Attempting A Friday Megalink Post

This week has been hellish for me and I apologize for not being able to post as much as I would like at the Fang’s Bites BSMW. I’ve been away from my computer for most of the day and by the time I get home, I’m tired and don’t want to update the blog.

Well, with me already done my errands for today, I’ll give you some linkage that has been seriously lacking this week.

Of course, there’s the Weekend Viewing Picks which you can peruse.

National

Michael Hiestand of USA Today says Jim Rome is hoping to make a splash as he prepares to launch his new daily show on CBS Sports Network.

Reid Cherner of USA Today’s Game On! blog says perpetually angry ESPN college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb is throwing his hat into the Kansas State coaching ring.

The Associated Press was on hand to witness Root Sports Northwest’s production of the Seattle Mariners-Oakland A’s regular season openers in Japan without actually traveling to the Far East.

Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim has more thoughts on the numerous conflicts of interest in tennis broadcasting.

Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand has Fox Sports’ statement on its carriage dispute with Time Warner Cable over Fox Sports San Diego.

John profiles legendary sports television producer Don Ohlmeyer.

Around the Rings has the press release regarding the European Broadcasting Union obtaining the rights to the World Cups in 2018 and 2022.

ESPN Ombudsman Jason Fry of the Poynter Institute says college basketball analyst Bob Knight should not be allowed to live by his own rules when he’s on TV.

Scott Soshnick and Steven Church of Bloomberg Businessweek says the Los Angeles Dodgers sale was sparked by media rights.

Alex Ben Block of the Hollywood Reporter says former Sony Pictures head Peter Gruber who’s part of the new Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group could bring a new attitude towards marketing the team.

Jon Lafayette of Broadcasting & Cable has Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott calling rights fees for college football are undervalued.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says NESN National is being launched in Indianapolis.

Tim Nudd at Adweek says Chrysler is unveiling four new follow ups to its “Halftime in America” Super Bowl spots during various events this weekend including the NCAA Final Four and Mad Men.

Adweek’s Mike Shields writes ESPN.com is partaking in Facebook’s Open Graph, but with some restrictions.

Jason Del Ray at Advertising Age notes that CBS/Turner brought in its highest sales revenue ever for March Madness Live.

Ronnie Ramos at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center says March Madness has been enhanced by social media and the digital experience.

The Brothers Yoder at Awful Announcing cast the upcoming Anchorman sequel using ESPN’ers. This is good.

Ben Koo at AA is not a huge fan of the overhead shots employed by CBS/Turner for the NCAA Tournament.

Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid says the Los Angeles Times feels there’s one person who could spoil the new ownership for the Dodgers.

Ahmed Yussuf at EPL Talk gives a first-hand account of following the English Premier League from Australia.

Sports Media Watch says last weekend’s rain-shortened NASCAR on Fox event did not do well in the ratings.

Joe Favorito asks if ‘The Hunger Games” could give archery a boost in time for this summer’s Olympics.

Jason McIntyre at The Big Lead reports that Joe Posnanski is leaving Sports Illustrated.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks about two rival Hollywood agencies representing Tim Tebow simultaneously.

Bob’s Blitz says WFAN’s Craig Carton browbeat former Tiger Woods swing coach Hank Haney to the point where he hung up.

Brandon Costa of Sports Video Group says CBS returns to New Orleans where it began its Final Four journey 30 years ago.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe says ESPN MLB analyst Curt Schilling is facing hypocrisy calls after he criticized his former Red Sox team this week.

Chad adds some thoughts on Schilling and on NESN’s Jenny Dell that didn’t make his column.

BSMW’s Fearless Leader Bruce Allen writes in SB Nation that a Tiger Woods in contention is good for The Masters® and its TV partners.

Bob Tedeschi of the New York Times reviews this year’s edition of the MLB At-Bat app.

Richard Sandomir from the Times examines the Dodgers sale.

Anthony Riemer of Newsday looks at Jeremy Lin’s lunch with the sacked ESPN.com editor who unwittingly made a racial slur last month.

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post feels Fox Sports’ Jimmy Johnson should not be advocating violence. I don’t think he did, Phil, but continue to hate everything, ok?

Justin Terranova of the Post has five questions for former Tennessee and current Sirius XM analyst Bruce Pearl on the Final Four.

The Albany Times Union’s Pete Dougherty has the ESPN MAC football schedule.

Pete has CBS excited about this year’s Final Four.

Jane Kwiatkowski of the Buffalo News says this is a tough time for the local TV sportscast.

Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call looks at a local PBS documentary on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Laura Nachman says Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia is ready for Phillies baseball.

Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says the Fox sitcom “Raising Hope” gave another of many Capitals references.

Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner talks with MLB Network’s Mitch “Wildi Thing” Williams.

South

David Barron from the Houston Chronicle writes that the Houston Open should be helped by a lot of interesting storylines.

David says Jim Rome is getting ready for his CBS Sports Network closeup.

David writes that Texans running back Arian Foster is taking his show to the team’s radio flagship station.

In The Oklahoman, Mel Bracht has ESPN’s MLB analysts predicting the upcoming season.

Mel says there will be plenty of baseball available in the Oklahoma City market.

Mel reports a local radio station has flipped to being a full-time ESPN Radio affiliate.

Mel writes that a local radio sports director has been laid off thanks to Clear Channel.

Midwest

Elton Alexander of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer says New Orleans has provided CBS with plenty of Final Four excitement.

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer says a local TV station plans to ride the Kentucky train for as long as possible.

John says a couple of long-time local radio veterans got the ax due to Clear Channel cost cutting.

John writes that a radio documentary on late Cincinnati Reds voice Waite Hoyt airs this weekend.

The Indianapolis Star says Butler coach Brad Stevens will be a guest analyst for CBS on the Final Four.

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes the Brewers have extended their radio rights deal with their long-time flagship station.

Bob says a local sportscaster is back to work after a long illness.

Bob tells us that Marquette coach Buzz Williams will also be a guest analyst on CBS this weekend.

Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin writes that CBS loves New Orleans at Final Four time.

Dan Caesar at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says 20 Cardinals games won’t be seen by AT&T U-Verse subscribers this season.

Dan writes that the defending champions Cardinals will be in the national spotlight quite a few times this season.

West

Jay Posner at the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that Fox Sports San Diego is not optimistic of getting a deal with two cable providers in time for Padres opening day.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star has ESPN’s MLB analysts praising Magic Johnson’s presence with the Dodgers.

Jim was surprised that Kentucky-Louisville wasn’t the nightcap for the Final Four.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says Lakers fans are enjoying having guest analysts on radio broadcasts this season.

Tom talks with Jim Rome about his CBS Sports Network show.

Tom has more on Rome in his blog.

Canada

The usually uninformed Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says CBC Sports appears to be rudderless as it heads into a new NHL negotiation.

The Canadian Sports Media Blog has the viewership numbers for Canadian sports television from last week.

And that will conclude the megalinks.

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Curt Schilling – Hypocrite? Shocking, I know.

We know we can always count on Curt Schilling to have an opinion. While every Red Sox fan is fond of Schilling for what he did on the field, many cringed even during his playing career at his affinity for the spotlight – or redlight – whichever you prefer.

Today’s Globe sports media column from Chad Finn looks at Schilling in his media role with ESPN, and how he’s already become what he despised as a player.

Schilling behind desk does an about-face

The column smartly points out how Schilling always berated media members who suggested they knew what took place inside the Red Sox clubhouse. Who can forget Schilling taking on Butch Stearns for suggesting that Schilling and Pedro Martinez didn’t get along? WEEI still plays the clips of that call-in.

This week, on those same airwaves, Schilling suggested that things weren’t going well in the clubhouse in an appearance on Tuesday’s Mut & Merloni show. Josh Beckett had the perfect answer when he appeared on the Big Show yesterday – Is Schilling one of our pitchers?

I only heard a little of the Beckett interview live on WEEI, but Glenn Ordway’s question about Beckett putting his daughter and family above baseball had to be one of the most awkward, rambling questions I’ve heard in some time. It was John Dennis-esque. I love when media people spend time ripping someone, and then when talking directly to that person, use the “some people are saying” line.

Speaking of John Dennis – ranting on about the competition’s attempts at publicity for the charity work (he didn’t name him, but Fred Toucher and HIS rants about NESN not letting him promote it was the target) and then naming all the charity work YOU do, just seems a little disingenuous. Almost the entire D&C section of WEEI.com is a listing of their charity work, and they often post dozens of photos of themselves with sick kids. The work is great, but I don’t see the need to get into a measuring contest about it.

Media Roundup: Is Tiger Woods Returning To Form In Time For The Masters? – On my SB Nation Boston media column, I’ve got ESPN golf analysts talking about whether Tiger Woods is back in the chase for Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record for career Major championships.

Celtics Stay Hot With Win Over Jazz

The Celtics beat a good Utah Jazz squad at the Garden last night to move to 13-5 since the All Star break.

Celtics 94, Jazz 82: C’s make sweet music – Scott Souza has basketball junkie Paul Pierce enjoying himself.

Is Kevin Garnett the center for now, and the future? – Based on KG’s play at the five this season, Paul Flannery wonders if he might be in that position for a couple more years here in Boston.

Kevin Garnett grinding at higher gear – Peter May says that KG’s play has lifted the Celtics in the second half of the season. It was a memorable postgame session for KG, who told the media ‘I hear y’all calling me old’ and made fun of their hairlines. Garnett has made the likes of Mike Felger look foolish this season, Felger  and his afternoon cronies proclaimed KG “done” and a stiff in the early part of the season.

Big Al Jefferson eats up the Hub – Steve Bulpett says that the man traded for KG still has a big fan in Doc Rivers. (And Jefferson is a free agent after next season)

Rivers gives blessing to son’s decision – Gary Washburn’s notebook has the Celtics coach saying that if his son Austin is still on the board when the Celtics come to draft, the team better pick him. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has the Celtics hoping for a Ray Allen return on Friday.

Lavarnway’s time? If not now, he wants it to be soon – Brian MacPherson has the young Sox catcher willing to wait for his shot – as long as it comes soon.

Pedro Ciriaco, surprise sensation – Gordon Edes wonders if the utilityman may have played his way onto the opening day roster.

Buchholz looks into upping his tempo – Maureen Mullen has the righty looking at working at a quicker pace this season.

The mystery continues: Where exactly will Jacoby Ellsbury hit? – Rob Bradford says that where the speedster/slugger hits in the lineup is one of the biggest questions in camp.

Brian Rolston’s Boston renaissance – Joe McDonald has the veteran forward with a chance to be known for more than just being one of the guys traded for Ray Bourque.

Chiarelli has mastered the tricks of the trade – Joe Haggerty looks at how the Bruins GM has master the art of the trade deadline pickup.

Bill Belichick’s brethren laud free agent pickups – Ian Rapoport talks to some coaches around the league about how their former players will fit in with the Patriots.

The NFL Salary Cap Debate – In this Patriots Fourth and Two podcast from Russ Goldman, Michael Felger and Marc Bertrand talk NFL salary cap, with Felger defending his Cap is Crap position.

Bruins Continue Playoff Warmups, Beat Lightning

The Bruins continued to show signs that they’re rounding into playoff form as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 at TD Garden last night.

Bruins look ready for revival – Joe McDonald says that the team’s confidence is growing as the postseason nears.

Big night for Zdeno Chara, Bruins – Steve Conroy looks at a special night before and during the game for the Bruins captain.

Are Bruins getting where they need to be for the playoffs? – DJ Bean examines whether the Bruins are truly warming up for another long playoff run.

Ageless Rolston playing like a kid – Christopher Smith looks at the surprise contributions of 39-year-old Brian Rolston.

Approach here isn’t very defensible – Nick Cafardo is NOT happy that Mike Aviles has won the starting shortstop job for the Red Sox. He stomps his feet to make sure you hear his outrage. However, Chad Finn, Michael Silverman, Gordon Edes and Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox made the right move in sending Jose Iglesias to the minors to begin the season.

It’s time to give this Mike Aviles guy a chance – Rob Bradford makes the case that Aviles is a better player than Marco Scutaro, and that there wouldn’t be hand-wringing over sending Iglesias to the minors if Scutaro were still here.

Lineup may be preview of opener – Michael Silverman’s notebook has Bobby Valentine experimenting with a lineup that has Aviles leading off. The Globe notebook from eager and worthy cub reporter Dan Shaughnessy has Josh Beckett looking good yesterday.

Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley form winning combo – Mark Murphy looks at how the backcourt combination has been a winning one in the last two games with Ray Allen sidelined.

Celtics’ playoff possibilities plentiful – Chris Forsberg looks at the state of the Celtics as we head down the stretch.

Celtics not putting teams away when given the chance – A. Sherrod Blakely says that closing has been an issue for Boston.

Leftovers from breakfast with Belichick – Tom E Curran looks at some of the reluctant and expansive answers given by the Patriots coach yesterday.

A housekeeping note here – You likely noticed the post below from Chris Warner, which traditionally would be the property of Patriots Daily. Some technical issues with Patriots Daily, as well as an attempt to streamline and reorganize some of my publishing led me to consider publishing columns of that sort here, albeit in a slightly different format. As this blog is mainly devoted to keeping track of what’s being written and said in the local sports media, any sports-related columns will be posted as that one yesterday was – a short blurb with a link to click in order to read the entire post. Regular posts such as this one you are currently reading will continue to be displayed in their entirety.

At this point, it appears we will not be adding new posts to Patriots Daily, though the site will remain up, as it is a fine resource with eight seasons worth of work in it. There are many draft interviews that may become relevant, such as the one with new Patriots fullback Tony Fiammetta from 2009.

Thank you for your continued support. The 10th anniversary of BSMW is only a couple of weeks away. (April 8th)

Bill Belichick Shows Up For Breakfast, Media Stunned

Bill Belichick did an about-face from last year, and made an appearance at the coaches breakfast at the NFL Owners Meetings this morning.

For those who had their indignant column already lined up to go, this development was no doubt a disappointment, as instead, they had to listen to the coach say “we’ll see how it goes” in about 100 different ways this morning.

Edit – Some more precise numeration here:
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It is March, after all, perhaps a little too early to be wondering if they’ve done enough this off season in one area or another.

The Celtics won a road game on the second night of a back-to-back situation, holding off the Charlotte Bobcats 102-95 last night, behind 36 points from Paul Pierce. The win moved the Celtics into a first place tie with the Philadelphia 76ers atop the Atlantic Division,

Bottoms up as Celtics beat Charlotte – Mark Murphy looks at the Celtics continuing to beat teams on the low-end of the NBA food chain.

The Celtics are in first place, can they stay there? – Paul Flannery wonders if this stay atop the division will be a short-lived one.

Pierce bringing it with playoffs approaching – A. Sherrod Blakely has the Celtics captain raising his game with the postseason in sight.

Rivers runs through son’s decision to go pro – Frank Dell’Apa’s notebook in the Globe has the coach talking about his son’s professional future, and notes that Mickael Pietrus has not started baseline testing after his concussion.

No easy answers as Bruins attempt to repeat – Joe Haggerty has the Bruins needing to rely on defense, goaltending and opportunistic scoring, something they showed signs of doing in recent games.

Retro ways have suited Bruins well – Mike Loftus says that the Bruins are getting back to what made them successful.

It seems there’s a bit of angst in the ranks at NFL meetings – Greg A Bedard reports on the owner’s meetings.

Kraft opens up – Ian Rapoport has the Patriots owner talking about the present and future of his team and league.

Belichick, Ochocinco in sync – Mike Reiss looks at why Chad Johnson is getting a second chance.

Catching up with pitcher Lackey – Dan Shaughnessy gets John Lackey to talk to him. A worthless writer talking to a worthless pitcher. Why am I linking this again?

Old, faithful – Stan Grossfeld talks to 94-year-old Lou Lucier, who pitched for the Red Sox in 1943 and 1944 and is the oldest living former Red Sox player.

UMass has found magic at MSG – With UMass in the NIT Final Four, Marty Dobrow looks at some of the University’s history playing in Madison Square Garden.

Bruins Launch “Bruins DEN” An Integration Of Club’s Web And Social Media Properties

From The Globe‘s Business Page this morning:

Bruins shoot for digital advantage with network

The new Bruins Digital Entertainment Network will include more than a dozen properties, including the team’s Facebook and Pinterest pages, Twitter accounts, a mobile app, and a YouTube video channel. The team is also planning to use the network to better understand the digital habits of its younger fans, who are heavy users of the Internet and mobile devices, and to develop new marketing and sponsorship initiatives.

Here is the release from the Bruins, which lists out all the aspects of the DEN portfolio:

Bruins Launch Digital Entertainment Network (DEN)

The DEN takes all the elements of the Bruins web and social media properties and binds them together, allowing for a more integrated experience and the ability from the team’s end to better track the reach of their efforts. A BruinsDEN page on the team’s official website serves as sort of a portal to the various channels and outlets that make up the network.