- Tony Mazz on 2009 Sox Payroll: http://preview.tinyurl.com/byt6ub #
- “Jon Versus Sports” rant of the week – Opponents obsession with Boston sports teams: http://tinyurl.com/bhalsy #
- Chad Finn Boston.com Chat: http://tinyurl.com/d8a4e7 #
- Gordon Edes Red Sox Hot Stove Report: http://tinyurl.com/boj63p #
- PFT – More Patriots Layoffs Today? – http://tinyurl.com/dze263 #
Michael Holley on WEEI today has stated that Patriots coach Bill Belichick will be a part of NBC’s Super Bowl coverage, doing a segment breaking down the Pittsburgh and Arizona defenses with Cris Collinsworth during the pregame show.
It hasn’t officially been anounced by NBC yet, but Belichick has done this sort of thing before, appearing as part of the coverage of the Steelers/Seahawks Super Bowl a couple of years back.
Last night’s game in Orlando was billed as a “coming out party” for the Magic, who were winners of seven straight, and who found themselves sitting atop the Eastern conference following some struggles by the Celtics and Cavs. The Celtics controlled this one pretty much throughout and defeated the Magic, 90-80.
Frank Dell’Apa has Glen Davis coming up huge in the fourth quarter as the Celtics won their seventh straight game. Mark Murphy has Tiger Woods among those at courtside to witness the Celtics victory. Jessica Camerato examines whether the Magic are a legit threat in the East.
On the BSMW Full Court Press, Jeremy Gottlieb has a Back To Reality edition of the Five Pack.
Lenny Megliola says that we’ve reached decision time for Jason Varitek and the Red Sox. Count Dan Shaughnessy among those in favor of re-signing Varitek. Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox still have a few options if they do not decide to sign up Varitek.
John Tomase has a look at newly promoted Patriots quarterback coach Bill O’Brien.
Eric McHugh has Matt Cassel saying that he’d be willing to stick around as Tom Brady’s backup, since this is “Tom’s team.” Mike Reiss has more on Cassel’s willingness to play second fiddle to Brady, as does Tomase’s notebook.
Bill Burt ranks the top ten figures in Boston sports history.
Bill Doyle talks to Tom Caron about this weekend’s busy college hockey broadcasting schedule.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Versus making a name for itself.
Tony Lee looks at the Bruins cruising into the break in first place. Steve Conroy looks at the impressive first half of the season from Blake Wheeler. Conroy looks at a move by Peter Chiarelli that didn’t work out so well, trading away Kris Versteeg.
Joe Haggerty has the Hagg Bag II.
Over in the right hand column of the site, I’ve added a new section entitled “Hot Links.” I’m going to try this out for a little while, but what it will be is links that I come across during the course of the day. Many times I get a link or two that are interesting, but I can’t put together an entire post on on them. This way, I can get the links up on the site, and they will be have a short description with them, and so there will be fresh content to click on throughout the day. I think there will also be a “daily digest” of these links posted on the main blog here.
I woke Sunday morning to four inches of powder on the driveway. Make it six more down at the trout pond, where I cleared a patch of ice big enough to teach my son to skate, then needed to sit and watch him learn from the younger guys who just came with a snowblower. On Monday, I stepped out of the house and into an unexpected seven-inch topper but despite it all, Nature’s snowing this week was not as deep as the one laid down by Jason Varitek.
Tek went Donovan McNabb on the Nation and, given his considerable baseball acumen, it’s not working on me. By playing the ignorance card rather than folding to a bluff gone bad, he has tossed his street cred into the pot as ante for a losing hand. The Sox half of YFSF shares my skepticism – particularly considering the messenger – but Clearing The Bases would disagree, pinning Varitek’s sudden confusion squarely on Superagent Scott Boras’ chest. SportsCenter5 Overtime says this whole orchestration is with Boras. Red Sox Reality Check has Boras’ advice to opt out of arbitration costing Varitek big. Boston Dirt Dogs has some good movie pitches for the whole mess. Hot Stove Daily says Varitek better take what the Sox are offering.
Empowered by John Henry’s visit to Atlanta, 38 Pitches dug up some tangible evidence that allegedly supports Varitek’s intangibles, namely, his ability to call a good game. I can only hope that Schilling’s radio debut today will be better than this actuarial debut of his on Monday.
We’ll revisit the Sox in a bit but first, the winter teams get the stage.
Stanley Cup of Chowder is a settling into their new digs over at SB Nation with a zebra’s perspective of Monday’s controversial goal by the Blues’ David Backes. That goal left Wicked Bruins Fan waxing Dickensian as he chases away his birthday Blues.
Kathryn Tappen says an extra log on the fire during the upcoming All-Star break may be just the remedy for various B’s aches and pains. Pucks With Haggs dissects the All-Star skills competition, which will keep Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard from their seats by the fire. And what a difference a year makes says Boston Sports Blog, which is hearing whispers of a cup on the anniversary of a debacle in Montreal last year. Naoko Funayama regales us with her weekend in the Nation’s Capital, as the B’s found themselves in the midst of presidential inauguration festivites.
In the ‘When I Was A Kid’ department, doesn’t it seem like there were more B’s / C’s doubleheaders at the old Garden? Well, we got one on Monday, and Mazz‘s chronicle provides us a good seguey from ice to hardwood.
Loy’s Place has a collection of comments from the Heat side of last night’s C’s victory in Miami. CelticsBlog says the C’s will try again in Orlando tonight after coming up short in two previous statement games. Lex Nihil Novi is laboring hard trying to turn his buddy’s metallic butt into a metaphor for tonight’s game in Orlando. Celtics 17 talks with Marc J. Spears, who will tell you the C’s secret weapon and which team poses the biggest threat to Number 18.
On Red’s Army, Rick Barry uses a basketball to demonstrate the techniques that have made him the progenitor of 13 sons. BTW, he’s got a few pointers for LeBron as well.
Forget the snow because spring is coming. Extra Bases pumps us up on Truck Day and other spring training matters, while Red Sox Monster is circling Truck Day on the calendar. Amy Derjue needs Truck Day to pull her out of the snowbanks and close out her fugly winter. OT reminds us that pitchers and catchers report in 21 days, and Chad Finn hopes the Captain will swallow some pride because he’s still a better option than a Spalding 15275.
Keeping with the Dickens theme, Touching All The Bases looks at the best and worst of times in Red Sox history. One of the worst may well be the new Jacoby Ellsbury ballad that is debuting on Big League Stew.
Toeing The Rubber goes Fall Out Boy with Rocco Baldelli thanking Tampa Bay for the memories. Stew also offers a take on Baldelli’s single-handed effort to keep print media afloat and, in the spirit of inauguration week, asks our Subway Squawkers from the Apple to send a Yankee or Met to Washington. Makes even an elephant like me grateful for the way things turned out.
The Bradford Files has Jonathan Papelbon attaining another leg of his journey toward contract immortality. Even though Papelbon has been temporarily appeased, The Bottom Line offered a good pre-contract analysis of the closer market that will surely come into play if the Sox add more onto this one-year deal.
Fenway West quashes any Big Papi comparisons to Mo Vaugn by dropping the S Bomb on Hit Dog. And yesterday, the WGS Red Sox Blog contended that, with John Smoltz’s arrival, Schilling’s ego will have to take a back seat.
The Tom Brady interview sent shock waves throughout the Hub media community yesterday, in part because it was an infomercial for Myo-Med, in larger part because they were dissed. The Producers Blog offers Chach’s explanation of how he and WEEI got scooped by a city – make that country – that doesn’t even have an NFL team.
A little late with today’s klogs, but the job thing kept popping up. We’ll be back a little earlier next week. Until then, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comcast SportsNet cashed in on their relationship with Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon last night by getting an interview with the All Star, who talked about his decision to take the one year, record setting contract from the club instead of a longer term, more secure deal.
CSN has had a regular segment with Papelbon on its Sports Tonight program, and they were able to get Papelbon’s thoughts on avoiding arbitration and choosing to accept a one year contract with the Red Sox. Papelbon said that in the end, he believes the Red Sox will agree that he is worth Mariano Rivera money…
Listen to the segment on the CSN Website here.
Both the Bruins and Celtics secured road victories last night, as they approach the All Star break for each league.
The Celtics relied on some torrid outside shooting from Eddie House (25 points) and Ray Allen (27 points) to shoot down the Heat 98-83 in Miami for their sixth straight win.
Frank Dell’Apa says that last night was a prime example of difficult the Celtics can make it for opponents to pick their poison. Paul Flannery serves up a six pack of observations from last night’s win. Mark Murphy says that the Celtics needed long distance help to beat the Heat last night, perhaps a sign that not all is well.
Bob Ryan says that the NBA is “the most egalitarian major institution in our society.” Flannery tries to answer the question: Are The Celtics Back? after their struggles of a few weeks ago. Scott Souza has a look at rookie Bill Walker and his surging popularity. Jessica Camerato has Walker showing his commitment to Boston. Dan Guttenplan says that Stephon Marbury would be a bad idea for the Celtics.
Kevin Paul Dupont has coach Claude Julien riding a hunch in the shootout last night and going with Michael Ryder, who got the deciding shootout goal to give the Bruins a 4-3 victory. Steve Conroy has the Bruins able to catch a bit of a break now.
Chris Warner scouts the East West Shrine Game for Patriots Daily.
Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots promoting Bill O’Brien to Quarterbacks coach, putting him in a position to follow the career path of Josh McDaniels. John Tomase has Matt Light not worried about Bill Belichick spreading himself too thin with the departures of McDaniels and Scott Pioli. Shalise Manza Young has Light saying that the Patriots are using their extra time off the heal. Eric McHugh looks at the Super Bowl ad that Light will be appearing in. Tom Wilcox examines what the Patriots are doing in their personnel department.
Tom Brady spoke on Toronto sports radio yesterday, mostly to promote a product, but he did talk about his recovery from the knee injury he suffered on opening day of this season. WEEI.com has the full transcript of the interview. Mike Reiss has Brady saying he’s going “really well” in his recovery. Tomase’s notebook has Brady not saying whether he’ll be ready to start the ’09 season. Young has Brady talking about his season on the sidelines and what he did during games. Eric McHugh has Brady saying he “watched everything” the Patriots did this year.
With the hole in the middle of their lineup, Charles P. Pierce proposes that the Red Sox should perhaps consider…bringing Manny back? Dick Trust talks to Bobby Doerr about Jim Rice finally getting into the Hall of Fame. Chad Finn has a few thoughts as we creep closer to spring training. (Hey February 6th is ‘truck day!’)Maureen Mullen has a look at Casey Kelly, the Red Sox top pick in last year’s draft. Dan Lamothe looks at the Red Sox efforts to build up their bullpen this offseason.
Eric Wilbur says that it is a great time to be a baseball fan in New York. A public school teacher? Not so much.
Jeff Goodman has a look at Al Skinner’s recruiting style at BC and wonders whether it can last.
Since Tom Brady’s season ended on opening day last September, we’ve heard a lot about, but very little from, the Patriots MVP quarterback. He hasn’t given any official interviews, and his statement have pretty much been limited to releases on his website, or simple statements at charity events.
That makes tonight’s interview with Brady very interesting, and curious at the same time…curious because he’s chosen a Canadian radio station 590-AM in Toronto as the outlet from which he will give his first interview in five months. (a product promotion, perhaps? Yes, it is. )
On the station’s website, there is simply a note that “in a FAN 590 exclusive, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be a guest on Prime Time Sports tonight . . . it’s Brady’s first interview since his injury in September.”
The station does do Live Streaming.
Thanks to Chris in Ontario for the tip…
I guess this is “Press Release Wednesday” among the local media outlets.
WEEI announced today that Curt Schilling will be a monthly in-studio guest on The Big Show, and that every Thursday he will have a 20-30 minute call-in appearance on either The Big Show or the Dennis and Callahan program.
Curt Schilling Gets Regular Gig on The Big Show
World Series hero joins Big O every Thursday in addition to Dennis & Callahan phone ins
BOSTON (January 21, 2009) – WEEI has announced that 6-time All-Star and World Series hero Curt Schilling will join Glenn Ordway and the crew on The Big Show on a regular basis. Schilling, who is also a regular contributor to WEEI.com, will be a guest during the show on Thursdays, beginning January 22, 2009. He’ll be in studio once each month, joining the cast for the entire four-hour show. On the other three Thursday’s, he’ll be calling into either The Big Show or the Dennis & Callahan Morning Show for a twenty to thirty minute segment.
Schilling’s new on air gig is a further expansion of his role with the WEEI Sports Radio Network. In November of 2008, he began a weekly writing stint on WEEI.com, now home of his popular blog, 38pitches.com. In addition to his writing for WEEI.com, Schilling will also participate in live game-day blogging for six Red Sox games during the 2009 season. He will contribute his thoughts and observations in the live blog with other members of WEEI.com’s editorial staff. This past October, Schilling joined WEEI.com for a live blog of Game 7 of the Red Sox ALCS series with the Tampa Bay Rays. Schilling has also had a regular call-in with WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Morning Show since 2005.
“This is my first spring training without baseball in my life. I am looking forward to continuing my involvement in the game and the connection to Red Sox Nation by contributing to The Big Show,” said Schilling.
The Big Show, which has been hosted by Glenn Ordway since its inception in 1995, has ranked number one among men 25-54 in every ratings book but one since the spring of 2003. It has also ranked number one with adults 25-54 in every ratings book but three over the same period of time. The show airs from 2 PM – 6 PM each weekday.
“Curt has always been outspoken and very thoughtful in his comments about the Sox and baseball in general,” said Ordway. “He speaks from the heart and is extremely passionate about the game….I think he’s perfect for the format of our show, but I wish he’d gain 40 or 50 pounds so he’d look a lot more like the group.”
“When Curt talks, people listen,” said Jason Wolfe, Entercom New England’s Vice President of AM Programming. “He knows the Sox and the league inside and out and this expanded role will be a great compliment to his blog and to our overall baseball coverage.”
Schilling pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 2004-2008, helping the team win two World Series. Originally drafted by the Red Sox, Schilling made his major league debut in 1988 with the Baltimore Orioles and has also pitched with the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2001, Schilling shared the World Series MVP Award with teammate Randy Johnson.
WBZ-TV and TV38 announced today that they have acquired the broadcast rights to New England Patriots non-network preseason games, along with the All Access and Totally Patriots TV shows.
This takes the games and programs away from WCVB Channel 5, where they had been shown for many years. It also essentially makes WBZ-TV the TV home of the Patriots, with the Pre and Post game rights, and being a CBS affiliate, they have most of the regular season games, and now the preseason as well as the weekly All Access program.
A couple of assumptions by me now, (which I’m attempting to follow up on): One, in the past when regular season Patriots games would be shown on cable (ESPN or NFLN), they would be broadcast locally on WCVB. I wonder if this now means these games will be on WBZ instead. Second, I assume this also bring to an end the broadcast of the Patriots preseason games up here on NH’s WMUR Channel 9, which is a sister station to WCVB.
(Update: Damn assumptions. Here’s what I’m told via the Patriots: “The cable networks (ESPN or NFLN) own the rights to their broadcasts in the local markets. After the schedule is announced, the networks then negotiate with the local affiliates for the rights to syndicate their broadcast in that local market. Historically, ESPN games have aired on WCVB (ABC). We have only had a couple of games on NFLN, but I think those games have been open for negotiation with each of the local affiliates.”)
In any event, here’s the full release:
WBZ-TV and TV38 SCORE “PATRIOTS ALL ACCESS,”
“TOTALLY PATRIOTS,” AND PATRIOTS PRE-SEASON GAMES
Boston, Mass. – Wednesday, January 21, 2009 – WBZ-TV and TV38 (WSBK-TV) today announced that the stations have entered into an exclusive television rights agreement with the New England Patriots and Kraft Sports Productions to broadcast “Patriots All Access,” “Totally Patriots,” and any non-network preseason Patriots games. The partnership is effective immediately.
“Patriots All Access,” winner of the 2007 New England Emmy Award for Best Sports Series, will air on WBZ-TV Fridays at 7 p.m. and on TV38 Sundays at 9 a.m. The program features exclusive, behind-the-scenes access and in-depth weekly stories on Patriots players and personnel. The show features weekly sit-downs with Head Coach Bill Belichick including the popular “Belestrator” segment where the coach breaks down upcoming opponents.
“Totally Patriots,” a weekly youth-oriented football show, will air on TV38 Sundays at 10 a.m. “Totally Patriots” gives the next generation of Patriots fans unprecedented access to their favorite players, enabling them to ask questions in a relaxed, informal setting. The program also includes football tips from Patriots players as well as the opportunity to win college scholarships by writing weekly essays about the Patriots.
“We are thrilled to be able to expand our existing partnership with The Kraft Sports Group,” said Ed Piette, President and General Manager of WBZ-TV and TV38. “This new programming agreement compliments our award-winning CBS coverage of the New England Patriots and the entire AFC.”
“We are happy to expand on what has been a successful, long-term working partnership with WBZ-TV and TV38,” said Murray Kohl, Patriots vice president of sales. “There is an incredible demand for Patriots content and WBZ will lead the market with an impressive lineup of Patriots programming. It’s a great complement to the many regular season Patriots games broadcast by CBS and available on WBZ-TV.”
Here’s the full slate of Patriots programming on WBZ-TV and TV38 during the 2009 season:
Name of Program Station and Time: “Patriots All Access”Regular Season WBZ-TV – Friday, 7 – 8 p.m.TV38 – Sunday, 9 – 10 a.m. “Patriots All Access” Pre Season and Playoffs WBZ-TV – Friday, 7 – 7:30 p.m.TV38 – Sunday, 9 – 9:30 a.m. “Totally Patriots” TV38 – Sunday, 10 – 10:30 a.m. “New England Patriots 5th Quarter Presented by New England Ford Dealers and Sovereign Bank” Immediately following all New England Patriots games. Station and time TBD depending on network and/or competitive programming. “New England Ford Patriots Game Day” WBZ-TV – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – Noon “Patriots This Week” TV38 – Saturday, 10 – 10:30 p.m. Pre-season Patriots games Games TBD Regular Season Patriots games TBD “New England Ford Dealers Sports Final” WBZ-TV – Sunday, 11:30 p.m. – Midnight all year long
Boston’s WBZ-TV and TV38 are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.
– WBZ-TV / TV38 –
NESN will expand its spring training coverage of the Red Sox in 2009 with 50 days of coverage that will include seven days of Red Sox Spring Break LIVE specials, daily reports on NESN SportsDesk, timely updates on NESN.com with exclusive blogs written by NESN broadcasters and coverage of nine of the team’s spring training games. NESN’s preseason game coverage concludes on April 3rd with a live telecast of the first game ever at Citi Field, the new home of the New York Mets.
A 30-minute Red Sox Spring Break LIVE special kicks off NESN’s coverage from Fort Myers on Thursday, February 12 at 7:00 PM- the day pitchers and catcher report, followed by live two-hour morning editions of the program on six of the next ten days that are scheduled to coincide with the team’s on-field workouts. The specials are hosted by Tom Caron and will feature exclusive access and interviews with players and coaches, and lively opinion from NESN analysts and the Boston Globe’s expert columnists.
“Last year we introduced the first ever live coverage of spring training workouts and it proved to be a big success. This one of a kind coverage gives our fans a live look at spring training as it happens and allows us to start building the story of the 2009 season,” said Joel Feld, NESN’s executive vice president of programming and executive producer. “With our expanded coverage on NESN and NESN.com, we plan to give fans deeper access as the Red Sox prepare for what promises to be another exciting season.”
NESN’s spring training game schedule will feature nine games beginning Wednesday, February 25th at 7:00 PM when the Red Sox play the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium and concluding with a game in New York against the Mets at their new stadium Citi Field on April 3, 2009 at 6:00 PM.
NESN’s Spring Break Schedule Highlights
|Thursday, February 12||Red Sox Spring Break LIVE||7:00 PM|
|Replays||8:00 PM, 11:30 PM|
|Saturday, February 14||Red Sox Spring Break LIVE||10:00 AM|
|Full 2 Hour Replay||1:00 PM|
|30 Minute Replay||6:30 PM|
|Sunday, February 15||Red Sox Spring Break LIVE||10:00 AM|
|Full 2 Hour Replay||1:00 PM|
|Wednesday, February 18||Red Sox Spring Break LIVE||10:00 AM|
|Full 2 Hour Replay||1:00 PM, 3:30 PM|
|30 Minute Replays||6:30 PM, 9:00 PM, 11:30 PM|
|Friday, February 20||Red Sox Spring Break LIVE||10:00 AM|
|Full 2 Hour Replay||1:00 PM, 3:30 PM|
|30 Minute Replay||6:30 PM|
|Saturday, February 21||Red Sox Spring Break LIVE||10:00 AM|
|Full 2 Hour Replay||2:00 PM|
|30 Minute Replay||5:30 PM|
|Sunday, February 22||Red Sox Spring Break LIVE||10:00 AM|
|Full 2 Hour Replay||2:30 PM|
NESN’s 2009 Spring Training Game Schedule
|Wednesday, February 25||Minnesota at Hammond Stadium||7:00 PM|
|Sunday, March 1||Minnesota at Hammond Stadium||1:00 PM|
|Sunday, March 8||Tampa Bay at Fort Myers||1:00 PM|
|Tuesday, March 17||Minnesota at Fort Myers||1:00 PM|
|Saturday, March 21||Florida at Jupiter||1:00 PM|
|Tuesday, March 24||NY Yankees at Tampa||7:00 PM|
|Saturday, March 28||Minnesota at Fort Myers||1:00 PM|
|Sunday, March 29||Philadelphia at Clearwater||1:00 PM|
|Friday, April 3||NY Mets at Citi Field||6:00 PM|