WEEI has actually had some diverse topics recently. With all four teams in town at least competitive, people are talking about the Bruins and Celtics. Just for the record, Pete Shepperd and Michael Felger say today in the usual bombastic style that the Celtics will not win a single playoff game. Keep that in mind. Glen Ordway exposes their NBA ignorance here. They say the NBA defense gets tougher in the playoffs and the C’s won’t be able to “shoot all those 3’s”. Well, as Ordway pointed out the defense *does* get tougher, but on the *inside*. It’s tougher in the paint in the playoffs. The C’s will be able to take all the 3’s they want to, and if they hit a hot streak could go all the way to the finals.
That being said, we really don’t like how the C’s match up with Philly, Charlotte or Milwaukee. The three most likely first round opponents for the Celtics.
In another effort by a media outlet to publize itself under the guise of breaking the so-called “Curse of the Bambino” WHEB-FM (100.3) Portsmouth will be conducting an exorcism of sorts on Friday April 12th. They plan to have a car covered with Yankee logos parked outside their office, where a “Monster” truck will run over it and crush it to a pulp.
Butch Sterns on Fox25 at 10:00 last night reported that the Bills have offered the Patriots 3 draft picks for Drew Bledsoe…none of which are first rounders. Sterns also commented on the upcoming Sports Illustrated on which Tom Brady is the cover feature, Shirtless, naturally. The title? “The Natural”. Sterns attempted to whip up the usual frenzy around an SI cover appearance by showing Nomar on SI last year shirtless, and Pedro the year before. Both years in which the Sox failed the make the playoffs, and last year Nomar missed all but 21 games. Maybe the Pats should hang onto Bledsoe though, just in case…
Peter Gammons mentioned yesterday that Ted Lilly is the #11 pitcher on the Yankees staff, but he would be the #3 on the Red Sox. That’s absurd. To me, many times Gammons goes out of his way to put down the Red Sox and elevate the Yankees, just so that no one can accuse him of being a Red Sox “homer”. Of course he could also just be trying to fan the flames as Sterns did above. Trying to get people to talk about him and his columns. Who would fall for such an underhanded trick?
Tim Kurkjian of ESPN the Magazine was on WEEI’s “Dale and Neumy” this morning, and casually dropped that he thinks there’s a good chance the MLB players association will strike in Spetember. MLB is messed up. If they do shut it down, I think there’s a great chance there will be no Baseball in 2003. It will take at least a year maybe more to demolish the system and do it right. By that time, will America even care about Baseball anymore?
Well, who of you out there can say you didn’t see that loss to the Bulls coming? There will be no 50 win season for the Celtics this year.
Bill Griffith gives us a preview of Masters coverage, has some Patriot-like Red Sox TV numbers from the weekend, and reminds us that tonights Sox game will be on AT&T3 starting at 6:00 instead of NESN or Fox25. The Bruins are on NESN at 7:00. The Boston Globe has an article on Shea Hillenbrand, as does ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer, a Hillenbrand critic, who notes that it appears Hillenbrand is attempting to improve his hitting.
The Boston Herald online sports page has been tinkering with its format, putting articles related to the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins each on their onwn “coverage” pages. While the idea is a good one, for me, it was easier when they just listed the articles by sport in order of the date published. With the new pages, you might have some trouble knowing which articles you’ve read already and which ones you haven’t.
The Providence Journal online has revamped its sports pages as well. Looks like they’re still working out some formatting kinks, as some pages seem to render rather shabbily.