. Sometimes I’ll be writing a bylined story, sometimes I’ll be writing a story that plugs until Reiss or Mazz or whoever files the actual story that will appear in the paper. It’ll also be up to me to stay on top of news other outlets are reporting – say, on a day like the MLB trading deadline, where there were 50 new rumors a minute flying about Manny.

On whether this will have an impact on his Touching All The Bases blog:

I’ll be blogging five days a week, Monday through Friday. Nothing on TATB should change, and I hope it improves now that I’m actually writing it on office time and not at the break of dawn after working a desk shift.

It’s refreshing to hear someone so clearly fired up about what they do, especially in this industry. I’m looking forward to the changes at Boston.com, and congratulate Chad on his promotion and Joe Sullivan for (finally) recognizing what he had right there under his nose.

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Media Movement All Over The Place

Last night we learned about the changes at the Globe, which included Tony Massarotti moving over from the Herald, and Chad Finn earning himself a sweet promotion.

This morning, David Scott has more on the move, but also reports on new hires at weei.com, which include Jeff Goodman, Alex Speier and wait for it…Ron Borges.

Ron Borges? 

Seriously? Ken Powers wasn’t available? Mike Barnicle turned them down? Patricia Smith wasn’t interested?

My interest and enthusiasm in their new venture just sunk considerably. They were doing things right all the way up until that point. Michael Felger, Rob Bradford, Goodman and Speier are all relatively young guys who understand how things work in the new age of sportswriting. For the most part they have a fresh perspective on things, and don’t stir up stuff just to get noticed (well, except for Felger.)

Borges throws all that out the window. The quotes from Dennis and Callahan in Scott’s piece are just nauseating. Yeah, I’m sure Bill Belichick is shaking in his shoes at the thought of Borges back in Foxboro. That’s provided of course that he knows how to get there. He hasn’t been seen down there in a long time, even before his (wink wink) retirement from the Globe.

I had high hopes for this new weei.com. Borges just about kills it for me. You hire him, you lose your credibility. Simple as that.

Bad move, guys.

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The Red Sox hitters are surely sorry to see the Texas Rangers pitchers leave town. Boston finished off the sweep of the Rangers with a 10-0 victory at Fenway Park last night. The Red Sox scored 37 runs in 3 games off the Rangers…

Globe beat reporter Amalie Benjamin has the game story. Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox continuing their hot hitting since the Manny Ramirez trade. Paul Kenyon has the Red Sox finishing off their roundup of the Rangers. Jeff Goldberg has Daisuke Matsuzaka once again letting the runners on, and once again not letting them score. Bob Stern has the Red Sox pounding the Rangers one more time. Garry Brown has more on the demolition at Fenway. Phil O’Neill has another big inning leading the way for Boston.

Tony Massarotti has David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis proving to be a formidable 3-3 combination. Barbara Matson has Ortiz especially sorry to see the Rangers go. Ortiz has regain his power stroke in this series, and even enjoyed an early departure last night. Still, I can’t help but remember the reaction from the media when Pedro Martinez left the ballpark early after a start. I’ve got absolutely no problem with Ortiz (or Pedro) going home early, but it’s interesting to note the difference in reaction. Steven Krasner analyzes the lack of success by the Rangers pitching in this series. Massarotti says that the Blue Jays will provide a much stiffer test for the Boston bats.

Marty Dobrow has a minor league notebook in the Globe, and examines a rash of oblique strains in the Red Sox organization. Rich Thompson‘s minor league notebook has Bartolo Colon on the road back to the majors.

Benjamin’s notebook has Jon Lester trying to help out Clay Buchholz. Horrigan’s notebook has Dice-K once again walking a tightrope last night. The ProJo notebook has more on Matsuzaka. Goldberg’s notebook says that Kevin Youkilis is making a case for league MVP. Brown’s notebook has Paul Byrd getting ready for his first Red Sox start tonight. O’Neill’s notebook also makes the case for Youkilis as AL MVP.

Patriots

Over on Patriots Daily, Scott Benson examines whether the Patriots can or will carry five running backs on their roster.

Christopher L. Gasper has a look at the Patriots signing of veteran safety John Lynch. Christopher Price has more on the Lynch signing. Carolyn Thornton says that Lynch could end up being a big presence in the Patriots secondary. Eric McHugh thinks Lynch should fit well here. Jennifer Toland writes that Lynch could fill the void left by Tank Williams being placed on IR. Mark Farinella looks at this year’s carbon-dated addition to the Patriots roster.

Karen Guregian says that adding Dom Capers to the coaching staff might be the best move the Patriots made in the offseason. Thornton has rookie QB Kevin O’Connell doing all he can to learn from Tom Brady. Guregian has more on the rookie learning how to play the position in his first NFL camp. Farinella has a look at Kenny Smith, who gets a feature written about him for the second day in a row. Thompson has punter Chris Hanson secure in his role with the team.

Price tells us what to watch for during Sunday night’s game. Ian M. Clark has a Ruud family reunion on tap for Sunday night. Mike McMahon looks at former Boston Patriot Daryl Johnson going into the Morgan State Hall of Fame.

Gasper’s notebook has Jason Webster getting close to returning to action for the Patriots. Guregian’s notebook has more on the signing of Lynch. Toland’s notebook has Dean Pees talking about some of his young players on defense. McHugh’s notebook examines the impact on he safety depth chart that the Lynch signing will have.

Misc

Steve Bulpett and Marc J. Spears report on the Celtics signing first round pick J.R. Giddens.

Spears also has the United States’ men’s basketball team taking care of business with Greece yesterday.

Mark Blaudschun has a media column on NBC Sports reporter Bob Neumeier. Neumy mentions that WEEI wasn’t “fair” in their contract offer to him, which is why he left his show with Dale Arnold.  

Globe Shuffles Things Up, Adds Massarotti

The Boston Globe this afternoon announced in a memo a number of changes to the sports department. Adam Reilly has the memo outlining the moves.

The biggest is the addition of Tony Massarotti to the Globe in “a newly created position as he will become the face and voice of boston.com sports.” He will also contribute to the print edition of the paper. Massarotti starts his new job the first week of September.

Amalie Benjamin was officially named the Red Sox beat writer, replacing Gordon Edes, who recently departed for Yahoo! sports.

BSMW favorite Chad Finn also gets a promotion to a newly created position, that of “sports news reporter for boston.com.” Finn will be keeping the page updated throughout the day with “fresh and interesting items.” He will also begin this job in the first week of September.

The paper also announced that Corey Allen will be replacing Finn’s role as part-time copy editor.

Some interesting moves here by sports editor Joe Sullivan. The Globe takes Massarotti away from the Herald, and with Rob Bradford having already left for WEEI.com, this move further weakens the baseball staff at the tabloid. Massarotti loses his WEEI gigs, though he had already scaled them back considerably over the last year. The Globe needed a new columnist/voice under the age of 50, and they get that in Massarotti. I just hope that this sort of stuff doesn’t come over with him. Now that he’s not going to be writing for a tabloid that often uses sensationalism to sell papers, hopefully Massarotti’s style will stick to the analytical, smooth style that comes through in most of his columns. Besides, the Globe already has one Dan Shaughnessy.

Benjamin has her fans on the Red Sox beat, and this move was expected all along. She’s not spectacular, but is competent and enthusiastic for the job. Nick Cafardo likely didn’t want the full-time travel that goes with the job.

It will be most interesting to see what Finn does with Boston.com, and what, if any, design changes are in store for the site. It will be good to have more writing and content from Finn, who has certainly paid his dues, and now is being rewarded with what could be his dream gig. Finn’s obvious love and passion for sports, coupled with his humor make this a very good promotion for the Globe and boston.com.

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In New York sports media news, Neil Best reports that Mike and the Mad Dog is no longer, as Chris Russo has left WFAN.

Sox Offense on Track Again

With the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon kicking off today, Gerry Callahan confirms what had only been rumored about previously – his absence from the WEEI airwaves last year was in fact due to throat cancer.

Nick Cafardo has the Red Sox hitters once again enjoying themselves at the Rangers’ expense. Michael Silverman has Jon Lester giving the Red Sox a “perfectly sane start” last night. Paul Kenyon has the Red Sox continuing their destruction of the Rangers this season. Mike Anthony has Lester stabilizing things after the wild night on Tuesday. Phil O’Neill has Youk and Lester leading the way for the Sox. Garry Brown has Lester in control of this one. Eric Avidon has the Sox winning another beer-league game at Fenway. Glen Farley has three doubles from Kevin Youkilis providing the spark.

Tony Massarotti has the Red Sox once again chewing up Rangers pitching – which is something the entire league has been doing. Steven Krasner notes that Kevin Youkilis has done just find in the cleanup spot, and also hopes that Clay Buchholz can learn from Jon Lester. Barbara Matson has Lester once again taking control of the game from the mound. Massarotti says that the trade for Paul Byrd was in fact just a cash-only transaction. Maureen Mullen says that Youkilis has been the man of the moment for the Sox lately.

Bill Burt has Josh Hamilton taking things one day at a time for the Rangers. Hamilton also plans to call the troubled Jeff Allison, who has been trying to put his life back together. Steve Buckley devotes a column to a 16-year-old boy who was ejected from the Red Sox game on Tuesday night after a play was ruled fan interference.

Cafardo’s notebook has Mike Lowell headed to the DL, and Paul Byrd meeting the Boston press. Silverman’s notebook has a look at the roster shuffling done by the Sox. The ProJo notebook has more on the roster moves by the Sox. Anthony’s notebook has more on Lowell heading to the disabled list. O’Neill’s notebook has Byrd trying hard to leave his last memories of Fenway park behind. Brown’s notebook has more on Lowell. Farley’s notebook chronicles more of Byrd landing at Fenway.

Patriots

Karen Guregian has Tom Brady addressing the media in a state of the union style briefing. Mark Farinella has Brady looking forward to getting back on the field. Carolyn Thornton has Brady in a great state of mind as the regular season gets closer. Rich Garven has Brady looking forward to seeing some action this weekend against the Buccaneers.

Mike Reiss wonders if John Lynch could pull a Junior Seau and find the fountain of youth in New England. Eric McHugh has the Patriots big three of Brady, Moss and Welker looking forward to a second season together. Christopher Price talks to Joe Theismann about the role of being Tom Brady’s backup. Baxter Holmes has a good look at what happens on a tipped ball. David Brown has the Patriots focusing on the finish this season.

Farley has Kenny Smith hoping to carve out a spot for himself on the Patriots defensive line. Buckley has rookie Terrence Wheatley with a big opportunity in front of him due to injuries in camp. Garven has Wesley Britt making progress towards being a contributor on the offensive line.

Buckley says that Brady is underpaid in big way, and is “practically playing for free” for the Patriots. Guregian has ex-teammate Jeff Shoate saying that Lynch would be a good fit for the Patriots. Buddy Thomas is bullish on the Cleveland Browns this season.

Reiss’ notebook has Brady talking more about how much he’s looking to get on the field Sunday. Guregian’s notebook has Vince Wilfork earning his teammates a night off yesterday. Farinella’s notebook has the players and coaches getting into regular season mode. Garven’s notebook has Mike Wright getting back onto the practice field for the Patriots. McHugh’s notebook has more on Lynch’s visit to Foxboro yesterday.

Misc

Peter Gobis has the Islanders nabbing Providence Bruins coach Scott Gordon as their new head coach.

Steve Conroy has the Boston College defense well ahead of the offense at this point in camp.

Bob Ryan examines the Chinese domination of table tennis.

Marc J. Spears has the US mens basketball team out for revenge against Greece.

 

08.13.08 Afternoon

A trip around the afternoon stories:

Chad Finn has Kevin Youkilis arriving as a legitimate star.

Peter Gammons did a Q&A on Boston.com today.

Andy Hart has an Ask PFW Mailbag on Patriots.com

Gregg Easterbrook makes it through his first Tuesday Morning Quarterback with only a passing mention of you-know-what.

Don Banks says former BC QB Matt Ryan will likely be the opening day starter for the Falcons.

Tim Graham ponders whether John Lynch (who visited the Patriots today) would be a good fit for New England.

Lesley Visser gets a rare (for these days) interview with Bill Parcells.

Gordon Edes has David Ortiz quieting concerns about his wrist with his power display last night.

Albert Breer visits Bills camp as Buffalo sets their aim on moving closer to the Patriots in the standings.

Marty Burns has his first Eastern Conference rankings, with the Celtics still on top.

 

Sox Outslug Rangers

The Patriots Red Sox missed two extra points last night, but managed to hang on and defeat the Cowboys Rangers 19-17 at Gillette Stadium Fenway Park.

A wilder baseball game you will be hard pressed to find.

We’ll get you caught up on all the stories from this one over at RedSoxLinks.com this morning.

The Patriots continue getting ready for this weekend’s game with Tampa Bay. Asante Samuel says Bill Belichick “doesn’t have a personality” (but Andy Reid does?) – check out the coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.

Tracking the Ex-Globies

A couple of Ex-Globies lead off a brief session of afternoon links.

Gordon Edes finally is on board at Yahoo! and has a piece on Skip Carey, who passed away on August 3rd.

Ron Borges talks to Andre Tippett about his long road to the Hall of Fame.

Those are just two of those who have left the Boston Globe (for various reasons) in the last few years. You could create a “Where are they now” list just of Ex Boston Globe employees:

  • Gordon Edes: Yahoo! Sports
  • Ron Borges: Pro Football Weekly
  • Jackie MacMullan: ESPN
  • Michael Smith: ESPN
  • Peter May: Seen on Yahoo!
  • Chris Snow: Minnesota Wild front office

I’m sure I’m missing someone. For other locals, you can add Tom Curran, now with NBCSports.com and Albert Breer with The Sporting News.

Dave Doyle is actually another ex-Globe writer, he’s now covering UFC for Yahoo!

From someone still at the Globe, Mike Reiss has this week’s edition of the Ask Reiss Mailbag.

A mystery Boston sportswriter is doing some Olympic blogging from home.

Another reason for Gerry Callahan to hate Bill Belichick and the Patriots – John Czarnecki says that Belichick oversees the most liberal team in the NFL.