- BSMW Network Post: One For The Ages . . . Or One That Enrages? http://tinyurl.com/d4zv9s #
- BSMW Network Post: Dave Roberts Joins NESN as Red Sox Studio Analyst http://tinyurl.com/cqp6gz #
- BSMW Network Post: Introducing Patrick Chung http://tinyurl.com/cg3smm #
- Bill Simmons on the Rondo Foul – Fouls, flops, fiascoes … but not flagrant http://tr.im/k8qq #
- More people need to check out Jon Couture’s Red Sox games Reloaded on Better Red Than Dead: http://tr.im/k7n7 #
- BSMW Network Post: Van Every Saves The Night For Sox http://tinyurl.com/c3v8zv #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-04-29 http://tinyurl.com/c6cgg9 #
- BSMW Network Post: Lively Discussion Continues on Twitter Post http://tinyurl.com/djkt4z #
- BSMW Network Post: LJ IV http://tinyurl.com/d5qw4n #
- BSMW Network Post: Pierce, Celtics Survive Game 5 Thriller http://tinyurl.com/dyrm62 #
- Just submitted my column on the Patriots use of Twitter during the draft over to Patriots Football Weekly. Check @PatriotsDotCom later on. #
Hey, we’re Boston, the nation’s most homeristic sports town. But even we can appreciate the drama that is unfolding nightly on the hardwood. For me, it’s more engaging than an episode of Lost, even though I don’t know what is happening with either. So, have we had enough of the Bulls? Are we ready to move on? Depends who you talk to.
On And Another Thing . . ., Bob Ryan thinks the Bulls are fun and loves fellow alum Joakim Noah, while Small White Ball finds Chicago brash and Noah visually enraging. Touching All The Bases says this series is an enjoyable ride they hope will never end, while Celtics Stuff Live is impatient and frustrated with the extended series. Empty The Bench says that, whether it’s a classic good game or an old-fashioned Eastern Conference bruiser you’re after, C’s-Bulls has it all. SportsCenter 5 Overtime (warning: not for the grammatically squeamish) suggests there has never been a first-round series as hotly contested.
Celtics Hub says Rajon Rondo’s Game Five-saving foul couldn’t have been flagrant because it was necessary. By The Horns has victim Brad Miller seeing double and having trouble spelling his name while at the line.
WGS’s Celtics Blog has KG and the Bulls’ Lindsey Hunter heating up the trash talk circuit. Hardwood Paroxysm says KG’s bench antics are making him a huge juicebag, and Thanks For Playing calls KG an obscene cheerleader.
Last weekend was a big hit in Boston, but it didn’t play too well in The Empire. Lisa and I opened the series on Subway Squawkers with a Sox vs. Yanks whose-cuts-are-deeper? look back to 1978. Fire Brand of the American League takes exception with the Yankees getting first billing all weekend considering they are last in baseball . . . alphabetically, anyway. Confessions of a She-Fan was too fatigued to concern herself with the death spiral that was her weekend. Bronx Banter says it wasn’t a lost weekend: no one got hurt and it didn’t rain. There you go.
Like everyone in The Empire, LoHud Yankees Blog seemed to feel more pain from Jacoby Ellsbury’s steal than from the three-game sweep, and Boston Dirt Dogs salts that wound a bit more. Of course, now that Jacoby’s done it, copycat stories will follow. One If By Land regales us of Brian’s own account. If Theo ever needs a new lead-off hitter, he’ll know who to call.
From the highest of the high, Tuesday night was the lowest of the low for Hit & Run With Dan Roche, as the Sox gave away five runs with two bad plays – and Dan’s not even counting Lowell’s miscue in the first. WGS’s Red Sox Blog puts Javier Lopez on the top of their Shiite List, but Toeing the Rubber isn’t going to beat Javi up for booting this one away.
Jason Bay is everything Hacks With Haggs looks for in a prototypical Fenway slugger and he wants The Trio to open up the checkbook. Full Count says Julio Lugo and J.D. Drew are the poster children of the perils of free agency. They also report that Daisuke threw 45 pitches yesterday. Let me guess: the hitter worked him for a walk. Clearing The Bases wants us to remember Clay Buchholtz, who is doing just fine in Pawtucket.
Finally in baseball, an ugly image as The Bottom Line gets a chuckle over A-Rod’s roid-effect man boobs, the first of many chuckles Selena Roberts is sure to deliver.
The draft is in the books, so let the analysis begin. For The Patriot Act, the players Belichick passed up keep him shrouded in mystery. Eric Ortiz cautions other NFL GMs not to take any calls originating from New England if they wish to avoid a Draft Day fleecing. It Is What It Is has the Vikings thinking they pulled one over on Belichick.
Draftguys awarded Chessmaster Bill and the Pats their highest grade last weekend. Pats Pulpit gives the Pats an A for selecting UConn CB Darius Butler. New England Patriots Blog has Butler and his three first-day teammates making UConn the USC of the East. National Football Post loves ex-BC Eagle Ron Brace in the 3-4 defense. And Tom Curran has the latest underpaid ex-Pat corner going to Philly.
NE Patriots Draft has as comprehensive a list of undrafted free agent signings as you’ll find – unofficially, of course.
It would seem the typical last week in April with the B’s at home watching the playoffs. Only this April, no one has packed away their skates. After an eight-day layoff, everyone is itching for more hockey, including Stanley Cup of Chowder, who lays out the B’s keys in beating their second-round opponents from Carolina. Big Bad Blog points out that the B’s amassed a 4-0-0 record against a pre-hot streak Hurricanes squad. Cornelius Hardenbergh And The Hockey Blogging Adventure sees a lot of green in the Hurricanes’ chart since their last meeting with the B’s, but The Bear Cave says momentum will only go as far as TD Banknorth’s front door. Kathryn Tappen has Eric Staal, Cam Ward, and Carolina fans as three good reasons not to expect another sweep.
Of course, the Carolina fan’s gain has been the Hartford fan’s loss, but that may change as Boston Sports Blog reports. Hey, it might give the B’s a few more home games, as Tom Caron recalls the vintage Whalers-Bruins matches of old.
Here’s hoping you all have a great afternoon and the C’s an even better night. If anything pops up before next Thursday, give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NESN announced today that former Red Sox outfielder and 2004 post-season hero, Dave Roberts, has joined the network to serve as a Red Sox studio analyst. Roberts will join Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley and Jim Rice for the network’s popular pre and post game shows.
“We are thrilled to have Dave join our team of outstanding studio analysts,” said Joel Feld, NESN’s executive vice president of programming and executive producer. “Dave is an icon in Red Sox Nation. He has a deep knowledge of the game and understands the passion of Red Sox fans.”
Roberts will make his NESN debut this Monday from the new Yankee Stadium when the Red Sox play the Yankees. During the game, he will also join NESN’s Red Sox broadcast team of Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy in the booth for a couple of innings.
Best known to for his stolen base in the 9th inning of Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees, Roberts recently retired after a 10 years in the major leagues. He played for 5 different teams compiling a .266 career batting average with 243 stolen bases while only being caught 58 times for a very impressive 81% success rate. He enjoyed his best year in 2006 with the San Diego Padres when he hit .293 as the team’s leadoff hitter and collected 49 stolen bases.
Heading into the sixth inning last night in Cleveland, the Red Sox trailed the Indians 5-0. Jon Lester had struggled early on, but managed to stay in the game. Over the next few innings, the Red Sox rallied to tie the game at 5-5, sending it into extra innings. In the tenth inning, with two outs, recent callup Jonathan Van Every strode to the plate to face his former minor league roommate.
Van Every hit a 420 foot home run, which gave the Red Sox a 6-5 lead, a lead that was saved in the bottom of the inning by Jonathan Papelbon.
Amalie Benjamin recaps a wild night in Cleveland. John Tomase notes the connection between Van Every and John Farrell. Kevin McNamara has a guy who never got his chance with the Indians coming back to haunt them.
Nick Cafardo writes that baseball is built for nights like last night, when a guy who has toiled for years in the minors can be called up and be the hero. This is the perfect type of story for Cafardo, and he does Van Every justice with it. Michael Silverman has the Red Sox bullpen walking a four inning scoreless tightrope last night. Rob Bradford says that this will be one of those “remember when” moments of the season.
Benjamin’s notebook has John Smoltz suffering a setback with some shoulder discomfort. Tomase’s notebook says that Smoltz will take a week off as a result. McNamara’s notebook has Daisuke Matsuzaka throwing a successful bullpen session yesterday.
The Celtics will look to close out the hard-charging Chicago Bulls tonight at the United Center.
Mark Murphy has a feature on Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who is holding everything together for the undermanned Celtics. Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics looking to put an end to this series tonight. Jim Fenton has the Celtics really hoping to end the series and get a little breather. Tim Weisberg says that the Celtics are about to ratchet up the intensity even more. He also cites a Chicago writer on NBCChicago.com who is going after Kevin Garnett, calling him “the worst person in the world.”
Bill Burt and Jessica Camerato each look at Stephon Marbury and the roller coaster ride he has been on. Camerato has clips from Marbury’s recent interview on E:60. Robert Lee has Marbury one game away from his first ever playoff series victory.
Steve Bulpett has the Celtics reserves struggling for both minutes and points. Dan Shaughnessy says that we shouldn’t worry too much about the high workload being put on the Celtics starters. They’re going to be eliminated sometime soon and there will be plenty of time to rest then. Scott Souza says that the intensity of this series is wearing on the Celtics.
Danny Ainge made his first Big Show appearance since his heart attack. I’m still shaking my head at Butch Stearns asking Ainge about the heart attack by saying “Was it a real eye opener for you, did it come out of the clear blue? ”
Fluto Shinzawa has a feature on Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, who is leaving his mark outside hockey as an activist and adventurer.
Kevin Paul Dupont has the former Whalers fans once again getting together to root against the Bruins. Stephen Harris says that this is a different Carolina club than what the Bruins faced in the regular season. Graig Woodburn examines what the Bruins should learn from the demise of the San Jose Sharks.
Mike Loftus says that rest and experience have Phil Kessel at the top of his game. Fran Sypek has Ray Bourque liking the Bruins Stanley Cup changes. Mick Colageo says that it is back to the future for these two clubs. Bud Barth has Mark Recchi knowing that his old teammates are now his new foes. Dan Duggan reviews the season series with the Hurricanes.
Shinzawa’s notebook has the Bruins glad to have an opponent to prepare for. Harris’ notebook says that Ference is likely to play in game one. Barth’s notebook thinks that the Hurricanes are a favorable matchup for the Bruins.
Mark Farinella weighs in down in the comment section, responding to a query about what he and his paper are doing in the age of new media to try and keep up. He’s blogging, Tweeting, and generally trying to do what it takes to keep relevant.
If you haven’t checked it recently the post from the other day where I quoted a bit from Cold Hard Football Facts about pressbox reaction to the Patriots announcing their draft picks via Twitter has garnered quite a number of comments – including from the media members mentioned in the CHFF quote.
A few other items:
Check out Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the Bulls/Celtics game last night.
NESN’s Comedy All-Stars will be back for season two, starting on May 8th. Hosted by Tommy Davison (“In Living Color,” “Black Dynamite”), every week the show’s lineup will feature a trio of top stand-ups from New England and around the country scoring laughs with sports-only jokes.
Comics on deck for the season opener are Jeff Dye (“Last Comic Standing”), Alex Thomas (“Just Married,” “Def Comedy Jam”), and Nick DiPaolo (“The Chris Rock Show,” “Rescue Me”).
Submitted without comment: The Owner Takes a Wife – Boston Magazine.
Trailing by 11 points in the fourth quarter, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo led the Celtics back to force overtime. A supposedly injured Ben Gordon played more minutes than anyone else in the game, scoring 26 points, including more head-shaking shots down the stretch, and hitting three free throws to tie the game after being fouled by Tony Allen on a three point play. Pierce though, had the answer, and after Rajon Rondo fouled Brad Miller hard to prevent a layup, the Celtics escaped the crucial game five with a 106-104 victory to take a 3-2 series lead.
Frank Dell’Apa has the Bulls staggering at the end as a result of the efforts of Pierce and Rondo. Bill Doyle has working overtime finally paying off for the Celtics. Scott Souza looks at another moment of Truth at the Garden in the postseason. Jeff Howe has game five at a glance. Robert Lee has Pierce and Rondo proving to be the heroes once again for the Celtics.
Bob Ryan reviews another sensational game between the two clubs, in a series which has become an instant classic. Jeff Jacobs has Paul Pierce getting the last word in on the Bulls. Marc J. Spears has Pierce accepting the increased load last night and taking charge of the game. Steve Bulpett has Pierce saving the Celtics season with his clutch play. Lenny Megliola says that once again, crunch time is Pierce’s time. Jessica Camerato has the Celtics willing to play as long as it takes. Dan Guttenplan says that Danny Ainge has put together a resilient team.
Bill Burt says that Rajon Rondo gives the beaten up Celtics a punchers chance in any series. Paul Flannery says that the age of Rondo is clearly upon us. Dan Ventura has Rondo sparking the Celtics with his play. Mike Fine says that in addition to Pierce and Rondo, we need to acknowledge the performance of Kendrick Perkins – 16 points, 19 rebounds, 7 blocks. Monique Walker has Ray Allen having to sit out the final five and a half minutes of regulation and the overtime after fouling out. Mike Petraglia has Allen battling the whistles all night long.
Tim Weisberg notes that the Bulls just couldn’t quite pull off the miracle this time. Julian Benbow looks at the night for Ben Gordon, who didn’t seem hampered at all by his hamstring injury. Bulpett is impressed by Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro in his rookie year as a coach. Ventura has Derrick Rose enjoying his time on the big stage. Steve Buckley has the Bulls steamed over Rondo’s last second foul on Brad Miller. Petraglia has Miller complaining that a flagrant wasn’t called on Rondo.
The Globe notebook has the Bulls wanting a flagrant foul called on Rajon Rondo. Murphy’s notebook has Ray Allen stuck on the bench after fouling out. Doyle’s notebook has Rivers getting fined again by the league for his comments about the officials. Souza’s notebook has more on the fine for Rivers. Lee’s notebook also reports on Rivers’ “ personal stimulus package” for the NBA.
All good things must come to an end, though the Red Sox likely would’ve preferred that their 11 game winning streak wasn’t ended on a dropped ball on a potential inning-ending play.
Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox third error of the game proving to be too much last night. John Tomase says that plenty of factors contributed to last night’s loss. Kevin McNamara has one of the most basic spring training drills proving to be the downfall for the Red Sox.
Nick Cafardo examines another rocky outing for Brad Penny, and what it could mean for his future with the Red Sox. Michael Silverman has more on the woes of Penny. Joe Haggerty has Mike Lowell’s recovery beating expectations for the Red Sox. Silverman has Jonathan Papelbon working on perfecting a new delivery. McNamara says that Papelbon is proving that nobody’s perfect.
Benjamin’s notebook looks at the tweaks to the road uniforms for the Red Sox. Tomase’s notebook looks at an eventful return for Julio Lugo. Speier’s Five Things looks at the Red Sox first loss in two weeks.
Mark Farinella has some leftover thoughts from the Patriots draft. With all the stiffs that the Patriots have added in free agency and the draft, Jim Donaldson says we shouldn’t expect the defense to be any better in ’09 and that the Patriots will be in danger of missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Christopher L. Gasper has Ellis Hobbs leaving town with no hard feelings towards the Patriots. Christopher Price profiles top pick Patrick Chung and his journey to the NFL.
It will be the Hurricanes in round two for the Bruins. Mike Loftus has the series schedule. Stephen Harris has the Bruins working to ensure that the long layoff won’t be a problem. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has big baseball fan Aaron Ward making big contributions to the Bruins back line. Haggerty has his latest edition of The Hagg Bag.
- BSMW Network Post: Is Steve Burton’s Mic Working Yet? http://tinyurl.com/dmge7j #
- BSMW Network Post: More LJ http://tinyurl.com/cavj5e #
- BSMW Network Post: Sox Make It 11 Straight http://tinyurl.com/cvyn3l #
- Mike Reiss post-draft mailbag on Boston.com: http://tr.im/jX3L #patriots #
- NFL announces that a record 39 million viewers watched Draft on NFLN & ESPN ESPN notes that 36.7 Million of those viewers were on ESPN. #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-04-27 http://tinyurl.com/cdpuml #
A slightly amusing video from the Boston Marathon, where Steve Burton has a mini-meltdown because his microphone won’t work properly:
And Steve, its Kara, not Sara.