Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-04-30

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One For The Ages . . . Or One That Enrages?

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.

Celtics

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.

CelticsBlog wants to know what the deal is on Eddie House. Celtics 17 calls Perk and Big Baby one of the most imposing frontcourts in basketball.

Red Sox

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.

Patriots

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.

Bruins

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 bob02878@yahoo.com.

Dave Roberts Joins NESN as Red Sox Studio Analyst

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.

Van Every Saves The Night For Sox

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.

McNamara notes that the Red Sox clubhouse fits Jason Bay just fine. Joe McDonald has a look at the Red Sox operation in Portland, Maine with the Sea Dogs.

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.

Celtics

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.

Bulpett’s notebook has Rajon Rondo being cleared by the league. Robert Lee has Rondo doing it all for the depleted 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?

Bruins

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.

Patriots

Christopher L. Gasper profiles the Patriots top draft pick, Patrick Chung. Michael Felger has his draft mailbag. Bill Reynolds has undrafted Liam Coen not ready to give up his NFL dream.

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.

Lively Discussion Continues on Twitter Post

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.

Patriots Have Reporters All a Twitter

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.