Ok, time for the megalinks. I’ve been procrastinating so these are very late, but better late than never.

As usual the Weekend Viewing Picks are the Fang’s Bites at BSMW page.

I have another edition of Follow Friday.

There’s another anti-NBC post at Fang’s Bites.

And if you didn’t read it yet, here’s my report on the HBO Ted Williams documentary screening at Fenway Park from earlier in the week.

Keep track of the Sox at RedSoxLinks.com.

And for the latest on the Celtics Free Agent Action, head on over to CelticsLinks.com.

Now the links:

National

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says Versus is along for the ride as Lance Armstrong returns to the Tour de France on Saturday.

Mike says Univision’s family of networks and Fox Soccer Channel will cover the Gold Cup throughout the weekend.

Joe Favorito writes that two indoor soccer leagues only stood to hurt the franchises.

Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball writes that for the most part, fans are forgiving of Manny Ramirez.

The Sports Media Watch says it appears the All England Lawn and Tennis Club preferred having attractive women on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

The great College Sports on TV site is putting together the viewing guides for the entire college football season and you can check it out here.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Over to Richard Sandomir of the New York Times who writes that NBC had its own ideas for the Andy Roddick-Andy Murray match at Wimbledon despite it being in progress when the network hit the air.

Richard talks about a new website that keeps track of an athlete’s Tweets so you don’t have to.

The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman takes the opportunity to bash Mets manager Jerry Manuel.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union talks to a local sports radio program director who’s happy to have stayed in the area after he lost his TV gig.

Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette is one of an increasing amount of writers who feel that ESPN may not be all that good for the NHL. I agree.

Laura Nachman provides two possible replacements for the late sports anchor Gary Papa.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says NBC did not do itself any favors by delaying yesterday’s Andy Roddick-Andy Murray match at Wimbledon.

Jim talks with Versus’ Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin about the Tour de France.

South

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson says sports radio WQAM is looking at Sid Rosenberg to fill a high profile time slot.

David Barron from the Houston Chronicle says two more local sports anchors have lost their jobs.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says the Cowboys’ Marion Barber might be media shy, but a segment on ESPN will show that he has a big heart.

Barry says Breakfast at Wimbledon remains one of the best traditions on TV.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says NBC is ready to serve another double dose of Breakfast at Wimbledon. Mel writes that ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd comes to TV for a new show. Mel has his media notebook.

Midwest

Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Fox Sports ramps up for Mannywood.

Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin writes that we’ve grown into Breakfast at Wimbledon over the last 30 years.

West

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News feels sports anchors should not be openly rooting for local teams.

Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes about Fox Sports putting the national spotlight on Manny Ramirez’s return from his steroids suspension.

John Maffei of the North County Times says baseball isn’t your only sports viewing option on this holiday weekend.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star writes about 30 years of Breakfast at Wimbledon. Jim says the networks are pulling out all the stops for Manny Ramirez’s return.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times has Fox Sports Prime Ticket’s Steve Lyons talking about Manny. Diane writes that Vin Scully did not give Manny a free pass. Diane says Vin was matter-of-fact when Manny went 0 for 3 last night.

From the Los Angeles Daily News, Tom Hoffarth says the media is all about Manny this weekend. Tom has more on this in his blog. Tom says tennis fans have a legitimate gripe against NBC for its mishandling of Wimbledon this week (including a link to Fang’s Bites, thank you, Tom). Tom also looks at the week in blogging.

That’s it. I won’t be around for the rest of the day, but I will be back on Sunday. Enjoy your 4th and have a very safe holiday.

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