- Projo – Shawn Springs to Visit Patriots Sunday: http://tinyurl.com/aebdwz #
- Banks thinks Belichick has gone soft: http://tinyurl.com/bynrnd #
- Catch up on all the reaction to the Matt Cassel trade at patriotslinks.com #
- BSMW Network Post: Quick Answer http://tinyurl.com/auqosc #
- BSMW Network Post: Friday Megalinkage, Part II http://tinyurl.com/d7zxqs #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-02-27 http://tinyurl.com/aejgan #
I’m back with Part 2 of the megalinks. We’ll continue with some additional national links, then pick up where we left off with the Midwest region.
Joe Favorito takes a look at how traditional news outlets can remain afloat in these tough times.
The Sports Media Watch wonders if the NBA is truly in trouble. But even with the NBA’s credit woes, their ratings were solid for the Suns-Celtics game. The SMW notes that the NHL’s ratings are still on their way up. SMW says the Northern Trust Open got the PGA Tour’s highest ratings since Tiger Woods left last year due to injury.
Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball says the Los Angeles Dodgers are offering 11 Spring Training games for free on its website.
David Tankefsky of Broadcasting & Cable writes about HBO’s first foray into live tennis since it lost Wimbledon in 1999.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says Tiger Woods delivered ratings for Golf Channel on Thursday. Mike writes that YES Network saw record ratings for Yankees Spring Training as fans wanted to see Alex Rodriguez.
Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News writes about ESPN’s latest silly gimmick that was ignored by this blogger.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has ESPN baseball analysts’ assessment of the Brewers.
In Chicago, Bulls fans are mourning the deaths of Johnny “Red” Kerr and Norm Van Lier. Both men died within hours of each other and both men became broadcasters for the team.
Melissa Issacson and K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune write that Van Lier died at home on Thursday.
Melissa writes that Kerr was a beloved ambassador for the Bulls.
Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin says fans will have a chance to watch two local athletes in action this weekend.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes about a new sports talk radio partnership. Dan has the Cardinals spring training radio and TV schedule.
Rocky Mountain News media critic Dusty Saunders writes about the death of his beloved Rocky. Rocky Mountain News sports columnist Bernie Lincicome says sports in Denver will go on, but without the RMN. There’s an entire section devoted to the end of the Rocky Mountain News.
Scott Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News writes that the mtn. has become quite popular with out-of-state Mountain West Conference fans.
Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune pleads with NBC to not go overboard with Tiger Woods mentions this weekend.
John Maffei of the North County Times says thanks to the MLB Network, there will be plenty of Spring Training games to watch.
Jim Carlisle in the Ventura County Star says the Tiger stimulus won’t help NBC this weekend.
The Los Angeles Times’ Diane Pucin writes that NBC won’t let us forget about Tiger.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says Jim Rome kept his streak of guests named Rex alive this week. Tom talks with the voice of the minor league Lancaster JetHawks and also lists his best and worst play-by-play men in L.A. Tom has his weekly media news and notes. Tom asks for reader votes on the best and worst play-by-play men.
Jeff Faraudo of the San Jose Mercury News talks with ESPN’s Jay Bilas about the Cal basketball team.
And that concludes Part II of the megalinks.
- BSMW Network Post: Remembering……Barry Pederson http://tinyurl.com/d5vkj4 #
- BSMW Network Post: Friday Megalinkage, Part I http://tinyurl.com/au7a3x #
- BSMW Network Post: Patriots Busy On Day One of Free Agency http://tinyurl.com/cq3pm4 #
- Bill Simmons – Welcome to the No Benjamins Association: http://tinyurl.com/2a82bj/090227 #
- Guregian – Vrabel traded to KC: http://tinyurl.com/al2fcx #
- NFL.com – Mike Vrabel being traded to Kansas City? http://tinyurl.com/b563jg #
- Tony Massarotti Gives Stephon Marbury a Thumbs up: http://tinyurl.com/cbnymn #
- Pro Football Talk has been a disaster on the first day of free agency. Even off-loading to the sporting news website hasn’t helped. #
- Chad Finn Chat on Boston.com – should be interesting! http://tinyurl.com/dd9yk4 #
- BSMW Network Post: Bruins Knock Out Lame Ducks http://tinyurl.com/brj5uw #
- BSMW Network Post: Marbury NOT the Answer http://tinyurl.com/blj69q #
- BSMW Network Post: Finn Enters Stormy Waters; Shaughnessy Mad-Libs Another Offering http://tinyurl.com/dlnvy3 #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-02-26 http://tinyurl.com/bkau8d #
Ken from Fang’s Bites with the Friday megalinks. I can’t finish them in one sitting so I’ll give you the second half tonight. Let’s start with the first part without further delay.
Weekend Viewing Picks
College basketball takes the lead for the weekend now that Tiger Woods is out of the Match Play Championship. CBS carries a tripleheader on Saturday and Sunday. ESPN’s Dan Shulman and Bob Knight head out west to call the UCLA-Cal game, Saturday night at 9. I have the complete national and regional TV schedule in the College Basketball Viewing Picks.
The Celtics play at the Garden on Sunday and host the Detroit Pistons as part of a national doubleheader. WCVB/WMUR/ABC6 have the game starting at 1. The second game of ABC’s doubleheader has the Lakers heading to Phoenix at 3:30 p.m.
The Bruins play a Saturday matinee against the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin. NESN has the game starting at 1.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup series is in Las Vegas and Fox has coverage Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The network hopes that weather does not affect the race just as it has in the first two stops.
HBO’s World Championship Boxing has two fights at 10 p.m. Saturday, the WBA Featherweight title bout between champion Chris John and Rocky Juarez and a lightweight fight as well.
And there’s the Match Play Championship, sans Tiger Woods. Golf Channel has the quarterfinals Saturday morning at 10 ET, then NBC picks up the semifinals a few hours later at 2 p.m. and the finals on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Weekend Viewing Picks has the sports and primetime schedules for Saturday and Sunday.
Now to the links.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks with Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones about a new show he’s hosting for the Travel Channel.
The Big Lead interviews Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz about the demise of the Rocky Mountain News and other subjects.
I have a column at Digital Sports Daily about NBC’s dashed hopes for the Match Play Championship after Tiger Woods’ loss on Thursday.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell likes the new Dick’s Sporting Goods ad featuring the Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins. Darren advises us not to look for General Motors’ executives at the Final Four in Detroit in April. Darren says the Mantle family bought the Mick’s infamous “F-bomb” ball. Darren reports that the NBA is adding some $200 million to its credit facility just in case. Darren says Nike Golf is carrying on as if Tiger Woods never lost this week. Darren says Citigroup will continue with its naming rights deal for the new Mets stadium. And Darren tells us that Bank of America still plans to spend money on sports sponsorships this year.
Diego Vasquez of Media Life Magazine says Tiger’s return on Wednesday set a ratings record for the Golf Channel.
East and Mid-Atlantic
David Scott emerges from book writing hiberation to surface with a one-time column reacting to Chad Finn’s column on WEEI and the retirement of long-time WCVB weatherman Dick Albert.
The Boston Globe’s Nancy Marrapese-Burrell writes about ESPN890 which canceled its local morning show earlier this month.
Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette discusses Comcast SportsNet’s Celtics 6th Star Award.
The Sox & Dawgs blog wishes the Connecticut legislature would leave the Jim Calhoun issue alone.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says the Golf Channel set a ratings record with Tiger Woods’ return on Wednesday. Richard says Barney Frank is attacking Citigroup’s stadium naming rights deal with the Mets.
Newsday’s Neil Best says SNY’s Ron Darling is happy to be behind the mike for Mets games. In his blog, Neil mentions Cablevision’s plans to charge for Newsday’s web content. Neil says MLB Network will carry Yankees and Mets Spring Training games that won’t be picked by YES or SNY. Neil writes that HBO is putting together a quality crew to call Monday’s tennis event at Madison Square Garden. Neil reviews the first episode of Charles Barkley’s reality show on the Golf Channel.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick feels MLB Players Association head Donald Fehr has hid his head in the sand for too long on steroids.
Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says the Big East Conference will stream the first round of its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments online for free. Ken says Universal Sports will stream the U.S. Curling Olympic trials.
Laura Nachman says Comcast in Philly will have extensive coverage of the high school basketball championships.
Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun says more guests and fewer callers would be better for sports talk radio. Ray enjoyed the Mel Kiper, Jr.-Todd McShay verbal fisticuffs on ESPN.
Jim Williams of the DC Examiner says NASCAR takes over Las Vegas this weekend.
Doug Nye in The State says South Carolina’s win over Kentucky this week had the announcers impressed.
The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson does not like the interactive part of ESPN’s Tuesday night college basketball broadcasts.
Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel looks at Golf Channel’s new reality show featuring Charles Barkley.
Jerry Greene of the Sentinel talks with a Central Florida sports management professor on what the future holds for spectator sports in a bad economy.
To Ray Buck in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram who says Tiger Woods’ return was all too short.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News has highlights of an interview with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones conducted by a sports anchor who regularly bashes him. Barry has a look at the sports radio ratings in Big D.
The Houston Chronicle’s David Barron talks with HBO’s Jim Lampley who’s back in town for a championship boxing match.
The Daily Oklahoman’s Mel Bracht says Thunder TV analyst Grant Long is doing quite well in his role. Mel writes the Thunder are underperforming in the ratings for Fox Sports Oklahoma and KSBI. And Mel says a local TV sports anchor returns to work after suffering a severe head injury.
That’s going to do it for Part I. I’ll have Part II sometime around mid-evening.
So much for the Patriots not getting too involved in the opening days of free agency.
First it was Fred Taylor agreeing to come aboard. (Shalise Manza Young)
Then it was TE Chris Baker being nabbed from the New York Jets. (Herald)
The team has also hosted defensive back Leigh Bodden today. (Globe)
In a subtraction, long snapper Lonie Paxton is apparently heading to Denver. (Globe)
But the biggest news of the day is that the Patriots have traded stalwart linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs. (NFL.com) The deal has since been confirmed – Albert Breer and Christopher L. Gasper.
The Vrabel move is the most intriguing, as it just seems like there has to be another move coming…
Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins continuing to get their act together, this time with a 6-0 thumping of the Anaheim Ducks. Steve Conroy says that home cooking is apparently just what the Bruins needed. Bud Barth has the Bruins finding the cure to all their ailments at home. Mike Loftus has the Bruins doing the pushing in this one. Joe Haggerty has the Bruins returning to the style that has brought them success this season.
Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins bringing plenty of punch to last night’s game. Stephen Harris has the Bruins very interested in landing Chris Pronger. Bob Ryan has a piece on Michael Ryder, who contributed two goals last night in his second game back from surgery to repair three ‘broken facial bones.” Haggerty has the Bruins looking to pass a chemistry test at the trade deadline. Dupont has Petteri Nokelainen close to a return.
Shinzawa’s notebook has a minor league tuneup serving Matt Hunwick well. Conroy’s notebook has Petteri Nokelainen hoping to get back in action. Barth’s notebook has Milan Lucic setting the pace physically for the Bruins. Loftus’ notebook has Scituate’s Ryan Whitney having a rough debut for the Ducks.
Marc J. Spears has an exclusive Q&A with Stephon Marbury, who is set to join the Celtics this morning and be in uniform tonight. Mark Murphy has Marbury’s former coach, Flip Saunders saying that the guard will be able to help the Celtics. Lenny Megliola says that signing Marbury is a bold, but correct move for the Celtics.
Frank Dell’Apa in his notebook reports on the Gabe Pruitt arrest in LA. Richard Weir has Pruitt apologizing for his actions. Jim Fenton has more on Pruitt’s DUI arrest. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics looking forward to getting some rest as part of the upcoming schedule. Get more Celtics news and blogs at CelticsLinks.com.
Free agency began at midnight this morning, but the Patriots are expected to be fairly quiet this offseason. Mike Reiss says that the Patriots might make some moves, but don’t expect an Adalius Thomas-type splash in free agency. Christopher Price says that the team probably won’t even make any moderate sized moves.
Karen Guregian says that getting the Matt Cassel situation sorted out quickly will allow the Patriots to do more in free agency if they desire. Michael Felger offers four thoughts on free agency and what the Patriots should and could do. Guregian’s notebook has James Sanders hitting the open market at midnight.
Dan Shaughnessy and Sean McAdam have Rocco Baldelli set to make his Grapefruit league debut against his old team, the Tampa Rays. Adam Kilgore and Maureen Mullen have Jon Lester working on his changeup. Joe McDonald says that developing prospects has been the key to the Red Sox success. Rob Bradford has John Smotlz using his good friend Tiger Woods as inspiration.
Michael Silverman has Brandon Moss still finding his place with the Pirates. Joe McDonald says that the trade has worked out well for both Moss and Jason Bay. Bill Burt says that the spotlight is on Jason Varitek and Josh Bard for all the wrong reasons. Dan Lamothe launches a weekly TGIF Red Sox grab bag feature.
McAdam’s notebook has more on Lester’s changeup.
David Scott examines the fallout from yesterday’s Chad Finn OT column about WEEI. He also looks at Dan Shaughnessy playing mad-libs again.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at programming changes at ESPN Boston.
Bill Doyle has Comcast SportsNet making sure that only non-starting Celtics are eligible for their 6th star voting . He also notes that Jerry Remy is out with an infection and will be replaced by a number of guest analysts while he recovers.
- Rocky Mountain News shutting down, final edition tomorrow: http://tinyurl.com/az678b Expect more of these types of announcements, sadly. #
- BSMW Network Post: Week Log: Grapefruits Are Back In Season! http://tinyurl.com/dlr8bc #
- InsideHoops interview with Leon Powe: http://tinyurl.com/bh9sj8 #
- Ian Thomsen – Rondo Key To Celtics Success: http://tinyurl.com/cron33 #
- BSMW Network Post: Chad Finn Goes After WEEI http://tinyurl.com/ba6fzw #
- They Really Hate Mikki Moore in Cleveland: http://cursedcleveland.com/?p=504 #
- Gabe Pruitt Busted for DUI in LA last night? http://tinyurl.com/ao2xk4 #
- BSMW Network Post: Celtics Clipped In LA http://tinyurl.com/ck27ro #
- BSMW Network Post: Now Hold On A Minute http://tinyurl.com/azke9l #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-02-25 http://tinyurl.com/anby3c #