Brown To Join CSN as Analyst

The ink hasn’t even dried on Troy Brown’s retirement papers, and the sure-to-be Patriots Hall of Famer has signed on to join Comcast SportsNet as an NFL analyst:

Selected in the eighth round of the 1993 NFL draft, Troy Brown proved to be Mr. Versatility during his 15 prosperous years as a New England Patriots wide receiver, return man and part-time defensive back. Comcast SportsNet will rely on his high football IQ to provide unmatched local NFL analysis.

Brown, 36, joins the Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight program which airs Monday through Friday live, twice-a-night at 6:30 and 10 p.m. In addition to his in-studio work, Brown will focus on feature pieces from Gillette Stadium involving the Patriots and its players during the week. Brown will make his first appearance tonight at 10 p.m.

“I have been asked to do many things during my football career and I believe that my experience in all facets of the game will provide a great foundation for providing what I hope to be expert analysis on the team,” said Brown. “It feels like my rookie year all over again. I look forward to the challenge as I embark on this new career and as I continue my fifteen year relationship with this great community and team.”

“Troy Brown is a great addition to Comcast SportsNet’s Patriots coverage. Given his on-field versatility, there is perhaps no former player more qualified to provide the type of insight and analysis that fans covet,” said Bill Bridgen, Comcast SportsNet executive vice president and general manager.

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Globe Launches New Weekly Sports Publication – The “OT”

The Boston Globe announced today the launch of a new weekly 24-page tabloid style sports publication called the “OT” (for “Our Town/Our Teams”)

The OT will cost 50 cents at newsstands. It features content from Tony Massarotti, Charlie Pierce, Chad Finn and others. There is also an online edition of the publication. The stories are meant to be a little more substantial than what you will get in the regular sports section, with a longer shelf life as well.

In the announcement, the publishers acknowledge that newspaper revenues are sharply declining, and that this is an attempt to get some of it back:

The new publication arrives at a time when newspapers across the country are scaling back staffs and pages amid declining circulation and advertising. To counter those losses, some media outlets are searching for fresh sources of revenue by tailoring new products to niche audiences. OT is aimed at Boston’s voracious sports fans.

“The articles you are reading in this publication are timely but don’t expire after one day,” said Jay Fogarty, vice president of strategic planning for Boston Globe Media, a unit of The New York Times Co. and publisher of several other niche publications, including recent start-ups for fashion, home design, and young women. “It reads more like a Sports Illustrated than a daily newspaper.”

OT will include columns and analysis by boston.com sports bloggers Chad Finn and Eric Wilbur as well as previews of upcoming games involving the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins. The weekly will help readers predict the winners of games and report on fantasy sports. A feature called “Dirt” will chronicle the intersection of sports and gossip. The publication will also have an online component: a blog called “OT online” that will be highlighted on boston.com‘s sports section.

Color me a little skeptical about the chances of the long term success of something like this. Will readers pay 50 cents to pick this up? That’s our poll question for today. (see below) I also had a bit of a involuntary shudder at the mention of the “Dirt” feature. Who will be assigned to camp outside Tom and Gisele’s apartment in New York City? Comparing the publication to Sports Illustrated was a little ballsy as well.

I can see the content being better than you’ll get in the paper, Charlie Pierce’s presence assures that. But with so much sports information and content already out there, almost all of it available free of charge, will consumers go out of their way to purchase this? It’s an interesting experiment for the Globe, and the latest in a series of improvements and changes to their offerings.

With WEEI.com in the market, Boston.com and the Globe are locked in a battle with the new radio-backed startup for the attention of sports fans. It will be fun to see what’s next in this new rivalry.

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Another Party At Fenway

David Scott reports that Ron Borges has been hired by the Herald as a full time columnist, and will be leaving WEEI.com after just a month on the job.

The Red Sox clinched their fifth postseason appearance in six years last night with their 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians and 22 game winner Cliff Lee. The Red Sox celebrated after the game, prompting some, like Dan Kennedy, to comment that celebrating a wild card berth seems “a little cheesy.” I actually agree with the take from the NESN crew during the celebration, which was that it is so hard just to make it to the postseason in baseball, that it is certainly an accomplishment worth a little celebration, especially with all that this team has been through this season.

Garry Brown has the Red Sox getting back to the playoffs the hard way. Paul Kenyon says that in some ways, it was more of the same at Fenway Park, while in other ways it was totally different. Adam Kilgore has another celebration of Korbel and Bud Light taking place in the Red Sox clubhouse. John Tomase says that these Red Sox have come a long way since the trade of Manny Ramirez. Joe Haggerty has the Red Sox finally able to look forward to the postseason. Paul Doyle has last night as another annual rite for the Red Sox. Paul Jarvey understands why the Red Sox celebrated last night.

Mike Fine says that these Red Sox earned the right to celebrate. After acknowledging the accomplishment of making the postseason and how difficult and rare it is, Dan Shaughnessy finds “these early-accomplishment celebrations a little overdone.” Rich Thompson says that even though the Sox celebrated last night, they are resolved to stay focused going forward. Bob Stern says that Octoberfest is once again on the schedule for the Red Sox.

Alex Speier says that the Red Sox title hopes could rest with Kevin Youkilis. Joe McDonald says that Terry Francona has gotten better as the years have gone by. Vega notes that for some members of the Red Sox, this is a new high. I’m pretty sure that down at the Providence Journal, Jim Donaldson and Bill Reynolds have a little contest going on between them to see who can be the grumpier old man. The stuff those two have turned out in recent months has been unbelievable. This morning Donaldson, not content to grouse about one Boston team, takes on both the Red Sox and Patriots in one fell swoop.

Michael Vega and Steve Buckley look at the Red Sox announcement that they will retire Johnny Pesky’s number 6 at a ceremony this Friday night. Even though Sarah Green likes the Red Sox strict requirements for retired numbers, she’s glad they made an exception for Pesky. Rich Thompson says that Pesky’s contributions to the Red Sox are simply too great to overlook. Kevin McNamara has Pesky finally joining his dear friends Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr in immortality in the right-field corner at Fenway Park. Doyle looks at the 57-year association between Pesky and the Red Sox. Jarvey notes that Pesky was “flabbergasted” at the news.

Kevin Gray has a look at the trendy Phiten necklaces being worn by many major leaguers. Bill Burt has impossible dream manager Dick Williams seeing similarities between his 1967 Red Sox and the 2008 Tampa Rays. Speier looks at former teammates Bay, Sizemore reunited in this series.

Kilgore’s notebook says that now that the Sox are in the playoffs, they may pull back on their efforts to win the division. Tomase’s notebook has Mike Lowell vowing to play in the postseason. The Projo notebook has David Ortiz in fine form during the celebration last night. Doyle’s notebook says that struggling Jed Lowrie is likely to get some rest this week. Jarvey’s notebook also looks at the Sox plans for the rookie shortstop.

Patriots

Over at Patriots Daily, Dan Snapp wonders if this is a good bye for the Patriots or goodbye. If you missed it yesterday, be sure to also check out Tyler Carter and his analysis of the Dolphins’ “wildcat strikes” on Sunday.

Mike Reiss talks to six NFL experts about the state of the Patriots heading into the bye week. Karen Guregian talks to Solomon Wilcots, who called the Dolphins/Patriots game on Sunday about the effort of Randy Moss. Wilcots had called out Moss on one play, but feels that overall, Moss was “into” the game. Christopher Price says that if the Patriots need to make some changes, they’ve got plenty of time to do it. Lenny Megliola says that suddenly the upcoming game against the 49ers has become a critical one for the Patriots.

Bill Burt says that the Patriots Players, not Bill Belichick should be under the microscope this season. Tomase says that the Patriots expect to see gadget plays again this season.

Bruins

Mike Loftus has a look at the competition for spots on the Bruins blue line. Stephen Harris has Shawn Thornton getting his punches in early this season. Fluto Shinzawa has Milan Lucic hoping to be a top-six forward for the Bruins this season. Harris’ notebook has Matt Lashoff hoping that this is his year.

No Playoffs For Sox – Yet

The Red Sox were not able to clinch their fifth playoff berth in six seasons last night, but will get another chance tonight…and tomorrow night…and the next night…and…all the way through the weekend. Let’s hope it doesn’t drag out like that, of course.

Michael Silverman has Josh Beckett with some control issues last night. Adam Kilgore has the basepaths proving dangerous for the Sox in their attempts to clinch a playoff berth. Joe Haggerty has the postseason bubbly remaining on ice for another night. Garry Brown has the Sox losing out on a chance to clinch, and now having to face 22-2 Cliff Lee tonight. Matt Eagan has Josh Beckett not sharp last night in the Boston loss. Paul Jarvey has the Red Sox not needing the plastic sheeting they bought at Home Depot yesterday. Paul Kenyon has the Red Sox forced to wait another day to try again. Maureen Mullen has the Sox celebration on ice for now.

Bob Ryan notes that a playoff berth never comes easy, and that these Red Sox realize that making the playoffs is a big deal. Joe McDonald says that it took a season of banding together for this team to get to this point. Jon Couture wonders if the magic of ’07 can return for these Red Sox. Rich Thompson has Jason Bay getting thrown out on a “debacle” of a play involving a ball that bounced off the third base umpire. Alex Speier has more from Bay on the weird play at third. Mike Fine has sloppiness stalling the Sox clincher last night.

Kevin McNamara looks at a less-than playoff caliber performance from Beckett. Barbara Matson looks at an outing that was sometimes out of control for Josh Beckett. Thompson has Paul Byrd looking forward to facing his old teammates. Haggerty has David Ortiz rounding into form just in time for the postseason. Speier looks at how the Sox focus on getting Healthy Pitching for October.

Keith O’Brien has a story in the Globe about the departure of so many Latino stars from the Red Sox in recent years and months, and what this has meant to the Latino community in Boston. Dan Kennedy correctly points out that when O’Brien refers to the Red Sox as a “team whose stars typically looked like Ted Williams or Carl Yastrzemski,” he shows his ignorance of the fact that Ted Williams himself was a Latino, as his mother was Mexican.

Kilgore’s notebook has the health of J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell still up in the air. Silverman’s notebook has Drew receiving a second epidural for his ailing back. The ProJo notebook has Jed Lowrie striking out in two big spots last night. Eagan’s notebook has Terry Francona not concerned about what form the celebration will take when it comes. Jarvey’s notebook has Jacoby Ellsbury heating up toward the end of the season. Couture’s notebook has Drew and Lowell still healing.

Patriots

The Turning Point column on Patriots Daily will be posted around noontime today.

Michael Felger has some tough grades for the Patriots in this week’s report card for WEEI.com. John Tomase isn’t quite as harsh in the Herald, but has a number of failing grades in his class as well. Ian Clark has just one “F” and that would be for the quarterbacks. Eric McHugh has three “F’s” including one for Bill Belichick and his coaching staff.

David Brown urges us not to be so quick to condemn Matt Cassel. Hector Longo says that it is time for Jerod Mayo to step up and be a man on defense. Rich Garven says that there are multiple problems that need addressing. Douglas Flynn has Bill Belichick on the defensive at Foxboro yesterday. Bill Reynolds has the Patriots getting a dose of reality on Sunday. Karen Guregian has the Patriots defense going soft in the middle.

Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots feeling that the fans turned too quickly on them during the Miami game. Shalise Manza Young has Ellis Hobbs irritated by the fan reaction on Sunday. Guregian has Hobbs and Benjamin Watson unhappy with the boo birds they heard on Sunday. Robert Lee has Randy Moss saying that the Dolphins wanted it more than the Patriots.

Lee’s notebook has Belichick saying that the Patriots had done some preparation for the Dolphins unusual formations. Guregian’s notebook also has Belichick saying that the formations weren’t entirely a surprise. Gasper’s notebook says that the Patriots need to improve their Red Zone offense.

Bruins/Misc

Stephen Harris has Patrice Bergeron making a healthy return in the Bruins first exhibition game. Fluto Shinzawa has Bergeron tallying four points in his return. Harris’ notebook has Manny Fernandez also returning to the ice for the Bruins.

Frank Dell’Apa has a look at the West Side gym in Chicago, where many NBA players get their work in during the offseason.

Monday Roundup

Peter King has the Patriots still in the top 10 of his Fine 15 in Monday Morning Quarterback.

In Morning Rush, Michael Silver lauds Joey Porter as an athlete who actually tells you what he’s thinking.

John Clayton also goes around the NFL.

Sean Leahy looks at Week 3 in the NFL for USA Today.  

Clark Judge welcomes Bill Belichick back to earth.

John Czarnecki thinks that the Patriots might be in for a long season.

Tim Graham says that the dominant and defiant Patriots of the past few years are dead.

Mike Florio says that the Cowboys are now the clear Super Bowl favorites.

Ron Borges (yeah, him again) says that the media coverage of Tom Brady’s injury has been too much.

Yesterday Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union Tribune did his own “Mitchell Report” type list of NFL players who have used performance enhancing drugs. Rodney Harrison is the only Patriot connected to the list.

Here are your weekly notes wrapups from the TV networks:

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes – Week 3 (ESPN)

NFL Today’s Boomer Talks Turmoil in Cincinnati with Carson Palmer (CBS)

Bradshaw on Leinart: “He Should Be Starting But He Acted Like a Diva.” (FOX)

News and Sound Bites From Week Three Episode of NFL GameDay Morning (NFLN)

Notes from Sunday MLB on TBS – Sunday, September 21, 2008 (TBS – Red Sox/Blue Jays coverage with Dennis Eckersley)

Pats Squished By Fish

A couple of media items before we launch into the ugliness that is the Patriots stories this morning…

David Scott has a number of media items this morning, including:

  • Bob Costas at Farm Aid
  • Ron Borges still a frontrunner to join the Herald
  • Cold Hard Football Facts signing a content agreement with Boston.com
  • WEEI’s Marconi Award 

In looking through the stories posted at WEEI.com this weekend, it appears that Joe Haggerty has been hired as the new Bruins/Hockey writer for the site. A Celtics/NBA writer is also expected to be hired and announced soon as well.

Scott Benson has the gory details of the Patriots 38-13 home loss to the lowly Miami Dolphins, ending their 21 game regular season winning streak.

Christopher L. Gasper has both the defense and Matt Cassel struggling mightily in the loss. Karen Guregian has the Dolphins running wild with trick plays. Shalise Manza Young has the Patriots with no answers for Miami’s trickery on offense. Douglas Flynn has the Patriots in need of some serious remedial education after yesterday’s loss. Mark Farinella says that it hurts to have to say Joey Porter was right. David Brown says that you can’t sugarcoat this listless clunker. Eric McHugh has Cassel and the offense showing absolutely nothing yesterday. Rich Garven recaps the Dolphins’ stunningly easy win over the Patriots.

Dan Shaughnessy says we can only try to move forward in a world that no longer makes any sense. Ron Borges is at his best, sneering self this morning, reminding us that coaching “genius” comes and goes, sort of like quarterbacks. Gee, I just can’t wait to be able to read this exact same garbage in the Herald each week too. OK, maybe if you throw out the unnecessary opening line, the article isn’t horrible, but the opening line is clearly meant as a shot, which is easy to do after an embarrassing loss, and what the disgraced-but-apparently-rehabbing-Borges is here to do. Steve Buckley has the Dolphin’s tricky game plan too much for the Patriots. Jim Donaldson says that the Patriots better hope that what happened yesterday was an aberration. Bill Burt says that there will be plenty of humble pie served up in the next two weeks.

Mike Reiss has a look at the alternative offensive packages employed by the Dolphins which the Patriots had no answer for. Christopher Price pumps out the 10 Things We Learned Yesterday. Ian Clark has Miami’s “College Plays” confusing the Patriots defense. John Tomase says that the Patriots defense should be embarassed for being caught unaware more than once yesterday. Donaldson has Richard Seymour saying that the defense played like “chickens with our heads cut off” yesterday. Chris Kennedy has the Patriots having no answers for the Ronnie Brown show. Farinella observes that the Patriots defense suddenly looks old out there. James Schneider says that the trick formations were no treat for the defense. Tim Weisberg notes that when you have Ronnie Brown as an option…why not run the option, which the Dolphins did, with tremendous success.

Chris Forsberg has Seymour hoping to learn from this game, and then just bury it. Buckley has Matt Cassel struggling for answers. Dan Ventura says that the outcome was shocking to all. Jennifer Toland has the Patriots ending their winning streak in lifeless fashion. Tomase notes that the Patriots still haven’t been able to get Randy Moss going.  Farinella reaches to try and find a difference of opinion between Cassel and Moss. Young has Cassel trying to be philosophical after the loss. Young notes that Ellis Hobbs was one Patriot that showed up yesterday. Farinella says that this was not how one of the more memorable weeks in Patriots history should’ve ended. Glen Farley notes that the Patriots’ bruised bodies and egos both need the rest that the bye week with provide.

Michael Vega has Joey Porter backing up his talk from earlier in the week. Dan Duggan has Porter feeling more disrespected with the Patriots antics in the pregame. Lee also touches on the pregame slight from the Patriots. Glen Farley has more on Porter walking the walk yesterday.  Duggan also looks at the monster afternoon for Miami’s Ronnie Brown, who was lined up behind center in the shotgun and scored four rushing touchdowns and threw for another. Robert Lee has the Patriots having no answer for Brown yesterday. Lee also has Porter playing a good game after talking one all week. Lee notes that the Dolphins dedicated the win to first year coach Tony Sparano. (Wow, even my spellchecker wants to change that name to “Saprano.”)

Gasper’s notebook gets into reading Randy Moss’ body language on the sidelines. Guregian’s notebook has the Patriots fuming after a low hit from Ricky Williams at Mike Vrabel’s knees after a TD had already been scored. Flynn’s notebook has the Patriots with no answers for the spread offense of the Dolphins. Schneider’s notebook has Joey Porter proving to be prophet. Weisberg’s notebook has Ellis Hobbs saying that he would gladly exchange the return record he set yesterday for a win. McHugh’s notebook has more on the bittersweet day for Ellis Hobbs.

Red Sox

With the Patriots off for two weeks, New England fans can turn their sole focus to the Red Sox, who clinched at least a tie for the wild card spot yesterday with the 3-0 shutout win over the Blue Jays.

Daisuke Matsuzaka improved to an amazing 18-2 with the win. The Red Sox can clinch their playoff berth with a win tonight over the Cleveland Indians. The Sox send Josh Beckett to the mound.

Get all the Red Sox stories and coverage from today over at RedSoxLinks.com.

The Last Friday Megalinks of the Summer

Ken from the Fang’s Bites blog with your media links today.

As we speed into the Fall season (it begins on Monday), this is our last official Megalink session of the Summer. Yes, our mindset of Summer is gone, but officially, Fall begins on Monday. We have a lot of good links for you today so let’s get cracking, but first, we have our Weekend Viewing Picks.

The NFL is in Week 3 and CBS has the doubleheader for the second consecutive week. The Patriots hope to silence Joey Porter and the Miami Dolphins as they come to visit the CBS Scene Gillette Stadium on Sunday. I believe this is the first time in a very long time that Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcots have called a Patriots game. WBZ and WPRI will air the contest on TV and WBCN has Gil and Gino’s call on radio. The second game of CBS’ doubleheader will be Jacksonville at Indy with Dick Enberg and Randy Cross at 4:15 p.m. NBC’s Sunday Night Football has the game of the day with a battle of the undefeated, Dallas at Green Bay. The entire viewing schedule with announcing assignments, coverage maps, DirecTV and Sirius Satellite Radio channel assignments can be seen in the NFL Viewing Picks.

For college football, Boston College will host Central Florida at Chestnut Hill starting at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU. To be honest, I have no idea if Comcast in Massachusetts carries ESPNU, but I do know DirecTV has it. Other games on Saturday include Notre Dame-Michigan State on WCVB and ABC6 and Florida-Tennessee on WBZ and WPRI at 3:30 p.m. In primetime, ESPN has LSU-Auburn at 7:45 p.m. and ABC returns with Georgia-Arizona State at 8 p.m. on WCVB and ABC6. The full national TV schedule along with Big Ten Network, ABC and ESPN coverage maps is in the College Football Viewing Picks.

The Red Sox try to recover from losing two out of three in Tampa Bay by heading up to Canada to take on the Blue Jays. NESN will have all three games starting with tonight’s contest at 7. And again on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. For those out in Western MA, they can also watch Sunday’s game on TBS.

Fox has coverage of three games on Saturday. Cards-Cubs will be the feature game, going to most of the country, but in New England, we’ll see Minnesota at Tampa Bay. Again, the network has some funky announcing teams for Saturday. The regional splits and announcing assignments are here.

WGN has the White Sox hoping to get closer to the AL Central crown against Kansas City on Saturday at 7 p.m. And the following day, if the Cubs haven’t clinched the NL Central, WGN hopes to have the celebration during its coverage of the Cards-Cubs at 2 p.m.

ESPN will conclude its Sunday Night Baseball coverage for 2008 with the final game ever at Yankee Stadium. ESPN2 will have pregame ceremonies starting at 7 p.m., then turn it over to ESPN at 8. The game between the Orioles and Yankees will be secondary. Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford are expected to visit the booth with Jon Miller and Joe “I’m the Greatest” Morgan. First pitch is scheduled around 9:05 p.m.

The Ryder Cup dominates both ESPN and NBC this weekend. ESPN is providing coverage today through 6 p.m. Then NBC takes over the coverage from the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville with the Foursome and Fourball matches on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. Then the individual match play begins Sunday at noon. The US hopes to break the European three match winning streak. In addition to NBC’s coverage, ESPN will have extensive coverage of the Ryder Cup with live SportsCenters from Valhalla at midnight on ESPN2. Live streaming coverage can also be seen at Ryder Cup Live.

NASCAR has the Camping World RV 400 on ABC at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Did you know that the Davis Cup is in the semifinal round and the US has a chance to advance to the finals against Spain? You do now and Versus has same day coverage at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

And Fox Sports brings the AVP tour to its airwaves for the very first time. It will carry the women’s championship of the Manhattan Beach Open and hopes to have Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor in the match. You can see the match Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on Fox 25 and Fox 64.

Now let’s get to your links.

National

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks about future Hall of Fame Braves pitcher John Smoltz joining TBS for the MLB playoffs.

The always lovely Daryn Kagan has the story of a man who’s walking every round of the PGA Tour this season despite a serious physical challenge.

Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media says he’s happy to see Dave Rowe back in the broadcast booth after getting a new lease on life.

Maury Brown in the Biz of Baseball recaps an interview that MLB El Presidente del Mundo Bud Selig did with Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Glen Dickson of Broadcasting & Cable says subscribers to AT&T and Verizon Wireless can watch the Ryder Cup on their cell phones.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe discusses NBC’s coverage of the Ryder Cup from Valhalla.

The Sox & Dawgs blog has the news of WEEI somehow winning a prestigious Marconi Award. Prestigious and WEEI do not mix.

The great Neil Best of Newsday talks about ESPN preparing to give Yankee Stadium a proper sendoff. Neil also has a story on baseball home run ball hog Zack Hample who has yet to meet a microphone he doesn’t like. In his blog, Neil wonders if WFAN’s Boomer Esiason took a shot at former co-worker Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.

Speaking of Russo, the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick bashes both him and his former partner Mike Francesa.

Justin Terranova from the Post talks with NBC’s Johnny Miller and Roger Maltbie about the Ryder Cup. And Justin has five questions for the YES Network’s David Cone.

Over to the New York Daily News, Bob Raissman says Yankee Stadium owes a lot to Boss George Steinbrenner.

This is the first time for Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News in the Friday megalinks. He writes that Matthew Barnaby will replace Barry Melrose as the NHL analyst for ESPN.

To the Baltimore Sun where Ray Frager writes about the Ryder Cup and Johnny Miller’s thoughts about the US’ chances this weekend.

From the DC/Baltimore Examiner, Jim Williams writes that NBC’s Johnny Miller is never afraid to speak his mind.

Tim Lemke of the Washington Times has his sports viewing best bets for the weekend.

West

Bob Diddlebock of the Denver Examiner says it should be no surprise that the local CBS affiliate has chosen to blow away “Face the Nation” for a local NFL pregame show.

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News writes that UCLA fans spent last Saturday ripping Versus.

Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune talks with ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser. Jay also has last week’s ratings for San Diego.

John Maffei in the North County Times says the San Diego Chargers are primetime players this season.

In the Ventura County Star, Jim Carlisle writes about the Ryder Cup coverage on ESPN and NBC.

Steve Springer of the Los Angeles Times wonders what Howard Cosell would think of Monday Night Football today.

Tom Hoffarth in today’s Los Angeles Daily News catches up with ESPN’s Linda Cohn whose new book chronicles her rise at the Worldwide Leader and her divorce from her husband. In his blog, Tom has some more notes on Linda. And Tom has some extensive media notes as well.

John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News has his Morning Buzz On the Air column.

Gary Washburn of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the city’s losing teams are taking a toll on the local sports radio talk shows.

South

Doug Nye of The State goes over his ten favorite baseball movies.

Barry Jackson in the Miami Herald says ESPN’s Monday Night Football could use some further tweaking.

Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel writes that ESPN’s coverage of this weekend’s Ryder Cup completes the Al Michaels for Oswald the Rabbit trade.

The Houston Chronicle’s David Barron says the area’s sports reporters were pressed into news duty for Hurricane Ike coverage.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says hard work paid off for the new TV broadcast team for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. Mel has a preview of the Ryder Cup. You can look at Mel’s media notes. And the Ryder Cup is among Mel’s weekend viewing picks.

Midwest

Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has NBC’s John Madden singing the praises of Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers.

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press wonders if Sarah Palin can make the transition from sports anchor to politics, who else from the sports TV world canmake the transition.

Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald says the swap of White Sox radio and TV analysts for next season does not come without some risk.

Paul Christian of the Rochester Post-Bulletin tells us that there will be plenty of Ryder Cup coverage on your TV this weekend.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel will be all over ESPN’s multiple platforms on Tuesday. And Dan has the St. Louis Blues’ TV schedule.

That will do it. Enjoy your weekend and I’ll be back next week with more media links.