One week ago today, we elected a new president. Most were happy with the pick, but many weren’t. As for me, I pulled the plug on my inflatable lawn elephant, took off its red scarf, and tucked both away on a garage shelf for another four years. It’s alright. We live in a democracy and I had a voice in our choice. A voice our founding fathers gave me, but one that took the effort of millions of veterans to defend. On behalf of Bruce and my fellow guest bloggers, I want to thank each of them today. Now, it’s our turn to serve you . . .

Celtics

It was another come-from-behind performance last night at the TD Banknorth Garden, as the Celtics downed the Toronto Raptors, 94-87. Bill Doyle gives us the rundown, as the Big Three combined for 76 points to erase second-, third-, and fourth-quarter deficits. Mark Murphy has it as another case of the starters morphing from Lamborghini to Secretariat, breaking down out of the showroom and falling behind by 16 points before rallying like true champs. Scott Souza has Doc Rivers praising the Big Three for hanging in to pull this one out. Frank Dell’Apa says it was another save-the-best for last performance, led by Paul Pierce’s 22-point fourth quarter. Lenny Megliola has Pierce, after a 2-of-10 first half, getting things turned around just in time last night. Jeff Howe reminds us that starts like last night used to spell doom for the C’s. Julian Benbow has more from Pierce’s teammates on their captain’s performance. Steve Bulpett says Pierce should thank referee Bennie Adams for his bad call that limited the Captain’s play time on Sunday night, giving him energy for his fourth quarter performance last night. Talk about a stretch, ehh? Steve Buckley has birthday boy Kendrick Perkins getting the better of Toronto’s Jermaine O’Neal after the two exchanged words.

Murphy’s Celtics Notebook takes note of The Truth icing his hand after last night’s 36-point game, but not for the reason you’d like. Robert Lee recounts a tough year for Tony Allen, who puts his knee at 82% healthy. I guess decimal places would have been over the top. Doyle’s Celtics Notes has more on Tony Allen, plus a rundown on Rondo and old friend Dino Radja, who was in town last night. Benbow’s Celtics Notebook has Raptor Coach Sam Mitchell reflecting on his playing days with Kevin Garnett. Buckley has Mitchell saying that KG doesn’t think he’s been good enough, despite helping his team win the NBA title last year. Marc J. Spears updates us on Boston’s chances of landing Antonio McDyess.

Patriots

It’s Tuesday, and that can mean only one thing: report cards are out. Ron Borges was not his usual cantankerous self today, nor for that matter was Michael Felger, each of whom were far too kind on special teams. Ian Clark is also dispensing lots of A’s. In one of my favorite features, Reiss’s Pieces provides the defensive participation on Sunday.

Karen Guregian wonders if Adalius Thomas’ injury will be the last straw for the plug-and-play 2008 Patriots. Guregian reports that AD is scheduled for season-ending surgery tomorrow. She also offers a nice recount of the painful chronicle of this year’s squad and how they’ve adjusted. Christopher L. Gaspar and Mike Reiss are also reporting Thomas is done for the year. David Brown tallies 22% of the Patriots’ salary cap out on IR with Thomas’s expected inclusion. Jennifer Toland says the Thomas injury is Pierre Woods’ opportunity to step up.

Putting the injuries aside for a moment, Adam Kilgore has a revved-up Jets team coming into Foxboro on a high. Christopher L. Gaspar has the Jets improving with the addition of Ty Law, who just wanted to be somewhere he was wanted.

In Reiss’s Patriots Notebook, Laurence Maroney does damage control on his earlier use of the word ‘issues.’ Guregian has the now tongue-tied Maroney unable to defend himself from critics in the wake of his season-ending shoulder injury. Shira Springer reports that a staph infection has been hampering Tom Brady’s recovery, and that he may not be out of the woods yet. The Herald’s Inside Track team has the latest Tom Brady spottings, which include Gillette Stadium.

Red Sox

In his Red Sox Notebook, Michael Silverman keeps us posted on the Seattle Mariners’ assault on the Red Sox coaching staff. However, Amalie Benjamin says that John Farrell will be staying put. Tom Caron has more on Mo Vaugn and Mike Greenwell making happy returns to Boston as the newest inductees into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Nick Cafardo gives us the latest on Matt Holiday and the 2008 rookies of the year.

Odds & Sods

Jay Gearan has Leominster native Jim Remy rising to the top of the PGA after being elected its 36th president last weekend.

At any given moment in America, there is an ongoing discussion about the greatest sports movies of all time. Here’s Joe Sullivan throwing another log on this perpetual fire.

No afternoon links are on the burner today, but if something big should break, you know we’ll be there. In the meantime, leave us your comments below and be sure to check in on PatriotsDaily.com and right back here first thing tomorrow. Have a great day.

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23 thoughts on “Thank you, veterans everywhere

  1. Maybe Borges and Felger are realizing that with every 100-point drop in the Dow, sports media isn’t the ‘womb-to-the-tomb’ career that they thought it would be. That can turn ‘cantankerous’ into ‘agreeable’ in short order, as so appears to be happening here.

  2. Two things I thought were noteworthy over the weekend that I don’t think have been mentioned here:

    1.) Cedric Maxwell joining Mike Gorman for the TV broadcast of Sunday night’s Celtics game at Detroit. I don’t think I’m the only person who is hopeful that this is a trend that continues. Whether or not you’re a fan of Max’s commentary, chances are you’re not a fan of Donny Marshall’s. On the radio side, it’s definitely a loss, but Sean Grande is as good a play-by-play guy out there and can certainly hold his own.

    Has CSN or WEEI issued any statements regarding how often Max will be on CSN?

    2.) I believe WEEI (and the WBCN postgame show, to an extent) reached an all-time unlistenable status from Sunday afternoon into yesterday, spending hours discussing the future contract situation of Matt Cassel and whether or not to dump Laurence Maroney. I understand much of the WEEI discussion is derived from the callers, but how long can you talk about the contracts of backup quarterbacks? And how long can you field calls from people suggesting Tom Brady should be traded? MOST importantly, why, after watching Sunday’s win, is your first thought, “Hey, I would like to ask Glen Ordway, Fred Smerlas, Steve DeOssie, and most of all Pete Shepherd about what the Patriots should do with Cassel!! For that matter, I should rip on an injured running back who in no way, shape or form contributed to a game since Week 5! That’s what I need to talk about right now!”

    The highlight was when a caller asked if Cassel would be a restricted or unrestricted free agent, to which Fred said, “They have to put the restricted tag on you. Then you get the average of the top five salaries at that position.” Absolutely genius. Ordway then proceeded to search on Google what a restricted free agent actually was. Then he read it word for word, from Wikipedia I’m sure.

    Through and through, some of the worst talk radio I have ever heard.

    1. Totally agree about WEEI. I listened to a moron yesterday who thought we should trade Cassel immediately(forget being past the trade deadline). This is an example of how “intelligent” Boston sports fans are that call in to WEEI. The amount of times that I have heard prominent players’ names mis-pronounced, not knowing the names of players, etc… is beyond counting. Callers into the station represent the lower 10% of intelligence in the area, and the hosts represent the bottom 5%. Hearing Smerlas talk anything else besides d-line play, Buckley talking anything but 1950s baseball, etc. is excruciating.

    2. It doesn’t help that the whining from Golfboy and the Forehead has immigrated to the Big Show. Literally every time I’ve listened to Big O’ and company after work since Tuesday, and EVERY time I go over to that show, someone is whining about Obama. Enough already.

    3. Mike H, to answer your first question, I think Max filling in on TV was just that, a fill-in. I don’t think CSN plans to make any changes to their road game broadcasts, they seem to like Donny Marshall a lot (and I think he’s great in studio, haven’t heard him enough on game color to form an opinion there).

      I thought I had read somewhere that Marshall had to miss that Detroit game to take care of some family business, so don’t expect Max to be moving over to TV permanently.

  3. Oh, then you must have missed D&C yesterday morning. After a segment in which they argued about how many first downs it was possible to get on one drive – their choices were 9 or 10 – they made it the lead question for Matt Cassel. BTW, Cassel picked 10. Whatever happened to automatic first downs caused by penalties?

    I find it amazing how the ex-jocks on that station – particularly of the NFL variety – will crucify anyone that dares talk their sport, yet they continue to struggle with concepts like playoff seeding, and they can’t keep it straight that the Sox can’t face the divisional rival Rays in the first round but the Pats can face the Jets in their first round.

    I think we all have to remember these are the same guys we listen to while the attendant runs into the walk-in to fetch them a case of Schlitz, only they have more resonant voices.

    Thanks for commenting!

  4. Its about time we had an athlete in the White House.

    WEEI is the most anti-freedom station in New England. Its like they hooked a mike up to Satan’s anus and started broadcasting. A veritable parade of douchebags. Bill Lee is spot on.

  5. Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh, GW Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz… all Consevative Chickenhawks. WEEI is a disgrace to Vets.

    1. No doubt there are bad ones, but my pick is definitely Larry Johnson. He has zero credentials. He never played a sport. He never wrote for a paper. He never covered a beat. He was never a dynamic personality. He never has an opinion you don’t see coming a mile away. I mean, for crying out loud, Gustin even dubbed him the “Recycler” (which was true and funny) and yet he’s still on the air. Why?? Not to mention he’s the ultimate Ordway toadie, guffawing at everything Glen spews from his enormous cake hole.

    2. Oooh, so many choices here. Buckley and his dull stories, DeOssie threatening people, some of the stupidity from everyone else.

      I have to go with Smerlas. He constantly talks over people, babbles idiotically about his friends, politics, and in-jokes nobody gets. The sad thing is, he really does know about football, but it’s buried with so much stupidity it defies description. I understand he can kill me with his pinky finger, but the man really needs a muzzle.

      1. Jon, you are so right about Smerlas. When it was the ‘Ted and Fred’ show on Saturday mornings, Sarandis kept Fred on point and you realized just how much he knew about football.

        Pairing Fred up with Ordway brought out his babbling loudmouth side, but I guess that’s what people want to hear because it’s driven up the ratings.

    1. I don’t know if he’s the worst but I find Brian Daubach to be just plain bizarre…It’s like he’s the exact opposite of the regular Big Show loudmouths….does he speak at all?

      1. You know, much like his playing career, I want to like Brian Daubach, I really do. I just wonder if and when he’ll find his stroke.

    2. Wrong. The absolute worst co-host on the Big (FAT) show is none other than that pantload, Pete Shepard. (don’t really care if I spelled that right or not) This blow-hard grew up in RI a NY fan! what a freakn’ fraud. Makes me want to vomit. Well, I guess he fits right in here with all those other blow-hards I know who were once die-hard Cowboy, Steeler, Dolphin and Niner fans who now claim to be loyal, die-hard Pats fans. Even though I don’t like that team I kind of feel bad for them. They are oblivious to the fact that they are a secon-fiddle to a lot of their fans.

  6. I’ll throw my vote in for the ex-nayed Craig Mustard. I never want my moderator to be a school teacher or a Yankees fan, much less both. He opened the floodgates for too many obnoxious NY fans that thought they were better then the good people around them, and why? Because they conveniently root for a team that has won 26 rings, 20 of which were earned – you couldn’t buy them back then – before I’d ever heard of baseball.

    Put another way, any guy who is second billing when partnered with LJ should probably take the weekend off. Good move, Bradford!

  7. I am getting tired of WEEI lately too, but I have to ask:

    What do you people think sports talk radio is supposed to sound like? It has been dead for at least a decade.

    None of the hosts do show prep. They hit the studio two minutes before the show and leave a minute after. Watching the games is not show prep, it is a basic necessity of the job. (Dale and Holley actually say they have conference calls before every show, but the end result doesn’t seem to be positively affected by it.) Most hosts don’t have radio broadcasting backgrounds (most come from newspapers, some from TV), so they don’t know how to take a segment to the next level, and aren’t pressured to learn. They are hired for name recognition for the archaic Arbitron rating system.

    The producers all bust their ass to get host jobs, but realize too late that there is no chance of that happening. So they pretty much get embittered and creatively lazy, even though they work crazy hours to make up for the hosts’ lack of work.

    All of this makes for a weak product and tension behind the scenes. And at WEEI, that tension starts at the top.

    What to do? Get an IPOD and listen to your favorite music on your ride to/from work. Spend your time watching the games with your friends, and enjoy sports for what it is: entertainment. Sports talk radio isn’t entertainment anymore.

    1. That’s what sportsradio has become in the Boston market MO, but I’m not sure it’s the same in other parts of the country. At least in other markets hosts do prep work and sound like they actually watch the games.

      Maybe we should all start listening to stations online just to see how it can be done.

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