WEEI Producer Suspended for Vulgar Texts To Rival 98.5 FM

Jessica Heslam has the story in the Herald this morning. (Also noted in Ken Fang’s Megalinks in the post below this one.)

The simmering feud between the city’s two sports radio powerhouses boiled over yesterday when a WEEI producer got slapped with a one-week suspension for texting “vulgar” messages to upstart rival the Sports Hub.

Andy Massaua, who works for Glenn Ordway’s “The Big Show,” was suspended yesterday and has been banned from texting anyone at WBZ-FM (98.5).

I thought 98.5 wasn’t even on WEEI’s radar?

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Another Set of Friday Night Megalinks

I’m watching curling as we get ready to close the Olympics and get back to watching college basketball and prepare for baseball. To be honest, I never thought I would enjoy curling, but I’ve really gotten into the sport this year. Plus, it’s been on at some convenient times to watch so I’ll NBC some credit for scheduling curling live.

In the meantime, let’s provide you with some media linkage. As usual, you have your Weekend Viewing Picks which include college basketball viewing picks, Olympics viewing and English Premier League games.

To the links.

National

The Sports Business Daily/Sports Business Journal Winter Olympics site notes that NBC beat Fox’s American Idol for the second time on Thursday.

Eric Fisher of the SBD/SBJ says NBCOlympics.com and Yahoo! Sports are both claiming victory for online visitors.

The Nielsen ratings Wire blog says gold medal winners are not only on top of the podium, but also in online searches in both the US and Canada.

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand and Michael McCarthy debate the validity of having NHL players in the Olympics.

Writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Dave Kindred says he likes covering the Olympics for the education factor. 

Etan Vlessing of Hollywood Reporter writes that the Olympic ratings in Canada have been wiping out the competition.

Glen Dickson of Broadcasting & Cable says ESPN will use its Wide World of Sports complex in Florida as its testing lab for 3-D television.

Katy Bachman from Mediaweek says Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl isn’t a fan of NBC’s online Olympics strategy.

Toni Fitzgerald in Media Life Magazine writes that the Olympics lost some momentum on NBC on Wednesday.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Tiger Woods’ camp acknowledges the arranging of the now-famous photo of the golfer jogging just days before his apology last week.

In other Tiger news, Darren broke the story that Gatorade is the third sponsor to drop him.

Darren has a slideshow of the 25 Most Marketable Winter Olympians from Vancouver.

And Darren notes that the Olympic men’s hockey gold medal game is the hottest ticket in Canada right now.

The Big Lead reports that the sports editor of the New York Daily News is leaving for a huge gig with ESPN.

The Sports Media Watch has a good interview with ESPN Dictator George Bodenheimer about the migration of sports from ABC to the Mothership.

SMW also has an interview with ESPN Vice President of Communications Mike Soltys about the Tony Kornheiser suspension.

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that the USA-Switzerland Olympic men’s hockey quarterfinal drew almost 6 million viewers on Wednesday afternoon.

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports’ Puck Daddy says MSNBC got punked by a fake USA goalie Ryan Miller.

Sports Radio Interviews links you to a talk that Atlanta radio station, 790 The Zone conducted with ESPN’s Linda Cohn regarding Tony Kornheiser and Erin Andrews.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Jessica Heslam of the Boston Herald reports that a WEEI producer has been suspended for sending vulgar text messages to rival sports station, WBZ-FM.

Chad Finn from the Boston Globe talks with NBC’s Al Michaels about his Miracle On Ice call.

The Worcester Telegram’s Bill Doyle writes about the new HBO documentary on Magic Johnson and Larry Bird that premieres next week.

The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir says ESPN will take a different approach with the Olympics if it wins the rights for the 2014/2016 Games.

Lynn Zinser of the Times notes that NBC identified the wrong man as Joannie Rochette’s father during her short program during the ladies’ figure skating competition.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News feels the media has helped to make Alex Rodriguez a sympathetic figure. Another stretch by the old, tired media critic.

Phil Mushnick in the New Yok Post waxes poetic on NBC’s Mike Emrick.

Dave Hughes of DCRTV.com writes in the Baltimore-centric Press Box that Joe Angel returns this season to become the main radio voice of the Orioles.

Jim Williams in the Washington Examiner speaks with an NBC Sports official about the increase in traffic for NBCOlympics.com.

Jim also speaks with NBC figure skating analyst Dick Button.

Tim Lemke tries to understand the complicated figure skating scoring system.

South

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says South Florida is at the bottom of the Olympic TV ratings.

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel wishes ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike a happy 10th anniversary on the air.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News has the radio ratings for January in the Metroplex.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle profiles a Texan who’s helping to produce the in-house radio feed at the Vancouver Olympics.

David says the Astros will have a record amount of games on Fox Sports Houston.

Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman has comments from NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock.

Midwest

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press says a local TV station is using its news anchors to do the late sports reports.

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Fox Sports Ohio will air 145 Reds games this season. 

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has some observations on NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says in just one day, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen became a Twitter sensation.

Jim O’Donnell of the Chicago Sun-Times feels the NHL has to do something to capitalize on the popularity of Olympic hockey on the networks of NBC.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at the Gateway City’s sports radio ratings.

Dan says the newest sports radio station in town has made a significant impact in just one short year. 

West

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News says despite the tape delays, the Olympic TV ratings in Salt Lake City have been among the highest in the nation.

The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jay Posner finally joins the chorus of Americans complaining about NBC’s tape delayed Olympics coverage.

John Maffei of the North County Times feels NBC made some bad decisions when it came to Olympic hockey.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star says the hardly-seen Universal Sports carved out a good niche for itself during the Olympics.

Jim has some various news and notes.

Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times says the Anaheim Angels have yet to name a replacement for TV play-by-play man Rory Markas who died during the offseason.

Diane Pucin of the Times looks at how people are discussing sports on Twitter and other social networks.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has the 2010 Dodgers TV schedule.

Tom says you can buy a new 3D TV at Sears.

Tom notes that the locally-based Universal Sports is churning out Olympics-centric programming.

Tom has his weekly news and notes.

Tom reviews the week in Olympics TV.

Canada

Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star says Canada’s athletes are producing compelling TV during the Olympics.

Chris is amazed at the ratings for the Olympics on CTV.

William Houston in Truth & Rumours has CBC’s Don Cherry predicting gold for Canada.

That’s going to conclude our links for Friday.

Celtics Fade Badly Once Again

A power outage and a few other obstacles had me running behind this morning, but here’s the top stories from this morning. There was more quality then usual this morning, so there are 15 links, plus two bonus ones:

After 30 years, Michaels still believes – Chad Finn has Al Michaels recalling his broadcast of the 1980 U.S. Hockey win over the Soviet Union. Finn also says that the Boston media is making more out of Mike Milbury’s “Eurotrash” comment than the Vancouver media is. Big surprise there.

Documentary offers new view of Bird – Bill Doyle takes a peek at the new HBO Magic/Bird Documentary.

Cavs run away from Celtics in second half – Julian Benbow has the Celtics once again falling short down the stretch.

Where adjustments happen – Paul Flannery says that the Cavs made second-half adjustments last night, while the Celtics didn’t.

Celtics follow path of least resistance to defeat – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics simply backed down and stopped being aggressive.

Rondo inching toward the elite – Sherrod Blakely’s notebook has LeBron James talking about how far Rajon Rondo has come in his career.

To Powe, there was no question about it – Benbow’s notebook says that the former Celtics had last night circle on his calendar for while.

Matt Cassel, Logan Mankins Highlight Patriots’ Brilliant 2005 Draft Class – Jeff Howe approves of the 2005 draft.

Scott Pioli tuned in – Karen Guregian has the former Patriots VP of Player Personnel talking about his club, and his old club.

Alabama product may fit TE-happy Patriots – Ian Rapoport has prospect Colin Peek saying that he’ll “translate seamlessly into Bill Belichick’s system.”

Mike Cameron used to center stage – Gordon Edes says that replacing Jacoby Ellsbury in centerfield is nothing for the man who once replaced Ken Griffey Jr at the same position.

Sox tell pitchers: ‘If it hurts, tell us’ – Daniel Barbarisi has the Red Sox hoping their pitchers won’t hesitate to tell them when something is wrong.

Fabled Fenway moves south – ESPNBoston with a quick look at the plans for the Red Sox new spring training facility scheduled to open in 2012.

Sox counting on thievery – The Red Sox place a great value on not making outs, Peter Abraham looks at how they allow Jacoby Ellsbury to run despite their own leanings against the stolen base.

Victor Martinez: Stats dish out truth – John Tomase has the Red Sox catcher feeling that he doesn’t have to prove himself behind the plate.

Bonus Links:

Over on Patriots Daily, Chris Warner has a  Q&A With Rutgers OL Kevin Haslam.

Also check out my Metro column from earlier in the week – Is perception reality for the 2010 Sox?.

WEEI’s Big Show had one of their better programs yesterday, and it was because they actually had a couple of guests. Harry Sinden was one guest (as noted by commenter mandb97) and the other was Tom E. Curran calling from the combine in Indy.

Curran expanded on his post from Wednesday dispelling the notion that the Patriots are cheap, and warning about the comments from former players like Asante Samuel. He noted that Samuel and others complain about how the Patriots move on from players that have done so much for them. Curran observed that  in the last two offseasons, the Eagles have said goodbye to franchise stalwarts Brian Dawkins and Brian Westbrook, yet you’re not going to hear a peep from Samuel, because he got his money – money which may well have contributed to the Eagles having to release those two players who had done so much for the franchise over the past decade.

 So what was the deal with 98.5 this morning talking about evening host Damon Amendolara receiving incessant texts from a producer at a rival station? It was strongly hinted that the station was WEEI and the show was the Big Show.

Interesting note from Mike Reiss this morning about the media contingent covering the Patriots at the combine out in Indy. He notes that while most teams have one or two reporters covering them, the Patriots have at least 12 reporters from various outlets covering their every move. He links to a piece in the Kansas City Star where a reporter noted how popular Scott Pioli was yesterday among the Boston media group, and that Pioli seemed slightly irritated at all the negative talk aimed at the Patriots supposed decline.

Scott Lauber To Join Boston Herald

Haven’t gotten official confirmation on this, It’s official. Scott Glauber will be joining the Boston Herald to cover the Red Sox sometime in the middle of March.

Ian Rapoport of the Herald posted this on Twitter earlier this afternoon:

Congratulations to @ScottLauber, who has joined the Boston Herald’s Red Sox reporting crew. Welcome to the party…

Scott Lauber currently covers the Philadelphia Phillies for The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware.

The quick bio on The News Journal website reads as follows:

Scott Lauber is starting his fifth season on the Phillies beat for The News Journal. A native of New Jersey and a graduate of Boston University, he previously wrote for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor and the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y., where he covered Jose Reyes, Jason Bay and David Wright when they were minor leaguers in the New York Mets’ farm system. He also co-authored a book, “Phillies Confidential: The Untold Inside Story of the 2008 Championship Season,” with former Phillies outfielder Gary Matthews.

As a Boston University senior in 1997-98, Lauber covered high school and college sports for the Herald.

Update: Michael Silverman has also welcomed Lauber:

Big welcome/follow to @ScottLauber, who will be joining Herald’s baseball staff soon. Smart guy, already changed his Twitter avatar

Week Log: Of Public ‘Thanks’ And Public ‘Sorry’s

Driven by an intense Olympics spirit, we headed north last weekend for some skiing on the final days of school vacation. For my seven year-old, it was his fifth outing – all with me, all in the last 12 months – and, although I was initially cool to the realization, there was no more denying that the child had now become father to the man. I could no longer keep up with him and worse, I had to rely on others further down the slope to look out for his welfare until I got down. Gotta let him fly and take comfort in gold medalists Sean White and Maine’s own Seth Wescott, who thanked their familes for their success. As Snow Zone observes, nothing is better than having them say, “Thanks, Dad, for teaching me how to ski!”

Winter Olympics

More from the slopes, where Bode Miller says the energy he felt on a crazy Sunday are what the Olympics are all about, as he hammered the downhill and absolutely charged it in the slaloms en route to a cool gold in the men’s super-combined. In the women’s giant slaloms, Fourth Place Medal has Lindsey Vonn’s wipeout ruining things . . . for Julia Mancuso and the two skiers’ already frosty relationship. Jessica Isner has Vonn acknowledging she probably peed off Mancuso.

In the rink, Blog Of Ice says even the empty-net goal sealing Team USA’s 5-3 win over Canada on Sunday was great. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman didn’t seem to enjoy things, but don’t buy his Debbie Downer act as Joe Haggerty theorizes he’s positioning future Olympics participation as a League concession in the next CBA. The win, of course, was inspired by Josh Sacco’s Herb Brooks speech, but Bingo Bar Blog suspects the five year-old may be half of a father-son ventriloquist act. Postcards From Vancouver has a raucous Canadian crowd extracting revenge against the U.S. in curling.

In the men’s medal round, both Teams USA and Canada drew a step closer to a gold showdown yesterday. Olympic Hockey Blog has Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller complicating the task for Team USA, while Out Of Bounds has the Swiss getting even in a cheese fondue pong match. Puck Daddy calls out our beloved Mike Milbury as an American Don Cherry after he Eurotrashes Team Russia in the wake of their 7-3 drubbing by Canada, who will now take Zdeno Chara & Co. Rink Rap has the beat-up B’s defenseman turning the corner after Slovakia’s win over Sweden last night. BlogsNH disses the Canadian propensity for falling all over themselves, but will still be very disappointed if Team Canada does not take hockey gold. If they don’t, they could always mint themselves a platinum, as The Dish Rag has Evgeni Plushenko doing after losing to Evan Lysacek in men’s figre skating. And it was another New Englander medaling yeasterday, as Olympics Blog has Connecticut’s Erin Pak getting bronze in women’s bobsled.

Are you a Peacock Puppet? You may be, suggests The Sporting Blog, as NBC has been using us like lab rats to help generate evening viewership.

Celtics

Make it four wins in five post All-Star games for the C’s. Celtics Stuff Live sees the remaining games as a fork in the road, and they’ve extensively analyzed the harder path.

It was Defenseless in Denver on Sunday, as Celtics Central observes that top teams feel confident in beating Boston even when the C’s play well over stretches. ESPN Boston Celtics Blog has the D finally showing up late in Tuesday night’s Knicks game. Celtic Dynasty doesn’t care about the defensive no-show on Tuesday, because a win is a win.

CelticsBlog found it bittersweet watching new Knick Bill Walker skying for his first dunk against the C’s. Tuesday’s game was also the Big Three’s first at TD Garden since the trade deadline, and Green Street has Ray Allen taking the court as nonchalantly as he left it before the deadline. North Station Sports did not expect the Big Three to return intact after their last performance at TD before the All-Star break. Evans Clinchy has Allen taking his game to another level since the deadline passed.

And ProBasketballTalk has Brian Scalabrine paying up after losing his bet with 98.5 The Sports Hub‘s Toucher & Rich.

Red Sox

ESPN Boston Red Sox Blog has less practical joking and more hands-on for John Lackey this spring.

One If By Land laments Boof Bonser’s plight in a bullpen where long relievers are persona non grata. Clearing The Bases braced for an onslaught after suggesting Clay Buchholz would be bullpen-bound, but it never came. Fenway Nation calls Daisuke Matsuzaka the linchpin to Theo’s pitching-and-defense mantra.

Utility Lou has Victor Martinez seeing himself first and foremost as a catcher, which makes his free agency value considerably higher than his runners-caught-stealing percentages. The good news is that, as long as Victor is in Boston, he won’t have to worry about the base-stealing of Jacoby Ellsbury, whom Nuggetpalooza cites as the second-biggest kleptomaniac in the AL last year. Boston Dirt Dogs has David Ortiz in search of some protection. Hang in there Papi, because HardballTalk has Adrian Gonzalez not about to give the Padres any hometown discounts. In the meantime, Michael Hurley has Dustin Pedroia willing to pitch in.

Boston Sports Then & Now looks back on baseball’s last triple crown season.

Odds & Sods

. . . an unstructured wandering through the Boston sports world.

Hey, they’re held for hockey, rowing, and even cycling, so Thoughts From Press Row asks, why not a Beanpot for men’s basketball?

Wth six straight starts before the Olympic break, ESPN Boston Bruins Blog says Tuukka Rask’s time is at hand.

Given the damage that a hockey rink has caused to re-sodding efforts, CSNNE’s Boston Red Sox says the jury is still out on the future of pucks at Fenway Park.

In the aftermath of the infamous Tiger Woods presser, Jerry Thornton tells baseball to move over because public apologies are the new National Pastime. Not even MMA is immune to the fad, as old friend Josh Nason from the now defunct Small White Ball brings us Frank Mir’s sincerest act on MMA Madness.

Masshole Sports finds it mind-blowing that #21 is officially being unofficially retired on Yawkey Way, while Blaug offers the Kraft family 30 reasons why Mosi Tatupu’s #30 should be retired. Rest in peace, Mosi.

In another public apology, we took a week off from B’s blogs as – well, they’re not playing and there’s not much on the trade front. The action should pick up again next week, which is when we’ll next talk. In the meantime, I’m available on Twitter and on Facebook.

Mosi Remembered, Cavs in Town

The passing of former Patriots fullback Mosi Tatupu touched many people yesterday, and that is reflected in the selected links below.

Beloved Mosi Tatupu left indelible imprint – Today is Ron Borges at his best, paying tribute to a player from another generation.

Tatupu earned a special place in hearts of Patriots fans – Jim Donaldson also has a fine tribute to Tatupu.

Passing of Mosi Tatupu a chance to catch up with retired Patriots reporter Carlo Imelio – Scott Cohen talks to the former “dean” of pro football writers in New England about the passing of Tatupu.

Tatupu connected with fans, teammates – Mike Reiss talks to another legendary Patriots writer, Ron Hobson, formerly of the Quincy Patriot Ledger about his memories of the fullback.

Pats’ philosophy: Spread the wealth – Tom E. Curran dispels the notion that the Patriots are “Cheap” and “don’t pay” their players.

Cavs pose threat to Celtics – Jim Fenton notes that much has changed since the Celtics opening night win over the Cavs.

Kendrick Perkins has big task – Mark Murphy has the Celtics center getting ready to face Shaq tonight.

Pestered by flu bug – Frank Dell’Apa’s notebook has Marquis Daniels and Paul Pierce questionable for tonight.

With Sox’ success comes higher expectations – Daniel Barbarisi has John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino talking about the success they’ve had since taking over the Red Sox.

Shoulder got to be a grind – Amalie Benjamin has J.D. Drew talking about his offseason shoulder surgery, and how the injury impacted him at the end of last season. (And as BSMW reader Kevin pointed out, Congrats to Benjamin for writing the first “J.D. Drew is going to be REALLY healthy this year” column of the spring.)

Also check out Chris Warner’s Q&A With Utah DE Koa Misi over on Patriots Daily.

The Seahawks franchise their kicker? Why do all these teams violate the spirit of the franchise tag so egregiously?

I heard a sports radio host yesterday declare that he was “very very disappointed” in the David Patten signing by the Patriots. He called it a “real reach” for the team.

Does this person really think that Patten is being counted on to be a major contributor next season? I wouldn’t be shocked if he doesn’t even make the team. He’s here to participate in offseason workouts, mentor young receivers like Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate and Isaiah Stanback. He gets the benefit of the NFL facilities, and can go to camp with the team. If he doesn’t make the team, he’ll at least likely play in the preseason and get his name out there as perhaps a guy who can still play.

The Patriots will still be looking to upgrade the receiver position this offseason, either by free agency, draft or trade.

Celtics Beat Knicks, Mosi Passes Away

The Celtics managed to stave off a retooled New York Knicks club which just wouldn’t go away last night, 110-106 at the TD Garden.

Former Patriots Fullback Mosi Tatupu has reportedly passed away at the age of 54.

Here’s rest of the top links from this morning:

Celtics sweat out ‘sure’ win against Knicks – Robert Lee in the Projo gets game story duty this morning.

Marquis Daniels walks softly – The Celtics swingman started in place of Paul Pierce and scored 14 points without having a play called for him. Steve Bulpett looks at the contributions of the low-key (on the court) Daniels.

Being Nate: Knicks offer insight into newest Celtic – Jessica Camerato talks to Al Harrington, Wilson Chandler and Chris Duhon about what their former teammate Nate Robinson can bring to the Celtics.

Rondo/Robinson show promise for the future – A. Sherrod Blakely’s notebook looks at the combination of small, speedy guards which debuted for the Celtics last night, and a number of other topics.

Stephen Gostkowski One of Few Bright Spots From Patriots’ 2006 Draft – Jeff Howe notes that when a kicker is your best pick in a particular draft, that’s not a good sign.

Mailbag: Who’s on Patriots’ radar? – Mike Reiss deals with another mailbag of restless Patriots fans.

The NFL combine: The joke that’s no longer funny – WEEI.com guest columnist – former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham – tells us why the NFL Combine, which starts today in Indianapolis, is a joke.

Red Sox unlikely to be able to trade Lowell – Sean McAdam’s story here was quoted on sports flashes all afternoon yesterday, with the announcers saying that Lowell would be part of the Red Sox 25-man roster when camp break because the Red Sox aren’t going to be able to trade him. While that might be the situation right now, couldn’t it change at any time? What if another team loses their third baseman tomorrow? Couldn’t things change now? (Something Alex Speier points out this morning.) There’s a long ways to go before opening day, so while the report is accurate today, I think it’s hard to conclusively report that Lowell will be on the 25-man roster on opening day, as those flash guys and announcers were stating as fact. McAdam himself says “in all probability” which is a better way to state the situation.

For first time, Scutaro comes to camp as starting SS – Daniel Barbarisi looks at the last man signed by Theo Epstein to hold down the shortstop position for the Red Sox.

Time running out for Lowell, Wakefield, Ortiz – Mike Fine looks at three Red Sox veterans facing baseball mortality.

A few other thoughts/items this morning:

  • Just wondering…where’s all the outrage and sanctimonious outcry over the Steelers violating the spirit of the rules by using their transition tag on a kicker? It was meant for quarterbacks!
  • This is awkward. That’s how Dan Shaughnessy’s column this morning. on Mike Lowell’s situation with the Red Sox begins. It’s a fitting phrase to open the column, as Dan, who complained on Sunday for the second straight year that there was no controversy in Red Sox spring training, tries hard to create one.
  • At the NFL Combine, which starts today, you’re going to hear the name Jacoby Ford a lot. There is talk that the former Clemson track star and wide receiver will break speed records. Check out his Patriots Daily interview with Chris Warner. Also at the combine will be former TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes, who also was interviewed on PD.
  • Joe McDonald, who has covered the Red Sox for the Providence Journal, has been hired by ESPNBoston.com to cover the Red Sox and Bruins.