Steve Bulpett was the first to report this morning that the Celtics and Paul Pierce have reach an agreement to keep the Celtics captain here in Boston. Jeff Goodman reports that it is a four-year $61 million deal.
How the two sports radio stations here in Boston handled the news was a bit interesting. Both got the news at about the same time (from Bulpett’s report) and attempted to “tease” the news just prior to going to a commercial break. WEEI went into an extended break, while 98.5 had a shorter break before reporting the news in their sports flash.
Had WEEI wanted to, they could’ve reported the news right away, (they “teased” first) but chose to attempt to keep their listeners riveted through multiple commercials. Because of that, they likely lost some listeners who (like me) switched over to see if 98.5 was going to give details.
It’s also been interesting seeing how 98.5 has impacted WEEI in other ways. In prior years, on holiday weeks, Jason Wolfe would throw combinations on the air that were, to put it kindly, horrible. Mustard and Johnson,DeOssie and Johnson, Butch Stearns and whomever, Steve Burton and whomever, even Bob Gamere one time. The last days they’ve put a very strong duo of Bob Neumeier and Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. Neumeier, interestingly, has also been filling in afternoons on 98.5 from time to time, making him one of the few with the cache and respect in town to be able to work seamlessly for both stations.
With the Sox off last night, here’s a few quick links from this morning:
Varitek to miss six weeks – Peter Abraham and Nick Cafardo report about Jason Varitek becoming the latest Red Sox injury casualty, breaking his foot Wednesday night. I first learned about this last night from Dan Roche on Twitter. The Red Sox re-acquired Kevin Cash last night to try and fill the hole.
Daniel Bard stirs echoes of young Jonathan Papelbon – John Tomase examines the similarities – and differences – between the two relievers.
Throw these names in mix – Peter Abraham has the Minor League Notebook in the Globe.
Dynamic duo in Lowell – Rich Thompson also looks at the Red Sox farm system.
At 12:01, the Celtics were free thinkers – Gary Washburn says that the Celtics first call went to Ray Allen.
Ex-PC star Gomes also in the market for new NBA team – Kevin McNamara looks at the market for the former Celtics forward.
Max sees Celts getting older – Bill Doyle has the Celtics radio analyst feeling that it’s time to rebuild the Celtics.
Desperate times – Bob Hohler has a feature on former Celtic Ray Williams falling on tough times.
Setting the record straight on Savard – Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins aren’t trying to trade Marc Savard for off-ice issues.