- Mike Florio – Trading Cassel Not As Easy As It Would Seem: http://tinyurl.com/bwdopj #
- Tony Mazz – Red Sox Fans Are Spoiled and Take the Team For Granted: http://tinyurl.com/d9de92 #
- TNT Signs Dennis Eckersley To Extension: http://tinyurl.com/ajsjnp #
- More from DSW on Shaughnessy’s “self-plagiarism” #
- The New Globe 10.0 on Boston.com to Start Today at Noon: http://www.boston.com/sports/video/globe10/ #
- BSMW Network Post: Bruins Fans: No Need To Panic http://tinyurl.com/c83j6c #
- Peter King’s MMQB Discussion on Landing Places for Matt Cassel: http://tinyurl.com/bopuhh #
- BSMW Network Post: Rondo Leads Celtics Running Game in Phoenix http://tinyurl.com/cuc4yy #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-02-22 http://tinyurl.com/cpkys6 #
Playing their first full game without Kevin Garnett yesterday, the Celtics got an offensive bump from point guard Rajon Rondo, who lit up two-time league MVP Steve Nash for a career high 32 points to go along with 10 assists in a 128-108 Celtics win in Phoenix. Ray Allen added 31 points for the green, who stepped up their running game in KG’s absence.
Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics turning this one into a runaway in the final quarter. Steve Bulpett has Rondo celebrating his 23rd birthday in a unique way yesterday. Jessica Camerato has a revised version of the big three dominating the Suns.
The Globe notebook has the Celtics offering a contract to center Mikki Moore, who was waived by the Kings Feb. 19th. Bulpett’s notebook has Doc Rivers still concerned about getting Ray Allen and Paul Pierce their rest in Garnett’s absence.
Fluto Shinzawa and Stephen Harris have the Bruins dropping another one, this time 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a game they should’ve won. Joe Haggerty has the Bruins showing progress in the loss.
Christopher Price has Bill Belichick talking at the combine about the changing nature of the NFL. Christopher L. Gasper has Belichick talking about his former co-workers spread around the league. There was only one guy he didn’t mention. (hint, his last name is Mangini.) Karen Guregian has more from Belichick, who didn’t want to talk about Matt Cassel and Tom Brady.
One subject that Belichick discussed was how veteran coaches like Mike Martz and Jim Haslett haven’t been able to find jobs yet and that he felt that they should be in the league. Ron Borges says that if Belichick thinks so highly of them, why hasn’t he given them a job? Especially Martz as the Patriots have an opening at offensive coordinator. Borges accuses Belichick of being cheap and putting Bill O’Brien in the play-calling role simply because it would cost much less than if the team hired Martz.
John Tomase has Randy Moss speaking on a number of topics, including his hopes for a reunion with Tom Brady this season. Gasper says that the Patriots might be interested in an Outside linebacker in this year’s draft. Price has a look at BC defensive tackle B.J. Raji who is expected to go high in the draft. John Connolly looks at the health of Northeastern tight end Brian Mandeville, who was sent home from the combine with a heart valve ailment and urged to retire by doctors. Guregian’s notebook ponders how much Fred Taylor might have left in the tank.
Nick Cafardo says that Takashi Saito could turn out to be a great signing for the Red Sox. Maureen Mullen has Michael Bowden hoping to stand out this spring. Jon Couture reviews the Yankee Years. Dan Lamothe has the heat getting turned on David Ortiz on the steroid issue. Haggerty has Jon Lester hoping to play his whole career in Boston.
Amalie Benjamin has Kevin Youkilis still getting in some time at third. Tomase looks at how Youkilis has developed the ability to hit for power as his career has gone on. Alex Speier has Jason Varitek looking at the future of Red Sox catching.
Tomase’s notebook has Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla talking about Dustin Pedroia.
- Chris Price – Complete Q&A With Bill Belichick From Combine Today: http://tinyurl.com/blgtkr #
- Herald NBA Notes From Murphy: http://tinyurl.com/cybqll #
- Globe MLB Notes From Cafardo: http://tinyurl.com/cc2jzt #
- Globe NBA Notes From Spears: http://tinyurl.com/b7mepd #
- Globe NFL Notes From Reiss: http://tinyurl.com/cr5tor #
- Globe NHL Notes From Dupont: http://tinyurl.com/cx6vud #
- Dan Shaughnessy Watch – The Self-Plagiarist? – http://tinyurl.com/asr7h3 #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-02-21 http://tinyurl.com/ao86yb #
- BSMW Network Post: A Friday Megalink Post http://tinyurl.com/amfy4o #
- The Big Lead has an Interview with ESPN.com Editor in Chief Rob King. Bill Simmons is one of the subjects: http://thebiglead.com/?p=11727 #
- BSMW Network Post: New Blog from an Old Friend http://tinyurl.com/bjkc68 #
- More great steroid/A-Rod talk from Glenn Ordway. No one beats a subject into the ground like this guy. #
- ESPN – KG To Miss Rest of Celtics Road Trip. Coming back to Boston for an MRI. #
- Retweet: @meganfish best read of the day: “I feel twitterers around me” http://tinyurl.com/bv3h77 #
- Congressman Steve Lynch Says A-Rod Hearings Possible: http://tinyurl.com/bzfjqj #
- Glenn Ordway #87 on Talkers Magazine “Heavy Hundred” list: http://talkers.com/online/?p=267 #
- WEEI Heckler Takes Blame: http://tinyurl.com/cj8z9a #
- BSMW Network Post: KG Injures Knee in Celtics Loss http://tinyurl.com/dlsj5m #
- BS http://tinyurl.com/dakgvz #
- BS http://tinyurl.com/bpdjsc #
Ken from Fang’s Bites with the Friday megalinks and plenty of stuff to go over today. Let’s start it off with the Weekend Viewing Picks.
College Basketball is in the midst of some great matchups with conference action, but starting tonight, the mid-major conferences take precedence as the ESPN family of networks will air a total of 13 games involving mid-major teams jockeying for position for the NCAA Tournament. One of the marquee matchups will be Butler at Davidson at noon on ESPN. But ESPN’s feature game will be Oklahoma at Texas Saturday night at 9. For a full schedule of games, check out the College Basketball Viewing Picks.
The Bruins play on both Saturday and Sunday in Florida, first taking on the Panthers Saturday night at 7, then turning around the following day to take on the Lightning at 5 p.m.
For the first time, CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada will be widely available in the United States via the NHL Network. It begins at noon on Saturday and all six Canadian teams will be involved in three games, Ottawa at Montreal at 3 p.m., Vancouver at Toronto at 7 p.m. then Calgary at Edmonton at 10 p.m. CBC will be live mostly from New Campbellton, New Brunswick and from various sites all over Canada to celebrate the country’s national pastime.
NBC’s NHL Game of the Week will have Pittsburgh taking on the Washington Capitals, Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (WHDH, NBC10).
The NBA will have one feature game on Sunday on ABC (WCVB, WMUR and ABC6) and it involves your defending world champion Boston Celtics taking on Phoenix at 2:30 p.m., then ESPN has a doubleheader with Miami at Orlando and Detroit at Cleveland starting at 5 p.m.
The PGA Tour’s last event before Tiger Woods’ return is the Northern Trust Open and CBS (WBZ, WPRI) has coverage starting at 3 p.m. Saturday.
NASCAR’s second race of the season is the Auto Club 500 on Fox 25 and Fox 64, Sunday at 5 p.m.
NBC has coverage of the American Cup gymnastics event at 4 p.m.
Spike will have taped coverage of UFC 95 from London, Saturday night at 9.
And Tour of California featuring Lance Armstrong concludes Sunday on Versus at 5 p.m.
The full Weekend Viewing Picks can be seen here.
Now to your links.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks about ESPN2’s Bassmaster Classic which airs this weekend.
The Big Lead has an interview with ESPN.com Editor-in-Chief Rob King who has some interesting comments about Bill Simmons.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell thinks Amgen’s sponsorship of the Tour of California is a misguided idea. Darren says TNT’s Charles Barkley made the right kind of apology and should be a role model for Michael Phelps and Alex Rodriguez. Darren has Sports Illustrated’s explanation as to why it airbrushed Danica Patrick’s tattoo in this year’s Swimsuit issue, when it left it on last year. And Darren has some of the best Alex Rodriguez nicknames to date.
Ed Meza of Variety writes that Swiss-based Sportfive has won the bid for European media rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics, taking over for long-time Olympics partner, the European Broadcasting Union.
Daniel Frankel of Variety says the NBA All-Star Game on TNT saw a 20% rise in the ratings from last year.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News looks at ESPN’s new rights deal with the Sun Belt Conference.
Jon Lafayette of TV Week says Golf Channel is all over Tiger Woods’ return to the PGA Tour.
I have an article at Digital Sports Daily on the PGA being very, very happy over Tiger’s return.
The Sports Media Watch says Tiger’s announcement that he was coming back made the PGA extremely happy.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says NBC actually made a decent choice for its flex NHL game on March 22.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe writes that NESN/NBC/CBC’s Mike Milbury is not shy behind the mike.
Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette profiles NESN’s SportsDesk male model Cole Wright and his big head.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says the Sports Museum of America is closing after less than a year of operation.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick says Bud Selig is the true shame of baseball, not Alex Rodriguez. I actually see Mushnick’s point.
The bitter and bombastic Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says Brian Cashman has become the spokesman for the New York Yankees.
Neil Best of Newsday says “The Wrestler” got a rave review from WWE wrestler Mick Foley. Neil says Foley and Kevin “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” James were high school classmates. Neil talks with Tennis Channel head honcho Ken Solomon about his desire to get picked up by Cablevision.
Phil Januck of the Schenectady Gazette talks with Albany River Rats analyst John Hennessy about the bus accident yesterday that injured five players. Thanks to Ken Schott of the Gazette for updating me on the story.
Laura Nachman says Reading Phillies radio voice Steve Degler is moving to the TV side.
Stacy Brown of the Scranton (PA) Times-Tribune notes the trend of the shrinking sportcast on local TV news.
Roger van der Horst of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer says ESPN’s Outside the Lines will look at college basketball recruiting package deals.
Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald writes that TNT’s Charles Barkley showed true remorse in his return last night.
Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel looks at the best sports scenes in non-sports movies.
David Barron in the Houston Chronicle discusses the cancellation of a local sports TV show.
Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News has a story on a former college basketball coach who presevered to get a shot on ESPN.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Charles Barkley did not shy away from his DUI arrest on TNT last night.
Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald isn’t too enthralled about watching HBO’s documentary on the Duke-North Carolina rivalry.
Paul Christian of the Rochester Post-Bulletin cannot believe the amount of coverage that will be devoted to the NFL Scouting Combine on NFL Network this weekend.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the high amount of sports programming doesn’t necessarily translate to high ratings. Dan also has the ratings for sports in the Gateway City last week.
Scott Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News says the mtn’s basketball coverage has improved over last year.
Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune says NASCAR on Fox is set to take on the Oscars this year.
John Maffei in the North County Times talks with MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds.
Jim Carlisle writes in the Ventura County Star about ESPN’s upcoming Los Angeles-produced 1 a.m. edition of SportsCenter premiering in April.
Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times says Charles Barkley’s apology on TNT was typical Charles.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has preliminary results of his reader’s Best Sportscaster poll. In his weekly column, Tom looks at the Best and Worst of Los Angeles sports analysts (best line in Tom’s column is from Tony Reavis… scroll to the bottom… unbelievable). In his blog, Tom has a bit more on his column and of course, has extensive news and notes. Tom asks for readers’ votes in the analyst category. And Tom says Jim Rome has a streak of Rex’s going.
John Ryan in the San Jose Mercury News writes that the San Francisco 49ers will unveil their new uniforms on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in April.
That does it for the megalinks today.
The post-All Star break portion of the schedule didn’t get off to such a great start last night, as the Celtics lost Kevin Garnett to a knee injury in the first half in the Utah, and ended up losing the game to the Jazz, 90-85.
The severity of the injury is not completely known yet, though from Frank Dell’Apa it appears KG could’ve returned, but the Celtics erred on the side of caution with him. Steve Bulpett calls it a knee strain. Paul Flannery says that the Celtics lost this one because they couldn’t figure out a way to score down the stretch.
With two trades in the last week, including Patrick O’Bryant yesterday, Bulpett has the Celtics clearing cap space and roster space. Jim Fenton also looks at the trades and what might be next for the Celtics. Catch more game stories and analysis of yesterday’s move by browsing CelticsLinks.com.
The Sox continue to train down in Florida, with full-squad workouts now going on. RedSoxLinks.com has all the latest headlines and news, including a few stories on AL MVP Dustin Pedroia and his desire to play all 162 games.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said yesterday at there is a 60-75% chance he will make a trade before the NHL trade deadline. Check out the latest Bruins news on BruinsLinks.com.
The NFL Combine is ongoing and the Patriots are there checking potential draftees. Check PatriotsLinks.com for the latest, as well as news of the team bringing back Billy Yates, who they just cut a couple of days ago.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has a piece on Mike Milbury, who is gaining a reputation for himself with some of the the things that he says on the air. She even offers up a selection of Memorable Mike Milbury quotes.
Bill Doyle has a piece on NESN’s Cole Wright, who has had the tough job of stepping into Hazel Mae’s shoes on SportsDesk.