Monday, April 13, 2009
Peter King usually uses the last page of his Monday Morning Quarterback column for a collection of random thoughts, and in his last "thing he thinks he thinks", he decided to take a shot at the New York Times. The Times, who acquired the Globe recently, announced that the Boston paper is dangerously close to being shut down, much to the dismay of the state of Massachusetts and King....
You cannot be serious about shuttering the Boston Globe, you New York Times people. That's unjust and ridiculous and will be a black mark against anything you do journalistically in the long-term. How do you walk into the flagship journalistic institution in a six-state region and say, "Unless everyone in the building takes a monstrous pay cut, and a few of you walk away from your jobs forever, we're closing the place?'' What kind of management style is that?I think everyone is in agreement that it would be a shame to lose an institution like the Boston Globe, and it's certainly good to have someone as widely read as King, to have in your corner.
Ten Things I Think I Think (SI: Peter King)
Thursday, April 09, 2009
A gossip column at the Boston Herald is not only reporting that Boston is in the running for the next Winter Classic on NBC, but that it's actually official. The source says that the Bruins will be hosting a yet to be named opponent on January 1st, 2010, at Fenway Park....
Don’t breathe a word of this. Because nobody’s supposed to know. But the Boston Bruins [team stats] will host the NHL’s Winter Classic outdoor hockey game against an unnamed opponent Jan. 1 at Fenway Park!Seems like a great idea if you ask me, but I still think a game on the "Mall" in DC would be amazing. Any of those cities would do an amazing job of hosting one of the year's coolest events though.
Our spies on Lansdowne Street say the League has given its blessing to a 2010 New Year’s Day game in the Hub of Hockey, choosing Boston over New York and Philadelphia.
League reps had visited all three cities and, in Boston, looked at both Fenway and Gillette Stadium . However, scheduling around any Patriots [team stats] post-season play was a tricky proposition, we’re told, and ultimately Fenway got the nod.
Ice Is Nice at Fenway (Boston Herald)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Huzzah! The ESPN war that is Simmons vs. Reilly will be heading to the airwaves. Bill Simmons was on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan, and when the hosts asked him about his feud with Rick Reilly, he said things are fine and that the two will be together on the B.S. Report soon. Here's the audio....
Man, I cannot wait for that one. This podcast has anticipation similar to that of Tyson-Holyfield. Oh and Bill, I know the Rushmore thing was technically your idea, but after seeing how it turned out....you might want to distance yourself from it a bit.
Bill Simmons (WEEI)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
NESN's Jack Edwards has been making headlines this year with his over-the-top calls, and now thanks to a Bruins Forum, he has his own game.
Looks fun! I don't know how many of you get the NHL plan, but if you do and want to try the game out tonight, let me know how it goes.
Jack Edwards hockey bingo: For the cliché lover in you (Puck Daddy)
Friday, October 24, 2008
Man, tough week for the "Leader" huh? First they decide not to piss off Brett Favre by ignoring a story, thus making everyone else mad at them. And yesterday, they decided to go ahead with a rumored report on Tom Brady, thus making the Patriots mad at them. Here's the skinny....
ESPN reported yesterday, via an unamed source close to the Patriots, that the team was mad at Tom Brady for not using team doctors for surgery. Well late last night the Patriots decided to issue the following statement....
"Today, ESPN cited an unnamed source who supposedly expressed the feelings of the Patriots ‘organization.’ This unsubstantiated report does not represent the team's views whatsoever. We have supported Tom Brady one hundred percent from day one of this process and will continue to do so. We issued a statement last Saturday expressing our complete organizational support for Tom. That support includes all aspects of the process. Unfortunately, our statement was not mentioned or referenced in ESPN’s report. Today, we reiterate our total support for Tom as he recovers from his injury."Now on the surface, that seems pretty harmless right? While it ultimately is, it's extremely curious that immediately after ignoring the Favre item, they would go with a rumored story of this nature. It's an odd decision at best, but not the thing that sticks out to me.
The bigger issue though in reporting rumored stories about the Patriots is that the network has already pissed off that team enough with Spygate. What happens of the "media anointed champs", The Dallas Cowboys, lose their next two games (very possible against the Bucs and Giants)? With the Cowboys virtually out of the Playoff picture, they're upsetting the other huge ratings giver in the Pats. I don't know what it is, but the network almost has a vendetta against that team now.
Maybe ESPN should take a few plays off. It's just been a crazy week, and NFL season, for the "Leader". Tom Brady already can't stand you, you might not want to anger the "Golden Boy" even more (you won't like Tommy when he's angry).
Patriots release statement (Boston Globe)
Tom Brady Calls Out ESPN (Awful Announcing)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Man, you're probably going to see this just about everywhere today, but if you haven't you're going to thank me. In what is perhaps the funniest video of the year, Comcast Sportsnet got hold of video that features Jonathan Papelbon in a high school talent competition. That part of the video is hilarious, but giving it to David Ortiz so he can show it to the whole team is even better....
Unbelievable. I'm ready to start an offshoot of Dancing With The Stars and I think I have my first two contestants in Collinsworth and Paps. I don't easily get embarrassed but if someone came across my Fourth Grade performance of Pinocchio, and put it on the internet, my face might get a little red. And I wasn't even in drag (although I did have on a ton of makeup).
Papelbon: The High School Years (Comcast)
The Papelbon Dirty Dancing Videos Are Here. Oh, Man (Deadspin)
Thursday, August 21, 2008
You do not want to make Tom Brady angry. You will not like him when he's angry. Yesterday the Golden Boy laid into the NFL-N for comments that Sterling Sharpe made about backup Pats QB, Matt Cassel. Sharpe and Marshall Faulk were pretty critical of Cassel in his last game against the Bucs, but neither said anything that out of line. The most I can gather is that Sharpe said that the Patriots shouldn't be “too comfortable” with their backup QB.
Well that angered Brady and he had this to say on WEEI yesterday. Via The Boston Herald....
“Watching Matt (Sunday) night, hearing all the criticism, I don’t even know where that was coming from,” he said. “That was so far from what I was watching. The quarterback has a lot of responsibility out there. I thought Matt was making good decisions. He was really decisive with his throws. Was every throw perfect? No. But that doesn’t happen so often anyway.Now I know that Brady has to stick up for his friend and teammate, but let's be honest here....Faulk will be a HOFer and Sharpe would have been if not for injuries. I think they're pretty qualified to say if a QB is having a bad day. With Brady himself being injured, it's also a pretty good point to raise in a preseason game.
“I see Matt every day in practice and the improvement he makes. I love what I see in Matt. I have a lot of confidence in Matt . . . for the three guys sitting in the booth, I thought it was unfair to criticize the way they were criticizing, because I don’t think they really knew what was happening.”
Cassel himself responded himself after the "criticism" and had this to say: "It’s interesting to me because those guys were in the same shoes at one point in their career, and they should understand how hard it is to go out there and perform each and every week.”
Now I didn't hear the conversation firsthand, but if you're seriously that defensive about a random announcer's comments in the freaking preseason, maybe the NFL isn't the place for you. This whole "The World is against us" routine the Patriots try to pull off every single week is getting old. And good for Sterling, he's standing by his assessment....
“It looked as though the passing offense made a change, as a confidence-building thing with some of the throws for Matt,” Sharpe said. “I could be way off on that. Maybe I missed the boat, and if so, I apologize. But from a player’s perspective, I’m looking at it like, he’s already been in the situation for three years now and he’s in a quarterback battle with a rookie and a guy without much experience? If he’s in a battle, you’d expect him to win it. . . . This was his opportunity to separate himself from the other guys. He has to show why he is the No. 2 guy in New England. So I put more pressure on Matt to perform than I did (Kevin) O’Connell. You bet I did.”Honesty is the best policy when it comes to announcing, and if a player stinks, I don't want an announcer holding anything back. With ESPN and CBS kissing the Pats collective ass whenever they can, it's great to hear someone take a stand. Bravo Sterling.
Sterling Sharpe’s words for Matt Cassel defended (Boston Herald)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I've watched this video about 15 times now and I seriously can't stop laughing. Your team just one it's 17th National Championship and you have the where with all to stop and boo the hell out of Stuart Scott AND David Stern....
Hilarious. Can someone also explain to me what the point of introducing Stu Scott so he could introduce David Stern was? I also love the pause that Stuyah does waiting for the cheers, and then it's dead silent. Classic.
(That's the last of the Celtics videos for now, I promise. We'll be getting into our regular Wednesday now.)
Monday, June 09, 2008
I'm sure most of you read or heard last Friday but Bill Plaschke wrote the Paul Pierce faked his Game One injury and even went so far as to label it "WWE-like" in its execution. Obviously Boston fans were upset, and let him have a piece of their mind. Plaschke wrote a detailed piece yesterday about some of the comments and it's pretty hilarious. Here's a section....
"You disgust me. You are a whore." Virtually all the vile missives were from angry Celtics fans, who weren't content to enjoy their team's opening victory in the NBA Finals against the Lakers.I guess these are the responses you get when you call one of the best players on a team that hasn't been relevant in quite some time a faker. The rest of the article details his responses and interaction with some of the folks and is actually a good read (if you can stand one sentence paragraphs). I just thought the collection of responses was just too funny not to post here. People are so brave when writing emails. It's like the new liquid courage and it's very entertaining, well that and a little scary at times.
"Die, you lily-livered ass." Are we in Boston or Deadwood?
"I wonder how many dried-up spit stains you've got on that cheap tie of yours, you stuttering, stammering slob."
"You better have extra security with you Sunday because Celtic fans who recognize you from ESPN will want to take a slap at you, and if I were there, I know I would."
Of all the humanity-questioning notes, the most disturbing was apparent from a subject line that contained three words that could not be printed in this newspaper.
Then the writer really got mad.
"I hope you . . . get cancer and die," he wrote. "Why don't you just die or quit, you ugly fat (bleep). I'm going to find out where (a relative) is buried and me and my buddies are gonna dig (the) skeleton up."
Nasty attacks should be banned in Boston (LA Times)
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Hazel Mae has been a fixture on NESN programming for the past four years, and even though the network had recently hired some more "eye candy" in Heidi Watney, she remained a favorite among Boston fans. That was until it was announced she was leaving last night....
“After four incredible and exciting years at NESN, I’ve decided now was the right time for me to make this difficult decision to leave,” she said in a statement released by NESN. “It has been both a personal and professional privilege to be a part of NESN and the dedicated SportsDesk team. During my time with the network, I’ve had more than a few once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, including the chance to cover two World Series and a Super Bowl. I am grateful to the Red Sox and Bruins ownership groups, NESN president, Sean McGrail, and all the players and staff who have supported and challenged me. Most importantly, I’d like to thank the amazing and passionate sports fans of New England, who have welcomed me into their homes and given me a chance to do the kind of work I enjoy.”I don't know much about Hazel but Bostonians seemed to enjoy her (I can see why). The Sports Desk anchor will end her duties at the end of the month.
Hazel Mae Is Leaving NESN (Sox & Dawgs)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I'm not really a Mark Jackson fan, but this postseason he's been pretty good. He's usually in charge with the replay heading to the break and this time he decided to throw in a little Beyonce....
You might just have a chance with me yet Mr. Jackson. There's nothing wrong with that sort of talk as long as we're above 4 minutes left in the game. You just barely got that one in.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The Celtics looked on their heels a couple of times, but in the end role players like PJ Brown and Eddie House along with 41 from Paul Pierce won it for Boston. Lebron has been criticized in years past for taking jumpers at the end of games rather than driving to the rim, but this Playoffs showed you why James probably should be taking those jumpers. It's certainly a Catch 22 for one of the NBA's most dominating players, but in the end those are shots he has to make to be considered one of the greats.
Also, can a ref maybe look at Lebron's feet every so often? The guy takes upwards of four steps at times on his way to the basket. Oh wait, according to Celtics Blog there's a new NBA rule.....
I've figured out why Lebron is so good. Article 6.54 of the NBA rule book: "Any player named Lebron is allowed four steps on any drive to the hoop. Such named player is also allowed to throw the opposition out of bounds after they out hustle you down the court to make a layup. Further the call of palming or carry shall not apply to this player."1st Half Thoughts (Celtics Blog)
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
On Feb. 2, 2008, the Boston Herald reported that a member of the New England Patriots video staff taped the St. Louis Rams’ walkthrough on the day before Super Bowl XXXVI. While the Boston Herald based its Feb. 2, 2008, report on sources that it believed to be credible, we now know that this report was false, and that no tape of the walkthrough ever existed.Couple of thoughts and I'll move on for good. I really thought that they had just gone on the word of Walsh who ultimately lied, but apparently I was wrong about that. Also, you almost (I said almost) have to commend them for finally being honest. It would have been much easier to just say they were standing by their story and we'd be none the wiser.
Prior to the publication of its Feb. 2, 2008, article, the Boston Herald neither possessed nor viewed a tape of the Rams’ walkthrough before Super Bowl XXXVI, nor did we speak to anyone who had. We should not have published the allegation in the absence of firmer verification.
The Boston Herald regrets the damage done to the team by publication of the allegation, and sincerely apologizes to its readers and to the New England Patriots owners, players, employees and fans for our error.
With that said....NO MORE SPYGATE! Thank god.
Apology (Boston Herald)
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
It's been almost a week since I posted that ESPN was all over the Boston Herald after the news came out the Pats didn't tape the Rams walk-through, and the Herald has yet to address the validity of the story. After Goodell held a press conference this afternoon (which solved nothing), NFL Live had BH Columnist Mike Felger on to discuss the story and tapes and he of course diverted all questions regarding it.
Good times! If I was Trey Wingo, I would have hung up on him (I think he was close) because that guy provided absolutely nothing. It appears that the Herald is just hoping this will go away, and it probably will, but seriously it's not that hard to say you're sticking by the story or you're retracting it.
I thought ESPN was going after them unfairly last Thursday (some of the reports did), but after that showing I'm on ESPN's side (for once) and I want answers too. Also, to say you don't represent your employer is pretty ridiculous if you ask me. Especially to someone who works for ESPN, the Leader in employees representing their company.
ESPN Is All Over The Boston Herald Today (Awful Announcing)
Thursday, May 08, 2008
When one radio host says something about someone you usually don't pay attention, but when five different employees say something about someone you're going to take notice. Let me introduce to you John Tomase of the Boston Herald and Mike & Mike, Chris Mortensen, Jason Smith (All Night), and of course Shrutebag.
The reason behind the ambush is simple. Tomase is the source of the Rams' "Walk Through Tape" that didn't surface when Walsh finally talked to the NFL. Mortensen even went so far as to say the following. Via Fanhouse...
"Other media outlets including ESPN, had this allegation and pursued this allegation for months, and it just didn't meet the standard in terms of what you needed to report it, and the Boston Herald evidently felt they had met the standard to report it," Mortensen said. "They need to come out and say, 'We stand by our story' or they need to have a retraction and apology and deal with the consequences of it, but certainly it's damaging to the Boston Herald at this point, especially if they stay silent on the subject."Chris Mortensen is questioning your reporting standards. Jason Smith commented on a retraction, Mike & Mike followed suit, and Cowherd even compared the story to the Patterson-Gimlin "Bigfoot" video from 1967. I find it extremely odd that ESPN is going through these lengths to call out the Boston Herald considering some of their own anonymous source stories that didn't pan out, but the Herald does owe an explanation. More on this later today.
You know it's bad when
Chris Mortensen: ESPN Had Rams Walk- Through Story, It Didn't Meet Our Standards (Fanhouse)
(Thanks to DG for the tip.)
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
If you didn't stay up and watch Game One between the Cavs and Celtics I don't blame you. I've watched just about every San Antonio Spurs game over the past 8 years, and none of them compared to how boring this game was until the last few minutes (actually even those were boring). Dick Stockton and Mike Fratello called it a "defensive war" multiple times during the contest, but people were just bricking shots. There's no other way to describe Lebron's 12 points (2-18 shooting?!), Pierce's 4 points (2-14 shooting?!) and Ray Allen's 0 points (0-4 shooting).
While the majority of the game was pretty dreadful, somehow it was still able to be won or tied by Cleveland. Kevin Garnett (who everyone says can't finish out games) had just made a ridiculous spinning layup and the ball was left in the hands of Lebron.....
The best part of that clip is that James Posey was trying to foul because the Celts had one to give. Lebron's late game layups just aren't falling for a Cleveland team that should have won that game whether he made just two shots or not. There's not a chance in hell that Pierce and Allen are going 2-18 on Thursday, and hopefully somewhere between now and then both teams will rest up and actually score some in Game Two.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Here's the thing I didn't understand about this play. Marvin Williams has about two feet on Rondo, why not just try and block the shot? Just a thought, but if you're going to foul you mind as well make it a good one....
Good lord that was just wrong. Williams did say he tried to catch him, but I don't think I saw that. Also, this is just an idea, but you might want to take your starters out now Doc. I know it's the start of the 3rd quarter, but if they're going to be fouling people like this I'd rather it be Tony Allen than Rajon Rondo.
Let's add Kevin Garnett blasting Zaza on a pick just for the heck of it....
Pretty sure you can't turn your shoulder into someone like that Mark Jackson. Some might take that as dirty.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
From the "find the typo" department we have this screenshot from the Celts-Hawks game last night. Laurence Maroney was hanging on the sidelines when the TNT cameras picked him and his watch up on the telecast....
It took me awhile to realize they spelled his name wrong because I was blinded by the diamonds on that watch. Good lord. What do you think that's worth? $10K? $20K??? Straight ballin'. Thanks to JS for sending that in.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
There's yet another Sports Center commercial with the Big Three, and ESPN has sent it to Boston for it to be debut during tonight's game against the Hawks. Via The Boston Herald....
ESPN will unveil a new “This is SportsCenter” TV spot starring Boston Celtics [team stats] Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce [stats] on the Jumbotron during tonight’s game against the Hawks. The silly spot, called “Fashion Faux Pas,” features SportCenter anchor Steve Levy making fun of the Big Three’s sense of style. Like he’s Mr. GQ.I'm going to try and get a hold of the video so you can check it out before then, but that actually sounds kind of funny. Anything has to be better than the Pat Summitt one.
Update: Got a hold of the video. Sorry for the quality but it was the best I could do.....
Annnnnnd.....not funny. Go Hawks!
We Hear: (Boston Herald)
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This got lost in all of the College Basketball over the weekend, but lucky for us Boston Sportz has video of Bruins Announcer Andrew Brickley dropping a very audible F-bomb during a game last week....
I love how when the guy figures out he's back on-air he just starts laughing. I'm sure that's making your bosses at NESN fill a lot better about your gaff. Too funny.
WOW! A Bruins Post (Boston Sportz)