At one point during last night’s ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast, play-by-play man Dan Shulman made the observation that this is a great time for Boston sports fans. He pointed out that that Bruins and Celtics are both going to the playoffs, and that the Red Sox season is just getting underway.
Such a comment reminded me that sometimes its good to get an outside perspective on what we have going on here. Earlier in the weekend, I had actually been leaning towards the belief that this was not a good time at all for Boston sports. The highly-touted Red Sox were off to their worst start since World War II, making them the nation-wide butt of jokes, the Celtics were doing a damn fine job of playing possum to their rivals in the East, absolutely laying down to the Bulls and Heat this week, the Bruins have been a positive, yet as they go into the playoffs, there is always a “how will they lose this year?” type of mentality to them until they actually get over the hump, and the Patriots are locked out, victims of a labor war that I become convinced more each day will stretch into the regular season.
Shulman managed to remind us that perhaps a different view on things might be in order.
What is the local sports media’s role in the perception of how things are? Sports radio gives listeners an outlet to express their frustrations, if they can get on the air, but does it make for good listening? When I hear a caller – or a host for that matter – yelling about how Carl Crawford is a $140 million bust, or that “Danny gave away a championship when he traded Perk!” or “Fran-coma should be fired!” – I don’t sit there and think “This is great readio, I could listen to this all day long!” I generally flip the station as quickly as possible.
There is very much a divide in attitude between print (or written) and on-air sports media. The latter is much more bombastic, reactionary and vapid. This will always be the case. More and more, I’m simply not interested in what the on-air talking heads have to say about the local sports teams.
This week marks the 9th anniversary of BSMW. In blog years, this is an ancient site. Throughout the years, I’ve kind of had it in my head that I would do this for 10 years. That’s not set in stone, and a lot can happen in a year, but I thought I would throw that out there. We’ll see what happens as the year progresses, and as always, I’m open to suggestions, to input, to guest posting, anything that people are interested in seeing here. I’ve tossed the idea around of doing a sports media chat through Cover It Live, so that’s something that might happen soon as well.
In another milestone, the BSMW messageboard had its one millionth post over the weekend. I can’t even get my mind around that one.
But I digress. Josh Beckett was tremendous last night, exactly what the Red Sox, who still can’t get out of their own way at times, needed. They beat the Yankees 4-0 at Fenway last night, giving them a weekend series win over their rivals from New York. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.
Here’s a sampling of quicklinks from this morning:
Best Beckett ever? Why Sunday’s outing may have been pitcher’s best with Red Sox – Alex Speier with a look at Beckett’s lights-out performance against the Yankees. More on Beckett: Dom Amore | Joe McDonald | Dan Shaughnessy | John Tomase | Maureen Mullen | Bill Burt | Ron Chimelis | Tony Lee
Red Sox committed to current rotation – Sean McAdam notes that with the extension given to Clay Buchholz over the weekend, the Red Sox rotation is set for the forseeable future.
For the Red Sox, it’s not all bad – Gordon Edes has 10 things to ponder nine games into the season.
Damon’s got ear to ground – Peter Abraham’s notebook has Johnny Damon expecting boos tonight as his Rays come to Fenway. Tim Britton’s Red Sox Journal has Mike Cameron adjusting to a new role. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has more on Buchholz’s new deal.
Celtics don’t seem to have plan – Chris Forsberg has the Celtics floundering as the playoffs approach.
Flops on the big stage – Gary Washburn describes the Celtics play as “like Frank Sinatra singing with the aid of a teleprompter.”
Heat kick sand in faces of once-proud Celtics – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics getting bullied in Miami.
Five things we learned from the regular season – DJ Bean looks at what we know about this Bruins team.
Bruins’ keys to beating Canadiens – James Murphy looks at what it will take to beat Montreal.
Bruins, Habs to clash in 33rd playoff meeting – Stephen Harris looks at another rite of spring.