- BSMW Network Post: More Sunday Linkage http://bit.ly/mZ03g #
- BSMW Network Post: The NFL on CBS Logos for the 2009 Season http://bit.ly/1wPGYJ #
- BSMW Network Post: Back to Blogging http://bit.ly/eZLTd #
- Joe Mauer’s value is indisputable – Boston Herald Baseball Notes by Michael Silverman: http://bit.ly/2O42uw #
- Bad outing vs. Yankees a learning experience for Bowden – Portland Press Herald MLB notes from Kevin Thomas: http://bit.ly/po0dT #
- It all starts with starters, Rotational force the key in playoffs – Boston Globe Baseball Notes from Nick Cafardo: http://bit.ly/r5Ghh #
- NFL Blitz: Mankins is the man and other observations – Standard-Times NFL notes by Jonathan Comey:http://bit.ly/2YtuDr #
- Pats bookends might book up – Boston Herald NFL Notes by Karen Guregian: http://bit.ly/kd6MY #
- No sound barrier for Jets, Unlike Mangini days, they’re making noise – Boston Globe NFL Notes From Mike Reiss: http://bit.ly/11kGGa #
- Long road to the top, Patient Kuester gets his chance – Boston Globe Basketball Notes by Peter May (?!) http://bit.ly/1ax7wt #
- Ringing question, League, players split on Olympics – Boston Globe Hockey Notes by Kevin Paul Dupont: http://bit.ly/PeGhN #
- BSMW Network Post: Patriots 2009-2010 Schedule http://bit.ly/fZltd #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-08-22 http://bit.ly/ciDpE #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-08-22 http://bit.ly/CoRQr #
- RT @GlobeChadFinn: Stan Grossfeld on Greg Montalbano, last October. Damn. http://bit.ly/X42WZ #
- RT @RochieWBZ: Amazing story on Montalbano,Youkilis, and Pena http://bit.ly/PeVcL #redsox #wbztv #mlb #
- BSMW Network Post: This Week on PD, August 17-21 http://bit.ly/4bW2U #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-08-21 http://bit.ly/1DULcV #
- And suddenly my Friday night is wide open… #
- RT @SI_JonHeyman: #redsox were claiming team on wagner. i bet they work out trade by tuesday deadline. #
- RT @RealMikeSilver: Here's my y! sports column on team turmoil: http://bit.ly/VUrtY. I feel for my raider fan friends #
- RT @MikeMutnansky: Our intern here at WGAM spoke with WFTL and they are standing by their source on the Sox claim Billy Wagner off waivers. #
- BSMW Network Post: Take a Lap – TV Color Man Randy Cross http://bit.ly/oNp8L #
- BSMW Network Post: Weekend Viewing Picks http://bit.ly/3HpVvB #
- If Felger and Massarotti are going to have all Yankees callers, I might have to go back to WEEI. (shudder) @985TheSportsHub #
- RT @realpatriots: Patriots rating peaked at 14.3 last night;1.3 points higher than the combined score of the game! Avg of 11.0. #
- BSMW Network Post: Media Notes Preseason Game Two http://bit.ly/2WiRP #
- BSMW Network Post: PD Game Ball– CB Darius Butler http://bit.ly/GIpb7 #
- BSMW Network Post: Thoughts on 98.5 FM – One Week In http://bit.ly/2yGxkI #
- BSMW Network Post: Friday’s Viewing Picks http://bit.ly/25zeoc #
- RT @JonCouture: #RedSox Gm 120 (8-1 W) Reloaded at http://bit.ly/DMQ3K — My fellow J.D. Drew apologists, hold your heads high today! #
- RT @dankennedy_nu: If you're a student who's interested in checking out a new citizen-journalism venture, let me know. #
- BSMW Network Post: Sox Sweep, Pats Sleep http://bit.ly/4tnhXc #
- RT @romenesko: Two of three groups bidding on the Boston Globe make it to the next round. http://is.gd/2rHJq #
- BSMW Network Post: Gut Check – Preseason Game Two vs. Cincinnati http://bit.ly/3HY6tU #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-08-20 http://bit.ly/gn1jT #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-08-20 http://bit.ly/eBJgC #
The new 98.5 The SportsHub has been on the air for a week now, and it’s time for a few knee-jerk reactions and thoughts on how they’re stacking up to WEEI.
Toucher and Rich vs. Dennis and Callahan
Right now the best things I can say about T&R is that they’re trying, and that they’re not D&C. The show is clearly a work in progress as they make the transition to more sports talk. I like that that they usually have several guests over the course of the morning, and make the effort to talk sports.
It seems like I don’t fit either demographic for these shows right now. I’m too young for D&C’s bitter, angry old man act and target audience, and a bit too old for the fratboy humor attempts by T&R. Some of their comedy bits have been painful.
I haven’t settled on one show or the other just yet. My listening habits for the last week have pretty much been whichever show is talking sports at the moment, or is having an interesting guest or discussion. It’s nice to have that option.
Tanguay and Zolak vs. Dale and Holley
I mentioned on Twitter yesterday that Gary Tanguay has been everything I feared he would be on the radio. It’s true. He’s dreadful. Whether he’s wondering “whether Tito has the BALLS to put right lineup on the field” or how long the “leash” is on Francona and whether or not he’ll be fired. It makes my ears hurt, which is too bad, because I really like Zolak. He’s likable, and not prone to saying stupid things just for reaction which is Tanguay’s calling card.
Dale Arnold certainly has his critics among the readers of this site, but I’ll listen to him over Tanguay everyday. It’s not a contest. This week Holley has been out, but Tom Caron and today, Christopher Price have made the shows much better than Tanguay’s mock indignation.
Advantage: Dale and Holley.
Felger and Massarotti vs. The Big Show.
Felger is Felger. He also loves to make stupid comments (“Josh Beckett is mentally weak“) and take unpopular stands just to be a contrarian. That’s not good radio. Glenn Ordway does a lot of the same things, which make sense because Felger learned his radio craft in the ample bosom of Ordway. However, what makes the 98.5 show more tolerable is that Massarotti is willing to challenge Felger’s comments and stances, whereas Ordway surrounds himself with yes-men sycophants who agree with everything he says.
For the most part, I really like Massarotti on the radio. There isn’t a lot of the fan-insulting, condescending arrogance that comes across (intentional or not) in a lot of his Boston.com columns and blog entries. (Today’s column about the Yankees farm system is an example. He actually talked this subject on the radio, and it didn’t come across in the neener-neener way it does in the column.) On the radio he seems to deal more with facts, and as mentioned, isn’t afraid to take on Felger’s dumb comments. They talk sports, not Fred Smerlas’ tailgate venture or steakhouse, and mix the topics up a least a couple of times in the course of the show. They also bring on guests to break things up a little, which is something The Big Show rarely does. The Big Show will hammer the same topic for four hours without a break, while F&M try to introduce new topics in the course of the show. This makes F&M a more worthwhile listen than The Big Show. Except for the whiner line.
Advantage: Felger and Massarotti
Damon Amendolara vs. Mike Adams.
This one is simple. Do you want to hear about and talk sports, all sports, or do you want to hear Adams getting an Orlando Magic tattoo on his ass and bitching about Manny?
Amendolara has been the single biggest pleasant surprise on the new station, which is huge. There was a lot of skepticism out there about bringing in a kid from New York who grew up rooting for the New York teams and is a huge soccer fan, who had most recently been doing a show in Miami to come here and do Boston sports radio. He’s been great. Amendolara is knowledgeable about what’s going on, not just locally, but all across the nation in big time sports. He’s also hard working, having done all the weeknights, plus a show each day of the weekend.
It’s early yet, but there’s some good things going on here, and at the very least, we can say it’s nice to have an alternative to turn to and get a different topic and take.
The Red Sox completed a much-needed three game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays last night with an 8-1 win at the Rogers Centre. J.D. Drew had a pair of home runs and Jon Lester went eight innings for his tenth win of the season.
Amalie Benjamin says that the calendar is starting to catch up with the Red Sox and they are responding. John Tomase has Drew continuing his habit of earning his money when the games count the most. Joe McDonald has balance and order restored to the Red Sox lineup.
Tony Massarotti says that the perception that the Yankees just buy players while the Red Sox develop them is incorrect. He points out the key players on their current roster that the Yankees have developed on their own. Steve Buckley says that the Red Sox absolutely need to shine during the tough schedule ahead. Bill Burt looks at how Jason Varitek and Jorge Posada have each quietly been the backbone of their franchises. Alex Speier examines the Red Sox new, deep lineup.
Adam Kilgore has a look at J.D. Drew’s huge night out of the 8th spot last night. Buckley has a look at Jon Lester giving the bullpen a rest last night. McDonald has a look at Alex Gonzalez providing his trademark dazzling defense at SS in his return to the Red Sox. Brian MacPherson has Brad Penny trying to find some consistency. Joe Haggerty looks at another weekend of Red Sox/Yankees on tap. Jon Couture says that this is a big series for both teams.
Some Bruce Allen guy is trying to read the Red Sox tea leaves.
Kilgore’s Minor League notebook checks in with phenom Casey Kelly, who is trying to start his career as both a pitcher and position player. Silverman’s Minors Notes has a look at the Red Sox success in getting draft picks signed. Speier has a look at The Class of ’09.
Benjamin’s notebook has the Red Sox finally able to put their best lineup on the field last night. Tomase’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia back with the team after a short stint of diaper duty. McDonald’s Red Sox journal has more on Pedroia’s return to the lineup.
On Patriots Daily, Chris Warner has his Gut Check column from last night. Check back at noon for Scott Benson’s “Game Ball” post.
Christopher L. Gasper says that the best thing you can say about last night’s Patriots 7-6 preseason loss to the Bengals is that the game is over. Ian R. Rapoport has Tom Brady getting the hits he was looking for. Shalise Manza Young says Brady might want to be careful about what he wishes for. Andy Vogt has the Patriots needing to get better. Mark Farinella has the Patriots looking pretty rusty last night.
Mike Reiss has Fred Taylor looking pretty good in his first carries as a Patriot. Christopher Price and Tim Weisberg each line up 10 things that we learned last night. Jeff Howe has Jerod Mayo picking up more responsibilities with the Patriots defense. Rich Garven has the Patriots still seeking a pass rush. Jennifer Toland has Brady taking his hits and playing on.
Reiss has Ron Brace still getting used to NFL play. Guregian has a look at a tough night for Terrence Wheatley in the secondary. Eric McHugh has more on Wheatley’s tough night. Hector Longo says that the secondary might be new, but it isn’t improved, and calls the potential of the young players back there “horribly overblown.” Weisberg looks at the play of Laurence Maroney last night, which once again wasn’t all that impressive.
Chris Forsberg has Chad Ochocinco stealing the show last night with his unexpected kicking prowess. Ron Borges has Ochocinco letting his foot do the talking. Jim Donaldson is glad Ochocinco gave him a little entertainment on a boring night.
Robert Lee has a look at the Patriots Hall of Fame inductions. Julian Benbow has the Patriots remembering Jim Nance last night. Glen Farley has more on the honors for Nance and Billy Sullivan. Farinella also reports on the ceremonies at the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Gasper’s notebook is talking “Brady rule.” Rapoport’s notebook has Kevin O’Connell getting extended playing time last night. Young’s Patriots journal has several key Patriots getting back out on the field. Farley’s notebook reports on a Plymouth man (and Patriots fan) winning $1 million in the new Patriots instant ticket from the Massachusetts State Lottery. Farinella’s notebook has Fred Taylor satisfied with his Patriots debut. Garven’s notebook has more on Ochocinco.
- Frank Viola has actually been pretty good in the NESN booth. Better than I expected. #
- BSMW Network Post: Patriots-Bengals NFL Network Replays http://bit.ly/uQHiM #
- RT @JonCouture: #RedSox Gm 119 (6-1 W) Reloaded at http://bit.ly/W0XCa I'd like to thank Roy Halladay for showing New England he is human. #
- RT @capeleaguer: will be co-hosting "Dale & Holley" Friday from 10 to 2 on WEEI. #
- BSMW Network Post: Week Log: For Sox, Deja Vu All Over Again? http://bit.ly/y7bMm #
- BSMW Network Post: Here Are the Thursday Links http://bit.ly/Y9DtZ #
- BSMW Network Post: Patriots Set To Take on Bengals Tonight http://bit.ly/JVihZ #
- BSMW Network Post: Buchholz, Sox Dispatch Halladay, Jays http://bit.ly/3Qk2zf #
- BSMW Network Post: Trading Places – Chatting with a Bengals Blogger http://bit.ly/4pOa1V #
- BSMW Network Post: Tuesday’s Viewing Picks http://bit.ly/YwiQm #
- RT @romenesko: Fear is what stops publishers from charging for online news, says Alan Mutter. http://is.gd/2q5Y4 #
Two straight in Toronto and a two-game improvement in the wildcard race as the Sox leapfrog Texas will lead us off this fine Thursday afternoon. On an even more optimistic note, Rich Levine says to forget 2006, as these Sox are more comparable to the 2004 club that got things rolling five years ago nearly to the day with two straight wins . . . in Toronto. Boston Sports Blog points out even more eerie parallels to 2004 that give the cynics of The Nation cause for hope.
Red Sox Hen is disavowing the negative and embracing the good from Tuesday’s series-opening win, while the long ball has Boston Dirt Dogs thinking positive. Brownie Points says the whole offensive dynamic is different when Big Papi is hitting. The Bottom Line likes Ortiz in the seventh slot but still doesn’t get excited when he steps to the plate. Joy of Sox has Papelbon feeling ten pounds overweight after Tuesday’s lackluster performance, one that made us feel ten years older. The House That Dewey Built calls Tuesday’s win uglier than John Candy in drag. But, hey, a win’s a win to Mazz, who says beggars can’t be choosers.
Last night, J.P. may have been left with a case of seller’s remorse as Clay Buchholtz stymied his Blue Jays and Doc Halladay was little mystery to the Sox. Over The Monster digitizes Buchholtz’s outing and the results give him hope the Sox have found their Number 3. Buchholtz has been a binky for Toeing The Rubber since his 2007 debut, proving that Kyle Snyder is not the jealous type. Surviving Grady is happy that Clay brought along his big pants. Thankfully, those pants were red and not blue.
This one is getting more attention on the airwaves, but Jon Lester’s bid for the sweep puts Penny and Tazawa on tap for the first two games in the Yankees series. Not exactly Spahn and Spain, but it should nevertheless leave us praying for rain. If the AL East isn’t already closed for business, A-Rod and Teixeira may be about to flip the sign in the window and turn out the lights. Of course, The Triumphant Red Sox Blog has just the thing to turn this series around and it’s for a good cause to boot. And, in the same blog, Sox and Pinstripes anticipates a Sox-Yankees ALCS even as he looks ahead to next year’s team.
With ex-Sox John Smoltz just signing with the Cardinals, FanGraphs thinks he has something left in the tank. The Hardball Times is surprised that the sabermetrics-friendly Sox released him since, after all, Smoltz was having a solid year. You just can’t make this stuff up. Alas, Big League Stew checks in with reality, allowing for the argument that Smoltz may have cost the Sox a postseason.
Scott Boras tells 619 Sports (at the 4:40 mark) that J.D. Drew doesn’t want to work for anybody that doesn’t believe what he says. Why can’t Theo just call this guy a liar and spare us the remainder of his experiment? Hacks With Haggs suggests that Theo’s system, which brought in the likes of Drew while punting on Mark Teixeira, better take a knee this winter. Speaking of Tex, ESPN’s Sweet Spot says he’ll probably win the MVP award as the BBWAA robs Joe Mauer yet again, but One If By Land says that, should Mauer stumble, Youk will have a legitimate claim to the award.
38 Pitches says he’s never been supported by a better defensive performance than the one turned in by newly reaquired SS Alex Gonzalez in 2006. This acquisition figures to help infield matters, where Nuggetpalooza ranks the Sox in the lower half of double play completion efficiency this year.
And here’s a first in the Week Log chronicles, as we link to a future blog. Deadspin tells me they’ll be picking on Fenway Park in their latest Why Your Stadium Sucks entry coming tomorrow. I’ll bring you the permalink next Thursday.
Preseason Game 2 is upcoming tonight, as the Pats host the Ochocinco Bengals at Gillette Stadium. Kathryn Tappen knows preseason is tough, but says these games are scheduled for a reason. Reiss’s Pieces gives us five things to look for tonight against Cincinnati. Carson Palmer won’t be one, but It Is What It Is takes inspiration from the parallels between his 2005 injured knee recovery and that of Tom Brady. Musket Fire still maintains that Bernard Pollard is a cheap-shot artist that ruined Brady’s 2008 season.
The Patriot Act observes recent wheelings and dealings as the Pats build depth in needy positions while paring down to 53 players. One such position appears to be running back, where First And Ten From Foxboro says enough already. The acquisition of another RB doesn’t bode well for Laurence Maroney, who makes the top of Thanks For Playing‘s 10 NFL predictions. Watch out, Laurence, because at least one of those predictions has already come to fruition!
The Rap Sheet has Coach Belichick competing with comedians for laughs and Brady for cameos, while Patriots Daily has him competing for every minute of Rex Ryan’s undivided attention. Wicked Good Sports has Ryan as another in the long – and wide – line of hefty Jets coaches that stoke the fires of this rivalry. Blaug warns the NYJ HC to ready himself for the big hurt Bully Belichick will lay on him in Week Number 2.
Speaking of Number 2, Shutdown Corner says old friend Matt Cassel may find himself returning to his familiar position. And speaking of the Jets, the team that once created the position of clock manager has outdone themselves, as Awful Announcing reports. With front offices like the Jets, who needs unions?
Big Bad Blog sees a lot of national TV exposure for the B’s next season, as they could become the new America’s team. Wicked Bruins Fan reminds us that tickets for the upcoming season just went on sale this morning. Can winter be far behind?
In the second part of their offseason update, New England Sports 24/7 can’t see Phil Kessel in a B’s sweater next winter. Stanley Cup Of Chowder has Carolina picking the B’s scrap heap in signing Stefane Yelle. Cornelius Hardenbergh And The Hockey Blogging Adventure translates an interview P.J. Axelsson gave in Sweden and it doesn’t translate well for the B’s.
Caveman Strong comes out of summer vacation mode to serve up a trailer for EA Sports’ NHL 10.
That’s a wrap this week. See you back here next – and every – Thursday afternoon.
To start things off, head on over to Patriots Daily, where we’re chatting with David Wellman from StripeHype to get a look at the Bengals, and find out whether Carson Palmer has ever really been the same QB he was before his ACL surgery. We’ve also got our Worry Wart, Chris Warner, though honestly, besides the threat of injury, how worried can you get over a preseason game with the Bengals?
Christopher L. Gasper expects that we’ll see an emphasis on the running game tonight. Mark Farinella says that the Patriots will be making plenty of evaluations tonight. Andy Vogt says that tonight’s game offers some serious growth potential for some Patriots. Glen Farley looks for further experiments in defensive fronts for the Patriots.
Mike Reiss and Christopher Price each have five things to watch for tonight. Two things they both agree on are to watch the tight ends and Joey Galloway. Rapoport also has Five things, and includes Galloway in his list too. Rich Garven can only come up with four questions for tonight, and no Galloway question.
Brian MacPherson has Jerod Mayo set to step up and be a leader at linebacker for the Patriots. Shalise Manza Young has Tully Banta-Cain trying to make the most of his second chance with the Patriots. Ian R. Rapoport looks at some surprises and disappointments from camp.
Gasper’s notebook has Chris Baker with the early head start in the tight end race. Rapoport’s notebook has Jim Nance getting his due from the Patriots. Young’s Patriots journal has Carson Palmer likely to miss tonight’s game with an ankle sprain. Farley’s notebook has former Bengal Herana-Daze Jones looking to make a mark with the Patriots.
Red Sox links below
Clay Buchholz gave up just one run in six innings, and the Red Sox got three home runs on the night as they beat Roy Halladay and the Blue Jays 6-1 last night in Toronto.
Amalie Benjamin has Buchholz this time getting the better of an opposing ace. John Tomase has Buchholz taking another step towards establishing himself as a full-time member of the rotation. Joe McDonald has the future defeating the present at the Rogers Centre.
Alex Speier says that Buchholz is a different pitcher than he was a year ago. Steve Buckley says that the Red Sox need Tim Wakefield back in the rotation. Rob Bradford talks to Dustin Pedroia about the birth of his son. Joe Haggerty says that Victor Martinez has been a big addition for the Sox.
Adam Kilgore looks at the recent surge of power from David Ortiz. Buckley has Ortiz finding a comfort zone as of late. McDonald notes that Ortiz collected his 800th RBI as a Red Sox last night. McDonald has Kevin Youkilis miffed after taking another hit last night. Sarah Green says that Youkilis is baseball’s own duct tape.
Benjamin’s notebook has Terry Francona noting that playoff chases never get old. Tomase’s notebook has Jacoby Ellsbury on the cusp of breaking Tommy Harper’s Red Sox single season stolen base record. McDonald’s Red Sox journal has more on Remy’s return.
Patriots links coming.
- BSMW Network Post: Jerry Remy Returns to NESN Friday http://bit.ly/S2efV #
- BSMW Network Post: Remy Returns to the Booth on Friday http://bit.ly/14Ohut #
- RT @csnnewengland: My apologies Mr. Gasper http://cli.gs/gnGsB ("rizing star?) #
- RT @NESNcom: Jerry Remy will return to the NESN broadcast booth for Friday Red Sox-Yankees game-Details: http://bit.ly/3OuD0t #
- Ugh, I had decided F&M are a better choice than the Big Show, but then in the first minute Felger describes Beckett as "mentally weak." #
- BSMW Network Post: Wednesday Linkage http://bit.ly/kvFPu #
- BSMW Network Post: Worry Wart – Preseason Game Two vs. Cincinnati http://tinyurl.com/myfwl8 #
- Tanguay is everything I feared he would be on 98.5. I'm sticking with Dale & Holley. #
- RT @JonCouture: #RedSox Gm 118 (10-9 W) Reloaded at http://bit.ly/2kvjbS — Abbreviated, thanks to another Roy Halladay-related rant. #
- So JP Ricciardi is hitting both Boston sports radio stations today? Yeah, he's a local and all, but has a GM ever done less and talked more? #
- BSMW Network Post: Wednesday’s Viewing Picks http://ub0.cc/8R/1W #
- Lenny Clarke ruined the Bill Belichick interview on Mike&Mike in the Morning? Shocking. #
- Callahan talking about sucking it up and playing hurt on his HS fb team & comparing it with JD Drew. If he was a caller they'd hang up. #
- BSMW Network Post: Sox Survive in Toronto http://cli.gs/hmatb #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-08-18 http://bit.ly/sOOio #