I don’t know how it is possible, but on the occasions that I’m turning on WEEI these days, I am inevitably hearing Gary Tanguay.
What is he possibly bringing to the table except predictable contrarianism?
I firmly believe that WEEI had a golden opportunity to make up a little ground against 98.5 the SportsHub this summer and fall, and the omnipresence of Tanguay ruined that. It’s actually hard to believe that Tanguay got canned from 98.5 because he would fit in over there perfectly now.
And Greg Dickerson? I love Greg and admire his push to continue after what he’s been through health-wise, but he is just not the answer either. What is? WEEI has tried the out of town route with Salk and Benz and failed miserably. They’ve resorted to bringing back people they had fired in an effort to compete with 98.5 in the first place. They tried the young-up-and-comer route with Mike Mutnansky, and that didn’t work either.
Speaking of WEEI:
That’s good news for Ordway, who collapsed at his Patriots tailgate two weeks ago with what has been reported as a bleeding ulcer.
ESPN’s decision to shut down Grantland was only a surprise in its timing. The site that Bill Simmons created for the network probably should’ve ended when Simmons’ tenure there did. It’s almost like ESPN tried to keep it going out of spite, as if to say “we don’t need Bill Simmons to run the Bill Simmons site.“
The decision seemed quick and impetuous – they announced they were shutting it down before even telling the staff (or the web host, for that matter.)
Simmons meanwhile is working on his next web venture, having hired several of his key people from Grantland and starting to plan out the vision for the site which will probably have as much multimedia content as editorial content.
ESPN hires Brady as New Ombudsman – OK, so they’re calling the position “public editor” now, and it’s Jim Brady, not Tom, but it’s a fun idea.
NFL TV ratings continue to climb – Chad Finn reports on how the league continues to garner huge ratings numbers despite the lack of integrity from Roger Goodell.
Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn are Celtics broadcast mainstays – Bill Doyle looks at the venerable dup, who are in their 35th year together calling basketball games on television.