Playing With House Money

The Celtics rolled to a 119-100 win over the Sacramento Kings last night, due in large part to a 28 point performance off the bench by the red-hot Eddie House.

Lenny Megliola has House leading the way with his 8-9 shooting from three point land. Paul Flannery notes that KG and Rondo played a huge role in this one as well. Bill Doyle has a look at the Celtics dominating the Kings again. Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics focused on two things – gaining home court advantage and getting House in the 3pt shooting content. Mark Murphy reports on the Celtics extending their winning streak to nine games with the victory. Robert Lee has the Celtics making it look easy.

Mike Fine has his teammates pushing House for the 3pt contest at All Star weekend. Another article in The Enterprise looks at House’s hot streak. Alan Siegel says that House is certainly making his case for the contest. Buckley has more on the very very very fine House.

Steve Buckley has Ray Allen hoping to be named to the All Star team, and viewing it as an honor when he has made the squad in the past. Michael Vega examines the improved play from the reserves as of late. Jim Fenton has Tony Allen making a contribution in his first game back from injury. Jeff Howe has the Celtics actually feeling the loss of Brian Scalabrine.

Doyle’s notebook has Scalabrine feeling OK after his second concussion in three days. The Globe notebook has more on the return of Tony Allen. Murphy’s notebook has Scalabrine taking the slow road back.

Super Bowl/Patriots

If you have any doubts about who would should be rooting for in the Super Bowl on Sunday, I’ve got a few reminders for you: Why we hate the Steelers – a primer.

The Globe looks at the family ownership of the two Super Bowl franchises, with Christopher L. Gasper looking at Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill and Mike Reiss at the Rooney family.

I wonder if Ron Borges is offended that his column on Dick LeBeau contains the word “genius” in the title. Borges has always bristled that “genius” shouldn’t be used with football coaches, or maybe that just applied to Bill Belichick…

Karen Guregian has a piece on Edgerrin James. Bill Burt talks about the work ethic of Sean Morey. Borges has Willie Parker bragging about his ability to play on the big stage.

Reiss has Matt Cassel learning the ropes of off-field football business. Guregian’s notebook has Cassel just waiting for things to happen right now.

Red Sox/Bruins

I’m short on time this morning, so I’ll have to leave to the infamous link dashboards for this morning.

On RedSoxLinks.com, the subject of Jason Varitek and his future is still the hot topic. Brian MacPherson says that maybe Varitek actually knows what he is doing here.

On BruinsLinks.com, the return of Phil Kessel is front and center.

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Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-01-28

Bob Lobel Back Doing WBZ Sports. In the Morning. On The Radio.

Thanks to BostonRadioWatch.com for passing the link along:

Lobel To Anchor WBZ Radio’s AM Sports Next Week

Former WBZ-TV sports anchor Bob Lobel will be back in the building next week to take over the morning sports reports on WBZ Radio.

The move is not permanent though, WBZ Radio says. He’ll be on air from Feb. 3 to Feb. 6. “It’s an honor to be able to follow a legend, even if it’s only for a week,” Lobel said.

Lobel’s last newscast on WBZ-TV was on April 29. Lobel was part of the WBZ Team for almost 30 years.

Longtime WBZ Radio sports anchor Gil Santos retired from the early morning sports slot earlier this month. Santos joined the WBZ Radio team back in 1971.

Globe: Brady On Track For ’09 Opener

Christopher L. Gasper and Shira Springer report in this morning’s Boston Globe that Tom Brady is now dropping back and throwing passes, and his rehab has progressed to the point that he is expected to be ready for the season opener in September.

The Herald picks up on the Globe reports, but never gives credit to where the information came from. Do we really think they have their own sources on this story? The professional thing to do would be to at least acknowledge that the Globe was the source of those reports.

In a case of good/bad timing, Dan Shaughnessy says Brady has gone soft. Of course, this column is pure satire, he’s actually mocking many of the ridiculous things some people are saying about the Patriots QB these days, but Shaughnessy has written so many serious thing of this ilk before that some are likely to think he is being serious. On the other hand, I think Peter Gelzinis just might be serious.

Mike Reiss reports on the Patriots adding longtime Titans GM Floyd Reese as a senior football adviser to their personnel department. Nick Caserio will manage the daily operations of the department. Karen Guregian has more on what Reese will bring to the Patriots. Shalise Manza Young has more on the front office moves. Christopher Price has Reese planning on being here for a while.  Ben Swasey has the Patriots hoping to address the void left by Scott Pioli’s departure. Brian MacPherson says that this April’s draft could make or break the Patriots. Glen Farley says that contract negotiations is one area that Reese will assist in. Andy Vogt also reports on the hiring of Reese.

Ron Borges has Ted Johnson among those talking about concussions at a meeting in Tampa yesterday. Bob Hohler has a feature on the effects of head trauma on even high school football players. Price has Heath Evans breaking down the Super Bowl matchups. Borges also has former Patriot Sean Morey trying to put off getting a real job as long as he can.

Gasper’s notebook has Fernando Bryant and Victor Hobson getting to the Super Bowl after all this season, just not with the Patriots, as they had hoped when training camp began. Guregian’s notebook has Matt Leinart praising the job Matt Cassel did this season.

Bruins

A certain NHL commentator stated recently that the Bruins wouldn’t win the East this season because they can’t beat the Washington Capitals. Well, that changed last night as Boston scored a 3-2 win over the Caps.

Fluto Shinzawa says this one wasn’t a gem, but it was a win. Mike Loftus says that this win was a measuring stick for the Bruins. Joe Haggerty says that healthy bodies added up to a Bruins win. Rich Garven has the Bruins putting on an enticing playoff preview at the Garden last night. Steve Conroy has the Bruins padding their Eastern lead with the win.

Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins getting reinforcements in the returns of Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, and Andrew Ference. Mike Petraglia has the sounds of the game. Mick Colageo has Bergeron making his presence felt in his return. Stephen Harris has more on the return of Bergeron. Bill Burt has Mike O’Connell rooting for the Bruins even though he is a Kings scout. Dupont reports that the Bruins are working on an extension for Peter Chiarelli.

Shinzaw’s notebook hones in on the return of Bergeron. Loftus’ notebook focuses on the return of Ference, playing in his first game since a fractured tibia suffered on November 13th. Garven’s notebook has more on the reinforcements for the Bruins. Conroy’s notebook has rookie Byron Bitz showing some fight.

Celtics

Marc J. Spears has the Celtics hoping to land four players on the All Star roster. Jim Fenton has the Celtics getting a boost from their bench as of late. Steve Bulpett and Spears’ notebook have Brian Scalabrine suffering a second concussion and likely to miss a few games. Patrick Gilroy has the Celtics hoping that more practices can serve them well in the second half.

Red Sox

Michael Silverman says that the Jason Varitek situation is still in limbo. Dan Lamothe has more on Varitek and the deadline. Darren Garnick says that Varitek is an example of the impact the economy is having on all of us.

Rob Bradford has Mike Lowell getting in his first swings since surgery. Dan Barbarisi and Dom Amore report on Jon Lester and Joba Chamberlain exchanging some friendly barbs at a speaking event.

Alex Speier looks at the retirement of Sean Casey.

Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-01-27

NESN’s Beanpot Coverage to be Distributed in Canada

The Beanpot starts next Monday and once again NESN has the coverage, this time with a twist…NESN’s feed of the games is being picked up by Rogers Sportsnet in Canada and will be shown there for the benefit of the families of players from that country.

BOSTON, MA –For the 7th consecutive year, NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, will deliver live and exclusive high definition coverage of the 57th annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament presented by SBLI beginning on Monday, February 2nd. The first game pits #2 Boston University against Harvard at 5:00 PM followed by #11 Boston College battling #3 Northeastern University at 8:00 PM from the TD Banknorth Garden. NESN’s coverage of the Beanpot championship game on Monday, February 9th will begin with Prelude to A Championship, a live, half-hour pre-game show starting at 7:30 PM.

For the first time in tournament history, Rogers Sportsnet will distribute NESN’s coverage of the Beanpot throughout Canada with the potential to reach an additional 7.3 million homes. A total of 24 Canadians play for the four Beanpot schools.

Tom Caron and Andy Brickley return to call the games with Bob Beers and Brendan Walsh teaming up to host Prelude to a Championship and intermission coverage from NESN’s Garden HD studio. Kathryn Tappen returns to serve as the rink-side reporter contributing pre-game, intermission and post-game interviews.

“The Beanpot is a jewel on the New England sports calendar and a must-see event for college hockey fans everywhere,” said Joel Feld, NESN’s executive vice president of programming and executive producer. “We are very excited that Rogers Sportsnet has committed to distributing this year’s tournament throughout Canada, making the Beanpot available in more homes than ever before.”

NESN’s 2009 Tournament coverage will be paired with the one-hour documentary ‘The Beanpot – Boston’s Tournament’. Former Bruin Lyndon Byers hosts this look back at the Beanpot’s most unforgettable moments and previews this year’s games with interviews from all four head coaches. The Beanpot – Boston’s Tournament airs February 1 at 6:30pm, February 2 at 4pm and February 3 at 7pm.

TV38 Renews Revolution Deal

The CBS Television Stations group, of which both WBZ-TV and TV38 are a part of, continues to get cozy with Kraft Sports Productions.

A week after announcing that the preseason games of the New England Patriots and the All Access television program were moving to WBZ-TV, the announcement was made today that the sides have agreed to renew their exclusive television rights agreement to broadcast New England Revolution soccer games.

Here is the release:

Boston, Ma – Tuesday, January 27, 2009 – TV38 (WSBK-TV) today announced that it has renewed its exclusive television rights agreement with The New England Revolution and Kraft Sports Productions. Under this three-year agreement, TV38 will continue to be the team’s only television broadcaster in the Boston market airing all non-nationally televised games. This season’s television schedule is expected to be announced by Major League Soccer tomorrow (1/28/2009).

“We are delighted to continue our exclusive broadcast partnership with the Revs and Kraft Sports Productions,” said Ed Piette, President and General Manager of Boston’s TV38 and WBZ-TV. “The matches broadcast on TV38 have been very popular with soccer fans, and we are glad to be able to bring the games to viewers who might not have a chance to see them otherwise.”

“We’re very pleased to extend our partnership with TV38,” New England Revolution Chief Operating Officer Brian Bilello said. “Our first two years with the station were a tremendous success for us and our fans, and it was an easy decision to continue to partner with TV38 for the next three years. We’re looking forward to further developing our relationship and growing the Revolution’s reach in the greater-Boston area.”

The Revolution games on TV38 will be produced by Kraft Sports Productions and will continue to feature Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Greg Lalas (analyst), and Kristina Akra (sideline). In addition to the Revs’ matches on TV38, Major League Soccer’s national broadcast partners ESPN2 and Fox Soccer Channel will showcase select Revolution matches nationally. And, league Spanish language partner Univision (which also includes the Galavision and Telefutura networks) will carry a selection of Revolution matches to compliment the full slate of games shown in English.