Week Log: Grapefruits Are Back In Season!

Ours is a battle-tested lot in Red Sox Nation. We’ve overcome two 0-2 deficits in best-of-five ALDS, another two 1-3 deficits in best-of-seven ALCS, and the granddaddy of all, the 0-3 comeback in 2004. So, we probably shouldn’t get too hyped about dropping the opener of the best-of-five Mayor’s Cup to the Ft. Myers-rival Twins, but ain’t it good to see baseball back again?

Surviving Grady has the fever, while SawxBlog has dark thoughts of the season ahead. Even though we just got started, there’s no honeymoon on Toeing The Rubber, where Cyn goes mid-season ballastic over a Brad Wilkerson play. Brownie Points says Josh Bard did just fine handling Wake’s knuckler. Unfortunately, so did the Twins. Fictional Mike tries to keep Wakefield’s performance in perspective on The Soxaholix.

The Joy of Sox has Josh Beckett with a few changes in store for 2009. Where’s Trags? has Brad Penny at 100% after Monday’s session. Not as good for Matsuzaka, as Fenway West brings the ugly on Daisuke’s first outing. Fire Brand of the American League looks at Boston’s team defense.

Remember that Kevin Youkilis sighting in a Man vs. Food shoot, the one when Youk was all spiffed up in a burger joint? OuttaThePahk got the full scoop, and it turns out there’s a heartbreaking story behind it.

Caught Off The Wall has the early Florida returns on missing Manny, while Subway Squawker Lisa tries to put Manny’s name on a Mets jersey. Hot Stove Talk can still see him in pinstripes. Thanks For Playing muses over some non-comp issues that Manny is holding out for in this bad economy. Buster Olney says the judicial system of the free market is sentencing Manny for his crimes against The Nation.

Media talent takes some spotlight this week, as Hacks With Haggs has all the facts on Eck’s TBS extension and some speculation about who will join him in the NESN booth. The question Year of the Sox poses is, will anyone be watching? Standing Room Only bets you’ve never seen Felger in the same room with Dwayne Schintzius. BTW, you’d lose that bet. Tanguay’s Take says Gary will never be mistaken for Ritchie Blackmore. And our own Jack Edwards, widely acknowledged as Puck Daddy‘s favorite homer, is going national with Jack Bingo.

Bruins & NHL

Kathryn Tappen is happy to be back home, while Pucks With Haggs all but clicks his ruby red slippers together. Yes, TD Banknorth is open for business again, as the B’s ended a 2-5-1 stint with a 6-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Cornelius Hardenbergh and the Hockey Blogging Adventure runs through every Bitz of the win as only he can do. Old Bruins Fan hasn’t seen as dominant an effort in a long time. Fight Cub saw the Kobasew/Ballard undercard as more vanilla than thrilla, but Caveman Strong says it could have been the season’s turning point. Ghosts Of The Garden says it was awesome to see Kobasew fighting and, with Michael Ryder back, they wouldn’t want to be a Mighty Duck tonight. The Bear Cave previews tonight’s one-and-done contest with Anaheim.

Hey, if you think the B’s have hit a rough patch, Backcheck With The Bruins Buff wants you to remember 2006-07. Power Play also waxes historical, saying this losing spell may be the path to the Stanley Cup. We can only hope Tuesday’s win didn’t screw things up. Naoko Funayama says the B’s are working through this tough stretch together.

C’s & NBA

A bad closeout to a good road trip, as the C’s drop one to the hapless Clippers last night, 93-91, and go 0-for-LA on the season. Red’s Army lost another night’s slip, but says the C’s are tired. Loy’s Place serves up some humorous Comments From The Other Side after last night’s loss.

Celtics Stuff Live says the Stephon Marbury meeting of the minds seals the deal for an NBA championship – for either Kobe or Lebron. CelticsBlog is no fan of Starbury either, but they’ll root for him anyway. Touching All The Bases says Marbury doesn’t deserve the chance the C’s are giving him. Big Green Machine chalks up Gabe Pruitt’s arrest last night to Marbury. And it took a while to find, but Perk Is A Beast is a voice of support for Steph.

On The Hardwood remembers Mikki Moore, the snake enchanter. Courtside View has Moore bringing length to the C’s.

And, yeah, it’s not the NBA but it is my alma mater, so indulge me as I let The Crowe’s Nest whoop it up one more time for the PC Friars’ big win over #1 Pitt on Tuesday night.

Patriots & NFL

Reiss’s Pieces is liking new Pats’ Director of Pro Personnel Jason Licht’s institutional knowledge. It Is What It Is has a much thinner line connecting new WR coach Chad O’Shea to the Pats. The Patriot Act offers up some positional needs for the Patriot offseason. NESN’s New England Patriots blog has found some new homes for Matt Cassel.

Fanhouse has the story on Brian Mandeville, the Northeastern TE who was advised to give up his dream of playing in the NFL. Ray Lewis is this year’s new Pac-Man, as NFL Insider Report with Tom Curran reports on the latest big name salivating at the prospect of living his dream playing for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.

Some blogging notes

A couple of new adds ths week. Here, There and Everywhere started up this week; Rob Duca will be blogging on all matters with an emphasis on Boston pro teams. As you saw earlier, our friends at Power Play have lept back onto the B’s bandwagon. And don’t miss Terry Francona‘s inaugural Q&A blog, which will run on NESN throughout spring training.

Finally, Stanley Cup of Chowder‘s stock keeps rising. After moving from independent to SB Nation only last month, they’ll now be a feature on Yahoo! Sports as part of the new Yahoo!/SB Nation partnership. Over The Monster will be a Yahoo! Sports featured blog as well. Congrats, Stanley and Monster!

And thanks for stopping by. New blogs are being added every week so we’re guaranteed fresh, but if we can make it fresher let me know at bob02878@yahoo.com.

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Chad Finn Goes After WEEI

Brave man, that Chad Finn.

He’s ensured himself weeks of D&C and Big Show ridicule with his Globe OT column this week:

Sports talk radio-active

In the piece, Finn outlines the frustrations many fans have with WEEI’s format, all things that have been said plenty of times before, but giving them a much more visible platform. He also offers suggestions on how to make sports radio better here in Boston. Here are a few…and he expands on each point in the column:

  • Have a well-considered opinion and the knowledge to defend it in an entertaining manner
  • After you’ve beaten a story to death, please resist the temptation to beat on the corpse daily for another several weeks
  • No more celebrity callers
  • In order to qualify for airtime, a co-host has to be able to put two consecutive syllables together without his tongue tripping over his mustache
  • Hosts are not permitted eight-part questions so long and windy that they require a syllabus and stretch from one commercial break to the next
  • Enough with the drop-ins from comedians who’d bomb at the Ha-Ha House of Whiskey and Waffles

Finn has plenty of support in the comments of that article, but has also already drawn the ire of many WEEI supporters, who love everything about the station just as it is and cleverly say that Finn is just jealous.

Glenn Ordway will either ignore the column completely, or make vague references to it, trying to put down Finn by referring to him as a BLOGGER and talk about those “media websites” that think they know the business when they’ve never worked in it.

Related Entries at BSMW:

Things that have ruined sports coverage in Boston for me

How to be a Better Sports Radio Caller

Dennis & Callahan in 2018

Celtics Clipped In LA

On the final game of their West coast road trip, the Celtics just couldn’t put it all together, and lost to the lowly Clippers, 93-91 in Los Angeles.

Marc J. Spears has the Celtics unable to close out the Clippers in this one. Steve Bulpett has Doc Rivers displeased with his club’s performance last night.

Paul Flannery examines how the Celtics have fared without Kevin Garnett, and offers some thoughts on Mikki Moore.  Mark Murphy tries to look at both sides of the Stephon Marbury signing. Spears has Marbury choosing to wait until he is actually signed before he comments on joining the Celtics. Bulpett has the Celtics expressing optimism about what Marbury can bring them.

Spears’ notebook has Moore giving the Celtics a lift, and some reaction from around the league on Marbury. Bulpett’s notebook has Moore eager for a shot at a championship. Check CelticsLinks.com for more news and blog posts on the Celtics.

Red Sox

Amalie Benjamin has a healthy Josh Beckett able to throw his changeup several times yesterday in the Red Sox opening spring training game. Joe McDonald says that Josh Beckett back at full speed should be a welcome sight for the Red Sox.

Alex Speier has Daniel Bard hoping to follow Justin Masterson’s path to the majors. Maureen Mullen has more on Bard. McDonald has Tim Wakefield feeling fine physically in the nightcap. He also has Rocco Baldelli going hitless in his Red Sox debut. Joe Haggerty looks at how Kevin Youkilis has really stepped up since Manny Ramirez was traded.

Dan Shaughnessy looks at the tradition of the Red Sox playing Boston College to open the spring, and what it means to the students who get a chance to play against players they’ve watched for years. Carol Robidoux has a look at a NH man who feeds spring training fans in an unusual way.

Benjamin’s notebook has Josh Bard with a successful catching outing with Tim Wakefield in the night game against the Twins.

Bruins

Mike Loftus has the Bruins surprised at the struggles of the Anaheim Ducks. Haggerty says that there is no place like home for the Bruins. Barbara Matson has the Bruins bouncing back after their tough road trip. Steve Conroy says that in the win over the Panthers, the Bruins defensemen starting jumping into the attack again – something that had been missing during the struggles.

Patriots

Scott Benson wonders if we’ve totally overestimated the market for Matt Cassel and what the Patriots can get for him. Jim Donaldson thinks there will be no shortage of teams interested in Cassel.

Christopher L. Gasper has the team filling out a couple spots on the coaching staff and in the front office. Christopher Price has Dr. James Andrews giving a good prognosis on Tom Brady’s knee.

If you want to click through 20 pages, you can view Boston.com’s Patriots offseason overview.

Misc

Michael Felger has a new edition of the mailbag.

The Boston Globe won eight awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ annual contest.

Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-02-25

Celtics Set To Put Final Pieces In Place

The Celtics appears poised to put the final pieces of their roster in place by the end of this week, after signing Mikki Moore yesterday, and with Stephon Marbury finally agreeing to a buyout from the New York Knicks. Marbury is expected to sign with the Celtics as early as Friday, when he will clear waivers.

Steve Bulpett looks at the pending addition of Marbury, and the signing of Moore, and what the two players will bring to the Celtics roster. Marc J. Spears has more on Marbury, who hasn’t played in a regular season game since January of 2008. Jeff Goodman also says that the signs all point to Marbury signing here on Friday. Robert Lee has Rajon Rondo and KG expressing support of a Marbury signing.

Jessica Camerato introduces us to Mikki Moore. Scott Souza has the Celtics adding some size with Moore. Jeff Howe looks at Rajon Rondo stepping up his game in the absence of Kevin Garnett. Robert Lee looks at how the other Celtics are stepping up their games with KG out. Pat Gilroy has more on Rondo’s increased production.

Bulpett’s notebook has Brian Scalabrine being sent home to be checked after suffering a neck strain on a hard foul in Denver on Monday night. Check CelticsLinks.com for more on Marbury coming to Boston – plenty of New Yorkers have an opinion on this one…

Bruins

The Bruins snapped out of their recent slump long enough to record a 6-1 trouncing of the Florida Panthers last night. Steve Conroy has three third period goals giving the Bruins the final cushion. Kevin Paul Dupont has the Panthers providing a needed elixir for the Bruins woes. Joe Haggerty has rookie Byron Bitz sparking the offense. Bud Barth has Bitz and pieces adding up for the Bruins.

Mick Colageo has more on Bitz contributing two goals to the Bruins cause. Mike Loftus has Bitz showing a nose for the net. Barbara Matson has more on crowd favorite Bitz.

Dupont’s notebook has Michael Ryder returning to action for the Bruins. Conroy’s notebook has Ryder providing a boost for the offense with his return. Colageo’s notebook checks in with former Bruin Nick Boynton, who reflects on his time in Boston. Barth’s notebook says that it is probably not a coincidence that the offense struggled with Ryder out.

Red Sox

Searching for a story in the dog days of spring training, John Tomase says that we shouldn’t dismiss the idea that the Yankees could still swoop in and sign Manny Ramirez. Equally bored, Dan Shaughnessy checks in with Mike Lowell about the hurt the third baseman felt during the club’s pursuit of Mark Teixeira. Rob Bradford says that J.D. Drew is not about to let Boston change him. Joe McDonald says that newcomers find adjusting to the Red Sox clubhouse to be an easy process.

Sean McAdam has David Ortiz gearing up for the World Baseball Classic. Bob Hohler reports that a 2007 arrest of an Ortiz friend for identity theft was aided by MLB. Maureen Mullen has Papi getting his power back. McDonald has Ortiz taking aim at cars beyond the fence in batting practice.

McAdam has Josh Bard again trying to learn to catch the knuckleball of Tim Wakefield. Alex Speier says that Hideki Okajima could be with the Sox through 2012. Dan Lamothe goes through candidates for the title of most hated Red Sox player ever.

Tomase’s notebook has Ortiz putting on a show in batting practice. Benjamin’s notebook has more on Bard catching Wakefield.

Patriots

Karen Guregian says that Clay Matthews Jr looks like a good fit for the Patriots. Mike Reiss reports on Viking assistant Chad O’Shea appearing to be in line to be the new receivers coach for the Patriots. Christopher Price has more on O’Shea, who has only been with the Vikings for a month. Guregian has running back Fred Taylor meeting with the Patriots. Adam Smartschan has some notes from the combine. Chris Warner has more on day four of the combine.

Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-02-24

Celtics Pan Nuggets, Looking For Moore

The Celtics had no trouble at all with the Denver Nuggets last night, cruising to a 114-76 thrashing in the mile high city. Ray Allen had 26 points and Paul Pierce 22 in the win, which moved the Celtics to 3-1 on the current road trip.

Marc J. Spears has the Celtics feeling at home in Denver, and handing the Nuggets their second largest home loss ever in franchise history. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics coming into this one looking for payback for an earlier loss to the Nuggets.

Despite his agent saying last night that he hadn’t made a decision yet, it appears Mikki Moore will be joining the Celtics. Bulpett reports that Moore will take  a physical today and could play tomorrow night against the Clippers. He also says that when Moore signs, the team will no longer be leaving the “porch light” on for Joe Smith. Jessica Camerato looks at where the Celtics stand in the new East. Check CelticsLinks.com for more out-of-town stories and blog posts.

Spears’ notebook has additional information the potential addition of Moore today. Bulpett’s notebook has Brian Scalabrine having to leave the game last night after a hard foul from Johan Petro.

Red Sox

Gerry Callahan says that the Red Sox have moved on from Manny Ramirez. Now, if only nitwit sports radio hosts in the mornings, afternoons and (especially) the evenings could do the same…

John Tomase has Brad Penny getting as much advice as he can from John Smoltz. Joe Haggerty says Penny feels like he has something to prove this year. Maureen Mullen has Penny on track to start the season in the rotation for the Red Sox. Jeff Goldberg has Penny feeling 100%. Joe McDonald has Penny and Jonathan Papelbon getting their throwing in yesterday.

Dan Shaughnessy says that you’d like J.D. Drew if you’d just give him a chance. Lenny Megliola has Mike Lowell in a key role for the Red Sox.  Amalie Benjamin has Lars Anderson and other Red Sox youngsters soaking up all they can from the experienced big-leaguers. Joe McDonald has Chris Carter hoping to find a home with the Red Sox. He also has Johnny Pesky forecasting a bright future for Jacoby Ellsbury.

Tomase has Jon Lester pitching for the Jimmy Fund. McDonald has more on Lester’s role as chairman in the Rally Against Cancer this season.  SouthCoastToday.com has set up a bracket-style tournament of All-time Red Sox greats.  

Tomase’s notebook has the catchers in camp having a friendly competition. Benjamin’s notebook has more on Penny’s throwing session yesterday.

Bruins

Fluto Shinzawa has Peter Chiarelli looking to make a trade to strengthen his club. Mike Loftus has more on what the Bruins GM is looking for. Mick Colageo says that the recent slump by the Bruins isn’t changing Chiarelli’s focus.

Joe Donahue on the BSMW Power Play says that there is no reason for Bruins fans to panic. Stephen Harris has the Bruins starting a crucial homestand tonight.

Patriots

Mike Reiss has Tully Banta-Cain thrilled to be back with the Patriots. Chris Price runs down the top five storylines from the combine. Karen Guregian has more stories from the combine.  Chad Garner has BC’s Ron Brace thinking 1st round. Jim Donaldson says that Tom Brady’s declaration of this health won’t hurt the trade market for Matt Cassel.

PatriotsDaily.com has three combine updates from Chris Warner:

Combine Day One

Combine Day Two

Combine Day Three