Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-06-22


Help Select The Best All-Time Boston Sports Columnists

I need your help. Again.

Especially you old-timers.

I’d like to create a list of the best all-time sports columnists here in Boston. The list of potential names is impressive, but who is the best of the best? Who represents the pantheon of Boston sports columnists?

Some potential names you might consider…and this is by no means a complete list. I really need more suggestions, in fact.

  • Clif Keane – Boston Globe
  • Larry Claflin – Boston Record/American/Herald
  • Harold Kaese – Boston Transcript
  • Austen ‘‘Duke’’ Lake – Boston American
  • Bob Ryan – Boston Globe
  • Will McDonough – Boston Globe
  • Tim Horgan – Boston Herald
  • Dave Egan – Boston Record
  • Dan Shaughnessy – Boston Globe
  • Ray Fitzgerald – Boston Globe
  • Leigh Montville – Boston Globe
  • Joe Haggerty – Woburn Daily Times

The list is sort of subjective, so I didn’t include Peter Gammons, as I think of him more as a baseball writer than a general columnist, while Will McDonough did mainly focus on football, but wrote columns about all sports as well, so he’s on the list. Maybe you have your reasons for putting Gammons on the list. Maybe Tim Horgan doesn’t deserve to be considered, so don’t include him, there are no rules here other than they need to be the best.

What I’d like you do is place a comment below in which you list your top three Boston sports columnists of all-time. I’ll use that feedback to compile another list, from which we’ll vote on the all-time best.

Here’s my list, which are all guys I’ve actually read: Fitzgerald (You need this book.) Montville and Ryan.

Feel free to include any stories or reasons why you feel the way you do about your list.

I’ll also have a prize for a random commenter in this list, but I haven’t picked out what it will be yet. (Businesses: Want to donate a prize and get mentioned? Send me an email.)

A Father’s Day Miracle (for NESN to run again and again)

Well, maybe now NESN has a new addition to the lineup for when they need to fill space. For the last couple of years the “Mother’s Day Miracle” against the Baltimore Orioles has been played about a 100 times. After yesterday’s 6-5 victory on Father’s Day which was secured with a Nick Green walk off home run around the Pesky Pole, perhaps now the network can mix things up a little bit.

Amalie Benjamin has a somewhat confused Green enjoying his first walk-off as a member of the Red Sox. John Tomase though, notes that Green isn’t entirely without walk-off experience, having done it to the Red Sox as a member of the Braves back in ’04. Bill Ballou has the Sox taking the game and series. Dom Amore says you can’t blame Green for losing track of time and space. Harry Plumer has the quirks and irregularities of Fenway Park working in the Red Sox favor yesterday. Brian Jordan has Wakefield settling in yesterday. Daniel Barbarisi has more on the Green game winner.

Bob Ryan thinks that “The Nick Green Story” would make a great Hollywood screenplay and vehicle for Matt Damon. Mike Fine agrees that Green is a terrific story. Rob Bradford has Green adding to his remarkable story with the walk off. Barbarisi has Green showing that he’s more than a fill-in for the Red Sox. Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox just seem to get all their problems solved these days.

Ben Collins has Jonathan Papelbon pushing through a tough ninth inning to preserve the tie and pick up the win on Green’s homer. Buckley has the weather making an impact on Tim Wakefield yesterday. Paul Sulzer looks at a rough patch for Dustin Pedrioa. Barbarisi notes that David Ortiz is heating up.

Brian MacPherson has the Sox starting over with Dice-K. Bill Burt says so much for the six man rotation. Steve Buckley says that it isn’t certain whether Daisuke Matsuzaka will return to the Red Sox at all this season after being placed on the DL. Glen Farley has the Sox putting Dice on ice. Barbarisi has more on Matsuzaka being placed on the DL

Benjamin’s notebook has Matsuzaka concurring with the Sox decision to pull him from the rotation and go to the DL. Tomase’s notebook has more on Dice-K, who was diagnosed with a shoulder strain. Ballou’s notebook says that it might be a long road back for Dice-K. Amore’s notebook has more on Matsuzaka. Plumer’s notebook says it could be a lengthy stay for Dice-K on the DL.

U.S. Open

Weather has pushed the final round of the U.S. Open to today, where Michael Whitmer says it still isn’t clear who is going to win this thing. Ron Borges has Phil Mickelson keeping his chances alive. He’s got Tiger Woods not ready to concede defeat yet either.

Borges’ notebook has David Duval a surprise contender, while Whitmer’s notebook has the weather delay impacting this week’s CVS Caremark Charity Classic.


Jeff Goodman says that Rajon Rondo isn’t going anywhere, and gives us 10 free agents that should be on the Celtics radar. John Connolly has a look at Sam Jones, who will be honored at The Tradition on Wednesday night.

Monique Walker has the Revolution picking up a victory in the first round of the SuperLiga Tournament. Peter Gobis has more on the win for the Revs. Connolly has the Revs netting two goals in a three minute span to post the win.

Mark Farinella is obsessed with how “Belichick’s minions” will block the view of the practice field from the top floors of the Renaissance Boston Hotel and Spa at Patriot Place.

Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins need to get bigger and better on defense this offseason.

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An Extremely Late Night Megalinks

Ken from Fang’s Bites doing the Friday megalinks well into the late night.

As usual, we have the Weekend Viewing Picks for you.

The U.S. Open has been pushed back a day and possibly more with some rainy weather expected in New York this weekend. NBC has announced it will start its Saturday coverage of the second and possibly third round at 10 a.m., four hours before it was originally scheduled to come on the air. Should the weather cooperate and the final round is played as scheduled on Sunday, coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. WHDH and WJAR will air what NBC produces throughout the weekend and possibly beyond.

Interleague baseball continues this weekend. NESN has the Braves/Red Sox, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 pm. Fox’s Saturday matchups include Tampa Bay at the Mets. MLB Network has the Civil Rights Game in Cincinnati. Check out what your national baseball games are in the “Baseball This Weekend” post.

NASCAR heads to Sonoma, CA this Sunday and TNT has the race at 5 p.m.

The IndyCar series is on ABC, Sunday at 1 and the Formula 1 circuit, most likely on its last legs, is in the UK for the British Grand Prix. Fox has same day coverage starting at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Soccer fans have the Confederations Cup with the US taking on Egypt on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

And for fans of Ninja Warrior, there’s the weekend marathon taking place all weekend on G4 leading up to the new Sasuke 22 competition that airs Sunday night starting at 6:30 preceeded by the American Ninja Challenge at 5:30.

The Weekend Viewing Picks have everything in sports and primetime you need to see.


Starting with USA Today’s Michael Hiestand, he looks at a new ESPN2 show to be co-hosted by ESPN Radio no-talent hack Colin Cowherd.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell is surprised that golfer Vijay Singh is still wearing the logo of embattled Stanford Financial Group despite its CEO being indicted on Federal fraud charges.

Darren has an interview with Tiger Woods’ agent.

Joe Favorito likes the move to set up a new office for Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport.

Leo Baraclough of Variety says the English Premier League has terminated its relationship with Setanta Sports after it failed to meet a deadline to pay part of its rights fee. ESPN is now the frontrunner to pick up Setanta’s 23 game package that begins next season.

Marc Graser of Variety says the WWE punked the media with a fake press release saying Donald Trump purchased “Monday Night Raw”.

Claire Atkinson of Broadcasting & Cable writes that Tennis Channel is gearing up to air Wimbledon starting on Monday.

The Sports Media Watch looks at the ratings for the PGA Tour this year to date. The SMW says the ACC Football Championship Game heads to primetime, but will be on ESPN after spending its first four years on ABC. The SMW has some various news and notes. SMW also has news on various sports personalities.

The Big Lead interviewed ESPN SportsCenter anchor Josh Elliott.

Steve Lepore of Puck The Media has some suggestions on how to improve the NHL Awards Show.

Chris Byrne of Eye on Sports Media wonders why NBC Sports used baseball lingo to promote the U.S. Open. Chris notes that there’s the same small group of volunteers who help the media at the U.S. Open every year.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe looks at Matt Millen’s two NFL broadcasting gigs this upcoming season.

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette hears from the NBC golf crew about the U.S. Open.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says there was little for ESPN and NBC to do when the rains started falling at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

Newsday’s Neil Best says NBC is set to start its U.S. Open coverage early on Saturday morning. Neil namedrops from his day at Bethpage Black. Neil says a scheduled Friday appearance by Sid Rosenberg on WFAN was nixed at the last moment.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News is amazed at how Mets manager Jerry Manuel manipulates the media.

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post weighs in on the Joe Buck Live/Artie Lange controversy.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says the U.S. Open provides plenty of intrigue for the viewer.

Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette writes that a local New York-Penn League team will have its games webcast on the internet this season.

Laura Nachman says a popular Philly sports anchor, Gary Papa, passed away on Friday. Laura has a statement from the Papa’s former TV station. And Laura links to some clips that paid tribute to Papa.

Michael Klein of the Philadelphia Inquirer also writes about Papa’s death.

The 700 Level blog also pays tribute to Papa.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner writes about NBC starting its U.S. Open coverage some four hours earlier than planned on Saturday.


David Barron of the Houston Chronicle talks with ESPN/ABC’s Jeff Van Gundy about his experience calling the NBA Finals with his brother on the sidelines.

Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram doesn’t feel this year’s U.S. Open and Wimbledon tournaments will be as dramatic as last year’s.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News unveils the identity of the mysterious quarterback in 4th and Long.

James Corley of The Oklahoman writes that ESPN will showcase former OU Sooner standout Blake Griffin during the NBA Draft.


John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Fox Sports Ohio plans limited commercial interruptions for the Civil Rights Game on Saturday.

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids Press says HBO generated the wrong type of buzz for Joe Buck Live.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob Wolfley talks with author Curt Smith about his new biography about Dodgers voice Vin Scully.

Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business lists his winners and losers of the week. Ed also sets the record straight about who broke the story about the now-defunct Windy City internet sports radio station.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad says TV is the most likely step for former Timberwolves General Manger Kevin McHale.

Paul Christian in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin writes that rain will make for interesting viewing at the U.S. Open this weekend.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dan Caesar says Joe Buck might have taken hits for a bad show and the Artie Lange controversy, but his show did pull viewers for HBO.


Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret Morning News says the only ways to catch the Salt Lake Bees are on the radio or the internet.

Jay Posner from the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that long-time local personality Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton returns to the area airwaves for a week.

John Maffei of the North County Times says rain or shine, the U.S. Open will go on.

Diane Pucin from the Los Angeles Times also writes about the waterlogged U.S. Open that’s wreaking havoc with ESPN and NBC.

Austin Knoblauch of the Times feels the NHL shot and missed by holding its Awards show in Las Vegas.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says rain makes for a difficult telecast at the U.S. Open. Tom has his usual news and notes. Tom looks at the week in sports blogging.


Bruce Dowbiggin from the Toronto Globe and Mail says NBC’s Johnny Miller is honest to a fault.

And we’re done.

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Sox, Fans Not Singing In The Rain

Amalie Benjamin has the Sox dropping a 2-1 rain-shortened game to the Marlins last night at Fenway Park. Michael Silverman says that last night left the Red Sox grumpy. Daniel Barbarisi has the Sox feeling cheated at the rain-shortened night. Dom Amore agrees that the Red Sox felt robbed. Ron Chimelis has the Marlins getting a jump on the Sox in the rain. Bill Ballou has the Sox losing in “undertime.”

Rob Bradford has the Sox left steaming after last night’s loss. Sean McAdam has the Red Sox players upset at management for insisting on going through with the game last night. Mike McMahon says that the Red Sox and MLB took advantage of the fans last night. Lenny Megliola offers up a few rain-soaked thoughts on the Red Sox pitching. Jon Couture says that the rain shortened loss can’t damper our enthusiasm for the potential of this Red Sox team. Mike Fine has the Sox wishing they could give back a lousy night.

Ben Collins has Jon Lester thrown off by the rain and lack of a proper warm-up last night. Barbarisi says that Lester wasn’t perfect and that wasn’t good enough for last night.  Brian MacPherson says that the six-man rotation doesn’t mean that the Red Sox aren’t still looking at trade possibilities. Barbarisi has George Kottaras taking a  new approach to hitting with good results. Chimelis says that Brad Penny’s success is forcing the Red Sox to make tough decisions. Paul Sulzer says that it appears that Nick Green has claimed a hold on the shortstop position for the moment.

Tony Massarotti examines how the Red Sox have dominated interleague play in recent years. Nick Cafardo looks at why many feel the Red Sox are the best team in baseball. With father’s day approaching Sean McAdam and Ron Borges have a mini-feature on David Ortiz, whose father is battling a serious illness. Chimelis has Smoltz heading to Boston while Clay Buchholz also awaits his call. Glen Farley says that the Sox will keep a close eye on Smoltz.

Adam Kilgore has a Minor League notebook and checks out a deadly pickoff move possessed by Single A pitcher Derrick Loop.

The Globe’s Los Angeles correspondent, Dan Shaughnessy, out to make more appearances on the Jim Rome show, checks in on how Manny Ramirez will be received by Dodger fans when he returns from his suspension.

Benjamin’s notebook has Daisuke Matsuzaka getting one more chance to turn his season around before John Smoltz jumps into the rotation. Silverman’s notebook has Jonathan Papelbon telling Sirius XM radio that he’ll be looking to sign anywhere – including  with the Yankees – when his contract with the Red Sox is up in 2011. He says he’ll go where the most money is. (Mike Petraglia has Papelbon saying his preference is to stay with the Red Sox.) Barbarisi’s Red Sox journal says that David Ortiz has earned another shot at the 5th spot in the batting order. Amore’s notebook has Ortiz comfortable at fifth. McMahon’s notebook has more on Lester getting thrown out of his routine. Ballou’s notebook looks at whether a power surge might be in store for Dustin Pedroia.


The Bruins cleaned up at the annual NHL Awards last night. Zdeno Chara won the Norris Trophy as top defenseman, Tim Thomas took home the Vezina Award (and with Manny Fernandez took home the  Jennings Trophy as the top goalie tandem.) Claude Julien won the Adams Award as coach of the year.  Kevin Paul Dupont has the honorees humbled by the awards. Stephen Harris has more on the monster night for the Bruins. Mike Loftus also reports on the impressive haul of hardware for the Bruins.

Bill Burt  has Ken Hodge getting some long-overdue recognition at The Tradition.


Michael Whitmer has opening day at the US Open getting washed out. Ron Borges says that the day may have washed out, but Jeff Brehaut isn’t. Whitmer says Rain was the story of day one.

Whitmer’s notebook has Quincy native Michael Welch still waiting to make his Open debut. Borges’ notebook checks in with Boo Weekley.

Bill Doyle looks at the media coverage of the Open.

Chad Finn says that despite a dreadful record with the Lions, Matt Millen is still in high demand as a broadcaster.

Christopher Price shares a few specific observations he made during Patriots mini-camp.

Jim Donaldson wants you to know he thinks Twitter is stupid.

Back at Black

No matter what you do for good or for bad, someone can always top it. The last time I golfed was at something called the 19th Laing Invitational, a collection of the worst golfers to ever graduate Providence College. I hit a shot that went backwards. It had to do with undercutting the ball and creating a sinkhole it couldn’t roll out of. I later bragged that no one hit a ball backwards further than me, but a reader challenged that. It seems that Phil Mickelson can. It has to do with his natural ability to create super loft and backspin – yes, a trick shot! Other than the fact that we’re both left-handed, I’ve never been compared to him since.

It’ll be all forward for Lefty this weekend, as the U.S. Open returns to Bethpage Black. While I’ll be pouring seed patch on the divots in my backyard, Mickelson will play his last major before wife Amy has surgery, and he’ll be America’s sympathy favorite. It’s only fitting that Devil Ball Golf starts us off with a reminiscence ten years back, as Mickelson took Payne Stewart to the 18th at Pinehurst on Father’s Day, one day before Amy gave birth to their first child. Kathryn Tappen is looking forward to NYers welcoming Mickelson back for his 16th straight Open.

On The Tee remembers the last time the Open was at Bethpage Black in 2002, when he helped Tiger Woods get dressed. Going For The Green offers a scouting report on the black course, which comes equipped with its own warning sign. Are we scaling mountains here or smacking little white balls around? Hey, Thanks For Playing says Black’s difficulty is like everything else in New York: overrated.

Hooked On Golf will have proof he was at Bethpage, even if he never sniffs the East Coast. Out And Back has the squeegees Mayor Guiliani chased out of Gotham needed over at Bethpage this rain-forecasted weekend. Golf Digest’s Local Knowledge reports those squeegees have already been pressed into service this morning.

Red Sox

Boston Dirt Dogs has all the madness on Red Sox Nation’s 500th consecutive sellout in the 6-1 win over Florida last night, but it does come with an asterisk attached. Justin Masterson is impressed that The Nation has generated the longest non-NBA sellout streak in U.S. pro sports history. Eric Ortiz has the Chicago Bulls at 515 in his cross hairs and says another 500 straight is possible, while Boston Sports Blog casts doubt on the streak that is. However, SoxSpace News exercised some gubernatorial privileges, taking up residence at Fenway during the week and personally vouching for the streak’s authenticity – at least for No. 500.

Toeing The Rubber delights in Wake’s performance on Tuesday night, even as she rips Red Sox wives. The Bottom Line has Wake breathing down Roy Halladay’s neck and canvasses The Nation to make the knucklah their Final Vote selection in this year’s All-Star Game. Over The Monster has Daisuke as this year’s version of 2008 C.C. Sabathia. Fighting Words says Yawkey Way has never been big on official announcements, so just expect a six-man rotation to evolve on its own. SportsCenter 5 Overtime Blog lays out this historic rotation for you. NESN’s Boston Red Sox blog says a six-man rotation is taking the easy way out of dealing with the problem of too much pitching.

When’s the seven-man rotation talk gonna start? It might have to come soon. Full Count has Clay Buchholz getting booed during his outing last night in Pawtucket. Forget seven men, as Hacks With Haggs has Buchholtz wanting to go someplace where he can pitch every five days.

Fire Brand Of The American League praises Theo for building a bullpen, then looks to break it up. Start with Takashi Saito says Wicked Good Sports, who calls the 39 year-old “expendable.”

When it comes to Ortiz’s June turnaround, UmpBump told us so, while Keep Your Sox On has Big Papi not telling us anything.

Ever watch Comcast SportsNet on Friday and hear about Felger getting his beauty rest for Saturday’s The Baseball Show? Apparently, as Tanguay’s Take can attest, it’s still not enough.

Patriots / Celtics

It Is What It Is remembers Patriot great Jim Nance on the 17th anniversary of his passing. Blogging Fearlessly has the Hall at Patriot Place looking for a few good men . . . provided they’re from South Dakota.

Pats Pulpit presents Commissioner Goodell’s conundrum in weighing Donte Stallworth’s suspension. On NFL Insider Report, Tom Curran is trying to figure out what makes Julius Peppers tick.

Green Scene interprets Danny Ainge’s Big Three contract manipulations as a sign that LeBron is coming to Boston. Celtics Stuff Live doesn’t like either the Kendrick Perkins or Bill Walker components of the rumored trade with Memphis involving the No. 2 pick. Not surprisingly, Perk Is A Beast reacts violently to the rumors concerning their namesake.

To all the dads out there, may your weekend be far-removed from honey-do lists . . . and may all your shots roll forward.