Sox Drop Two of Three In Seattle, Brady Talks “Only Football” on WEEI

The Red Sox dropped two of three in Seattle this weekend, losing 5-3 yesterday, which again denied Tim Wakefield the 200th win of his career.

Sox fall to M’s again, 5-3 – Joe Haggerty has the game story for, which debuts a new format for game coverage, listing out a player of the game, goat, notable quote and other items from the game.

Red Sox just above average this month – Michael Silverman has the Red Sox looking pretty average thus far in August.

Why Ryan Lavarnway became one who didn’t get away from Red Sox – Alex Speier has the Sox unwilling to part with the catching prospect at this season’s trade deadline, and with good reason.

Youkilis back with a bang – Peter Abraham’s notebook has the third baseman getting back into the lineup yesterday and responding with a home run. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has Seattle’s David Wright able to relate to what Clay Buchholz is going through with his back. The Red Sox Journal looks at the job done by Matt Albers this season, and why he needed a little rest. The notes from Joe Haggerty have more on the strange call at second base.

Tom Brady made his first appearance of the season on the Dennis & Callahan Show this morning, and made it clear prior to coming on the air that he would only talk football, not willing or interested in talking about the scandal last week involving Barstool Sports.

Pepper Johnson has Haynesworth’s back – Jennifer Toland has the Patriots defensive line coach speaking glowingly of Albert Haynesworth. Karen Guregian has more.

When it comes to D-line coaches, Pats’ Johnson is one of the best around – Paul Kenyon looks at what makes Johnson a great coach.

Anderson making a push – Shalise Manza Young has the former Bear making a good impression in his time thus far with the Patriots.

Tire-kicking time for Patriots, rest of NFL – Tom E Curran has the Patriots bringing in a trio of veterans for workouts today, including safety Darren Sharper.

Patriots keeping WR options open – Mike Reiss says that bringing in T.J. Houshmandzadeh is just the Patriots doing their due diligence.

Slater sticks with Patriots – Glen Farley looks at why Matthew Slater keeps sticking around.

Logan Mankins: I’ll earn every cent of deal – Guregian’s notebook has the guard talking about his new deal. The Globe notebook has more from Johnson on Haynesworth. The Patriots Journal has the players reacting to the Corwin Brown situation.


The Dan Patrick Show is Coming To CSNNE on Monday, Jason Wolfe denounces Portnoy

Starting on Monday, The Dan Patrick Show will be shown on CSNNE from 9:00 am to Noon. Similar to NESN’s move of simulcasting The Dennis and Callahan Show, the move is a no-brainer for CSNNE, giving them a ncie three-hour block of programming in the mornings.

If you haven’t seen/heard the show, I highly recommend it. It’s informative, but also entertaining, without the “men yelling at each other” schtick which is so popular on sports talk these days. Nice move for CSNNE.

In addition to the 9:00-noon block, there will also be a “best of” block from 5:00-6:00 in the afternoon.


Barstool Sports yesterday posted pictures of Tom Brady’s two-year old son naked on a beach, and added commentary to the pictures which was offensive to many. The topic has been pretty all WEEI has talked about since yesterday afternoon. Barstool head David Portnoy has been a regular guest on WEEI, making weekly appearances recently on The Dennis and Callahan Show. This morning, WEEI programming head Jason Wolfe made it clear that Portnoy will not be making future appearances.

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Clearly, WEEI is drawing a line in the sand here as to what is acceptable behavior for their guests and what is not.  (This same station had Bob Gamere on as a guest host in the morning a few years back, before he was indicted on child porn charges, but after he had already had other questionable incidents and there were plenty of rumors out there about him.)

A couple things about this whole incident, though. WEEI has made the decision to loudly denounce the posting of the pictures and the commentary with them. But by spending endless amount of time talking about them, aren’t they sort of contributing to the notoriety attached to this incident? How many people have learned about it because of WEEI endlessly talking about it, thus going to check it out for themselves, and adding to the page views of Barstool? Had they simply denounced the post, and said that Portnoy would no longer be on the air, wouldn’t that have perhaps caused this whole thing to die down a little quicker? Instead, WEEI is actually capitalizing on the incident, piggybacking on Barstool Sports and using the incident to their own advantage. I don’t know how I feel about that.

The second thing I wonder is this: If Tom Brady were not himself a weekly guest of The Dennis and Callahan Show during the football season would Wolfe and the station have seen fit to condemn Portnoy in such a fashion?

I have my doubts about that.

The upside of this is the all-out WEEI/Barstool Sports war that is sure to ensue from this.

Just a few other links this morning:

Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter NESN – My SB Nation Boston media column looks at the exodus from NESN, and how far the station has fallen.

Just airing out a few things… – Chad Finn touches on five items of interest in the Boston sports media world this week. – Check out all the coverage of last night’s Patriots preseason opener here.

Rich Shertenlieb on Work Ethic, Athletes and Skits, WEEI, and MUCH MORE!!!

Given the massive “approve” rating Rich Shertenlieb garnered during Tuesday’s poll, I thought it would be appropriate to post a link here of the podcast I conducted with him. He had some interesting thoughts on perceived negativity in sports radio, never becoming complacent (as Chad Finn said in a recent chat, Rich is relentless in his approach), among other topics. Please click here to give it a listen. Enjoy!

2011 Approval Ratings – Carolyn Manno

Carolyn Manno is a Sports Reporter/Anchor at Comcast SportsNet New England.


A graduate of the University of Florida, Manno began her career as a Reporter/Anchor at WSBT-TV in South Bend, Indiana. She joined Comcast SportsNet New England in August of 2009, and has been quite visible during that time, working Celtics telecasts and utilized by parent company NBC/Comcast during hockey coverage for the network. She’s been a frequent guest on The D.A. Show on 98.5 FM.


Consumer Fraud, Patriots Logos On Golf Shirts – Football Is Back!

It’s finally time to hear the griping about the “consumer fraud” that is preseason NFL football, and to hear/read columnists griping about broadcasters being forced to wear golf shirts with Patriots logos on them during a Patriots-produced telecast. You know what? We may not even mind those annoyances, as after a spring and summer of labor talk, we finally get to see some on-the-field action at Gillette Stadium tonight.

What can we expect?

Pats Pregame Points: Preseason One Vs. Jags – Chris Warner kicks off a new season at Patriots Daily with some points to examine tonight.

Patriots-Jaguars: Points of interest – Mike Reiss eschews the usual “things to watch for” list in favor of a few points of interest.

We’ll get a little peek at the rebuilt defense – Greg A Bedard says that we’ll get our first look at what Bill Belichick has been cooking up on the defensive side of the ball.

First (preseason game) and 10: Points of emphasis for Patriots against the Jags – Chris Price continues the emphasis on “points” and not “things to watch for.”

Pay day for Logan Mankins – Ian Rapoport has the Patriots guard finally getting the new deal he was seeking.

From Rexy, With Love? – Also on Patriots Daily, we chat with Brian Bassett from TheJetsBlog about Shaun Ellis coming to the Patriots.

The Red Sox winning streak came to end last night with a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Primed for a payday: Where Papelbon stands in the free agent market for closers – Alex Speier looks at what the market might be for the Red Sox closer after this season.

Reserving judgment on bench moves – Despite the title of the column, Nick Cafardo isn’t happy with how Terry Francona managed the game last night – a game that Cafardo feels was winable. On the other hand, Michael Silverman doesn’t think this loss was a big deal.

Here is a list of the outlets that will carry tonight’s Patriots game live (7:30 kickoff):

WBZ-TV Channel 4 (Boston)
WWLP-TV Channel 22 (Springfield)
Rhode Island
WNAC-TV Channel 64 (Providence)
New Hampshire
WMUR-TV Channel 9 (Manchester)
WMTW-TV Channel 8 (Portland)
WVII-TV Channel 7 (Bangor)
WCTX-TV Channel 59 (Hartford)
WVNY-TV Channel 22 (Burlington)
Rogers Sports Net East

In the past, this list has included outlets in Honolulu and Anchorage. It doesn’t appear that these outlets will have the games this season. However, the game will be replayed on the NFL Network tomorrow at 4:00pm ET, and at least two more times in the coming days.

Sox Pull Out Another One Against Twins

The Red Sox continued their recent trend of pulling out close victories, this time with a 4-3 win in which David Ortiz drove in the winning run with an infield single with the bases loaded.

Erik Bedard pitches in – Scott Lauber has the Sox lefty overcoming a shaky first inning before settling in.

David Ortiz lands some creative RBIs – Gordon Edes has the Sox DH finding all sorts of ways to drive in runs.

Filling the final holes – Nick Cafardo thinks that the Red Sox will still make a move or two before the end of the month.

Jonathan Papelbon better than ever – Michael Silverman has the closer just starting to hit his stride.

Red Sox have three legit MVP contenders in Pedroia, Gonzalez and Ellsbury – Brian MacPherson looks at the Red Sox version of the Big Three in their lineup.

Darnell McDonald Part of Continued Red Sox Success Against Lefties, Clearing Up Preseason Concern – Tony Lee has one of the few preseason concerns about this club proving to be a non-factor.

A healthy bet on Jed Lowrie’s impact – Steve Buckley thinks that the infielder could be Boston’s secret weapon in October.

Reddick is getting familiar – Peter Abraham’s notebook has the rookie outfielder starting to garner notice, from both fans and opponents.  The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has Ortiz with a big impact from a small hit. The Red Sox journal has Ortiz getting his RBI from the other night. The notes from Sean McAdam have Bedard staying cool and collected last night.

Charting Albert Haynesworth’s orbit – Karen Guregian was able to decipher from Bill Belichick’s comments yesterday that things are fine with the massive defensive lineman, and we shouldn’t be all that worried about his continued absence from practice.

Defensive line may be in flux, but Pats know they can count on Chung in secondary – Paul Kenyon says that the third year safety is a stabilizer on defense.

Belichick loading up for a title run – Mark Farinella thinks that the Patriots coach is going all-in for this season.

Ochocinco: ‘On the right track’ when it comes to picking up Pats’ offense – Christopher Price has the new receiver starting to find his way with the Patriots.

Bill Belichick Using Ball Boys to Mess With Quarterbacks to Keep Them Sharp and 19 Other Patriots Thoughts – Jeff Howe rips off 20 thoughts on camp.

Happy return engagement – Monique Walker’s notebook has Gerard Warren happy to be back with the Patriots. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has the Patriots dedicating the season to Myra Kraft. The notes from Danny Picard have Aaron Hernandez having a big day at practice.

Watched NFL Total Access last night and left the channel on after while I did some other stuff, the next show was “Top 10 Football Divas” – a idiotic idea for a show to begin with, but #10 on the list?

Tom Brady.

Leading the charge was 98.5’s Damon Amendolara, who said that Brady is making it very hard for Patriots fans to like him. They did have several people on the program however, saying that the idea of Tom Brady as a diva was utter nonsense.

The unanimous NFL MVP doesn’t make it hard for me to like him.

A couple of local media outlets are running interesting campaigns right now. is running Villains – The Bad Guys Of Boston Sports with some very well produced vignettes, the first in the series was Kobe Bryant.

ESPN Boston is creating an ESPN Boston Hall of Fame. You can vote for five candidates in the inaugural class.


Jade McCarthy Is Leaving NESN

Chad Finn at the Boston Globe reports tonight that NESN Daily host Jade McCarthy has given her two week notice and will leave the network at the end of the month. According to Finn’s story, McCarthy’s husband has found a job in Philadelphia and they will move soon. Finn writes that McCarthy is seven months pregnant and NESN has been searching for a replacement for her maternity leave, but now that becomes a search for a new permanent host.

McCarthy had come to NESN in January 2010 after working at WCAU in Philadelphia. She originally anchored “SportsDesk” and then co-hosted the revamped show, “NESN Daily” with Uri Berenguer, but the chemistry did not work and he was let go shortly after the debut. McCarthy has been anchoring solo ever since.

NESN has issued the following statement from McCarthy:

“My husband was recently offered a new professional opportunity in the Philadelphia area. At the same time, we are expecting our first child this fall. It was a difficult decision, but we have decided it is best for our family to move back to Philadelphia. I want to thank all the people who gave me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in my home town of Boston during such an exciting time. I will miss working with all the great people at NESN.”

NESN says it will begin searching for her replacement immediately.

In the interim, it’s expected that weekend NESN Daily anchor Randy Scott will be the host of the show.

McCarthy is the second departure from NESN that was announced today. On the Toucher & Rich Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Bruins studio host Kathryn Tappen made it official that she’s going to the NHL Network in the fall.

2011 Approval Ratings – Rich Shertenlieb

Rich Shertenlieb is the co-host of the Toucher and Rich show mornings on 98.5 The SportsHub.

After 10 years as the front man of the punk band Miller’s Tale,  Shertenlieb started his radio career at Atlanta alternative station 99x, where he first met Fred Toucher. After a few years there, he was offered a job with the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show, a nationally syndicated program. In 2006, he teamed up with Toucher for the Toucher and Rich show on WBCN in Boston. In 2009, the duo made the transition to sports talk radio when 98.5 The Sports Hub came on the air.

Rich is best known for his comedy bits on the program, which include bits such as “Ask A Pink Hat”, “The Drunken Red Sox Recap” and “Naughty Massarotti.” He has had bits featured on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, The CBS Nightly News and Dateline. He made national headlines for asking Delonte West at Celtics media day to set the record straight about LeBron James’ mom.

Rich is also the President and co-founder of The Miracle League of Massachusetts, a baseball league for children with special needs.


Wake Doesn’t Get 200, But Sox Get Another Win

Tim Wakefield managed to leave the game with a lead, but saw the Twins tie things up after he left, thus denying him a shot at career win number 200 for the knuckleballer. The Red Sox scored two runs in the top of the ninth however, to pull out a 8-6 road victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Red Sox win, but Wakefield forced to wait for No. 200 – Brian MacPherson has the Red Sox rally coming a little too late for Wakefield. More game stories from Scott Lauber | Peter Abraham | Sean McAdam | Tony Lee

Jacoby Ellsbury feeling no pain – Jackie MacMullan has the Red Sox centerfielder bouncing back from his injuries in 2010, talking about how badly he was injured, and gets Kevin Youkilis to explain his criticism of Ellsbury last season. Bob Ryan wonders if Ellsbury could join the short list of leadoff men who have been MVP candidates.

Where have all the homers gone for Adrian Gonzalez? – Alex Speier looks at the home run shortage from the Red Sox first baseman.

Red Sox ride road to recovery – Gordon Edes looks at the Red Sox torrid road record since an awful beginning to the season.

Tim Wakefield’s quest lingers longer – Michael Silverman has time running short for Wakefield.

It was a big night for Papi – Nick Cafardo looks at a big night for David Ortiz. Tony Lee has more on Ortiz.

Jed Lowrie hopes to show early form – Silverman has the infielder looking to get back to the form he showed at the start of the season. Brian MacPherson says that the competition between Lowrie and Marco Scutaro is heating up again.

Dustin Pedroia works hard – Lauber’s notebook has the Red Sox second baseman with a key at-bat in the ninth inning. The Globe Red Sox Notebook from Abraham has a look back at a long Sunday night. The Red Sox Journal has Terry Francona defending Jason Varitek’s swing on 3-0 Sunday night. THe Red Sox notes from McAdam have Wakefield again missing out on win number 200.

2011 edition may be their best ever – Jonathan Comey thinks that this might be the best team the Patriots have ever put together.

Belichick acknowledges looming scheme changes – Tom E Curran shows that he “gets it” when it comes to labeling the Patriots defense – unlike some of his colleagues on the beat. I think Karen Guregian understands as well. Christopher Price knows that versatility is the key.

Ex-Jet Ellis a great find … if he can solve his hatred for Pats – Hector Longo seems to question whether Shaun Ellis can get over his deep-rooted hatred of the Patriots. He’s a Jets spy!!!

Shaun Ellis says Jets forced him out of town – Tim Britton has more on Ellis joining the Patriots, as does Ian R. Rapoport, A. Sherrod Blakely and Glen Farley.

Crazy camp up Bill Belichick’s alley – Steve Buckley has a premise, and he’s sticking to it, even if the quotes he uses from Bill Belichick to support it do not support it in the least.

Coach comes full circle with Andre Carter – Rapoport’s notebook has Belichick recalling a 2001 pre-draft meeting with his new defensive lineman. The Globe notebook from Monique Walker has more on Ellis. The Pats Notebook from Mark Farinella has the team stockpiling on the defensive line. The Patriots Journal also looks at the D-line focus.

Marquis Daniels fights to play again – Jessica Camerato has the former Celtic looking to get back on an NBA court.

Not. Getting. It.

This seems to apply to Shalise Manza Young in the Globe, who I usually like. She tweeted the following last night after Andre Carter announced that he was coming to the Patriots.

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This snarky comment just seems to indicate that Young either wasn’t listening when Bill Belichick expanded on his media fabrication comments, or she still just doesn’t get what he was talking about.

Belichick did not say that it was a media fabrication that the Patriots would moving to a 4-3 this season, as Young’s tweet implies. He explained in some detail, that 4-3 fronts have always been a big part of his defenses, but that in the end, it doesn’t really matter how many defensive lineman/linebackers line up and where they line up as much as what they do after the snap. He said that the 3-4, 4-3 emphasis is overrated.

Yes, with the recent signings of veteran pass rushers, it does seem like the Patriots may use more defensive linemen and fewer linebackers this season.  It doesn’t mean Belichick was being untruthful when he called the pigeonholing of his defense as a media fabrication.

Not a hard concept to grasp, but it seems that Young took exception to the shot at the media instead of trying to understand the real issue being discussed.