A slow sports day with none of the locals in action last night as we settle into summer. A few thoughts from the Ivory Tower:
1.) You know things are slow when the big sports radio debates right now are A) The DH and B) whether Boston fans are smug and oboxious after all the success of the local teams.
2.) Football writers are reaching for stories at this point. Mike Reiss and ESPNBoston have been doing a series of short profiles on little-known members of the Patriots organization, and Tom Curran has apparently been profiling DJs. The lockout needs to end, soon.
3.) Actually heard on WEEI yesterday afternoon:
Mike Adams (Very angry over the common use of the term African-American): Not all black people in America can claim their ancestors came from Africa! What if they came from Haiti???
Caller: Um Mike, most of the ancestors of the Haitians were also brought over as slaves from Africa…
4.) From all accounts, the third Boston Sports Blogapalooza was another success, with participation from Albert Breer, Pete Sheppard, Jessica Camerato and A. Sherrod Blakely among others. Hats off to Joe Gill from Boston Sports Then and Now for organizing these.
5.) I find it a little odd that the Boston Globe has been pumping up The Tradition (not a knock on the event, it is a great night for Boston sports put on by The Sports Museum), yet completely ignored Drew Bledsoe’s election to the Patriots Hall of Fame.
6.) Expanding on point number one above, (the B point) this conversation was jump started by a column in the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday by John Gonzalez. (Boston fans have become obnoxious) Yes, that is the same John Gonzalez who used to write for Boston Magazine, and who infamously wrote the glowing feature on Ron Borges back in 2006.
7.) There was a change at the top of the SB Nation Boston website last week, as editor Ryan Hudson moved on to become the social media head for SB Nation, while Gethin Coolbaugh was promoted up to take his place as editor of the Boston site.
8.) I plan on doing a review of Grantland at some point, even though it isn’t strictly Boston sports media. I want to give it chance to find itself a little more, rather than posting a knee-jerk reaction that I saw so many of, some written and posted mere hours after the site went live.
9.) The midday shows are the weak spots for both WEEI and 98.5. Some days you may find neither station worth listening to. During that same time slot however, you now have a pair of online options for Boston sports radio. There is ESPN Boston Radio with Adam Jones which airs weekdays from 12:00 to 2:00 and there is The Meat Locker with Pete Sheppard on HurricaneRadio.net which also airs from 12:00 to 2:00. The latter show is a work in progress, with the technology not always cooperating, but has had some entertaining callers.
10.) It’s been fill-in day on 98.5 with the station’s Who’s Your Caddy? charity golf tournament going on. The morning show was hosted by Dan Roche and Sean McAdam, and it was nice to hear some good Red Sox talk on that program. Gresh and Zo were filled in for by Rich Keefe and Nick Cattles.