“Jets Week” Kicks Into High Gear

Things are heating up for this Sunday’s showdown between the Offseason Champion New York Jets and your on-the-decline New England Patriots.

Yesterday was media day with plenty of conference calls, quotes and notes passed around. Tom Brady’s comments(great photo with that column – OK, maybe not, see comment below.) about the fans at Gillette Stadium has certainly stirred things up and gave blabmasters plenty of ammo. But no, Mark Farinella, we’re not blaming the media for Brady’s remarks. We’ll say the reaction has been a little over-the-top, (witness Karen Guregian saying of Brady’s comments “It’s hard to imagine a worse insult or something more blasphemous.“) but no one is saying this is an example of the media “bashing” Brady as Farinella claims.

Brady’s observation is one that has been noted by others over the years as well. Gillette Stadium, for the most part, just isn’t very loud, nor is it an overly hostile place for opponents to play.

Here are the top links and stories for this morning. Check all the Patriots stories at PatriotsLinks.com.

Worry Wart – Game Two At Jets – Chris Warner goes over his concerns for Sunday.

Differing styles work for Pats, Jets – Mike Reiss says that the way the Jets and Patriots work may be different, but the results are good for each.

Brady’s father accepts son’s bumps and bruises – Lenny Megliola has Tom Brady’s father talking about his son’s accident, and how he worries about him.

Darrelle Revis won’t back off ‘slouch’ remark, Randy Moss – Ron Borges has the Jets corner ready to take on Moss once again.

Faulk: Maroney felt betrayed by trade to Denver – Robert Lee has the longest tenured Patriot talking about how Maroney took the news of his trade to the Broncos.

What do Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan think of each other? – Christopher Price says that the two coaches respect one another.

The Bruins held a rookie game last night against the New York Islanders. Over 11,000 people showed up, indicating the interest people have in the Bruins and getting a look at B’s top pick Tyler Seguin. Check BruinsLinks.com for all the stories.

Boston Bruins prospect Jordan Caron steals the rookies show at TD Garden. – Mike Loftus has the Bruins 2009 top pick stealing the show with a hat trick last night.

Boston Bruins by the letters – Bud Barth has a bunch of notes about the game and the Bruins.

Tyler Seguin passes – Stephen Harris has the rookie doing well in his Garden debut.

Show time – Fluto Shinzawa with a mini-feature on Nathan Horton, says that the winger can blossom here.

Five Bruins who stole the show in the first rookie game – D.J. Bean also report on the action.

The Red Sox finished off a sweep of the Mariners with a 5-1 win in Seattle. Check all the stories at RedSoxLinks.com.

Do the Red Sox still have a shot? Reassessing the odds – So you’re saying there’s a chance, Alex Speier?

Doing the math for true believers – Gordon Edes says it remains a huge longshot.

Sox should bring back Big Papi – Brian MacPherson says it needs to happen.

Rich Hill’s Milton family on top of the world for Boston Red Sox pitcher – Jay Miller looks at the feel-good story of the Milton native.

Red Sox Journal: Lowrie makes case to play every day – MacPherson has the infielder impressing in September.


Pete Sheppard To Host Weekly Show on Patriots.com

It seems only fitting.

While at WEEI, Pete Sheppard was the biggest Patriots (and Tom Brady) booster at a station that is still quite pro-Patriot. Sheppard was let go early this year, and had not really surfaced at any media outlet, instead spending his time at Poker tournaments. Sheppard will make his return to sports talk hosting with a weekly internet radio show on Patriots.com.

The Pete Sheppard Show” will run from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Tuesdays, starting next week.

Sheppard made the announcement on his Facebook account, and also noted that he’ll be doing a weekly call-in segment on Fridays at 8:35 am to Rush Radio 1200 AM in Boston.

It’s a start.

Maroney Traded, Moss Wants To Stay

The Patriots traded former first round pick Laurence Maroney to the Denver Broncos along with a sixth round pick in exchange for a fourth round pick in next year’s draft. This brings to an end, a strange, disappointing, and at times interesting run in Foxborough for Maroney.

Randy Moss told everyone who would listen yesterday that he wants to remain in New England, and that he won’t be talking further about his contract. Let’s hope he sticks to his word.

The Patriots are getting ready for the New York Jets this Sunday, but yesterday, the media wasn’t too interested in talking to Bill Belichick about the game. In his conference call yesterday morning, a grand total of TWO questions were asked of the coach. For a group that rails about lack of access to the coach, they were more interested in attending Matt Light’s Celebrity Shootout – a very fine event, but one that went all day long. They could’ve participated in the Belichick conference call.

Get all the stories at PatriotsLinks.com.

Laurence Maroney dealt to Denver – Mike Reiss reports on the trade of the running back.

Lo-mo is no-mo . . . Maroney’s weird stay is over – Tom E Curran says that Maroney is now Denver’s goodhearted goof.

Why the Patriots may have traded RB Laurence Maroney and a look to the future… – I’m intrigued by Ian Rapoport’s theory on the trade.

Randy Moss wants to end career with Patriots – Karen Guregian has the wideout talking about why he talked on Sunday and what he wants for the future.

Silent treatment would have saved Moss – Mark Farinella says that Moss would’ve been better served keeping quiet.

Jets Week means excitement – Glen Farley wants to grab a (gosh darn) snack and watch this game.

With Patriots arriving, Jets check the baggage – Albert R Breer looks at things from Jets perspective.

Effective use of safety belt – Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has Corwin Brown talking about Pat Chung’s performance in the opener.

Jed Lowrie hit two home runs, David Ortiz hit his 30th homer of the season, and Massachusetts native Rich Hill picked up the win as the Red Sox beat the Mariners 9-6 in Seattle last night. Get all the stories at RedSoxLinks.com. The Red Sox also released their 2011 schedule.

The return of Ortiz, Martinez and Beltre to the Red Sox? Not a bad idea. – Rob Bradford thinks it might be smart to bring all three players back for 2011.

David Ortiz (30 HRs) is still swinging – Gordon Edes has Ortiz reaching 30 homers for the sixth time with the Red Sox, and first since 2007.

In short order, Lovullo sees his work paying off – Brian MacPherson has Pawtucket manager Torey Lovullo pleased with what he’s seen from Ryan Kalish, Daniel Nava and others.

John Lackey weighs in on numbers for debut season – John Tomase talks to Lackey about his first season with the Red Sox.

Hill gets win for his hometown team – Sean McAdam’s notebook has the hometown kid getting the win.

Metered calls on BC football games – Lenny Megliola profiles Boston College announcer (and WEEI morning flashguy) Jon Meterparel with the help of spotter Peter Foley, who has known Meterparel since he was a kid.

NESN To Broadcast Two UFL Hartford Colonials Games

NESN will produce two United Football League games this season featuring the Hartford Colonials including the league’s season opener this Saturday (9/18) at 2:30 PM when Hartford hosts the Sacramento Mountain Lions at Rentschler Field.

For Saturday’s game, Mike Logan will handle play-by-play with former Patriots QB and 98.5 midday host Scott Zolak will provide color analysis. John Chandler and Tony Terzi will be the sideline reporters.

The second game will be on Saturday, October 16th with the Omaha Nighthawks coming to Connecticut, and Brett Haber will be the play-by-play man for that game, with Zolak on color, and Chandler and Terzi on the sidelines.

The Omaha team is coached by former Boston College football coach Jeff Jagodzinski, and is loaded with players with NFL experience, including QB Jeff Garcia.

This is a smart move by NESN, adding more sports programming, and should the start of the 2011 NFL regular season be delayed by a work stoppage, the UFL could become a valuable broadcast property. Getting in with them this season could lead to a bigger role next year, and helps their NESN National channel.

Here are the network bios for the NESN Broadcast teams:

Mike Logan – Mike is an experienced play-by-play announcer as he is the television and radio voice for the Providence College men’s hockey team, a position he has held for the past 16 seasons.  He has also served as a play-by-play announcer for the Pawtucket Red Sox and broadcast football and basketball for both Harvard and Northeastern Universities.

Brett Haber – For almost 15 years, Brett has become established as a fixture of sports news broadcasting.  He has previously served as an anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter. During his career, he has received 17 Emmy Awards, including a remarkable four-year run as the Washington D.C. area’s most outstanding sports anchor beginning in 2007 and continuing through this year.  Brett joined WUSA9 in November 2004 and is currently the station’s sports director and primary sports anchor.

Scott Zolak – Zolak will be the color analyst for UFL games on the New England Sports Network. He has worked both pregame and postgame analysis of New England Patriots games on radio and television. Zolak co-hosts the “Gresh and Zolak” show weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 98.5 FM The Sports Hub in Boston, Massachusetts. A former quarterback in the National Football League, Zolak spent eight seasons with the New England Patriots (1991-98) and one with the Miami Dolphins (1999). In 55 career games, Zolak threw for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns. He originally was a fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 1991. Zolak played college football at Maryland.

Tony Terzi – Tony has more than 20 years of experience in the broadcast industry. He has worked as a Sports Anchor/Reporter at WTIC, Sports Anchor/Reporter at WVIT (NBC 30), and Air Personality at KC-101. Currently, Terzi is a SportsCenter anchor for ESPN Radio.

John Chandler – John is no stranger to NESN viewers, having served as both an anchor and reporter for NESN’s sports news programming. In 2009, he worked as the play-by-play voice for the Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League. He also worked as a sports reporter/anchor at WEWS in Cleveland, Ohio and WVII in Bangor, Maine. His work has earned several Emmy nominations and has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Maine Association of Broadcasters.

Grades Are In: Patriots, 98.5 Top Of Class

Tuesday during the NFL season is traditionally report card day, as various outlets weigh in on the performance of the local gridiron squad.

Also today though, Chad Finn reports on the latest radio ratings, where 98.5 defeated WEEI in the all-important 25-54 male demo during all three daytime shows. The numbers, I presume, do not include those of WEEI-FM in the Providence market…

Check all the Patriots stories at PatriotsLinks.com.

Making The Grades – Game One vs Bengals – Jeremy Gottlieb on Patriots Daily grades out the first game of the season.

Patriots Report Card – Professor Ron Borges…and that is literal as Borges is leading a class at a local college, also grades the Patriots and puts Robert and Jonathan Kraft in detention for their comments on Mankins and Moss.

O-Line leads the way in Week 1 – Kirk Minihane also hands out grades.

Bob Kraft must keep band together for Patriots – Gerry Callahan says that Randy Moss has to get a new deal from the Patriots.

This business is all very interesting – Bob Ryan thinks we’ll never quite understand Randy Moss.

Beyond both-end bluster, some questions after Patriots opener – Jonathan Comey still needs a few questions answered about the Patriots.

Patriots Journal: Chung playing up to his potential – Robert Lee has the second year safety all over the field on Sunday.

Jets’ offense not much to look at – Mike Reiss looks at what last night’s Jets game means for the Patriots on Sunday.

Dan Shaughnessy Has a Sniffle – Dan Snapp on Patriots Daily looks at Shaughnessy’s reaction to Moss’ comments.

Jon Lester struck out 12 last night as the Red Sox beat the Mariners, 5-1 in Seattle. Get all the links at RedSoxLinks.com.

Lester continues march to Red Sox history – Alex Speier has Jon Lester becoming the first lefty in Red Sox history to record two straight 200 strikeout seasons.

Jon Lester’s season a striking success – Gordon Edes has Lester putting on a show in his hometown.

Rich Hill back in the big leagues, with the team he grew up watching – Brian MacPherson has the Massachusetts native getting the call from the Red Sox while at the Patriots game with his dad.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas ready for another challenge – Mike Loftus has the Bruins goaltender about to start another season of attacking preconceived notions.

Ray of sunshine will be missed – Julian Benbow says that Clifford Ray will be missed around the Celtics.

Fast Start Puts Patriots In Win Column

The Patriots got off to a fast start yesterday, running out to a 31-3 lead after Brandon Tate returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown. The Bengals scored three touchdowns in the second half, but the Patriots were never seriously in danger in the 38-24 opening day win.

Check all the coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.

Ten Things We Learned Sunday: Welker finishes long journey back to game – Christopher Price lists out what we can take away from yesterday’s win.

Reality show – Mark Farinella says that perhaps the Patriots were just playing possum in the preseason.

Patriots show they’re still elite – Mike Reiss has the Patriots showing that they shouldn’t be written off just yet.

Tone-deaf Moss shows tender side – Tom E Curran takes a different view than many of his CSN colleagues of the Randy Moss post game press conference. Monique Walker also has a look at Moss’ statements.

Unexpected returns are welcome bonus – Bill Doyle looks at the touchdowns from Gary Guyton and Brandon Tate.

Brady again an in-control freak – Albert R Breer has the QB showing why the Patriots made him the highest paid player in the history of the game.

Opponents weren’t braced for Welker’s return – Frank Dell’Apa has Wes Welker talking about being on the field for opening day.

Good sign Brady & Co. didn’t let lead slip away – Karen Guregian has the Patriots able to put together a long second half TD drive to finish this one off.

Electric youth on display – Andy Vogt looks at an impressive display from the kids.

Overall, they had it covered – Walker’s notebook leads off with more on the young defense.

The Red Sox got a pinch-hit two run single from rookie Ryan Kalish to complete a sixth inning comeback in the 5-3 Boston win over Oakland. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Another defining offseason approaching for Theo Epstein – In his last Sunday column for the Standard-Times before heading to the Boston Herald copy desk, Jon Couture looks at another defining offseason on tap for the Red Sox GM.

Is Drew in decline? A look at outfielder’s 2010 struggles – Alex Speier looks at the relevance of one of the worst seasons of J.D. Drew’s career.

As end nears, Mike Lowell looks back at career – Having announced this weekend that he plans to retire at the end of the season, the Red Sox first baseman looks back at his career with John Tomase.

Beckett escapes early hole – Peter Abraham’s notebook has Josh Beckett overcoming four early walks.

Seguin has familiar look – Fluto Shinzawa has Jamie Arniel comparing the Bruins rookie to Tampa star Steven Stamkos.

Celtics duo give it their best shot – Chris Forsberg has Tony Gaffney and Oliver Lafayette facing an uphill battle to make the Celtics roster.

Brady Signs, Media Sighs

The locals were beaten to the scoop last night when NBC’s Peter King broke the news at halftime of the Saints/Vikings season opener that Robert Kraft had told him that the Patriots had finalized a new four year contract with quarterback Tom Brady.

For all the absurdity that this situation garnered in the offseason, with reports of a “disconnect,” (that were eagerly jumped on by the local media) hints that the situation could get ugly, and that the Patriots were using the upcoming labor situation as an excuse not to pay Brady, the Patriots took care of business and got a deal done that handsomely rewards their superstar and keeps him here through 2014. Some will make the claim that the the Patriots made Brady “beg” for the new deal, and wonder why they waited so long. But they got it done before the Colts and Peyton Manning, despite claims from the Colts owner early this year that Manning would be signed – claims that many took at face value.

Meanwhile, does anyone think it still would’ve been a good idea for Brady to have held out of camp? Would this deal have gotten done? Are you paying attention, Logan Mankins?

It all adds up to a worthwhile deal – Albert R Breer with some analysis on what the deal means for Brady, the Patriots and the league.

Breaking down the Brady deal – Christopher Price says that both sides can claim victory in this deal.

An optimist’s view of Pats season – We’ve heard over and over about all the negatives and uncertainties about this Patriots team. Bill Burt tries to look for the positive.

Accuracy takes hit from rush – Chad Finn looks at the hazards of Twitter as a news source, highlighted by Tom Brady’s life this week. Steve Buckley attempts to defend the actions of the media mob in Foxboro yesterday.

Simms is picking Jets (sort of) – Bill Doyle has CBS’ Phil Simms reluctantly picking the Jets to win the AFC East.

This preseason, Pats in the market for players – Paul Kenyon’s Patriots Journal makes an interesting point – in the last few years, the Patriots were trading away players on cutdown day, this year they were trading for players.

Even Jerod Mayo can’t know – Ian Rapoport’s notebook says that even the Patriots linebacker doesn’t know what to expect from his defense.

Saltalamacchia cherishes chance to prove himself – Daniel Barbarisi has the Red Sox catcher looking to make an impression in the time remaining in the season.

Top 10 places to get better – Peter Abraham’s minor league notebook looks at how only two of the Red Sox top ten prospects showed great improvement this season.

It’s showtime for Red Sox prospects – Joe McDonald has the Red Sox giving the kids a shot.

Versatile Martinez wants a long-term deal – Maureen Mullen looks at what makes Victor Martinez so valuable.

McDonald earned a winter vacation – Abraham’s notebook has Darnell McDonald looking forward to a winter with his family for the first time in his career.

Ice brink – Kevin Paul Dupont has a feature on Bruins top pick Tyler Seguin, the most talked-about Bruins rookie since Joe Thornton.

Check out the Patriots Daily offerings for this weekend’s season opener:

Worry Wart – Game One vs. Bengals – By Chris Warner

First Impressions – Cincinnati Bengals – By Greg Doyle

Matchups Of The Week – Bengals at Patriots – By Dan Zeigarnik

Around The League – Week One (Part One – AFC Preview) By Jeremy Gottlieb

From The506.com – Where Patriots/Bengals Will Be Shown