A highlight of last night’s CSNNE broadcast was the debut of Bill Walton as a guest analyst for the West coast trip alongside the venerable Mike Gorman. Walton was his usual high-energy, entertaining, confusing, occasionally enlightening self, as he told viewers his advice that he gave to Greg Oden before the game was to “move to Hawaii lose a lot of weight and become a yoga master.”
While I enjoyed Walton and will enjoy him tonight in the Phoenix game, I think he’s best taken in smaller doses, meaning the handful of games he’s going to do for CSNNE this season is just about right.
All-Star wrinkle adds drama – Chad Finn’s media column has a look at the new format for the NHL All Star game, and has Dennis and Callahan reclaiming the top spot in the morning over Toucher and Rich – something D&C have been crowing about this week, including a “D&C #1” sign visible on the NESN telecast.
10 Observations, From Bill Walton To The Bruins To Sports Talk Radio – My SB Nation Boston media column offers up 10 items from the sports media world.
Antoine Walker’s sights set on redemption – Greg Dickerson catches up with the former Celtic, who is toiling in the D-League, trying to make a comeback.
Depth isn’t a big issue – Gary Washburn looks at how stockpiling depth at center has paid off for the Celtics.
Return of Franchise Tag Indicates NFL May Avoid Lockout in March – Jeff Howe is reading the tea leaves, and thinks the owners may cave in the NFL Labor dispute.
Brandon Meriweather won’t be bothered by naysayers – Karen Guregian has the Patriots safety not fazed by criticism.
It’s time for real bargaining, NFL – Ron Borges says that the sides need to get down to business.
MVP performance by Tim Thomas has B’s in happy place – Mick Colageo has the Bruins in good position thanks to Tim Thomas.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before – Pressure is on to improve the pass rush – Greg A Bedard looks at the prospects that might be of interest. Nick Underhill is losing patience with the Patriots in this regard.
Nick Caserio is a Patriots mystery man – Ian Rapoport checks in with Bill Belichick’s personnel guru.
10 Questions — No. 4: Who’s on the bench? – Gordon Edes continues his series on the Sox with a look at the bench.