Mike Gorman and Rebecca Lobo To Call CT Sun Games on CSN

Comcast SportsNet announced today that they will broadcast seven games of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun this season, all in High Definition. Longtime Boston Celtics TV voice Mike Gorman will call the games alongside UConn and WNBA legend Rebecca Lobo.

Comcast SportsNet’s Sun schedule includes a matchup with the defending WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury and former UConn great Diana Taurasi on Friday, June 25. The schedule also includes Candace Parker (wife of Celtics reserve forward Sheldon Williams) and the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday, July 24 as well as former Sun star Lindsay Whalen and the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday, August 3.

Comcast SportsNet’s full high definition Sun schedule features:

  • Fri, May 21 @ Atlanta Dream – 7 pm
  • Fri, June 11 vs. Indiana Fever – 7:30 pm
  • Fri, June 25 vs. Phoenix Mercury – 7:30 pm
  • Sun, June 27 @ NY Liberty – 4 pm
  • Sat, July 24 vs. LA Sparks – 7 pm
  • Tue, August 3 @ Minnesota Lynx – 8 pm
  • Tue, August 17 vs. Tulsa Shock – 7:30 pm
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Week Log: Lightning Crashes

A mixed bag this week. The Celtics’ angel has opened their eyes and brought them the postseason they’ve been wating for, while the confusion still belongs to the Red Sox down the hall. For the Bruins . . . well, an old mother dies.

Celtics

Having unceremoniously dispensed the Cleveland Cavaliers last Thursday, the Celtics are now up two games over the Orlando Magic. North Station Sports starts things off with their belief that playoff success comes down to mental acumen, and while the C’s have mental lapses the Magic are not steel-minded enough to push through the hits they’re taking from Boston.

Celtics Life sees the return of Ubuntu and a hunger for an 18th banner after the opening win against the Magic on Sunday. Tuesday night’s Game 2 was all about Paul Pierce and CelticsBlog says no one personifies the will to win more than him. Celtics Hub points to Game 2 as evidence of why Vince Carter is not up there with Pierce among the best of the Class of 1998. If an idiot like Red’s Army could see Carter is not a clutch player, why couldn’t the Orlando Magic braintrust? LOSCY offers a graphical analysis of how Carter choked at the line. Green Street warns that the C’s cannot rely on missed free throws down the stretch again, as the fourth quarter has been prime time for the Magic in these first two games.

With tens of millions of dollars of payroll at risk and a bevy of ball boys, Celtics Green wonders why Amway Arena can’t pick up a few mops to keep the court dry. From screaming PA fools to cheer sticks to bouncing balls, And Another Thing . . . says it doesn’t get more bush than Orlando. Gino’s Jungle tests the theory that ref Bill Kennedy hates Doc Rivers and the C’s, but the conclusion after Game 2’s performance is that the whole crew was equally egregious to both teams.

Celtics Stuff Live warns the botoxed morons who fill Staples Center with chants of “We Want Boston” that the C’s would be the worst possible matchup for the Lakers. Mocking Mike Mayock lists ten reasons the C’s will win a title this year, and facing the Lakers is among them.

Red Sox

After dropping the last two in Detroit over the weekend, the Sox opened the work week with an improbable split in the Bronx after trailing, 5-0, in both games. Red Sox Monster had Monday’s game poised as one of the great wins of the season . . . until Jonathan Papelbon happened. With the Yankees victory, Subway Squawkers observed how the tables have turned, as the Pinstripers are acting more like the Idiot-era Sox and Boston like Kevin Brown-era cranks.

For Toeing The Rubber, it was almost more painful to watch the Sox win on Tuesday than lose on Monday. The Joy Of Sox recounts the last at bat on Tuesday, with Papelbon on the threshhold of another major meltdown and everything having the desperation of mid-October. Nonetheless, Michael Hurley maintains there is no such thing as a must-win in May. Fenway Pastoral suggests Papelbon may be tipping his pitches; it seems like every time he cocks his arm, he delivers a low-90s fastball with little to no movement on it. Confessions of a She-Fan finds it takes seven Yankees to screw up a ball game.

After last night’s performance against the Minnesota Twins, Boston Dirt Dogs is ready to appoint Clay Buchholz next year’s ace. ESPN Boston’s Red Sox Blog has Buchholz in command of four pitches last night.

Given Mike Lowell’s complaints over his situation on the heels of a bad Sox loss on Monday, Hit And Run With Dan Roche tells him in the same breath to get out of town and to sit tight. No wonder the poor guy doesn’t know whether he is coming or going. NESN‘s Peter Gammons counts as many as nine teams interested in Lowell, including the Florida Marlins. Hey, do you think they’d take Josh Beckett back, too? BoSox Injection welcomes back Big Papi.

Bruins

Do we really have to? Since 2004, I’ve had a phobia of seeing any Boston team gain a 3-0 series advantage because I didn’t want to be the city that let New York off the hook. Now that it’s happened, my fears seem justified. This is a suckiness beyond anything my neurotic tendencies could have imagined. Black & Gold says the B’s may not have wanted to be involved in the worst collapse in NHL history, but they didn’t want to avoid it enough either. In the face of adversity this season, Hockey Independent could always hear the echo when the B’s tapped their empty chests.

The Old Bruins Fan says that, like last year’s second-rounder against the Hurricanes, this series was lost not in Game 7 but in one much earlier. Barstool Sports wonders what made the B’s pull a Cavaliers act and just quit. Jerry Thornton says there’s a time in defeat for handling oneself with class and a calm demeanor, but the aftermath of Game 7 was not one.

Masshole Sports thinks the B’s didn’t lose this series so much as the Flyers just won it. Something’s Bruin says this should have been expected, given the B’s have reeled us in for three straight postseasons, only to throw a series away in the end. Tea Party Throwdown expected elimination much earlier this postseason, and she finds this unexpected playoff run a silver lining.

Tuesday was Break-Up Day, as GM Peter Chiarelli – in his best Duquettian straight face – noted the B’s have spent more days in the second round than all but four teams over the last two years. Stanley Cup of Chowder brings us a Chairelli / Julien tap-dancing act at Break-Up Day. Boston Then And Now has Tuesday’s performance showcasing how a loser mentality on the ice starts with the front office. Kathryn Tappen thinks piecing together a new team better keep the front office off the links this summer.

The Hub of Hockey kicks off its player-by-player final grades by going soft on defenseman Dennis Wideman. As Wideman goes, so go the B’s says Big Bad Blog, but for a good stretch of this past season, Wideman wasn’t going. Rink Rap has Tuukka Rask showing a genuine humility that is a prerequisite for hockey’s most important position. Bruins 2010 Draft Watch doesn’t see the Edmonton Oilers being swayed from Taylor Hall, so B’s fans should get ready for Tyler Seguin next season.

Odds & Sods

. . . an unstructured wandering through the Boston sports world

In the wake of the B’s epic choke (I know, you can’t get away from it!), The Crowe’s Nest offers up their top five most disappointing Boston losses, and all four major teams are covered.

Extra Points has our New England Patriots cracking Forbes‘ list of the ten most valuable sports brands globally. Bingo Bar Blog wants to see NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell slice the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints with the same badge of justice he used to cut up Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

Six States, One Blog has the Revolution getting an ideal opportunity to test three trial players in an exhibition against Portugal league champion Benfica. Corner Kicks has the Portugese squad depleted, but coming up with a victory last night before a patriotic crowd at Gillette. New England Revolution Blog has a sparse distribution of the ball hindering efforts to evaluate the trial players last night.

B’s bloggers: get out the sunscreen, get some rest, and be ready for another great run at the second round next year. We’ll pop in on you from time to time during the summer. As always, you can pop in on me on Twitter or Facebook any time.

Buchholz, Ortiz Power Sox Over Twins

Clay Buchholz gave up two runs in eight plus innings last night, and David Ortiz hit his 8th home run of the season as the Red Sox managed a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park last night. Get the complete coverage over at RedSoxLinks.com.

Sports Radio Host Has High-Tech Home – Electronic House magazine recently did an article on Glenn Ordway’s home theater setup at his Hanover home. The article has Ordway talking about why the setup is important for his job, and details the various pieces of equipment (110-inch Stewart Filmscreen with Sony VPL-VW85 1080p projector, 7-inch Control4 tablet controller, 7.1 Klipsch speaker system, etc).

10 reasons not to give up on the Red Sox – The Red Sox may be 8.5 games out of first in the AL East, and 4.5 games out of the Wild Card (and it’s not even June yet), Bill Burt says we shouldn’t give up on them just yet.

Buchholz is a fixture, not a chip – Alex Speier explains why we should expect to see Buchholz here in Boston for a while.

Handy Bill Hall answers the call for Red Sox at shortstop – Ron Chimelis has Bill Hall filling in at shortstop last night.

Papi powering up and settling down – Maureen Mullen looks at David Ortiz getting back into “Big Papi” form.

Schoeneweis released by Red Sox – Joe Haggerty’s notebook wraps up some other items.

Trash talk on Twitter may not be the Truth – Chad Finn looks into the Paul Pierce Twitter hack a little more.

Improved Celtics may be better than ’08 – Steve Bulpett is slowly coming to this conclusion.

Celtics taking a different route in playoffs this season – Jim Fenton looks at how the Celtics have done things the total opposite of 2008.

Rested Development for the C’s –  A. Sherrod Blakely looks at how four days of rest will impact the Celtics, and has a couple of other items from the series.

All the numbers favor Celtics after historic road sweep – Bill Doyle looks at how things are stacked in favor of the Celtics right now.

Trade Thomas? Not so fast – Graig Woodburn isn’t so sure that trading Tim Thomas is the right move for the Bruins this offseason.

Patriots Focused on Adding Quality Character Guys During 2010 Offseason – Jeff Howe with a look at what has been the Patriots aim this offseason in player additions.

On the downside, isn’t Gerry Callahan’s column today a bit too late? David Ortiz is hitting again, and Lowell, as Chad Finn points out, made a “passive/aggressive statement in which he says he might consider asking for his release — coming a day after an absolutely devastating loss in which the club really doesn’t need petty distractions” – Callahan continued to hold of Lowell as the good soldier and leader on this show this morning, but Lowell’s words the other day seem to go against that characterization. I like Lowell a lot, and would like to see him in there against some of the tougher lefties, but Callahan’s defense of Lowell seems a bit late. If it had been written two weeks ago, it would’ve carried much more weight.

I haven’t been a fan of the ESPN/ABC team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson, mostly because of their tendancy to wander off-topic, or to spend an entire game focused on LeBron James or Kobe Bryant. I have to say that in this series, with no Kobe or LeBron to fawn over, they’ve been very good. You would never know that Van Gundy’s brother is coaching one of the teams, and they’ve been both critical and supportive of officials calls when warranted.

Celtics Go Up 2-0, Sox Hang On This Time

It was an eventful night for Paul Pierce, who scored 28 points in the Celtics 95-92 game two victory over the Magic, and also had his @paulpierce34 twitter account hacked.

Get all the Celtics stories this morning over at CelticsLinks.com.

Road warriors – Paul Flannery has a look at the unfazed Celtics pulling out a fourth straight playoff win on the road and fifth straight overall.

Pierce’s old school newly appreciated – A very good column from Bob Ryan on Paul Pierce, and how his game, which sometimes seems like it came from the 1950’s, is really as complete a scoring repertoire as there is in the league.

Garnett took his best shots on defense – Julian Benbow’s notebook in the Globe is the best of the bunch.

Celtics’ hockey style a hit – Steve Bulpett says that if the Bruins played hockey as well as the Celtics did last night, they’d still be playing.

After up-and-down season, Davis finds his niche – Robert Lee has Glen Davis once again playing a huge role for the Celtics in the postseason.

Ten Thoughts from Game 2: A cure for Vinsanity – Kirk Minihane offers up ten items from last night.

Red Sox

It was downright nauseating hearing and seeing Glenn Ordway and Dan Shaughnessy on WEEI and NESN respectively be downright giddy yesterday over the supposed clubhouse issues with the Red Sox and Mike Lowell’s unhappiness with his role. Shaughnessy could barely contain a full grin as he talked during the Red Sox rain delay last night about all the unhappy veterans in the Red Sox clubhouse. It must’ve brought back memories of the gravy days for Dan…

The Red Sox once again appeared dead in the water last night in New York, trailing 5-0 in the sixth and 5-1 in the eight, Boston made spirited comeback for the second straight night, handing Jonathan Papelbon a two run lead at 7-5 in the bottom of the ninth. Papelbon gave up a run, but managed to hang on and get the save for the Red Sox in the 7-6 win at Yankee stadium. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com and NYYankeesLinks.com.

Sox Rally After Trying Day – Jeff Jacobs has the Red Sox getting a big win during very fragile times for the club.

From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs – Sean McAdam has the Red Sox picking up an “empowering” win.

How Should Managers Deal With Media Regarding Controversy? – Evan Brunell touches on a topic appropriate of this page.

Lowell voices displeasure about his role – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook gives you the details comments without turning them into the apocolypse.

Red Sox bats take offense – Michael Silverman has the offense coming through when the pitching and defense didn’t.  

Misc

Changes are coming for a needy Bruins team – Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins will be a different team next season, and goes through who might be leaving this offseason.

Locking up Dennis Seidenberg an offseason priority – Steve Conroy says that the Bruins really would like the bring the defenseman back this fall.

Bruins missing right mix – Rich Garven also examines possible changes this offseason.

Tyrone McKenzie’s Battle Scars to Serve Him Well in Foxboro – Jeff Howe has the second-year linebacker looking forward to fighting Brandon Spikes for a starting role. Mike Reiss sees a little Ted Johnson in McKenzie.

Springs released by Patriots – Tom E Curran examines the release of the veteran CB, recalling an incident during the season when Springs joked with Adalius Thomas, seemingly about being late for practice and getting sent home.

I disagree with Kevin Paul Dupont’s assertion this morning that Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien needed to apologize to the fan base yesterday. What good would it do? The only way to make amendsis to make the team better and advance further next season. It’s fair to say it’s a huge offseason coming up for Chiarelli.

Papelbon Gives It Up To The Yankees

On the cusp of their best win of the season – coming back from a 5-0 deficit in Yankee Stadium against Phil Hughes, and coming back again from 7-6 down – the Red Sox entered the bottom of the ninth inning up 9-7 with Jonathan Papelbon on to close things out.

Two two-run home runs later (by Alex Rodriguez and Marcus Thames) the Red Sox were saddled with an 11-9 loss, perhaps their worst of a horrid season thus far. Papelbon threw 19 pitches in the inning, and they were all fastballs.

If you want all the coverage you can head to RedSoxLinks.com. If you’re a masochist (or a Yankees fan) you can go to NYYankeesLinks.com and see what they’re saying down there.

Sox hit low point of a disappointing season – Sean McAdam says that this one stung.

His fight with Father Time leaves scars – Howard Bryant with a must-read feature on David Ortiz’s ongoing struggle with baseball mortality, and how the Red Sox and MLB Players Association supported him last season.

Problem starts with Josh Beckett – Michael Silverman claims that the Red Sox woes this season can be traced to Beckett and his 7.46 ERA.

Red Sox failure to pitch in getting tired – Jon Couture says that the entire starting rotation is to blame.

Lowell’s ‘frustration’ continues to mount – Rob Bradford gets Mike Lowell to talk about his frustrations with his part-time role. (Is it wrong to point out here that Bradford wrote a book with Lowell?)

Celtics

The Celtics will look to go up 2-0 in their series with the Magic with a game tonight in Orlando. (ESPN, 8:30 PM) CelticsLinks.com has all the coverage heading into tonight.

 Celtics’ Defense In Good Hands With New Britain’s Thibodeau – via the Orlando Sentinel, the Hartford Courant has a piece on the Celtics “defensive coordinator.”

What to watch for in Tuesday’s Game 2 – Paul Flannery looks at what we can expect tonight.

Defensive rotation comes full circle – Julien Benbow has the Celtics finally coming together as a unit in the playoffs, despite still having individual disagreements.

Slight improvement – Frank Dell’Apa’s notebook has Kevin Garnett talking about the improvement in his team.

Bruins

These Bruins have that old familiar feel – Michael Felger goes after Jeremy Jacobs as the reason for the Bruins never getting over the hump.

Sifting through the rubble – Fluto Shinzawa ends his analysis of the Bruins with the following statement: “When you’re lacking in character, you give up 3-0 series leads and 3-0 Game 7 advantages.”  I wonder if he’ll be able to expand on that in the following days. Sounds an awful lot like the media reports coming out of Gillette following the Patriots loss to the Ravens in the playoffs.

Bruins’ Playoff Report Card – Stephen Harris hands out the postseason grades.

Bruins should keep Julien – Mike Loftus says that firing the coach isn’t the answer.

Patriots

Biggest questions still facing the Patriots – Christopher Price has some things that still need to be settled with this Patriots team.

Familiarity With College Coaches Helps Bill Belichick Mine Proper Talent for Patriots – Jeff Howe looks at how many players that the Patriots have drafted over the years that come from programs where the coach has ties to Bill Belichick.

McKenzie and top Pats competitions – Mike Reiss looks at areas of competition on the Patriots roster.

On the downside this morning…well, you could pretty much predict Shaughnessy today. Right in his wheelhouse. A BSMW messageboard poster described the column thusly: “Towering laziness. Self-pitying (pre-2002/2004) New England sports fan-centric. Bruin collapse cross-references. Not a scintilla of any original reportage. My God, people, Ray Fitz’s space in The Globe is being taken by this utter fraud? The horror.”

Game 7 Garners 13.2 Rating on NESN

Friday night’s game was a disaster for everyone in Boston except for NESN, it would seem.

NESN garnered a 13.2 household rating in the Boston DMA for Friday night’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Philadelphia Flyers. The program was the #1 rated show in the Boston DMA and the second highest Bruins game rating in NESN’s 26 year history covering the team behind only last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 7 (14.2).

NESN’s Game 7 coverage also earned the honor of being the top rated program in the Boston DMA in every measurable demographic category including Men 18-34 (14.1), Men 25-54 (12.6), Adults 18-49 (10.4), and Women 25-54 (7.1).

Celtics Hold Off Magic in Game One

So before I went on vacation, the Bruins had just taken a commanding 3-0 series lead and appeared headed to the conference finals, and the Celtics were tied with the heavily favored (see below) Cavaliers 1-1 in their second round series. 

Did I miss anything? 

Whoops. I’m rather glad I was at the “happiest place on Earth” Friday night instead of front of the television for that Bruins debacle. 

To try and make things up to you following my absence, I’ve got full links today: 

Celtics

The Celtics took a game one victory from the Magic with a 92-88 win down in Orlando. This game wasn’t really as close as the final score indicates, as the Celtics controlled this one throughout. 

Julian Benbow has the Celtics defense strangling Dwight Howard and the Magic right from the start. Mark Murphy has the Celtics defense, not Orlando’s rust from their extended time off, the key factor in the game one Boston win. Robert Lee has the Magic coming up short against their first worthy adversary in six weeks. Peter F. Stringer has the Celtics taking a tag team approach to this one. A. Sherrod Blakely  has the Celtics making the Orlando home court edge disappear with their win. 

Bob Ryan says that first-half defense allowed the Celtics to build a lead that was too much for the Magic to overcome. Paul Flannery has some thoughts on the Celtics slowly morphing from a team of old broken-down has-beens into a team of rugged junkyard dogs. 

Steve Bulpett has Paul Pierce finding his offensive flow after being freed of his mutually abusive relationship with LeBron James in the previous series.  Frank Dell’Apa has Pierce (22 points) making the most of his eight field goal attempts. By contrast, Vince Carter needed 18 shots to score 23 points. Marc D’Amico has Pierce getting three foul shots after being hit and tossing up a shot while behind the three-point-line as the play of the game. 

Gary Washburn has Rasheed Wallace worthy of his postgame Bud Light for his performance yesterday against Dwight Howard. A. Sherrod Blakely says that the playoffs are here, and the Rasheed Wallace that the Celtics hoped they were getting when they signed him has finally showed up. Kirk Minihane cranks out 10 thoughts following this one. Chris Forsberg has his initial thoughts from the Celtics victory. 

Michael Vega has Howard knocked out of his rhythm by the Celtics rotation of Kendrick Perkins, Glen Davis and Wallace. Zach McCann has the Magic learning that they’re not going to be able to steamroll through this series like they did the first two rounds. Evans Clinchy says that this game might be a wake-up call for the Magic. Bulpett has the Celtics Tag-team wrestling technique of defending Howard working very well yesterday. 

Gary Dzen has Ray Allen (a game high 25 points) showing flashes of his youth in the game one victory. Ron Borges has Allen’s resolve pointing the way for the Celtics yesterday, and pointing the way towards the guard’s future this summer. 

Benbow’s notebook has Rajon Rondo getting the job done without gaudy statistics. Murphy’s notebook has Kevin Garnett earning praise for his defense on Rashard Lewis (6 points). Lee’s Celtics journal has more on Perkins defense on Howard. Forsberg’s Postgame notes has Pierce picking his spots yesterday. 

Red Sox

John Lackey gave up five earned runs in the first four innings and the Red Sox bats were silenced by spot starter Armando Galarraga in a 5-1 Detroit Tigers victory over Boston. 

Peter Abraham says that the Red Sox played like a team still recovering from their 12-inning loss the night before. John Tomase has the recap in the Herald. Daniel Barbarisi says that Lackey gave them the innings yesterday, but not the results. Richard L. Shook has the Boston bats taking the day off. 

Alex Speier says that the Red Sox run prevention blueprint is failing in startling fashion thus far. Michael Silverman has the Red Sox stumbling in mediocrity sitting at 19-19.  Nick Cafardo says that the Red Sox players and executives are 10 times more frustrated than the fans about how this season is going. 10 times! 

Silverman says that the results have been poor for John Lackey, but the effort is there. Tony Lee has the Red Sox heading for the next stage of their gauntlet in New York. Ian Browne says that starting pitching has got to come through for the Red Sox in New York. 

Abraham’s notebook kindly reminds us that the Yankees have dominated the Red Sox as of late. Tomase’s notebook has Mike Lowell clear that he isn’t demanding a trade, but that he wants to play regularly – even if that is somewhere else. The ProJo’s Red Sox journal has the Red Sox inconsistent play continuing to haunt them. 

Bruins

Steve Conroy says that the Bruins must resist the urge to “blow it up” following their historic collapse against the Flyers. Mike Loftus says that looking back at the season, the end result really isn’t all that shocking. Dan Rowinski looks back at the season in detail. Joe Haggerty says that Marc Savard needs to own up to his game seven mistake. 

Patriots

Glen Farley and Peter Martin have Shawn Crable hoping to finally get on the field for the Patriots this season. Jeff Howe has a collection of unsual factoids about Patriots rookie punter Zoltan Mesko. Mike Reiss has all the rookies back in town today. 

Ken Powers (yup, Ken Powers) has Bob Lobel learning to walk all over again following a diagnosis of spinal stenosis. 

And finally, just because I really enjoy these: 

ESPN's NBA Experts Predictions for Celtics/Cavs