Tracking the Ex-Globies

A couple of Ex-Globies lead off a brief session of afternoon links.

Gordon Edes finally is on board at Yahoo! and has a piece on Skip Carey, who passed away on August 3rd.

Ron Borges talks to Andre Tippett about his long road to the Hall of Fame.

Those are just two of those who have left the Boston Globe (for various reasons) in the last few years. You could create a “Where are they now” list just of Ex Boston Globe employees:

  • Gordon Edes: Yahoo! Sports
  • Ron Borges: Pro Football Weekly
  • Jackie MacMullan: ESPN
  • Michael Smith: ESPN
  • Peter May: Seen on Yahoo!
  • Chris Snow: Minnesota Wild front office

I’m sure I’m missing someone. For other locals, you can add Tom Curran, now with and Albert Breer with The Sporting News.

Dave Doyle is actually another ex-Globe writer, he’s now covering UFC for Yahoo!

From someone still at the Globe, Mike Reiss has this week’s edition of the Ask Reiss Mailbag.

A mystery Boston sportswriter is doing some Olympic blogging from home.

Another reason for Gerry Callahan to hate Bill Belichick and the Patriots – John Czarnecki says that Belichick oversees the most liberal team in the NFL. 


5.5.08 Afternoon Links

Heidi WatneyA few links to pass the time this Monday afternoon…

Joe Fitzgerald had a piece on Bob Lobel in today’s Herald.

The New York Times Magazine had a piece on the Bill James of the Celtics, a 32-year-old named Mike Zarren.

Richard Deitsch has his latest sports media power rankings, with some thoughts on the Costas Now episode of last week.

Peter King has his first NFL rankings of 2008 in Monday Morning Quarterback.

Jeff Goodman says that the Celtics shouldn’t feel good about their win yesterday.

Gene Wojciechowski uses noted basketball expert Dan Shaughnessy to make the case that Kevin Garnett is A-Rod when it comes to the postseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski says that the Garden home court advantage hid the Celtics flaws.

Chris Sheridan says that the Celtics learned about consistency the hard way in this series.

Tony Massarotti on says the Celtics appear positively vulnerable, yet so downright infallible.

Steve Jones says LeBron and the Cavs could give the Celtics trouble.

Scoop Jackson says that the Celtics have lost their mystique.

Marty Burns has a Cavaliers-Celtics series breakdown.

A little bonus material from David Scott of Scott’s Shots:

Heidi Watney debuts on tonight on NESN. . . She made a 4th inning cameo on Sunday opposite the Celtics game, in the booth between Jerry and Don-O.

“Revealed” that’s she’s 26 and that her first Boston purchase was a GPS. She also boasted about “covering” Bonds last year and getting along with him well. Discussed her cousin Nick on the PGA tour.

Her bio is up on the new NESN web site which has a new design as of today.

Patriots Day Afternoon Links

Robert Cheruiyot won his fourth Boston marathon today, while the Red Sox finished off a four game sweep of the Rangers with a 8-2 win at Fenway today.

Some links from around the web:

Bill Simmons finds himself watching hockey again with the Bruins’ comeback against Montreal. He still vows not to put a penny into the Jacobs’ pockets though…

Darren Eliot examines what the Bruins can accomplish with a win tonight in Montreal.

Former Bill Belichick colleague Michael Lombardi describes what the Patriots coach is looking for as the draft approaches.

Peter King has his mock draft in Monday Morning Quarterback.

Chris Sheridan has the Celtics celebrating their win last night by playing wack-a-Powe.

Jeff Goodman says Rajon Rondo gives the Celtics yet another weapon.

Arash Markazi talks with Bob Cousy about the Celtics return to glory.

Richard Deitsch checks in with a new edition of Media Circus.

Our own Ken Fang has his collection of Monday media links.

Masters of Poor Taste

Yes, you did hear Dennis and Callahan talking this morning about how “homely” and “ugly” the one and a half year old son of Masters Champion Trevor Immelman was during their discussion with Brad Faxon about yesterday’s final round.

Someone want to run these numbers by Mike Adams: Since the start of the 2005 season, in 167 at-bats, Manny Ramirez is batting .407, slugging .772 and has a 1.282 OPS with 17 home runs, 46 RBI and 35 walks against the New York Yankees.

Listening to a few moments of the WEEI baseball show yesterday morning, it’s clear that Adams cannot resist any opportunity, no matter how small, to take a shot a Manny, whether to insult his intelligence, his hustle or his work ethic.

It was as maddening as listening to Bob Halloran on Saturday demanding to know at what point David Ortiz will cease to be “Teflon” and Red Sox fans will finally boo him.

The worst thing about Red Sox/Yankees weekends is that it usually means Tim McCarver on Saturday and Joe Morgan on Sunday…

A few afternoon links:

Peter King has the Patriots and Jets engaging in some mind games leading up to the NFL draft in this week’s version of Monday Morning Quarterback.

Eric Wilbur weighs in on the Yankees’ sudden paranoia regarding all things Red Sox.

ESPN Ombudsman Le Anne Schreiber says that the network is correct to engage and not avoid racial issues.

Jerry Crasnick has David Ortiz not letting his slump get him down.

Jack Curry in the New York Times says that in Jason Varitek, the Red Sox have a studious and gritty leader.

Ken Fang has the sports related nominations for the Boston/New England Emmy Awards.

Keller vs Roche

Today’s Sports Radio storyline has been Bill Buckner.

Yesterday’s Opening Day ceremonies in which Buckner was warmly and enthusiastically greeted by the Fenway Park crowd has dominated the discussions. Many have noted that Buckner received cheers during the 1990 Opening Day introductions, and even for the 1987 season. The notion of forgiveness seems a little overblown.

Yet it continues. Today on the WBZ 5:30 news, Jon Keller and Dan Roche are going to debate this topic on the air, after the two of them sparred via their blogs earlier today.

It started when Keller said that not all fans, including himself, are ready to forgive and forget.

Roche responded by telling Keller that he needed to Get Over It.

That brought a response and charges by Keller of “playground rhetoric” from Roche in his response.

Put me in Roche’s camp for this one…

03.26.08 Afternoon Wrap

Just a few afternoon links today:

Michael Silverman and Gordon Edes report on today’s 5-1 loss to the A’s in Japan for the Red Sox.

Dan Shaughnessy writes about the rise and fall of Brandon Moss, who was the hero yesterday and sent down to Pawtucket after the game today.

Chad Finn has a few thoughts after the opener in Japan. He also looks at the Tom Verducci piece in this week’s Sports Illustrated, which is about 2005 baseball draft, which has already proven to be one of the most talented in a long time. The Red Sox grabbed both Clay Buchholz and Jacoby Ellsbury in that draft.

Mike Sando has Randy Moss listed as the second greatest wide receiver in NFL history.

Jonah Keri tells us not to count on a Red Sox dynasty.

Scott Miller says that the Red Sox and Yankees using the draft to develop young talent is bad news for the rest of the league.

Mike Reiss has his latest Patriots Mailbag.

Peter King applauds Roger Goodell’s “tough guy” stance.

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What? No ceremonies marking today’s 37th Anniversary of the Patriots changing their name from the Boston Patriots to the New England Patriots? (Edit – that’s according to I’m not sure where the whole Bay State Patriots name fits in here.)

Ummm, Butch? If you’re trying to be clever with the signatures to your posts from Japan, it should be Butchie-San, not Butchie-son

Succinct analysis from Glenn Ordway on the Red Sox win: “Dice-K sucked, Snyder sucked, Papelbon sucked.” OK then. I guess that’s all we need to know.

Reid Laymance has the official word from DirecTV on this morning’s outage.

Gordon Edes has the game story of today’s (last night’s?) Red Sox opening day win over the A’s out in Japan. Michael Silverman has the story for the Herald.

Dan Shaughnessy wonders what General Douglas MacArthur would have thought about the scene in Japan. You know, I was wondering the exact same thing…

Chad Finn has his 2008 Red Sox season preview.

Jeff Passan has Manny Ramirez enjoying the million yen he won with his MVP performance today.

Sean Deveney says that Dice-K’s wild start doesn’t really mean anything.

Dayn Perry says that today wasn’t really opening day.

Bill Simmons has some thoughts on the NCAA tournament.

Tom Curran says that Roger Goodell cherry-picked the 49ers tampering case to punish.

Scouts Inc. has Randy Moss back on top as the best receiver in the NFL.

I’ll credit a BSMW message board poster for pointing out the ad on the bottom of the Boston Herald sports page today:

Boston Herald back cover

That “sports nutrition” place in Everett is promoting an appearance by Brian McNamee in the store this Thursday? Why? Then again, the man might be a hero in these parts for taking on Roger Clemens…

Monday Afternoon Links

Jayson Stark has the Red Sox radically shifting the face of baseball with their recent success.

Ken Fang has his usual thorough collection of Monday morning sports media columns and coverage.

Richard Deitsch of has a look at NCAA Tournament coverage, with a focus on Billy Packer.

Pete Prisco has a look at the needs of AFC East teams this offseason.

Peter King in his Monday Morning QB column has the Patriots among those teams he expects to make a trade on draft day.

He makes reference to an appearance that the ubiquitous Sen. Arlen Spector made on the Rush Limbaugh show last week, which included the following exchange:

RUSH: Lot of football fans in this audience. Since the Super Bowl we’ve heard very little about this guy in Hawaii, Matt Walsh, that claims to have videotape of the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams walk-through the Saturday before their Super Bowl. What’s the status of that?

SEN. SPECTER: Well, the status of it is that there has been an exchange of correspondence between Walsh’s lawyers and the NFL lawyers. I’ve seen the letters. Walsh’s lawyer let me see them on a promise of confidentiality, and I believe an objective and fair reading of those letters is that the NFL is discouraging Walsh from coming forward.

RUSH: Really? Because their statements are just exact opposite.

SEN. SPECTER: Well, the NFL says they’re trying to encourage them, and I issued the challenge to the commissioner a couple of Saturdays ago, and they put out a Sunday release that they were making substantial progress. Well, we’ve had almost two weeks since that Sunday release, and nothing has happened. I believe those… Listen, I think the NFL has a duty of integrity. They have an anti-trust exemption, which gives them a preferred position. They are role models. If you can cheat in the NFL, you can cheat in college or high school or sixth grade math test. I think ultimately, Rush, if we get enough fire under it, they’re going to have to show those letters — and when they do, they’re going to have to change their tune and let Walsh testify, because those reports are looking pretty strong, but there was filming for the 2002 Super Bowl.

I’d like to think that the United States Senate also has a “duty of integrity,” Senator.

Sox Hit Japan

A few observations on sports radio topics from the last few days:

Could there be just a little less griping about the trip to Japan? Even the media people who didn’t make the trip have been complaining and whining non-stop about the whole thing. (That’s what makes it the most annoying. I can understand any grousing from those actually making the trip.) Long flight! No power outlets on the plane! Body clocks messed up! It’s going to ruin the season for the Red Sox! We get it. Enough already. Business people go to the Far East all the time. (Rob Bradford seems to be having a good time so far.)

No really. The “Does Manny know they’re going to Japan?” jokes have been predictable and old since the start. Manny jokes in general are so 5 years ago, guys.  It’s time to laugh with Manny, rather than at him…right?

Michael Holley is much more entertaining when Dale is away. That’s not a knock against Dale Arnold, but Holley just seems much more energetic and fun to listen on the days he works with someone else.

 Some PM Links:

Ken Fang, who will be here with his Friday mega-links tomorrow, has a Thursday collection of media links.

If the Patriots have reached an agreement on a one year deal with cornerback Fernando Bryant, John Tomase says that the Pats couldn’t have signed a better guy.

Dan Shaughnessy has a report on the Red Sox first few hours in Japan.

If you haven’t seen it already, earlier this week Sports Business Journal had a huge article on a PowerPoint Presentation that has been making the rounds of the league offices and ad buyers. The presentation is entitled The Emperor’s New Clothes: How ESPN’s Multi-Platform Strategy Hasn’t Improved Ratings, and was apparently put together by TV networks trying to compete with ESPN. has launched the SI Vault, which is a completely free and digitized history of Sports Illustrated since 1954. It contains 150,000 stories, 500,000 photographs and 2,800 covers as well as a Wikipedia search engine and links to related online video content.

Johnny Ludden says that if anyone in Minnesota tanked last season, it was Glen Taylor. Kelly Dwyer also comes to the defense of KG.

Bill Simmons has his NCAA picks.

Bob Ryan looks through the reaction to his March 9th column in which he wrote about being “Favred out.”

Ross Tucker has five noteworthy realities about NFL offseason conditioning programs that you should know. has their 2008 Red Sox Preview.

Mike Celizic applauds the Red Sox for their stand yesterday. Steve Henson also weighs in on the situation.